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Let’s face it, people are confused about chiropractic. It may interest you to know that it was the medical profession that created every myth you’ve heard and, in fact, the AMA lost a seven-million dollar lawsuit in what was called the “Wilke’s vs. the AMA antitrust suit.” It was proven that all of the rumors, remarks, etc. started in the 50s, 60s, and 70s by the AMA were not in the interest of public health, but merely to eliminate the competition. Should anyone with an M.D. after their name deter you from seeing a chiropractor for any reason, they are in violation of the antitrust suit and are breaking a federal law as well as several state laws. Unfortunately, the damage the AMA did to chiropractic still exists today. This,despite the fact that research done at the world’s most prestigious institutions have shown an increased mortality rate when the spine loses its optimum position. Also the fact that, to the dismay of many in the medical universe, dozens of medical journals have published article after article on the power of chiropractic care.
The most unique part of many of these studies is not just that chiropractic was very effective in eliminating a symptom or allowing the body to better heal itself from an illness. The profound fact of chiropractic is that people who undergo regular care lead higher quality lives, make better health choices, see doctors less, eat better, exercise more, spend less time in the hospital, and take fewer medications.
EXAMPLES OF STUDIES SUPPORTING CHIROPRACTIC
Several studies warrant further discussion in this context. Leading United States researchers, Blanks, Schuster and Dobson published the results of a retrospective assessment of subluxation-based chiropractic care on self-related health, wellness and quality of life. This is the largest study of its kind ever undertaken regarding a chiropractic population. After surveying 2,818 respondents in 156 clinics, a strong connection was found between persons receiving chiropractic care and self-reported improvement in health, wellness and quality-of-life. 95% of respondents reported that their expectations had been met, and 99% wished to continue care. They made better food choices, took less medications, got sick less often, had more energy, and had far less symptoms.
Similarly, Coulter et al performed an analysis of an insurance database, comparing persons receiving chiropractic care with non-chiropractic patients. The study consisted of senior citizens over 75 years of age. It was reported that the persons receiving chiropractic care reported better overall health, spent fewer days in hospitals and nursing homes, used fewer prescription drugs, and were more active than the non-chiropractic patients.
Rupert, Manello, and Sandefur surveyed 311 chiropractic patients, aged 65 years and older, who had received “maintenance care” for five years or longer. Chiropractic patients receiving maintenance care, when compared with US citizens of the same age, spent only 31% of the national average for health care services. There was a 50% reduction in medical provider visits. The health habits of patients receiving maintenance care were better overall than the general population, including decreased use of cigarettes and decreased use of nonprescription drugs. Furthermore, 95.8% believed the care to be either “considerably” or “extremely” valuable. Sadly, Rupert reports, that of the 79% of chiropractic patients who have maintenance care recommended to them, only half of those comply.