Ok, so how many chiroquacktors claim to treat colic?
Various bloggers have been investigating what their local chiroquacktic shop is claiming they can affect/cure. I’ve got bigger plans.
I’ve now collated the claims made by 296 chiroquacktors. They make some crazy claims. I’m still analysing the data, but here’s a taster:
Bed wetting 23%
Feeding problems 15%
Sleeping problems 6%
Menstrual problems 3%
Some of the even more bizarre claims include: ADD, OCD, Tourettes, Emphysema and Hay fever.
Of course, there is frequent use of weasel words and phrases like ‘patients come to us with…’, ‘chiropractic may sometimes help with…’, but it is abundantly clear what the overall impression is: it makes the public think they are a bone fide, proper, evidence-based medical profession that can make real differences to all these conditions.
How many call themselves Dr?
Of the 296 chiroquacktors, 150 use the prefix ‘Dr’ or the word ‘Doctor’ separate from ‘Chiropractor’. I believe this is deliberate — along with the way they present themselves and occasionally the way they denigrate proper medical profession — to confuse and confound the public. I’ll be mentioning this as well in my complaint to the GCC and Trading Standards.