We don’t do drugs
Regular readers of the sceptical blogosphere will have heard of the annual Chiropractic Awareness Week and all the trouble that caused last year. As a result of the BCA‘s libel suit against Dr Simon Singh, far more people now are only too aware of chiropractic!
But there’s another annual event, The Back Show 2009, to be held over the weekend of 03 October at Earls Court in London.
Now, this isn’t specifically a chiropractic event. Indeed, there are all sorts of exhibitors, including a company that teaches swimming, Art of Swimming, a company selling hot tubs, HotSpring Hot Tub, and a company, Primal Lifestyle whose aim is:
…to provide practical solutions facilitating a return to the environment within which the human being evolved to function…
Then there’s physiotherapist Sarah Key, whose method, apparently, is now part of The Prince’s Foundation of Integrated Health. I’m not entirely sure how such an endorsement would be seen as a good thing, but she did develop her method at the personal request of HRH himself.
However, many of the exhibitors are plying their own particular brand of woo, from acupuncture to Bowen technique. And chiropractic, of course.
One of the colleges that trains students in the devilish detail of subluxations will be there: the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. And some of the four chiropractic trade associations will also be there: the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the United Chiropractic Association. And of course, the British Chiropractic Association.
In fact, the BCA are so enthusiastic about this event, they are sponsors of it. All these others are ‘supporters’, but presumably all handing over dosh to support this marketing opportunity worthy cause .
Just say no
There are also several chiropractic clinics trying to sucker in new patients clients customers.
One of the them is the Chelsea and Fulham Chiropractic Clinic. Just to pick something at random — let’s choose drugs — from their website:
First, chiropractors don’t dispense drugs. We rely on natural methods. Muscle relaxants and even the most common over-the-counter pain medications fail on two counts. First, while convenient, they don’t address the underlying cause of your problem. Second, side effects such as addiction, kidney failure, liver damage and even death can result. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects associated with pain medications.
And then… there are countless numbers of prescription-strength medications that are used to prevent headache symptoms (i.e., migraine symptoms) or to “arrest” symptoms after they appear.
Of course as chiropractors, we don’t advise either for or against any medications. However, we do want you to be aware that even over-the-counter medications have been known to carry serious risks to your health, and prescription medication literature contains long lists of possible side effects. So before taking any medication, we like to caution you to read the accompanying literature to be aware of just what you are taking.
Those who wish to avoid risky drugs or irreversible surgery will often visit our office first.
One of the BCA’s co-sponsors says:
Treating pain with painkillers and an anti-inflammatory agent does not always correct the causative factors and often overloads the liver, which in modern man is already overworked dealing with environmental factors such as pollution, TV, computers etc. The best way to treat pain is to understand its cause.
Not too keen on proper, evidence and science-based medicine are they? And we all know what many other quacks think of that evil, murderous, corrupt Big Pharma!