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    Jase the Bold

    Simon Singh you are a brave and perhaps foolish man to take on the cult of Big Alternative Medicine. There are a lot of people with a lot to lose if science and accountability are allowed to creep into the regulation of these industries. Modern society seeks a quick and easy fix for everything, and alternative therapies harness this unrealistic craving with little scientific backbone, and immunity to the scrutiny of the scientific and legal realms. I personally have seen 2 patients who suffered pathological fractures of the cervical spine in the hands of Chiropractors, due to underlying undiagnosed metastatic bony disease. Both subsequently died. Accountability zero.

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    Zeno

    Excellent summary!

    Just a minor correction…a few of us have reported chiropractors to their statutory regulatory body, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), not the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA have no jurisdiction over website claims, per se, but the GCC’s Code of Conduct (which all chiros have to abide by as a legal condition of their registration) says that all claims made but be in accordance with the ASA guidance. The ASA only accept good, scientific evidence and that chiros must personally hold that evidence!

    For more information, see my blog (www.zenosblog.com) or the other main complainant, Simon’s (www.adventuresinnonsense.blogspot.com).

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    Jon Hunt

    Hmm…. I don’t think it is the chiropractor’s fault that they had bony metastasis! The problem was that the patient didn’t seek help from a medical practitioner, not the chiro themselves, although whether it should have been diagnosed clinically by the chiro would be a moot point.

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    Imaginative nickname

    After extensive medical testing failed to show any reason why I should have suffered a stroke at 24, the only plausible reason I was left with was a visit to the chiropractor 30 hours prior to the event.

    I have often, REPEAT often wondered how these people can sleep at night when they can turn up to work next day and potentially ruin someones life.

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    Jase the Bold

    Re John Hunts comment- the point is not that someone is to blame for a patient having disseminated cancer, rather that if a “Health Professional” claims to have the ability to cure a patients condition, he should legally be required to have the knowledge, skills and resources to work out what the ACTUAL diagnosis is, rather than uneducated guesswork. Every medical practioner knows that diagnostics is the foundation of medicine. If you have no diagnosis you dont know what you’re treating. To claim the ability to treat a problem without a diagnosis is fraudulent.

    Re Imaginitive Nickname’s comment- sadly, the picture you describe is a well-documented life-threatening complication of cervical-spine “manipulation” performed by Chiropractors known as Vertebral Artery Dissection (injury and blockage of the Vertebral Artery, a major neck artery which supplies the brainstem). This is one reason why legitimate mainstream practitioners such as Physiotherapists avoid this practice. Were you able to seek medicolegal compensation for the disability the Chiropractor caused you?

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    Imaginative nickname

    As my neurologist relays, half his patients descend into negativity and half rise and become more positive after a stroke. I felt that in pursuing the later and often more difficult approach, I would be ill served by a potentially length court battle that focussed on what I had lost and cloud the newly found perspectives I had garnered. Some people understand this, and others, including my some of my own family, do not. But at the end of the day, it was my situation and I felt and still feel it was the best choice.

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