Our Critics Plus Cocktails

A few weeks ago, the leader of a local chiropractic organization sent out a panicky email to the local chiropractors.  “Please read this!  Important!  This is an outrage!”  Or something to that effect.  What was sent was a link to a satirical article commenting on the questionable and often ridiculous history of the chiropractic profession.

We need to act!  We cannot stand for this!

So what is a skeptical, reasonable chiropractor to do?  I tracked down the author of the article and took him out for drinks last night.  Seriously.  We had a great chat.  I brought along a fellow responsible chiropractor and the three of us chatted about everything from politics to religion to, of course, chiropractic.

You see, people who are critical of us are actually doing us a favor.  Often times we may be too close to a situation to see the flaws.  To have someone else point them out can be quite educational and provide us a pathway for improvement.  People who automatically call out the dogs and become defensive miss the opportunity to learn from such an experience.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.baskeptics.org/ (look for the article “Chiropractic History.”)  It is certainly not without its flaws and some misguided facts but I’m glad I had the opportunity to discuss those points with the author in a rational, peaceful environment. 

Oh, and to the bartender at Hogan’s: please stop asking people if they want a cherry in their Johnnie Walker Black – it’s embarrassing and silly.

What are your thoughts?

Rochesterchiro is written by skeptical chiropractor Brett L. Kinsler



  1. drdebbie said,

    September 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    After reading the article, I do admit it does rankle me a little bit. Not so much for his outright sarcasm, grand generalizations or incorrect information. My beef involves being measured with a different yardstick than that which measures all other health professions. I could fill pages with the aspects of medical history that are far more primitive than ours, or procedures regularly done that are not supported by any evidence whatsoever. Regardless, we cannot change our past but have full control over our future. And in my world, that future involves evidence based practice with superior outcomes and cost-effective treatment for neuro-musculoskeletal problems.

  2. September 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Your comment mirrors one of my arguments to the author. I told him that judging our profession from it’s roots alone would be like judging medicine from bloodletting or journalism from it’s yellow beginnings.

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