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