Live & Let Live or Sort ’em Out?

carefulSome of my more outspoken opinions (who, moi?) on topics like decompression and autism have sparked an interesting debate that is being held mostly by private email.  Without naming names and pointing fingers, I would like to hear what you think…

If a colleague is practicing in a manner that you find objectionable and unethical, what should be your course of action, if any?  Some people are saying that people should be able to practice however they see fit and writing like mine actually harms the practices of others.

Other folks say that it is the job of honest, ethical chiropractors to weed out the “sick” members of the chiropractic flock in order to advance the heard.

Yet another sect says that, yes, in fact we should denounce unethical practices but for Pete’s sake, do it quietly.

Ready for a fun social experiment?  Here is a practical, real world example and I will abide by the most convincing argument.  I was recently given an advertisement of a chiropractor who is basically offering money for referrals of patients.  Illegal?  Probably.  Unethical?  Definitely.  Should be stopped for the benefit of the profession?  Certainly.

What to do, what to do.careometer

Choice A: Ignore it and let him go on doing what ever he wants — after all, he’s a fellow chiropractor.

Choice B: Send Dr. Bribes-a-lot a private note asking him to kindly stop making the profession look bad.

Choice C: Pass the ad along to the state board and let them handle it.

What do you think?


  1. cmnacnud said,

    December 20, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Unless they are a friend of yours who would accept your input, pass it on to the board. That is the job of the board. They are theoretically elected by all of the chiropractors in the state to represent them and handle these kinds of situations. Participate in your local association, and let the profession as a whole hear you and make a decision.

    As far as the controversy. Putting your opinions on your blog is no more offensive than docs advancing unethical practices to the public.

  2. December 20, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I like how you say “theoretically elected”. I am pretty sure in New York state board members are appointed by politicians that we must have somehow elected at some time.

    You also raise an interesting point about blogging versus practicing unethically in the public view.

    Clearly, your vote is for the state board option. Thanks.

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