What is That Doctor Thinking?


You remember my post about the honest spinal decompression guy?  I just had the pleasure of spending two days hearing him speak more truths about spinal decompression and it’s application.  Once again, no lies and more honesty.  The remarkable thing about this seminar, however, wasn’t that the instructor did exactly what you’d expect an instructor to do.

The truly bizarre thing was that sitting in the room was one of the most egregious local offenders of the spinal decompression scams.  This doctor charges “patients” thousands of dollars in advance for a treatment that should basically be covered by a normal office visit (it certainly is in our office).  This chiropractor has ads on television touting the superiority of one machine and technique over another and claims to have level specificity only achieved by a surgeon.


But, what is this doctor thinking while sitting in this seminar?  The speaker says something like, “There is no way doctors should be charging thousands for this treatment.”

Crazy Doc thinks “Get whatever you can out of these suckers!”

The instructor says, “Chiropractors are driving people away in droves with the misinformation and mistreatment of traction devices like these.”

Crazy Doc thinks,”I still have some patients left that I’ve been able to sell.”

Instructor says, “The people plastering the newspapers and television with false advertising are poisoning the well and making people mistrust your profession. I just saw one this morning and it was so full of lies the doctor should be jailed.”

Crazy Doc thinks,”That was my ad and my ads are so pretty… I’m sure glad they get picked up by the hotel TV stations.”

Of course I don’t know what this doc is thinking but I would sure like to know.  I found out at this seminar that a lot of local chiropractors are reading my blog.  Thanks.  Nice to have you here…feel free to comment.  But if this spinal decompression doc is one of you reading, won’t you please tell me what the hell you are thinking?


  1. Jeff said,

    May 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Why don’t you ask him yourself?

  2. May 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    That would have been one approach but I don’t think I was ready for an all out confrontational brawl in that setting.

  3. John said,

    March 25, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Yep, I met a young business owner who was 5 minutes from signing a contract for about $8,000 worth of care, only cash please. She intended up waiting to think about it and went to see another chiropractor who adjusted her pelvis and put in a heel lift. She has not had the problem since. This was in Ohio. That crap is just down right wrong. The same person is probably selling xowi or some sort of multiple level marketing. Nuts

    I don’t feel any health care provider should charge pre-paid or contractual care. A friend just got a call from a surgeon who asked if he would pre-pay his deductible days before he even scheduled for the care. Just unethical in my view.

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