YouTube Video Promo for the On The Other Hand Podcast

I keep being told that in order to maximize our exposure with the podcast, we need to also have some video. I produced this video promo in order to let more people know about the project in which we help to uncover more scientific, ethical, intelligent people in chiropractic, alternative medicine and health care.

Edzard Ernst, CAM Critic, Talks with Dr. Brett Kinsler on Chiropractic and Bias

Book by Edzard Ernst complementary and alternative medicine

Professor Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCP holds the Laing Chair in Complementary Medicine at the Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter and is the Editor-in-Chief of two medical journals. He has also been seen as a major public opponent of chiropractic and alternative medicine. He has devoted most of his career to publishing articles that are critical of complementary and alternative medicine….an unbelievable number of papers. Like 1500 or so. He’s been especially critical of chiropractic and, in the opinion of many researchers, has glossed over important research and exaggerated results. To me, what’s most interesting about Ernst is that he claims objectivity and lack of agenda. This podcast asks some tough questions of Prof. Ernst.

You can get the podcast episode on iTunes by searching the podcast section for “On The Other Hand” or you can just click here.

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BMJ Writer Discovers Head Up Ass

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John C. McLachlan is a professor of medical education who wrote an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2010; 341:c6979) called “Integrative medicine and the point of credulity.”  McLachlan proposed that integrative medicine should not be used as a way of smuggling alternative practices into rational medicine by way of lowered standards of critical thinking. He worries that failure to detect an obvious hoax is not an encouraging sign.

The author, upon seeing a request for presenters at an integrative medicine conference in Jerusalem, submits a paper posing as an embryologist who discovered a new version of reflexology. He explains that he has identified a homunculus represented in the human body, over the area of the buttocks. The homunculus being inverted, such that the head is represented in the inferior position.  As with reflexology, the “map” responds to needling, as in acupuncture, and to gentle suction, such as cupping.

He stops short of telling the conference organizers he has discovered a system whereby the head is up the ass and responds to needles.  Funny, right?  Well, after submission of an abstract with some sciency sounding references, the proposal gets accepted for presentation.  The author declines to present and, instead, publishes the correspondence in the BMJ.

Now, I’m all for having a good laugh at the expense of wacko alternative medicine practices but my goal is clear — I want to help clean up the field in order to highlight the people who are actually doing some good, honest, logical research.  I actually have a problem with what Dr. McLachlan has done.  By poking fun from a distance and walking away without letting the conference organizers in on the joke, the author misses a huge opportunity to educate and possibly improve that which he criticizes. It would have been far better if he accepted a slot at the conference and awaited to see if people would point out the errors in his “research” or simply used the platform to show what bad science is.

The only thing that makes him not a 100 percent coward is that he published his story. Someone who asks difficult questions so that when you answer incorrectly you will learn is called a teacher.   To ask difficult questions and then tell your friends how stupid someone is without letting them in on where their error was is called by a different name entirely.

Remember Smith’s article about how parachutes aren’t evidence based? That one is funny and brilliantly illustrates its point. This article, while funny with its head-up-ones-ass ha ha I get it humor, is really only about as funny as watching your kids get their math homework wrong and, instead of helping them, you call all of your friends and laugh at your kids’ ignorance. Nothing was learned. Nothing was improved and we all feel a little bit sick for participating in the joke.

Yes, it was a hoax but science relies on some degree of honesty and trust.  It is impossible for one scientist to be at the apex of all fields and know all that is known from every discipline.  Isn’t that why we have specialists?  Could it be that the scientific committee accepted McLachlan’s proposal simply in order to learn whether or not this revolutionary discovery was plausible or bunk?  Unlikely, but possible.  Today, I would rather lend the benefit of the doubt to the conference organizers rather than the scientific playground bully.

 

Brett L. Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY who writes the RochesterChiro blog and produces the podcast On The Other Hand.

 

New Podcast Episode: Alternative Dentistry

Ellie Phillips, DDS spoke frankly with me about the dental profession and how it can and must adapt from a drill and fill to a systemic and truly preventative model.  She is the author of the book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye and a most interesting person to listen to.  I assure you, you have never heard a dentist like Dr. Ellie.

Find this episode in the podcast section of iTunes by searching for “On The Other Hand” or go to our podcast site here.

Lowering the Chiropractic Doom and Gloom Meter

A colleague has a “meter” by which he predicts the current level of doom and gloom facing the chiropractic profession.  Whenever something untoward occurs, he bumps up the “meter” a bit. I think if the meter ever fully registers 100%, the entire profession will explode like the world’s largest bottle of Diet Coke enveloping the world’s biggest Mento.

I am pleased to report that the doom and gloom-o-meter can be reduced a titch. As of today, our podcast “On The Other Hand” has had over 1000 downloads in it’s first two weeks of existence!  There is proof that people are interested in hearing about evidence oriented chiropractic from a scientific perspective.

It’s either that or they want to hear if I sound weird pumped directly into their skull through ear buds.  I’m cool with whichever one it is.  Thanks for listening, downloading and subscribing.  If you are so inclined to rate the podcast and leave us a review on iTunes, that would also be great.

Brett L. Kinsler, DC is a Rochester chiropractor, blogger, podcaster and, with your help, is responsible for lowering the chiropractic doom and gloom meter just a little bit.

Our Podcast is Coming!

I just wanted to let you know that the podcast episodes are coming along nicely.  Today, I posted an introductory episode to make sure everything is working properly. It should be available in iTunes very soon.

The series is called On The Other Hand and it will contain interviews, commentaries and rants with responsible, scientific people in chiropractic, alternative medicine and healthcare.  Most of the interviews will stem from West Hartford Group members (the chiropractic think tank) but there are others as well from within and in other professions.

I’m just getting started so there will be a learning curve; I will have to play with the audio settings until it all sounds right, but hopefully it is something you will enjoy.

Episodes can be found at iTunes soon but will also be posted, along with show notes and links, at:  http://ontheotherhand.podbean.com/

So far, only the test episode is there but I do have complete episodes on their way!  Let me know what you think and please vote for me on iTunes to ensure rational, scientific information predominates when someone searches for “chiropractic podcasts.”

Dr. Brett L. Kinsler is a fulltime chiropractor, a sometime blogger and a first time podcaster.

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Quantum Light Weaving

 

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“Tell me, Doctor, what do you think of Quantum Light Weaving?” my patient recently asked me.

“What do I think of what now?”

“Quantum Light Weaving.”

“You’re putting me on, right?”  My patients know I will usually express my opinion on most things that are wacky and some of them try to get me to take their bait.

“No, it’s a real treatment.  I saw it when I was in California.”

“You’re setting me up for a blog post, right?”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.  Have you heard of it?”

Well, to be honest, I hadn’t heard of it.  I was almost certain it was something made up and silly.  Light weaving?  Really, now?  I have a friend who was a pretty serious weaver for a while.  I was nearly certain she used wool and fabrics.  Very, very rarely would she weave pure energy or electrons.  Nope, something didn’t smell quite right.  I promised to investigate and get back to this sweet young patient with an opinion.

I performed my usual deep level of research which can be partly reproduced for you by clicking this link.  I learned some amazing facts — and by “amazing” I mean “silly” and by “facts” I also mean “silly.” Quantum Lightweaving is, according to the experts (“salespeople”) “an evolving and ever-expanding body of work that is bringing forth new aspects of spiritual work that embodies The Christos energy from the heart of Creation itself. The vibration is brought forth to this earth and Galaxy through The Council of 14 and your personal healing and support team of masters and angels.”

Okidokie then.  We’re got ancient Christian and presumably Last Supper stuff mixed with galaxy energy and personal support teams of masters and angels.  Hell, I can’t even put together a team that includes a decent plumber, how am I going to get an angel on such short notice?

Have no fear!  Your personal guide is Kenji who teaches you “how to be a miracle man, miracle woman, miracle kid and miracle pet.”  Miracle pet, huh?  Whoa.  Deep, dude.  And for only $25 to $50 there is an assortment of attunements you can download right to your computer.  You can even use your mystical Paypal account!  Let the miracles begin!

Well it all makes sense when you learn that “when we align through the meditative state, or “hook-up,” miracles beyond time and space and distance can occur in the twinkling of an eye.”  Wait…hook-up?  Do they really use “hook-up” to describe a state of being?  How is your hook-upedness today?  I am attempting to achieve the 9th level of hookopcity. Can I hook up my angels to my masters?  Do I need a special adapter? Will that create a miracle pet?  Will my miracle pet still puke on the carpet?

“Lightweaving affects all 144,000 dimensions of your being, or the 12 major levels of your embodiment.”  Awesome.  Lately, I have only sensed like 120,000 dimensions but I thought it was just the weather.  I feel enlightened.  I feel empowered.  I have seen the quantum light show and now know the true answer.  Quantum Lightweaving is…just…another magical way to separate people from their money.

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Tooth/Organ Relationship Chart

 

Tooth/Organ Relationship Chart

In the News-To-Me department comes Holistic Tooth/Organ Energy Relationship Charts.  There are a bunch of these around the internet, each linking a specific tooth to a group of body parts.  The theory there is a relationship between teeth and health issues involving the spine and all body organs. It rings much the same bell as reflexology which purports a different spot on the feet to connect to each organ in the body.

Once again, the harm in this ridiculous bunk is the danger in missing diagnoses, delay in accurate treatment and, of course the overall silliness factor that could quite possibly cause people’s heads to explode.  Not to mention the fact that there are surely some dentists treating perfectly healthy teeth as a result of musculoskeletal and organic complaints.  Could you look your dentist in the eye as he told you the reason your elbow hurts is a result of your right mandibular second molar?   Ha!  Maybe that’s the reason for those little masks dentists wear these days — so you cannot see them laughing. 

Luckily, not all dentists subscribe to this goofiness.  Most would agree that while dental problems can certainly affect other parts of the body by referred pain or through infection, a direct neurological relationship is  unproven.   As a matter of fact, four out of five dentists I’ve surveyed agree that these tooth/organ charts are complete nonsense.  That fifth dentist should probably be serving time.

 

Dr. Brett Kinsler writes the blog RochesterChiro.wordpress.com and practices as a skeptical chiropractor in Rochester, NY.

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Jewish Autistic Astronauts Fake Moon Landing

Not really…but I thought you might like to see the Anti-Vaccination quote of the day:

“Many doctors now argue that reporters should treat the antivaccine lobby with the same indifference they do Holocaust deniers, AIDS deniers and those claiming to have proof that NASA faked the Moon landings. ”

Read this article on the lack of a link between autism and vaccination in the New York Times, see the link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/health/13auti.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

There is no Alternative Medicine…

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“There is no alternative medicine. There is only scientifically proven, evidence-based medicine supported by solid data or unproven medicine, for which scientific evidence is lacking.” — Fontanarosa P.B., and Lundberg G.D. “Alternative medicine meets science” JAMA. 1998; 280: 1618-1619.

This quote was recently presented to me. While I understand what the authors were implying,  something was missed in the execution. The fact is that much of conventional medicine has been unproven and lacks solid data. Diabetes?  Heart disease?  Prostate cancer?  Spinal surgery? We do the best we can with what we have but this quote is an exaggeration.

Certainly the future must be evidence based and we must strive to discover the truth about what is effective, but being evidence-based includes utilizing treatments that the practitioner’s experience deems effective while awaiting evidence one way or the other.

Perhaps it would have been better stated, “There is no alternative medicine; there is only effective medical treatment and treatments that should be discarded.”

 

Dr. Brett Kinsler is an evidence-informed skeptical chiropractor in Rochester, NY

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