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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Is Warren Hammer a Fasciaist?

Fascia is the newest focus in manual medicine. Those fibrous sheets that surround muscle are proving to be the link to all sorts of musculoskeletal problems. In this podcast episode, I interviewed one of the foremost experts on soft tissue manipulation who is bringing some groundbreaking techniques on fascial manipulation to the United States for the first time.

Excited about his recent work with well-known Italian physical therapist Luigi Stecco, Dr. Warren Hammer brings his 50 year experience in chiropractic and soft tissue procedures to his candid talk with me on our On The Other Hand podcast.

The episode can be found on iTunes or here.

Think you know all about chiropractors? Think again.

 

Interview published on the On The Other Hand podcast series by Rochester, NY chiropractor Dr. Brett L. Kinsler.

Chiropractic’s Relationship With Research

 

Chiropractor Shawn Thistle discusses chiropractic's relationship with research on the On The Other Hand Podcast.

Chiropractor Shawn Thistle discusses chiropractic's relationship with research on the On The Other Hand Podcast.

Chiropractors have an interesting relationship with research. Some part of the profession uses it to properly guide the manner in which we make clinical decisions.  Some chiropractors only use research when it agrees with what we are already doing to reinforce our decisions. Some use it as marketing tool — no matter how weak the evidence may be.  And some chiropractors ignore research entirely.

I had to opportunity to speak with Dr. Shawn Thistle from Research Review Service.  His company acts to distill down some of the more important research for field practitioners and translate it into a format that is easier to understand and use.  Something like an electronic journal watch personalized for chiropractors. Since he straddles the line between active practice and research liaison, he sits in a unique vantage point.

Dr. Thistle and I spoke on an episode of the On The Other Hand Podcast which can be found on iTunes or here. He also offered listeners to the podcast a discount code if they are interested in his review service subscription.  Enter “OTOH” (which stands for the title of the podcast) during checkout and you can save 25% on subscription fees.  I have no part of this arrangement  –I’m  just passing it along as a friendly thank you to my blog readers and podcast listeners. Enjoy.

Podcast interview conducted by Dr. Brett L. Kinsler.

Limited Prescription Authority for Chiropractors?

Should chiropractors be allowed to prescribe some pharmaceuticals or over the counter medications with proper training?  Some say yes, others disagree. Some regions are actually changing their laws to permit this limited prescription ability.  I spoke with Dr. John J. Triano, Dean of Graduate Education and Research at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and one of the best known chiropractic researchers. He’s also a former clinician at the world renowned Texas Back Institute. I wanted to gain some prespective on this issue.  Dr. Triano discussed his views on chiropractors prescribing medications but also talked about rational chiropractic and why subluxation may be the cause of the downfall of chiropractic in the United States.

The podcast episode is located on iTunes (search for “On The Other Hand” or just click here.

Chiropractic prescription authority interview with John J. Triano, DC PhD conducted with Dr. Brett L. Kinsler.

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.

Podcast Episode: What Do Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists Think About Chiropractors?

 

Timothy Mirtz, DC PhD from the University of South Dakota chatted with me about what athletic trainers and physical therapists think about chiropractors and what can be done to change the interprofessional relationships.

Find it on iTunes by searching for OnTheOtherHand or go here.

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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.

New Podcast Episode: Dr. John Ventura on NCQA Back Pain Recognition Program

Dr. John Ventura stopped by to discuss the NCQA’s Back Pain Recognition Program with me.  This episode of On The Other Hand as well as the others can be found on iTunes or at www.ontheotherhand.podbean.com

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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