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Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe

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By any definition, chiropractic adjustments are safe.

This topic is a crazy topic… not your concern, but the topic itself. These sorts of rumors have been spread by the unscrupulous opposition in the medical industry, just to keep patients from leaving them, just to keep their power.

Take a few minutes and read an op ed that I wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle: It begins with:

“The recent publication of a study in the journal Neurology linking chiropractic “spinal manipulative therapy” to increased stroke risk is a case of self-serving bigotry masquerading as science.

The medical campaign against chiropractic has a long history. Not so long ago, medical doctors had chiropractors jailed for “practicing medicine without a license.”

You can use your own common sense, from your own life experience. If you are even half-way aware and half-way honest, you will have to admit to one or more serious/dangerous incidents you have had with medical care. You will have to admit to probably several friends or loved ones suffering the same fate. How many loved ones have you lost due to medical mistakes and/or indifference? I already know how many you have lost to chiropractic care… zero!

The drug that most people don’t even think of as a drug, aspirin, kills about 500 people a year in the USA. Chiropractic’s score in deaths? Zero.

Even risk-adverse insurance companies recognize the safety of today’s chiropractic care. The premiums for malpractice insurance paid by chiropractors are a mere fraction of what medical practitioners must pay. Chiropractic care is safe.


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