Daniel J. Fink, MD
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Fink D.; Chiropractic. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137:701. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-8-200210150-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(8):701.
TO THE EDITOR:
After reading the article by Meeker and Haldeman (1), I have the following questions for them. First, where is the “basic science” of chiropractic? In a day and age of detailed neuroimaging by high-resolution computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, of neurophysiology studies and evoked potentials and electromyography, why has no one been able to demonstrate subluxations and their effects, on which chiropractic is based? Second, why doesn't chiropractic limit itself to spinal manipulation and back pain, for which there appears to be some evidence of benefit, instead of extending its reach to megavitamins, colonic irrigation, and other methods for diseases such as asthma, sinus trouble, emphysema, menopause, and psoriasis? Third, if indeed there are legitimate and ethical practitioners of chiropractic and schools that train them, why don't they speak out against chiropractic practitioners who claim that spinal manipulation and other questionable methods can treat diseases other than those restricted to the spine?
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