Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Chiropractic: Science or Religion?

From my Chiropractic Position Statement & Disclaimer :

Chiropractic is the most divided profession of any kind that I know of. This division is just one of the myriad ways it resembles religions and cults. What can one expect when the founder himself, D.D. Palmer, considered his creation a religion? It has been described as a biotheological cult, and I can't think of a better description. "The Big Idea" is where it's at. If you don't understand IT, you can't understand chiropracTIC.

Chiropractic is to science, what Scientology is to religion. It is just as much a pseudoscience, as Scientology is a pseudoreligion.

Since D.D. Palmer considered chiropractic to be a religion on a par with Christian Science (but it has usually pretended and aspired to be scientific), we must conclude that it is something like a religion, but it's masquerading as a science.

Let's start with Old Dad himself:

D.D. Palmer's Religion of Chiropractic - D.D. Palmer, DC

Chiropractic Health Care: Science or Religion? - David Mills

Congregation of Universal Wisdom: A religious order (a chiro antivaxchurch - see II. 5. )

Chiropractic Ethics - Professional Religion - Linda S. Elyad, DC

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