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).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Subluxation: dogma or science?


Subluxation: dogma or science?
Joseph C Keating , Keith H Charlton , Jaroslaw P Grod , Stephen M Perle , David Sikorski and James F Winterstein

Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005, 13:17 doi:10.1186/1746-1340-13-17

Published 10 August 2005

Abstract (provisional)

Subluxation syndrome is a legitimate, potentially testable, theoretical construct for which there is little experimental evidence. Acceptable as hypothesis, the assertion of its clinical meaningfulness brings criticism from the scientific and health care communities and creates confusion within the chiropractic profession. We believe that an evidence based orientation among chiropractors requires that we distinguish between subluxation dogma and subluxation as the potential focus of clinical research. Regretfully, chiropractic's attempt to gain political unity through consensus statements regarding subluxation has been a significant factor in our failure to gain cultural authority and will continue to do so as long as so many of us accept dogma as fact.

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