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).

Monday, October 18, 2004

Attention Life alums - cult expert wants your story

Attention Life Alumni-

Nationally recognized cult expert Stephen Hassan has received information showing that Dynamic Essentials and Life University were actually structured as cults designed to indoctrinate students into followers of Sid Williams. Some of the tactics used were:

* Mind numbing chants- “I feel healthy, I feel happy, I feel terrific” and the money hum.

* Keeping students so busy that they can’t think.

* A system of rewards and punishments-the outpatient clinic’s pink slip rules and quota system.

* Philosophy classes-encouraging students not to associate with doubting family and friends, demonizing medicine, teaching students an us versus them view of chiropractic and medicine.

* Extensive use of propaganda-circumventing CCE differential diagnosis requirements by censoring the information and telling students that the subjects were superfluous.

For more information on the characteristics of cults, please see this article on the site

Mr. Hassan would like to hear your Life University story. Please visit his website at and fill out a cult witness report form to share your experiences

If he hears enough recounts he may list Life/DE as an official cult group.

Allan Botnick, DC


Chirotalk has a whole section dealing with Life University in Georgia:

Chirobase also has some information about Life University:

Some Notes on Its Assembly and "Money Hum" (updated 8/26/01)
Administrators' Salary Criticized as Exhorbitant (posted 2/17/00)
Life University College of Chiropractic Placed on Probation (posted 6/17/01)
A Brief Query to "Dr. Sid" (posted 12/20/01)
An Open Letter to Life University Students (updated 5/28/03)
Life Life University Loses CCE Accreditation (updated 11/6/02)
Students Sue Life University (posted 10/11/02)
CCE Issues Open Letter about Life University (posted 11/13/02)

Why I Quit Chiropractic

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