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).

Friday, January 21, 2005

Don't saddle FSU with chiropractic school

Don't saddle FSU with chiropractic school

It has been a very positive experience for my group to serve as clerkship faculty in inpatient pediatrics for the third-year medical students at FSU. Being affilitated with the nation's newest college of medicine has been an honor and privilege. I have been very impressed with the faculty and students, and the overall mission of the school. But I must say that the association with a chiropractic school is grossly suspect.

I am in complete agreement with the efforts to disallow FSU's College of Medicine to add a chiropractic program. I would immediately resign my appointment with the College of Medicine if this "association" were to be successful.

Pediatric intensive care
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Chiropractic school would harm FSU

Re: "Critics of FSU's chiropractic school point to a question of science," (news article, Dec. 12).

To establish a chiropractic school at a recognized university does nothing more than lower the standing of the university. It certainly doesn't belong in conjunction with a medical school.

In this case, the action of the Legislature certainly supports the old saying: "Politicians are like cockroaches. It ain't what they steal and carry off, it's what they fall into and mess up."


Bellamy should focus on his own profession

Re: "Critics of FSU's chiropractic school point to a question of science" (news article, Dec. 12).

Ray Bellamy speaking against chiropractic is like Wile E. Coyote whining that the Road Runner running around so fast might hurt someone. All the while he's scheming behind the scenes trying to blow up or destroy the Road Runner.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence said, "Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship." Dr. Bellamy is part of that old-school dictatorship mentality the AMA was found guilty of more than 20 years ago in its efforts to eliminate the chiropractic profession. It failed, and chiropractic flourished on its own merits.

Dictatorships remove competition, create god-like leaders, suppress information by controlling the press, propagandize about the superiority of the system and the evil of alternatives, and, most of all, they control the money. Dr. Bellamy should spend his extra time pulling back the curtain in his own medical house and work on cleaning it up. It's not the chiropractors causing more than 150,000 deaths per year in this country from medical error. I've been in practice 17 years and never had an incident of which Dr. Bellamy seems so worried about.