onsdag 14 augusti 2013

A propagandist against chiropractic

In    "Pseudoscience and AntiScience in Alternative Medicine Article by Jack Raso and Samuel Homola, American Council on Science and Health (March 2001)"Homola and Ra so writes :

"and traditional chiropractic has Innate Intelligence. Such concepts—commonly referred to generically by their U.S. proponents, e.g., as "life energy," life force, "vital energy," and the vital force—are inviting to most persons, because, unlike any scientific theory, they suggest that everyone might have a nonmaterial yet somehow conscious part that can outlast his or her death."

The interpretation that "Innate Intelligence"have to be nonmaterial force is not correct. It can as well be an attempt at describing the resilience we know exist, but whose function is still largely unknown, but that the medical science is  working to gradually try to understand and describe. That quotation is more than 100 year old!! Blaiming todays chiropractors for that quotation is nothing but stupidity.

Homola describes chiropractic in the same way as AMAs  now banned 'Committee against quackery ° (originally called the Committee Against Chiropractic). Homola talks  about:

"traditional chiropractic: Apparently, any form of chiropractic ascribed to D.D. (Daniel David) Palmer (1845-1913), chiropractic's founder, and to his son, B.J. (Bartlett Joshua) Palmer, D.C., Ph.C. (d. 1961), author of The Science of Chiropractic (1906). In "Chiropractic," the latter Palmer wrote: "We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the prisoned impulses, a tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells and stirs them to life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay . . . ."
From:  http://www.healthfactsandfears.org/healthissues/newsID.908/healthissue_detail.asp

That is a poetic description of a healing art, but D.D. Palmer had medical doctors 
employed in his school, and not priests.
  One that was employed by D.P. Palmer was John F.A. Howard.  

National School of Chiropractic Started in 1906 by John FA Howard. John FA Howard got the kind review of DD
Palmer: "Why should i not approve of your teaching the science of chiropractic .... In practice and as a teacher I Consider you more and better qualified than BJ and I think I know you both. '.

John F.A.  Howard was never talking about "Innate Intelligence", and National School of Chiropractic was often named  "the rational alternative". At 1924 become
National School of Chiropractic the ideologically leading school. 

 When the predecessor of the ACA was formed, and BJ Palmer left the leadership of UCA due to his role in the  Neuroclometer affair  the National School of Chiropractic became the leading institution in chiropractic, but there were many different Schools and the discussion was lively.

But BJ was less influential and his role decreased after "H.I.O." affair, so when BJ died in 1961 his son Dave Daniel Palmer saved the school and modernized the school . So Palmer school of chiropractic became very close to ACA schools policy.

So  the ACSH article Sammuel Hommola has put his name on is not correct, and 
everyone who study the history of chiropractic will find that the opinion ACSH article try to sell is a false view of chiropractic history, that  AMA´s forbidden committee was selling.

How operates ACSH?

Read what ACSHs former administrative director says:

"Nicolas Martin was ACSH's administrative director during parts of 1988 and 1989. He dubbed ACSH's President, Elizabeth Whelan, the "junk food queen" for her defense of companies who make products with low nutritional value.
Martin says that during his tenure with ACSH he saw or was informed of instances when funders were intimately involved in ACSH projects. Before Martin's arrival at the organization, ACSH published a booklet on sugar and health. He says that he was told by ACSH's then vice-president, Edward Remmers, that the booklet was printed in-house by The Hershey Company. Martin says that during his tenure ACSH was producing a booklet on alcohol and health that the Stroh Brewery Company participated in editing. Neither booklet included an acknowledgement of funder participation.
Martin claims that in 1999 The Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) asked ACSH to publish a booklet defending chemicals used for lawn care. He says that Dr. Whelan insisted that ACSH would only produce such a defense if the PLCAA made a donation to fund it. This is the sort of quid pro quo Dr. Whelan has always claimed that ACSH has never permitted.[20] Martin says that he notified ACSH board members of these apparent violations of ACSH policy, but that no public acknowledgement or correction resulted.
Martin disputes Dr. Whelan's claim to be a libertarian, noting that she has long supported government limits on the sale of food supplements, and controls over tobacco sale and use by adults. He notes that Dr. Whelan attended a fundraiser to support the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork, whose constitutional views are anathema to most libertarians.
From 1989 to the present, Martin has been executive director of the Consumer Health Education Council."

So "Homolas article"is a typical ACSH article. Some company pay money to ACSH.To get an article published against chiropractic. ACSH fix a person willing to put his name on the article.
The insurance companies are the most probable clients in this case.
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The companies use Barrett and his close companion S. Homola as a way to create an opinion against chiropractic.
Barret is "scientific advisor" to ACSH , and on his website "Nutriwatch"he describe ACSH as a "skeptical resource".
In an other article Homola writes: "Why the Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation Theory Is Implausible
Scientific consensus does not support the theory that nerve interference caused by vertebral misalignment is a cause of organic disease."
"Unfortunately, only a few chiropractors have renounced the vertebral subluxation theory, making it difficult to find a “good chiropractor."
From:  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/science-based-chiropractic-an-oxymoron/
It is a ridiculous position to claim that: "Why the Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation Theory Is implausible Scientific consensus does not support the theory That nerve interference caused by vertebral Misalignment is a cause of organic disease. "
Show a chiropractor school that claims it can cure illnesses of the internal organs with spinal manipulations. It is a ridiculous attack on a profession with a five-year education where one reads anatomy, physiology, pathology etc.. Same as the other profession in health care.
     Homola is trying to make people believe that chiropractors believe in one idea from the 1800s that science (including chiropractors) know is false.
 This attempt to discredit chiropractic is so stupid that it can only fool people who know nothing about chiropractic. 
It is an attempt to smear, that only will hit Homola and his "friends" but not chiropractic. Because it's just too silly. See:

Homola has a supported many things intended to harm chiropractic. But Homola has never supported the need for research on the chiropractic treatment modalities that are so important in all health professions and is necessary in an evidence-based care. Why not?
The only interesting thing about the article is what the purpose may be with this article? 

P.S. Homola alos supported NACM. NACM was an organization not to seek membership in, but you had to be invited to it. NACM was one project to split the chiropractors. Se:

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