Articles by JCS
In a few days our nation’s capital will come under attack by a group of radicals whose agenda includes spreading as much anarchy against the establishment as possible. These insurgents are not Muslim religious radicals, nor are they gay or lesbian Berkeley students, nor is it Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton picketing for more entitlements, or even frustrated Deaniacs still wondering what went wrong so quickly.
Moreover, these insurgents are not what they appear to be clearly disguised in order to commit their subterfuge in the evil web they spin. These misguided zealots dress in Brooks Bros. suits with Armani ties and Italian loafers, but they preach a peculiar gospel. They sound similar to religious fringe groups like the Jehovah Witnesses with their anti-social, anti-science, “we’re right, everyone else is wrong” exclusionary beliefs. Like the JWs, not only is their ideology highly suspect and regarded as cultism by many, but the covert monetary conflict of interest by their leaders also calls into question their intellectual integrity and professional ethics. Like the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, they cleverly camouflage their true intentions as they weave their tapestry of deceit.
This enemy to the Chiropractic Nation is much more insidious and well disguised than the Medical Empire for members of this group wear no uniforms, they have no stethoscopes in hand, and they bear no medical caduceus as they claim to be our chiropracTIC colleagues. In fact, they wrap themselves in the banner of past Chiropractic Warriors when, in reality, they are actually Evil Vendors impersonating association leaders, publishers, educators, and representatives of this profession! Their intention, however, is not the betterment of their profession as much as it’s their love of money.
They cleverly use bait-and-switch tactics as a call to action: “Protecting and Promoting ChiropracTIC Principles” when, in fact, it’s all a smokescreen because what they really want is your money. Like Jimmie Swaggart selling salvation for a price, the evil vendors preach clinical success and prosperity, but their cost includes not only a monetary price, it inevitably includes selling a bit of your professional integrity.
Ol’ time chiropracTIC philosophy is their bait and rallying cry, anything remotely medical is their enemy, and chiropracTIC demagoguery is their political wedge to divide and incite among our own colleagues, but it’s simply a cover-up because, in the end, it’s all about the switch—the money—more precisely, how much of your money they can get. Sadly, some well-meaning chiropracTORs are naively misled by these demagogues, and remain locked into a regressive ideology that has stymied the clinical, economic, and political progress of this profession for too many years. Just as the al Qaeda insurgents seem locked into a 12th century mindset, our chiropracTIC zealots seem stuck in a state of mind from 1895.
After decades of deception, the fog has finally lifted to reveal these evil vendors and ideologues who have exploited this profession as they supposedly fight for our needs when, in reality, their real concern is selling their own products and services. Many chiropracTIC Evil Vendors have caused continual problems for the mainstream DCs in their attempt to divide, conquer and, most of all, to capture their market share:
Since every opportunist needs a horse to ride, Terry Rongberg has selected issues within chiropractic to publicize and promote his self-interests at our collective expense, even if it means taking his dog and pony chiropracTIC show on the road to Washington DC. Coming this weekend, Rongberg and his small band of chiropracTIC evil vendors and ideological WCA sycophants will descend upon Washington for their Capitol Summit conference to push his failed policies in another subversive, yet futile, attempt to undo the successful legislation gained by the ACA and ACC. Like BJ’s circus parade down the streets of Davenport, TR has taken his show to Washington to keep his name in front of this profession.
In effect, the policy preached by this group is just a ploy by TR to maintain his grip on the mind of this profession, come political hell or high water. In fact, however, he is simply the gnat that continues to seek the bright light of publicity, no matter how regressive or unethical, and no matter its political consequences on the future of this profession. His motive is completely self-serving, his actions are dishonorable, and his political ploy will only add to the confusion that permeates among some legislators.
Like other insurgents, Rondberg and his ilk can be likened to those with WMD (weapons of mass destruction) or, more precisely in this case, he can be viewed as a VMD—Vendor of Mass Deception. First and foremost, TR is a vendor who owns the CBS insurance brokerage and, as the publisher of a free profession-wide advertising tabloid publication, TR has committed more yellow journalism than Jayson Blair, more journalistic fraud than al Jazeera, perpetuated more conflicts of interest than UN leaders in Iraqi oil payoffs, and fomented more discord with his tabloid, The ChiropracTIC Journal, than any other single publication this profession will ever experience.
Whereas the NY Times’ motto is to print “All the News that’s Fit to Print,” the motto of the TCJ is clearly, “All the News that Pays.” His use of a mass media to influence buyers in the chiropractic marketplace cleverly hides his conflicts of interest behind a smokescreen of inflammatory rhetoric and political ploys to push his agenda, and TR freely admits his conflict of interest as a publisher: “Do I make money from CBS and TCJ? Yes, I do, just as every full time employee of any business makes a profit. Do I use TCJ to promote CBS and WCA? Of course!”
Indeed, TR’s poisoned pen has a hidden financial agenda as it spews misinformation and dissension from his bully pulpit. Combined with his frequent online messages and websites disseminating his politically incorrect drivel, this VMD has committed the most egregious professional breach of ethics this profession may have ever seen since the misguided reign of Big $id Williams.
Although reluctantly removed from power now, this former charismatic VMD wreaked more havoc on this profession than any other vendor. Big $id’s string of ploys included:
Like Williams before him who laughed all the way to the bank chanting the Money Hum, TR has no qualms about the many ethical breaches that would be intolerable in real journalism and certainly in the academic or professional confines of any other healthcare profession. These Evil Vendors and their proprietary advertising tabloids have stained the conscience of this profession for too long with their self-serving sensationalism, they have misled gullible grads with their chirovangelism and outdated “chiro cures all” hyperbole, and their divisive “we’re right, the medics and mixers are wrong” rhetoric has sown apathy and discord among our colleagues who don’t know what to think, so they do nothing instead and belong to the NCA—No Chiropractic Association.
His meddling in many chiropractic affairs is not new; for over 18 years TR has had his dirty hand in the cookie jar inasmuch as 14 foreign countries have previously complained about TR’s interference in their legislative matters. He remains the fly in the ointment that annoys rather than contributes to anything this profession achieves if he doesn’t personally control or profit somehow. His track record shows his continual ineffectiveness, but he remains the mouse who roared with his incessant inflammatory journalism, political demagoguery, and diplomatic fraud. Indeed, a VMD combined with a publisher with a bad attitude is a strong poison this profession has swallowed for too long.
It’s well known by informed DCs that TR is a Great Impersonator in many areas:
The truth about conflicts of interest is often hard to find, especially when it is well hidden behind a smokescreen. Indeed, perception is often much different than reality, especially when some legislators, many field docs, and most governmental bureaucrats are unaware of conflicts due to a lack of disclosure by these impersonators.
TR is not a legitimate publisher of a professional journal, he is not a legitimate association president, and he is not chiropractic’s spokesman at the UN or on Capitol Hill despite his protestations. He’s simply a vendor/publisher/autocrat with a self-serving attitude. Perhaps a weekend in our nation’s capital will give TR and his groupies a good lesson on democracy at work, something the WCA members have never known! Indeed, TR just doesn’t get this democracy thing of majority rule, ya folla?
Actually, his right hand man in the WCA recently explained to the Palmer campus why they don’t need to be elected to their posts in the WCA. In an ad in the Palmer Beacon student newspaper, Chris Kent, WCA board member and Evil Vendor of the “so what?” Subluxation Station, explained why WCA does not need to elect its leadership like real chiro associations. To be sure, it’s hard to imagine he wrote this with a straight face:
“In the US, the Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, so that they may apply the principles of law, particularly the Constitution, without fear of political reprisals.”
So, TR and Kent insolate themselves from democratic voting to avoid “political reprisals” by thinking of themselves as Supreme Court judges! This is just too rich. What egos! Perhaps Saddam used the same logic to justify his dictatorship. This explanation is laughable, unconscionable, and only in the world of Evil Vendors would anyone use such perverted logic!
Without a doubt, TR can be called the Great Impersonator for his many deceptions, conflicts, and lack of full disclosure. Consider these examples:
Knowing TR is the Great Impersonator, he will spew his facade of phony credentials and Don Quixotic causes around Capitol Hill, hoping some naïve Congressman like Rep. Manzullo will take his bait and listen to his pandering for favors. He will hope to convince them that he and his Axis of Evil Vendors, aka, the ChiropracTIC Coalition, represent “3 of the 4 major chiropractic organizations,” never revealing their small numbers or the many conflicts of interest of his own as well as other evil vendors like CJ Mertz, Dan Murphy, Chris Kent or Pat Gentempo.
If any of them were forthright, they would give full disclosure to every Congressman of their financial conflicts and TR would reveal the IRS statement of the WCA as a non-profit organization. Although they would still have the right to meet with legislators, of course, it should be as a lobbyist for their own special interests and not as legitimate representatives of this profession. This is pure diplomatic fraud that would be intolerable in normal political circles. But ethical representation and the avoidance of conflicts of interest have never been concerns of these VMDs.
We’ve seen other Chirovangelist Vendors impersonate chiro college presidents although totally unqualified in academia, such as the late Jim Parker, $id Williams, Rev. Reggie Gold, and now Guy Riekeman. We’ve seen VMD become association presidents in the ICA like $id Williams, Robert Hoffman, Bob Braile, and now CJ Mertz. We’ve seen VMDs publish free tabloids like TR, $id Williams, and Don Harrison. Yet we’ve never seen any of these Evil Vendors disclose these conflicts or put their business interests in escrow while serving in elected positions.
Moreover, they openly use these positions to market themselves to the profession. The recent ICA newsletter, The ChiropracTIC Choice, even fails to print a President’s column, although its current prez, CJ Mertz, does have a full-page ad for his tacky practice management program in its newsletter. Obviously these chirovangelists simply use their elected positions as marketing tools and remain unfazed by these conflicts of interest that should disqualify them. Wink, wink, nod, nod seems to be their clandestine modus operandi hoping field docs don’t realize these obvious conflicts.
While this has become commonplace in the world of Evil Vendors, imagine if the Medical Empire operated in the same fashion:
What if the publishers of the NEJM or JAMA sold insurance to subscribers or allowed vendor/columnists to dominate their journals? They would be laughed out of their Empire.
Imagine if Johns Hopkins School of Medicine appointed a charismatic vendor without any academic credentials as its president? The uproar would be defining among academia.
Imagine if Emory University allowed vendors to swamp their campus in exchange for “research” grant money. Its image would be permanently stained as an objective research institution.
Imagine if the president of the AMA openly sold products in JAMA and used his position as a bully pulpit to foment demagoguery against his financial and political competition? The proponents of ethical journalism would be aghast.
But this nonsense happens routinely in the world of ChiropracTIC VMDs, and little is said! Any health or legal professional reading any of these tabloids would be shocked at the lowbrow journalism as well as these conflicts of interest, only to reaffirm in their minds the complete lack of ethics that abounds in some ChiropracTIC circles. Since these VMDs have demonized medics and mixers, they turn a deaf ear to any calls for ethical behavior if it interferes with them making money!
“In 1898, newspapers provided the major source of news in America. At this time, it was common practice for a newspaper to report the editor's interpretation of the news rather than objective journalism. If the information reported was inaccurate or biased, the American public had little means for verification. With this sort of influence, the newspapers wielded much political power. In order to increase circulation, the publishers of these papers often exploited their position by sponsoring a flamboyant and irresponsible approach to news reporting that became known as ‘yellow journalism.’”
Regrettably in the chiropractic profession we see the same exploitation of readers as they did in 1898. We now see many vendor/publishers who disseminate irresponsible journalism and misinformation via free tabloids among the rank and file. Their tactic is clear: to appear to be the guardian of the chiropracTIC Holy Grail in order to win the trust of the readers—as TR writes on his TCJ masthead—“Protecting and Promoting the Principles of Chiropractic,” when, in reality, his main goal is to bait readers with sensational articles then to sell them something instead. Perhaps his masthead would be more honest if it read: “Proselytizing and Promoting Profits for ChiropracTIC Vendors.”
To stir their readers’ emotions, these tabloids resort to unethical tactics to incite their prejudices against the mainstream healthcare establishment—both medical and chiropractic—with the use of loaded language, e.g. “medical therapy,” and slanted editorial opinions appearing as front page fact as with the recent VA decision. In reality, however, they are neither consumer watchdogs nor political activists, but they are simply demagogues with hidden financial agendas, vendors posing as columnists, and publishers with conflicts of interest.
Other than JMPT and JACA, two reputable periodicals with peer-reviewed panels, few of the other chiropractic publications concern themselves with objective journalism or professional ethics inasmuch as vendor/publishers who print these tabloids are not interested in the dissemination of professional knowledge as much as to sell products. In the real world of journalism, such tabloids with agendas and an open bias are called “point of view” publications to be kind; on the other extreme, some are regarded as nothing less than supermarket-styled free tabloids filled with ads and yellow journalism.
Here is a short list of chiropractic “point of view” publications of dubious credibility:
Let’s face it—there are elements in the chiropractic profession who’ve sown the seeds of discontent in order to sell products, diplomas, and services at the price of a fractured profession. There are some who sell junk science and unethical practice management methods under the guise of chiropracTIC care or a perverted Lasting Purpose. There are some who print yellow journalism fomenting confusion and dissension in order to stay in the consumers’ mind as their so-called advocate. It’s equivalent to Saddam fostering the notion he was fighting for Allah and Islam when, in reality, he fought for his own ungodly wealth at the expense of the good people of Iraq.
The ruse is obvious to objective people within this profession, but to those devoted to the ol’ time chiropracTIC ideology, this is their raison d’etre—their reason for living. Perhaps this mindset is the reason the Joanne Gallagher incident occurred as a result of her chiropracTIC indoctrination inasmuch as she did exactly what chiropracTORs have been taught by their gurus. After all, she’s not a “back cracker” as they chide those NMS DCs who focus on this epidemic, but they contend to be “wellness chiropracTORs” who don’t treat pain or symptoms, but they do “balance the meninges.”
As a Sherman grad and Regent for the past twenty years, no doubt she was well versed in her chiropracTIC ideology, the Subluxation Station, and she professed the anti-medical attitude fostered by the likes of TR, Tedd Koren, Joe Flesia, Guy Riekeman, and Reggie Gold. Indeed, Gallagher was politically correct as far as chiropracTORs were concerned, yet that method led to the death of an unwitting victim.
Ironically, Gallagher was also a victim of the same chiropracTIC ideology that led to the death of her epileptic patient. I daresay everyone who taught Gallagher the “principled” chiropracTIC, non-diagnostic, non-therapeutic, anti-anything-medical, and the experimental Upledger Method of care that comprised her practice paradigm should have been considered co-conspirators in her crime. After all, she simply did as she was taught by her “principled” chiropracTOR gurus, ya folla? As well, to date TR’s tabloid has not published one article about this court case perhaps to avoid his association with her crime. No doubt if she were an evil mixer, this story would have been headlines in his TCJ.
At the top of the heap of evil vendors are the proverbial ChiropracTIC Chosen Few—the self-anointed chiropracTIC philosophers—who mesmerize fellow chiropractors with inflammatory chirovangelist rhetoric as they chant their mantra of greed hidden behind a veil of altruism. But never forget: whatever role they assume as so-called chiropracTIC leaders—politicians, college presidents, publishers, seminar presenters or so-called philosophers—they all are Evil Vendors first and foremost!
Undeniably these are strong allegations, but a case can easily be made that the ChiropracTIC Evil Vendors run amok in ethical problems and remain chiropractic’s biggest obstacle to educational progress, professional unity, an improved public image, and prosperity! Remarkably, the reason for this discord has nothing to do with clinical or healthcare science since most DCs practice similarly as much as it has to do with mere ego, political demagoguery and, of course, money!
Do I hear a Money Hum coming on?
Obviously TR snubs his nose at all his apparent conflicts of interest and any call for ethical reforms. Like all Evil Vendors, he eagerly looks at the Chiropractic Nation as simply a marketplace to be manipulated just as TV ads bend the minds of viewers to sell their products. While these Evil Vendors may not use bombs or bullets, they do fight a War of Words and conduct political deception to mold this profession to suit their business interests. And they do it all under the guise of “chiropracTIC philosophy,” which is a bunch of bunk, but it sells in Davenport, Marietta, and Spartanburg, to name a few of the hotbeds of chiropracTIC saintliness!
Fortunately, the Universal Intelligence recently has removed many of these Evil Vendors from our midst, such as the long overdue elimination of Big $id Williams and his gang of academic imposters from Life College; the passing of ignoble ideologues like Fred Barge, the removal of Big Guy Riekeman from Palmer to the sinking ship of Life (which is still a dumb name for a college no matter who’s at the helm), and the retirement of other ol’ time chiropracTIC spokesmen like Joe Flesia, Rev. Reggie, Thom Gelardi, and Victor Strang—the infamous Palmer Philosophers—whose time has come and thankfully gone.
Indeed, the chiropracTIC implosion over the last few years has left the Old Guard of Evil Vendors reeling, but as the old guard passes on, other evil vendors await to eagerly take their place in the profession as new-age demagogues espousing the same divisive and antiquated concepts that have kept this struggling profession split and its image soiled.
If the Chiropractic Nation is to free itself from the grasp of those Evil Vendors who have had a stranglehold on this profession for decades now as they work to divide and confuse in order to profit, it begins by isolating the ideologue fundamentalists who would blow up the social and political harmony of this profession just as the al Qaeda insurgents are willing to blow themselves up to disrupt freedom in Iraq. The Evil Vendors in our midst will do the same—ostensibly to promote chiropracTIC when, in fact, their goal is actually to stir the pot of controversy to stay in the minds of chiropractic professionals in order to sell their products.
The time has come for this profession to draw a line in the sand on the many political, financial, journalistic, and professional acts of impropriety by these evil vendors. The time has arrived to determine what professional consideration must be taken for these rabble-rousers who’d rather see this profession wither on the vine than to unite and prosper. We have let them run amok for too long without restitution for their damage done.
The time has come to take TR to task for his 18 years of duplicity within the chiropractic profession. The Litany of Evidence against TR is enormous, yet few DCs are aware of the totality of his counter-revolutionary and self-serving methods or the lengths of serious ethical malfeasance done by TR and his band of cronies to disrupt legislation, exploit students, misrepresent other associations, mischaracterize events, and obstruct unity within the chiropractic profession.[xii]
While ethical publishers, college presidents, and chiro representatives will answer in the affirmative to raise the ethical standards in this profession, does anyone think TR, CJ, Kent and the rest of the chiropracTIC evil vendors will have the ethics to change their modus operandi and come clean?
Okay, okay, just stop laughing!
[i] Who’s Looking Out.doc
[iii] The WCA.doc
[iv] Rongberg Rides Again.doc
[v] Journalistic Fraud.doc
[vi] WCA vs WFC.doc
[vii] Part Six.doc
[viii] Sour Grapes.doc
[ix] Life’s Doldrums.doc
[x] Sour Grapes.doc
[xi] Journalistic Crime.doc
[xii] Who’s Looking Out.doc