Articles by Dr. JC Smith MA DC

Too Much Money, Too Few Ethics

In November of 2014, the famous Mayo Clinic added its voice to the issue of irrelevant ‘bad discs’ in asymptomatic people with a systematic review[1] of 33 previous MRI studies from around the world and found the consensus that ‘bad discs’ were commonplace in the...

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The Price is Not Right

“Don't just follow the money, follow the lies.” Carl Bernstein, Watergate journalist speaking at the previous White House Correspondent Dinner Many people recall the daytime television game show with Bob Barker, The Price is Right, where contestants guess the cost of...

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The Death of Spine Surgery

Needless to say, Part 1 in my call for a Moratorium on Back Surgeries met a flurry of mixed reactions. Chiropractors and other CAM providers relish their long-overdue ascension in the guidelines from the outhouse to the penthouse. Finally some positive press! On the...

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The Fall of the Disc Dynasty

No, this Part 3 in the series on Moratorium on Spine Surgery is not about the fall of the ancient Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that built the Great Wall of China. Rather, this commentary is about the Great Wall of Medical Spine Care that has begun to show signs of...

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Professional Amnesia

Dear Editor: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, wrote an Op-Ed in The New York Times (August 1, 2012), “More Treatment, More Mistakes,” suggesting that “More is not always better in medicine,” an honest warning to a huge problem in all healthcare,...

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Zombie Spine Care

ABSTRACT      Medical experts now state that many medical theories and treatments are not evidence-based, and this is most aptly seen in American spine care. Many medical critics site the huge costs, ineffective medications, ESI, low rates of surgical success, high...

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The Responsibility for Failure

 “… the ultimate objective of the AMA, theoretically, is the complete elimination of the chiropractic profession.” Robert Youngerman, attorney for the AMA’s Department of Investigation[1] In the Court of Public Opinion: Chiropractors v. the Medical Profession   Ladies...

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Piling on Chiropractic

Is it just me or do you find it odd that now eleven articles (increasing daily) have appeared within days of each other on the same issue—the safety of chiropractic? “Letting chiropractor 'crack' your neck to relieve pain could trigger stroke.” London, Fri, 08 Jun...

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Hit & Run Journalism

The famed children’s story Chicken Little made fun of a ridiculous notion by a nervous chicken that ran hysterically around the barnyard screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” after an acorn fell on its head. Of course, everyone knew the sky wasn’t...

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The Power of Prejudice

Recently on November 1, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart had a parody with comedian, John Hodgman, who defended “moneyed Americans” against attacks by the poor. He admitted there are “acceptable prejudices,” which certainly registered on my radar as a...

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The Conflicted Dr. Gupta

The Conflicted Dr. Gupta   Sanjay Gupta, MD, is the multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN who rubs elbows with US presidents, such as President Obama who proposed him as Surgeon General and, more recently, he was asked by former...

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Washington Awakens

“There is a smoking gun and it is the prescription pad.The training and the ammunition is provided by the pharmaceutical companies.” Robert Lynch, DC,  Maine Board of Chiropractic Examiners Rosa Parks, the patron saint of the civil rights movement, ignited this...

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Overcoming Chirophobia

Events during the last two weeks of April, 2014, were shocking for the chiropractic profession when defamatory articles appeared in two national publications, Forbes and USA Today. The scandalous Forbes article was laden with blatant bias on the status of chiropractic...

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Spine Surgery Moratorium Part 2

Needless to say, Part 1 in my call for a Moratorium on Back Surgeries met a flurry of mixed reactions. Chiropractors and other CAM providers relish their long-overdue ascension in the guidelines from the outhouse to the penthouse. Finally some positive press!  ...

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Too Much Money, Too Few Ethics

In November of 2014, the famous Mayo Clinic added its voice to the issue of irrelevant ‘bad discs’ in asymptomatic people with a systematic review[1] of 33 previous MRI studies from around the world and found the consensus that ‘bad discs’ were commonplace in the...

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Criminal Medicine

Shock waves hit the news recently when oncologist Dr. Farid Fata from Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for mistreating over 500 patients who he purposely misdiagnosed with cancer. Just take a look at the enormity of this multimillionaire medical...

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Bad Disk Scam

Back surgery is now rated among the worst of unnecessary, expensive and ineffective surgeries, yet few, if any, spine surgeons will admit this to their patients. Nor has Sanjay Gupta at CNN ever mentioned the “bad disk” scam his fellow spine surgeons perpetrate upon...

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The Quiet Epidemic

A recent newspaper headline on Nov. 2, 2015, caught my eye warning that “Something Startling Is Happening to Middle-Aged White Americans.” This article reviewed a study co-authored by a 2015 Nobel Prize winner who spoke of a “lost generation” of Americans whose future...

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Moratorium on Back Surgeries

There’s a new and unlikely champion in spine care. Similar to the underdog boxer Rocky fighting the overpowering champ, Apollo Creed, not only does Rocky go the distance, but eventually he came out on top. Now it’s time for the entire chiropractic profession to take a...

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Taking a Knee for Chiro

Taking a Knee for Chiropractic Issues of social injustice, police violence, and sexual abuse continue to gain attention in the media, whether it’s the social activism of NFL players who take a knee or actresses coming forth after being sexually assaulted by Harvey...

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Imperfect Storm at FSU

Imperfect Storm at FSU The thrust to expand chiropractic education from small private colleges operating on shoe-string budgets to a major university level became the goal of the Florida Chiropractic Association in 2004. They lobbied five years to convince the state...

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Lancet Elephant Part 3

The Lancet Elephant Part 3: Follow the Money Famed Washington Post investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein describe the adage that kept them on the hunt of President Richard Nixon and his White House gang during the Watergate caper to not only,...

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Lancet Part 2

The Lancet Elephant Part 2: Practitioners vs. Academic Elitists The Lancet panel was foremost an ensemble of the “evidence-based medicine” (EBM) advocates who apparently placed little regard on “practice-based evidence” (PBE) gleaned from empirical clinical work. As...

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Lancet Elephant Part 1

The Lancet Elephant Part 1: Blind Researchers Established in 1823 by its founder, Thomas Wakley to improve hospital reform, the historic British medical journal, The Lancet, on March 22, 2018, published a three-part series on Low Back Pain compiled by 31...

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Price of Pain

The Price of Pain “The pen may be mightier than the sword,  but it is not mightier than the dollar.” NM Hadler, MD, author of Stabbed in the Back[1] Not only is there a huge social cost of chronic pain to society in terms of addiction, disability, and deaths, the...

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Medical Titanic

Medical Titanic The tragic sinking of the behemoth RMS Titanic was a story of bad leadership to follow warnings and design errors such as the lack of life boats that led to the deaths of 1,524 passengers and crew. If you will, that tragedy parallels the failure of the...

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Dangerous Cargo

Dangerous Cargo The Lancet Viewpoint commentary, Low back pain: a call for action,[i] came to a sobering conclusion about the “widespread use of ineffective and harmful care” in the pandemic of LBP: “Other barriers to optimal evidence-based...

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Minimal Mass Media

Minimal Mass Media What struck me most about the media reaction to The Lancet review was how quickly it passed without much discussion. This medically-made worldwide pandemic of disabling low back pain leading to the opioid crisis caused no outrage from Sanjay Gupta...

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Marketing Pain: Part 2

Marketing Pain: Part Two Minimally Invasive Surgery Quick Fix or Quick Con? Undoubtedly the largest advertising ploy today disseminating misconceptions about LBP treatments are the incessant TV ads promoting “minimally-invasive” laser spine surgery (MISS) by the Laser...

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Marketing Pain: Part 1

Marketing Back Pain Part One: Pills, Pillows, and Problems LBP is big business at $100 billion annually in the US while affecting 540 million people worldwide at a cost approaching one trillion. Many types of practitioners and non-practitioners are cashing in whether...

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Facts of Life

Facts of Life Learning about Workers Comp Let me recall an anecdote depicting the real-life problems in Georgia’s workers’ comp program facing injured workers seeking the chiropractic benefit. Although it’s been nearly 20 years ago, I’ve never forgotten the impact of...

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Blind Spot

Chiropractic’s Blind Spot In mid-March I attended the DC2017 in Washington DC that had 1,500 people from 29 countries. It was a great seminar with interesting speakers and research award-winners, but the Life Vision seminar hosted by Life University exceeded it in...

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Bone on Bone

Bone on Bone: The Biggest Scam in Medicine The recent LBP review by The Lancet, Low back pain: a call for action, mentioned much of the American spine community remains stuck in “widespread misconceptions” and “outdated models of care and the widespread use of...

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Response Health Agenda

TO:            EDITOR: HEALTH AGENDA FROM:       JC Smith, MA, DC                  Chiropractors for Fair Journalism RE:            BACK TO BASICS by Libby Hakim Dear Editor: While reading Libby Hakim’s article about the plight of back pain, Back to Basics (Health...

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Dental Attitude Spine

Dental Attitude for Your Spine Perhaps the biggest criticism by patients and insurance payors about chiropractic care is the principle of lifetime spinal care. Most patients who don’t understand the logic behind chronic back pain and the need for maintenance care, so...

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Reframing Reformers

Time to Reframe the Refromers A recent editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Is It Time To Reframe How We Care For People With Non-Traumatic Musculoskeletal Pain?, by Jeremy Lewis and Peter O’Sullivan  seems to be a follow-up to The Lancet review by Jan...

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Dream to Nightmare

The Dream Becomes a Nightmare…  Imagine if MLK, Jr.’s dream had been subjugated by a wave of young African-Americans more bent on making money to the point they sold out his principles of equality in order to cash-in and be more socially accepted to the racist status...

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Cleaveland Homecoming

At the invitation of Carl Cleveland the III, on Friday, October 12, 2018, I had the pleasure to speak at the license renewal conference held at the Cleveland College of Chiropractic Homecoming. RESEARCH TRENDS, FAKE NEWS & THE MEDICAL WAR You can review my lengthy...

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Medical Collusion

MEDICAL COLLUSION The similarity is quite striking. The impending Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report concerning President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russian Czar Putin is a dramatic turn-around in American history. Undoubtedly many former presidents who...

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Laser Spine Closes

LASER SPINE INSTITUTE CLOSES Numerous studies in recent years suggest US physicians most often don’t follow evidence-based guidelines recommending minimal diagnostic and conservative treatments. There is simply too much money involved to follow guidelines. According...

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Berkeley Public Health

Enjoy my REBUTTAL TO 2019 WHITE PAPER to BACK PAIN & OSTEOPOROESIS  by LEE H. RILEY III & SUZANNE M. JAN de BEUR. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: BERKELEY TRUE GRIT As a Cal grad (BS ’70) and now as a practicing chiropractor for the past 40 years,...

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Rx Drug Summit

THE ELEPHANT AT THE SUMMIT The 2019 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit held in Atlanta was a major gathering of stakeholders, noted speakers and 3,000 attendees to discuss the huge opioid problem. The leaders of the NIH, CDC, the National Institute on Drug...

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Berlin Wall

TO:         WFC NATIONAL LEADERS FROM:     JC SMITH, MA, DC RE:         ACCOUNTABILITY The 2019 Berlin WFC conference shocked the profession with outrageous acts by two notable characters in chiropractic. No one expected Greg Kawchuk and Jan Harvtigsen to use the...

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Health Care Reform

Elephant in Healthcare Reform This appeared as an Op-Ed in the Macon Telegraph on June 28, 2017 Once again Congress feverishly tries to fix a broken healthcare system while ignoring the proverbial “elephant in the room” that continues to dominate but goes unmentioned....

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Medical Mussolini

Medical Mussolini The ongoing medical war against chiropractors in the media reminds me of a quote attributed to former U.S. Sen. Richard Russell from Georgia who once told his opponent during a debate, “If you’ll quit telling lies on me, I’ll quit telling the truth...

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Trump Report

PART 2 TRUMP REPORT DRAINING THE MEDICAL SWAMP Although the AMA is firmly in control of the administrative policies on Capitol Hill with its lobbying efforts and in control of the governmental bureaucracy within the Health and Human Service (HHS) that controls 13...

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Reforming Healthcare

REFORMING AMERICAN HEALTHCARE “It is time to heed the Golden Rule of Holes, which says: When you are in a hole, stop digging. Well, we have dug one whopper of a hole by failing to emphasize prevention and wellness. And it is time to stop digging.” Senator Tom Harkin,...

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Drug Kingpin

Macon TelegraphViewpoints for July 9, 2019 DRUG KINGPIN, PIMPS & PUSHERS The lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter against Johnson & Johnson described the flood of opioids as the "worst manmade public health crisis in the history of our state...

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Damn DCs

 “Because the damn chiropractors haven’t done anything with it!”    I recall just a few years ago I asked famed attorney George McAndrews why the chiropractic profession seems to be no better off than it was nearly 30 years ago in 1987 after he won the...

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I Have a Dream, too

I Have a Dream, Too by JC Smith, MA, DC www.medicalwar.info  Each year when I hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stirring speech, “I Have a Dream,” originally given in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, I just listen in awe, spellbound by his eloquence which has never been...

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Unknown War

The Unknown War “They have given every single one of their tomorrows so we can have our today.” Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, 2010 Medal of Honor recipient The tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery is a solemn tribute to those faceless heroes...

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COST VS. REWARD

CAN YOU AFFORD TO BE A CHIROPRACTOR? Not only are healthcare costs leading more Americans to bankruptcy than any other financial issue in their lives, the escalating costs of education is also a burden many medical, dental, and chiropractic students must face....

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CHIRO PARADIGM

“Is it possible that the science of Chiropractic has arrived before its time?”[1] DD Palmer, Founder of Chiropractic The Chiropractic Paradigm As the result of  a nearly 100 year medical war, history now shows the image of chiropractors has been primarily a function...

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Challenge to Chiros

A CHALLENGE TO CHIROPRACTORS “An idea that isn’t dangerous is hardly worth calling an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde  As chiropractors we know there is no more dangerous idea than the Big Idea. Dr. Sid built his bell tower in remembrance of the victims in the medical...

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Putting Patients at Risk

Chiropractor Bombs Robins Air Force Base   First of all, take a few minutes to enjoy a recent talk at the ECU about freedom of speech by Dr. Greg Kawchuk.  As usual, his talk was enlightening, engaging, and spot on! It did create a bit of irony for me considering I am...

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Chiropractors were Rights

Chiropractors Were Right! There is growing evidence our chiropractic colleagues in Australia are fighting a medical war reminiscent to the same battle fought in the US in the 1960-1970s. The medical fascists in government, media, and the medical society are quite open...

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Home of the Painful

Home of the Painful Like mushrooms, patients are kept in the dark about these issues and fed medical manure by MDs who suffer from ‘chirophobia’ or starved by a biased media feigning ignorance of this new research. To clear this muck from your mind, let me first set...

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Medical Impeachment

MAKING A CASE FOR MEDICAL IMPEACHMENT For the third time in our lifetime, a president has been impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” By definition impeachment means “the action of calling into question the integrity or validity of something.”  According to...

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Scrooge

CHIROPRACTIC SCROOGE For at least one month in December, people act kindly toward one another if not while biting their lip, turning their cheek, and swallowing their pride. During this Christmas season we count our blessings, show our gratitude with gifts to love...

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Georgia SBWC

An Appeal to the Office of Inspector General Reforming Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Program Through Choice, Competition, & Chiropractic Care  An Investigation into Antitrust Violations, Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Racketeering in the State of Georgia Workers’...

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First Do No Harm

According to Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing: “As an important step in becoming a doctor, medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath. And one of the promises within that oath is “first, do no harm” (or “primum non nocere.”)...

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