Chiropractors for Fair Journalism

 

Articles written by JCS over the last 30 years

What Went Wrong with ICA

What Went Wrong with the ICA? The recent editorial by Don Petersen, Jr. concerning the declining membership in the ICA under the reign of Drs. $id Williams and DD Humber failed to mention how this regime of intellectual and political terror actually began. Just as the...

More Witches Down Under

More Witches Down Under The witch hunt against pediatric chiropractic care Down Under has resurfaced on a television program, Studio 10. The TV hostess introduced her interview with Dr. Ian Rossborough and immediately showed her bias with the inflammatory prelude,...

Pushing Pot

Pushing Pot  Just the other night I overheard on TV the chief medical reporter at CNN, Sanjay Gupta, MD, when he made a confession: “Recently, I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think, you know, we've been terribly and systematically misled...

We Are Suckers!

We Are Suckers!  I hate to say, but we’ve been duped by Steven Salzberg.  Not only by his medical bigotry or by his gross lack of fair journalism, but by the fact that he has purposely stirred the pot of controversy not to create a sensible debate about the woes of...

Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts The winter holidays bring not only the best in college bowl and NFL playoff games, but this annual milestone makes us reflect upon remembrances from yesteryear and hopeful resolutions for the future. Certainly the New Year is a time when many people...

Why Surgeons Wear Masks

Medical Mistakes Part III White Collar Crime or Why Surgeons Wear Masks Once again one of my former patients got railroaded by her attorney into having back surgery. Apparently some of these predatory personal injury attorneys aren’t satisfied that chiropractic care...

Riddle of Back Pain

Riddle of Back Pain By JC Smith, MA, DC There is a quandary concerning a huge silent epidemic plaguing Americans that has nothing to do with germs, genetics, or cholesterol. It rarely makes the news nor are there television programs about it. This epidemic has not...

Who’s Got Your Back?

Who’s Got Your Back? by JC Smith, MA, DC I have a puzzle that would dumfound most people, including NPR Puzzle Master Will Shortz. Question: What is the third-largest physician-level health profession in the country and what does it primarily do? Let me give you a few...

We’re 72nd

Social Iatrogenesis   “We’re 72nd, We’re 72nd!” by JC Smith, MA, DC Warner Robins, GA   Holding their index fingers up in the air, shouting “we’re number one!” is symbolic for victory by sport fans around the world. The same can be said about the medal count at the...

Voodoo Diagnosis

"Voodoo" Diagnosis: Have Your Patients Been Victims of Scare Tactics? By J.C. Smith, MA, DC Too many times I've been told by patients of their fear of being adjusted by a chiropractor because their MD or physical therapist scared them with untrue statements about...

Woes of Whiplash

The Woes of Whiplash “TWIP” by JC Smith, MA, DC  If your spouse were to die suddenly while owning a life insurance policy of $100,000, what would you do if the insurance company offered you only $50,000 at a settlement with the comment, “But he wasn’t worth $100...

Truth or Dare?

American Healthcare: Truth or Dare?   By   James C. Smith, MA, DC 1103 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 Phone: (478) 922-4091 jcsmith@smithspinalcare.com   Reprint requests to above address Word count: Abstract:        117 Text:               3,480...

Too Many Notes, Mozart

"Too Many Notes, Mozart" by J.C. Smith, DC Managed care organizations appear paradoxical, especially when they market themselves as health maintenance organizations whose goal is to promote wellness and thereby limit unnecessary medical expenses. Unfortunately, as we...

Tipping Point

Tipping Point By JCS Many people still think they “catch” diseases even though the main chronic degenerative disorders plaguing Americans have nothing to do with germs, bacteria, viruses or bad genes. Indeed, you don’t catch or inherit cancer, obesity, heart disease,...

Time to Crow

Time to Crow By J.C. Smith, MA, DC After sitting in the back of the health care bus for nearly a century, the chiropractic profession suddenly may be catapulted into the driver's seat. The new federal guidelines on low back pain basically concluded that back surgeries...

Time to Change Course

Time to Change Course of Treatment The Epidemic of Low-Back Pain By J.C. Smith, MA, DC The huge costs and suffering from low-back pain (LPB) in the United States are staggering, according to international researchers. The documented facts about LPB are astronomical in...

Think Out of the Box

Think Out of the Box By JCS The paradox of low back pain has received enormous attention lately for good reasons. Different approaches and treatments abound among practitioners of different skill levels. Considering the huge costs involved in this epidemic, the...

Thick Skins

Thick Skins by JC Smith, DC  SOMETIMES I WONDER IF 15,000 MEDICS OR DENTISTS WOULD GO TO JAIL for practicing their healing arts like chiropractors did in the first half of the twentieth century. I once asked an orthopedist here in my town that question, and he flatly...

Trend to Alternatives

The Trend to Alternatives – the Chiropractor as Hero By J.C. Smith, MA, DC With the growing publicity of "alternative" health care in the media, I have found it odd that the chiropractic profession has been, for the most part, ignored. Just recently, NBC's "Today...

The Paradoxical Backache

The Paradoxical Backache By JCS  It never ceases to amaze me the huge amount of conflicting information about the epidemic of back pain in this country. One thing is true no matter who discusses this issue—back pain is a costly epidemic that is only getting worse....

Tear down this wall

“Tear down this wall” By JCS The ACA has a serendipitous opportunity that comes on the heels of the AMA’s House of Delegates that recently announced a formal apology for its historical racism toward African American medical doctors. (“AMA apologizes to black doctors...

Tale of Two Chiropractor

“It doesn't belong dead.”             A Tale of Two Chiropractors by JC Smith, MA, DC  It was almost high noon at the not-Okay corral in Macon, Georgia, last February when both sides appeared for a showdown. The guys in the white hats were the Georgia State Board of...

Tainted Image

The Mystery Science Profession By JCS How can so many people be unaware of the chiropractic profession when it’s the third largest healthcare profession in the world, the largest of the alternative/complementary health professions in North America, and used by more...

Taboo Chiropractic

Unmask and Reframe Taboo Chiropractic By JCS “Everybody knows chiropractic is an unscientific cult and if you don’t know this too, then something is wrong with you.” While this bigotry may sound harsh to the 22 million Americans who use chiropractors every year, it...

Stabbed in the Back

Zombie Ethics By JCS  “Zombie science,” according to medical ethicist Bruce Charlton, MD, has “a sinister consequence of evaluating scientific theories purely on the basis of enlightened self interest.”[1] “Although the classical ideal is that scientific theories are...

Squeeze Care

Squeeze Care to Expand Profits Wall Street in Healthcare By JCS Columnist Walter E. Williams who writes for Creators Syndicate attempted to enlighten readers about “affordable health care” in his article, “Can government deliver ‘affordable health care’?”[1] He...

Spittin’ Up Their Milk

Spittin’ Up Their Milk by JC Smith, MA, DC  Managed care, aka, mangled care, seems to have irritated most everyone except for the insurance companies. Most recently, an article in the August edition of Physicians’ Managed Care Report carried an interesting article...

Spine Surgeons Wrath

Spine Surgeons Wrath  By  JCS  There may be one ray of hope to ending this onslaught of spine surgeries, which in the near future will rank alongside tonsillectomy, appendectomy, hysterectomy, and mastectomy as another common but unnecessary surgery. The fact that an...

Snubbed Again

Snubbed Again By JCS  “Every voice has to be heard,” said President Obama at the White House forum on healthcare reform yesterday. “Every idea must be considered…The status quo is the one option that is not on the table.”[1]   Although his challenge sounds positive,...

Slipped Discs or Joints?

Slipped Discs or Slipped Joints? By JCS The unwavering commitment to traditional medical diagnosis and treatments dissuade many MDs to realize that joint dysfunction and mechanical issues may be the primary problems causing back pain as well as disc abnormalities....

Skeletons in the Closet

Skeletons in the Medical Closet By JCS The AMA is a nonprofit agency whose mission is “to be an essential part of the professional life of every physician and an essential force for progress in improving the nation’s health,” according to the AMA’s website.  To most...

Skeletons in Med Closet

Skeletons in the Medical Closet By JCS The AMA is a nonprofit agency whose mission is “to be an essential part of the professional life of every physician and an essential force for progress in improving the nation’s health,” according to the AMA’s website.  To most...

Say No to Drugs

“Pharmageddon” is upon us Just Say No to Drugs, Err, Now We Mean Medications by JCS When Nancy Reagan taught schoolchildren to “just say no” to drugs in 1981, little would she know the real danger in 2011 to children and adults would not be street drugs, but...

Say No to Bushcare

Say No to Bushcare House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) recently declared Obamacare a “train wreck,” which is paradoxical considering “Bushcare” has already crashed that healthcare train. Indeed, the Affordable Care Act had to happen after Bushcare, but it may still be...

Santa’s Slippery Slope

Santa’s Slippery Slope I’ve stopped believing in Santa Claus, not because he’s merely a fictional character, but because he’s a bad role model for kids. Santa’s been on a slippery slope for decades, and I don’t mean a snowy hillside that might be dangerous for him or...

Poisoned Love

April 16, 2002   SEAK, Inc. Attn: Steven Babitsky, President PO Box 729 Falmouth, MA 02541   RE:                  Medical Fiction Writing Competition   Dear Sir: Mr. Gary Cuneo, EVP of the American Chiropractic Association, forwarded me your note about the 2nd Annual...

Response to Aussie MDs

December 2, 2011   TO:                 Professor Graham Pegg             Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean             Professor Grant Stanley Dean Medical and Applied Sciences Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health   Central Queensland University Bruce...

Quackery & Chiropractic

Quackery & Chiropractic  By  JCS  How many times have you heard, “My doctor says chiropractic is quackery and he doesn’t believe in it”?   When a respondent in a survey on chiropractic once said, “I wouldn’t want my daughter to marry one,” we know this medical...

Power to the Patients!

Power to the Patients! By JCS  President Barack Obama commented on the huge problem this nation faces: healthcare reform.  “The runaway cost of health care is punishing families and businesses across our country,” President Obama said. “We’re on an unsustainable...

People Will Talk

Chiropractors Undergoing Public Image Makeover People Will Talk By JCS If you’re an old movie buff like I am, you’ve probably seen Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, and Finlay Currie in the classic comedy-romance, “People Will Talk (1951)” Among other threads in this...

Path Less Traveled

Path Less Traveled by JC Smith, MA, DC Flying into Chicago on a clear night is a sight to behold. As we approached O’Hare on our descent, our plane from Atlanta first flew northerly over the eastern edge of the city and slowly turned to port as it circled the city. To...

Kaiser Crapola

Kaiser Crapola Another example of the medical bias railroading patients exclusively for itself despite the lack of support for medical spine care, Kaiser Permanente MCO recently published a brochure on back pain in which chiropractors were completely omitted....

Joe Camel vs. Ronald McD

Joe Camel vs. Ronald McDonald By JCS Not only have ineffective medical methods become problematic to the well-being of Americans, so have their personal bad health habits been a source of disease. Aided by political lobbyists and supporters in Congress, bad health...

Op Success, Patient Died

“The Operation Was a Success, But the Patient Died” (and here’s a bill for $50,000)  Today the Clinton Administration announced it would convene a task force to investigate ways to decrease the 100,000 deaths annually from medical mistakes. The television news reports...

Future of Health Care

The Future of Health Care in America By JC Smith, DC  While lobbying during the NCLC on Capitol Hill, I had an interesting exchange with Sen. Max Cleland’s health aide, Tamara Jones, PhD. This intelligent woman was unlike most of the Congressional aides we met who...

Outrage

Is Capitalism the Cause of the Healthcare Problem? Outrage By JCS I’m enjoying the escalating public outrage over the greed of Wall Street capitalist pigs. It reminds me of my collegiate days at Berkeley in the ‘60s when the protests against the Vietnam war gained...

Ounce of Prevention

Ounce of Prevention By JCS If this reform accomplishes anything, hopefully it will end the stranglehold on healthcare by the medical profession. For too long the present American healthcare system emphasizes the “pound of cure” rather than the “ounce of prevention” or...

NPR Letter

TO:  Blake Farmer, NPR reporter RE: Military Pokes Holes In Acupuncture Skeptics' Theory Dear Blake: I must protest this article. When I first heard it while driving to work, I was stunned and after a week of thought, I am furious about this blatantly one-sided and...

Not All Epidemics Kill

Back Pain Worldwide & Costly Not All Epidemics Kill by JC Smith, MA, DC  The huge costs and suffering from low back pain in the United States are staggering, according to international researchers. The documented facts about low back pain (LPB) are astronomical in...

NEWSWEEK RIPS SPINE SUR

NEWSWEEK RIPS SPINE SURGERY BY JCS The revelations about unnecessary spine surgeries continue to appear in the mainstream media with a cover story in Newsweek magazine, “No! The One Word that Can Save Your Life” by Sharon Begley (August 22, 2011). The article spoke...

NEJM & LBP

NEJM & LBP by JC Smith, MA, DC  Once again Robert Deyo, MD, has struck at chiropractic with another luke-warm appraisal of SMT in his recent NEJM (Feb. 1, 2001) article, “Primary Care: Low Back Pain.” Although he certainly didn’t endorse the traditional medical...

My Aching Sacroiliac!

“My Aching Sacroiliac!”  “After years of failed back surgeries to correct this problem, the medical profession has finally concluded their approach was incorrect, and that the chiropractic explanation was correct all along.”   by JC Smith, MA, DC   Former comedian...

MSD incompetence

Musculoskeletal incompetence in medicine By JCS Allopathic medical education has recently been described as "woefully inadequate" in preparing medical doctors for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, and these deficits stem from the paucity of...

800-pound gorilla

800-pound gorilla in healthcare By JC Smith, MA, DC   As the Obama administration begins talks on healthcare reform, the medical cartel is already forming its lobbying efforts and phony advocacy groups to disseminate misinformation to scare the public as we saw during...

Misleading Research

Let the Chips Fall By JCS The supermarket of care for spinal disorders just got more confusing with the release of an RCT by WC  Peul et al.[1] Dr. Peul is Director of the Spine Intervention Prognostic Study Group at Leiden University Medical Center. Since 2004, he...

Military Health Issues

 March 3, 2011 Rep. Bob Filner 2428 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Sir: Let me thank you for helping my profession gain access within the military health services. Unfortunately, the inclusion of chiropractic care has been sabotaged by MDs and...

Merchants of Misinform

Merchants of Misinformation  “The truth is, he’d probably have been cured if he had fanned himself with goofus feathers.”[1] Ann Landers, syndicated columnist The impact of Morris Fishbein’s viral journalism attacking chiropractic planted the seed for others to follow...

Medicare for Everyone?

NEJM Editorial  Medicare for Everyone?  by  JC Smith, MA, DC  I enjoy reading The New England Journal of Medicine for its timely and interesting commentaries about healthcare issues. While their medical perspective is often very slanted to their interests, it does...

Medical Voodoo

Medical Voodoo By JCS How many times have your patients been subjected to the medical voodoo diagnosis? I just had another one—if I had a nickel for every case, I’d have a pile of money. What the unethical surgeons/MDs do is scare the snot out of patients by...

Medical Supremacy

Medical Supremacy By JCS The medical supremacist attitude is typical of most MDs who think their degree stands for “Minor Deity,” as attorney George McAndrews stated, describing the fomentation of this elitist attitude at medical schools that teach their students, “If...

Medical Bully

Confronting the Medical Bully Bullying has been a hot topic in the news lately whether the victims are shy teenagers and gay students who committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied or now as we see with a behemoth NFL player bullied as a right of passage into...

Monopoly Capitalism

Monopoly Capitalism in Healthcare By JC Smith, MA, DC Critics of universal healthcare are quick to note that socialized medicine in Canada and the UK are plagued by delayed surgery, “health tourists” fleeing to other countries for care, and assume that America has the...

Merry-Go-Round

Medical Merry-Go-Round by JC Smith, MA, DC  THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE (IOM) IS AGAIN CRITICIZING the American healthcare delivery system, this time in an April, 2001 article blasting the healthcare system as a “tangled, highly fragmented web that wastes resources to...

Medical McCarthyism

Medical McCarthyism By JCS The one person who terrorized the chiropractic profession the most is the infamous Morris Fishbein who actually owned the AMA for 25 years until his termination in 1950. His influence on medicine and medical education was significant, and it...

Media Meddling

Hired Hands Media Meddling By JCS     The impact of Morris Fishbein’s blatant yellow journalism attacking chiropractic set the seed for others to follow in his footsteps to misrepresent the value of manipulative therapy as well as mischaracterize chiropractors....

Managed Care Sickness

Managed Care Sickness by JC Smith, MA, DC  Sometimes I don’t know if it’s better for chiropractors to be in the medical loop or not. On one hand, it’s nice to have access to more patients by being a part of the PPO/HMO system, while on the other hand, working for...

Making Waves

A Chiropractic Proposal for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation   by JC Smith, MA, DC Representative of the Georgia Chiropractic Association & Smith Spinal Care Center 1103 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088     Objective: To lower...

Liberty or Death

Give Me Medical Liberty or Give Me Medical Death  By  JCS Never would I have imagined a presidential inauguration would pique my interest as a chiropractor. As a citizen who favors diversity, I certainly enjoyed President Obama’s second inaugural address, coinciding...

Medical Mistakes

Sept. 13, 1999 Editors Macon Telegraph RE:      Medical Mistakes  Dear Editor: I read with both delight and bewilderment your recent series about “Medical Mistakes.” I am delighted that you’ve finally broached these important issues after your staff had rejected...

Killer Subluxation

"Killer Subluxation" by JC Smith, DC  A few years ago collegiate basketball player Chris Daniels from the University of Dayton suddenly died on the court from an apparent cardiac arrest. Autopsy failed to reveal anything that would explain this sudden tragedy -- no...

The Key Won’t Unlock

The Key Won’t Unlock By JC Smith, MA, DC  Although it has been well over 10 years since the Wilk antitrust suit was settled in favor of the plaintiffs/chiropractors, the insidious boycott of chiropractors from public hospitals continues despite this legal landmark....

Jim Crow Still Alive

     January 22, 2008 Jim Crow Still Alive Dear Editor: Every year on the remembrance of MLK, Jr., I recall his poignant speech that states to judge a man by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin.   While I applaud his effort to end racial...

ACC-RAC 2012

Lucky Las Vegas By JCS The Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference & Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) has to be the best show in the chiropractic profession if you have any intellectual proclivity or scientific curiosity whatsoever left in...

Intangible Key to Succes

The Intangible Key to Success: Management -- the Missing Link By J.C. Smith, MA, DC Perhaps the most difficult aspect of building and operating a successful practice is the most intangible factor of all -- management. While most practice-building seminars are quite...

COST OF WORKERS’ COMP

THE HIGH COST OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASES By JCS For business owners in Georgia, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation statistics on back injuries and costs alone are frightful. In 1999, there were 2,959 cases of low back injuries that cost the program over 28...

Dark Ages of Medicine

The Dark Ages of Medicine By JCS Why has it taken over 110 years for this evidence to come forth? Except for chiropractic patients and spine researchers who understand the value of chiropractic care, many in the public haven’t learned this lesson due to a very...

Dumb Marketing

Dumb Marketing by JC Smith, DC I recall Rev. Robert Schuller’s famous saying that “Tough times never last, but tough people do!” Any doctor of chiropractic has to admit that it’s very tough being a chiropractor in today’s health care delivery system--managed care,...

IMAGE OR IGNOMINY?

PURSUIT OF IMAGE OR IGNOMINY? By JC Smith, MA, DC In 1992, George McAndrews wrote in the ACA Journal his opinion of chiropractic's suspect image:  "I believe this is the era of image. It is time for the 'deweirdization' of the profession... An aura of 'weirdness' is...

Is Democracy Possible?

Is Democracy Possible in Chiropractic? by JC Smith, MA, DC When I’ve suggested the concept of democracy in chiropractic in previous articles, I’m amazed by comments that suggest democracy in our profession is impossible. Too many warlords, too many opposing beliefs,...

Is Chiropractic PC?

Is Chiropractic Politically Correct?  By JC Smith, DC Time has changed the public's consciousness on many sensitive issues. Attitudes about sexism, racism, equality and freedom of choice have changed greatly during the last few decades. No longer can jokes make fun of...

Ironic Vindication

Ironic Vindication By JCS  Guess what? Those chiropractors were right all along!  After 100 years of being the outcasts in the medical world, modern research on low back pain has vindicated those chiropractors whose been ridiculed for years. In fact, not only has...

Infomercial #3

Call for Reform in Back Treatments Hello again, my name is Dr. JC Smith and I’m a chiropractor in Warner Robins. Today I’d like to discuss the upcoming healthcare reform and how chiropractic care can reduce costs and improve outcomes in the back pain business.  ...

Infomercial #2

Back Pain Treatments: Buyer Beware Hello again, I’m JC Smith and I’ve been a doctor of chiropractic for over 30 years, and in addition to practicing in Warner Robins, I’ve also authored 5 books, written over 200 articles and letters-to-the-editors that some of you...

Infomercial #1

“Avoid Back Surgery” With Dr. JC Smith, MA, DC Preview Scene of office front and street sign (both sides) Introduction Scene with Dr. Smith in Consultation Room Hello, I’m Dr. JC Smith, a chiropractor working in WR for the past 30 years and I’d like to talk to you...

In Defense of Back Care

In Defense of Backache Care  by  JC Smith, MA, DC  Whenever I want to learn about objective straight chiropractic (OSC), I turn to “The Pivot Review “ newsletter written by Joseph B. Strauss, DC, FCSC. While other straight writers tend to the hyperbolic rhetoric and...

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty and Workers' Compensation By J.C. Smith, MA, DC Throwing Good Money After Bad Once again, chiropractic and my office have been faced with another proverbial "last resort" and asked to clean up the mess made by the world of medicine. Like the childhood...

Hospital Fraud

Hospital Fraud and Discrimination by JC Smith, MA, DC  Recently three executive officers of the Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. have been served with federal indictments for possible Medicaid and Medicare fraud, and now our local hospital is also being...

Hammer & Nails

Hammer & Nails The Rest of the Story was a classic radio program originally hosted by Paul Harvey who told quaint human interest stories with a twist-ending that he would conclude with his legendary tag line, "And now you know the rest of the story." Another human...

Guardians of a Monopoly

Thinking Outside the Little Black Bag Guardians of a Monopoly By JCS President Obama said during his March 24, 2009 press conference that solving the healthcare crisis is imperative to solving the financial crisis; “in fact, the biggest driver of long-term deficits...

Green Healthcare

Almost Everything You Never Knew About Chiropractors by JCS T. Boone Pickens preaches the benefits of green energy like wind, solar, and liquefied natural gas to replace our dependency on oil, but the idea of green alternatives in healthcare is lesser-known although...

Golden Opp Missed

Golden Opportunity Missed By JCS The 2007 Presidential Address by RD Guyer, MD, “The paradox in medicine today—exciting technology and economic challenges,” reprinted in The Spine Journal,[1] failed to answer his proposition as to what is absurd or contradictory in...

Goin’ to Jail for Chiro

"Goin' to Jail for Chiro" by JC Smith, MA, DC  Today it's hard to imagine that over 15,000 DCs went to jail for practicing chiropractic care in the first half of the 20th century. These early healthcare libertarians were convicted under the guise of practicing...

Germ or Disk Theory?

Iconoclastic or Progressive? Germ Theory or Disk Theory? By JC Smith, MA, DC We, chiropractors, are an unusual bunch of health professionals. Actually, “unusual” may be too vague since it fails to describe the lengths some DCs have gone to refute, deny, or discredit...

Get Off Our Backs

“Get Off Our Backs” by JC Smith, MA, DC   Americans love the underdog, whether it’s the hapless sports team beating the overwhelming favorite like the 1980 US hockey team consisting of college boys winning the gold medal against the pros from the USSR at Lake Placid...

Gay Chiropractors

Chirophobia & Other Skeletons in the Medical Closet Gay Chiropractors Recently there has been much ado about a pro basketball player coming out of the closet. Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards NBA team has become the first athlete for a major U.S. team to...

Fundamental Flaws

Fundamental Flaws By JCS “False Positive” Imaging            Undoubtedly the foremost reason why there’s too many surgeries is due to the failed disc theory that still abounds in the minds of most MDs. As you will learn, spine experts from around the world have shown...

Fore, Ladies!

Can Chiropractors Play, Too? Fore, Ladies! By JCS   For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members. The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the past decade because of its all-male membership, invited former...

Fools Gold

Gold Standard or Fool’s Gold? Recently CNN.com published an op-ed piece entitled, “The Back Pain Most Surgeons Won't Find” by Dr. Nick Shamie, President of the American College of Spine Surgery. Apparently, his article has gone viral among spine surgeons looking for...

Fighting to Help

Fighting to Help Lower Costs Making A Financial Case for Chiropractic by JC Smith, MA, DC   Recent announcements say healthcare insurance costs in 2002 are skyrocketing again. According to the Miami Herald, employers' insurance costs rose 10.5 percent last year—the...

Fighting the Medical War

Fighting the Medical Wars by JC Smith, MA, DC After twenty years on the frontline fighting in the trenches in the medical wars, I feel like a weathered “leatherneck” Marine veteran, scarred from too many battles, emotionally drained contending with medical mistakes...

Faith Restored

EBC or unscientific cult? Faith Restored By JC Smith Sometimes you just never know what gifts you’ll be given, nor do they all come wrapped in bows and boxes. For me, Christmas came early this year on the first weekend in December when I attended the FCER seminar at...

Evidence-Based Care

Evidence-Based Care for Low Back Pain By JC Smith, MA, DC    The paradox of acute low back pain (ALBP) has received enormous attention lately for good reasons. Different approaches and treatments abound among practitioners of different skill levels. Considering the...

Medical Racism

Sincere Contrition or Politically Expedient? By JC Smith, MA, DC Perhaps with the upcoming election and the great likelihood of our first black president, the AMA’s House of Delegates has announced a formal apology for its historical racism toward African American...

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich & Chiropractic By JC Smith, DC   Erin Brockovich is a hoot, and if you haven’t seen this movie about this courageous woman, you ought to do so. Although the movie itself had nothing to do with chiropractic directly, the truth of the matter is this...

Drive It ‘til It Breaks

Drive It ‘til It Breaks By JC Smith, MA, DC I love to drive my 1968 Karman Ghia, which is a small 4-cylinder sports car made by Volkswagen that is no longer in production. It’s fun to drive and looks great for being over 30 years old, but like most old cars, needs...

Dream Keeper

Dream Keeper by JCS Watching the Coretta Scott King funeral memorial yesterday was inspiring and definitely not sad as one might expect with the humor, singing, praise among the political theater. Instead of a tragic death like we experienced when her husband was...

Dr Jerry McAndrews

 Dr. Jerry McAndrews: The Passing of a Legend by JCS Dr. Jerry McAndrews was my hero, mentor, and friend, so it came as a shock to hear of his recent unexpected passing. For those who knew this exceptional man, he was not only an icon in the chiropractic profession...

Doubting Dr. Deyo

Doubting Dr. Deyo By JC Smith, MA, DC   There’s no question that Richard Deyo, MD, is one of the leading experts in the area spinal research. His works have appeared in every major medical journal from the NEJM to Scientific American to the AHCPR federal guidelines....

Doctor No

Doctor No By JC Smith, DC, MA An enraged Congress took Wall Street and Detroit executives to the woodshed to explain why their industries collapsed as they made millions.  Now I’m waiting for the next shoe to drop for Congress to hold the reclusive AMA’s feet to the...

Creeping Capitalism

Problem or Solution? Creeping Capitalism by JC Smith, MA, DC As the American healthcare crisis continues unabated with escalating costs and questionable care, despite the control of government, HMOs and MCOs to regulate care and to cut costs, problems continue to...

Cooks and Chiropractors

Cooks and Chiropractors By J.C. Smith, MA, DC I always enjoy speaking to chiropractic students. Since I authored a textbook, The Path to Mastery in Chiropractic, many have come by my office to visit, others send me e-mail or faxes and, on a few occasions, I've had the...

Consumer Beware

Consumer Beware By JCS As a patient and practitioner alike, I weep knowing that millions of patients are wasted on drugs, shots, and surgery by MDs using ineffective treatments who by now should know chiropractic spinal care ranks amongst the best treatment for most...

Confronting Iatrogenesis

Confronting Iatrogenesis By JCS While a student in chiropractic college listening to the incessant ranting about chiropractic catechism and the religion of Innate (which seemed more fiction than fact), I realized that if I were to understand the state of the...

Chiro Image Makeover

Chiropractors Image Makeover By JCS The chiropractic profession’s image took a hard blow recently during the FSU debacle, only compounding our already fractured image after the Life Diploma Mill scandal that left us with a huge black eye. Now we have two black eyes...

Chiro Requests Apology

RESOLUTION ACA Requests Apology from AMA   Submitted by JC Smith, MA, DC Warner Robins, GA   WHEREAS, the AMA’s House of Delegates recently announced a formal apology for its historical racism toward African American medical doctors (“AMA apologizes to black doctors...

Chiropractic’s Golden Op

“Chiropractors Poised to Reduce Costs and Improve Outcomes.” Chiropractic’s Golden Opportunity by JCS HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on April 12, 2011, that the federal government will invest up to $1 billion in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act...

Chiro’s Czechoslovakia

Change the Incentives Chiropractic’s Czechoslovakia The recent US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a breakthrough for same-sex marriage advocates although the same court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that protected voters from...

Chiropractors Have Your

Chiropractors Have Your Back By JCS  Americans love any story about the underdog, especially when it raises your social consciousness as we’ve seen recently with the hit movie/book, The Help, which will forever change the way anyone views the harsh reality of the Jim...

Chiropractors Cry Foul

Chiropractors Cry Foul by JC Smith, MA, DC   The chiropractic profession is mad as hell and acting up. After a century of abuse, the third-largest health profession in the United States consisting of 55,000 practitioners apparently is tired of sitting in the back of...

Chiropractors Blame AMA

Chiropractors Blame AMA  for Healthcare Crisis by JC Smith, MA, DC   President Obama said during his March 24, 2009 press conference that solving the healthcare crisis is imperative to solving the financial crisis; “in fact, the biggest driver of long-term deficits...

Chiropractor Is Naked!

The Chiropractor Is Naked! By J.C. Smith, MA, DC When was the last time any of us read in a newspaper or heard on TV a totally positive article about chiropractic? Indeed, it's a rare event when a newscaster bypasses the typical chiropractic bashing and presents an...

Chiropractor as Hero

The trend to alternatives The Chiropractor as Hero by JC Smith, MA, DC   With the growing publicity of “alternative” health care in the media, I have found it odd that the chiropractic profession has been, for the most part, ignored. Just recently, NBC’s Today...

Chiropractic Scenarios

Chiropractic Scenarios By JC Smith, MA, DC   While attending the recent COCSA meeting in San Diego, among the many excellent speakers, one in particular caught my interest. Dr. Clement Bezold of the Institute of Alternative Futures headed a group of researchers...

Scientists & Scalawags

Early Chiropractic Scientists & Scalawags   While most DCs principally work with musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs), some may treat patients suffering from dysautonomia, there also exists the vitalistic part of chiropractic practice that deals with the immaterial...

Chiropractic Hyperbole

Chiropractic Hyperbole by JC Smith, MA, DC “You know what’s wrong about you people?” asked a skeptical new prospective patient to me just last week. “No, please tell me what’s wrong with ‘us’ people,” I replied, not really wanting to hear his response, but curious...

Chiropractic Epiphany

Chiropractic Epiphany by JC Smith, MA, DC   My latest edition of Sports Illustrated contained an advertisement for a local neurosurgeon touting the “new and improved” benefits of titanium baskets for spinal fusion. This is the second ad of his I’ve seen in SI;...

Chiropractic & Wall Stre

Chiropractic & Wall Street   One reason why chiropractic seems to be ignored by the powers-to-be is because we’re not on Wall Street. Aside from the bias the editors of The Wall Street Journal have previously shown toward chiropractic (the children-being-adjusting...

Cheeseburger Bill

Joe Camel vs. Ronald McDonald By JCS Not only have ineffective medical methods become problematic to the well-being of Americans, so have their personal bad health habits been a source of disease. Aided by political lobbyists and supporters in Congress, bad health...

Changing Tactics

idea:  Navy SEAL-Turned DC Shares Amazing Stories at NCLC During NCLC, Howard Wasdin, DC, a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, discussed his previous career as a member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6, and the incredible events that led to his...

Celebrate Our Victories

Celebrate Our Victories By J.C. Smith, MA, DC The pride of being an American resonates when visiting our nation's capitol and its monuments: the Lincoln Memorial; the Washington Monument; the FDR Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall; and the Korean War...

CAM: Not So Alternative

Chiropractic & Alternative Medicine: Not So Alternative Anymore By JCS Alternative health care in America is at an all-time high with patients making more visits to non-MDs according to surveys conducted by Dr. Daniel Eisenberg of Harvard. In fact, in 1997, his...

Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware   Chiropractors Call for Reform     Much of the blame for the $100 billion back pain epidemic can be laid at the doorstep of the AMA contends the chiropractic profession. According to a spokesman from the American Chiropractic Association, “President...

Early American Bonesette

Early American Bonesetters By JCS In colonial America, graduates of medical schools were few and far between and  many men called "Doctor" had little or no qualifications according to Martha R. McPartland, author of “The Bonesetter Sweets of South County, Rhode...

Bones & Flaws

Bones & Flaws “Chiropractic…vaulted from last to first place…” by JCS Introduction The late Robert Mendelshon, MD, renowned author and self-proclaimed medical heretic, once wrote, “Anyone who has a back surgery without seeing a chiropractor first should also have...

Bone of Contention

Confessions of a Chiropractor   Bone of Contention By JC Smith, MA, DC   3 part series:1. The State of Health Care in the United States 2. Role of Chiropractic Profession: The Reason Why Spinal Manipulation Is So Effective. 3. It’s Tough Being a Chiropractor   Part 1:...

Bogus Science

Bogus Science   Medical Meddling in Research By JCS Just as the federal court found that the chiropractic management of back pain was supported by many medical witnesses, just a few years later similar findings of the effectiveness of SMT and the ineffectiveness of...

Between Rock & Hard Place

Between a Rock & a Hard Place      It never ceases to amaze me how difficult it is for the public to hear positive accounts of chiropractic. Whether it is local hearsay from medical doctors who scare patients about our care with their “voodoo” diagnosis, or it's...

Better Mousetrap

Better Mousetrap by JC Smith, DC   Have you ever wondered why the Health Care Reform and managed care isn’t working? Medical costs are now as outrageously high as they were before HMOs, PPOs, capitation and managed care began, and patient services are worse now than...

Believe or Understand

Academic DemagogueryFSU Fiasco by JCS  Two of the stated goals of the AMA Committee on Quackery’s goon squad were 1) the distribution of propaganda to the nation’s teachers and guidance counselors to discourage students from seeking a career in chiropractic, and 2)...

Intellectual Dishonesty

Intellectual Dishonesty By JCS   The supermarket of care for spinal disorders just got more confusing with the release of an RCT by WC  Peul et al. (Prolonged conservative care versus early surgery in patients with sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation: Two-year...

Battling Tyranny

History & Highlights   Battling Tyranny   Holding the ACA’s 50th Anniversary in our nation’s capital is the perfect location for this celebration. This event marks the occasion when, in May of 1963, the NCA and a handful of ICA board members formed the new ACA as...

Bad for Business

Bad for Business, but Good for People By J.C. Smith, MA, DC After attending the 1995 Chiropractic Centennial celebration in Washington, D.C., one experience in particular has stayed with me from the visit to our national capitol. At the Lincoln Memorial was imprinted...

Back Surg. Scam

Abstract Medical iatrogenesis is at an all-time high with increasing deaths, disability, and costs compounded by unnecessary and ineffective surgeries despite the warnings from WHO, the US Public Health Service, and the Institute of Medicine. One area, in particular,...

American Life Radio

Dear American Life:   Let me take one minute to state my case. Just as there are glass ceilings in corporations for women and people of color, there remains a boycott of chiropractors in the media, hospitals, workers’ comp, and military medical systems. Despite the...

AHCPR Gone with the Wind

Can Sex Sell Chiropractic?   AHCPR: GWTW by JC Smith, MA, DC   IT’S A SAD FACT THAT THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION has no electronic public relations presence or professional advertising campaign. Our absence on television has, in effect, kept us in the dark ages of...

Affirmative Action

Academic DemagogueryFSU Fiasco by JCS  Two of the stated goals of the AMA Committee on Quackery’s goon squad were 1) the distribution of propaganda to the nation’s teachers and guidance counselors to discourage students from seeking a career in chiropractic, and 2)...

Academic Spring

Life’s Renaissance Academic Spring By JCS   There have been a few seminal events in the annals of American higher education that will be remembered as turning points. Certainly, the most famous is the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley in the 1960s when students...

Academic Demagoguery

Academic DemagogueryFSU Fiasco by JCS  Two of the stated goals of the AMA Committee on Quackery’s goon squad were 1) the distribution of propaganda to the nation’s teachers and guidance counselors to discourage students from seeking a career in chiropractic, and 2)...

ACA PR Report

 REPORT  FOR THE NEW ACA ON PUBLIC RELATIONS PREPARED BY JC Smith, MA, DC 2002 PR AD HOC COMMITTEE NCLC Presented March, 2003 Skeletons in the Chiropractic Closet  Introduction  When Dr. Daryl Wills appointed me to the new ACA PR AD HOC Committee, I realized it was a...

ACA 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 yearsfighting in theMedical War I've attended many important events in our profession, including both Centennial Celebrations (Washington DC and Davenport), many ACC-RAC, NCLC, and WFC conferences, as well as the world premiere of the movie, Doctored. I...

15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame By JCS Andy Worhall popularized the notion that most everyone will have his 15 minutes of fame (or infamy). Indeed, we’ve seen on the news some rather obscure or outlandish claims to fame, such as the Paris Hilton or Anna Nicole Smith absurdities....

Lesson 5

Lesson 5: Research How much do you really know about your profession--the history, politics, warfare, and science?Like most students and practitioners, we focus on clinical issues like diagnosis and treatments, or on business management issues. Rarely do we have the...

Lesson 4

Lesson 4: Writing is Re-writing "Little Plus Often Makes Much"Polish, polish, and more polish to your wordswill make your story shine.The next important lesson to learn in creative writing is an important point that many students fail to understand. They often think...

Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Thinking from A to Z There is madness behind the method of writing,and that begins by getting your thoughts in orderThe Inspiration Phase is the beginning point that we'll call A. Now the challenge in the Production Phase is to get to the end point Z.  ...

Lesson 2

Lesson 2: Inspiration and Production Let your mind run wild with ideas,then reign it in with discipline.Creative PeopleAnother famous psychologist by the name of Abraham Maslow studied creative people who were happy and successful to discover how they think. He found...

Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Begin with the end in mind Writing is fun, creative, and challenging.It can also be frustrating if you have no idea how to begin.Certainly the best place to begin is at the beginning,but begin with the end in mind.Some writers do not begin to write until...

Stepping Stones

Time to Step Up!   Stepping Stones By JCS   In the annals of the chiropractic profession, historical events occur that have defined our profession. Rather than isolated, these major events should be seen as stepping stones to our present professional state of affairs....

Small Step, Giant Leap

 LA Times Review:                           'Doctored' makes the case for chiropractic care,                                                                                        by  Jay Goldstein: "Though it's mostly one-sided and sometimes plays like a commercial...

Notes from David Jackson

Telephone conversation with Dr. David Jackson, Sunday, May 18, 2007   “I didn’t know what I was getting into—can’t believe it. Hope it goes to trial to remove TR. I know where the dead bodies, per se, are buried. Not a political guy, just a help guys. Worried about...

Chiro Fatwa

Chiropractic Fatwa By  JCS   “Muslim clerics in Spain issued what they called the world's first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Usama bin Laden on Thursday, the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, calling him an apostate and urging others of their faith...

Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes By JC Smith, MA, DC   The Germans have a term, Freudenschade, which means taking delight in your opponent’s misery. I’m sure George Dubya was feeling this way when Saddam was captured, just as I felt the same way when Big $id was deposed at Life (which is...

Part 6

Part Six: Who's Looking Out for Chiropractors?   The WCA: More Deceptions By JC Smith, MA, DC   The recent string of events in the “straight” world of chiropracTIC continues unabated. The recent Great Debate at Palmer may have been the last straw that broke the back...

Research Ruse

More Junk Science   Rongberg’s Research Ruse By JCS   The ability of just one man to manipulate the entire chiropractic profession to his profit has always amazed me. Since this profession has no vertical chain of command with oversight abilities, we’ve seen how one...

Part 8 Taming the Shrewd

Part Eight: Who’s Looking Out for Chiropractors?   Taming of the Shrewd by JC Smith, MA, DC   This commentary. “Who’s Looking Out for Chiropractors,” has begun to resemble the movie, “The Never-Ending Story,” since this series has now reached 100+ pages over the last...

Never Ending Yellow Jour

Never-Ending Yellow Journalism by Wrongberg   To say it’s becoming tedious is obvious: Wrongberg is at it again with his usual unethical journalism. Apparently his threat of a lawsuit over being miscast as an unscrupulous entrepreneur supporting the spurious RCS scam...

Yoga Fights TR

Thank you for the valiant effort to substantiate some facts, timeline and relativity to the truth about the horrific events in Encinitas at the Yoga room starting in January of 2008. My timeline is much more accurate, please note:  In early January 2008, Roxanne...

TR v. Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio Closes Amid Cult Allegations POSTED: 6:17 pm PDT April 30, 2008 UPDATED: 6:47 pm PDT April 30, 2008 ENCINITAS, Calif. -- Amid allegations of abuse and brainwashing, an Encinitas yoga studio is closing its doors after 16 years of business. This might be the...

TR Responds to Removal

JC:   You are going to love this.  I e-mailed Rondberg to get my name off his mailing list and here is his mature response.  I was a smart ass but not as crude as his response.  I love it.  You have my permission to use his response in any way you like.   John   My...

Chiro Snollygoster

Chiropractic Snollygosters By JCS   According to the infamous yellow journalist and dictator for life of the sham alliance of Evil Vendors, Terry Wrongberg recently defended his bizarre behavior meddling once again in the VA inclusion of chiropractic by quoting ol’ BJ...

Deja Vue All Over Again

Deya vu all over again By JCS Indeed, the more things change in the chiropractic healthcare industry, the more some chirovangelists stay the same. Examples are numerous, such as the demise of Big $id as an autocratic phony educator who exploited his students unlike...

TR’s Sincere Message

TR’s Sincere Message   First of all, I’m not sure if this is TR writing or his ghostwriter, Barbara Bingham. Simply logon to http://bardenterprises.com/books.htm  to learn of the real writer behind TR. But I’ll assume it’s TR and respond to his many confusing and...

White Flag

This was TR's attempt to intimidate me with this defamation on the front page of his journal rag. Of course, it was all bluff and amounted to nothing but bluster on his part. But it did show all his yellow journalism and vicious nature making himself out to be the...

Yellow Journalism Cont.

Yellow Journalism Continues!   Apparently the Great Impersonator, aka, Terry Rongberg, inexplicably now blames Big Jim Edwards, immediate past chairman of the ACA, for the disunity in this profession because he didn’t want to deal with the ICA/WCA ideologues, and for...

TR v. Jim Edwards

“Docs Not Honest” So what else is new and startling?   By JC Smith   I read with amusement the recent article “Study: Doctors not always honest with patients” (by Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press, Feb. 9, 2012). She refers to a survey conducted by a Harvard...

TR v. CCGPP

If Wrongberg Is Against It, It Must Be Good!   Any progressive effort to upgrade this profession from its cultish roots and “anything goes” clinical mindset from yesteryear will be met with resistance by those who will not profit from reform. Certainly mega-volume...

TR Panics

http://www.wcanews.com/archives/2005/jul27a.htm   Chiro Coalition Panics!   Well, it seems the Evil Vendor and Phony Prez of the Wrong Chiro Assn has a black eye after Dr. Gerry Clum announced at the WFC meeting that the ICA joining forces with the WCA as a...

Wrongberg Chiro Ass

 The WCA: Wrongberg Chiropractic Assassins   By now most mainstream DCs are up in arms over the failure to pass a VA bill that included chiropractic care with direct access and full-scope involvement. Apparently Terry Wrongberg, editor of the Chiropractic Journal and...

WCA v. WFC

WFC vs. WCA By JC Smith, MA, DC   Once again Terry Rongberg shoots our profession in its collective foot with his misconstrued beliefs about chiropractic care and its leadership. First of all, Rongberg’s WCA has preached that DCs should “only detect and correct VSC”...

“Tic” or “Tor”

‘tic’ and ‘tor’ slaves forever Rongberg Spins Again Like shooting fish in a barrel, it’s an easy task to show the chiropractic profession proof of Terry Rongberg’s never-ending journalistic fraud and yellow journalism. As editor/publisher of his free supermarket...

TR New Game Plan

TR’s New War Plan   When I weed my garden, the more I look for them, the more I seem to find in a never-ending battle against Mother Nature who seemingly wants to put them where I don’t want them, and the same may be true for chiropractic—while some of our more...

Open Letter to TR

OPEN LETTER TO THE PROFESSION   Dr. Rongberg: As the publisher of TCJ, the recent March 2004 edition of your Publisher’s Perspective column titled, “Watch out, we’re dangerous,” clearly aimed to discredit, misrepresent, mischaracterize, and libel me for my online...

Journalistic Fraud

More Yellow Journalism   Journalistic Fraud   Throughout its 100+ year history, no doubt the public and media’s perception of the chiropractic profession has been one of “healthy” skepticism, to be kind. While most folks acknowledge that chiro care has been effective...

TR Smears Again

Wrongberg Smears Again   Once again, Terry Wrongberg, phony WCA dictator and renowned yellow journalist, has used his bully pulpit to discharge his poisoned pen against one of the most esteemed chiropractic educators in the profession, Dr. Stephen Perle....

Evil Vendors

Terry Wrongberg al-Zarqawi Radical Insurgents & Evil Vendors The elimination of the murderous al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi came as great news not only to the US military forces, but also to the good people in Iraq who have been victimized by this radical...

Attack of the Vendors

Washington Under Siege   ATTACK OF THE VENDORS!! by JC Smith   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...

TR v. Keith Charlton

Subject:     Re: vertical submarines and pseudo-scientists   Date:     Tue, 06 Jun 2006 06:19:07 +1000   From:     Dr Keith Charlton <khcharlton@bigpond.com   To:     Dr Terry A Rondberg <tarondberg@worldchiropracticalliance.org...

TR Attacks FCER

Click here: Is ACA condemning FCER research as scam? by Dr. Terry A. Rondberg http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/tcj/2007/jan/rondberg.htm   A publication of the World Chiropractic Alliance   January 2007 Is ACA condemning FCER research as scam? by Dr....

TR & Kent Strike Back

Rongberg & Kent Strike Back Apparently Terry Rongberg can’t handle the truth found on my website, www.StopRondberg.org, so he’s finally emerged from his spider hole to slander me, the messenger revealing his many misdeeds. His mudslinging in this article is simply...

Rule or Ruin

Threats and Censorship   Rule or Ruin By JCS   Apparently freedom of speech to criticize political figures within the chiropractic profession is at stake now. In an attempt to censor his critics, Terry Rongberg, president for life of the WCA, publisher of The...

Rooting for the Enemy

Join the Fight   Rooting for the Enemy Within by JC Smith   In the evolution of the chiropractic profession, it's been a tough journey not only fighting our medical/insurance/media foes at every turn, but more frustrating has been the in-fighting among our own...

Rondberg Saboteur

Rongberg Saboteur By JCS I predicted not long ago that the Evil Vendor and Yellow Journalist, Terry Rongberg, would speak out against the FSU chiro project, and this finally came true with his recent online attack. This should come as no surprise to anyone since he’s...

Rondberg Revealed

Alleged Sexual Tryst, Harassment  & Malpractice     Rondberg Revealed   “What goes around comes around,” is an old saying that finally rings true for evil vendor and impresario Terry Rondberg, dictator for life of the sham WCA, renowned yellow journalist, CBS...

RCS Revisited

The irony of life is the source of jokes for many comedians, and certainly we chiropractors have much to laugh about (if not cry, that is). Perhaps the greatest irony recently has been by hate-straight chirovangelists who now attempt to capitalize on the...

RCS Leaders

There they go again with more hyperbole to sell their snake oil project--RCS. Now Jackson has recruited other Evil Vendors to bait unsuspecting clients by offering free services/products worth $7,000. When was the last time you heard of any legitimate research project...

RCS Army

RCS to recruit 'army' of researchers Will conduct massive global research program Renowned chiropractic leader David Jackson, DC and two highly respected chiropractic researchers ‑‑ Matthew McCoy, DC and Robert Blanks, PhD ‑‑ have founded a private‑sector research...

RCS Deal Revealed

The Real RCS Deal Revealed   The continued hypocrisy of the RCS scam continues to grow despite Rongberg’s protestations against accusations of the unethical nature of this scam. As you all recall, he and his bulldog attorney threatened to sue Dr. Stephen Perle,...

Rondberg RCS Scam

Rondberg & RCS Scam   Undoubtedly, the position to be envied in healthcare today is that of the middleman—the CEOs of MCOs or the vendors who profit dearly. Forget about those at the ends of the system—the patients and providers—since the big money rests in the...

Rondberg Attacks Logan

Rondberg Attacks Logan   Logan Students Beware of the Great Impersonator! By JC Smith   It’s becoming increasingly clear of the negative influence by Evil Vendors in our profession. Unlike other healthcare professions, these vendors run amok with their yellow...

Federal Election Comm.

May 4, 2004 Office of General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20463   RE:      Respondent Terry Rondberg c/o World Chiropractic Alliance2950 N. Dobson Rd. Suite 1Chandler, AZ 85224Fax: 480-732-9313 Phone: 1-800-347-1011   To Whom It...

Attacking from the Rear

Attacking from the Rear by JCS Disclaimer [Written by Terry Rongberg] “This article was prepared as a service to the Chiropractic community. Neither the World Chiropractic Alliance nor Dr. Terry Rondberg, or any of their employees, agents or staff, make any warranty,...

TR Woes: Part 3

TR Woes: Part 3     You may recall that Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal had their insider contact named “Deep Throat.” During the Wilk Trial, George and Jerry McAndrews had their insider named “Sore Throat.” During the Life College downfall, I had...

More Legal Woes

More Rondberg Legal Woes   The legal problems of Terry Rondberg just never stop. He’s involved in so many lawsuits and affairs it is difficult to keep track of his sordid life. He settled out of court with his former RCS partner, David Jackson, whose co-defendant is...

TR Woes

Update on TR’s Woes: An Inconvenient Affair   The President-for-Life of the sham WCA has had a few battles to wage lately that his free rag, The Chiropractic Journal, has failed to mention to the profession, so let me give you an update. This is a rather lengthy...

TR Sued

Rondberg Sued for Defamation   The infamous yellow journalist is finally getting a taste of his own medicine for an article aimed to defame Dr. JC Smith and Axiom Worldwide, manufacturer of the DRX 9000 spinal decompression table. You can read the entire article,...

TR Sues Perle & Petersen

View the letter from attorney Carlos Negrete to Mr. Don Petersen and Dr. Stephen Perle Lawyer says Perle, Petersen knowingly lied about RCS There he goes again with journalistic fraud. Apparently Wrongberg is unable to convince his readership that RCS is a legitimate...

TR Stepping Down

Stepping down ... but not walking away Or Another Dead Man Walking  by Dr. Terry A. Rondberg It probably came as a shock to many people to learn that the board of directors of the World Chiropractic Alliance elected a new president recently and that I was stepping...

WCA Violates NGO

May 27, 2004   Mr. Paul Hoeffel Chief, NGO SectionDepartment of Public InformationRoom S-1070LUnited Nations, New York, N.Y. 10017 RE:  World Chiropractic Alliance: Violation of NGO status   Dear Chief Hoeffel: I would like to file a complaint about the NGO status of...

JCS Response to TR & Neg

CARLOS F. NEGRETE ATTORNEYS AT LAW 27422 CALLE ARROYO SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA 92675-2747 Telephone (949) 493-8115 E-MAIL: Fax (949) 493-8170 cnegrete1@hotmail.com     Dear Sir: In response to your threatening letter concerning Terry Rondberg, I found many...

TR Sues JCS

Like Big $id Williams, TR often sued anyone who opposed him, myself included. Since these two demagogues had money to burn with their chiro scams, many notable chiro figures felt the wrath of their venom. Fortunately, neither were successful and their bluster was...

Conflict in Chiro Leader

Part One of Eight: Who’s Looking Out for Chiropractors?   Conflicts in ChiropracTIC Leadership     By JC Smith, MA, DC   Introduction Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly is a popular outspoken journalist who understands the duplicity in some leadership quarters. In...

Galactic Online Alliance

Welcome to the Galactic Online Alliance! Spines ‘R Us franchises available. Out of this World Prices! To reserve your planet, contact us today. Buy two planets and get a moon free! Sign up for online newsletters from the Lord of the Alliance   ATTACK OF THE VENDORS  ...

Honoring Past Ignobles

“Docs Not Honest” So what else is new and startling?   By JC Smith   I read with amusement the recent article “Study: Doctors not always honest with patients” (by Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press, Feb. 9, 2012). She refers to a survey conducted by a Harvard...

Disgraced Defenders

Catholics & Chiropractors   The Disgraced Defenders of the Faith     "I do not think the academics of this university are deficient. The program at Life University is far beyond many of the accredited universities. Students get a superior education."--Big $id...

Obit for Dr. Sid

Tale of a Conflicted Chiropractor The passing of Sid E. Williams, BS, DC, and, most notably, the flamboyant founder and president of Life University, will certainly evoke mixed reactions. Even the comments at  tail of his Obit in the Marietta Daily Journal indicated...

Where’s $id?

“Learning a Lesson from the Snake Oil Salesman”   Where’s $id? By JC Smith   It was good to read that our military located and eliminated Saddam’s two devious sons recently, although the whereabouts of Saddam remains a mystery that must be solved. The same might be...

Death of Outrage

The Death of Outrage in Chiropractic                                                    By                                               JC Smith   William J. Bennett’s excellent book, “The Death of Outrage,” revealed many problems about the Clinton administration...

Chiropractic Skeletons

Born Again? Chiropractic Skeletons By JC Smith, MA, DC   With Thanksgiving upon us again, it’s time to count our blessings and not our problems. We’re taught to give thanks for not only our blessings, but for our troubles too, which are used by God as tools to...

Silence Isn’t Golden

“Big $id’s gonna sue you”   Silence Isn’t Golden by JC Smith, MA, DC   It’s been surprising what little has been said about the loss of Life from our leading associations and in our periodicals—a short statement here and there, and a few columns in our chiro...

Chiropractic Minestrone

Chiropractic Minestrone by JC Smith, MA, DC   "I feel sorry for you," the local newspaper editor once told me. "Whenever I see the TV ad of that guy from the chiropractic college, all the good PR work you've done here locally is undone in one fell swoop."    More than...

Demagogues & Scalawags

Demagogues & Scalawags  “5% of you are cultists, 5% of you are freaks, and the rest of you…keep your mouths shut.” [1] George P. McAndrews It would be disingenuous to suggest all of chiropractic’s problems came from the AMA alone. In fact, mainstream chiropractic...

No Spine Zone

Bill O’Reilly& Big $id in the No Spin Zone No Spine Zone   By JC Smith   God forbid, but imagine if Bill O’Reilly, Fox newsman extraordinaire, were to interview Big $id. After I read his book, The No Spin Zone, I realized his principle of “no spin” could...

Sid’s Spite

Sid’s Spite By JC Smith, MA, DC   The mess emanating from Life just continues to get worse if the recent legislative attempt to upgrade the Georgia scope law and to upgrade Life Chiropractic curriculum is any indication. Ironically, while everyone stood to gain from...

Life’s Appomattox

Life & ACA @ GCA Life’s Appomattox by JC Smith, MA, DC   “Without consequences, you cannot be effective.” Prez George Dubya Bush   “Chiropractic is in an enviable position,” said Dr. Daryl Wills, ACA prez at the 2002 luncheon for ACA members at the GCA convention...

Sid’s Zugzwang

Sid’s Zugzwang By JC Smith, MA, DC   The mess emanating from Life just continues to get worse if the recent legislative attempt to upgrade the Georgia scope law and to upgrade Life Chiropractic curriculum is any indication. Ironically, while everyone stood to gain...

Love the Peanut

Love the Peanut By JCS   The resurrection of Life University to rebuild its image and academic culture has been made more difficult for its new administration when a small group of fanatical alumni touts the “wisdom” of its ousted founder, Big $id Williams.  Like...

What Went Wrong ICA?

Williams’ reign is over   What Went Wrong with the ICA? by JC Smith, MA, DC   The recent editorial by Don Petersen, Jr. concerning the declining membership in the ICA under the reign of Drs. $id Williams and DD Humber failed to mention how this regime of intellectual...

Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE   JAMES C. SMITH, MA, DC 1103 RUSSELL PARKWAY WARNER ROBINS, GA 31088 478-922-4091 jcsmith@smithspinalcare.com www.smithspinalcare.com   Professional Present Positions:                       Smith Spinal Care Center, Owner & Director...

GoodFellas Part 2

Evidence-Based Medicine: Where Art Thou? Three Unwise Monkeys        The Institute of Science in Medicine (ISM) is a dangerously deceptive organization that hides behind an illusion of medical watchdogs to “protect the public from the predations of anti-, non-, and...

Executive Orders

Executive Orders     President Obama recently ordered Vice President Biden to head an inquiry into gun control after the devastating incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, stating he might invoke an executive order to implement recommendations immediately without...

Yellow Journalism

Zakaria, Lehrer, and now Dr. Gupta? By JCS Shocking news emerged recently about two nationally renowned writers who were accused of plagiarism—Fareed Zakaria, TIME editor-at-large and CNN host, and Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works and my favorite...

Chiro Media Awards

Chiro Media Awards By JCS While the Oscar award recognizes the most outstanding actors in Hollywood, the Razzies salutes the worst. In the same regard, the chiropractic profession needs an equivalent award to acknowledge the best and the worst that the mainstream...

Letter from Dr. Harvey

Letter from JCS to Dr. Ken Harvey, leader of the Skeptics: "However, let me offer my opinion that your medical bigotry against chiropractic is an erroneous and malicious view of modern spine care. You obviously are unaware of the plethora of facts supporting...

World of Knowledge

July 17, 2016 TO:    Vincent Jackson, Editor "World of Knowledge" magazine Nicola Conti, Brand Manager   FROM: JC Smith, MA, DC Chiropractors for Fair Journalism RE:   Edzard Ernst The July, 2016, publication of the World of Knowledge included a salacious article...

Responses to Forbes

A Tipping Point Stands Before Us  The response to Steven Salzberg’s article at Forbes, New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors,  has caused a firestorm to say the least with over 139 responses on his blog in just two days, many from DCs...

Response to USA Today

                                                                                                              May 6, 2014 To:         Editor, USA Today From:     JC Smith, MA, DC               Chiropractors for Fair Journalism RE:         Response to Some...

DVA letter to editor

Dear DCs:Feel free to use this Letter to the Editor yourself with your local newspaper. Change, shorten, or add whatever you feel, and put your own personal info on the tag. The more distribution about this important issue, the better it will be for patients and DCs...

Letter to Cal Alumni Mag

       April 4, 2014  TO: Wendy Miller  FROM: JC Smith, MA, DC, class of ‘70  RE: You Can’t Say That! Is It Time to Write the Epitaph for Epithets? by Glen Martin   Letter to the Editor Dear Ms. Miller: Please let me comment on Mr. Glen Martin’s recent article, You...

Response:Hour of Power

September 2, 2014   Dear Rev. Bobby Schuller:  As a TV parishioner of the Crystal Cathedral for over 45 years since 1968, I am a firm believer in your “possibility thinking” brand of Christianity. I still read your grandfather’s daily devotion, Tough-Minded Faith for...

Letter to Mayor

August 14, 2014     Mayor Randy TomsWarner Robins, GA RE: How to Cut Insurance Costs Dear Sir: I read with disbelief in today’s Telegraph the article, “Warner Robins looks to cut insurance costs,” by Mike Stucka about the huge cost of $1.35 million for 44...

Letter to DVA McDonald

                                                                      August 12, 2014       TO:              Sec. Robert McDonald                     Debi Bevins, Director of Client Relations       FROM:         JC Smith, MA, DC  ...

Letter :VA needs chiros

VA needs more chiropractors   By J.C. Smith   Special to The Telegraph, August 8, 2014    At the centerpiece of the “Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014” is a “Choice Card” to increase veterans’ access to services. The Congressional...

Letter to Sec. Gibson

 July 28, 2014       TO:           Sec. Sloan Gibson                  Secretary of Veterans Affairs                 Department of Veterans Affairs                 810 Vermont Ave NW                 Washington, DC 20420 RE:           Say No to Drugs: Say Yes...

Letter To NPR

     January 16, 2014 Paul G. Haaga, Jr. NPR President and CEO 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001   RE: Chiropractic on NPR Dear Mr. Haaga: First let me say I’ve been a member of public radio my entire adult life and to me it remains the only...

Letter to Science Friday

Dec. 13, 2013 Christopher Intagliata Ira Flatow Science Friday 4 West 43rd St, Suite 306, New York, New York 10036   RE: This Doc's Miracle Drug? Exercise First of all, let me say I’m a big fan of your show, Science Friday, as well as a public radio supporter for...

Dr. Gupta’s Weed

September 17, 2013 TO:    Jeffrey Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Reporter Richard Davis, CNN EVP of News Standards and Practices Val Willingham, CNN Medical Producer CNN Headquarters One CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30303  ...

Discriminatory Attitudes

Discriminatory attitudes still exist Special to the Telegraph Every year on the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I recall his poignant speech that said to judge a man by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin. While I applaud his...

Wall Street in Healthcar

Wall Street attitudes ruin health care This op-ed piece appeared in the Macon Telegraph   Columnist Walter E. Williams who writes for Creators Syndicate attempted to enlighten readers about “affordable health care” in his article (10-23-08), “Can government deliver...

Shot in the Back

Shot in the Back This Op-Ed piece appeared Oct. 14, 2012 in the Macon Telegraph newspaper as"Think long and hard before getting a steroid ESI injection in the back." The recent reports about the potentially deadly side-effects of epidural steroid injections (ESIs) for...

UK Attack on Chiro

The following article in News Track India indicates the war on chiropractic in the media continues. It's shocking that this one-sided article did not allow a chiropractic response, illustrating again the media bias. Imagine if the Republicans attack the Democrats w/o...

Medical Reply

Medical reply in Macon Telegraph newspaper on 12/31/2012 Dr. Smith makes several compelling points in his piece “More than Medicine.” Yes, medicine needs the broadest possible approach to understanding and treating many conditions, especially the musculoskeletal...

More than Medicine

More than Medicine By JC Smith, MA, DC RE: Response to Op-Ed I applaud the president of Mercer University, Mr. William Underwood, for his innovative new Health Sciences Center at Mercer University (“Mercer University’s new Health Sciences Center a plus for Georgian’s...

Letter to Parade magazin

March 17, 2003 Mr. Lee Kravitz Editor Parade Publications 711 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017 RE:                  Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld’s article, “If it’s Natural, It’ll Work…Right?” Dear Sir: In your March 16, 2003 edition of Parade magazine, I must object to Dr....

Letter to NPR

March 21, 2012   Madhulika Sikka Executive Director Morning Edition 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001   Dear Ms. Sikka:   I read an enlightening article in the recent Newsweek, “Where Women Are on Top: How Stuffy Old NPR Became a Hotbed for Female...

Letter to Medscape

September 29, 2008   TO:                       George Lundberg, MD Editor-in-Chief of Medscape General Medicine   FROM:           JC Smith, MA, DC   RE:                  Academic Cheap Shot   Dear Dr. Lundberg: First of all, I am a big fan and consider you a highly...

Letter to CNN

March 20, 2012   Fareed Zakaria One CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30303   RE: Chiropractic Care in Healthcare Reform   Dear Fareed:   Your recent TIME article and CNN program about healthcare in America encouraged me to communicate with you how my profession can help reduce...

Letter to Clinton

December 14, 2012 TO:           President Clinton                   Clinton Global Initiative RE:           Deadly Dose Suggestion FROM:       JC Smith, MA, DC             Dear President Clinton: I watched your heartfelt plea on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s exposé, Deadly Dose,...

Forbes Attacks Chiro

Here's another attack on chiropractic in Forbes magazine, this time by a professor from Yale, Steven Salzberg. Sadly, he uses outdated science to make his point that chiro may be dangerous; obviously he subscribes to the "don't confuse me with the facts"...

Dr. Gupta: Prof. Amnesia

                                                                                                                    August 7, 2012 TO: Editors: NY Times Opinion RE:  Response to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Op-Ed Professional Amnesia Dear Editor: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief...

Dr RD Guyer letter

April 16, 2008   Dr. RD Guyer President, North American Spine Society   Dear Dr. Guyer: After reading your 2007 Presidential Address in The Spine Journal, “The paradox in medicine today—exciting technology and economic challenges,” I have to both applaud you for your...

Breaking Barriers

The following Op-Ed article appeared in the Macon Telegraph on May 26, 2013. Breaking Chiropractic Barriers at RAFB The struggle of Jackie Robinson, the great Brooklyn Dodger who broke the “color barrier” in MLB in 1947 and became the subject of a recent movie, “42”,...

“Docs Not Honest”

“Docs Not Honest” So what else is new and startling?   By JC Smith   I read with amusement the recent article “Study: Doctors not always honest with patients” (by Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press, Feb. 9, 2012). She refers to a survey conducted by a Harvard...

Australian MD Letter

 November 30, 2011.  To: - Professor Graham Pegg           Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean                              and            Professor Grant Stanley            Dean Medical and Applied Sciences   Central Queensland University MACKAY, QLD.  Dear...

Sanjay Gupta CAM show

 May 6, 2011   Sanjay Gupta, MD Val Willingham, CNN Medical Producer 1 CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30303-2762   RE:      Suggestion for a Health Show on Chiropractic & CAM   I would like to share an idea with you, Dr. Gupta, as the preeminent medical spokesman on cable...

Response to TRICARE

January 20, 2011   TO:                 Michael W. O’Bar Deputy Chief TRICARE Policy and Operations Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs Skyline Five, Suite 810, 5111 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3206 Dr. S. Ward Casscells The...

NPR Gary Knell

April 4, 2012 Gary Knell     NPR President and CEO 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001   RE: Boycott of Chiropractic on NPR   Dear Mr. Knell: First let me say I’ve been a member of public radio my entire adult life and to me it remains the only...

CNN’s Fairness Doctrine

August 29, 2011 Richard Davis CNN EVP One CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30303   RE: Conflict of Interest Complaint Dear Sir: In your capacity as CNN's executive vice president of News Standards and Practices “to ensure that CNN Worldwide's on-air reports and programs are...

CNN Jeffrey Zucker

December 20, 2012 TO:           Jeffrey Zucker                 Dr. Sanjay Gupta                 Richard Davis                 CNN                 One CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30303   RE:           Deadly Dose FROM:       JC Smith, MA, DC Dear Sirs: I would like to...

Health Leaders Media

Physicians, Chiropractors Still Out of Alignment Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media , April 4, 2013 For some primary care doctors, hearing that a patient has consulted with a chiropractor can be a real pain in the neck. MDs have been clashing with DCs...

Grips with RAFB

Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon c/o The 21st Century Partnership   Dear Sir: With a bit of déjà vu in mind, I read your comments in the Macon Telegraph article about “Coming to grips with a gripping problem at the base” (04-07-2013). To remind you of the 2005 BRAC, the most...

Pediatric Chiropractic

TO:         Medical News For You From:     JC Smith, MA, DC RE:         Pediatric Chiropractic Chiropractic Popcorn for Kids 1. What benefits and risks come from a child visiting a chiropractor? First of all, there are minimal risks involved from chiropractic care. In...

Chiropractic Growing

TO:         Living Better magazine FROM:     JC Smith, MA, DC RE:         Chiropractic Growing   People often ask why chiropractic is growing in popularity. There are many reasons, such as its effectiveness with back pain that will strike 90% of adults sometime in...

Unravelling Spine Care

Unraveling Spine Care By JCS   The recent alarm over patient deaths caused by epidural steroid injections (ESI) for back pain has again cast suspicion over many medical treatments for spine problems. Although portrayed as just a fluke caused by a bad batch of...

Cognitive Dissonance

Creating Cognitive Dissonance Harper’s Magazine in 1948 dubbed the AMA the “most terrifying trade association on earth” after 25 years under the autocratic leadership of Morris Fishbein, MD, the AMA’s executive director. Like the present NRA leadership, Fishbein...

Avoid Back Attack

How to Avoid a Back Attack By JC Smith, MA, DC Back pain is bigger than you might think and an issue you had best learn to prevent before it strikes you, too. More than 37% of American adults, equivalent to 92 million people, will complain daily of low back pain. In a...

Saving Billions

Chiropractic Spinal Care: Helping Millions, Saving Billions By JC Smith, MA, DC  “If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the way of General Motors; paying more, getting less, and going broke.” [1] President Barack Obama President Obama’s opinion of...

Juice Man Cometh

The Juice Man Cometh By JC Smith, MA, DC     Imagine yourself as a chiropractor before licensing laws were passed to protect you and your patients. There’s a knock at your office door and everyone inside freezes with fear. Like the runaway slaves on the Underground...

Over Healthcare Cliff

Over the Healthcare Cliff Chiropractic care, once portrayed as the black sheep of the medical flock, now comes to the rescue in this epidemic of back pain and rising fiscal problems by JC Smith, MA, DC With the impending fiscal cliff looming over every aspect of...

Chiro In ObamaCare

Obamacare & Chiropractic in the Medical War By JC Smith, MA, DC Warner Robins, GA 31088 www.chiropractorsforfairjournalism.info   Note: Dr. Smith is a lifetime member of the NHF since the early 1980s.   “If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the...

USA Today

The Medical War Against Chiropractors By JC Smith, MA, DC History will show the American Medical Association (AMA) has fought its longest and most aggressive war not against any disease, but for over a century it has fought an illicit war against chiropractors. Most...

Freedom of Choice

Freedom of Choice in Obamacare  By JC Smith, MA, DC   “If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the way of General Motors; paying more, getting less, and going broke.”[1] President Barack Obama   Just as the 1964 Civil Rights legislation guaranteed that...

Georgia Health News

TO:         Georgia Health News RE:         “How chiropractors can win the war against the AMA?” FROM:     JC Smith, MA, DC   Chiropractors Shall Overcome   Most people realize there has been a medical war against chiropractors—they’ve heard the hate-mongering from...

New Ad

New Direct TV Ad for Patients When your back goes out, you can’t work. When you can’t work, you go to an MD who prescribes Oxycodone. When your pain continues, you get epidural steroid injections at a pain clinic. When your pain persists, you get a disc fusion. When...

Medical Care Gone Wild

“Medical Spine Gone Wild”Experts agree:•    From 1994 to 2007, the patient population increased by only 12%, but spine medicine has gone wild: •    spinal fusion surgery increased 204%, •    MRIs increased 307%, •    spinal injections increased 629%,  •   opiate use...

Chiro Care Effective

“Chiropractic Care Effective”Experts agree:• “Chiropractic is the most common choice, and evidence accumulates that spinal manipulation may indeed be an effective short-term pain remedy for patients with recent back problems.” (1)• “There is now considerable evidence...

Back Pain Epidemic

“Back Pain is Epidemic”Back pain will strike most of the 250 million American adults sometime in their lifetime:1. nearly one-third of adults will suffer daily with low back pain, which equates to 92.5 million people;2. two-thirds of adults will have a back attack...

Your Back Specialists

“Your Back Specialists”Experts agree: •    “Many, if not most, primary care providers (MDs) have little training in how to manage musculoskeletal disorders.” (1)•    “Both orthopaedic surgeons' and family physicians' knowledge of treating low back pain is deficient.”...

Say No to Back Surgery

Chiropractors say for back pain, “Say No to Disc Surgery”Researchers note the "bad discs" seen on MRI has led to “false positive” misdiagnosis, suggesting that “many of these abnormalities are trivial,harmless, and irrelevant, so they have been recently...

Slip Joints, Not Discs

Chiropractors say for back pain, “You Don’t Slip Discs,  But You Do Slip Joints” The disc theory for back pain is dead.Medical researchers have found "bad discs" in patients with no back pain. They now admit that most back pain is due to mechanical motion problems of...

Bird’s Eye View

February 25, 2014   Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA President and Chief Executive Officer The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation   RE: My View of Your Bird’s Eye View   Dear Dr. Risa: I read with great interest your hopeful message, Building a Culture of Health. I found it...

We’ve Got Your Back

“We’ve Got Your Back”Back pain will strike up to 90% of adults sometime in their lives. The latest research now saysif you’re a victim of a back attack,see your chiropractor before medical care of drugs, shots, and surgery.Just Say NO to Drugs, Shots &  Spine...

Back Surgery: Pitfall

Back Surgery: Modern Medical Pitfall  “Anyone who has a back surgery without seeing a chiropractor first should also have his head examined.” ---Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, Confessions of a Medical Heretic   QUALITY HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA IS A PARADOX: while many Americans...

Pushing Over the Point

Pushing Over the Point “With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour,” said Gene Kranz, NASA Mission Commander, during the near disaster of the Apollo 13 ordeal with the possibility of losing three astronauts adrift in outer space or death...

Back Surg. Part 4

Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, Too ineffective, Part 4 By J.C. Smith, MA, DC Treatment of Choice The truth is now emerging. There is now broad agreement internationally that surgery should not generally be considered until there has been a trial of conservative...

Back Surg. Part 3

Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, Too ineffective, Part 3 By J.C. Smith, MA, DC Medical Myths The reason for the ineffectiveness of spine surgeries in general for nonspecific back pain, which constitutes 85 percent of all low back pain cases,61 is not due to faulty...

CNN Slams CAM

CNN Slams CAM Again Certainly the bias in the media is a constant concern for complementary and alternative healthcare providers (CAM), whether it is “professional amnesia” as Tony Rosner, PhD, described the forgetfulness of the medical media to acknowledge CAM...

Back Surg. Part 2

Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, Too Ineffective, Part 2 By J.C. Smith, MA, DC David Spodick, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts, has stated: "Surgery is the sacred cow of our health-care system and surgeons are the sacred cowboys who milk...

More Malarkey @ CNN

More Malarkey @ CNN.com The continuing flurry of news articles has revealed the abuse, expense, and “inefficient” nature of medical spine care (opioids, ESIs, and fusions). The following is a short list of recent news articles critical of medical spine care:...

JFK’s Bad Back

Kennedy & Chiropractic: Which Conspiracy? The 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy rekindles shocking memories of those indelible four days in November 1963 when the world first heard the unbelievable news of the assassination that cut him...

Back Surg. Too Many

Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, Too Ineffective, Part 1 By J.C. Smith, MA, DC If the present course for health care does not radically change, America will be financially crippled as President Obama warned: "paying more, getting less, and going broke."1 As...

Bitter Pill: Part 2

Bitter Pill: Part 2The recent TIME magazine (March 4, 2013) cover story, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”, by attorney/journalist Steven Brill discusses how badly the medical system is broken: most importantly, why it is so expensive considering the...

We’re #11

Chiropractors Surprise! Recently an article in The Wall Street Journal, “Best and Worst Jobs of 2013,” reviewed 200 jobs in America and brought a smile to my face and a surprise to many others when chiropractors were ranked #11. The ranking of chiropractic has...

Videos by JCS

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Videos produced by JCS. These videos are examples of educational programs each chiropractic college and state or national association could be producing for cable television in every major city. Instead of testimonials by celebrities...

Ethics in Spine Care

Ethical Issues in Spine Care Issue #1: “Minimally Invasive” Issue #2: Tsunami of Fusions Issue #3: New Research Debunks Disc Theory Issue #4: “You are making people sick” Issue #5: Follow the Money or Follow the Evidence?   Despite the fact America remains in the...

Index of Articles (J-S)

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Articles by JCS15 Minutes of Fame Academic Demagoguery Academic Spring Affirmative Action AHCPR Gone with the Wind American Life Radio Australian MD Letter Response Back Surgery Modern Medical Pitfall Back Surgery Not Needed Back...

Index of Articles

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Articles written by JCS over the last 30 years 15 Minutes of Fame Academic Demagoguery Academic Spring Affirmative Action AHCPR Gone with the Wind American Life Radio Australian MD Letter Back Surgery: Pitfall Back Surgery Not Needed...

Submissions

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Contribution by other writers. If you want to contribute to the mission of fair journalism for chiropractic, please submit your article or idea to JCS. Contact Information In this area, you can enter text about your contact form. You...

Writing Tips

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Creative Writing Lessonsfor Chiropractors and Students Unlike scientific papers that conclude only what the evidence shows, in creative writing the method may be much different. The goal with writing articles for the lay media is to...

Medical, Inc.

As you may know, I have written a book, the Medical War Against Chiropractors, that led to my appearance in a new documentary movie, Doctored, that examines how the medical system is broken, badly broken, long before the advent of Obamacare. I have a very short cameo...

Other Books by JCS

The Path to Masteryin ChiropracticThis 1993 book was Dr. Smith's attempt to improve the practice of chiropractic, as he wrote on the title page, it was intended to be "A Return to Integrity." Unfortunately, there are some practice management firms that teach less than...

Book Reviews

The Medical War Against Chiropractors Book Reviews Glen Rasmussen, DC, 6-2-2011 I love your book and am reading it again for the second time.   Darren Hancock, DC, 6-15-2011 I just started reading it and can't put it down. Thanks!   Dr  John Nobbe, 6-15-2011...

Books by JCS

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Medical War Against ChiropractorsWhenever most people hear the word “chiropractic,” they conjure up the slander they’ve heard from the medical profession, such as quackery, dangerous, or pseudo-scientific. For nearly a century,...

Painful Memories

Painful MemoriesbyJC Smith, MA, DC While doing research for my latest book, The Medical War Against Chiropractors, initially I did not realize the pain and harassment involved by those early chiropractors who lived through this medical holocaust. In my Preface...

The Daily Show Segment

   “America has the Best Health Care System in the World!”  Okay, when you stop gasping and/or laughing, let’s talk about this falsehood that we still hear from medical pundits, ignorant politicians, and, of course, the talking heads at FOX News.  I recall during the...

Operation Coffee Cup

Operation Coffee Cup By JCS Without a doubt, not all are enamored by Obama’s goal to bring universal healthcare to every American, especially those in the medical cartel profiting dearly with the present system. Sadly, we see the AMA doing the same things it did over...

Ladder of Opportunity

Part One was published in Dynamic Chiropractic on March 6, 2014.Part Two was published on April 1, 2014 (no kidding!).   Word count: 4782 PEPPER: The Death Knell for Spine Surgeries? Climbing the Ladder of Opportunity President Obama spoke of building “ladders of...

Terry Wrongberg

Dr. Terry Rondberg, aka, Terry Wrongberg, was a force in chiropractic for many years as a renown yellow journalist and publisher of The Chiropractic Journal as well as president-for-life of the World Chiropractic Alliance, a vendor-driven alliance. Outwardly he also...

Strokes & AHA

Yellow Journalism from   the American Heart Association   Every few years, the AMA’s fear mongers attack chiropractors with spurious claims about the danger of cervical spinal manipulation causing strokes.  Certainly this makes headlines for a while to alarm...

Disc Debate

Disc Debate While the rash of unnecessary disc fusions continues, seemingly unabated whatever the guidelines, research, or experts have to say, the buzz on the street grows louder despite the media silence. Whenever I consult with new patients, invariably they mention...

CNN Suspends Gupta

CNN Should Suspend Dr. Sanjay Gupta NBC has suspended Nightly News host Brian Williams for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.[1] He now claims to have “misremembered” facts that he attributes to the “fog of...

Fallen from Pedestal

Fallen from the Pedestal   Sometimes we chiropractors forget how good we really have it.   Yes, I’ll be the first to admit we have been marginalized, demonized, defamed and demeaned by our rivals. We have been outcast, ostracized, and publicly humiliated if...

The Biggest Challenge

The Biggest Challenge   Have you ever wondered why the most popular seminars attended by chiropractors are practice-building programs where they are taught tricks of the trade to attract new patients with assurances to double, nay triple, their income?  ...

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light In my previous commentary, Criminal Medicine, I mentioned the recent illegal activities of three MDs: Dr. Farid Fata who gave 533 patients excessive and grueling cancer treatments and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Dr. Randy Davis who used...

Dr. Welby Goes Bad

Dr. Welby Goes Breaking Bad Once again the unrelenting campaign by Big Pharma to drug Americans at any cost and any consequence for big profits has come to light as more dangerous and pervasive than anyone realizes. Time magazine finally revealed in its June 4, 2015,...

Big $id

I would be remiss not to include the dozens of articles I wrote about Sidney E. Williams, founder and past president of Life Chiropractic College and former president of the ICA.irst, let me give you my background with Big $id, his current moniker. I met him in 1975...

Dr. Frankenstein

New Dr. Frankenstein Everyone is familiar with novelist Mary Shelley’s horror story about Dr. Frankenstein, a scientist who created life from the dead but was horrified by the creature he had made when it turned into a deadly monster. Although this classic...

Missing in the Media

Windmills & Red Herring Missing in the Media By JCS   The boycott of the chiropractic profession in the media is more pervasive than I could have ever imagined. When I researched the frequency of chiropractic as a topic on my favorite NPR programs, I was startled...

Headline News

Headline News:“Chiropractors are Best for Back Pain” Wouldn’t you love to see that headline go viral on the news? Believe it or not, that was the headline on most of the morning TV talk shows on December 8, 1994, the day after the Agency for Health Care Policy and...

About JCS

JCS receiving in 2002 the ACA's Chairman's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chiropractic.JCS speaking at the 2007 British Chiropractic Association on Research Trends in Chiropractic.ACC-RAC: 2012 Wither on the Vine By JCS Preface I’ve been given 15 minutes to...

Elephants & Galllup

The recent release of the Palmer/Gallup Poll on chiropractic, Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic, was a fascinating study of Americans’ attitudes and patronage of our profession. It was certainly long overdue and, as the Gallup presenter Cynthia English suggests,...

Spoon in Knife Fight

Spoon in Knife Fight Like many of you in this profession who have read my commentaries over the past 35 years, I hope you feel the same frustration as I do that we are forced to sell a tainted yet effective service that is sorely needed by a skeptical public. It would...

CNN Cooper 360

TO:                  Anderson Cooper 360 Prescription Addiction: Made in USA RE:                Another Scientific Perspective in the War Against Opioids FROM:          JC Smith, MA, DC Dear Mr. Cooper: Your recent program proved the present medical model is not...

Helping Millions

Chiropractic Spinal Care Helping Millions, Saving Billions By JCS “If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the way of General Motors; paying more, getting less, and going broke.” [1] President Barack ObamaPresident Obama’s sentiment of “paying more,...

Science Friday Response

TO:                  Ira Flatow Christie Taylor Science Friday 19 West 44th Street, Suite 412 New York, NY 10036                 FROM:       JC Smith, MA, DC RE:           Science in the Crosshairs Dear Ira: As a regular listener to your show, on October 14th I was...

Baby Under Steam Roller

TO:   Julianna LeMieux, PhD. RE: “Pediatric Chiropractics: Why Not Just Throw Babies Under Steam Rollers?” Dear Dr. LeMieux: I read with puzzlement your angry article about pediatric chiropractic care and the anti-vax movement posted online at the website of the...

The Medical GoodFellas

Institute of Science in Medicine The Medical GoodFellas By JCSActors Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta starred in the Martin Scorsese 1990 classic GoodFellas that was nominated for six Academy Awards. Like any mob family, its power came from fear, its wealth...

Chicken Little Media

Hit & Run Journalism By JCS 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,...

Witch Hunt Down Under

Witch Hunt Down Under Breaking News: “Medical Association Speaks Out Against Spine Surgery” by Ann Arnold from the program “RN” on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network. “Medical Journal of Australia Tell Spine Surgeons: Stop Cutting Patients, Refer to...

ChickenLittle Down Under

Chicken Little Down Under 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...

Medical War Show

The following PowerPoint show was first presented at Life University Fall Conference on September 30, 2016.Click on link to begin show. All slides are copyrighted. Contact me if you want to use them. The_Medical_War_pdf.pdf 9.0 MB

Wither on the Vine

On October 2, 1968, six weeks before the chiropractors were due to testify before the Panel, Dr. John Southard of HEW told Dr. Samuel Stevens of the AMA Committee on Quackery that “Testimony by the AMA or the medical profession is unnecessary as the final answer has...

Needle Jockeys

“Needle Jockeys”   Too often many of our patients come to chiropractors after opioid painkillers and epidural steroid injections failed to help them. Little do these patients realize the dangers and ineffectiveness of these two standard medical treatments for...

Earned Media

How to Earn our Media Historically, chiropractors have relied upon the traditional WOM ads touting our effectiveness. While this is may be good for your local reputation, it will not move the needle in regards to create an updated and accurate cognitive dissonance we...

RWJF

The War on Chiropractors The Call for Reform in Spine Care Submitted by JC Smith, MA, DC “Today, we can argue that chiropractic care, at least for back pain, appears to have vaulted from last to first place as a treatment option.”[1] Anthony Rosner, PhD, testimony...

Obamacare & Chiro

This article was published by the National Health Federationon October 30, 2012.Dr. Smith is a lifetime member of the NHF since the early 1980s.   Obamacare & Chiropractic     “If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the way of General Motors;...

Medical Payola

This article was published in the Dynamic Chiropractic newspaper in a two-part series:Medical Payola Part 1 on May 1, 2013Medical Payola Part 2 Medical Payola   By JCS   In the 1960s radio disc jockeys were bribed to play particular records in a scandal known as...

Just Say No

Just Say No Nearly twenty years ago international researchers agreed that spine surgery should not be considered until there had been initially a trial of conservative care but, for the most part, this advice has been ignored.[1],[2],[3],[4] Ironically, the original...

Reform or Revolution

“If we do not fix our health care system, America may go the way of General Motors; paying more, getting less, and going broke.” [1] President Barack Obama Reform or Revolution Arguably, the medical armamentarium of wonder drugs and heroic surgery has led to limited...

16 Major Events

The Sixteen Major Events in Chiropractic History by WALTER I. WARDWELL* *Professor Emeritus of Sociology, The University of Connecticut Delivered at the Chiropractic Centennial, Washington, D.C., June 61 1995 Address correspondence to Dr. Walter Wardwell at 33 Oak...

Letters

Freedom of Speech:only if you own the press Over the years fighting in the medical war, I have written numerous letters to the editors of newspapers, radio, and television shows, including NPR and CNN. Since these two organizations are considered more liberal than...

Lay Articles

The following articles were published in various lay magazines or newspapers. Click here to begin the sequence of articles.

New Zealand Report

Indeed it is probably true to say that chiropractic is a form of treatment still in search of an explanation for its effectiveness. [1] Royal Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic Spot on Down UnderJust two years after the Wilk trial began and half-way around the...

Chiro Ads

eAds Advertising chiropractic care is a difficult task considering the extensive effort the AMA has made over the years to defame chiropractors with its multi-million dollar effort to sway the media against chiropractors. Indeed, no other profession has suffered the...

Court of Public Opinion

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....

Mickey Mouse as Leader

Mickey Mouse as Leader When I was a kid growing up in SoCal near Disneyland in the 1960s, anything called ‘Mickey Mouse’ was regarded as cheap, but nowadays the Mickey Mouse brand is considered anything but cheap as a leader in many ways. This year’s ACC-RAC...

PR Boot Camp

PR Boot Camp Certainly there is no denying the chiropractic profession has suffered the worst defamation campaign ever conducted by one rival profession upon another to create a contrived image that we still suffer with in the eyes of many people. Even Judge Susan...

1.5% vs 42.7%

Chiropractic Beats Surgery A recent study in Washington State comparedworkers with low back injuries. [1]Consider the results:only 1.5% of patients who saw a chiropractor first underwent surgery vs. 42.7% who saw a surgeon first.   Just Say NO to Drugs, Shots...

Endorsements

Over my 35-year career as a practitioner and activist in this profession, I've met many fascinating and dynamic people as well as experienced many innovative products and services, so I want to recommend a few that I feel are excellent. Please contact my friends who...

Media Muckraking

Muckraking in the Media By now almost everyone in the western world has read about the unfortunate death of Playboy model Katie May that quickly became an even worse PR event than the pediatric chiropractor Down Under who was convicted in the court of public opinion...

Katie May Op-Ed

New facts about Katie May Reports about the accidental death of Katie May, a former Playboy model, illustrate how extremely important facts were mischaracterized or ignored yet went viral across the nation in the media to impugn the reputation of the entire...

It’s Not Discrimination

Confronting Chirophobia: QuantiaMD.com “Not Discrimination, Just Policy” After the release of my latest commentary, Overcoming Chirophobia, I expected to take a break from the politics of healthcare to prepare for my upcoming vacation. As fate would have it, I...

Chiropractic Truthiness

The ‘Truthiness’ of Chiropractic As a long time observer of the media war against chiropractors, the recent Katie May episode in the press that went viral is just another chapter in the endless story of double-standards impugning our profession with the “throwing the...

Rigged Media

Rigged Media I agree with Donald Trump on just one topic—the media is rigged. No where has this been more evident than the media war against chiropractors. Case in point: When was the last time you’ve seen an in-depth, fair and balanced report about the benefits...

USA Today article

USA Today article on Medicare & Chiropractic  It should have been expected that a national news org would take another shot at chiropractors. The recent Medicare release of payments to physicians that occurred after a 35-year injunction by the AMA was lifted by a...

Dr. Oz Gropes Katie May

Dr. Oz Gropes Katie May The fallout from the Katie May accidental death resurfaced in the media on The Dr. Oz Show. When I first learned this topic would be discussed on that show, I feared the worse that Dr. Oz would pile on the death of Katie May,...

Tide is Turning

The Tide is Turning What a week we’re having! First the Forbes magazine contributor/yellow journalist, Steven Salzberg, wrote a defamatory article, New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors, in which he concludes, “If we want to start...

Forbes Attack #2

Forbes Attack #2 The following article is not the first time Forbes has allowed Steven Salzberg to attack chiropractic, and it may not be the last time. He professes: “I cover pseudoscience and bad medicine, and sometimes good medicine.” It is uncertain what Mr....

Medicine’s Cash Cow

Medicare: Medicine’s Ironic Cash Cow By JC Smith As federal officials begin to implement the “affordable” aspect of the Affordable Care Act, the medical profession’s abuse of Medicare is finally becoming more transparent despite a continued effort by the AMA to...

News Articles Growing

News Articles Growing                             List of News Articles Growing Back pain is an enigmatic problem that plagues the entire world. Although not deadly, it is the #1 disabling condition in the world that costs the US over $300 billion and $600 billion...

Going to Jail

Patients protest outside the Ohio jail where their doctor,Herbert R. Reaver, D.C., was imprisoned. Joseph C. Keating, Jr., Ph.D., Carl S. Cleveland III, D.C., Michael Menke, M.A., D.C., “Chiropractic History: a Primer,” (c) 2004,Association for the History of...

Response to Redbook

 July 10, 2014   To:        Meredith Rollins,                     editor-in-chief,              Redbook magazine From:     JC Smith, MA, DC   RE:        Medical misinformation       Dear Ms. Rollins:   I suggest that you consider a retraction...

Fake News in Medicare

Fake News & Medicare The recent revelation about “fake news” in the media, Facebook Mounts Effort to Limit Tide of Fake News, may come as a shock to many unsuspecting Americans who believe what they read, but not to chiropractors who have been victimized by old...

Response to RWJF

America’s Medical Mess Response to Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Healthcare problems remain paramount in the news ranging from the pros and cons of Obamacare to the recent horrific stories emanating from the inept management of the DVA hospitals. Lost in this bureaucratic...

Skeptics Down Under

InSight regular wins Skeptic of the Year award Dr. Ken Harvey, Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and a regular contributor to MJA InSight, and his research partner Mal Vickers have been awarded the...

More Amnesia @ NPR

More Amnesia @ NPR The conviction of three Aljezeera news reporters in Egypt is shocking for countries who believe in freedom of the press. The harsh sentence for these journalists is unconscionable in our society; certainly limiting freedom of speech would bring...

Curious Chiro

Fake News in Medicare The recent revelation about “fake news” in the media, Facebook Mounts Effort to Limit Tide of Fake News, may come as a shock to many unsuspecting Americans, but not to chiropractors who have been victimized by old fashion medical propaganda and...

“I don’t believe…”

“I don’t believe in chiropractic…” As a 35-year practicing chiropractor, I’ve heard satisfied patients who tell me that someone they know who needs chiropractic spinal care but refuses to seek help because “they don’t believe in chiropractic.” It is past time we...

Jim Crow, MD

Civil Rights for Chiropractors Jim Crow, MD The recent murders of nine parishioners during Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has rekindled the race issue and the symbols many people in the South mistakenly take as Southern heritage...

Chiropractic Rear Window

Chiropractic’s Rear Window  While relaxing over the recent Christmas holidays, I spent way too much time in my recliner due to bad weather watching too many football games and too many Turner Classic Movies (TCM) that gave me too much time to think (no, not me)....

FSU Debacle

“The chiropractic profession as a whole . . . is ready to step up to the plate and to let its belief systems be tested scientifically. Let the chips fall where they may.’’ [1] John J. Triano, DC, PhD Doorway Diplomacy The medical war against chiropractors has been...

Defense of Classic Chiro

What Would Forrest Do? In Defense of Classic Chiropractic As you know, chiropractic has been attacked by the medical trolls in the media as we witnessed again with the recent AHA article that SMT may cause strokes when, in fact, the evidence is scant, the likelihood...

Picking Our Battles

the real battle now is to be won in the media, not in the drugstore Picking Our Battles There is a potential civil war among DCs raging in Wisconsin that is misguided and misleading. This battle is not about the historical philosophical debate, straight vs. mixer, or...

Sitemap4

Home Page Australian MD Letter Back Surgery: Pitfall Back Surgery Not Needed Back Surg. Too Many Back Surg. Part 2 Back Surg. Part 3 Back Surg. Part 4 Back Surg. Scam Bad for Business Intellectual Dishonesty Believe or Understand Better Mousetrap Between Rock & Hard...

Prosperous Club Med

Prosperous Club Med It shouldn’t come as any surprise more realistic opinions of the problems with spine care come from experts across the pond in European national healthcare systems where their motive is less impacted by financial interests than here in the United...

Opioids for Dummies

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies   Joel Cooper, DO, Medical Bag, January 04, 2017   "First, they tell us we're not treating our patients' pain sufficiently. We are encouraged — nay, exhorted — to do a better job at it. Then they tell us we're treating it a...

Bad Poster Child

Part Two of Alternative Facts Bad Poster Child “Medical spine care is the poster child of inefficient care” Mr. Mark Schoene, editor of The BACKLetter It took an opioid crisis of unprecedented numbers created by the AMA and Big Pharma causing hundreds of thousands of...

Uncle Sam Needs You

CHIROPRACTORS: UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOU! Scrutiny into the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed “a stunning period of dysfunction” by Senate Minority...

Alternative Facts

Alternative Facts in Spine Care "Opioids do not kill pain. They kill people." Donald Teater, MD, National Safety Council[i] A recent tweet by our new President Don Trump might be amendable to our own professional situation with the media when he said, “the media is...

So What!

“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” ― author Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference The chiropractic profession is enjoying a...

National Scandal

A National Scandal By JC Smith, MA, DC America has a drug pandemic unlike any other country in the world, but the most dangerous drugs are not illegal street drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine or marijuana. Today prescription opioid painkiller medications have...

Rep. Scott Part 2

Rep. Austin Scott’s Conflict of Interest “As a voice for Robins and Moody Air Force Bases in Washington, you can rest assured that I am constantly working for our installations and the thousands of veterans, military families, and Department of Defense civilian...

US Rep. Austin Scott

A Meeting to Remember with U.S. Rep. Austin ScottThis Op-Ed appeared in the Macon Telegraph on April 14, 2017 My meeting on April 10, 2017, with Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) could not have been more shocking or disappointing. I met with him to ask for an investigation...

NY Times response

Chiropractic Care Grows, and Gains Acceptance   By   Katherine Ellison, New York Times, October 5, 2015   [See comments by JCS in red.] After injuring my tailbone in an ill-advised spin class, I made my first appointment with a chiropractor. I did so with some...

Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention The recent editorial in JAMA by Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH, “The Role of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Low Back Pain,” published on April 11, 2017, in conjunction with the original investigation by the JAMA study, “Association of Spinal...

Baby Jesus Rule on Gifts

PUT SANITY BACK IN GIFTING! Every Christmas I share the one and only poem I’ve ever written. This year I’ve added a few new lines to this wonderful rhyme. I urge you to share this message with your family and especially your children or grandchildren. Enjoy, JC Smith...

Weigh in on Washington

Weighing in on Washington It was a cold and blustery week with snow on the ground in mid-March when chiropractors converged upon Washington, DC, for the DC2017 conference of the American Chiropractic Association, Association of Chiropractic Colleges & Research...

TIME article

For back or neck pain, probably. But watch out for those who oversell their abilities. You Asked: Are Chiropractors Legitimate? Markham Heid @markhamh, TIME, April 6, 2016 In the world of medicine, chiropractic, which seeks to treat musculoskeletal injuries, seems to...

National Press Club

Alternative Facts “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” Mark Twain, author, humorist The F4CP has chosen to launch its National Campaign, “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic,” on Tuesday,...

White House News

White House Denounces CDC Guideline In a stunning rebuttal to the March 15, 2016, “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), President Obama signed an Executive Order today, April...

CDC Snubs DCs

CDC Snubs DCs "Opioids do not kill pain. They kill people," Donald Teater, MD, National Safety Council With much fanfare in the national news media, on March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its awaited “Guideline for Prescribing...

CDC Op-Ed

YOUR SAY: The 'Walking Drugged' By J.C. SMITH Special to The Macon Telegraph On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its new guidelines on chronic pain management to regulate the onslaught of opioid prescription painkillers ravaging our...

Jackie Robinson, DC

Jackie Robinson, DC Let me explain why I feel like the late great Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie Robinson. Avid baseball fans may recall he was 1947 Rookie of the Year, MVP in 1949, All-Star from 1949-1954, and 1962 Hall of Fame inductee, but he was better known as the first...

Discounted Price

Discounted Price Finally I agree with Don Trump on one issue—not the Muslim ban, the repeal of DACA, building the Mexican wall, firing James Comey, demonizing NFL players, or his attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. But I do agree with Trump when he fired...

You’re Fired

Before he was suddenly fired, FBI Director James B. Comey gave an impassioned but unconvincing defense about his probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server a week before the presidential election. Although many believe his investigation may have affected the...

Pharmageddon

Pharmageddon The Rise of “The Walking Drugged”! The recent Academy Awards inspired me to pitch a new movie plot that is a combination of the 1975 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the 2016 Oscar winning movie for this year,...

Blog Bitch

Blog Bitch Here’s the latest attack by yet another yellow journalist/blogger with an inflated ego, an ax to grind, money to make, and a not so subtle title: “Chiropractors are Bullshit” By Yvette d’Entremont Obviously this is not an average person delving into the...

Attack of Opioids

The Attack of Opioids There is a new plague sweeping America and the world killing over 100,000 people annually. Unlike the old infectious epidemics such as malaria, smallpox, Spanish Flu and tuberculosis or new ones like the Ebola virus in West Africa that resulted...

Response to Becker’s

June 21, 2017 TO: Anuja Vaidya FROM: JC Smith, MA, DC RE: Response to your article in Becker’s Spine Review: 'Spine surgery never works' — 7 spine surgeons on how to approach common misconceptions Seven spine surgeons weigh in on the most common stigmas surrounding...

Poisoned Pen

Poisoned Pen The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice. Mark Twain Author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin makes a convincing argument in her new book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting On the Road to Recovery, about the problems...

Response Down Under

Dear Dr Smith Thank you for contacting the ABC [Australian Broadcasting, not American] regarding the article posted on ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing homepage, titled “Doctors speak out against chiropractors treating children”, on 22 April 2016. Your email...

Inconvenient Truth

Inconvenient Truth As the opioid painkiller crisis worsens, so has the number of exposés about who is responsible for this medically-made crisis — the coalition of Big Pharma, promiscuous prescribers, pharmacists and the entire medical system hell-bent on a pill for...

Wilk Deja Vu

Wilk Déjà Vu Down Under A nightmare that could happen to any DC anywhere is happening now in Australia where a pediatric chiropractor is being skewered in the court of public opinion. This scenario could happen to any chiropractor in the world as we’ve previously seen...

Tiger Woods

Dr. Kevin Pauza unsurprised with Tiger Woods' slow back surgery recovery: 5 insights Written by Megan Wood, Becker’s Spine Review, 22 March 2016 Kevin Pauza, MD, of Pauza Disc Treatment Center in Tyler, Texas, isn't optimistic about Tiger Woods' back surgery recovery....

Palmer Homecoming

Palmer Homecoming  On August 12, 2017, I spoke at the Palmer College Homecoming.  I was thoroughly impressed and refreshed after attending the 2017 Palmer Homecoming.   Indeed, my expectations were more than met, including the many serendipitous events I had...

Tipping Point Spine Care

Fusions Strike Out Tipping Point for Spine Care By JC Smith, MA, DC The era of evidence-based health care has reached a critical juncture in the spine care industry in America. Actually, it was more of a collision course that was inevitable considering the high costs,...

Trading Places

“A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain” A review of 80-plus studies upends the conventional wisdom. Vox Media, Aug 4, 2017 TO:             Julia Belluz  RE:             Response to your article, “A comprehensive guide to the new science...

To Kill a Chiropractor

To Kill a Chiropractor: The Media War Against Chiropractors   Paperback  $24.95 Kindle $5.49 To Order on Amazon, click on link:   To Kill a Chiropractor: The Media War Against Chiropractors   Mark Twain warned “never pick a fight with people who buy ink...

Response to Sun

Response to British Fake News: "Chiropractors are hiding a deadly secret" By Miles Goslett, The Sun, October 25, 2017; reprinted in NY Post Chicken Little Journalism British Style Chicken Little (or Henny Penny in the UK) is a children’s story about...

Busted at Berkeley

Busted at Berkeley From Cal to Chiropractic When I began my freshman year in 1966 at the University of California at Berkeley, the Free Speech Movement that began in 1963 had morphed into other important issues such civil rights, women’s rights, voting rights and, of...

Chiro Civil War

Chiropractic War of Words Evidence-based Medicine vs. Best Practices Chiro Care Over the decades, chiropractic has been divided into many factions by clinical techniques, educational orientation, and the standard “straight vs. mixer” philosophical differences. Now we...

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...

Je Suis Chiropratique

“Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”                Mark Twain, author, humorist More than a million people in Paris marched on January 7, 2015, in support of 12 people murdered at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine.  Their...

Tipping Point for Spine Care

The era of evidence-based health care has reached a critical juncture in the spine care industry in America. Actually, it was more of a collision course that was inevitable considering the high costs, poor outcomes, and unsustainable escalation of drugs, shots, and...

Terrier’s Tale

“Bandit” ISBN: 978-0-9446206-2-9 Copyright 2007 JCS   CHAPTER ONE THE GOLDEN JOY RANCH A dog’s mournful howl in the calm of the night is an unforgettable, ghostly sound. The long and lonely cry for help awakens people from their sleep.  Dogs prick up their ears...

Dog Days in Georgia

The Lesson Almost a year has passed since Panda became a part of the Wellston family, but Papa Matt, the head of the Golden Joy Ranch, can’t wait any longer for her to grow up and earn her keep. “We’ve got to do something about this red fox,” he tells his daughter,...

Mystery Science Profession

"To say the chiropractic profession is a paradox to the American public is an understatement." After 20 years in this profession, I've waited for the tide to change in our favor. After the Wilk trial, I mistakenly thought hospitals would seek our services. After the...

Op-Ed Opioids in HoCo

Pharmageddon Strikes Houston County, Again The onslaught of prescription drugs continues to impact Houston County. In February the Telegraph reported “More than 50 arrested in Houston County drug bust” and on April 15 reported “Warner Robins doctor arrested, charged...

Deyo Book Review

Review of WATCH YOUR BACK! HOW THE BACK PAIN INDUSTRY IS COSTING US MORE AND GIVING US LESS by Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH Rating: 3½ Stars Everyone in the spine research field knows the name of Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH, a long-time researcher and whistleblower who has...

Chiro Bucks Chiropractic

Horse Chiropractor Bucks Chiropractic Since the election of Donald Trump, the nightly news resembles a television soap opera rather than a synopsis of daily events. Fake news, alternative facts, healthcare reform debates, and White House in-fighting have replaced the...

Deception in Medicare

Though well aware of the emerging record of successful chiropractic treatment for back and neck problems, the AMA leadership never provided this information to its members. Attorney McAndrews mentioned that the AMA also failed to inform its members of the New Zealand...

Redbook Slams Chiro

Redbook Slams Chiropractic I am constantly amazed where I find cheap shots taken at our profession. If it’s not Forbes or USA Today as we’ve recently witnessed, now Redbook magazine has jumped into the fray not only against chiropractors but also by insulting massage...

Chiropractic Paradigm

The Classic Chiropractic Paradigm Let me give you the chiropractic model of spinal care and overall health from a classical chiropractor’s perspective. Rather than looking at the outside of the spine—the joints, discs, and muscles—let us look at what happens inside...

Response to Col. Gordon

TO:           Col. Garrett Gordon Director of Complaints & Resolution 78 ABW/IGQ Robins AFB GA  31098 Mr. Jonathan Staeblein Department of the Air Force SAF/AAII (FOIA) 1000 Air Force Pentagon Washington, DC 20330-1000 FROM:       JC Smith, MA, DC...

Guest Book

I realize I am opening up a can of worms with this Guest Book. Undoubtedly many medical trolls will take cheap shots at me as they've done in the past. Hopefully there will also be intelligent comments by fair-minded health professionals who are ethical and understand...

WHITES ONLY IN HOSPITALS

The foremost example of medical supremacy and taxation without representation is the continuing blockade of chiropractors from public hospitals despite a major lawsuit rendering illegal the medical boycott of chiropractors in public hospitals. Imagine if there were a...

Back Surgery Not Needed

Back Surgery Not Needed Undoubtedly this stunning headline shocked the American public as well as medical professionals who might think these remarks came from the chiropractic profession that has long touted the benefit of non-invasive methods compared to spinal...

Radio interview by JCS

Chiropractors for Fair Journalism Radio Interviews with JCS Interview #1: Listen to JCS in a 30-minute interview on The Valerie Sargent Martin Show Interview #2: In this 10-minute radio broadcast, Dr. Smith gives a quick overview of the medical war and speaks of the...

Whistle to Blow

Another Whistle to Blow There have been many embarrassing revelations in the news lately after whistle blowers exposed alleged scandals at the NSA, IRS, DOJ, DOD, FBI, and the CIA. Since this seems to be a trend, I want to blow a whistle at another national...

Vetting Chiropractic

Vetting Chiropractic Table of Contents Back Pain: #1 Disabling Condition in the World Vetting Chiropractic Chiropractors as Reformists Medical Media Malpractice: Chicken Little Journalism CNN: Good Examples of Bad Journalism All Things Not Considered @ NPR The Rise of...

Hollywood & Chiropractic

Hollywood & Chiropractic The power of motion pictures to shape our perceptions and to change our society’s consciousness is awesome. Indeed, the more impactful the stories are, the more we love them even when they make us think, flinch, and create in our heart and...

Placebo, Placebo…

Wild Ride on the Medical Railroad For the past 30+ years, I’ve watched numerous people being railroaded into drugs, shots, and spine surgeries without given any information that there may be an a safer and more effective route to take for their back pain....

“Bad Discs” Dead, Again

“Bad Discs” Pronounced Dead, Again It never ceases to amaze me how the medical spine industry ignores its own research when it interferes with them making more money. Now another study confirms that the ‘bad disc’ diagnosis is dead, but spine surgeons won’t be telling...

Too Much Money

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...

Is God Dead in Medicine?

Is God Dead in Medicine? Despite the high-tech image and expense of medical care, surprisingly, Americans are not getting much bang for their dollars with the medical methods of healthcare based primarily on drugs and surgery. After a century of touting the American...

Medical Trick & Treat

Medical Tricks & Treats Halloween is a special night when kids dress like monsters, witches, zombies, super-heroes or the many Disney cartoon characters. This fun night of ‘trick or treats’ gives them the chance to act out in ways never allowed during their normally...

Concussions

‘Paid to Give Concussions’ "Football is not a contact sport, it's a collision sport - dancing is a contact sport." Packer Coach Vince Lombardi The soon-to-be released movie, Concussion, stars actor Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who discovered chronic...

Chirophobia

Chirophobia As a 35-year practicing chiropractor, I’ve heard satisfied patients who tell me that someone they know who needs chiropractic spinal care but refuses to seek help because “they don’t believe in chiropractic.” It is past time we openly address the medical...

Friendly Fire

“That enemy, of course, is this profession itself - and those elements within it that are unwilling to deal forthrightly with the charlatans, hucksters, profiteers, and wild-eyed ‘philosophers’ who put their own selfish interest ahead of science and the ethical and...

Paying the Price

Paying the Price Few people realize in the first half of the 20th century over 12,000 chiropractors were arrested over 15,000 times.[1] Our crime was helping sick people get well without drugs or surgery. Fortunately dedicated chiropractors persisted to keep this...

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...

Medical Titanic

Medical Titani 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...

Responsible for Failure

The Responsibility for Failure In the Court of Public Opinion: Chiropractors v. the Medical Profession “… the ultimate objective of the AMA, theoretically, is the complete elimination of the chiropractic profession.”[1]   Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: You have sat...

Medical Wars Against CAM

“Scientific medicine absorbs from them that which is good, if there is any good, and then they die.” Morris Fishbein, MD, former AMA executive director   The Medical Wars Chiropractors are just one group of victims along with every CAM practitioner and millions of...

#Chiropractors Matter

#Chiropractors Matter, Too! "Opioids do not kill pain. They kill people."  Donald Teater, MD, National Safety Council[1] #Black Lives Matter has become synonymous with the African-American activist movement that began after the brutality and deaths of black people by...

Disruptive Journalism

WHITE PAPER DISRUPTIVE JOURNALISM & CHIROPRACTIC BY JC SMITH, MA, DC Contents TALKING POINTS INTRODUCTION EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINES EARNED MEDIA VS. SOCIAL MEDIA REPAIRING OUR IMAGE COURT “PLENTY OF EVIDENCE” EXPOSING WRONGDOING FOLLOW THE MONEY, FOLLOW THE LIES...

ASH Chokehold

ASH CHOKEHOLD   APPEAL TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE & BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS TO INVESTIGATE AMERICAN SPECIALTY HEALTH The chiropractic profession should learn a few valuable lessons from the social upheaval we now see with massive proponents of the...

TOPPLING MONARCHY

TOPPLING THE MEDICAL MONARCHY The recent removal of Confederate statues erected to intimidate Blacks in the Jim Crow era after the Civil War as well as the effort to rename military posts and bases named inexplicably after Confederate generals certainly has been a...

SPINAL PLAGUE

Invisible Spinal Plague We constantly hear and for good reason to “Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Don’t go to the bar. Don’t go anywhere at all. Wash your hands again.” I might add I’ve never used as much hand sanitizer since this viral outbreak started and...

HAMILTON

If you have not already seen Hamilton, the spectacular Broadway musical now movie streaming on the Disney Channel, you have missed a revolutionary film in more ways than one. Unquestionably this fascinating story of the American Revolution has resonated unlike any...

One-Drop Rule

The tragedy in Charlottesville brought new attention to bigotry and white supremacy in a most unusual manner from a testimonial by a graduate of the University of Virginia medical school. On August 14, 2017, Dr. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, wrote a heartfelt editorial...

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. Republican Senator Rand Paul...

A Comprehensive guide to new science treating lower back pain

A review of 80-plus studies upends the conventional wisdom. Vox Media, Aug 4, 2017 TO:             Julia Belluz  RE:             Response to your article, “A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain” FROM:       JC Smith, MA, DC Dear Julia,...

Gaslighting Chiropractic

While the ACA is fighting a civil war over its xray Prohibition, it appears the Choosing Wisely movement in Australia is far ahead of its American colleagues by addressing the bigger issues of opioid abuse and unnecessary spine fusions as I suggested we do in my last...

The Paradox of Choosing Wisely

I understand the Choosing Wisely program was designed to eliminate waste in medical care, but it quickly became obvious to me this program does not understand there are bigger fish to fry than imaging for LBP. Nor does this program address the bigger issues such as...

The Ignoble Experiment

The ACA’s Choosing Wisely program is strangely reminiscent to Prohibition in the day of bootleggers, Al Capone, and speakeasies brought about by the 18th Amendment that banned alcohol in the US. This well-intentioned but futile effort to make America dry eventually...

The Chiropractic Waterloo

Last year at the closing banquet of the DC2017 conference, Dr. David Herd, the ACA president, proudly announced the imminent ‘new’ ACA. However, as we’ve witnessed with our new president in the White House, sometimes change isn’t for the better despite high hopes and...

Chiropractic War of Words

Evidence-based Medicine vs. Best Practices Chiro Care Over the decades, chiropractic has been divided into many factions by clinical techniques, educational orientation, and the standard “straight vs. mixer” philosophical differences. Now we are entering a new era...

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 Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul who...

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, “follow the money but...

Practice Tyranny

As founder of EBM, Dr. David L. Sackett wrote in his paper, Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is and What It Isn’t, “best practices” constitutes more than just evidence-based information gleaned from the scientific literature: “Good doctors use both individual clinical...

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 such, the panelists...

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 leading researchers and...

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 medical spine...

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...

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...

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 or not their services or products are proven to be...

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 ineffective and harmful care.” Of course,...

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 Spine Institute (LSI). Similar versions of MISS are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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.”)...