Responses to Forbes

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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 as well as the general public.

 You can Post Your Comment or read all of them to get the jest of the anger on this blog. I’ve included just a few at the end of this commentary for your entertainment. I urge you to post your own comment but, please, if you’re an Allen Botnick or Sam Homola sort of chiro turncoat who mistakenly thinks chiropractors brought this scourge upon ourselves, don’t bother.

 It turns my stomach when naïve people in the general public or in our own profession who don’t understand the medical war on chiropractors spew nonsense or are in denial about the roles played by evil people like Morris Fishbein and H. Doyl Taylor.

 Instead, for their 15 minutes of fame in the medical limelight as chiro bashers, they have the gall to say our medical detractors are right or, just as ludicrous, they tell me we should ‘make love, not war’ with a medical profession that still tries to contain and eliminate our profession with its ‘wither on the vine’ tactics.

 These turncoats just need to get out of the way in this battle for medical freedom and equality.

 If these blog responses below are any indication, this could be indicative of a tipping point in the public’s conscious about our profession. But, as a profession that has suffered from unfair journalism for too long, if not forever, it’s time our leadership stands up and says something. Not only should the ACA, ICA, WFC or F4CP call out Salzberg, someone needs to call out Forbes by citing the Fairness Doctrine to give us equal access for rebuttal.

 Famed attorney George McAndrews sent to me his response to the editor of Forbes, Malanie Wells, and to Steven Salzberg, written only as he can do. He also attached his article, When the TMA Looks for Quacks, It Should Search Its Own House that was published in Dynamic Chiropractic on April 1, 2014.

 I write in response to the uninformed article by Steven Salzberg in the April 20 issue of Forbes Magazine. It is clear that Mr. Salzberg is lacking knowledge about which he speaks. I note that he has never read the 2012 article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery about the Johns Hopkins University Medical School where he claims to have taught and done research. It is obvious that he knows not what he writes.

 As noted in the attached letter I was the lead Plaintiffs’ trial lawyer in the celebrated 14 year anti-trust case entitled: Wilk at al vs AMA et al, where the chiropractors succeeded in having the AMA declared guilty of a lengthy, nation-wide attempt to totally eliminate the profession of chiropractic licensed in all fifty states. The injunction against the AMA is still fresh. I was also lead Plaintiff’s trial lawyer in the Civil Racketeering case entitled: Chinnici vs Central DuPage Hospital, the Mona Kea Professional Center and 21 Medical Physicians. This latter case survived a Motion To Dismiss by the Defendants and was ultimately settled.  

 For his enlightenment and to correct the record for readers of the venerable Forbes Magazine that may be tempted to swallow the Kool Aid proposed by Mr. Salzberg, I am enclosing my letter, widely published on April 1, 2014, containing what lawyers call “Admissions Against Interest” by the medical community, its schools, its researchers, governmental bodies and others attesting to the sad lack of knowledge of the medical community about the neuro musculoskeletal system of the human body (60% of the total) where doctors of chiropractic admittedly have superior education, knowledge, practice and results with patients.

 The true victims of Mr. Salzberg’s uninformed vendetta are the millions of patients being treated by uninformed medical doctors that would both benefit from the education, knowledge and superior care of Doctors of Chiropractic if the medical doctors would first refer the patient to a doctor of chiropractic for evaluation before embarking on a drug-surgery freefall. Please carefully read the quotations and sources in my letter.

 Chiropractic has survived and grown due to its success in caring for 30-40 million patients where results, not propaganda, are the best form of patient education. Many MDs now get regular chiropractic care and refer patients to them and accept referrals from them,

 I trust Mr. Salzberg is not teaching his students that the Earth is square.

 I also suggest that Mr. Salzberg should begin his re-education by reading: SYMPATHETIC SEGMENTAL DISTURBANCES—II, by Henry Winsor, M.D., found in the MEDICAL TIMES, Volume XLIX., No 11, November 1921, pp 267-271. It should at least pique his curiosity.

 Additional studies and sources are available upon request.

 /S/

 GEORGE P. McANDREWS

 I admire George’s tactic using “Admissions Against Interest” as well as his sarcasm, “I trust Mr. Salzberg is not teaching his students that the Earth is square.” I would love to see Salzberg’s face as he reads this letter and George’s article in Dynamic Chiropractic, although I doubt anyone can change a medical bigot’s  mind (and god only knows that I’ve tried many times in Letters to Editors). No doubt Salzberg understands he has met his match, just as the AMA discovered at the Wilk v. AMA trial, but he will never admit it or apologize.

 This is certainly a step in the right direction, but until we crack the nut of public relations to change the medically-contrived public image that belabors the stigma we have endured for nearly a century, his letter and article will remain under wraps at Forbes that has no interest in further embarrassment about Salzberg’s obvious medical bigotry.

 This is the angle the ACA, ICA, WFC, and F4CP must take by reaching out to other mainstream media organizations by using Salzberg’s current and three former articles as evidence of the prevailing medical misinformation, slander, and unfair journalism that plagues the chiropractic profession.

 Whether it is obvious defamation such as Salzberg’s rant, or  “professional amnesia” by Sanjay Gupta on CNN who ignores our profession in instances such as Deadly Dose when he should have heralded our non-drug solution to the Hillbilly Heroin epidemic, or the outrageous comments by Harriett Hall on NPR about “quackademia,” the fact remains we are missing in the media.

 We chiropractors seemingly face in the media a phenomenon called “citation laundering” of erroneous facts that are passed on from one newscaster to other newscasters as “perceived wisdom”. The issue of medical “citation laundering” of errors made against chiropractors is unknown to the public, but it forms the public conception of our image. Since the 1960s, the AMA’s Committee on Quackery promoted its slur that “everybody knows chiropractic is an unscientific cult,” and unethical newsmen like Salzberg and Gupta continue to launder this misinformation.

 Dana Weary, DC, opined to me how Salzberg is perceived by the misguided public that concludes: “There you have it, I knew blacks were stupid, Mexicans were lazy, liberals all do drugs, and chiropractic is quackery, and he’s a scientist! Game Over.”

 We must clear the air now of this dirty laundry and take our rebuttal immediately to the mainstream media to demand equal time to respond. Imagine if Salzberg had made a homophobic comment how quickly the LBGT orgs would speak out. Imagine if he had made an anti-Semitic slur how quickly the Jewish Anti-Defamation League would respond. Imagine if he had used the n-word to describe the NAACP. What if he had chided females who want equal salaries for equal jobs as a bunch of ‘greedy bitches’? Even my comment undoubtedly raised some eyebrows, eh?

 You get my point: we have been slighted by an obvious medical bigot who has used a leading business magazine on four occas