Chiropractic story has unscientific basis

I write to question the story in The Citizen Weekend, Dec. 24-25, 2010 with the headline, “Study shows resolution of otitis media with chiropractic care.”

As I’m sure you are aware, “studies” such as the one described are usually classified as “Incidental,” implying they are interesting, but not in the least bit scientific.

Requirements for sound experimental designed studies are as follows: Control groups, placebos or sham procedures, blinded procedures, random assignment of subjects to study groups and adequate statistical power.

I think it would have appropriate for you to point out this case has no basis in true science. Otherwise it might lead one to believe anyone who advertises in The Citizen can get stories recommending questionable therapies.

John W. Merrick, DVM

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Dr. Merrick

It's really not realistic to expect the Citizen to screen anything but blatantly obvious charlatans. The studies scam is so overused by advertising and the news media it's hard to feel sorry for anyone who buys into it. Having said that, I have heard The Citizen will reject out of the mainstream spiritual content.

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VooDo Medicine

There are also several stores around that sell all kinds of weeds and roots which are usually dried and stuffed into pouches or bottles and sold as medicine for anything. Marijuana comes to mind.

Then there are professionals who stick needles into one's body all over and that cures everything from bad toe-nails to appendicitis. This beats killing a chicken and letting the blood run all over you.

Then there are the body manipulators such as massage parlors, bone manipulators, gyms with professionals in little rooms, etc.

Also, we have practitioners who first try everything in the book to cure you using diets, counseling, etc., before they send you to a doctor of medicine.

Now, we have special hospitals who take people (in) who have been told that they will die soon and just leave the room. These special glib talkers take lots of money and are rail nice to you also.

Faith healers are sometimes helpful.

But best of all are the local bars and liquor stores who provide curative medicines by the thousands of gallons.

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Chiropractors can cure ear infections?

Wow....that's incredible.

One can "learn" so much by reading the Citizen.