F.A.S.T isn't a recommendation to call your chiropractor.
After the blanket denial comes the wild swinging.
To some people, criticism of chiropractic is a serious matter because it has the potential of hitting them were it hurts -- in their pocketbooks. For others, higher awareness of chiropractic bullshit could give them the information they need to avoid a risky neck manipulation and save them from a stroke. This is information that some chiropractors are reluctant to reveal.
The first problem, described in my previous post, is that criticism is met with swift and automatic denials, rather than introspection. Chiropractors would rather believe their methods are safe than know they are safe. That's because it's easier to sell if you're deeper into the delusion. They're supposedly trained to inform of the risks, but apparently that training loses out when it comes to pumping up the bottom line.
The next problem is that chiropractors are all over the map. In responses to my last post, we have one "Dr." saying that people present with stroke symptoms when they arrive for the neck manipulation. But the other "Dr." says that these strokes are not medically detectable. So, which is it? What we have here is a group of people who only hear what benefits them, or twist the research to tar medicine equally.
In reality,there are hard-to-detect medical conditions which, if exacerbated by a neck manipulation will lead to stroke. That's not a "maybe."
Most patients undergoing therapeutic neck manipulation will have no ill effects, but there is no doubt that chiropractic neck manipulation can result in dissection of the carotid or vertebral arteries leading to stroke. Until a high-risk group can be identified, chiropractors should inform all patients of possible serious complications before neck manipulation. This is already emphasized in their current training programs.
Emphasis mine. That means your neck can be like a stick of dynamite and when you walk into a chiropractor's office he says to you "care for a light?"
On the local radio there's a chiropractor who spends most of his time trying to scare people about mainstream medicine -- you know, the kind of medicine that is based on science. The science that is peer reviewed, and not just by other chiropractors. Chiropractors should spend less time trying to scare people and drinking their own Kool-Aid. More time should be spent looking at independent scientific research.
If someone tries to sell you a neck adjustment, just remember that they can't tell when that stroke is lying in wait in your carotid artery, just waiting for someone to unleash it.
The suggestion (still haven't seen a reference to the study) that people have the same incidence of stroke if they present with certain symptoms almost sounds like the setup to a joke. Considering F.A.S.T. action is necessary to increase your chances of recovery from a stroke, where would you rather be when you have one? In a hospital or in a chiropractor's office?
Posted by James at March 23, 2008 10:37 AM