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A Must-Read for Those Contemplating Chiropractic
on January 3, 2000
This book is a well reasoned and rational discussion of the origin of chiropractic, its belief system, its practices, where it is irrational, where it is contraindicated, and where it can actually do some good.
The use of case studies is particularly well thought out. People like to read case studies. The application of theories is always more interesting than the theories themselves. Examples of instances where chiropractic manipulation was able to provide real relief for people suffering from cramped muscles, the effects of poor posture, and locked joints was useful. The cases where Dr. Homola did not treat were also useful. For example, one woman came to him for manipulation for pain. In taking her history he discovered she had had cancer. He referred her to her physician who passed her along to an oncologist, who confirmed that her cancer had metastasized. How a competent chiropractor can help when he recognizes the limits of his ability and what is within and outside his scope of practice will be useful to those contemplating chiropractic.
Dr. Homola spent his life trying to reform chiropractic from the inside out. He suffered greatly for it. Besides the disparaging comments from his colleagues and the isolation he must have felt, I'm sure he suffered financially. (Frankly, I'm sick of hearing how the medical community is trying to keep alternative medicine out because they are greedily hogging the people's money. Dr. Homola is an example of how true the reverse is. It is almost always easier to earn money dishonestly than honestly.)
Dr. Homola has integrity, though, and his book should be required reading for those contemplating a visit to a chiropractor and especially anyone considering becoming a chiropractor.