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37 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Doctors of Chiropractic are very well educated on the human body and its functions. In a comparison between chiropractic and medical education, DCs receive an average of 4,800 hours of education with more than 2,000 of those devoted to that "complex" or "vital" structure, (i.e. the spine), while MDs receive an average of 4,670 hours of education with FAR LESS training on the spine and its intricacies. Moreover, on the average, DCs receive almost twice the number of hours of education in the areas of Anatomy/Embryology and Physiology and are very comparable in other areas such as Microbiology, Pathology, and Neurology. It's also a well documented fact that medical students get virtually no training in nutrition, which we all know is "key" to good health. As far as "statistically" being "unable to pass the same 'rigorous' tests which are basic to medical training.." is concerned, consider the fact that a BASIC Musculoskeletal exam, at least to Chiropractors, which should have been a basic exam for the medical profession as well, was administered to 85 first-year medical & surgery residents at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. They were all graduates of 37 medical schools. The exam consisted of 25 "basic" questions validated by 124 orthopedic chairpersons. Not surprisingly, 82% of them failed to get a passing score with an average score of 59.6%(the passing score to demonstrate basic competency is 73%). Of the ones who passed, the highest score was 86%. Eight chief residents also took the exam to further establish its validity, and they all passed with a mean of 98.5%. The results of this study were published in the Jounal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Oct. 1998. (By the way, this same test was administered to Chiropractic graduates with well over 90% passing the exam.) If you want to learn more about Chiropractic as well as the medical field, I suggest reading: Under the Influence of Modern Medicine by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C.; Chiropractic First by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C.; and Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. These books provide well-documented facts that everyone should be aware of in order to avoid dangerous medical mishaps and lead a life of optimum health.
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27 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the first 20 pages I realized that Homola is a disgruntled doctor who should never have chosen the field of chiropractic. He even admitted that while in school he was skeptical about chiropractic and that medical doctors made more sense in their teachings. I know several chiropractors and medical doctors - some good and some bad. This guy just sounds bitter and uses 280 pages to make himself feel better. Do yourself a favor - save your money and watch grass grow.
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16 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's funny how each author priases the other based on their point of views on issues instead of the quality of the literature. You know who you are:
Dr. Chotowsky, Homola and the rest of the chiro bashers. I'm a firm believer in the profession after having been seeking care the traditional MD route. I went to 3 MD and 1 DO to ask what was exactly wrong with me and all told me the same thing. Change my diet and also that they could "prescribe" something. Well, on a friend's recommendation (iniatilly being somewhat skeptical because I considered them to be back docs) I went. He was more knowledgeable and caring than the other 4. He found out that I had hypothyroidism which is the reason for my weight gain and otehr assocaited symptoms. I was so mad, I called my HMO and told them about my experience with the aforementioned physicians. Anyways, I now go to him as my primary care physician since I feel that he is much more qualified and a better human than the others. He referred me to an MD to comanage my hypothyroidism. It's funny how that DC and MD never discourage the other. If you really cared for your patients I guess, you wouldn't have so many gripes with any profession that provided results. I am also free from my low back pain of over 10 years due to my occupation. Please do real research and learn to separate your bias from it. Maybe you only see what you want to believe. It's probably hard for an Md to think of an alternative care provider to outsmart their diagnostic skills - watch that ego because it's your biggest downfall. Best of luck to you all in your endeavors for unadulterated research for the sake of a useful resource instead of a lobbying effort.
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16 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has been adjusted since I was a child, have had my family and children (as young as several days old) checked regularly and adjusted as needed, and who has used and continues to use competent Chiropractors as one of my primary care doctors, I can attest that Dr. Homola's book presents an extremely distorted view of Chiropractic. Chiropractors have diagnosed things that MD internists, pediatricians, and orthopedic surgeons that I have seen hadn't a clue about. While no healing professional is a be all, good Chiropractors have helped myself, family, and friends immeasurably. I don't buy most of the garbage I hear on health from the medical profession, they have worse theories on health and healing than the basic one I learned from my Chiropractors and Naturopaths, that the body can heal itself from most things if the physical, mental, structural, emotional, and chemical blocks are removed. That makes more sense than masking pain, giving dozens of shots, cutting out organs, and the truckload of other approaches given by the majority of doctors, including the advice to just live with it until it needs surgery!. We may not have the scientific proof as to why exactly Chiropractic works, and I admit that there must be bad Chiropractors in the field (just as there bad MD's), but that doesn't mean that the results people like myself experience are invalid. Dr. Homola has a gripe with his profession, that is the only message I get from his book.
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22 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It is amazing that someone could be published with so little proven group study and with such outdated information. I have experienced the wonderful effects of corrective chiropractic treatment and am a believer due to personal experience. Cervical manipulations on my severely damaged cervical spine caused rapid recovery of hearing, vision and speech. Although I am now in a maintenance period I still believe that my chiropractic adjustments are what keep me running - I choose to be well and not base my health on SYMPTOMS which are mainly misleading. How many people do you know that have dropped dead due to a sudden heart attack, rare cancer, a stroke and never had one warning sign or symptom? What a load of bosh this book is and I feel I actually got stupider reading it.
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13 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book as a consumer seeking informative information about chiropractic as a vitalistic health care alternative. I have recently experienced amazing results from visiting my chiropractor. I live eat and sleep better now as a result of ciropractic care. So I decided to learn more about this chiropractic buy reading this book. It was very disapointing because it was so negatively written in tone and hasn't matched my experiences at all.
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25 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Inside Chiropractic : A Patient's Guide is a prime example of how an individual can enter a field and never really get the big picture. Samuel Homola's views are harmful and may prevent the reader from seeking greatly needed chiropractic care. I have been under chiropractic wellness care since birth. My health has been above average. I am still the only person I know that has not taken an antibiotic. I will if need be, but I will continue to maintain optimum health with my regular chiropractic adjustments!
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19 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Samuel Homola and Stephen Barrett have been using chiropractic as their whipping boy to garner media attention for years. This book is yet another wild falsehood. There is overwhelming scientific evidence for the efficacy and safety of chiropractic....
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26 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for the public because it demonstrates how politically biased certain individuals in health care can be.The medical establishment has even paid off doctors of chiropractic to write filth about their own profession. This text is filled with misconceptions about a truly wonderful healing art. Dr. Homola has never understood the "big idea" within chiropractic and has elected to try and minimize the role of the chiropractor as a "pain specialist."
In order for someone to understand the "big idea" within chiropractic he or she must first obtain the "slightest idea" about the profession and obviously in the case of Dr. Somola this is asking too much.
My advice is to read this book, comprehend what the author is writing about, and then do the complete opposite of what he suggests. What a shame that a chiropractor who has practiced for over 43 years is still unable to understand or see the importance of such a wonderful health profession. B.J. Palmer is probably turning over in his grave.
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19 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After having read both this book and the late Georger Magners book, "Chiropractic-A Victim's Perspective" I would only recommend the latter.
While I think the author, Sam Homola D.C., had good intentions in writing the book, it is very apparent that he has fallen for some of the chiropractic propaganda claiming that manipulation (or adjustment as the chiropractor's call it) can correct biomechanical problems in the spine. This position is not based on any solid evidence but is put forward as the author's opinion from his observations of private practice.
I am really surprized that Dr. Stephen Barrett M.D., the editor of the book, did not catch and correct this gross error which has the potential to mislead many patients and prospective chiropractors into thinking that they need regular chiropractic visits to maintain the health of their spines.
The book is further "fluffed out" by reprinting, in it's entirety, the pro-manipulation (not pro-chiropractic) guidelines of the AHCPR and a study disproving chiropractic's raison d'etre, the subluxation complex.
My recommendation as an expert on chiropractic is for consumers to visit the free website [...] and then read two books. The first is, "Chiropractic-The Victim's Perspective" by Georger Magner and "The Health Robbers" by Stephen Barrett M.D.
And by the way, do not believe any of these crazy posts from chiropractors claiming that a wild conspiracy is afoot or that this or other author's critical of chiropractic are biased. Many chiropractors live in a fantasy world where anything that opposes them is considered the enemy and receives a relentless attack of biased propaganda and character assasination. I recommend ignoring these types of messages but if you read "The Health Robbers" you will recognize exactly the same delusions that Dr. Barrett documents.
Good luck.
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