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The Medical War against Chiropractors: The Untold Story from Persecution to Vindication Paperback – April 27, 2011
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Everything that Dr. Smith wrote about has been confirmed in the daily news. In an editorial by the editor of an international spine research newsletter from Georgetown University, Mark Schoene declared that "Spinal medicine in the US is a poster child for inefficient spine care." Primary care physicians are likely to ignore recent guidelines that do not recommend narcotics for low back pain, and primary care physicians are more likely to suggest spine surgery than surgeons themselves!
The medical approach has been shown to be a failure based on the inadequacies of the medical model for low back and cervical spinal pain. Previous studies have shown that diagnostic uncertainty in the primary care setting is as high as 85% for the low back pain population. In the absence of an accurate clinical prediction rule (or diagnostic) system, physical interventions are applied to patients with an equal chance of failure or success.
The total cost for the medical treatment of back pain are mind-numbing, calcuated at $85.9 billion in 2005, exceeded only by the 2007 outlay for cancer ($89.0 billion), the cost of diabetes ($98.1 billion), or heart disease and stroke ($257.6 billion). In a study published in 2008, Martin, Deyo and others concluded that the average total health expenditure per person in the United States with spine problems was 73% greater than for individuals in other countries.
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This book is a must read if you are one of the millions of people who suffer from back pain and discomfort. Before taking a regimen of opioids or having back surgery (which has a much lower success rate than spinal manipulation), you owe it to yourself to first seek out care and advice from a chiropractor.
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How has the media missed such a hot issue as that portrayed by Dr JC Smith in this well-documented book? Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by P Cadaps
Very informative and it is interesting that some doctors still don't get it and are still fighting the war. especially surgeons.Published on October 5, 2013 by Pat
Very eye opening, I knew medicine was big business, but this exposesnot only corruption, but complete disregard for suffering human beings.Published on August 9, 2013 by Pat