Legislative Alchemy 2017: Chiropractic

Legislative Alchemy

State legislatures routinely incorporate pseudoscience into health care practitioner licensing laws, a process I call “Legislative Alchemy.” These laws allow health care practitioners to use bogus diagnostic methods, diagnose fabricated diseases and conditions, and sell useless remedies to their patients. Legislatures credulously adopt the self-regulated educational and testing requirements of these practitioners instead of objectively evaluating their credentials.

Armed with the undeserved imprimatur of legitimacy bestowed by the state, naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists diagnose and treat millions of patients each year.  Yet, they offer nothing beneficial that is not readily available from evidence-based practitioners. As for the rest, at best, patients lose only their money. At worst, they lose their lives.

Today, we look at chiropractic efforts to benefit from the magic of Legislative Alchemy in 2017, a subject I previewed earlier this year.

The DC as PCP

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the Council on Chiropractic

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