From my book in progress:
“488, Diabetes Quackery and What To Do About It”
Written by David Sanders, DC - A quack chiropractor
I am a chiropractor, and proud of it. For years, medical doctors called us “QUACKS!”, and yet our profession is still around over 120 years later. Are there some quack chiropractors? Yes. Are there some quack medical doctors? Yes. You hear about these charlatans in the news all too often. Is the prejudice that medical doctors have against chiropractors warranted? In some cases, yes, but for the most part not at all. By the way, medical doctors also called the osteopaths quacks until they shamed them completely out of their holistic approach and made them look “just like Mike”. But I won’t go down that rabbit trail. In every profession there are quacks, and it really boils down to human nature. In all of us, you the reader included, there is a dark nature that wants to come out. Without our conscience telling us the difference between right and wrong, we would have one hell of a society, if any society at all. I won’t get into a debate about where that conscience came from (I could easily), but just know that it is there holding us in check. When we ignore it, we step off into that darker part of our human nature that is willing to cut corners, put ourselves first, put others down in order to make ourselves look better, or cheat others to get ahead. Both the medical and the chiropractic profession contain quacks willing to deceive others to line their own pocketbooks. In fact, there are “quacks” in every profession.
This is not about gratuitous medical bashing. This is so much bigger than that. My goal with the following points about modern medicine is for you the reader to benefit by opening your eyes to the possibilities unique to your condition of Type 2 Diabetes so that those of you who want an answer to the question, “Why do I have diabetes”, will find it.
At this point, we should define our terms and a quick history of the word “Quack” is in order. Quack is short for Quacksalver. From the Online Etymology Dictionary, it literally means a "hawker of salve". From Middle Dutch quacken "to brag, boast," literally "to croak" + "salve", salven "to rub with ointment". RationalWiki says: “Quacksalvers would appear in town markets offering cure-alls in bottles to anyone gullible enough to part with their money.”, and Wikipedia says: “In the Middle Ages the term quack meant "shouting". The quacksalvers sold their wares on the market shouting in a loud voice.
Early on, “medicines” were sold by anyone who wanted to sell them. The Smithsonian says: “Patent medicines are named after the “letters patent” granted by the English crown. The first “letters patent” given to an inventor of a secret remedy was issued during the late 17th century. The patent granted the medicine maker a monopoly over his particular formula. Think for a moment, who sells patented medicines today? Is it... chiropractors? What do chiropractors sell today? Since I am a chiropractor, I am in a good position to tell you. Mainly, we sell relief from pain and discomfort in the form of a spinal adjustment. And, I can tell you that it is very effective. For the most part, I can make 80% of the patients that walk in my door very happy. Of the other 20%, I can make most of them happy they came even if they didn’t get 100% better, and about 3-5% I can’t help at all because their condition is too severe or has been around too long. In fact, if a chiropractor is just pretty good at adjusting, has a reasonable fee, and a good bedside manor, he or she will likely have a thriving practice that will earn their family a good living. No, chiropractors don’t sell patented medicines. But, who does?
Second, how were patent medicines sold? Mainly through good marketing. In fact, these “hawkers of salve” were pioneers in the art of marketing, and many of their campaign tactics are still used today. The Smithsonian says: “Patent medicines were aggressively marketed. Manufacturers developed distinctive trademarks and packaging for their products and created memorable advertising campaigns.” Does this ring any bells with you? What is the market square of today? It’s TV. And Who sells patented drugs in a very loud voice in that market square? The Smithsonian also stated: “Patent medicine makers were pioneers in the use of such advertising techniques as solicitation through the mail, the provision of free samples and promotional trinkets, national newspaper campaigns, outdoor signage, and testimonials.” It only takes a few minutes of TV watching to know who is paying for your program. What about the ads you see in your favorite magazine, are they for potions, lotions, and concoctions made by chiropractors? At whose office can you get free samples of new drugs? At your chiropractor? I think not. The truth is, you know who these “hawkers of salve” are and it’s not your local chiropractor.
Third, was it your local chiro who said leeches and bloodletting were good practices. Bloodletting killed our first president. “Yes, but that was many years ago, modern medicine has come a long way”. Yes, it has, but modern medicine said Thalidomide was OK, and Fen Phen was good for weight loss, and look at the devastating effects from those patented drugs. They said that the pain relieving drugs Celebrex and Bextra were OK, then Bextra was taken off the market because it increased heart attacks and strokes. Celebrex was allowed to stay on the market with a big fat warning. How many of your drugs have big fat warnings? Do we really pay attention to these warnings? Also, these examples are not cherry-picked in a vacuum. There are many drugs proclaimed to be safe by the FDA only to be taken off the market or given a big fat warning label. An article published in JAMA on May 9, 2017 stated: “Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the FDA from 2001 through 2010, 32% were affected by a post-market safety event.”. That’s not a problem unless you are the “safety event”.
Fourth, in the early years of patent medicines, what was in them? What were they actually selling? In some cases, not much of anything, and in many cases they were selling mostly alcohol as well as dangerous and addictive drugs. Many of these drugs contained opium. Hey, who sells opium today? Is it chiropractors? Is the opioid epidemic coming from chiropractors. No, chiropractic is by nature a drugless profession. Click on Image below to see what was in it:
Finally, we should mention the Chiropractic vs American Medical Association (AMA) lawsuit you never heard of: Wilk, et al vs. the AMA, et al. Why have you never heard of it? Well, because chiropractic advertising and lobbying efforts are minuscule in comparison to the AMA backed by the pharmaceutical industry. Since others have done an excellent job of getting this information out online, I will just include a couple of quotes from the judges summary:
“On August 27, 1987, Judge Susan Getzendanner, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, found the American Medical Association, The American College of Surgeons, and The American College of Radiology, guilty of having conspired to destroy the profession of chiropractic in the United States. In a 101-page opinion, Judge Getzendanner ruled that the American Medical Association and its co-conspirators had violated the Sherman Antitrust Laws of the United States. Judge Getzendanner ruled that they had done this by organizing a national boycott of doctors of chiropractic by medical physicians and hospitals using an ethics ban on inter-professional cooperation.”
“Evidence at the trial showed that the defendants took active steps, often covert, to undermine chiropractic educational institutions, conceal evidence of the usefulness of chiropractic care, undercut insurance programs for patients of chiropractors, subvert government inquiries into the efficacy of chiropractic, engage in a massive disinformation campaign to discredit and destabilize the chiropractic profession and engage in numerous other activities to maintain a medical physician monopoly over health care in this country.”
This decision was appealed three separate times to the Supreme court by the AMA, but the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
Why do you shine a light on the skeletons in the medical closet? Are you an angry chiropractor? Well...yes, I am. That’s not why I’m throwing dirt on them. The truth is, I have practiced for 22 years with Medical prejudice. It’s still happening every day. I’m used to it, and I expect it. No, the reason I say all of the dirt above is so that you, the consumer, can open your mind and actually hear what I have to say about the current state of medical Type 2 diabetes treatment. You need to hear this, because things must to change for the better. Are there skeletons in the chiropractic closet? Of course there are! There are many things in chiropractic’s past and even some quacks in the present that I am not proud of, but this isn’t one of them. If you are a medical doctor reading this, it’s not meant to offend you, but to open your eyes to the truth so that you can relay that to your patients. Stop acting like you are the only solution in town and your crap doesn’t stink. And, perhaps give your Type 2 diabetic patients hope that there is a way for them to defeat their condition without the use of drugs. It starts with serious clinical investigation that leads not only to what is wrong, but also why. It continues with an individual plan tailored to address that patient’s unique why. Perhaps you could offer them an alternative to the standard drug therapy model. If you really are the man or woman of science you claim to be, then look at the facts and be willing to follow them wherever they lead. It’s time for you to realize that some of us quack chiropractors might just have some good ideas. For the right patient, offering them an alternative might just show them how much you care.
Quackery done in the name of current medical science is painfully slow to change. Many of the doctors that practice the drug therapy model of Type 2 Diabetes treatment are unaware there’s a better way. Some are aware, but unwilling to change because changing treatment protocols and learning new ones is often a difficult task. The status quo is much easier, after all, “We’ve always done it that way”. Some know there is a better way but refuse to tell the truth about it because it would mean the loss of billions of dollars and their greed has gotten the better of them. Some doctors know there is a better way, a road less traveled, but they don’t believe you, the patient, can do it because of food’s powerful addiction. For the most part, I believe that most medical doctors do not know they are harming their patients, and on the contrary believe they are helping their patients when they give them drugs for their Type 2 diabetes. For the most part, they are doing them a disservice and here’s why:
For a large majority of Type 2 Diabetics in America, high blood sugar is something your body is doing for you and not to you. “Wait a minute, what?!” Yes, your body is leaving sugar high in your blood as a protective mechanism for your cells and your cardiovascular system. In simple terms your body is protecting your most critical tissues from your crappy diet. Can you back that up with peer reviewed medical references doctor? Yes, I can, but more on that later. For now, enter your medical doctor who says: “Oh, John has high blood sugar. I've got to get that blood sugar down because it could harm him. I'll start him on Metformin.” This is the beginning of the end, because John's problem is not high blood sugar it is nutrient induced overload. In other words, his crappy diet is producing the symptom of high blood sugar. If you are a Type 2 Diabetes patient, here's a good question to ask yourself at this point: “Do I have high blood sugar because currently my body has a shortage of Metformin?” Think about that for a minute or two. Sugar is high in your blood, right? Is that because your body is lacking Metformin? Some of you need to read that question again and again until it really sinks in, and you can answer it. I know this sounds ludicrous, but we have been given drugs for our symptoms for so long that we have come to depend on them and not question their actual need. For most Americans, sugar is high in their blood because your body refuses to process it. “Why, why does my body refuse to process sugar?” Because processing all of that sugar would mean certain death to more of your cells and more damage to your cardiovascular system. Your body is attempting to protect you from nutrient induced overload (your crappy diet). Your body (in its wisdom) is saying: “Sorry sugar, you can’t come into my cells, and instead I’m going to leave you high in the blood”. You doctor (in his/her wisdom) is saying: “Ah...he has high blood sugar, I’ll give him this drug proven to bring that down”. Who’s smarter, your body, or your doctor? Is it dangerous for you to have high blood sugar, yes, absolutely. Is it unreasonable then for your doctor to want to give you some medication to bring that down? No, it’s not unreasonable if your doctor doesn’t have all of the facts. If your doctor doesn’t know that the treatment they are giving you might actually cause more harm than good. What is unreasonable, is that they don’t know it could harm you. Who cares if Metformin is proven to lower blood glucose if it forces sugar into cells that are rejecting it for a reason. If this is true, why don’t they know? The short answer, is that their paradigm is wrong. It’s an outside in way of thinking instead of inside out. The doctor is asking “What can I do to get this guy’s blood sugar down”. We need to start asking why. "Why is my body rejecting sugar and leaving it high in my blood? Could my body (in its wisdom) have good reason for doing so?" This is the key to reversing Type 2 Diabetes. You have to do some serious investigation into why, why your body is rejecting sugar and leaving it high in your blood. The answer to this is sometimes as simple as you are eating too much. Most of the time though, the sheer complexity of the answer to “Why is my body rejecting sugar and leaving it high in my blood?”, is one of the main reasons that most doctors don’t deal in why, but simply deal in what. “What is wrong? My shoulder hurts when I raise my arm like this. Well, don’t raise your arm like that, and by the way, here’s a pill for when you do. What is wrong? My blood sugar is high. Here’s a pill guaranteed to lower your blood sugar.” It’s an answer to what, but not why. Think about the time you are with your doctor. How long do you think that is? In a recent survey of physicians, 5% said they spend less than 9 minutes with patients. Over 60 percent said they spend between 13 and 24 minutes with patients. Most doctors lament that fact that the largest majority of their time is spent on electronic health records (the computer) documenting patient care for the insurance companies so they can get paid. By the way, it’s probably less than they used to get paid for the same service, so they have to see more patients. These days you need bulletproof records to withstand the scrutiny of insurance eyes looking for any excuse to deny the doctor’s claim. With an average time of 18 minutes and 10 of it spent on an electronic health Record (EHR), does your doctor have time to get to why in 8 minutes? The truth is, your doctor does not have time for why, but only for what is wrong and here’s a pill to fix it. Is that his fault? No, it is just the nature of things.
At this point, many are saying: “My diet is really not that bad!” Really? Write down every single thing that you eat over the next week and then sit down and do an evaluation of that list. Do you really believe that your diet is really not that bad? I have asked thousands of patients “how’s your diet?”. Not one single time in my 22 year career has a patient ever said “Oh doc, I just eat like crap”. Most of my patients are shocked when we give them a tailored food plan. Most say: “I thought I was eating right for myself, but now I know, I really wasn’t”. If at this point, you would say: “yeah, but I’m not willing to change my way of eating to get rid of my diabetes!” Then you should stop reading, because this book was not written for you. In fact, here in the introduction would be a great time to stop and take an evaluation of your life to see if you have what it takes to beat diabetes. Here are the questions you need to answer for yourself.
Are you willing to change the way that you eat? “Well, tell me what I’m going to have to eat, and I’ll tell you if I’m willing”. No, it doesn’t work that way. You have to make up your mind first. You have to be fully determined to make any necessary changes, or you won’t make it, and you will fail. No one wants to fail. If you are going to succeed in this diabetes dumping venture, you have to decide if your health is your number one priority and nothing else can stand in the way. When asked this question in my initial diabetes consultation, most of my patients give the same knee jerk response: “OH Yes! I am willing to change the way that I eat”. However, when we get down to it, most patients would rather keep their diabetes than change the way that they eat. Food has a powerful grip on us…
...sorry, that is all for now, but there is more to come in the upcoming book:
Diabetes Quackery and What To Do About It
For Chiropractic Skeptics ONLY!
“To those who believe, no proof is necessary. To those who don’t, no proof is possible."
I understand this statement might be true, and it's okay to be skeptical, but please take some time to at least learn the facts about chiropractic before you say no. Why is there such a gap between those who “believe” in chiropractic and those who don’t? And, what is there to actually “believe” in or not “believe” in? On a plane coming home from a seminar in chicago I jotted the following down when I was asking this question to myself. It seems appropriate here:
Where did you get your beliefs about chiropractic? First hand experience? If you tried chiropractic once and said, “It didn’t work for me”, what if Edison had tried to make the light bulb once? All Medical Doctors are not “created equal”. The same goes for Doctors of Chiropractic. If you got your notion from what someone else said, there is a reason that kind of evidence is not permitted in court. Worse yet, maybe you got your idea about chiropractic from a T.V. slogan, magazine or newspaper article. These things are not evidence. I offer the following as evidence for why chiropractic works, and will continue to thrive:
1. Its longevity: Chiropractic has been around since 1895. That’s 115 years. If it was just a passing fad, it would have gone out long ago, like blood letting by medical doctors. Actually, manual adjusting of the spine has been around long before that. Hippocrates, who is considered the father of medicine, made a diagram of a table he used for manual adjusting of the spine more than two thousand years ago.
2. The Supremacy of the Nervous System: It is a scientific fact, that your brain, spinal cord and nerves control every cell in your body (Gray’s Anatomy). Your nervous system is an inborn intelligence that controls all the details needed to keep you alive. It is also a scientific fact that the 24 moving bones of the spine can get locked up or misaligned (called a Subluxation). This can cause interference with the “information superhighway” that is your nerves and spinal cord. Nerve pressure can cause weakness, numbness, pain or poor performance of the organs and tissues that these nerves control. Hundreds of years and billions of adjustments is a strong argument that chiropractic can and does work to unlock these spinal bones and relieve interference to the nervous system. Improved nerve communications between your brain and the rest of your body restores the body’s ability to regulate and heal itself. Without drugs and without surgery.
3. Consumer Reports: In a May 2009 article, Consumer Reports gives Chiropractic the top review. The article was entitled “Relief for Aching Backs”. Their Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 consumers who had back pain in the past year but had never had back surgery. Hands-on therapies were among the top rated with Chiropractic at the very top. Chiropractic beat out physical therapist, acupuncturist, physician specialist and primary care physician in descending order. Certainly, this many consumers lend some evidence for the effectiveness of Chiropractic.
4. The U.S. Government on Chiropractic: The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health. In the largest study of its kind ever done, they found that spinal manipulation as done by Chiropractors is the preferred treatment for acute low back pain. From the results of this comprehensive study, they produced guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. These new guidelines offer clear, state-of-the-art information. Their main purpose is to shift the emphasis from treating only the pain to improving the function of the spine. This has been the clear objective of the Chiropractic Profession for over 100 years!
5. Proper Alignment Improves Function: Surely you believe this basic statement. Consider your car’s alignment. Have you ever had to pay $400-800 for a new set of tires because bad alignment wore out your other tires prematurely? Poor alignment causes uneven wear on your tires often ruining a good set of tires. Don’t you suppose that improper alignment of the spine could cause premature decay of spinal joints? Certainly the scientific literature says that it can. A search of the medical journals will reveal many studies like this one:
Misalignment Leads to Injury and Decay
“Spinal misalignments cause uneven load on the joint surface. This abnormality increases stress on some regions of the joint and decreases stress on other regions. As a result, normal physical activities produce damaging levels of stress in specific regions of the joint surface, leading to cartilage injury and joint decay!”
Buckwalter, MD, Lane Nancy E, MD.
American Journal of Sports Medicine 1997; 25(6):873-881.
6. Motion = Life, Lack of Motion = Death: Chiropractors provide motion to stuck spinal joints. Not only does this provide pain relief, but it does far more for the life and health of the discs which are the cushions between the spinal bones. Consider the following studies:
“The disc is an osmotic system that lives from motion. Because of the human sedentary non-moving lifestyle, disc degeneration is progressive.”
Kraemer, MD. Spine 1995 Mar 15;20(6):635-9
“Regardless of the mechanism by which a joint becomes locked, a restriction of mobility is pathologic and should be remedied. A joint that is left in an immobilized state will show the following changes. A decrease in nutrients, a lack of water, and an increase in scar tissue.”
Plaugher, DC. Textbook of Clinical Chiropractic. Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore 2001: 198.
“Without motion: the disc deteriorates; acidity increases: joints stiffen; ligaments shorten; bone density decreases; muscles become deconditioned. Recent evidence shows that a damaged disc becomes more acidic and that acidity causes spinal pain. The disc does not have a good blood supply and depends on diffusion for its nutrition. Diffusion is increased by a pumping action through spinal motion. Lack of motion hinders diffusion.”
Nelson, MD et al. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1999;80(Jan):20-25
Everyone loves massage, but have you ever wondered why we have an old time garage theme in our practice? The short answer is that most people take better care of their car than they do their own body. We are out to change that one client at a time. If you think of your spine as the drive train on your car, without it, the body doesn’t move. If your muscles and joints are malfunctioning (knots, inflammation, spasms, and trigger points) then your body doesn’t run properly. Imagine that your hips are like ball joints, your knees are like shocks, and your feet are like tires. Well, by now you get the point. If all of these knots, inflammation, spasms, and trigger points were removed on a regular basis, your body parts would function more efficiently. Imagine the energy your drive train is wasting while trying to work against these malfunctioning parts. You don’t think twice about maintaining your car in good shape because it has to get you from point A to point B in style. Right! You grease it, oil it, and fuel it, but have you done a service check on your body lately? I know you are thinking OK Already! If we put a little of that effort into our body it would run a little better. You might have some energy left at the end of the day for yourself and your loved ones. And, life might even be a little sweeter too. The point is, that massage can get rid of those malfunctioning parts so your body can run like a well-oiled machine. So the more we give our body all the love we give our cars, the better it runs. Massage is a wonderful way to move you along the road to better health. And most of all, this world would be a better place if there were more of the right kind of loving touch in it. Isn’t it time for your service check?
Yours in Health,
Classic Massage Studio
Dr. David Sanders is a Functional Health Practitioner, and owner of Classic Functional Health. He derived a passion for the industry after some devastating family diagnosis left him searching for answers that he just wasn’t getting the traditional way. An avid student of Biochemistry, Immunology, and Endocrinology, he stays on the cutting edge of any new developments and how he can apply this knowledge to his patients. His primary focus is in helping patients who suffer with chronic and degenerative conditions.