Daily Mail Article

With his round, John Lennon-style specs and nerdish good looks, physicist Simon Singh is an unlikely hero. As one of the country's most acclaimed science writers, he has spent much of his 45 years cloistered in his Home Counties study penning Number One bestsellers on mathematical conundrums, code-breaking and the Big Bang theory.

Turning his hand to alternative medicine, last year he published a book called Trick Or Treatment? that included a chapter on the history of chiropractic therapy...

Now I know that it's not really religious news but chiropratic is fast developing a cult like status and we are here to find and discuss woo. This is a big issue in the skeptical community, our allies. If Steven Fry and Prof. Dawkins are following it, I'm interested.

Simon Singh wrote an opinion piece in a paper and now the British Chiropractic Association is suing for liable. Will UK citizens be charged with liable here? Australian laws on freedom of speech are probably more like the UK than the USA.

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My insurance company sent me to a chiropractor after a car accident, and I swear I always felt better on the days I didn't get treatment. Mostly I remember the guy telling me how important it was that I not "self adjust" my neck (twist it with my hands to crack it) because it could do serious damage. Made me question how much damage on my spine he could be getting into.
Maybe it's a delayed effect? My nephew once jumped on his grandfather's bad back. It hurt at the time but, the next day his back felt good. They might know backs. it's the other stuff that's insane.
Okay, I haven't read this article yet, but my car was rear-ended in rain and I had bad whiplash. Took the anti-infammatories my doc gave me, but was still in a lot of pain and couldn't move my head. It wasn't until I started going to the chiropractor that things improved. That was about 18 years ago, and I've seen a chiropractor fairly regularly sense. The periods of time I didn't go regularly I had a lot more back and neck problems, which I associated with the kind of work I did, and stress. Now that I go once a month for a massage and an adjustment, I feel like I have a lot fewer aches and pains in my back and shoulders. I like it, and it works for me.

Though I will admit that chiropractors do draw in the herbal remedy, crystal gazing, and hypnotherapy crowd, too.
I think you are liable to be sued for libel for publishing opinions - it does happen in the US already, and now it has spread to Britain...




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