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Let chiropractic community try to prove validity of anecdotal evidence

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To The Daily Sun,

After reading Russ Wiles' most recent letter to the Sun it finally dawned on me who Russ really is. Russ is the equivalent of a modern-day Don Quixote. Like Don Quixote, the mythical literature protagonist who saw monsters and giants in windmills, Russ sees similar monsters in Western medicine and Big Pharma.

Armed with only his lance, Don Quixote attacks only to be rudely rebuffed. Russ armed only with his computer is equally rebuffed by truth and scientific reasoning. While Don Quixote rides into battle on his trusty steed Rocinante, Russ rides into battle sitting on his you know what. You get the point. Don Quixote announced himself a knight, likewise Russ in a recent letter proclaimed himself a "chiropractic warrior," both kind of delusional.

The world viewed Don Quixote as insane, defeated by common sense and reality, I take a similar view of you, Russ.

But I did find something that Russ and I can agree on. In the aforementioned letter, Russ has this to say about Crossroads and Awakening Chiropractic wellness centers." They offer a variety of health inspiring workshops, ably assisted by some of the most cheerful, upbeat, well adjusted staff this side of Disneyland." I wonder if this quote is what is wrong with Russ?

Russ, you do know that Disneyland is a fantasy world, right?

I wonder if Russ is aware of the recent ruling by the Chiropractic Board of Australia, which announced all registered chiropractors would be required to remove anti-vaccination claims from their websites and offices. "We will not tolerate registered chiropractors giving misleading or unbalanced advice to patients or providing advice or care that is not in the patients best interest," claimed chairman Phillip Donato. While some may view this a violation of chiropractors First Amendment rights, I view this as the moral equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater — for public safety, not allowed.

Or the writings of two chiropractors, Stephen Perle and Randy Ferrance, who said this, "We are not aware of a single well-controlled study which found that chiropractic care prevented any infectious disease or reduced the severity of such a disease" claiming that it can they charged is either "scientific misconduct, error or willful ignorance." Willful ignorance or scientific misconduct, which one is it?

In his letter he channels George Will in talking about the treatment of TB. I venture that neither George or Russ have ever treated TB. Streptomycine only cured 1-3 percent of TB patients, proclaims Russ. Not only was the Nobel Prize in Medicine given for the discovery of streptomycine, some of the first good validated studies were done with this medication, as it was the first drug available to treat TB.

The studies did show that the success rate was low, as Russ states. But this had more to do with the particular properties of the TB bacteria. From those initial studies, Western medicine found out that to treat TB you have to be on three to four drugs because of the bacteria's ability to develop resistance. It was not the failure of Western medicine as Russ seems to imply, but rather it speaks to Western medicine relentless pursuit of studies to validate and develop proven therapies, something chiropractic practitioners should strive for.

It is not government's responsibility to waste money trying to prove anecdotal evidence. If there is, as Russ states, centuries of anecdotal evidence, let the chiropractic community do the studies. In this they have fallen far short. Even to this day streptomycine is used throughout the world as part of some common drug regiments in treating TB. Tilting at windmills once again, Russ. Mainstream medicine uses anecdotal evidence to develop studies to validate or disprove hypothesis scientifically, and once done, if the studies show benefits, incorporate this into treatment modalities.

India declared itself polio-free last week. With 800 million people, with many millions living in slums, with poor water, poor sanitation and close living conditions, it is quite clear that the use of the polio vaccine is responsible for the eradication of polio. If not, then given the living conditions, by our reasoning, polio should continue to flourish.

Finally, you channel Russel Blalock, MD. Question Russ, what do Jillian Whitaker, Mercola, and Dr. Blalock have in common. They all left medicine to sell products to susceptible people like you, making millions.

Let's talk about vaccines. If you gave 200 people a vaccine and one person had a severe reaction, the rest had no reaction, would you stop the vaccine to save one person. How about 1,000 to 1 ratio, 100,000 to 1, or 1 million to 1. Which one Russ? Would you sacrifice the million people who will get the benefit for the one severe reaction?

Yes, we have a vaccine injury fund, because with most vaccines severe reactions are in the 1/600,000 to 1/1 million dose given. If one million can take a vaccine and one has a severe reaction is it the vaccine or that patient's genetic makeup that is responsible?

By the way, the ratio of 2/200 is the incidence of peanut allergy in the general population. Should we stop the sale of all products containing peanuts to protect this one person?

Finally Russ, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue to get my point out. Please continue to attack me with your rants, it is quite amusing.

Mirno Pasquali PA C