In short, the American Medical Association is the devil. Stay with me for a minute. I know that doesn’t sound “professional”. It is also not a satisfactory answer to a legitimate question. Allow me to explain.
There are still a lot of, typically older, medical doctors who will pucker up tight as a drum if you mention the word chiropractor. Not surprisingly, because this is such a common occurrence, a lot of patients have questions about why medical doctors are this way. The frustrating thing is that I can’t really give a QUICK answer without sounding either defensive or borderline psychotic, which is even more enraging since if I talked about MDs and PTs the way that many of them do about chiropractors most patients would slowly back out of my office without breaking eye contact. Ironically, chiropractors are not typically the ones talking out of a state of ignorance when we stand on our soap box issuing warnings about the medical profession.
Understand that this little history lesson is only ONE of the many onion-like layers to why a chiropractor practicing the safest and effective means of healthcare in the world is still not more universally accepted and understood by the medical profession and the rest of the public.
Back in the day chiropractors had it rough but at the same time, they had it easy. Many of you may not know, but there was a time when many chiropractors went to jail for “practicing medicine without a license”. Chiropractors had to fight a lot of battles before they won the war that allowed chiropractors to practice chiropractic without fear of incarceration. It started very early on in the beginning stages of chiropractic and continued until 1974! From the very beginning, the medical profession used every tactic possible to eliminate or, at least, contain its biggest competition, chiropractic. It is only VERY recently that a legal precedence was set that required the American Medical Association (AMA) to stop.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of opportunities to educate yourself about why there has been and will likely always be, a rift in the between chiropractic and medicine. The two are not wholly opposed to one another. They are, however, in direct competition with each other. You will find greedy, selfish and incompetent doctors within both communities. It’s YOUR responsibility to get your head out of the sand far enough to see the truth. Don’t’ listen to the rantings of someone’s prejudices who fails to validate his or her views with any substantial evidence. Question everything and by doing so educate yourself so that you can make an informed decision on what you think is best for you own health.
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