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Request for questions

Today I have an appointment with a chiropractor. I'm not having any body work done. I'm meeting with him at his office to record an interview for the next instalment of the C-Realm Podcast. I plan to talk and ask him questions about nutrition.

Can you think of any questions you'd put to a semi-alternative health practitioner on the topic of how we in the "First World" feed ourselves?

Note to LJ mechanics. I posted this entry at 8:40 in the morining, but LJ wouldn't accept it until I set the time ahead several hours.

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low_key
Oct. 6th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
I thought chiropractors were mainstream...

Regardless, I would be interested to know if he has ever used a chiropractor. But that's off topic...

Um, how about Milk (BST?), Meat (How bad are the hormones?), Produce: Organic vs. Genetically Altered (Is there a health risk?) Thoughts on fast food...

Sorry, that's all I got on this one.
J.
kmo
Oct. 6th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
mainstream
Chiropractors have achieved the mainstream, but the author of the Skeptic's Dictionary entry on chiropractic claims that they have achieved mainstream status through lobbying rather than through rigorous clinical validation of the benefits they claim to bestow.
For years chiropractors rarely worked with medical doctors and they were almost never on staff at hospitals. The American Medical Association (AMA) made no bones about its disapproval of chiropractic, which was discredited by their Committee on Quackery. The chiropractors fought back and won a lawsuit against the AMA in 1976 for restraint of trade. Today, the American College of Surgeons sees the two professions as working together (see their position paper on chiropractic). Privately, however, many battles continue between the medical profession and chiropractic. Publicly, the AMA no longer attacks chiropractic. Some chiropractic colleges have a professional relationship with local hospitals or universities and some chiropractic students do internships in medical centers. Today, numerous so-called "complementary medicine" techniques are being allowed to flourish in hospitals and medical clinics around the country without a word of protest from the AMA. The National Institutes of Health has a flourishing division for testing even the most unpromising of alternative health practices. Chiropractors and other "alternative" practitioners have learned one thing from the AMA: it pays to organize and to lobby Congress and state legislatures. The AMA is still the most powerful lobby among health care professionals, but it is no longer flying solo. Even so, the AMA's lobbying is not the only reason that chiropractic's public image has suffered.
low_key
Oct. 6th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: mainstream
Oh...learned my new thing for the day. ;-)
malabar
Oct. 7th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Whoops, too late for my question. Oh well. Found you thru shamanic_dreams; I was at the Iquitos conference in 2005.
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