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Health Quackery

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2019

One thing you need to understand about the health and fitness industry is that there are a lot of quacks. It's always been that way and always will be.

I had a funny encounter the other day with a patient that went like this:

Patient: I have some swelling in my legs. Can you get rid of that?

Me: I'm a PT. I don't do that. That's outside my scope of practice (not really, but I lack the necessary certification).

Patient: Well my chiropractor does. 

Me (in my head): of course he does.

I don't to start the chiro vs. physical therapist debate. It's old and meaningless. We all have the same objective: improved patient outcomes. 

I do have reservations about many chiros, who go well beyond treating joints (their area of expertise) and start healing all sorts of things like stomach pain and cancer, and then go on to start entire health clinics and prescribe nutritional advice. 

I'm sure you're aware of Mehmet Oz, the heart surgeon at Columbia University and the host of 'Dr. Oz.' He's brilliant, a father of two or three children, husband, and just a prolific person. He's also kind of weird. He at one point belonged to a strange cult that started in Sweden, and he appears on every issue of Women's World with headlines like "lose 40 pounds in the first week."

Oz would have made a great chiropractor!

But those magazines covers are brilliant: combine a well-known author with a enticing headline with an attractive cover. 

Many of the claims you see in popular media are never validated in the underworld of medical research. Medical research is hard to understand and expensive to obtain sometimes. But it exists to temper the nonsense parroted by quacks. 

If something sounds too good to be true, it is. Especially in health care.


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