How Some Chiropractors Denigrate Prescription Drug Use

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

The item shown below appeared in a 1990 issue of the Braile Chiropractic Life Clinic Newsletter, by Robert Braile, D.C. who practiced at that time in Rockledge, Florida. The message, which provides a one-sided attack on prescribed drugs, implies (falsely) that chiropractic offers more. The message is noteworthy because of Braile's political prominence within the chiropractic community. Between 1987 and 2003, he held four leadership positions in the International Chiropractors Association (ICA): vice chairman of the ICA Representative Assembly (1987-1990), chairman of the ICA Representative Assembly (1990-1995), ICA president (1995-1999), and ICA board chairman (2000-2003). In 1990, he received the ICA's "Chiropractor of the Year" award. He has also directed postgraduate education, taught chiropractic philosophy at Life Chiropractic College, and been a postgraduate instructor at three other chiropractic schools. I came across the newsletter in a book called "Action Steps to Practice Success," which was distributed at Dynamic Essentials practice-building seminars operated by Sid E. Williams, D.C., Life College's long-time president.

This article was posted May 3, 2005.

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