|"The doctor of Chiropractic adheres to the philosophy that the body is capable of maintaining and restoring health with a balanced diet, rest, and a properly functioning nervous system. Manipulation of the spine and other areas is the key to recovery." (Canadian Chiropractic Association)||"This panacea assertion suggests that manipulation produces a nonspecific and beneficial effect on the nervous system; no experimental data are available to substantiate this assertion."|
|Chiropractic differs from traditional medicine because "chiropractic treats the patient, not just the symptoms . . . the doctor of chiropractic not only addresses the problem, but the cause as well." (American Chiropractic Association)||Chiropractors have yet to demonstrate any unique cause for any condition.|
|"When compared to other therapies, chiropractic is safer and more effective . . . chiropractic care is safe and effective with less risk than many medications or medical interventions." (Canadian Chiropractic Association)||"Claims for . . . relative safety and effectiveness . . . should be judged with respect to the particular health problem for which care is provided. There are very few trials that compare chiropractic (manipulative) and medical (pharmacological) intervention methods."|
|"The spine . . . should get the same regular checkups as your teeth, not just when you've got pain. (Canadian Chiropractic Association)||The preventive value, if any, of chiropractic care is unproven and largely unstudied. The value of "regular check-ups" by chiropractors is unknown.|
|"A chiropractor could prevent many of these problems [arthritis] from developing in the first place by reducing their subluxations and other spinal problems." (Ontario Chiropractic Association)||"Chiropractic care" and "subluxation correction" have no proven value|
|"Chiropractic care is one of the safest types of treatments available today, and is an effective alternative to drugs and surgery for many conditions." (American Chiropractic Association)||"The claim for effectiveness of unspecified chiropractic methods is untestable because the "many conditions" are not defined. Experimental comparisons of medical, surgical, and chiropractic interventions are extremely rare."|
It will be interesting to see whether the organizations mentioned in this report will stop making any of the claims that were criticized. My guess is that they will not. In fact, the only reaction I have seen from a chiropractic leader came from Matthew McCoy, D.C., editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, who said (in part):
Want to know what really makes me mad as hell? We have probably less than 100 full time researchers in the chiropractic profession and we can't even afford to pay them a livable wage. The least we should be able to do is rely on our research journals, foundations and institutions to make sure idiots like this do not work in our profession. Their obvious skewing of data, mining of the literature and political agendas are obvious to anyone with a head just a tad sharper than a bowling ball. . . .
Will YOU call your alma mater and ask why these people are still on the payroll? Will YOU write to the Editor of these journals and ask how these people get past peer review? 
In 2003, the professors who did the above study have reported that in July 2001, the majority of chiropractic college Web sites contained similarly unsubstaniated claims .