How Chiropractors Generally
Respond to Criticism

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Chiropractors seldom react constructively to criticism. When specific wrongdoings are exposed, they typically claim that the criticized practices are not representative:

Or that the critic is biased or ignorant:

Or they attack the medical profession:

Or they are just plain nasty.

As time permits, I will discuss each of these in detail.

An Interesting Debate

Debates with chiropractors can be very enlightening when their glib defense mechanisms are penetrated. The extent to which this is possible depends on the willingness of the host to keep the discussion focused. Without that, chiropractors will twist, dodge, and change the subject repeatedly.

In December 1981, David Susskind hosted a televised debate in which a neurosurgeon and myself faced two of the country's most prominent chiropractors. Susskind was obviously skeptical of chiropractic and moderated the discussion very skillfully.

This page was revised on April 22, 2011.

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