In the latest episode of The Dr. Nick Show (Episode 5) we discussed the question: Are chiropractors real doctors? Consider these knocks against my esteemed profession:
  • Not Educated–Chiropractors complete 4485 hours of study, MDs 4248. Chiropractors get more anatomy, neurology, diagnosis, x-ray, and orthopedics. Medical doctors, on the other hand, get no chiropractic training at all. Hmmm. See the full academic curriculum at my chiropractic alma mater.
  • Quacks–A quack is a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess–sounds like those Dr 90210 boys.
  • Shamelessly sell themselves–Uh huh. And what’s this? Or this? Or this? Hey, I got nothing against shameless selling–wanna buy a book?
  • Not Recognized–Chiropractors are not recognized by any worthwhile institution outside of the Supreme Court, the federal government, state governments, Medicare, the Veteran Administration, and most insurance companies–
  • Not Prestigious–Chiropractors practice all over the world, and treat people from all walks of life including professional athletes, attorneys, auto mechanics, bankers, celebrities, doctors, farmers, mothers, psychologists, and on and on and on….
  • Just Not Real Doctors–doctor in Latin means teacher. Chiropractors have historically been the quintessential teachers of health and wellness, so chiropractors are literally doctors. If any other health care professional treats but does not teach, then perhaps they might need to reconsider the title.

So there you have it. If you still think that chiropractors aren’t real doctors…well, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion; however, let me be the first to tell you that the world is not flat, it does revolve around the sun, women can vote, and that club you’re carrying went out of style millennia ago. Unghhhh!!!

7 Responses to Are Chiropractors Real Doctors?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I get the point you are trying to make. What get’s me though are the Chiropractors that try to diagnose problem’s unrelated to the spine.Beleiving they can cure the flu, and chronic ear infection’s in children. Those are clearly the QUACKOPRACTICS!!!!!!! Chiropracters need to deal with adjustment’s and come up with a weekly or monthly adjustment plan. Im sure people with injuries from accident’s really get relief. LEAVE diagnosing to the doctor’s that practice medicine…..THNX

  2. Anonymous says:

    If what you’re learning is fundamentally flawed then it doesn’t matter how long you study it for. chiropractors may have an excellent understanding of anatomy (like medical doctors), but most I know would not have a clue about diagnosis, or the underlying pathophysiology surrounding what they are attempting to diagnose and use unproven and sometimes dangerous techniques to treat it. diagnosis and treatment are the are the keys to practicing as a health professional, and chiropractors, by virtue of the philosophy behind which they practice, are mostly bereft of these skills.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Its one thing to give supporting arguements for why you are a doctor. Its a little absurd to to try to talk down about medical doctors. Isn’t this what you were trying to get away from.

  4. I am hardly trying to talk-down medical doctors. If you know anything about the history of chiropractic, then you’d know that the chiropractic profession has been attacked, ridiculed and discriminated against for decades, mostly by the medical profession. Since medicine has been the biggest critic of chiropractic, it only makes sense to juxtapose chiropractic against it. Chiropractors are sufficiently and professionally trained, just look at their training relative to the medical training. Chiropractors are often called quacks. If you look up the definition of a quack, you’ll see that every profession harbors their own, including medicine. Chiropractors are accused of shamelessly selling themselves; I repeat, who doesn’t?

    The most telling thing though, is that I’ve received numerous replies to this post, every single one tagged “Anonymous”. Why are the critics of chiropractic so afraid to attach their name to a post? I’ll tell you why, simply because it would be the same as making racist, sexist or anti-gay comments–it would be considered backward and ignorant. And it is backward and ignorant. If anybody wants to post baseless, pointless drivel up here, they are free to do so as long as they attach a name to it–first and last–let us know who you are. The world deserves to see what nonsense the chiropractic profession has been up against throughout its history. The replies that I have put up were the sole few that weren’t vulgar and insulting–this isn’t a hate forum; be big enough to attach your name (or affiliation) to your post. If someone wishes to disagree, and the opinion has some valid point or is based on something, I’ll be happy to post it as “Anonymous”. I’m all for intelligent debate, that’s what the internet is for; but I won’t post insults that have nothing to do with the subject at hand–not without the poster’s info, anyway.

  5. Anonymous says:

    They have a doctorate in Chiropractics, just as a mathematician can have doctorate in mathematics. When most people think of the word doctor, a medical doctor comes to mind. Chiropractors are doctors, but they are not MD’s; there is a big difference. You can get your doctorate in just about anything; it is just a level of education.

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  7. C. Roberson says:

    For the ones that do not believe that Chiropractors are real doctors, just talk to the vast number of people (like myself) that was tossed around the medical system taking one drug after another. Also when surgery was the only option, Chiropractic proved them wrong. There are even people that would argue that God is not real but in the end we will all know. If you do not believe in Chiropractic or God, that’s YOUR opinion. You cannot speak for anyone but yourself. In the end, it is what is best for us. I choose Chiropractic and believe in it. It is a natural cure to many poblems and there are growing numbers of Medical Doctors that believe this also. Proven by the increasing number of medical referrals.

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