Looking on Paleo Physician Network (site by Cordain and Robb Wolf), it looks like virtually all the doctors listed are chiropractors. Why is that?
Not knocking chiropractors or anything; just wondering whether it's something inherent in their belief system that makes them more Paleo-friendly, or maybe it's the way that the marketing or word-of-mouth reaches them.
My experience with talking to doctors about differing opinions has not been very successful in my life. In fact just a couple of weeks ago I tried to have a conversation with my husbands doctor because he wanted to put my husband on Lipitor. He was noticeably offended that we didn't just take his recommendation. He proceeded to talk down to us and brought up the Framingham Study and something called the Jupiter Study (conducted by a statin maker). He wasn't going to change his mind, he said he believes in statins and will push for my husband to get on them until he gives in. I wish I could find a doctor who didn't just "tow the company line" and can think for themselves.
I love going to chiropractor once in awhile. The group I go to promotes health and wellness and they believe in paleo. They seem to really care about their patients and are not pushing drugs. My chiropractor spends her evenings teaching kettlebell's to help her patients to obtain core strength. They have guest speakers promoting health the natural way.
Hi Guys: Chiropractic, as a profession, is by far the most 'paleo-congruent' health care profession there is in the USA. I say this this because it is the only physician-level profession which continues to eschew synthetic drugs as part of the scope of practice (more and more naturopaths are natural doctors in name only, and regularly prescibe synthetic meds to address the 'effects' of inappropriate environment). Many chiropractors, like me have fought strongly to keep synthetic drugs out of our scope of practice. If drugs and surgery are how you make your money, then it is very difficult (psychologically) to embrace this paleo paradigm. It is easier to embrace when you entered a profession knowing and/or believing that health was/is possible without synthetic drugs and/or surgery (most of the time).That doesn't mean that all (or even most) chiros know and understand the paleo paradigm...the fact is most are clueless. But, in general, chiros have been saying for over 100 years that health is only possible when we get the environment correct (with very rare exceptions). Sound familiar? And we have been villified by the pharmaceutical industry for taking this position, but of course new evidence re. relatively static-state of the human genome has supports the chiropractic paradigm. Anyway, there is a very robust, paleo-based movement in our field that is led by a doctor named James Chestnut, DC. He is one of the top paleo-paradigm people in healthcare (in any field). He is brilliant. I have read all the paleo books and met a number of the top paleo guys and I believe he has got a better handle on this than all of them. He has an amazing book for sale that you can buy at his website. It is absolutely the best paradigm changing paleo-based book out there. He does not use the term Paleo, because he just thinks it is wrong-headed and limiting, but the research he cites re. diet, movement and mental-emotional state is all the same stuff. I also sell it at my website. Cheers. John J. Collins, DC www.thepaleodoctor.com
There is good and bad in every profession......in medicine many of us have opened our eyes. The issue for us when we speak about it aloud in the medical staff lounge you get punished for it.......PCPs dontlike being usurped by the guys they refer too.........but that is exactly what happens because people get very healthy with you and then go back to them on no meds 40 lbs thinner........and the doc wants to know why and how.......they get told and then they look like a deer in the headlights. And take it out on you. Not fair.........but life.
I've noticed this trend too (chiropractic being linked to naturopathy). From what I can gather, historically chiropractic has been considering "alternative" medicine... putting it at odds with mainstream medicine and potentially causing alternative practitioners to flock to it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiropractic
"Throughout its history, chiropractic has been controversial. For most of its existence it has battled with mainstream medicine, sustained by pseudoscientific ideas such as subluxation and innate intelligence that are not based on solid science."
I've never been impressed with mainstream medicine from a preventative health and general well-being angle. My wife has suffered from various health issues (insomnia, irritability, depression, mood swings, fatigue, weight gain) for years. We finally became fed up (suspecting hormone/thyroid issues) and confronted her general practitioner. Well, she refused to do any testing and basically offered to put my wife on antidepressants or sleeping pills. No thanks.
A few weeks later we went to see a chiroprator and I've just been blown away. He's gone straight to testing, he explains everything, gives us things to research, and he seems to have genuine interest in learning this stuff. At times, I was skeptical. There's a bit of woo-woo to the whole proceedings, but nothing that I could definitely say was nonsense. My only real complaint is that this guy is definitely not paleo; he's instead trying to put my wife on a vegan diet (in addition to telling us that iodine will kill us). Anyway, it's light years ahead of what we got at the doctor.
Yeah I'm kind of with Jamie - but less harsh. Why is something as scientific as Paleo messed up with something as anti-science as chiropractic?
I don't think most Chiros are quacks, as I think most get into it with a real desire to heal, but I do believe the practice 'mostly' is based in quackery. (Subluxation being a biggie on the quackometer.)
My brother-in-law became a chiro many years ago, and did VERY well out of it. Almost too well, as he was a hippie and not that into money. Then one day he started ringing everyone he knew, telling them he was closing shop, and warning them to never, ever go to a chiro again - as too many people were being damaged and very few helped.
I as a twenty-year-old ignored the advice of my kind, intelligent and informed elder (as twenty-year-olds are wont to do) and thought I'd make my own mind up. A few years later, I visited a recommended chiro as my neck and shoulders were killing me from drawing. I few twists, some cracks and he sent me on my way. On the way home, my jaw locked half-open. A few months later and my jaw began to click - and a short time after that, tinnitus. Both these issues persist 20yrs later. The chiro has long since gone out of business (or retired to an island).
Basically, to me, seeing so many chiros associated with paleo frightens me. The only thing more frightening would be hearing Robb Wolf declare Colloidal silver 'a good idea' or faith healers 'genuine medical alternatives'.
ow, my neck hurts... Beefwalker
I've noticed the chiro-paleo connection as well.
Granted, I went to four different chiropractors in two years, and none of them could help me. It turns out I had a severe gallbladder problem that was extended to my lower back, causing the worst pain of my life. None of them told me to see my family doc, even when I was pooping white/pale yellow poop. SORRY TMI I KNOW.
One of my chiros (actually, the first one I started seeing) had a seminar that my wife and I went to. He said chiropractic can cure cancer, and if Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler had received chiropractic care, maybe they wouldn't have turned out to be so bad after all!
I shit thee not.
I've read in more than one place that having a chiro crack your neck increases your chances of stroke.
I stopped seeing them a long time ago and would never go back. My athletic therapist is a godsend, and I've seen a ton of physiotherapists over the years as well, and they couldn't help me either (neck issues).