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Are Chiropractors real doctors?

kirkkirk Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2006 in Careers in Medicine
I just saw a show called Penn and Teller:Bull****.They were basically saying that new age healing,chirporactic medicine,etc. was just well,bull****.So do you consider chiropractors doctors?
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  • PSedrishMDPSedrishMD Posts: 712Registered User Member
    no, not in any way.
  • kirkkirk Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    So do you think chiropracors help at all?
  • berry986berry986 Posts: 190Registered User Junior Member
    The one I went to helped me
  • PSedrishMDPSedrishMD Posts: 712Registered User Member
    You went to one (A), you got better (B). That is not science; A & B may be true, but B is not a result of A. Lots of people didn't go and still got better. The key to quackopractic is to be in the right place at the right time. In other words, be there while the healing process occurs, put a little hands-on (massage, etc.) and take credit for any good outcome. The rest you massage until their insurance runs out and then send them on their way (usually to a real physician).
    In the meanwhile, make sure you take lots of high-dose xrays of every human who walks in the door so that in 20 years everyone glows in the dark and reflective clothing is a thing of the past. (a hint to the consumer: all back films show something...nobody has a spine without some so-called abnormality).
    BTW, it takes 4 years after med school to become a radiologist and to know really how to read an xray; these guys have a couple of weeks of formal radiology instruction. They make the rest of it up as they go.
    Lastly, with all due respect to low achievers, I can tell you that the top 10% of no high school I know of ever decide to go into such a "field". These folks are generally hand-picked from the bottom of the academic barrel and simply dream of being called "doctor" by the kids who have smoked them all their lives.
    Okay, don't get me started!
  • kirkkirk Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    Wow,thanks for the insight.
  • michelecmichelec Posts: 1,031Registered User Member
    No offense, but I know chiropractors aren't doctors but I think it's still a good profession. A guy my dad went to school w/ is one, and a very smart guy who makes a lot of money and it also can be rewarding.
  • PSedrishMDPSedrishMD Posts: 712Registered User Member
    All of that is also true of architects, bankers, cab drivers, dog breeders, electricians, farmers, golfers, hairdressers, etc., etc. etc.......
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 Posts: 282. Junior Member
    To become a Chiropractors you need a doctorates in chiropratics. So legally you are called Doctor. Just like somebody with a doctorate in math, engineering, english, pharmacy, is called "Doctor".
  • Kvjc11Kvjc11 Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
    If having the title doctor in ur name makes u feel special, good for u. Nevertheless, chiropractors will never be recognized as "true doctors."
  • impactangelimpactangel Posts: 380Registered User Member
    Let's simplify these "Are <insert profession> real doctors?" threads.

    If you have to ask, the answer is no.

    Is my garbageman a real doctor? No

    Nice and simple!
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 Posts: 282. Junior Member
    Having the title Doctor is a sign of mastery in a field. If PhD's in math, music, etc. can be called Doctors, so should anybody else with a doctorates, like pharmacist or chiroprators.

    "Lastly, with all due respect to low achievers, I can tell you that the top 10% of no high school I know of ever decide to go into such a "field". These folks are generally hand-picked from the bottom of the academic barrel and simply dream of being called "doctor" by the kids who have smoked them all their lives."

    Maybe some kids just didn't want to or wasn't smart enough to become a medical doctor. But dentists, chiropractors, and pharmacists all have doctorate degrees and are technically doctors. Just got their prestigious "Doctor" title with a different route.
  • impactangelimpactangel Posts: 380Registered User Member
    The question wasn't if they are masters at what they do or if they deserve to be called doctors. That is up for debate.

    The question was if they are perceived by people/the public to be real doctors?

    The answer is still no.
  • SSJ2MysticGohanX1000SSJ2MysticGohanX1000 Posts: 282. Junior Member
    I don't know about what people perceived as "Doctors" but legally they have the title Doctor.
  • wobnebwobneb Posts: 85Registered User Junior Member
    PSedrishMD, for being a moderator that so vehemently scolds others for personal attacks, your own post was rather harsh. I agree that most (two thirds to be precise) of the chiropractors I know are money-grubbing underachievers, but this is not true of them all. A family friend of mine is an excellent chiropractor who has never taken an x-ray and greatly helped both minor back and ankle injuries. I've sprained both ankles during boxing, snowboarding, and lacrosse, and have done the doctor recommended "ice, no ice, stay off of it, etc.", which required a couple of weeks to heal. However, I've also gone to this particular chiropractor and after a single adjustment and a little ice the swelling was gone and i was back on my feet within hours. To claim that they are all quacks is unfair.
  • desertchristiandrummerdesertchristiandrummer Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    First of all, where does everyone get off saying that just because of their 2 cents worth of a view on someones vocation determines whether or not they are actually a doctor. The popular view on what a docor 'is' or 'should be' is so twisted that if the guy doesn't write you five prescriptions and cut you open then his method of correcting you and making you feel better must be bull****. Even if you think that what a chiropractor does is complete crap, don't you realize how much healing has to do with the mind alone. I mean, who knows how many placebos are being prescribed every day just so the patient will convince themselves and their body that they are healed. I don't think any of you have any respect for someone that has a D.C. which is a Doctor of Chiropractic. It doesn't get any clearer than that.
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