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I swear, I can get into a screaming match with my mother in particular over absolutely nothing at just about any time.

I called my dad to wish him a Happy Father's Day. That was tough for me, because even though dad doesn't get it, I don't really get a long with him. But I even watched golf on TV today so we'd have something to talk about. And my new motorcycle... though seriously, he hardly let me get a word in edgewise. And then while talking about golf, he had to bring up his chiropractor. And of course, argument. Not as bad as some, but just because he got better after seeing the chiropractor doesn't mean chiropractic is science. If it were, it have passes peer review and double-blind studies. And it hasn't. I'm glad he felt better, but it's a logical fallacy. But I let it go for the most part.

But then I called mom. And all I had to do was mention what we'd talked about, and she's screaming at me that when I suggest they think more carefully about the efficacy of chiropractic that what I'm really doing is telling them they are stupid. I tried telling her that I was just encouraging her to think about it more skeptically, critcally, and objectively... but after listening to her accuse me for a while, I finally told her that, yes, I did think chiropractors were quacks and I was trying to protect my family from those who would take advantage of them!

That shut her up.

What does she want me to say? Yes, I think you're stupid and gullible for buying into this shit? Can you believe she actually gives credence to other people's insane fears that there is a big giant conspiracy among the AMA? It's like she thinks that if a disease is known, it must be curable, so merely treating symptoms is just a doctor's way of getting patients out of their hair.

Christ. How can I be related to these people?

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andysocial
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
I tell people that I'm willing to believe that chiropractors help with spinal discomfort, much as a massage therapist would. But, anything more than that (chiropractors can cure diseases?) - no way.
inafoxhole
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
The argument started with dad because he was using the opportunity to complain about mom going to see her physical therapist and how it wasn't working (in his opinion). He said that she was having the same kind of pain he'd been having before seeing the chiropractor, and he's going on about how his leg problems were all traced to problems in his spine in the L3-L4 region and yadda yadda. He'd been having knee problems, and the guy had also given him stretching exercises. And of course, dad hadn't been running on the bad knee for 7 months. But oh no, it's not those other things that did the trick, it was the chiropractic mumbo-jumbo. If the guy did anything it was pure hit-and-miss. The theory behind the practice hasn't been proven. That's all I said that set him off about how "he" is proof. (He doesn't accept anecdotal evidence or good statistical evidence for global warming, he he's all the proof he need for the entire concept of chiropractic "medicine".)

Dad wants mom to quit physical therapy and see another chiropractor. She's had back pain forever and seen them before and they didn't help, but because dad had this experience, he wants her to throw away traditional medicine and send her to a quack. I never argued with my mom about getting massages when she had headaches because she was always tense (bad marriages do that) and it provided her relief from some of the stress. But she still kept seeing real doctors. My mom had hip replacement surgery last year, and before that was laid up for months with so much pain her pain meds were making her hallucinate. Her muscles had atrophied terribly, and recently she had to spend almost another month in bed with back pain, and not unexpectedly, she lost more muscle mass. The physical therapist is helping her build the muscle mass back up. Dad wants some kind of quick fix without realizing just how damaged her body was. (I think he's tired of taking care of her.) If she's got anything wrong with her back, she should be encouraged to go back to the back surgeon who found a potential problem before her hip surgery. She should be encouraged to face reality and pursue something that could maybe provide genuine relief, rather than pursue nonsense.

And the part of the argument I hate the most is that insurance companies pay for it so there must be something to it! WRONG! Insurance companies pay for it because there are a lot of gullible people out there, and someone somewhere decided to add it as a marketing ploy to draw more customers and justify their higher rates. And it worked, so other companies added it. And all it does it drive up the cost of health care by spending money on shit the doesn't work, and by delaying patients seeking help from doctors who stand a better chance of figuring out what's wrong. And that my dad sold health insurance and doesn't get that is appalling.

Someone shoot me if I ever become that credulous.
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