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Maybe the legal battle with the chiropractors was the beginning of this mess.

For decades the AMA EXPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELD!!!!!!!!!!! all the alties. Doctors used to openly call chiroprators, naturopaths, and faith healers "quacks." They wouldn't let them work in hospitals and any doctor who referred patients to them might get in trouble.

Then in the 1980s the chiropractors sued the AMA for trade infringement. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, who ruled against the AMA in 1990.

That event was like Kitzmiller v. Dover, except with the pseudoscientists coming out on top.

It's an interesting thought experiment, imagining what the biological sciences might look like today had the creationists managed to break the authority of the scientific consensus in biology back in 1990. Imagine conferences on marine biology or ethology or genetics contaminated with wooly headed blather about the life force, the healing power of nature, the natural order, maleness and femaleness as energy fields, blah blah blah.

I don't know the arguments the AMA used in its defense. They probably didn't think to argue that chiropractic is a religion.

Like a Twinkie, all the alties have a faith based creamy center. Even the "biomedical" therapies for autistics --which sound quite sciency-- have a core belief system that is vitalistic. You just need to know where to look.

The alties must be EXPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELD!!!! from medical science.


Wed, 21 Oct 2009 02:48:00 UTC | #407198