Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

May 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Centre for Inquiry: Keep Chiropractors Away from Children

No Evidence Spinal Corrections Are an Effective Treatment for Non-Spinal Conditions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - Recent articles published in several Canadian newspapers angerously promote chiropractic spinal manipulation as a remedy for a range of illnesses in children, like ear infections, colic and digestive problems.

But no empirical evidence exists that spinal corrections are an effective treatment for non-spinal medical conditions. Furthermore, as Centre for Inquiry (CFI) spokespeople Clifford W. Beninger and Lauren O'Driscoll report: "although widely perceived to be innocuous, chiropractic adjustments may have serious side effects, including vertebral fractures and stroke."

CFI stands behind science-based medical treatments. When it comes to the health of children, parents must be as informed as possible.

The CFI Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) has produced a scientific rebuttal, available at

CASS engages scientific claims made in public discourse, addressing misinformation by promoting evidence-based science. CFI-which runs CASS-is an educational charity promoting reason, science, secularism, and free inquiry.

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