Chiropractic, Sex and Exorcisms

I have numerous Google alerts covering a variety of topics so I can have content pushed to me every day rather than having to search for it. The 'Chiropractic' alert rarely has any content of interest. It is mostly advertisements for chiropractic services or infomercials. Unlike the other pseudo-medicine alerts, there is little science in the feeds.

And unlike the other pseudo-medicine alerts, there are occasionally reports of various disciplinary actions against chiropractors. I do not report these in the Points of Interest, as I figure that there are dirt balls who will take advantage of patients, both financially or otherwise, in all fields.

But this one caught my eye: Iowa chiropractor admits exorcisms and bartering sex for treatment of patients. It wasn't the sex I found odd, but exorcisms.


The legal complaint specifically states

Respondant performs exorcisms as part of this chiropractic treatment of patients.

Now trading sex for treatment is repellent and obviously violated any number of ethical and other principals, but how does the exorcisms fit in? He is charged with violating the principals of chiropractic ethics and the code referenced includes

43.2(2) The principal objective of the chiropractic profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of the person. Chiropractic physicians should merit the confidence of patients entrusted to their care, rendering to each a full measure of service and devotion.

43.2(3) Chiropractic physicians should strive continually to improve chiropractic knowledge and skill, and should make available to their patients and colleagues the benefits of their professional attainments.

43.2(4) A chiropractic physician should practice a method of healing founded on a scientific basis, and should not voluntarily associate professionally with anyone who violates this principle.

None of these statutes would seem to preclude exorcism.

The practice of chiropractic, as spelled out in the statutes, includes subluxations and acupuncture

... the insertion of acupuncture needles and the application of moxibustion to specific areas of the human body based upon oriental medical diagnosis as a primary mode of therapy. Adjunctive therapies within the scope of acupuncture may include manual, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and electromagnetic treatment, and the recommendation of dietary guidelines and therapeutic exercise based on traditional oriental medicine concepts.

All pseudo-medicines not based in reality. Is exorcism any different than subluxations or electromagnatic acupuncture? I can't see how.

By their very definition, the practice of chiropractic in Iowa violates 43.2(4), since nothing they do is "founded on a scientific basis." I can find nothing in the statues that would render an exorcism as being "practice outside the scope of the profession" of chiropractic.

He needs to be punished for improper sexual contact with patients, but given the practice of chiropractic, exorcism seems no different from much of what is routine chiropractic practice.

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Points of Interest 04/16/2015

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    Dear Mark's lapdog,

    Mark/sbmsdictator agreed above that he often misses simple mistakes.
    When I checked out this website, the first things that stood out were a typo in a title, and the nickname sbmsdictator. Not a big deal to me, because I know Mark, but does create an amateurish first impression to newcomers.
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