This week, we are tackling a myth that has run rampant for years and I hope to once and for all dispel it. The myth is that Chiropractors Cause Strokes. The information could not be clearer on this and we’re going to show it to you in a way that you can understand and in a way that allows you to show it to others. I’m done with this Chiropractors Cause Strokes myth, folks!
Unfortunately, you have often read, watched, or heard me complaining about how our profession has been historically attacked by those organizations in charge of the medical profession. I hope those paying attention understand the fact that this is not just sour grapes.
It is education.
From the start, let me state that research simply does NOT support the “Chiropractors Cause Strokes” myth.
Through the RAND Institute, it is estimated that a serious, adverse reaction (such as stroke as a result to a chiropractic adjustment alone) happens in approximately 1 out of every 1 million treatments. Keep in mind the “1 out of every 1-2 million” number as you read through this article.
Let’s put that finding into perspective by comparing it to some other odds.
- The odds of being struck and killed by lightning is 1 in 174,426 according to the National Safety Council.
- The odds of being told to “Come on down,” on The Price Is Right is 1 in 36!
- The odds of being born with 11 fingers or toes is 1 in 500.
- The odds of dying from a firearms assault is 1 in 113.
- How about this one: the odds of winning an Oscar are 1 in 11,500.