As many of you know, I hate Twitter despite my activity there. Trying to communicate in 140 characters or less is downright madness, and whoever thought of it should be dragged through a muddy street strewn with horse manure by his toenails, then flayed, tattooed, hanged, and then killed. To those of you who don't know about my exploits on Twitter, why the hell not? Go to Twitter and follow me, god damn it. There's even a little button on the side right over there that makes it easy. Seriously, go do it now.
Anyway, my Twitter account has metamorphosed of late to become a "Calling Out Bullshit" account. The bullshit can be anything that I'm not particularly fond of at that moment - homeopathy bullshit, antivax bullshit, naturopathic bullshit, chiropractic bullshit, nutrition bullshit, "cancer is a fungus" bullshit, etc. You get the idea.
But many people have asked me (in 140 characters or less, of course) why I bother. Why do I spend (read: waste) my precious time calling out these frauds on their bullshit? What possible benefit could it have?
Well, I'm about to tell you why.@DocBastard oh sweet once again you're fighting a losing battle. Can't beat stupid people, they have years of experience.— Patrice (@Pattywaffle) March 9, 2017
My focus lately has been chiropractors. I am stunned that chiropractic has managed to survive for as long as it has, considering A) its extremely poor evidence base (it has only been shown to be mildly effective for low back pain), and B) its vitalistic origins. If you don't know, DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractor, first invented it in the late 19th century purely out of his ass after he supposedly "cured" a janitor of deafness by manipulating his neck. A stupid light bulb apparently clicked on over his head, because he then hypothesised that "subluxations" (mystical misalignments of the spine) are responsible for blocking the flow of vital energy (whatever the hell that is) and thus are the cause of disease. To modern chiropractors, it apparently makes no difference that a chiropractic subluxation is not visible on any X-ray, CT scan, or MRI, and indeed has never been shown to exist, nor has vital energy. It also apparently makes no difference that chiropractic manipulation has never been shown to cure, improve, or otherwise treat anything whatsoever.
That does not stop them, however, from advertising their bogus "adjustments" for everything from pain to asthma to GERD to headaches to paediatrics.
Yes, chiropractors claim they can help children.
I came across Kristen Simpson from Leavenworth, Kansas, USA, who is a chiropractor in the Life Family Chiropractic practice. She posted this bit of bullshit on Twitter:
Now let's break this down, shall we? Starting with the array of hashtags: what the hell is a "crunchy kid"? What is a "well adjusted" baby? Moving on to the little girl's top - yes, children need to eat. Children need sleep (a lot of it!). But "get adjusted"? For what exactly? What the hell was this chiropractor claiming her adjustments could do for this child? Babies need chiropractors in exactly the same way that Olympic athletes need cupping.
Trying to get some answers, I tweeted this at her:
I wasn't expecting a reply, since theseBabies need to eat.— Doc Bastard (@DocBastard) March 8, 2017
Babies need sleep.
Babies do NOT need to "get adjusted".
BABIES DO NOT NEED CHIROPRACTORS. https://t.co/h7ufo68y8A
She blocked me.
I can't say I was remotely surprised, and I was actually somewhat pleased. I saw it as a major win, because it can only mean two things:
- She read my tweet.
- She had no response.
Since I was blocked, I couldn't continue the conversation with her and ask any follow up questions (SAD). My followers, on the other hand, were not blocked (at least not initially), and they were not exactly kind, and for good reason:
@lirrmur @DocBastard @drsimpsonchiro I feel physically sick. Not good enough is right, what's is wrong with the parents also?— Eileen OS (@eosull) March 9, 2017
@DocBastard @drsimpsonchiro mindblowing that these people can present themselves as "Dr" anything. So confusing to public.— Kenny Young (@Kenny_young) March 9, 2017
@DocBastard @drsimpsonchiro Thanks for shining light on this, didn't realize this type of abuse existed.— Seoul man (@Monkey3ddd) March 9, 2017
she bravely turned her tail and fled and is now unable to propagate her ridiculous bullshit on Twitter.
And with that, all I have to say is this: