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Laughter is Good Medicine (click on the letter to enlarge it)

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My Review of Whitcomb's Book, on Amazon

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I posted this review to Amazon today, 5/15/08. I guess it's dated 4/5 because that was the estimated date I should have received the order. I've posted ratings before but they don't seem to get published. I'm going to start keeping track of this publicly, here on my blog.



Why does my review keep disappearing?, April 5, 2008 By Sherril L. Johnson "SherrilLynn" (SW Georgia) - See all my reviews
I bought this book (at the full and inflated price of $14.99) from Amazon and I deserve to have my review counted. What use is this whole review system if Amazon is going to let the authors pick and choose which reviews get printed and counted in the rating???

These days anybody can write a book and publish it themselves. That is how this book came to be. Dr. Whitcomb published it himself. The only review of this book included on or in the book is on the back cover, by "New York Times best-selling author" Ellen Tanner Marsh. Her "NYT best-selling author&q…

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Summary of How to File a Complaint Against Paul Whitcomb, D.C.

I've put together a summary of blog posts that I've been doing on Whitcomb and on what to do about him. If you have any questions I'll be glad to try to answer them, but Dr. Barrett, of Quackwatch, is the expert. He seemed really nice when I talked to him on the phone about Whitcomb. If you just send him an email with your question I'm sure he will answer you asap.

This is Dr. Barrett's excellent advice on how to file a complaint against a chiropractor:


Prepare three copies. Send one to the agency that licenses chiropractors in the state the chiropractor practices in.
California BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95833
Attn: Enforcement Unit

Indicate that a copy has been sent to the state attorney general so that the board knows that an outside agency is aware of the complaint.

Send the second copy to the state attorney general, but don't indicate that a copy has been sent to the licensing board. (If you do, the attorn…

Blogcatalog's Bloggers Unite For Human Rights: Sick and disabled Americans waiting on SS Disability benefits, going bankrupt or dying in the process

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Some of the more recent history of human rights -

From Wikipedia on Human Rights:

The history of human rights covers thousands of years and draws upon religious, cultural, philosophical and legal developments throughout recorded history.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
United States Declaration of Independence
~Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, as authorized by the Continental Congress, July 2, 1776 with minor revisions and released publicly on July 4, 1776.


“...recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”—Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

The term inalienable rights refers to a theoretical set of individual human rights that by their n…

Report firsthand experience with Paul E. Whitcomb, D.C. to Quackwatch!

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I spoke to Dr. Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch.com on 5/1/08. He said it does look like there is something wrong going on with the Whitcomb website. He suggested that if people are not comfortable filing a complaint using these instructions, they can send their firsthand experiences with Paul Whitcomb and The Fibromyalgia Relief Centers to Quackwatch. When there are enough of the right kind of testimonials submitted, he can coordinate legal action. The instructions on how to report a fraud to Quackwatch are here.


If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck and it swims like a duck...




There's a nice background piece on Dr. Barrett at medhunters.com. Quoting them:

"The internet," Barrett says, "permits the promoters of unsubstantiated ideas to reach a very wide audience inexpensively. However, it also enables people like me to put up information." This range of easily available information is making it possible for health care consumers to…

Told Ya So: The first time I've seen a reference to a doctor suggesting that FM is a disease, not a syndrome

From Dominie's 5/6/08 newsletter

5. FIBROMYALGIA IS A DISEASE - NOT A SYNDROME
From North Texas Fibromyalgia Support and Meetup Group - http://fibromyalgia.meetup.com/285--
"We had Dr. Kenneth Kippels speak, and he said that there are evidences that prove that Fibromyalgia changes multiple systems within the body and therefore is definitely a disease. They can prove by certain changes within the blood, changes within the brain tissue and destruction of or changes to the adrenal glands, thyroid and pituitary that yes, Fibromyalgia is not a Syndrome, it is definitely, a disease!"


Response from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners: "... our records indicate that an Accusation has not been served at this time"...?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: April Alameda <AAlameda@chiro.ca.gov>
Date: Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 4:55 PM
Subject: Dr. Paul E. Whitcomb, D.C., license number DC 11681

Dear Ms. Johnson,
This is in response to your correspondence dated April 11, 2008, which was received by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners on April 15, 2008. You have requested copies of complaints and/or Decisions related to Dr. Paul E. Whitcomb, D.C.Please be advised that complaints are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 6254, subdivision (f). Therefore, the Board is unable to respond to your request. With regards to Accusations, our records indicate that an Accusation has not been served at this time.If you have further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact me via email or at the telephone number listed below.Sincerely, April Alameda, Program AnalystBoard of Chiropractic Examiners(916) 263-5329
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Paul Whitcomb's Chiropractic Credintials, and How to File a Complaint Against a Chiropractor

Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), "How to file a complaint against a chiropractor"


... Although chiropractic boards occasionally discipline practitioners, they almost never interfere with quack practices.

Pro-Quackery Legislation by Stephen M. Barrett, M.D.
California BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95833
Attn: Enforcement Unit

Suggestions from Quackwatch.com:

Prepare three copies. Send one to the agency that licenses chiropractors in your state (in the state where the chiropractor is licensed - see above). Indicate that a copy has been sent to the state attorney general (see below for CA) so that the board knows that an outside agency is aware of the complaint. Send the second copy to the state attorney general, but don't indicate that a copy has been sent to the licensing board. (If you do, the attorney general's office might ignore it.) Send the third copy to Quackwatch, P.O. Box 1747, Allentown, PA 18105 and be su…