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Monday, June 27, 2011

Chiropractor Attacked at Greenbrae Gas Station

Last Saturday, I tried to do a good deed. I pulled into a gas station to fill up. I noticed in the car on the opposite side of the pumps was a car with two women, one of whom was wearing a cervical (neck) collar. That usually represents a very dumb form of medical treatment for whiplash. This treatment not only doesn't help; it causes long-term muscle and ligamentous damage. And, of course, it does nothing for the massive amount of vertebral subluxation caused by the acceleration/deceleration on the neck.... thousands of pounds of force in milliseconds. Even a rear-end impact of 5, 6, 7 miles an hour will do serious damage.

{If you have ever been, or know anyone who'se ever been in any kind of automobile accident, there is subluxation aplenty. Get checked. get adjusted.}

Anyway, the other woman came out of the car to pump her gas. So, I graciously offered her my card, for her friend. Turned out to be her mother. She looked at the card as if it was a dead rat. She said "My mother would never go to a chiropractor. SHE HAS OSTEOPOROSIS. YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR MEDICAL FACTS FIRST BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!! YOU KNOW I GO TO THE WITCH DOCTOR ONCE IN A WHILE FOR MY SCIATICA. SO YOU SHOULD REALLY BE CAREFUL BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING."

{NOTE: Chiropractic adjustment, especially the light force kind that I employ, is NOT contra-indicated for osteoporosis. Probably half of my practice has it to some degree. Beyond normal loss of bone mass due to aging, it is a dysfunction of the parathyroid glands, which regulate calcium. What if the nerve supply to those glands, or related glands, is compromised by vertebral subluxation? What will correct this, other than chiropractic adjustment?}

That rant was just the warm-up. She saw my car and said: "Whew! Look at that car. I bet you ripped off a lot of people off to get that car. ALL YOU WITCH DOCTORS CARE ABOUT IS MONEY. IT'S TERRIBLE HOW YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OLD PEOPLE!!!" All the while getting louder and louder. (I guess she thinks M.D.'s, nurses, medical techs, hospitals, pharmacies and drug companies do it all for free.)

Then, it got weird. She asked a series of questions which I just didn't answer... "Do you believe in vaccinations? Well, do ya?" "What about universal health care?" "What do you think about Afganistan?"

Then she wanted my card, presumably to "report me," like a good psycho Nazi. I ignored her. She now thinks that I am "Dr. Sherman" because I was wearing my "Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic" shirt.

When I finished pumping my gas, and got my receipt, and got into my car, she stood in front of my car, continuing, loudly, to hurl insults. So I backed up and got out of there.

OK, she was a wacko. But how many people who YOU know have this very tendency, to automatically see the chiropractor as some low-life, predatory sleaze, who knows nothing and cares less about people? Probably dangerous, too. How many friends and family of yours think like this?

These same people do whatever The Doctor says. These deranged people believe that They (the PMG, the Pharmaceutical-Medical-Governmental Complex) know it all, and cure it all, and whatever they can't do or don't know now, the Cure is right around the corner. The hundreds of thousands of deaths from mistakes each year, the millions of side effects, the tens of millions of obvious clinical failures each year are never acknowledged.

Yes, I was attacked. Not physically, but verbally, spiritually. This wasn't the first time and it won't be the last, but it certainly was one of the most colorful incidents. These incidents will not prevent me from telling the Chiropractic Story to all who will listen. If I get 10 wackos, 20 wackos, and then one person listens and a life is saved from the ravages of Vertebral Subluxation, it's all worth it.

I know that you good people get attacked, too, for telling the Chiropractic Story. It's OK. Don't let the wackos get to you. Just imagine them in a straight jacket, with a tin foil hat. Would you take it to heart, then?

Since lives are at stake, both you and I have an obligation to speak. It would be nice if people were at least polite. It's tough. We are dealing with new knowledge... Chiropractic... based upon absolute biological fact that the nervous system runs everything, and that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating even self-perfecting mechanism that heals only from Above down, Inside-out. This new knowledge is up against a societally-entrenched cult... Medicine.

In the 16th century, Martin Luther was brought before a papal tribunal. he said: "Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. G-d help me."

Don Harte, D.C.
Corte Madera Straight Chiropractor
Liberator of Innate


  1. Hi Don. I'm sorry but not surprised you had to go through this. The lady in question is very likely fearful about her mothers condition and that fear can manifest as anger lashing out at someone who offers help.

    All the Best,

    Sean and Mary Ann

  2. God Bless you Dr. Don Harte. I am sorry you had to go through that anguish, however I know what you are really upset about is "the predicament of the species", as I am. This person who unfairly attacked you, is one of those people who slugs down Coca Cola's, eats McDonld's, takes many prescription drugs and of course is chronically subluxated. She then robs the system of insurance dollars because of all her chronic illness's that she is responsible for. What a joke. Thank you for always preaching and adhering to the principals of chiropractic. Gratefully, your colleague Dr. Scott Cavagnuolo

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