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FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
P.O. Box 4689
Des Moines, IA 50306

April 1997

 

Dear Doctor,

The subluxation complex is the heart of our profession. I think it is fair to say the majority of us believe that, whether we are straights, mixers, or whatever.

Now for the first time in our 100+ year history, a major scientific study is about to be undertaken on the subluxation complex by a group we all admire and trust. I am speaking, of course, of FCER.

You and I know what correcting subluxations can do for our patients. I am convinced that Palmer's ideas about how subluxations contribute to illness are correct. And I believe that the chiropractic adjustment is the physiological support mechanism that we chiropractors use to correct subluxations and thus help to restore health.

Belief is not enough in this day and age. The people who pay for health care want more than that. They want hard, cold scientific data.

There are lots of anecdotal and observational evidence to support DD Palmer's belief. And there are many actual cases studies in the literature documenting the effects of chiropractic spinal adjustments on such conditions as asthma, dysmenorrhea, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines to mention a few.

Again, however, observational data and case studies are not enough. That is why FCER invests in clinical trials and other kinds of highly sophisticated research.

FCER has pioneered research to evaluate the effects of chiropractic adjustments on many nonmusculoskeletal conditions. Much of this research is being carried out by some of the best scientists at the chiropractic colleges and elsewhere.

Here are some examples. FCER is supporting a study on chiropractic treatment of dysmenorrhea at National College of Chiropractic. Studies on infantile colic, asthma, migraine headache, and other internal conditions are being supported by FCER at Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Another study on hypertension is being carried out at the University of Minnesota.

All of these studies will shed light on the relationship between spinal adjustments and the subluxation complex. However, it is now time to go beyond these admirable projects and commission a basic research study that will actually demonstrate the exact nature of the subluxation complex.

A request for application has already been sent by FCER to some 70 research centers worldwide. And FCER will spend up to $250,000 to get this research on the subluxation complex completed. This is a lot of money for us, but we are committed to getting the job done.

Our profession needs to have the results of this research. Not only will it help us to better understand the nature of what we do, but it will also silence our objective critics.

Just the other day, I read an article in Emergency Medicine by Paul Brown, MD. He flatly asserted that medical doctors should not refer patients to chiropractors who believe in the scientifically discredited subluxation theory.

What a lot of bunk. Even though medicine only has research backing a meager 15% of its interventions, characters like Brown go about saying that there is no science behind chiropractic. Chiropractic is nothing but hokum, quackery, and the like according to them. Well, FCER is tired of hearing this kind of slander and we have set about to do something to counter it.

Chiropractic actually has considerable research behind it, largely due to FCER's, and its faithful supporters, pioneering efforts and more than $8 million invested. And soon, we will have research which sheds light on the very heart of chiropractic: The subluxation complex.

But to make this happen, we must have your help.

You see, FCER is currently funding more than $4 million in active research projects. Even though we get help from the ACA and NCMIC, our treasury has been exhausted by funding all the projects we believe are vital to chiropractic's future.

And remember, unlike the allopaths, we do not have the billions of dollars for research provided by the drug companies.

The only way we can succeed in funding this important project on the subluxation complex is with your financial help. Won't you join me and invest your $1,000, $250, $100, or whatever you can afford, to make this crucial undertaking a reality? Please act now so that we may start funding this historic research as soon as possible..

 

 Sincerely,

 

Kenneth L. Luedtke, DC
Director of Development

 

P.S. FCER's research project on the subluxation complex is a historic first. If you contribute $250 or more, I will send you a FREE copy of FCER's new monograph on the subluxation complex - a $25 value!

RS.S. The new monograph, written by FCER's Director of Research, is also a first. It brings together everything that is known about the subluxation complex and has been extensively reviewed by such experts as Dr. Gerald Clum of Life Chiropractic College, and Dr. Dana Lawrence, editor of JMPT. It is an invaluable edition to your library.

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