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John W. Pinkerton


When I was a young fellow, chiropractors were looked upon as pretty shady folks.  I recall that a fellow I went to high school with became a chiropractor.  I had trouble matching the fellow I knew with the image of a shady person, but I didn't give it a lot of thought.

Back then doctors were pretty much looked upon as demigods and because they pooh-poohed the idea that chiropractors actually offered help to folks in pain, folks had a tendency to believe them.

Now there are physicians who have medical licenses, osteopaths, who perform stretching, massaging, and moving the musculoskeletal system---sounds like what chiropractors do.

Now don't get me wrong, osteopathic doctors have a place in our health system.  They can do additional things that chiropractors aren't licensed to do.

However, chiropractors are much more accessible and cheaper.  Insurance companies finally got around to including chiropractors on their plans.

So with that, I guess chiropractors have reached a level of respectability…well, kind of.  Folks are slow to hand their health over to folks doctors have said for years are quacks.

Whatever respect chiropractors have gained has been earned.

Several years ago, Linda decided to give a chiropractor recommended by a friend the opportunity to end her back pain. 

I accompanied Linda on her first visit with the chiropractor.  I sat in the waiting room alone reading a magazine and waiting for the pain to be applied.  For a while all was lovely: pleasant conversation and rosy chit-chat.

Suddenly-“Owwwwww!”  I laughed and went back to reading my magazine.

Linda is not a big fan of pain and talked about her experience for a day or so, then she realized that her original pain had disappeared and became a big fan of her chiropractor and visited him without hesitation when the pain returned.  I was impressed by how cheap the visits were.

Several years ago Linda had a doctor in College Station tell her that she needed a kidney operation.  To make a long story short, I went with her to a second visit with the doctor, and we both came away thinking that this guy is several cards short of a full deck. 

Later she casually told her chiropractor about her encounter with the kidney doctor.  Her chiropractor punched her in the kidney area and told her she didn't have a problem with her kidney and recommended a local kidney doctor.   We transferred the records to Brenham where the doctor, a surgeon, declared that there was nothing wrong with her kidney.

The chiropractor was right.  The doctor in College Station was a lying SOB.

Now the bad news: the chiropractor had a little run-in with the law, and Linda had to find a different chiropractor.

Linda found one, a dud.

She found a different chiropractor, a woman, not a dud.

About a year ago, I fell.  Well, I really ran into a wall at warp speed trying not to fall.  My immediate response was, “Huh, I'm uninjured.”  A week later, I said, “Ow!”  I'm now a patient of Linda's chiropractor.

I like her.  She laughs at my jokes and tolerates my long stories and eliminates my pains.  What's not to like.

If you are looking for pain relief, try a chiropractor.  They are cheaper than doctors, and they're not as likely to kill you.  Just saying.