When the pills didn’t work, Army Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead teamed up with her chiropractor to find a holistic solution to her chronic pain.
And that worked.
“Success is a team sport,” she said at last week’s Foundation for Chiropractic Progress 10th anniversary gathering at the Rio hotel-casino. She was referring to her chiropractor teammate, Dr. Carol Ann Malizia.
“After a three-year journey with her upon retirement, I take no prescription drugs. I take whole-food supplements. I go to my chiropractor routinely, which restores functionality to my nervous system,” she said […].
Her chiropractor is able to restore functionality to her nervous system??
As Dr. Harriet Hall so succinctly put it in one Science-Based Medicine article, “Chiropractors really don’t have anything much to do with the nervous system: they work on the musculoskeletal system with manual adjustment techniques.”
“Instead of letting the disease define you, you take on the disease. So she took me under her wing and started to teach me how to take care of myself, which is ironic because in the military we take pretty darn good care of ourselves.”
No article extolling the virtues of alternative medicine is complete without at least one line of quack-speak. Gen. Halstead appears to be fluent.
Based on her experience, Halstead said the military needs to put more emphasis on alternative medicine techniques and less on prescribed drugs, its traditional way of treating illness.
Thankfully, anecdotal evidence is not yet grounds to justify a massive shift in military resources.
What she learned from Malizia was that her diet of bland foods she had to eat after her three abdominal surgeries – potatoes, pasta and bread – would keep her stomach from aching but at the same time would warm up her body and cause inflammation.
“It was the inflammation that got the fibromyalgia out of control,” she said.
What the General describes is a false cause. According to her she changed her diet based on her chiropractor’s recommendation and “poof,” away went the pain. No consideration seems to have been given to the fact that the decrease in pain also correlated with her retirement from active duty.
This isn’t the first attempt, nor will it be the last, to push quack medicine on the military.