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Feb 27, 2013 at 1:39am QuotePost Options Post by thesaved on Feb 27, 2013 at 1:39am
Hi, everyone. I only made an account to type out this one message, and it is to give a giant thank you to Allen Botnick.

About a year ago, I was ready to attend Chiropractic school down in Oregon (my native country is Canada). I had garnered the 90 post-secondary credits; they were the only prerequisite (no volunteer experience, no entrance exam, and no GPA requirement; and somehow I didn't find this fishy.

I had been hypnotized by skewed, school-provided employment data that claimed the average salary out of Chiropractic school was 80K and would increase well into the 6 figure range with a few years of experience. I was hell bent on spending 4 years paying dorm rent and ludicrous tuition fees for this (non-existent) financial payoff.

But, by some miracle, I stumbled upon this sight while looking for independent employment data (it was buried in a mountain of lies). I saw Allen's posts; all of the statements he made regarding the quackery, the lack of field uniformity, the financial woes, the legal troubles, and the loan bubbles were affirmed by hundreds of frustrated, financially ill DCs on the same thread. At that point I thought, why would there be so many frustrated chiropractors if the field is as sure a thing as all of this school-provided data suggests?

Further research led me to scrap my Chiropractic school plans completely. As far as I can see, this was the best decision I ever made. A few weeks later, I pulled up the medical program listings for my local Technical School. There were dozens of programs whose academic prerequisites lined up perfectly with my science-heavy undergrad. I got a few hundred hours of medical volunteer experience, took the entrance exam, and applied to the institute's Radiation Therapy program. I have the entrance interview this Monday, and I couldn't be more excited (Tuition: $30,000 for 3 years, instead of $150,000)

And the employment data for this field is actually garnered via census (70K starting salary, with constant progression into more managerial, treatment planning roles); in fact, the program intake is regulated by the government to guarantee that the institution only takes in as many students as will be able to find employment through the BC cancer agency when graduated; that means no labour market flooding!

Ah, I'm grinning just typing this. Thank you so much, Allen; in all likelihood, you saved my life - literally. I probably would have ended up committing suicide if I ended up having to go through all of the things I see described on this site. Please continue your informational campaign; you are saving a lot of people by doing this. It seems like this entire chiropractic field is run by glorified crooks and financial con artists.

Keep fighting the good fight!

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"The real problem (isn't chiropractic but rather) society's tolerance of disproven theory, unsubstantiated claims and unethical professions." -A J Botnick DC

"There's a sucker born every minute" -PT Barnum

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