A united statement of the global chiropractic research community against the pseudoscientific claim that chiropractic care boosts immunity

Pierre Côté, André Bussières, J. David Cassidy, Jan Hartvigsen, Greg N. Kawchuk, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Silvano Mior, Michael Schneider, Luc Aillet, Carlo Ammendolia, Bodil Arnbak, Iben Axen, Mirjam Baechler, Florian Barbier-Cazorla, Gaëtan Barbier, Cecilia Bergstrøm, Amber Beynon, Marc André Blanchette, Philip S. Bolton, Alan BreenJohanne Brinch, Gert Bronfort, Benjamin Brown, Paul Bruno, Mikkel Brunsgaard Konner, Christopher Burrell, Jason W. Busse, David Byfield, Marco Campello, Carol Cancelliere, Linda Carroll, Christine Cedraschi, Charlène Chéron, Ngai Chow, Henrik Wulff Christensen, Stine Claussen, Melissa Corso, Matthew A. Davis, Marine Demortier, Diana De Carvalho, Katie De Luca, Annemarie De Zoete, Klaus Doktor, Aron Downie, Alister Du Rose, Andreas Eklund, Roger Engel, Mark Erwin, James E. Eubanks, Roni Evans, Will Evans, Matthew Fernandez, Jonathan Field, Gilles Fournier, Simon French, Signe Fuglkjaer, Olivier Gagey, Rosemary Giuriato, Jordan A. Gliedt, Christine Goertz, Guillaume Goncalves, Diane Grondin, Mark Gurden, Mitchell Haas, Scott Haldeman, Steen Harsted, Lisbeth Hartvigsen, Jill Hayden, Cesar Hincapié, Jeffrey J. Hébert, Bue Hesby, Lise Hestbæk, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Maria A. Hondras, Margaux Honoré, Samuel Howarth, H. Stephen Injeyan, Stanley Innes, Pernille Marie Irgens, Craig Jacobs, Hazel Jenkins, Alan Jenks, Tue Secher Jensen, Melker Johhansson, Alice Kongsted, Deborah Kopansky-Giles, Rikke Kryger, Arnaud Lardon, Henrik Hein Lauridsen, Brent Leininger, Nadège Lemeunier, Christine Le Scanff, Eugene A. Lewis, Kathleen Linaker, Lise Lothe, Andrée Anne Marchand, David McNaughton, Anne Laure Meyer, Peter Miller, Anne Mølgaard, Craig Moore, Donald R. Murphy, Corrie Myburgh, Birgitte Myhrvold, Dave Newell, Genevieve Newton, Casper Nim, Margareta Nordin, Luana Nyiro, Søren O'Neill, Cecilie Øverås, Isabelle Pagé, Mégane Pasquier, Charles W. Penza, Stephen M. Perle, Mathieu Picchiottino, Mathieu Piché, Erik Poulsen, Jeffrey Quon, Tim Raven, Mana Rezai, Eric J. Roseen, Sidney Rubinstein, Louis Rachid Salmi, Petra Schweinhardt, Heather M. Shearer, Laura Sirucek, Delphine Sorondo, Paula J. Stern, Joel Stevans, Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, Kent Stuber, Maja Stupar, John Srbely, Michael Swain, Julita Teodorczyk-Injeyan, Jean Théroux, Haymo Thiel, Lars Uhrenholt, Anneke Verbeek, Leslie Verville, Karl Vincent, Andrew L. Dan Wang, Kenneth A. Weber, James M. Whedon, Jessica Wong, Francesca Wuytack, James Young, Hainan Yu, Dorte Ziegler

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Abstract

Background: In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) posted reports claiming that chiropractic care can impact the immune system. These claims clash with recommendations from the World Health Organization and World Federation of Chiropractic. We discuss the scientific validity of the claims made in these ICA reports. Main body: We reviewed the two reports posted by the ICA on their website on March 20 and March 28, 2020. We explored the method used to develop the claim that chiropractic adjustments impact the immune system and discuss the scientific merit of that claim. We provide a response to the ICA reports and explain why this claim lacks scientific credibility and is dangerous to the public. More than 150 researchers from 11 countries reviewed and endorsed our response. Conclusion: In their reports, the ICA provided no valid clinical scientific evidence that chiropractic care can impact the immune system. We call on regulatory authorities and professional leaders to take robust political and regulatory action against those claiming that chiropractic adjustments have a clinical impact on the immune system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalChiropractic and Manual Therapies
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2020

Keywords

  • Chiropractic
  • Coronavirus
  • Immunity
  • Pseudoscience
  • Spinal manipulation

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