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Table 4 Fear-creating rhetoric on clinic websites

From: The “subluxation” issue: an analysis of chiropractic clinic websites

Fear-creating rhetoric
“Symptoms poor judge of health – how do you know if you’re healthy? The first symptom of problems like heart disease, hypertension and cancer is often death! Does a loved one have pre-symptomatic subluxations?” [36]
“However, the misalignment of the spine and pelvis have a far more crucial consequence to a mother and her developing baby. In chiropractic, these misalignments are called subluxations. These insidious blockages cause stress overload to the mother’s nervous system, potentially impairing any of her vital systems and organs. During pregnancy, when a mother’s body systems are basically functioning for two, any interference to the nerve transmission supporting their function can be detrimental to her health and well-being, as well as the growing baby’s.” [37]
“Subluxations ‘The Silent Killer’” Subluxations can have devastating effects on your overall health and well-being.”; “Subluxations are a serious threat to your newborn’s health.” [38]
“All people who have been in in an accident or trauma should see a chiropractor to have their spinal columns checked for nerve pressure caused by vertebral subluxations or spinal stress. A chiropractic adjustment can make the difference between life and death, between a life with pain, disability and sickness and a life of true recovery, activity and accomplishment.” [39]