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Chiropractic for Children is Here to Stay.

Millions of children and their families will continue to experience the benefits of this safe and efficacious form of healthcare called chiropractic. Chiropractic researchers are looking into the salutary effects of chiropractic care in children with subluxations and concomitant conditions like ADHD, asthma, colic and others. When two forms of healthcare meet at the crossroads of patient care, there will be controversy.

As a researcher, all I ask is an honest and open dialog about the issues at hand so that all are informed. When a medical doctor questions the chiropractic care for children and not the growing use of stimulants, antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs in children as young as 2-4 years of age (8), then their motives come into question. In future articles, I will discuss the efficacy and safety of Chiropractic care for children in topics from A-Z (i.e., from ADHD to the use of x-rays in chiropractic practice) based on the scientific literature for the benefit of the readers to be informed.


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Dr. Joel Alcantara has published widely in scientific journals and in the popular chiropractic media and has co-authored several chapters in various chiropractic textbooks. Former instructor at two chiropractic colleges, Dr. Alcantara has accepted the position of Research Director of the Children’s Chiropractic Research Foundation the profession’s first full time organization of its kind. He can be reaced via e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Read his bio

Originally published I.C.P.A. Newsletter

March - April 2002