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Chiropractor charged with harassment for series of phone calls

There are 34 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Mar 13, 2008, titled Chiropractor charged with harassment for series of phone calls. In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

By News Channel 8's Crystal Haynes Posted March 13, 2008 5:10 PM _ A chiropractor is charged with harassment for a series of bizarre and mocking phone calls.

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ART

Oxford, CT

#2 Mar 13, 2008
Excuse me, excuse me. If that guy's lawyer expects anyone (especially the judge) to believe that the crackerprakter didn't know who he was calling with those brutally harassing calls...he ought to be disbared, because he must've had a stroke himself and now is a mental defective. If you saw the video of this guy in court, you would see by his actions that he has total disregard for this woman who he called to harass. I say send him to stay with Bubba for a couple weeks & learn a little sumptin bout respect. Bubba need a back rub??
Media Awareness

Marlborough, CT

#3 Mar 13, 2008
Is the media aware of the fact that this lady and her sham organiztion are the subject of no less than 4 separate state and federal investigations? Will they report on that?
Dr Fred

Wayne, NJ

#5 Mar 13, 2008
While I can't agree with Dr. Piserchia's methods, I can certainly sympathize with his cause. These "chiropractic stroke victims" are making extremely unsubstantiated claims and are playing the sympathy and fear cards, big time.
Are the readers aware that the chiropractic-stroke connection was repudiated once and for all in a report published in Spine Journal (of the North American Spine Society)? This is NOT a chiropractic publication, it is published my MDs. And do you know what they found? That there was NO ASSOCIATION between chiropractic treatment and stroke. The actual connection is that these individuals that are most likely ALREADY HAVING A STROKE before they entered the chiropractor's office. This condition will often be accompanied by neck pain or headaches, which is why these people are in the chiropractor's office, but it is critical to realize that the Spine study clearly stated that there was no evidence that the chiropractor either caused or worsened the ALREADY IN PROGRESS condition. It's just a case of two events happening at the same time that have no direct correlation. Simple as that.
Dr Fred

Wayne, NJ

#6 Mar 13, 2008
Crabby Pantz wrote:
My old chiropracter was cracking my neck 3 times a week and he turned out to be a herion addict {David Muska} and is now in prison, I never will ever see another......
Not sure I see the connection between your drug addict doctor any you're never seeing another. Do you have any idea how many MDs are drug addicts? Has that stopped you from seeing them? God bless the ignorant (wipe the drool from your chin if this applies to you...)
the dueling bill-board

Glastonbury, CT

#7 Mar 13, 2008
If this chiropractor who is supposed to be educated feels the need to defend his position then he too could take an ad out on a billboard, instead he chose to act really immature and i hope this teaches him a lesson.
Probable Cause

Marlborough, CT

#8 Mar 13, 2008
Sounds like the very recent article below may be a good read for the lady who claims all of her life's problems are the result of a chiropractor. By the way, stroke is up at an alarming rate among all women between 35-55 and no one in the literature is considering chiropractic as a primaray cause, except this woman, of course. Her angry, vindictive, and dangerous campaign to steer people away from a type of treatment that is very safe is, in itself, more dangerous than all the chiropractors in the world combined. She needs to read the article cited below. I don't blame the state and feds for investigating her.

"Psychological distress, major depressive disorder, and risk of stroke NEUROLOGY 2008;70:788-794"
Move On Lady

Marlborough, CT

#10 Mar 14, 2008
I think this lady needs to just move on. Her accident happened 20 years ago. It sounds like she's been an "abuse" victim long before the chiropractor treated her though. Considering how dangerous many medical procedure are she seems to have a distorted view of just how important she and her victimhood really are. Like all lifelong victims she is doing everything she can to seek power. This time her target is the innocent chiropractors when it really should be someone else. and exactly how have the chropractors been silencing her? My understanding is that they've actually been testifying in favor of her legislation. Kind of ironic this chiropractor got arrested during the height of the legislative session and 8 months after he made the stupid calls. The media should reporting that side of this as well.
Rich Mcgarigle

Plainville, CT

#11 Mar 14, 2008
The strokes are caused by the bird flu, not back adjustments.
Dr Phillip

Buena Park, CA

#12 Mar 14, 2008
Move ON, you could not be more correct. Why is this woman putting so much time, energy, and money into such a worthless cause? Why doesn't she do something that actually has some sort of positive societal impact like help abused and neglected children or something like that? I specialize in neurology and I refer patients to chiropractors quite regularly. The things they can do are remarkable. They're not all good but they are definitely safe. MD's may not always like them but they've never been considered dangerous that is for sure. For the record, and as a proven documented fact, chiropractors are responsible for far fewer strokes than hairdressers. This is clearly stated in the litertaure but this woman refuses to acknowledge it. You don't see the people who have suffered strokes in hair salons doing this type of capmaign, do you? When a patient has an adverse reaction to any treatment, whether it is a manual procedure or a medical one, it is not considered "abuse." Her program is full of distortions, anger and blatant lies. She is fear mongering and should be called out for it. The media should be ashamed for promoting her attack on chiropractors. All of medicine is getting very nervous because her campaign is going to negatively affect every patients, not just those of chiropractors.
efmach

United States

#13 Mar 14, 2008
Dr Fred wrote:
While I can't agree with Dr. Piserchia's methods, I can certainly sympathize with his cause. These "chiropractic stroke victims" are making extremely unsubstantiated claims and are playing the sympathy and fear cards, big time.
Are the readers aware that the chiropractic-stroke connection was repudiated once and for all in a report published in Spine Journal (of the North American Spine Society)? This is NOT a chiropractic publication, it is published my MDs. And do you know what they found? That there was NO ASSOCIATION between chiropractic treatment and stroke. The actual connection is that these individuals that are most likely ALREADY HAVING A STROKE before they entered the chiropractor's office. This condition will often be accompanied by neck pain or headaches, which is why these people are in the chiropractor's office, but it is critical to realize that the Spine study clearly stated that there was no evidence that the chiropractor either caused or worsened the ALREADY IN PROGRESS condition. It's just a case of two events happening at the same time that have no direct correlation. Simple as that.
This study made NOTHING clear...in fact it states that MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE.

Look at the methods of this particular research...not good methods at all.
Dr Ardell

Berrien Center, MI

#14 Mar 14, 2008
The study is perfectly clear. You should read the whole study sometime efmach after you receive an education. It showed absolutely no correlation between stroke victims and weather or not they were seen by a chiropractic physician or a medical physician prior to their stroke. And of course more research should be done. That is always a smart scientific thing to do after any study. I'm sure you will continue to find the same result. Sounds like you have an axe to grind efmach. Maybe you should probably “let go” yourself and stop your scandalmongering.
DrTony

Medford, NY

#15 Mar 14, 2008
I am a practicing chiropractor and would just like to say that most, if not all, of my colleagues and I think this guy is an absolute jerk for what he did and don't agree with his actions at all. There are a few other words I could use to describe him, but they are completely inappropriate (you know what I mean). Please don't assume that we are all like this. We are legitimately licensed physicians. We are doctors. We do help many many people. Some people don't think we should be allowed to do what we do. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, however, I hope that people who have not been to a chiropractor, or those who have had a bad experience, give a good chiropractor a chance. Just like there are good family doctors, good pediatricians, good teachers, good plumbers, good contractors,... there are good chiropractors. Let's be realistic, there are also bad MDs, bad contractors, bad teachers, and bad chiropractors. Speak with friends or family and go to one who is highly recommended. Don't judge our profession based on this guy or what's on a bus or a billboard. Judge us based on your personal experience with us. On the topic of research, most of us want much more unbiased research to be published so that our safety and efficacy can be legitimized. Regardless, there will always be those who support us and those who denounce the entire profession. Please make your own decision.
Studies

Buena Park, CA

#16 Mar 14, 2008
efmach, in the realm of science it is always an ongoing and evolving pursuit. Most studies conclude that more studies need to be done. It was an excellent study comprising of over 109 million people. Prior tp publications it was screened by the editors of a very prestigous journal, Spine. Do you know how hard it is to get something published in Spine? In this particular case there is ample evidence that suuggests that chiropractors do NOT cause strokes. There also is absolutely no evidence that they do cause strokes. One study was done and showed that chiropractors produce only 1/9th the amount of force needed to tear healthy arterial tissues. You see, not being a scientist, you fall into a serious trap. You biasedly WANT this to be the chiropractors fault and so you must twist it that way. Take your emotions out of it and look at it objectively. No evidence one way. Ample evidence another way. Which way should we lean? It seems the people who suffer adverse reactions during manipulation present with previously damaged arteries...which is why the same class of people stroke-out while getting anesthesia, when washing their hair, when backing out of a parking spot, when sleeping on their stomach etc... Your vitriolic and misplaced hatred for chiropractors is not healthy for you or the others you are trying to influence. Facts are facts. Science is science. Both the facts and the science lean toward absolutewly no causal relationship between a chiropractic adjustment and a stroke. The people who are looking at this objectively are beginning to see that YOU and your organization are the problem. where's hatred and outrage against haridressers? They "cause" more strokes than chiropractors. Your organized campaign to discredit chiropractors is becoming more transparent which is whyt eh chiropractors have very wisely not argued with you directly. They know the truth. They know they are fine.
Connie

Branford, CT

#17 Mar 14, 2008
New Haven Chiropractor Steven Piserchia was not exercising his right to free speech. He was calling someone continuously and harassing them on a service THEY PAY FOR. His lawyer Cerillo sounds just as nuts as he is.

Writing this opinion is free speech. Calling, emailing, stalking etc in a threatening or harassing way is not free speech, it is against the law.

Putting you phone number on a billboard does not mean a nut can call you and say what ever they want for as often as they want.

Charges against this chiropractor should have been filed right away, not a "asking him to stop" by the Wethersfield Police. How dumb is that?

It seems both client and lawyer need physical manipulation to straighten them out or maybe a room at Connecticut Valley Hospital......
DrTony

Medford, NY

#18 Mar 14, 2008
Regarding the research article mentioned above, the conclusion stated that there was no increased risk of stroke after chiropractic care versus primary care over a 10 year period. And here's a few stats just for perspective -

Odds = 1 : 280,000 of being struck by lightning according to National Lightning Safety Institute

"Each year, use of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) accounts for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States." (NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, and tiaprofenic acid.)- "Unnecessary Prescribing of NSAIDs and the Management of NSAID-Related Gastropathy in Medical Practice," Annals of Internal Medicine (Washington, DC: American College of Physicians, 1997), September 15, 1997, 127:429-438

"In 1996, RAND issued a booklet that tabulated more than 100 published case reports and estimated that the number of strokes, cord compressions, fractures, and large blood clots was 1.46 per one million neck manipulations." - www.quackwatch.com - an anti-chiropractic website. A chiropractor who sees 100 patients per week will encounter this 1.46 times in 200 years of practice. Yes, two hundred years.

In the end, we need more research to be done. But hopefully we can see that there are more dangerous things that seeing a chiropractor.
celts9

Hebron, KY

#19 Mar 14, 2008
You are not doctors...do you have to go to medical school? or are you one of the many that attended the University of Bridgeport for a few years to become a chiropractor? Those in the medical field consider the fact that you call yourself doctors a joke(including myself). I know some chiropractors and God bless snyone that puts their trust in these quacks.
DrTony wrote:
I am a practicing chiropractor and would just like to say that most, if not all, of my colleagues and I think this guy is an absolute jerk for what he did and don't agree with his actions at all. There are a few other words I could use to describe him, but they are completely inappropriate (you know what I mean). Please don't assume that we are all like this. We are legitimately licensed physicians. We are doctors. We do help many many people. Some people don't think we should be allowed to do what we do. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, however, I hope that people who have not been to a chiropractor, or those who have had a bad experience, give a good chiropractor a chance. Just like there are good family doctors, good pediatricians, good teachers, good plumbers, good contractors,... there are good chiropractors. Let's be realistic, there are also bad MDs, bad contractors, bad teachers, and bad chiropractors. Speak with friends or family and go to one who is highly recommended. Don't judge our profession based on this guy or what's on a bus or a billboard. Judge us based on your personal experience with us. On the topic of research, most of us want much more unbiased research to be published so that our safety and efficacy can be legitimized. Regardless, there will always be those who support us and those who denounce the entire profession. Please make your own decision.
efmach

United States

#20 Mar 14, 2008
Dr Ardell wrote:
The study is perfectly clear. You should read the whole study sometime efmach after you receive an education. It showed absolutely no correlation between stroke victims and weather or not they were seen by a chiropractic physician or a medical physician prior to their stroke. And of course more research should be done. That is always a smart scientific thing to do after any study. I'm sure you will continue to find the same result. Sounds like you have an axe to grind efmach. Maybe you should probably “let go” yourself and stop your scandalmongering.
Actually, I have no axe to grind.

You can not be sure that other studies will conclude the same result. I DID read the study...

You have no idea what my education is my friend..no idea. And if you knew what my educational backround is, you would understand why I question the validity of the ONE study that was conducted.

No one can base any scientific surety based on ONE study, the same result needs to be replicated through numerous types of studies...YEARS to go before anything concrete can come of this ONE scientific educated opinion.

That, my friend..is research methods 101..and I assure you, my educational backround is MUCH farther than that.

You, have proven your lack of education regarding how scientific studies are conducted...
Thanks for proving me right....
DrTony

Medford, NY

#21 Mar 14, 2008
You must be an orthopedist or a physical therapist. Actually, if you compare education hours for chiropractic school and medical school, you will find that outside of classes on treatments/therapies and some specialties, the core programs are remarkably similar. It is also interesting that chiropractic school is, in fact, a post-undergraduate program just like medical school. And at graduation, I was able to take the same Hippocratic oath that you did. I would love to meet sometime to clarify your position/opinion about me not being a doctor. Have you ever had a discussion with a chiropractor? How many? How much exposure have you actually had to chiropractic at all? By your tone, I would assume very little to none. Unfortunately, this does point out the unfortunate truth that there is still animosity and closed-mindedness even among health care providers in the 21st century. Let's not forget, my friend, that while traditional medicine has helped many people and saved many lives, the United States is currently the most unhealthy country in the developed world. Now, I believe it is pointless to be confrontational and intolerant, but I hope that I can open your eyes to the fact that whether you and your colleagues like it or not, I am a doctor, I help many people, I will continue to help people, and chiropractic will continue to grow as a key component to healthcare. Besides, celts9, can anyone that knowledgeable really be that much of a rajon rondo fan? Have a great weekend, and don't be so hateful to people you likely don't even know about. Let's talk.
celts9 wrote:
You are not doctors...do you have to go to medical school? or are you one of the many that attended the University of Bridgeport for a few years to become a chiropractor? Those in the medical field consider the fact that you call yourself doctors a joke(including myself). I know some chiropractors and God bless snyone that puts their trust in these quacks.
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Amy

Prospect, CT

#22 Mar 14, 2008
Who hasn't made crank calls at one point in there life...give me a break...this case is about money...everyone is sue hungry...
Power

Buena Park, CA

#23 Mar 14, 2008
Amy wrote:
Who hasn't made crank calls at one point in there life...give me a break...this case is about money...everyone is sue hungry...
You're close, Amy. It's actually about power. The power of being a victim. People have choices between healing or using their wounds as means to gather power.

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