Animal chiropractors adjust elephants, guinea pigs — even snakes

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Thirty years ago, Dr. Gene Giggleman was a veterinarian who thought chiropractors were quacks. Since then, he says he's straightened out thousands of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig.


"And I know people who have adjusted pigs, goats and rodeo bulls," said Giggleman, a professor at Parker University in Dallas, which specializes in chiropractic care.

In Southern California, Dr. Rod Block has tended to an elephant, a paralyzed iguana, a turkey, pigs, llamas and countless dogs and horses.

"You have to be very much in tune with the being of the animal you are working with," said Block, who limits his work these days to house calls throughout Southern California, where he works with several veterinarians.

"A chiropractor promotes the flow of energy within the body. Anywhere there is an obstruction or blockage of energy due to subluxation or a dysfunctional group of muscles, what the chiropractor does is normalize that function," Block said.

Giggleman spends most of his time teaching but still sees patients one day a week. Ninety percent of his patients need chiropractic care and 10 percent need traditional care, he said.

Written By: Sue Manning
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  1. Really? Dr. Rod Block and Dr. Giggleman promote the flow of energy within the body? Really? Subluxation stymies the flow of energy? Really. This has to be a goof. Is it an Onion article?

  2. “A chiropractor promotes the flow of energy within the body. Anywhere there is an obstruction or blockage of energy due to subluxation or a dysfunctional group of muscles, what the chiropractor does is normalize that function,”

    Bollocks. Its a massage. Maybe even a “popping back a dislocated shoulder” kind of thing.

    crookedshoes: Onion? Maybe!

  3. Let’s not rush to judge here. I would like to see chiropractic ideas tried out in even broader fields. For example I have a banana which needs straightening out. I might then be able to look at it without having nightmares.

  4. Dr. Rod Block can straighten out your banana. Personally, though since he can adjust an elephant’s pelvis with his thumb, I’d tell him to keep the damn thing to himself. Last thing you need is a pulverized banana.

  5. “Giggleman spends most of his time teaching but still sees patients one day a week. Ninety percent of his patients need chiropractic care and 10 percent need traditional care, he said.”

    I guess that means he doesn’t directly harm anyone for 80% of the time.

    I also think the ratio concerning his patients is wrong, 10% need medical treatment (‘traditional care’ as he describes it), 90% of them however, are more probably, hypercondriacs.

  6. Giggleman (bit of a laff, guvnor)? Rod Block (block- energy flow)?

    Herr Doktor Giggel-Mann of Utrecht (whom God preserve) might have convinced me, though…

    The elephant seems to be enjoying it, for all that

  7. Really? Dr. Rod Block and Dr. Giggleman promote the flow of energy within the body? Really? Subluxation stymies the flow of energy? Really?

    Yes- EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS- just as they know 911 was an inside job and men never stepped on the moon

  8. BTW, a quick google of the good Dr. giggleman:

    Dallas — Dr. Gene F. Giggleman, a former dean and now a professor at Dallas-based Parker University who was employed at now-defunct U.S. Global Exotics, Inc. (USGE), has been formally reprimanded based on allegations of dishonorable conduct and fined $2,500 by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME). TBVME’s disciplinary action was based on evidence gathered during PETA’s investigation of the Arlington-based international animal dealer, which a Texas court found to have cruelly treated approximately 27,000 exotic animals seized by authorities.

    In a consent order entered into with TBVME on March 27, TBVME states that Giggleman admitted to fraudulently signing legally required shipping certificates attesting to the health of animals he had never examined. In never-before-released video footage from PETA’s investigation, Giggleman can be seen slamming squirrels’ heads against a cinder block and advising USGE workers to cut live snakes’ heads off and/or freeze them alive.

    “Giggleman’s punishment doesn’t come close to what animals at USGE suffered every single day, but this stain on his record will rightly follow him throughout his career,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “PETA looks forward to seeing him held accountable by federal authorities.”

    PETA’s investigator recorded Giggleman as he attempted to kill one squirrel by breaking her neck and killed another squirrel by injecting the conscious animal directly in the heart—a painful and illegal killing method. Giggleman remains under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and could be charged with felony violations of the Lacey Act, a wildlife-protection law.

    Giggleman’s previous employer, former USGE owner Jasen Shaw, is an international fugitive wanted by the federal government for smuggling, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting. Shaw has fled to his native New Zealand and is the subject of an Interpol red notice.

    For more information, please visit PETA.org.>>

    • In reply to #14 by crookedshoes:

      BTW, a quick google of the good Dr. giggleman:

      Dallas — Dr. Gene F. Giggleman, a former dean and now a professor at Dallas-based Parker University who was employed at now-defunct U.S. Global Exotics, Inc. (USGE), has been formally reprimanded based on allegations of dishonorable conduct and fined $2,500 by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME). TBVME’s disciplinary action was based on evidence gathered during PETA’s investigation of the Arlington-based international animal dealer, which a Texas court found to have cruelly treated approximately 27,000 exotic animals seized by authorities.

      In a consent order entered into with TBVME on March 27, TBVME states that Giggleman admitted to fraudulently signing legally required shipping certificates attesting to the health of animals he had never examined. In never-before-released video footage from PETA’s investigation, Giggleman can be seen slamming squirrels’ heads against a cinder block and advising USGE workers to cut live snakes’ heads off and/or freeze them alive.

      “Giggleman’s punishment doesn’t come close to what animals at USGE suffered every single day, but this stain on his record will rightly follow him throughout his career,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “PETA looks forward to seeing him held accountable by federal authorities.”

      PETA’s investigator recorded Giggleman as he attempted to kill one squirrel by breaking her neck and killed another squirrel by injecting the conscious animal directly in the heart—a painful and illegal killing method. Giggleman remains under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and could be charged with felony violations of the Lacey Act, a wildlife-protection law.

      Giggleman’s previous employer, former USGE owner Jasen Shaw, is an international fugitive wanted by the federal government for smuggling, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting. Shaw has fled to his native New Zealand and is the subject of an Interpol red notice.

      For more information, please visit PETA.org.>>

      What’s wrong with cutting living snake’s head’s off and putting them in the freezer?
      FFS!- If you don’t put them in the freezer (let’s say- just a refrigerator) you might lose the magical mojo healing powers that we all know snakes obviously have.

  9. ” …Block, who limits his work these days to house calls throughout Southern California… “

    That sounds suspiciously like Tom Lehrer’s doctor friend who specialised in “diseases of the rich”.

  10. There was a time when my back hurt so much a was bent over double and in extreme pain. A guy at work suggested I visit his brother, a chiropractor. I was skeptical, but desperate. Within 20 minutes I could stand up and move freely without pain. I have never in my life experienced such a rapid improvement. I understand that in Canada chiropractors focus on freeing tight joints. In the USA they are mixed up with all manner of mumbo jumbo.

  11. There are things that the chiropractor can help and there are things that they claim they help that they could not possibly have any control over. It is partially bullshit (unlike homeopathy which is complete bullshit). I was friendly with a fellow who practiced chiropractic who claimed that he could adjust a woman so that her breast milk did not give her baby colic. On the flip side, he helped many people when they needed relief from back pain.

  12. Subluxation/adjustment; the one cause, one cure Big Gulp-of-quackery that people are slurping down to the tune of billions of dollars. Can someone call Mayor Bloomberg, stat?

    Mike

    PS: did he have an accomplice use “traditional” chemical immobilization to have that elephant lie down? In other words, a quack-minded veterinarian with access to the drugs? In Alaska and other states (not sure about CA) chiropractors cannot practice on animals without veterinary supervision.

  13. Yes that darn flow of energy… when it’s clogged, a cosmic cleansing is required to to readjust the chi-gong potential of the lower chakra. We also strongly recommend you consult a karma mechanic for a destiny tune-up…. bla bla… Quack, quack, quack….

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