Quack Exposed: Eric C Epstein

Eric Epstein is a chiropractor located in Louisville, Kentucky. HE graduated with honors in 1996 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Epstein completed his post-graduate studies at Palmer College in 2005. He earned a certificate in pediatric chiropractic.

Epstein ran his own chiropractor clinic from 1996-2015. He was a teacher of Anatomy and Physiology at the Louisville School of Massage from 2007-2014. He currently works at Kentuckiana Children's Center in Louisville. He has been practicing his quackery for over 24 years. He currently affiliated with no hospitals.

Epstein is currently on the International Chiropractic Association Council in Pediatrics, Kentucky Association of Chiropractors, and Toast Masters. He was on Kentuckiana Children's Center Board of Directors from 2000-2014.

Epstein believes that more children with "complex diagnosis" should be treated by chiropractors. He wrote an editorial for the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics on the subject.  According to Epstein, all dysfunction has a neurologic component.

"By far, the greatest growth of neurologic dysfunction in children is the increasing presence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD includes autism, ADD/ADHD, Rett’s Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Delay, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, among others. Commonly, these children lack communication skills, perceive pain differently than non-spectrum children, and present with uncommon signs and symptoms not frequently seen in a chiropractic office." His justification is that a typical person would come into the office and tell them what hurts. An autistic person would stim and not perceive pain the same. He is pathologizing what makes us autistic.

Epstein on stimming, "All of these activities have the potential of disturbing normal biomechanical function, and therefore, can cause vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). It is evident, then, that spectrum children should be regularly evaluated and treated by a chiropractic physician. It becomes necessary for the doctor to investigate and/or re-investigate palpation and observational analysis methods in the special needs population to effectively identify the presence of VSC and then develop the skill set to deliver an appropriate and effective adjustment."

The article he has written is to help other chiropractors compel Medicaid to pay for chiropractic adjustments for children. 

Epstein is a public speaker about chiropractics. He puts on the following presentations:

  1. In October 2014 -A Multi-Step Approach to Prevent and Control chronic silent inflammation
  2. November 10, 2018- Part I CBD Hemp Oil: What is it good for? CVD and Kids a safe option
  3. February 16, 2019- Part II CBD Hemp Oil: The Endocannabinoid System; How does it impact your child
  4. September 24, 2019- FEAT Presentation: Chiropractic It's Not What You Think The Science and Art of Health and How a Child With Autism May Benefit From Current Publications
  5. AutismOne in May 2020
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