Preston H. Long, Associate Professor of Applied Health Informatics at Bryan University, has been a licensed chiropractor for nearly 30 years, but he has devoted more time fighting chiropractic fraud and abuse than then he ever spent adjusting spines.
“I’ve acted as an expert witness in at least 200 trials and been an independent medical examiner, conducting more than 10,000 chiropractic record reviews and 2,000 independent medical examinations,” said Long, whose newest book, Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider’s Lament, was released by the American Council on Science & Health on Oct. 8, 2013. The book documents Long’s legacy as a consultant to insurance companies and law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, targeting corrupt chiropractors in an effort to end patient abuse and prevent fraudulent claims.
According to Long’s book, chiropractors promise too much, offer too many unnecessary services, take too many x-rays, and perform manipulations that are potentially dangerous. “I wrote the book to protect patients from possible death at the hands of chiropractors,” he said. “It was out of frustration, watching unsuspecting patients being taken advantage of.”
According to John A. Elardo, Esq., a Phoenix-based attorney who endorses the book, “Dr. Long holds a special position in litigation circles—an expert who testifies in a straightforward manner based on the best evidence available. Dr. Long acknowledges that the best evidence does not support chiropractic care. In fact, Dr. Long has taught me if patients understood the risk/benefit analysis (informed consent), most patients would run (not walk) out of a chiropractor’s office. This book is a must read for patients, insurance adjusters, and defense attorneys.”
Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider’s Lament is Long’s fourth published work. Among his other titles are Hunting With Father; The P.R.E.S.T.O.N. Protocol for Back Pain: The Seven Evidence-Based Best Practices for Living Pain Free; and The Naked Chiropractor Insider’s Guide to Combating Quackery and Winning the War Against Pain.
“My book is not based on my personal opinions, just facts based on medical science,” he added.
Although Long maintains his chiropractor license, he no longer sees patients/clients, having discontinued his practice many years ago. He said he is also happy to trade in trips to the witness box—testifying against chiropractors—to trips to Bryan University, where he assists students working toward a successful career in healthcare.
“Mentoring students in the Bryan University Master’s in Applied Health Informatics program provides me the same feeling of satisfaction I felt when a jury would understand my every word,” he concluded.
Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider’s Lament is available at Amazon. More information about Bryan University’s Master’s in Applied Health Informatics is available at www.bryanuniversity.edu or by calling 888.768.6861.
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