Toftness device

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The Toftness Radiation Detector is an instrument used by some chiropractors. It was invented by Irving N. Toftness. It is claimed that it detects specific electromagnetic radiation frequency which emanates from vertebral subluxations (small dislocations). It does not touch the patient.

An original Toftness device was banned by the United States District Court in Wisconsin in January 1982. The Court issued a permanent nationwide injunction against the manufacture, promotion, sale, lease, distribution, shipping, delivery, or use of the Toftness Radiation Detector, or any product which utilizes the same principles as the Toftness Radiation Detector. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the decision in 1984.[1]

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration's, the Toftness Radiation Detectors were misbranded under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they could not be used safely or effectively for their intended purposes. The devices were purportedly being used to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, without FDA approval.[2]

In 2013, David Toftness, nephew of Irving N. Toftness, and the Toftness Post-Graduate School of Chiropractic were fined for shipping the devices across state borders.[3][4]


  1. ^ United States v. An Article of Device, 731 F.2d 1253 (7th Cir. 1984).
  2. ^ FDA. "Chiropractor and School Charged with Unlawfully Shipping Unapproved Devices".
  3. ^ Chiropractic school fined., August 30, 2013
  4. ^ FDA. "Chiropractor and School Charged with Unlawfully Shipping Unapproved Devices".

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