In This Issue:
CCE vs. Chiropractic Profession - Round One
In case you have not had internet access for the last year, left the chiropractic profession, been out of the country, or in a coma, you probably have noticed that there is a storm brewing. The current leadership of the CCE has taken a number of actions over the past several years that has ensured itself the ability to operate without much accountability to the profession. These individuals have also continued to solidify their control over the CCE so that their power could not be challenged.
Without rehashing the liturgy of internal political moves made to preserve power and control, the minority in control of the CCE have been able to methodically carry out their agenda of changing the game to allow certain chiropractic institutions to move the profession toward an allopathic model. With the most recent "Standards" change that goes into effect this January, the door has opened a lot wider for the profession to be moved into medicine.
A line in the sand has been drawn by the opposition to the CCE actions that appears to be heading to a major public battle. The CCE itself is up for reaccredidation this month. The US Department of Education is holding a hearing through their committee, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), that makes recommendations to the Secretary of the USDE for reaccredidation. In the past the CCE has received their 5 year re-up in spite of some continuous objections and concerns and attempts at reform from groups like the ICA and others. In 1996, I myself testified before the USDE in an attempt to get the CCE to require chiropractic adjusting courses be taught by those with a DC degree.
This time the stakes are much higher. The new NACIQI committee has been taking a much harder look at accrediting bodies than the USDE had done in the past. Add to that the thousands of letters and complaints that have come against the CCE and the massive grassroots outcry, and you have the preparations for a very bumpy road for CCE's reaccredidation. Several organizations including the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, (IFCO) the Georgia Council of Chiropractic (GCC) and several others have complained and commented on the CCE issue.
On December 13th, I will be in Washington to testify in front of the NACIQI committee. I'm sure I will not be the only one in the room. While almost everyone agrees that the chiropractic profession must have an accrediting agency like the CCE, there remains an enormous outpouring of concern about the leadership of this organization using the CCE to run their own agenda.
The amount of information written on this subject is beyond the confines of this newsletter. However, below are links to more information that should be reviewed by all who have even the slightest interest in the future of our profession.
Need your action to Improve Veterans Access to Chiropractic Services (From ICA)
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) has introduced legislation, HR 329, that would amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
The below story was from the November issue of the NYK Patient Newsletter. Each month we present patients and the community with real healthcare and chiropractic news. This past issue contained five stories that reported on chiropractic research and other positive new stories on chiropractic. . The consuming public demands good solid information. Fluff pieces on back pain no longer change minds. The NYK Real-News newsletter will continue to deliver hard healthcare news to our doctor's patients, and their community. Enjoy the story below.
In a November 3, 2011 release from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress is a story highlighting chiropractic helping the players of this years World Series.
The article starts out by noting that the past two Major League Baseball World Series Champions had team chiropractors assisting their players. The 2010 San Francisco Giants and 2011 St. Louis Cardinals each relied on chiropractic to promote faster recoveries, reduce risk of injury and enhance on-field performance.
The release noted that both Ralph Filson, D.C., the chiropractor for the Cardinals, and Michael Gazdar, D.C. the chiropractor for the San Francisco Giants, explained "that regular chiropractic care provides baseball players with proper spinal function and balance to reduce the risk of spine-related injuries, enhance recovery time and improve overall performance."
Dr. Filson, who cared for this year’s champion St Louis Cardinals began giving chiropractic care to the team in 1990 through his connection with then manager and legend, Joe Torre. Dr. Filson commented, "Chiropractic care is always available for players of the Cardinals and the visiting team, it is utilized by many. With chiropractic care, players report that they feel better and have better endurance. Body mechanics are significantly improved, enabling better pitching, hitting and throwing."
Jason Motte, one of the relief pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals chimed in saying, "I had issues with my shoulder and arm for a long time. I started seeing Dr. Filson this year. Since then, I have not had any arm problems. The whole team appreciates him and the work he did throughout the season. I know while being under Dr. Filson's care, I was able to feel 100% while on the mound."
In 2006 the Cardinals won the World series and Dr. Filson was given a World Series ring for his participation in helping the team. He stated, "I am proud to have provided chiropractic care to the Cardinals for so many years, and gratified that chiropractic has contributed to the players' optimal performance during every game. We are all excited about bringing home the 2011 World Series title."
The 2010 World Champion Giants also relied on their chiropractor, Dr. Gazdar for their ability to win. Dr. Gazdar explained, "Chiropractic care was a significant factor in the San Francisco Giants 2010 victory. One of the Giants' pitchers relied upon chiropractic adjustments for all of his pitching starts, and virtually every player benefited from chiropractic services."
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