March 13, 2011
In This Issue:
Immediate Action Needed Now on New Mexico!
Chiropractic is at a crossroad.
The question before us is simple. Do we become
second-class physicians with prescription rights, or do
we continue to proudly profess our unique drugless contribution to a suffering humanity?
It is widely know
throughout the chiropractic profession that there is a bill in the New
Mexico legislature that will change chiropractic by giving prescription
rights to chiropractors who take short, additional
training. This bill, HB-127, has already passed
House, is now in committees in the NM Senate, and will
shortly be on the Senate floor. The bill openly breaks
with chiropractic's long standing unique offering as a
drugless health profession and sends the profession
There are two arguments that rage with this
development. The first of which has to do with the
concepts of our profession.
As one who is proud and confident in our unique service,
I can not fathom ever wanting to degrade my service by
including drugs. I therefore question why a small minority of
those with the same license as I would want to take us in this direction.
Are these individuals so insecure, so doubtful, and
have such an inferiority complex that they feel they
need drugs to raise their self esteem? To them I say go
ahead, take all the drugs you want! But go to an
MD to get them! Do not drag the entire
chiropractic profession down your road to insignificance
and eventual oblivion.
While I can rail on insufferably about what these few are trying to do to my beloved chiropractic, the more significant
argument must be about the welfare of the public.
Some questions beg to be asked. Does the public really
need fifty thousand more doctors who give drugs?
Is there a shortage of prescribers anywhere in the US? Will the public really benefit by removing the only
organized profession not under the thumb of the
If we think in larger terms,
we must recognize the fact that our society is the most
medicated society in the history of the human race. Do
we really need more drugs? Shouldn't we, as chiropractors,
be doing everything we can to get people to a state
where this blatant chemical dependency is no longer
needed? Wouldn't people be better off if they
could express health without being on drugs?
There is no need for chiropractors to
become prescribers. There has been no outcry, no study,
no research, no demand, and no need for chiropractors to
offer this service. The only reason for this to have
moved the way it has is because a few lost souls within
our profession believe that they will elevate their
status and their pocket books by including this service
into their practices. No only is this false, but the
opposite will be the result.
So, at this critical juncture, your
immediate action is needed. You must call and email the
members of the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee
IMMEDIATELY and tell them that you oppose this bill,
must act, or chiropractic will surely perish.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting this weekend as you read this.
YOU MUST ACT NOW!
- Sen. Richard C. Martinez, 505-986-4487,
- Sen. Peter Wirth, 505-986-4276,
- Sen. Tim Eichenberg, 505-986-4859,
- Sen. Eric G. Griego, 505-986-4862,
- Sen. Clinton D. Harden, 505-986-4369,
- Sen. Linda M. Lopez, 505-986-4737,
- Sen. Cicso McSorley, 505-986-4389,
- Sen. Sander Rue, 505-986-4375,
- Sen. John C. Ryan, 505-986-4373,
- Sen. Michael S. Sanchez, 505-986-4727,
- Sen. William H. Payne, 505-986-4703,
Your message can be short and sweet.
Here is a sample email:
I want you to know that as a
chiropractor I stand strongly opposed to HB-127. The
public does not need another doctor with prescriptive
rights. Certainly, there is no shortage
of professionals willing to provide medications.
Our society needs a
profession that offers the choice of working toward
health without the use of drugs. If this bill passes,
the financial incentives provided by the pharmaceutical
industry will surely eliminate that natural choice.
When medications are needed,
they should be prescribed by those whose full training
and attention is in that direction. The public welfare
is not better served by issuing prescriptive rights to those
in a profession that does not support such a practice, and
whose training will surely be sub-par.
Please for the sake of the public good, say NO to HB
Sincerely, Your Name, DC.
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from February 2011 Information Age) Conspiracy? Is CCE, FCLB,
Mexico, and National College in Cahoots ?
You don't have to be
a super spy to have seen this one
coming. Let's review some of the more recent
occurrences that have happened in chiropractic politics
- The CCE (Council on
Chiropractic Education) introduced a set of standard changes
that removed subluxation from the standards and
drastically shifted the educational requirements away from
chiropractic, and toward medicine. The profession responded
with over 3000 comments opposing the standards changes.
The CCE standards committee recommended to the CCE
Council that many of the proposed standards changes be
repealed and returned to their previous status. The CCE
Council ignored the profession, and their own committee
and moved ahead with standard changes that drastically
moved chiropractic education away from subluxation.
- National College
introduced a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree
which CCE did not oppose. National advertised this DCM
yet still only issued DC degrees. Because of this, the CCE claimed it can
not take action.
- FCLB (Federation of
Chiropractic Licensing Boards) introduced a model
practice act which also did not look like subluxation
practice. The FCLB has plans to push this act state-by-state to standardize chiropractic licenses in a
direction away from subluxation. This model practice act
includes definitions for a "Chiropractic Formulary" and a
- New Mexico changed their
law to include an "advanced chiropractor" with more
medical procedures. However, when this did not go far
enough, a bill was introduced to expand into
"chiropractic medicine". National had been teaching the
course for advanced chiropractors prior to these
changes. ICA responded in protest specifically exposing
the problems, (see
ICA response here).
- It is now reported
that the NBCE (National Board of Chiropractic Examiners) is
working on a new test, as described in the minutes
of the Washington State Quality Chiropractic
Assurance Commission, "The examination is to focus
on competencies relating to the prescribing of
(see article and links to documentation here)
In response, the NBCE denied planning or creating
such a test. However, according to
an article by Dr. Don Harrison, the ACA
had already approved the NBCE creation of advanced
chiropractic testing which would include
you look at this chain of events you will see that in each case these moves have
been made, not by a public outcry for change, and
certainly not by a majority of the chiropractic
profession. These moves have all been made behind closed doors.
They have been made by a few individuals with a specific agenda to move
chiropractic away from a traditional focus on
subluxation, and into a medical model of care. What is
even more interesting is that, in many instances, the
players in many of these organizations are the same people!
Over the years, the CCE
has changed its own rules in order to continue to have a select few
keep control. On more than one occasion,
there was the possibility that conservative subluxation-based schools, (which produce over 65% of the graduates)
would have voting control of the CCE. In each of those
instances, the group about to lose power would change the
rules to keep their minority in control. Today, the CCE
does not even remotely resemble a democratic organization
led by the schools. Instead the CCE, as it is
constituted today, is a dictatorial fascism
led by a few individuals with an agenda so removed from
chiropractic practice reality that it is hard to
comprehend that these people claim to be in the same
profession as the rest of us.
Addendum: The following
email was received from the NBCE in response to our
article. We feel it is fair to
place that text here unedited.
Dear Dr. Braile,
Your March 1, 2011 issue
of "The Information Age" Now You Know's publications is
The National Board is not,
"working on a new test to focus on competencies relating
to prescribing of medications", and Dr. Don Harrison's
article is totally misleading as the National Board is
not subject to any action the ACA may or may not take
and does not take direction from the ACA. The National
Board is committed to providing valid, reliable and
legally defensible pre and post-licensure standardized
testing for the chiropractic profession, and the
profession is better for it. NYK!
Horace C. Elliott
Executive Vice President
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
901 54th Avenue