Chiropractic is under threat. Its very nature may soon be destroyed, subsumed under the mantle of conventional allopathic medicine, complete with its pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries. That threat comes from an agency that should support chiropractic principles, but instead is pushing to merge it with allopathic medicine.
The risk is serious and imminent. B.J. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, and others who went to prison for the right to practice chiropractic, must be rolling in their graves as the natural treatment Palmer devised is being subsumed into the insane world of allopathy.
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), though it started decades ago in 1935 as part of the National Chiropractic Association, became independent and took upon itself the authority to speak for the entire profession with regard to educational, and even chiropractic, standards. Initially through the state of New York, the CCE was accepted as the authority for establishing education standards in the field. By 1979, the U. S. Commissioner on Education of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare recognized CCE as the agency responsible for accreditation of chiropractic colleges.
Arno Burnier, D.C. states in an open letter:
Unbeknown to me & countless others, some 30 years ago, a small renegade faction of our profession, began to implement a plan to take over chiropractic & drive it into medicine. The plan was copied after the A.M.A. successful blueprint to take over & control the entire US “health care system”.
Today, chiropractic is at the “eleventh hour”, unless we all act now & today.
This small rogue faction insidiously took over the CCE (Council on Chiropractic Education), the NBCE (National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the FCLB (Federation of Licensing Boards) as well as control of many State Boards. They formed an ironclad cartel.
Recently, this cartel became bold enough to introduce legislation to give ‘drug prescription rights” to DCs as well as began a DCM (Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine) program. [Emphasis mine. - Ed.]
Chiropractic is a non-drug system of healing. Obviously, no self-respecting chiropractor would even consider prescribing drugs, as it’s the antithesis of everything the profession stands for. However, this is precisely what these takeover artists have done. They have revised the CCE Council Manual to drop the terms “vertebral subluxation” and “without drugs or surgery”. These are central points in the field of chiropractic, yet the CCE simply removed them from their manual!
The CCE has the authority to certify and decertify chiropractic colleges. By changing standards integral to the nature of chiropractic, they have turned to changing the standards of training, making them more appropriate to MDs (medical doctors) than to DCs (doctors of chiropractic). In fact, they even propose to add a new designation, DCM, doctor of chiropractic medicine, intended to be equivalent to MD and with similar training. Of course, such training is not the same that a DC receives, because the inherent theories behind them are distinctly different. The CCE is already moving to change the course structure for all chiropractic students.
James Edwards, DC, makes some salient points on the issue. The CCE’s changes conflict with the official policies of both the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). Statements of the ACA’s official policies that are in conflict with the CCE’s changes include:
(Note that all emphases are James Edwards’.)
Edwards went on to cite quotations from the ICA’s official policies, which mirror those of the ACA. His article was written earlier this year, before the CCE finalized their changes. Now, the hope is to petition the United States Department of Education.
The question is, Why are they doing this? And the answer can be seen by looking at what happened to osteopathy in the United States. Many people do not now realize that there is little relationship between a US osteopath and one in other countries. In the US, osteopaths are now simply medical doctors involved in the same allopathic system as other medical doctors. They prescribe drugs and do surgery. Their original calling was the delicate and loving sensing and manipulation of the musculoskeletal structure. It bears a great deal of similarity to chiropractic—outside the United States. Within the US, osteopaths are often just like any other doctor, complete with the rush to drugs and surgeries.
I knew a US woman with severe sciatic pain. She went to a DO (doctor of osteopathy) in the hope of receiving non-drug and non-surgical treatment. The DO’s first suggestion was to go straight to disc replacement surgery! That DO was no different from all the others with the initials MD tagging along after their names, and is also subject to the same rules and regulations. Because of being subsumed within allopathy, osteopathy is largely a dead field in the US.
Unless you want to see the same thing happen to chiropractic in the US, you need to speak out. You can listen to the plea in the following video Steve Tullius, DC, who explains more about the threat against chiropractic in the following video. After it are the two links referenced, a Facebook group in support chiropractic and a petition to stop the takeover of chiropractic by conventional medicine.
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