The International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (iFCO) is an international organization of chiropractors, students and others who support the practice of chiropractic for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxations because subluxations, in and of themselves, are a detriment to the fullest expression of life in all people at all times.
What are the IFCO’s Objectives
The objectives of the Federation are: to assist chiropractors in any legal way that is practical; to promote, protect and advance chiropractic and to facilitate the public access to and knowledge of the services of chiropractic.
How does the IFCO Define Chiropractic?
Chiropractic: Chiropractic is a vitalistic philosophy, science, and art which consists solely of the non-therapeutic objective of locating, analyzing, and assisting in the correction of vertebral subluxations, because they are detrimental to the expression of innate intelligence – PERIOD.
The Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) was a national trade organization chartered in the state of Kansas in 1979 by a group of concerned chiropractors dedicated to promoting the ideals of straight chiropractic. In 1982, we relocated to the state of Georgia and registered to conduct business there. Our national office was located at 642 Broad St., in Clifton, NJ. From 1984 until 2001, when it moved to 2276 Wassergass Road, Hellertown, PA. The FSCO’s fundamental purpose was to preserve the traditional principles of chiropractic, while representing the interests and concerns of straight chiropractors throughout the world. In May of 2011, the Board of Directors and an overwhelming majority of the membership voted to change the name of the FSCO to the International Federation of Chiopractors and Organizations (IFCO) to reflect the organizations new stance as an international trade organization. While the range of the organization’s reach was dramatically expanded, the mission of the FSCO/IFCO has remained the same.
The mission of the IFCO is to support and advance the practice of chiropractic that is exclusive for the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxation because vertebral subluxation, in and of itself, is a detriment to the fullest expression of life. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the future of chiropractic as a separate and distinct profession to secure and insure public access to vertebral subluxation correction. We shall accomplish this by uniting and supporting chiropractors and organizations who share the IFCO mission through professional, legislative, educational and personal growth endeavors.
Congratulations on your decision to consider a career in chiropractic!
When considering any career, it is important that you learn all that you can about it. Accordingly, it is important to know and understand that while all chiropractors go by the same name, they differ greatly in their philosophy and subsequent approach to patient care.
The two varying schools of thought have come to be known as “straight” and “mixing” and have existed since soon after modern chiropractic was discovered by D.D. Palmer in 1895.
Straight chiropractic, the more traditional and conservative approach, has as its sole objective the correction a vertebral subluxations. A vertebral subluxation is a condition in which one or more spinal segments become misaligned in such a way as to alter nerve function. Since Gray’s Anatomy tells us that it is the purpose of the brain and nerve system to control and coordinate the function of all the tissues, organs and cells of the body, this alteration interferes with the body’s striving to remain healthy under all circumstances. Simply stated, every human being under every circumstance will function at a higher level when free from vertebral subluxation. The straight chiropractic objective is not duplicated by any other health care provider.
A straight chiropractor uses only those methods of examination, analysis and adjusting whose objective is correcting vertebral subluxation. It is a non-therapeutic approach to the practice of chiropractic and, as such, should not be considered an alternative to medicine.
Mixing chiropractic, the more liberal approach, has as its objective the reduction or elimination or disease or symptoms. Spinal manipulations may be used to decompress joints, free fixations or reduce pain. Additionally, therapies such as ultrasound, diathermy, muscle stimulation and laser acupuncture may be utilized along with nutritional counseling, casting/splinting and orthotics. Many mixing chiropractors are also active in trying to expand their scope of practice to include the right to prescribe drugs.
A mixing chiropractor uses any/all methods allowable by law to treat and/or alleviate disease or symptoms, thereby duplicating the objective of the medical doctor. It is a therapeutic approach to the practice of chiropractic and because of its duplicative objective, should be considered an alternative to medicine.
Both are primary health care providers.
It would be in the best interest of any future chiropractor to visit with as many chiropractors (of both schools of thought) as possible observing their practice and how they interact with their patients, so that you can answer for yourself, to the best of your ability, the following question:
How do I want to practice? Straight/non-therapeutic? Mixer/therapeutic?
Once you have visited enough chiropractors and asked enough questions to resolve this in your own mind, it is a logical conclusion to consider attending the chiropractic college that will best prepare you for your chosen professional objective.
Since the IFCO has as its objective the advancement of straight chiropractic and straight chiropractors, we believe that the school that is most consistent with preparing its students to become competent straight chiropractors is Sherman College of Chiropractic.
Whatever your decision, we congratulate you on your decision to consider a career in chiropractic!
Chiropractic Associate Opportunities in Peru and the Dominican Republic
Looking for a principled chiropractor that is ready to change the world! Seeking associate that is interested in working in a straight chiropractic office, seeing high volume, being financially rewarded, learning to run a successful cash practice, learning Spanish, living/working with a team of motivated subluxation centered chiropractors and joining the rapidly growing chiropractic movement that we are leading in South America.
An annual $1,000 Chiropractic scholarship for Single mothers established to assist with tuition and childcare.
Open to single mothers enrolled
in Chiropractic College,
who meet the following criteria:
1. Complete financial aid (FAF) forms to your college. 2. Submit an essay, maximum 2 pages, double spaced, standard font and pitch, on white paper. 3. Include verification of single mother & matriculating status in a US chiropractic college (i.e. note from Financial Aid or the Registrar). 4. Previous award recipients are not eligible to win. 5. Be sure to include your name, address, phone, e-mail address, school and trimester on the cover sheet ONLY. 6.Question: You are a single mom and new DC. Outline your mission statement and give an overview of a typical week in your ideal practice and life. Be sure to include hours of operation, childcare, community outreach and patient education and how you will incorporate your chiropractic principles in your office and child/children’s lives. Emphasize the balance needed and how you plan to overcome everyday challenges as a ‘chiromom’.
Award will be based on creativity, originality and the ability to communicate chiropractic principles.
FOR JUDGING OBJECTIVITY, PLEASE OMIT MENTION OF YOUR NAME, COLLEGE’S NAME OR LOCATION IN YOUR ESSAY.
7. Submit 2 copies of your essay postmarked by May 1, 2011 to:
The scholarship announcement will be made on May 26, 2011, during the Women in Chiropractic seminar, held at Lyceum at Sherman College of Chiropractic www.sherman.edu/edu/ce/lyceum.asp
About the Scholarship
Established in 1999 by Dr. Nalyn Marcus, a ’90 graduate of Sherman College, the scholarship honors Dr. Sylva Ashworth, a pioneer and powerhouse in our profession. After receiving chiropractic care, Dr. Ashworth attended Palmer School and Cure in 1917, as a single mother of four. She went on to maintain a high volume practice, and remained influential and visible in the profession throughout her life. Her legacy continues through 5 generations of Cleveland family chiropractors.
The International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizationshas agreed to provide a home for the Ashworth scholarship. The IFCO has been an active voice for chiropractic for more than 25 years and is represented by a national constituency and student chapters at leading chiropractic colleges.
The Sylva Ashworth Scholarship is funded solely through contributions
*The Sylva Ashworth Scholarship is awarded based upon eligibility and essay creativity. While it is the committee’s intention to award this scholarship annually, it reserves the right to grant scholarships solely on the basis of quality and eligibility and as such may encounter a year where an award is not granted.
“I am happy to report that there is definitely a future for straight chiropractic!” says IFCO Director and Scholarship Committee Chairman David J. McGonagle, D.C. The inaugural Scholarship for Leaders has left the Scholarship Committee enthusiastic about the prospects that may help the IFCO continue its mission. The applicants outnumbered any recent scholarship that the IFCO has sponsored. Nearly all the applicants deserve notoriety. McGonagle expects to see their names on a list of seminar speakers, a peer-reviewed article, or sitting on a chiropractic board of directors in the not-so-distant future.
The Scholarship for Leaders didn’t ask anyone to do anything other then tell the Scholarship Committee why they think they should be recognized as a leader in the “world of TIC”.
The guidelines allowed the applicants to nominate themselves or to be nominated by a school staff member, field doctor or peer. Nominated students hailed from nine different chiropractic schools throughout the United States.
These students have a long list of accomplishments on their resumes, including: being an active part of student government, starting technique and philosophy clubs on their campus, getting their school to participate in an interscholastic speech competition on chiropractic philosophy, tutoring classmates, heading up clinical research projects based on the chiropractic adjustment, and standing up for our profession against a professor who was verbally degrading both TIC and TOR during class ( as a student, this takes guts). The outward signs of leadership were evident. The hard part of being on the scholarship committee was to choose five most-deserving students, each receiving a $1000 scholarship.
The following are the 2010 IFCO Scholarship for Leaders award winners:
Jessica Bogart Cleveland L.A.
Lucas Chesser Cleveland L.A.
Sean Drake Life University
Alvin Hsu Life West
Christie Kwon Life University
We can be hopeful that these individuals will stick with their enthusiasm and commitment to keep chiropractic on the straight path. When you have a chance to speak with a scholarship winner, congratulate them and encourage them. Also, be ready to learn from them.
2010 SCHOLARSHIP for LEADERS
5 Prizes Totaling $5000
Just for doing what you love…
Chiropractic students are eligible for up to $5000
in prize money for their efforts
to advance and/or promote the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic.
The IFCO will consider all nominated students who have advanced and/or promoted the philosophy, science or art of chiropractic in a significant way. The IFCOfeels that it is important to acknowledge, reward and encourage those students who are taking the initiative, and have gone beyond their comfort zone, to experience chiropractic beyond the classroom. Contributions will not be judged solely on how “large scale” the contribution is, but also on the level of foresight the student has in their activity to further the practice of chiropractic. The objective of the scholarship is to reward a student who is willing to take a leadership role this early in their chiropractic career.
Who is qualified: Any matriculating chiropractic student may be nominated for the scholarship.
Who may nominate: Any student (including self) or employee of a chiropractic college, as well as any licensed D.C. The person nominating must state why the nominee is deserving of the scholarship award in 1000 words or less.
How to nominate: Include a cover sheet with name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, school name, and student’s present level of trimester/quarter. Also include name, address, and telephone number of nominator if not self-nominating.
All scholarship entries should be double-spaced and be in normal font of 10-12 pitch, 1000 words or less, formatted in Word.
Deadline: Scholarship entries must be e-mailed
by November 15, 2010.
E-mail entries to: IFCOChiro@gmail.comspecifying in the Subject line: Scholarship for Leaders. A confirmation of receipt of the e-mail will be sent to you. Please contact the IFCO office if you do not receive confirmation by November16, 2010.
Award recipients will be announced and recognized on or before December 31, 2010.
Hit the Ground Running DVD sets have arrived! The IFCO is proud to bring you the complete Hit The Ground Runningseminar on DVD. If you missed the opportunity to attend the live program at Sherman College you can now order all or part of this great program and make it a permanent part of your personal library to review as often as you need to get every bit of valuable information from 6 powerful IFCO speakers.
Here’s what the program includes:
Dr. Shawn Powers – How to Attract and Empower ALL the New Patients You Desire
Dr. Dean DePice – Obliterate The Options
Dr. George Auger – Your Success Equals Your Ability To Lead
Dr. Greg Stetzel – Communicating Chiropractic
Dr. Shane Walker – Road Map to 60 New Patient Months
Dr. Peter Kevorkian – Chiropractic Mastery
Individual presentations – $20*/DVD of your choice
or buy the whole set of 6 DVDs for just $99*.
(*additional charge of $5.00 per DVD set – shipping & handling)
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CAR MAGNETS NOW AVAILABLE
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WEEKLY HANDOUTS & You
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Now there is a way to create better educated patients, patients committed to their care, patients willing and eager to refer friends and family to you for their chiropractic care.
The WEEKLY HANDOUTS Program allows you to educate your patients on a regular ongoing basis with little effort on your part.
The WEEKLY HANDOUTS Programs, Volumes 1 and 2, are collection of 52 educational and inspirational handouts that you can simply copy on your office copier or print out your computer and hand to each patient every week to keep your practice members motivated. The 10 page implementation guide, included with the programs, gives you suggestions for different ways to use the program to help you build a bulletproof practice full of dedicated patients.
Order now to discover a new way to consistently and effectively educate you practice, excite your patients and turn on your referral generator. Practice will never be the same again.
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Chiropractic Marketing Tools that will Absolutely Grow Your Practice
By John Reizer, D.C.
$19.95 + Shipping & Handling
Why Should You Buy This Book?
This book will help doctors who are looking to develop sure-fire methods to properly market their professional services to prospective patients.
Whether you have been a practicing doctor for many years or you have just recently opened your doors for the very first time it is imperative that you learn how to package and present your professional service to potential patients in an intelligent manner.
In this book, best selling author Dr. John Reizer provides a step-by-step guide for readers on how to successfully implement the most cost-effective marketing tools in the modern chiropractic office.
John Reizer, D.C. will generously donate 25% of the proceeds collected from sales generated by the IFCO back to IFCO!
TO BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL CHIROPRACTOR
by John L. Reizer, D.C.
“15 Secrets to Becoming a Successful Chiropractor” is an enjoyable and practical guide designed to help those special doctors who are interested in attaining the highest level of success possible within the chiropractic profession. Veteran chiropractor, author, and college lecturer Dr. John Reizer reveals to readers his very own private formula for personal and professional success. Dr. Reizer simplifies his formula by breaking down its major ingredients into fifteen powerful secrets that will instantly help chiropractors to realize their own unlimited potential for success.
Topics include: < >Personal goal writing strategiesHow to write a proper mission statement Avoiding professional burnout Managing your time efficiently Visualization techniques that will ensure your success How to create and implement a patient referral program Learning how to have fun in the workplace Creating balance within your life Developing a healthy attitude about being successful And much more $15.00 each plus Shipping & Handling
Also available through IFCO:
Materials by Joe Strauss, D.C.
IFCO and the Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education (F.A.C.E.) have teamed up to bring you the finest straight chiropractic patient education and professional growth materials available, offering a 20% discount to IFCO members.
The prices for Dr. Strauss` publications are for IFCO Members only. Non-Members must order directly from Dr. Strauss by calling call 1-800-397-9722 or visiting http://www.chiropracticoutsidethebox.com STRAIGHT EDUCATION MATERIALS
Chiropractic Philosophy The most definitive explanation of the philosophy of chiropractic in the last sixty years. Hardback, 248 pages. $25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price
Refined by Fire: The Evolution of Straight Chiropractic Follows the development of straight chiropractic through 1994. Hardback, 316 pages. $30.00 / $24.00 IFCO Member Price
Higher Ground A collection of philosophical, motivational, and practice building essays taken from lectures by Dr. Strauss over the past 15 years. Hardback, 245 pages. $26.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price
The Journey A historical novel that follows David Grey from the Civil War through a medical career that leads him to Iowa and to D.D. Palmer, who holds the answer to his life-long search. Paperback, 250 pages. $5.95 / $5.00 IFCO Member Price
Enhance Your Life Experience A book about health written from an above-down chiropractic perspective, especially for the lay person. Presents the basis for chiropractic and every other aspect of health and human performance. 200 pages. Hardback:$25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price Paperback$8.00 / $6.00 IFCO Member Price
Reggie: Making the Message Simple Portrays honestly the contribution of chiropractic`s most articulate philosopher, presenting the man and the message that most chiropractic colleges in the country are afraid to let their students hear. Hardback, 262 pages. $25.00 / 20.00 IFCO Members The Pivot Review: 1992-1997 Collection of over 100 articles taken from past issues of The Pivot Review . Hardback, 252 pages. $30.00 / $24.00 IFCO Member Price
Toward a Better Understanding of The Philosophy of Chiropractic An advanced chiropractic philosophy text that builds on the basics presented in Chiropractic Philosophy. Hardback 195 pages, $25.00 / $25.00 IFCO Member Price
Green Book Commentaries: Book 1 – Vol. I-IVa, $25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price Book 2 – Vol. 4b-XIV, $25.00 / 20.00 IFCO Member Price Book 3 – Vol. XIV (Stephenson`s Text), $30.00 / $24.00 IFCO Member Price Book 4 – Vol. XV-XXI, $25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price Book 5 – Vol. XXII-XXIV, $25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price Book 6 – Vol. XXV-XXIX, $25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price Book 7 – Vol. XXX-XXXIX,$25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Member Price Booklets • Articles • Newsletters Videos
One Page Newsletters-articles for the back of your newsletter $30 /12 ; $24.00 IFCO Member price
Weekly Patient Articles Volume I ~ 26 masters $25.00 / $20 IFCO Member Price
Weekly Patient Articles Volume II, III, IV, and V (13 masters each) $15.00 / $12.00 IFCO Member Price
Chiropractic Fun For Kids ~ activity & coloring book sold in quantities: 25 copies $25.00 / $20.00 IFCO Members Price 50 copies$45.00 / $36.00 IFCO Member Price 100 copies $80.00 / $64.00 IFCO Member Price
Videos from Dick Plummer, D.C.
The Chiropractic Challenge for Tomorrow The IFCO is distributing a high quality DVD or VHS video of a “classic” lay person lecture for your waiting room, patient and public education needs. Running time is 27 minutes and is suitable for local TV broadcast. IFCO Members $60.00, non-members$120.00
A Four-Tape VHS Package For The New Doctor Finding New Patients (13 minutes) Standing Room Only Health Talks (7 minutes) Creating a Chiropractic Environment (7 minutes) Building a Family Practice (7 minutes)
IFCO Members $125.00, non-members $199.00
To Your Health Educate and entertain your patients at the same time with this video. A live audience participation program produced in a CBS studio. (2 hrs. 1 hour is repeated)
Available on your choice of DVD or VHS. IFCO Members $79.00, non-members $129.00
Chiropractic for Animals. This 2 hour DVD or video covers everything from anatomy to adjusting your dog, cat, or horse plus supplementary notes for horses and a collection of articles relative to chiropractic in animals. Now you don`t have to close your office to attend a seminar on animal adjusting just to help that occasional pet puppy. IFCO members$79, non-members $99
The online store is under construction. To place an order, please call 800-521-9856
FSCO Announces Name Change – Extends Reach Internationally
The Board of Directors of the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) recently voted to extend their efforts to support straight chiropractors around the world. This is significant because FSCO is currently the only national organization to promote the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxation as a sole rationale for chiropractic care and as a singular practice objective. The decision will make them the only international or national organization of its kind.
Concurrently, the Board and by an overwhelming majority, the membership, voted to change the name of the organization to International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) to better represent their commitment to chiropractic and chiropractors around the world. “Our mission and our core values are exactly the same,” said FSCO President Shane Walker, DC from Florida. “We are still committed to the mission of correcting vertebral subluxations and continue to maintain that the objective of the chiropractic profession is to detect and correct vertebral subluxations because they interfere with the expression of the innate intelligence of the body.” He adds, “The decision to expand our efforts was made after several chiropractic organizations overseas approached us to represent them. We sense the growing need abroad and are committed to ensuring that chiropractors around the world who want to practice in this model have representation.”
When asked why the organization had decided to remove the term straight from the name after all these years, Chairman of the Board Bill Decken, DC from South Carolina said, “The Board and I agree that in countries where chiropractic does not yet exist, or has a limited foothold, it is prudent to position and define chiropractic as we know it to be without the use of the adjective straight in our name, especially since many in our profession are beginning to attempt to add adjectives of their own such as Chiropractic Medicine. As the chiropractic profession moves more and more into medicine with broader scopes of practice and the addition of drugs and even minor surgery, it has become increasingly important to not only protect chiropractic here in the states but to ensure that there is a presence abroad to make vertebral subluxation correction available to people of all ages around the world.”
FSCO has recently been actively involved in a variety of situations both in the states and abroad that threatened to further the medicalization of the chiropractic profession. Chairman Decken notes, “We have taken stands in the attacks on chiropractic practice and terminology that are taking place in New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Illinois, and South Carolina as well as in England, Europe and Australia. In every case, the voice of the FCSO was an important and vital contribution to the positive outcome of these situations. We look forward to continuing to be the voice of straight chiropractic in the United States and now around the world for a long time to come.”
On March 17, 2011 Chiropractic prevailed in New Mexico!
As a follow up to the good news, we ask you to step up and take action once more by please taking just few moments more to call or email the senators in New Mexico who stood with chiropractic to defeat HB127.
We want to acknowledge the college presidents who took public stances in defense of chiropractic: Life West’s new President Brian Kelly as well as Life West’s recently retired President Gerry Clum, and Life University’s Guy Reikeman.
The effort to defeat this legislation went from the most local of testimonies in New Mexico to international efforts including our chiropractic allies in the UK and Peru, sending personal letters to the New Mexico Legislature. A special thanks to Ross McDonald, President if the Scottish Chiropractic Association as well Nick Necak, President of the Peruvian Chiropractic Alliance for taking the time to write personal letters to the New Mexico Legislature in opposition of House Bill 127. Thanks to them for having a vision that transcends borders and oceans!!!
FSCO members and friends took a stand for chiropractic. This is not the first time and won’t be the last. Keep in touch for action in the masses is how we will educate the world.
March 16, 2011
Contact the Governor of New Mexico
According to a March 14, 2011 article by the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez’s office said, “She has great concerns about allowing chiropractors to prescribe medication without undergoing the same rigorous training and certification as licensed physicians.”
Therefore, in addition to contacting the members of New Mexico’s Senate Judiciary Committee
if you have not already done so (scroll down for contact info below),
we are asking that you
please contact Governor Martinez and ask her to not sign the bill should it reach her desk:
New Mexico’s House Bill 127 was passed and we believe it is expected to go to the Senate for consideration today.
Please use FSCO’s thoughts as you see fit to contact Senators in New Mexico.
• Since its founding in 1895, chiropractic has always been different than medicine, something other than allopathy, a separate and distinct health care profession. FSCO clearly defines chiropractic as the location, analysis and correction of the vertebral subluxation to remove interference in the nerve system so that the innate intelligence of the body may be better expressed. Anything else is something else. • The chiropractic profession’s ability to prevail in a 14-yr antitrust lawsuit against the American Medical Association (AMA) in the 80’s and to survive and prosper is due to adherence to its founding principles. • It is true that chiropractic colleges have begun to incorporate medical practices and procedures in their curriculums and continue to do so at an alarming rate. This is probably the result of a multiplicity of factors, including the current economic atmosphere. However, the single greatest factor in the colleges’ shift to a more allopathic approach is pressure from the profession’s only accrediting agency, The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). Opposition to this movement has been voiced and recorded on dozens of occasions over the last 20 years, yet is almost completely ignored by the U.S. Department of Education. • If ensuring the highest quality of care and public safety is the goal, it would seem a foregone conclusion to leave the prescription and administration of dangerous drugs and other invasive procedures to the profession whose objective it is to diagnose and treat disease and whose education and residency programs are specifically designed to meet and enhance that objective (i.e., allopathic medicine). • Chiropractors have maintained for years that physical therapists’ use of manipulation of the spine is not just encroachment on chiropractic’s scope of practice but that is categorically dangerous as PTs acquire their technique at “weekend seminars.” Yet, some chiropractors have no problem with taking a few courses in pharmacology and not only encroaching on the medical profession’s scope but completely abandoning chiropractic’s founding principles. Whether our profession is equally trained or can be trained to assume some medical protocols is not the issue. The question is why our profession assumes it can encroach on other established healthcare professions simply by taking advanced training? In summary, HB127 will create an unnecessary and ill-advised encroachment on the practice of medicine which will neither enhance the public’s access to safe and effective medical care nor the chiropractic profession’s ability to deliver quality healthcare to the people of New Mexico. It will, in fact, create an environment which will encourage an increase in healthcare litigation due to an increase in utilization of dangerous procedures and substances which will place the healthcare consumer in jeopardy. It is the duty of the New Mexico legislature and New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners to enact and uphold laws which protect the people of their state and not to enact laws which place them in harm’s way.
It is therefore the position of the FSCO that the expansion of the scope of chiropractic practice to include practices and procedures which encroach into the realm and purpose of medical care is not in the best interest of the consumer public or the chiropractic profession itself. As such, the FSCO strongly urges a vote against this bill.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting this week as you read this. PLEASE ACT NOW!
FSCO denounces ACC’s use of the term “chiropractic medicine.”
On February 24, 2011, Shane Walker, D.C., President of the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) sent the following letter to Frank Nicchi, DC, President of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and the other ACC Officers and Directors, as well as to the presidents of all US chiropractic colleges.
Dear Dr. Nicci,
It has come to our attention that the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) has adopted and begun to promote the term “chiropractic medicine” within their programming. Most notably, this term has appeared in announcement of an ACC program titled, “Integration of Chiropractic Medicine in the Workers’ Compensation Industry.”
As the ACC is presumably a representative affiliation of chiropractic colleges, we at the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) object to the ACC’s utilization of terminology which has been flatly rejected by the majority of the chiropractic profession. We note that there has been a covert movement by a small but vocal minority within the profession who have actively pursued the expansion of accepted chiropractic practice to include medical modalities and procedures associated with the promotion of the term, “chiropractic medicine.” It would appear that adoption by the ACC would serve as an attempt to infiltrate the academic community within the profession with expansive terminology that will increase the scope of chiropractic into an infringement on the practices of medicine by fiat. We do not believe that the intent, purpose or direction of the ACC should be in the pursuit of expansion of scope.
The term “medicine” is not permissible in most, if not all states and jurisdictions as part of a chiropractic practice designation. As the principles and tenets of chiropractic are antithetical to the practice of medicine, the term chiropractic medicine is an oxymoron and, at best, inappropriate and deceiving to the public. The FSCO encourages the leadership of the
ACC to act in proper accord with the majority in the chiropractic profession and not to serve as a vehicle for the dilution or destruction of the founding principles of our unique profession.
We will be in communication with the administrations of the ACC affiliated schools and seek to clarify their position in regard to this issue in the interest of professional conformity in the educational process.
The FSCO will remain vigilant in protecting and preserving chiropractic from all infringements so that it will be available for the benefit of this and future generations.
Shane J. Walker, DC, FSCO President
CC: Association of Chiropractic Colleges: Board of Directors