June 1, 2011

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.

Sen. Peter Wirth 505-986-4276

Sen. Sander Rue 505-986-4375

Sen. John C. Ryan 505-986-4373

Sen. Michael S. Sanchez 505-986-4727

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:

Governor Susana Martinez

Phone:  (505)476-2200

Fax:  (505)476-2276


March 14, 2011

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!

    Sen. Richard C. Martinez,  505-986-4487,
    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,

   *Sen. Tim Eichenberg,  505-986-4859  email c/o Chief Clerk of the NM Senate:

   * Sen. Peter Wirth,  505-986-4276 email c/o Chief Clerk of the NM Senate:

Please act on this by calling now.
Thank you.


March 2, 2011

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Shane J. Walker, DC, FSCO President

CC:  Association of Chiropractic Colleges:  Board of Directors

Chiropractic College Presidents

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