If you are a chiropractor and on Facebook, chances are you’ve heard of the recent episode of the show Catalyst on ABC in Australia that lambasted the profession.
I won’t post the link here as it does not deserve to have any additional views increasing its popularity.
If you watched it however, it probably had you upset, angry and irritated that they would portray us as being unscientific and without good cause for adjusting infants and children.
Heck, even John Reggars, D.C. said that adjusting infants is ridiculous.
Who’s to Blame?
So who’s really to blame for yet another attack on the profession? Is it the evil drug companies and medical doctors that feel so threatened by our presence? Hardly. We are a tiny blip on their radar screen.
We are to blame.
We are to blame because we have not invested in the research necessary to make these programs disappear.
The truth is if we could say, “here’s the conclusive evidence that vertebral subluxation exists, is a common occurrence in infants and children that causes neurological dysfunction and that the chiropractic adjustment corrects that dysfunction,” it would stop these attacks in their tracks.
However, that is not the case.
Instead we have squandered our resources on attacking medicine’s premises instead of properly researching and promoting ours. We have neglected our responsibility by hiding behind philosophy and proclaiming that the “Power’s On!” And we have diluted our focus and effectiveness by turning our backs on subluxation and parading around as duplicative natural primary care providers.
Not only have we failed those generations of chiropractors that came before us, but more importantly, we have failed all those individuals that we could have served and could be serving.
Chiropractic’s Catalyst: What’s Next?
A catalyst is defined as an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action. This event could serve as a necessary catalyst to advance the profession if harnessed properly.
So how are you going to use this event to generate positive change for our future, and how will the profession respond to this opportunity?
Are you going to just get pissed off and write a nasty comment or email, or are you going to take responsibility for the profession and the moral and ethical duty to advance our knowledge and understanding of what we do and how we impact the quality of life of those we serve?
Are you going to throw cash at a useless project such as Doctored, or this latest Rescue 3 fiasco that does nothing to build the infrastructure we desperately need, or are you going to put your money where your mouth is and support the thing you say we do but have little evidence to support?
Don’t get me wrong. The evidence in support of chiropractic is strong and certainly requires any educated and ethical chiropractor to provide vertebral subluxation correction to all populations, however, we need more and lots of it.
Our Chiropractic Catalyst: As Easy as 1, 2, 3 and 4
If you are serious about chiropractic, vertebral subluxation and promoting our value to the world, I suggest you do 3 things today and start working on the fourth.
- Become a subscriber of the only vertebral subluxation centered publications in the world.
- Make a donation to the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation today.
- Become a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. If you are already a member, consider making a donation today as well.
- Publish case studies. Of the many things we learned in chiropractic college, this one I’m sure stuck with most of us… “If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.” We have an ethical and moral obligation to share what is occurring in our offices.
If you do nothing, well, we deserve every bit of it.
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Steve Tullius, D.C., ACP
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