I watched a documentary recently.
It laid out quite plainly the mess we Americans have found ourselves in because of our grossly overindulged and economically imbalanced desires for material products.
It’s called Death by China and I highly recommend everyone check it out.
Death by CCE
But it had me thinking of a chiropractic topic.
One that involves the very survival of the profession. Perhaps a better way to put it is the recognizability and sustainability of the profession.
You see, chiropractic is not chiropractic anymore.
Sure, it’s called chiropractic, but the actual science, art and philosophy of correcting vertebral subluxation is a dying profession. Dying at the hands of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the pseudo-academic politico machine that developed it and continues to drive its plows across the barren chiropractic field.
As if it weren’t enough to turn the education of a chiropractor into a second-rate medical doctor, they continue to push their primary care agenda on the entire profession and public. An immoral, unethical, unjust and unsafe proposition.
If this is your first time examining this topic or you are unclear on the history, I don’t have the time or desire to walk you through it. If it’s important to you, you’ll do your own research. You can start here, here, here, here, here and here.
Made in the USA by the CCE
Finding products that are actually made in the USA is a difficult task.
Equally so is finding a chiropractor produced by chiropractic colleges. While a few fine schools can still produce competent colleagues, the majority of students have to find chiropractic outside the confines of the very institutions that should be teaching it.
This is the direct result of the forcing of our colleges to accept the therapeutic, primary care objective that the hybrid-chiropractic profession that wrestled control of our educational system has adopted.
Year after year, decade after decade, they have slowly and relentlessly removed the ability of chiropractors to reproduce their own while putting out substandard “primary care providers” devoid of the proper tools to successfully manage the clinical entity the chiropractic profession knows as vertebral subluxation.
Most unwittingly believe that a subluxation is synonymous with a spinal lesion or fixated spinal segment. Not surprisingly, their clinical results are far from desirable beyond a physical therapy, musculoskeletal level which naturally results in the constant desire to add more to their inadequate tool belt.
The saddest result of this continual watering down of the chiropractic philosophy, science and art is that the current leadership is now a product of the CCE.
Very few realize or understand the implications of this.
On the “mixer” side of the fence, those that practice chiropractic in it’s purest form and who are demanding that academic freedom be restored to our colleges, appear to be radical fanatics. Meanwhile, many of our “straight” leaders and organizations are unaware or unwilling to address the fact that they are a product of the CCE and that their missions and methods have fallen from that of chiropractic’s.
Conflict$ of Intere$t
I have reported before and the Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI) went on public record with its written comments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) in September outlining the major conflict of interest at the helm of the CCE.
However, other conflicts of interest cloud the judgement of the subluxation based side of the profession. When the large portion of that leadership is connected to the subluxation based schools, we now have fiduciary responsibilities and personal livelihoods which have come into the equation.
Now, I’m not accusing these individuals of intentionally making choices that are not in alignment with the best interests of the profession, however, it is extremely difficult to see what is necessary, or to do what is difficult when in such a position.
It hurts to pull a bandaid no matter how slow or fast you pull it.
In this case however, the longer we wait to pull the bandaid, the further we will be from finding sustainable solutions.
So all of a sudden the CCE wants to talk.
In the last two years since the last NACIQI hearing various groups have offered them the opportunity. Heck, we even went to their sham “stakeholders” meetings. Students even came out and voiced their concerns as well. All to be met by expected silence from a group of politicians who have no desire or intention of making meaningful changes.
So now they decide to make an offer to only one organization just weeks before their proverbial ass is on the line when they sit before the NACIQI. Not only that, but middle scope politicians now seem equally concerned about the plight of the subluxation centered side of the profession.
Excuse us if we don’t budge at their feigned attempts at a peaceful resolution. Their actions wreak of the same stench that brought us to this point.
Some will say, “Oh…but we shouldn’t be airing our dirty laundry in public!”
My reply remains the same: Perhaps they should have washed the stains off of their shirts.
If the profession is serious about solving this very serious problem, they will handle it in the proper venue.
The Cartel run Summit is not that venue.
Until then, it will be met with the same offensive posture they are currently taking.
Where do you Stand?
Are you for the direction CCE has taken the profession the past four decades? Do you agree with the lack of focus on subluxation or any requirements that actually assess a students competency in this area?
Let your voice be heard.
The DaVinci Group is a group of 70+ subluxation based organizations that have serious concerns regarding the state of chiropractic education and are working towards meaningful reforms.
Please take the 30 seconds necessary to read and sign this petition letting the profession and public know where you stand.
Then take the extra effort and share it on Facebook and email it directly to your email list. It’s a small action and necessary to help bring about lasting change.
Steve Tullius, D.C., ACP
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