Chiropractic
Doctor of Chiropractic Runs for Texas Board of Education, District 9
Written by Editor   
Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 AM

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A Lufkin Doctor of Chiropractic, Keven M. Ellis, has announced that he is running as a Republican for the State Board of Education in District 9, which covers 31 counties in East and Northeast Texas.  Ellis said, “I want to be a champion for public education.”

Dr. Ellis currently is the Board President for the Lufkin Independent School District and has served on the board since May of 2012.  He said, “I’ve been able to serve the 8,300 students at Lufkin ISD and want to be able to apply the real world experience I’ve gained to benefit the five million students in Texas public schools.”  Ellis stated “Serving on the Lufkin ISD board has given me a full understanding of the needs and challenges of our students, teachers as well as the district itself. Local school boards understand the needs of their children better than anyone else.” 

My background in chiropractic goes back to my childhood when I spent many summers running around the Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) campus while my mother, Lynne Stacy, was in class.  She graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1982 when I was 11 years old and practiced for many years in Texas before relocating to Seattle, WA. 

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A 90 Percent Friend is Not a 10 Percent Enemy
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Chiropractic physicians are an interesting and eclectic bunch of people who have sacrificed a lot to get to where they are. They undergo a most rigorous course of study. Test after test, exam after exam. And when finally done with medical school, national boards, and state licensing procedures thus earning the right to be called “Dr.” (often a childhood dream) the work is just beginning. Now the struggle to manage a business AND manage a profession are laid upon the shoulders of students now struggling to become professionals.

Going through such an intense process means that most doctors are by their nature incredibly hardworking, mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking.  And now is a time in healthcare when all physicians, no matter what our specialty, are feeling the full force of change in almost everything we do. Some of these changes are significant and may effect the very foundation of our profession.  Other changes are important but have fewer dire effects.  Frequently we find that the hardworking mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking doctors of our profession are promoting agendas at the expense of others. Perhaps the Internet as a whole is more adept at giving a platform to the voices of the cynics and pessimists, neglecting the silent majority, but when browsing through the comments sections of articles from a wide variety of different perspectives, some bizarre opinions are expressed from supposedly experienced doctors who should know better than to resort to ad hominem attacks. When discussing problems that healthcare is facing, exceptionally intelligent and often times refreshingly rebellious individuals don’t align themselves easily with any given cause without picking holes in an argument and highlighting other unrelated problems. This is not necessarily an advantageous thing to do when it comes to getting things done.

With any agenda or argument that may have broad support, wherever and whoever it comes from, chiropractic physicians would do well to remember three golden rules of affecting any kind of positive change:

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Lies
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  "AMA supports continued efforts to inform the public and the profession of the potential problems and risks" of assigning therapeutic agents to "non-physicians."

When they inform others that doctors of chiropractic cannot treat subluxation1  what will you do? What did you do when they did it the first, second and third times?

Excerpt:  AMA supports continued efforts to inform the public and the profession of the potential problems and risks should a physician’s choice of therapeutic agents be delegated to non-physicians; and asks that state medical associations provide scientific and economic reasons in support of this position to state legislatures considering enactment of laws on substitution of drug products other than those prescribed or agreed upon by an attending physician.

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Clinical Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction Associated with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
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Monday, April 25, 2016 11:00 AM

Observational studies have previously shown that adverse events following manipulation to the neck and/or back are relatively common, although these reactions tend to be mild in intensity and self-limiting. However, no prospective study has examined the incidence of adverse reactions following spinal adjustments using upper cervical techniques, and the impact of this care on clinical outcomes.

Upper cervical chiropractic care may have a fairly common occurrence of mild intensity SRs short in duration (<24 hours), and rarely severe in intensity; however, outcome assessments were significantly improved with less than 3 weeks of care with a high level of patient satisfaction. 

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? PR
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine has an active PR machine working to convince "the public, state licensing boards, policy makers" about the educational superiority of physicians when compared with others.

How are your efforts to "teach the public, state licensing boards, and other policy makers" about the educational superiority of chiropractic coming along?

Excerpt:  AMA will develop and disseminate informational materials directed at the public, state licensing boards, policymakers at the state and national levels, and payers about the educational preparation of physicians, as compared with the preparation of other health professionals.

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