Chiropractic
ACA Observes National Public Health Week 2016
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Monday, April 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Chiropractic physicians joined the American Public Health Association (APHA) to observe National Public Health Week, which recognizes the contributions of public health and highlights issues important to improving our nation's health. ACA joined more than 1,400 Twitter participants (leaders from federal agencies, health departments, non-profits and more) in a dynamic Twitter chat. 

APHA has offered a section devoted to chiropractic and its role in public health since 1995, and ACA has a Public Health Care Committee that serves as a liaison between the association and APHA.

 
Time.com: Are Chiropractors Legitimate?
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Sunday, April 17, 2016 12:00 AM

Time.com reported in an article that “in the world of medicine, chiropractic … seems to hover in that gray area between standard health care—the type you’d receive at a hospital or from a physician—and acupuncturists, massage therapists and other ‘alternative’ practitioners."

“‘Chiropractic was the original holistic medicine in that it focused on treating the whole person, not just the body part that hurt,’ says Michael Schneider, an associate professor of health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Along with a doctorate in chiropractic, Schneider also has a PhD in rehabilitation science. His research has shown that ‘cervical and lumbar manipulation'—the back and neck adjustments most people associate with a visit to a chiropractor—can be an effective treatment for low back pain. Especially when combined with standard medical care, chiropractic manipulation often leads to better patient outcomes, other studies suggest.”

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Lobbying
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Tuesday, April 12, 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 publicly stated that it shall work to develop strategies, become actively involved in lobbying and communicating with state officials when confronted with "attempts by non-physicians to expand scope of practice via state legislation."

Scope of practice:  The procedures, actions, and processes that a healthcare practitioner is permitted to undertake in keeping with the terms of their professional license.

What are you doing on the behalf of your profession to counteract their strategic lobbying efforts?

Excerpt:  AMA, when confronted with attempts by non-physicians to expand scope of practice via state legislation, shall work at the invitation of its component societies to develop strategies to most effectively promote and protect the best interest of our patients, and shall become actively involved in lobbying and/or communicating with state officials at the request of the state medical associations. Prior to placing targeted advertising, AMA will contact the relevant state medical associations and/or specialty societies for the purpose of enhancing communication about AMA’s planned activities.

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Monopoly
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Tuesday, April 05, 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 overtly states that non-physicians should not evaluate the professional practices of fully licensed physicians.  

Is it suitable that physicians seek to exclude "outsiders" from evaluating their own members? Do you really want them making the determination of what it is that you you are capable of, when the same courtesy is not to be afforded to you?

Monopoly:  the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service.

Excerpt:  AMA encourages medical staff peer review committees to consider excluding non-physicians when evaluating the professional practices of fully licensed physicians.

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Retrospective Demographic Analysis of Patients Seeking Care at a Free University Chiropractic Clinic
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Sunday, April 03, 2016 12:00 AM

The purpose of this study was to describe the demographics, presenting complaints, and health history of new patients seeking treatment at a free chiropractic clinic within a university health center.  This study found that new patients seeking care at a free

student chiropractic clinic within a university health center in the Buffalo area mainly consisted of young single adults, with chronic lumbar spine complaints with few comorbidities.

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