Chiropractic
Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? You're Not Smart Enough
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Tuesday, July 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:  Continuing medical education should be focused on physicians (MDs/DOs). Courses teaching complex diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures should be open only to those practitioners who have the appropriate medical education background and preparation.

You're not good enough because you're not smart enough.  You're not smart enough because we're not going to teach you or allow you to learn.  Who is in control of education and learning?  Organized medicine sure wants to be.  

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Medication
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Friday, July 08, 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 the development of methodologically valid research on the relative impact of non-physician prescribing on the quality of health care.

Care to guess what their findings will be?

Excerpt:  AMA advocates that prescriptive authority include the responsibility to monitor the effects of the medication and to attend to problems associated with the use of the medication. This responsibility includes the liability for such actions. AMA supports the development of methodologically valid research on the relative impact of non-physician prescribing on the quality of health care.

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Value of Chiropractic Services Highlighted in National Report on Health Care Spending
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016 12:00 AM

Americans are spending billions out-of-pocket for chiropractic services and other complementary health approaches according to authors of a new report by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these approaches, an indication that users believe enough in the value of these approaches to pay for them,” noted Richard L. Nahin, PhD, NCCIH’s lead epidemiologist and lead author of the expenditures analysis, which was conducted with data collected from a special supplement to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey.

According to the 2012 survey, Americans spent 14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as doctors of chiropractic, acupuncturists or massage therapists. They also spent about $12.8 billion on natural products supplements (a quarter of what they spent out-of-pocket on prescription drugs).

With respect to chiropractic, NCCIH/CDC findings show that 8.4 percent of U.S. adults (about 19.4 million) used chiropractic or osteopathic services (spinal manipulation) in 2012, which was consistent with 2007 data. There was an increase in chiropractic/osteopathic services for children, however, with about 3.3 percent of American children (or 1.9 million) receiving treatment in 2012 – compared with 2.8 percent of children in 2007. Chiropractic was the most frequently used of the complementary services for children.

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Study: Use of Chiropractic in the VA Rises Steeply
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:00 AM

The use of chiropractic services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has seen a steep rise over more than a decade, according to research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

The study’s authors, who analyzed VA national data collected between 2004 and 2015, discovered an increase of more than 800 percent in the number of patients receiving the services of doctors of chiropractic. While authors attribute the increase to a natural growth of the chiropractic service, which was only implemented on-site at the VA in 2004, they also suggest it may be attributed to the successful performance of VA chiropractors and the perceived value of their care, among other factors.

“The fact that these services have expanded consistently and substantially beyond the minimum mandated level may suggest that some VA decision-makers perceive value in providing chiropractic care,” the study notes.

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Under Scrutiny, Acupuncture Board Member Resigns
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:00 AM

After questions about his own medical practice came to public attention, a member of one of Texas’ medical licensing boards has resigned from the position.  Daniel Brudnak, a family medicine and acupuncture physician from Gorman, last week resigned from the Texas Board of Acupuncture Examiners, one day after The Texas Tribune requested records about his appointment.  Among other issues, Brudnak “inappropriately” prescribed stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines without adequate evaluations, according to a 2011 order by the Texas Medical Board.

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