It’s the Law: Chiropractic Code of Ethics
Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:16 PM
RULE §80.11
(a) Licensees shall employ their best good faith efforts to provide information and facilitate understanding to enable the patient to make an informed choice with regard to proposed chiropractic treatment. Licensees shall allow the patient to make his or her own determination on such treatment.
(b) Licensees should willingly seek consultation with other health care professionals when such consultation would benefit their patients and when such consultation is considered appropriate.
TCA’s New Executive Director – Jeff Jenkins
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 05:40 PM

Jeff JenkinsThe Texas Chiropractic Association recently hired Jeffrey S. Jenkins as its new Executive Director after an extensive national search.

Jenkins came to TCA after a 12-year stint with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Jenkins, 47, is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.

Top Policy Advisers at Conference Forecast Direction of Chiropractic Doctors
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 04:23 PM

Delegates at a high-powered conference held in Miami, Florida, on the opportunities for chiropractic in changing healthcare systems in the U.S.A. and internationally heard that chiropractic was well positioned for substantial growth.  This would depend, delegates were told by experts, upon whether doctors of chiropractic could deliver superior patient results and satisfaction at a competitive cost in the prevention and management of common neuromusculoskeletal disorders, because health systems are requiring and rewarding delivery of value, rather than paying attention to the professional designation of the provider. This creates new opportunity for chiropractors.

The theme of the conference, held by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and jointly hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and International Chiropractors’ Association (ICA), was Chiropractic Education for a Changing Healthcare Environment.

The opening session heard of high levels of integration of chiropractic education and clinical services in current mainstream healthcare in Denmark, Canada, and the VHA system.  Speakers from various other countries, such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and the U.K., described the interprofessional, integrative, and evidence-based models of chiropractic care that exist in their communities.

Chiropractor Leads Teens Through Grocery Store Teaching About Healthy Eating
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 04:20 PM

Too many teens are eating highly processed junk food and drinking sugary drinks. It's no surprise that a diet high in fat and calories leads to excess weight. In Michigan, nearly one out of every three children ages 10-17 is considered obese.  "This is just not acceptable," said Shelby Township chiropractor Dr. Chad McKernan.

Since knowledge is power, McKernan is working with area schools and community organizations in an effort to teach teens and adults how to navigate a grocery store to find healthy choices.  On Dec. 11, McKernan led the "Shop With A Doc" event at Walmart in Sterling Heights. During the roughly two-hour field trip, 26 sophomores from Fraser High School toured the store's grocery department.

"The healthier choices are found on the outside perimeter of the store," McKernan said. "That's where you will find the fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy, lean meats.”  The products found on the inner aisles may be full of "toxic food additives," McKernan said, and should be avoided when possible. McKernan said shoppers should limit or stay away from pasteurized dairy, refined grains and sweeteners, most vegetable oils, fruit juice, soft drinks and iodized salt.

NCCAM Now Known as NCCIH
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 04:18 PM

The National Institutes of Health agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches that already are in use by the American public has a new name – the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).  The revision from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) was mandated as part of the omnibus budget measure signed by President Obama.

Large population-based surveys have found that the use of alternative medicine, defined as unproven practices used in place of conventional medicine, is rare. Integrative health care, defined as a comprehensive, often interdisciplinary approach to treatment, prevention and health promotion that brings together complementary and conventional therapies, is more common. The use of an integrative approach to health and wellness has grown within care settings across the United States, including hospitals, hospices, and military health facilities.

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