ACA Urges Further Integration of Doctors of Chiropractic in VA
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:02 AM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in a letter to U.S. House and Senate conferees regarding legislation addressing recent health care issues uncovered at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), urges lawmakers to further integrate the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in the VA health care system.

ACA believes improved access to chiropractic services for the veteran population will result in decreasing its overuse and abuse of prescription pain medications. This can be accomplished by transitioning to a conservative-care-first model, which focuses on using conservative treatments, providing care in out-patient settings and incorporating health promotion and wellness counseling. Veterans should be afforded the opportunity to choose and have access to services provided by chiropractic physicians prior to prescription medication and surgical procedures.

Reasons Your Dog Will Benefit from a Dog Chiropractor
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:34 AM

This news brief gives you the symptoms of vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) in dogs and explains some of the chiropractic treatments for your dog that may help reduce your dog’s pain including your dog’s back, neck, joints, muscles and arthritis.  Some symptoms to watch for and reasons for animal chiropractic that are noted by the article include:

New NCLAF ‘War Chest’ Supports Chiropractic Advocacy
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 05:41 PM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today announced plans to merge the profession’s longstanding national legal action initiative, the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund (NCLAF), with its legislative advocacy initiative, the Chiropractic Health Advocacy Mobilization Project (CHAMP), into a single, unified entity capable of doing battle on both fronts simultaneously and in a complementary, coordinated fashion. The new initiative, the National Chiropractic Legal-Legislative Action Fund (NCLAF), will seek support and participation from doctors of chiropractic (DCs) across the nation and from all walks of the profession.

Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:08 PM

Although evidence based medicine has had many benefits, it has also had some negative unintended consequences. The authors of this study offer a preliminary agenda for the movement’s renaissance, refocusing on providing useable evidence that can be combined with context and professional expertise so that individual patients get optimal treatment.  

It is more than 20 years since the evidence based medicine working group announced a “new paradigm” for teaching and practising clinical medicine. Tradition, anecdote, and theoretical reasoning from basic sciences would be replaced by evidence from high quality randomised controlled trials and observational studies, in combination with clinical expertise and the needs and wishes of patients.

Evidence based medicine quickly became an energetic intellectual community committed to making clinical practice more scientific and empirically grounded and thereby achieving safer, more consistent, and more cost effective care.

Two decades of enthusiasm and funding have produced numerous successes for evidence based medicine. Despite these and many other successes, wide variation in implementing evidence based practice remains a problem.

Court Opines on Who May Render "Manual Manipulations to Correct Subluxation"
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:35 AM

On June 16, 2014, the District Court of the District of Columbia rendered an opinion pertaining to just "who may render manual manipulations of the spine to correct a subluxation":

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