It’s Not “Anti-chiropractic”, it’s Just Anti-chiropractic
Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Thursday, September 04, 2014 12:00 AM
By:  Chris Dalrymple

At the Wednesday, August 13, 2014, hearing of the Sunset Commission Representative Four Price, asserted that he is not “anti-chiropractic.”  His words were "There is a common misconception that there is an effort to be anti-chiropractic and I want to make it real clear that that is not the purpose or the intent of this modification.”  

Yet Representative Price’s statement is "What that does is it eliminates chiropractors, a group that is conducting those physicals right now, and while I am absolutely not anti-chiropractor, that is the effect of this modification. 

Rep. Four Price, Sen. Jane Nelson lead the Sunset Commission

What is “anti-chiropratic?” “Anti-“ is a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite of,” and is used in the formation of compound words.  “Anti” is also defined at as being “a person who is opposed to a particular practice…”

So Representative Price is not “anti-chiropractic” he is just “anti-chiropractic.”  Clear?  He may not be “a person who is opposed to chiropractors”, yet in the instance of chiropractors performing UIL pre-participation physicals he is “against, and opposite of” including licensed chiropractors as allowed providers of these physicals.

While I have met with the man in the past and believe him to be genuine in his beliefs, this dichotomy is disingenuous at best and discriminatory at worst.  Lest you believe I am just “name calling” let me define the words as I mean them – disingenuousnot sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does; discriminatory: making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction between different categories of people.

Since the representative was using quotes directly used by the Texas Medical Association in the several lawsuits brought against the chiropractic profession I must believe that either there is pretense to know less than is actually known, or there is genuine ignorance of the laws pertaining to the education and licensure of chiropractors in Texas. Neither is a favorable choice. 

Since the representative made a distinction between different categories of providers and unfairly seeks to limit the ability of one of those providers, "a group that is conducting those physicals right now, one must conclude that designs for discrimination are also being carried out.  This is stated as much when Representative Price opines " “I think that the folks best medically trained to do wellness checks for pre certification physicals are licensed physicians, and the licensed advance nurse practitioners, and the advanced practice nurses.  Again, they are under the written orders of a physician and that’s why i think that that group is best served to operate and do these exams."

One must come to the conclusion that one form of anti-chiropractic or the other IS coming into play despite the protestations otherwise.  Regardless of the political rhetoric, one can not be anti-chiropractic and not anti-chiropractic at one and the same time.