Sherman College Against Prescriptive Rights for DCs
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 03:19 PM

Sherman College of Chiropractic is recommending against an expansion of scope in Wisconsin that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.  The college asserts that the expansion of practice scope in Wisconsin that would include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession.

“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice in Wisconsin,” Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, DC, said. “The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice.”  The practice of medicine is an allopathic and therapeutic objective of diagnosing and treating symptomatology and disease. The objective of chiropractic is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine that are a detriment to one’s well-being).

Cordero said Sherman College of Chiropractic trains doctors of chiropractic to practice within a separate and distinct healing art with an objective that differs from that of medicine, and cites an historic chiropractic case in Wisconsin to support this assertion:

In 1907, an indictment against Shegataro Morikubo charged that he had illegally practiced medicine, surgery, and osteopathy, and noted that he had assumed the unjustified title “doctor.” The landmark Morikubo case set the first precedent for chiropractic practice in Wisconsin and the entire country because the judge ruled that chiropractic was separate and distinct from the medical profession. It was argued that chiropractic has its own philosophy, science, and art as a healing system not focused on its “pathological hypotheses,” which differentiates it from all other healing systems.