Chiropractic
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.

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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.

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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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Stop Saying Silly Things about Philosophy
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 07:59 AM

This article is excerpted from an article about philosophy in Physics.  The parallels to our profession are interesting.

The last few years have seen a number of prominent scientists step up to microphones and belittle the value of philosophy.  Roughly speaking, [people] tend to have three different kinds of lazy critiques of philosophy: one that is totally dopey, one that is frustratingly annoying, and one that is deeply depressing.

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U.S. Ranks First in Health Spending, Last in Outcomes
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 05:06 PM

The U.S. spent more per capita on health care between 2004 and 2014 than 10 other industrialized nations measured, but it ranked last in health outcomes, a Commonwealth Fund study found.

The U.S. spends $8,508 per capita for health care, compared with the U.K., which spends $3,405 per person and moved up to first place in outcome indicators. The study reinforces the need for the policymakers and insurers to re-examine DC services for conditions including back pain as a more cost-effective, conservative-care-first approach over the more costly and riskier pharmaceutical-surgical model that currently dominates the U.S. healthcare system.

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