Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tors Mobi­lize to Pro­tect Children’s Rights

Man­i­toba, Canada has become the focal point of a heated bat­tle by the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion to pro­tect the rights of chil­dren to receive the ben­e­fits of chi­ro­prac­tic care. Over the past year sev­eral anti-​chiropractic forces have started a false smear cam­paign to gain pub­lic­ity by try­ing to say that chi­ro­prac­tic care may be dan­ger­ous. This flies in the face of all evi­dence show­ing that chi­ro­prac­tic has always been among the safest health care professions.

In spite of facts to the con­trary the Cana­dian smear cam­paign has been effec­tive and accom­plished their first goal in get­ting the gov­ern­ment of Man­i­toba to dis­con­tinue chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age for chil­dren up to the age of 19. This move effec­tively forces many chil­dren away from a nat­ural choice of chi­ro­prac­tic and toward drugs or surgery. In a state­ment dated May, 10, 2002, one of the world’s renowned chi­ro­prac­tic pedi­atric experts, Dr. Max­ine McMullen Vice Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA) and founder and pres­i­dent of the ICA Coun­cil of Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics stated, “This deci­sion is not based on sci­ence or good health care prac­tice. Chi­ro­prac­tic care has been proven to be safe and effec­tive for chil­dren and peo­ple of all ages. This deci­sion is based in fear and not in fact. The world chi­ro­prac­tic com­mu­nity will mobi­lize to take those steps nec­es­sary to see that fair­ness and open access for all peo­ple prevail.”

Other chi­ro­prac­tic orga­ni­za­tions have also begun to mobi­lize. In a release dated May, 8, 2002 Dr. Jeanne Ohm, Sec­re­tary of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion asked all their mem­bers to, “Please e-​mail the Pre­mier of Man­i­toba, the Hon­or­able Gary Doer with a short, pro­fes­sional e-​mail on behalf of chi­ro­prac­tic care for chil­dren. Take the moment now to turn this around. His address: This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In the 1970’s the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion was sued for restraint of trade and antitrust activ­i­ties. In that famous “Wilk vs. AMA suit”, the AMA lost, and had to pub­licly admit wrong­do­ing in their jour­nals as well as cease any ille­gal and unlaw­ful activ­ity against chi­ro­prac­tic. Since then the AMA has been barred from the types of false smear cam­paigns in the US that have now taken place in Canada. The chi­ro­prac­tic com­mu­nity and the patients we serve are con­tin­u­ing to mobi­lize to reverse this sit­u­a­tion. It is our belief that every­one should have open access to chi­ro­prac­tic care if that is the form of health care they choose.

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A study pub­lished on August 2, 2004 in the peer reviewed “Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion”, showed that the onset of both Parkinson’s Disease

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