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September 2010

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Council on Chiropractic Education proposes revisions to accreditation standards

September 20, 2010 — The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accreditation of Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs. They have recently proposed revisions to their current Standards for Accreditation, to take effect January 2012.

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, in addition to Life West Chiropractic College, FSCO, ICA, and Palmer College of Chiropractic, has recognized several key elements within the draft standards that will undoubtedly steer chiropractic toward the allopathic model of healthcare.  

Among those proposed revisions includes:

1. The removal of the

term subluxation and any references to it. 

2. The statement "without the use of drugs or surgery" has been eliminated from their description of the focus of chiropractic. 

3. The CCE has redefined the term "chiropractic primary care physician" as to no longer apply uniquely to chiropractors.

4. The draft standards recognize the "Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine" degree to be equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  It was previously reported in August 2010 that National University of Health Sciences has already begun promoting such a degree program.

This is a very serious matter, which if placed into effect, will have a profound detrimental effect on subluxation-based chiropractors and chiropractic education worldwide.

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation has created a template for submitting comments relative to these four points. All comments regarding the draft standards are due by Sept. 24, 2010. The Foundation encourages every chiropractor and chiropractic student to fill out these forms and return them to the CCE as soon as possible. 

To send your comments, click here.

Source: The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation,

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2010-09-23 15:54:29
Name: Nick, D.C.

Location: Massachusetts
There is a survey posted at the following link concerning the proposed changes in language.

Please take a couple of minutes to respond to the survey!

2010-09-22 23:05:14
Name: Dr. Medley

Location: Arizona
After visiting the CCE website I too have read the proposed changes and support the changes 100% it is about time Chiropractic takes a step forward instead of always living in the past!

2010-09-20 12:22:12
Name: Nick, D.C.

Location: Massachusetts
I would respectfully request that people read the actual proposed changes in language (which are inclusive, not exclusive, of all practice models) rather than react to a press release that is designed to misinform the profession about both the changes themselves, and their intent.

To my reading, the changes are minor. They allow for the DC degree or it's equivalent. They do not restrict or eliminate the use of the term subluxation from college curricula, state statute, or office usage.

Technically, adminstration of any substance with the intent to treat a condition or symptom (including supplements and herbs) is a "drug". Piercing the skin with a needle for the purpose of drawing blood, or performing manipulation under anesthesia is considered "surgery." We have come under attack in many states by those few who are detractors of the chiropractic profession and can use our own language against us. (and they have done so in Texas, Connecticut, California...)

It would seem that the CCE is not only allowing for diverse practice styles with the language changes, but trying to protect the profession and allow for it's growth and development into the future.

Chronologically, you can trace the "outcry" to a particular college (Life West.)

Why would that particular college would choose to do so, even when the changes would only act to allow for the program at National to be recognized if they issue degrees that say "Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine" on them? Perhaps there is a fear that those changes might lead to students choosing colleges with a "DCM" degree over just a "DC" degree.

Personally, I have gone to the CCE website and looked at the actual proposed changes and have chosen to send the CCE a letter of support for those changes.

After reading the changes for yourself, be sure to respond to the CCE (pro or con).

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