The folks at the Council on Chiropractic Education are in the midst of revising the standards by which chiropractic colleges will be accredited come January 2012. As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, student doctors are graduating atrociously undereducated and stricter guidelines are essential for the preservation of the profession.
I’m kidding of course.
However, that has to be the problem; after all, the purpose of The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is “to promote academic excellence and to ensure the quality of chiropractic education.”
One might assume that the accreditation process needs some shoring up. Or the quality of chiropractic education is getting a bit rag-tag.
Neither is true. So, I fear something much more nefarious is in process. You be the judge.
Spend a few minutes reviewing the craftsmanship of the most powerful governing body in chiropractic by visiting the Life Chiropractic College West website and reviewing the Current Standards, the Draft Standards and a brilliant, six-page Comparison of Current and Draft Standards written by the equally brilliant Dr. Gerald W. Clum. In fact, turn to the sixth page and read his conclusions based on his own, personal, need-to-know evaluation of the proposed changes.
In short, Dr. Clum seems to be sounding the alarm that the CCE appears to be moving towards the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine philosophy, eliminating the term “subluxation” and proposing that chiropractic is no longer a drugless discipline. Gosh, if subluxation is out and drugs are in, just what is it that distinguishes chiropractic?
True, this trend goes against the beliefs of the average chiropractor, but remember, it wasn’t all that long ago that so-called health care reform was pushed through Congress and signed into law against the wishes of the average American!
And speaking of the average American or the average anyone else, what makes chiropractic attractive is that it is NOT medicine!
And any chiropractor familiar with the era in which chiropractors were jailed for “practicing medicine without a license,” knows that chiropractic exists as a separate and distinct profession because it is NOT medicine!
This appears to be ignored in the headlong pursuit to fashion chiropractic in the image of medicine.
Chiropractic has managed to survive over a century of attacks from outside the profession because it provides something that medicine can’t, while producing extraordinary patient satisfaction. Whether it will survive this attack from within the profession remains to be seen.
It’s crunch time. This is not the time to sit quietly on the sidelines. Don’t let this attempt at “fixing” chiropractic by shedding the last vestige of vitalism and metaphysics from it go unchallenged. Speak your mind using the feedback form and perhaps this abomination can be prevented. But you only have until September 24, 2010 to weigh in.