Chiropractic Headed to Assimilation By Medicine
Chiropractic as a separate and distinct profession is about to be lost forever. The ACA and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners are working on plans to create certification for an “expanded practice chiropractic physician” that apparently includes prescribing and administering drugs.
The trial run in New Mexico was a success and now it appears it is full steam ahead for the rest of the country.
The New Mexico Chiropractic Association and the New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners in concert with the New Mexico Medical Board and the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy recently agreed to and passed legislation in New Mexico creating a new class of chiropractor called “Advanced Practice Chiropractic Physician”.
The designation, obtainable by attending six weekend seminars conducted by National University of Health Sciences, entails completing a 90-hour course, applying for credentialing and then testing. Once these steps are completed the chiropractor will receive Advanced Practice Certified (AP-C) status and may begin to practice the “newly learned advanced skills.” The cost is $2,100 for all six modules.
The designation allows the chiropractor to prescribe, administer and dispense homeopathic medicines, herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, glandular products, naturally derived substances, Protomorphogens (a Standard Process Trademark), live cell products, gerovital, amino acids, dietary supplements, foods for special dietary use, bioidentical hormones, sterile water, sterile saline, sarapin ( a High Chemical Company Trademark) or its generic, caffeine, procaine, oxygen, epinephrine and vapocoolants. Additional drugs can be used upon approval by the board of pharmacy and an expanded formulary is currently being developed.
Routes of administration are oral, topical, rectal, as well as intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) injection.
The bill adds to the definition of chiropractic in New Mexico the following statement, among others: “the administering of a drug by injection by a certified advance practice chiropractic physician”.
This officially marks the end of chiropractic as a drugless health profession.
A New Mexico Chiropractic Association spokesperson has stated, “This (sic) the first time a bill has succeeded in any state of the USA that so advances our professional scope of practice. We will hope that our actions can serve as a template to other states”.
At the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) House of Delegates (HOD) meeting held during its annual meeting Sept. 23-26 in Dallas, the ACA passed resolutions “calling for the creation of a database of doctors of chiropractic with advanced degrees–which could be tapped to find potential candidates for positions in political, research and scientific environments where advanced degrees are normally required–and supporting the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ plan to create certification for an expanded practice chiropractic physician were also passed.”
So there you have it. The NBCE has a plan to roll this out (or something similar) nationwide, with the full support of the ACA.
We can stop this madness. But we need to organize. There is a plan in place to reclaim the chiropractic legacy and promote it to the public in a professional and credible manner. All we need is your support. Join now. Tomorrow will be too late!