|National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - IMPORTANT
The following is forwarded from Dr. Terry A. Rondberg
From: Terry A. Rondberg, D.C., President, World Chiropractic Alliance
To: All WCA members and subluxation-based doctors
The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has just released its first "Strategic Plan" and the verbiage sounds as if it was written by medical doctors or the most medically oriented chiropractors in the profession.
That very well may have been the case since the only chiropractors listed as members of the NCCAM Council are Drs. Dana Lawrence and Bill Meeker.
Chiropractic is referred to as "chiropractic therapy" and the word "subluxation" doesn't even appear in the Plan's listing of areas which the NCCAM is investigating.
According to Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM director, the NCCAM is "providing the opportunity to comment on this draft before it is finalized... thus completing the first step in an ongoing planning process."
The deadline for comments is June 21.
Below is a sample letter explaining to Dr. Straus and the NCCAM why it is so important for subluxation-based chiropractic to be equally represented on the Council.
Please go right now to http://nccam.nih.gov/nccam/strategic/ Use the link on the bottom of Dr. Straus' message to leave your comments. If you like, you may use your "copy" and "paste" commands to excerpt portions of the sample letter into your own message to Dr. Straus.
But PLEASE, don't delay. If we are to have any input into the membership or Strategic Plan of the NCCAM, we must FLOOD Dr. Straus with comments. He must be made to realize that thousands of doctors around the country -- and hundreds of thousands of their patients -- do not feel represented by Drs. Meeker and Lawrence.
Dear Dr. Straus:
There are two major schools of thought in the chiropractic profession. The first considers chiropractic to be a limited medical specialty for the treatment of certain musculoskeletal disorders.
Proponents of this position embrace a broad array of therapeutic interventions including manipulation and physical therapy modalities. This necessarily encroaches on the practice of medicine and physical therapy.
The second school of thought is committed to positioning chiropractic as a separate and distinct discipline in the healing arts, which does not duplicate existing medical services. It is directed toward the correction of vertebral subluxations, which interfere with the function of the nervous system. Emphasis is placed upon wellness and quality-of-life issues, rather than the treatment of specific medical conditions.
The current focus of chiropractic involvement in the NCCAM appears to emphasize manipulation as a treatment modality rather than chiropractic as a unique school of thought. Subluxation correction is not synonymous with manipulative therapy.
The following specific suggestions are made:
1. Broaden the composition of the Advisory Council to include chiropractors who embrace the subluxation-centered wellness model.
2. Develop projects that examine the effects of vertebral subluxation correction on wellness and quality-of-life issues.
3. Utilize objective outcome assessments to determine the presence and correction of vertebral subluxations in all chiropractic research programs which involve clinical interventions.
4. Involve a broader array of chiropractic institutions than those currently listed, to include those which espouse the subluxation-centered wellness model.
Thank you to Dr. Rondberg for taking the time to address this important issue.
Here is the link again: