Chiropractic has always been an easy target. Since our inception, adversaries have sought to undermine our validity as a profession and thwart the growth and proliferation of the profession. We have met resistance from the medical profession and insurance industry, as well as by state and national health boards. Sometimes, the adversity comes from within the profession itself. Attacks come at all levels – high courts, national organizations, state associations, and boards – but nearly all are directed at the practicing chiropractor.
Historically, there are many famous examples of this: Dr. Herbert Ross Reaver (“The Most Jailed Chiropractor”), the Wilks Case, and countless others. More recent examples of these attacks against the rights of chiropractors to practice within the scope of their license include: the right to adjust children in Australia, the right to use x-ray in Ireland and Canada, and the right for DC’s to enter the military and serve as officers.
Although there are several organizations that have done good work in these cases, there has never been a dedicated organization whose singular focus is to defend the rights of chiropractors to practice within the scope of their license – until now.
The Chiropractic Defense Council exists with the singular purpose of defending the rights of the practicing chiropractors around the world. The CDC will function as a 501(c6) / 501(c3) non-profit that consists of a specialized team of legal experts and attorneys, supported by a team of industry experts in chiropractic research/literature, regulation and scope, as well as representative spokespeople and a contracted PR firm. The council will be on paid retainer and paid for their services when deployed. The council will be advisory board-run and supported by a panel of area-experts who will screen and select cases for the council to defend.
The criteria for eligible cases will be limited to those cases where a DC’s right to practice within the stated scope of their license is infringed upon or at risk. These criteria will be published and used to guide the panel in the selection of qualified scenarios. The council members will have the final decision as to which cases are deemed qualified and defendable.
There are clear and present dangers on the immediate horizon that could fundamentally alter our ability to practice as chiropractors in a post-COVID world. Regulations and mandates that loom over our rights to practice – and live – in alignment with our principles are a very real and significant threat.
The Chiropractic Defense Council will have a singular focus: Protecting The Rights Of Practicing Chiropractors Around The World.
We thank you in advance for your support of this important initiative. Your practice, your patients, your business, and future generations of chiropractors will thank you for stepping up when it matters most.