Taking Our Profession Back

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH

What a month this has been. I had the pleasure of speaking at the New York Chiropractic Council (NYCC) Convention, The International Research & Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) at Sherman and attended New Beginnings.

What is so fascinating is how each of these venues brought with it a slightly different view and perspective of what’s happening in the chiropractic profession from the people attending.

The New York Chiropractic Council (NYCC) is struggling right now with the decision to merge with the larger New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA). There are honest, sincere and significant concerns on the part of subluxation centered chiropractors in New York about this decision. And why shouldn’t there be? Merging two distinct organizations during a time in this profession when the Chiropractic Cartel is repeatedly and relentlessly attacking the subluxation centered community while at the same time removing any semblance of us as a drugless profession doesn’t make much sense to me. How about you just work together on the things you do agree upon.

As I told our colleagues in New York – Please don’t forget the story of the Frog and the Scorpion.

Philosophy, science and subluxation didn’t have any problem getting along during IRAPS at Sherman. In fact, quite the opposite was true and I’m told it was the largest gathering at IRAPS since its inception. Another positive sign that a sleeping giant has awakened from its slumber of the past 20 years (at least). I don’t think there was a single presentation over the two days that did not have to do with subluxation. What other chiropractic research conference has those bragging rights? The scholarly discussion of the current state of research, philosophy and politics within chiropractic was on display and its heartening to know we have so many dedicated to this scholarly activity

Then there was New Beginnings this past weekend in New Jersey. Braving rain, snow and driving rain were several hundred chiropractors dedicated passionately to the concept of subluxation and loving service to humanity. The message from the platform was clear: There is a new sheriff in town and the Chiropractic Cartel is on notice that there is zero tolerance for the nonsense that has gone on for so many years.

As I said to the attendees at Sherman IRAPS – it’s no longer Chicken Little running around saying the sky is falling. The sky FELL and it fell on top of our heads! While I’m a little frustrated that it had to come to this I am encouraged that we are seeing a rising up of leadership within the subluxation centered community. We are seeing a number of once disparate groups and factions come together to form working groups focused on the dismantling of the Cartel. This needs to continue and we need each and every chiropractor that wants the chiropractic message delivered pure and unsullied to step up and join the movement to take our profession back.

What can you do?

1. Join the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations
2. Donate to the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation
3. Sign the Petition for Quality & Integrity in Chiropractic Education
4. Tell others

Those will get you started.

As always I look forward to your feedback, comments and concerns.

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
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