Petition Closed

1- Petition Summary:

I have received chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in my spine and/or support the right of others to receive such service from a chiropractor.  

I feel that it is imperative for chiropractic to remain the largest natural, drug-free healing profession and the second largest healing art in the world, and that myself and future generations have access to the same benefits that I and millions of others have received. 

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), by arbitrarily changing their Standards and their removing of chiropractic’s basic core descriptors and principles without regard to the objections within the profession, will be jeopardizing the future of this type of care and has violated section 602.21 (c) (3) of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s (USDE) Criteria for Recognition.

Violations of sections 602.13, 602.14 and 602.15 have also been noted in the expanded document below.

I am asking that this issue be seriously evaluated by my elected or appointed public officials and all those that oversee the US. Dept. of Education ensures that appropriate action be taken. 

2- What is this all about?

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree in the United States. Last year, the CCE made drastic changes to their Standards document which removed basic core chiropractic descriptors such as “vertebral subluxation” and “without drugs or surgery.” The profession responded with a reported 4,000 complaints regarding the removal of these terms yet the CCE disregarded the input from the doctors, colleges, associations and students.

3- Why is that important?

Removal of these key terms, especially “without drugs or surgery,” will allow for an extremist group within the profession to pursue the addition of prescriptive rights and surgical procedures. They have been working towards this for many years and wish to create a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DCM) program to teach these medical practices, circumventing the current necessary steps of separately receiving an MD, DO, or ND degree. Recent legislative attempts have been made on a state by state basis and will continue to happen unless a chiropractic standard has been set by the profession.

4- How will this affect my ability and the ability of future generations to receive chiropractic care?

Initially it may have very little effect if you are already under the care of a chiropractor that does not seek the addition of drugs or surgery. However, over time, or as you and your family members move away and are in need of a new chiropractor, your ability to find one that practices chiropractic in its unique, natural form will diminish. The education of future generations of chiropractors would become more and more medically based until the practice of chiropractic would potentially become unrecognizable from physical therapy or physical medicine. A very similar process occurred in the profession of osteopathy. Now nearly identical to medical doctors, osteopaths once had a very natural approach to health and today have identical scopes of practice to medical doctors.

5- What is wrong with chiropractors prescribing drugs and performing surgery?

The problem is threefold. First and foremost, chiropractic is an all natural approach to health, healing, life and well-being that by its very nature is drug and surgery free. Chiropractic’s value to the world lies in its unique offering and natural option for the population.

Secondly, chiropractic is distinct and separate from the practice of medicine as evident by their unique approaches and legal scopes of practice. The practice of medicine is a valuable and life saving profession. The training of competent medical doctors requires extensive education and practical residency programs. The education of competent chiropractors is equally rigorous, however, it requires knowledge and skills that are particular to the practice of chiropractic. Chiropractors practicing medicine is a danger to the public as the educational system is not designed for the adequate training and experience a professional needs to prescribe potentially deadly medications.

Finally, an ideal healthcare system, like the construction of a house, requires a team approach. The electrician is called in to run the electrical components. The plumber does the plumbing. Effective healthcare is no different. Your chiropractor serves as a valuable component of your team to help keep you healthy and assist in restoring your quality of life. Your medical doctor can best assist you with acute crises and helping to stabilize a condition while your body works towards healing as you make positive lifestyle changes. Using the healthcare system in this way can potentially lead to significant savings for you and your family as well as the entire nation.

6- If you need to read more:

FAQ by the PUBLIC & PEOPLE RECEIVING CHIROPRACTIC CARE 
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Letter to
U.S. Department of Education US Department of Education: Restore integrity to the CCE
I just signed the following petition addressed to: US Department of Education.

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Restore integrity to the CCE or disolve the CCE

To Whom it May Concern:

I have received chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in my spine and/or support the right of others to receive such service from a chiropractor.

Chiropractic has existed because of its separate and distinct principles and application of its healing art.  It is the largest natural, drug-free healing profession and the second largest healing art in the world.  It is imperative for myself and future generations to have access to the same benefits that I and millions of others have received and that the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), by arbitrarily changing their Standards and their removing of chiropractic’s basic core descriptors and principles, will be jeopardizing the future of this type of care.

From its mission statement, I understand that the CCE “is an autonomous accrediting body that serves the interests of the public, the profession and students.”  As a member of the public, I do not feel they are representing my best interests or the interests of the profession and students nor the entire population, in general.

I am signing my name to this petition because I have very real concerns that the CCE’s drastic changes to their Standards document, removing reference to the chiropractic specific language of “vertebral subluxation” and the statement “without drugs or surgery” are moving the profession more and more towards the practice of medicine, and that my right, my children’s, and grandchildren’s right to specifically receive chiropractic in its separate and distinct form is at risk.

Despite an outpouring of comments requesting the CCE to retain such core professional descriptors, my doctor of chiropractic and a very large segment of the profession including several colleges that the CCE accredits, the CCE summarily dismissed the input from the profession and violated section 602.21 (c) (3) of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s (USDE) Criteria for Recognition, in which the agency must “take into account any comments on the proposed changes submitted timely by the relevant constituencies and by other interested parties.”  

This action and the recent historic display of the outpouring of complaints illustrating the lack of confidence in the CCE’s ability to adequately represent the profession by the practitioners, students and public, is evidence that the CCE has also violated section 602.13, and no longer demonstrates “that its standards, policies, procedures, and decisions to grant or deny accreditation are widely accepted in the United States by-- (a) Educators and educational institutions; and (b) Licensing bodies, practitioners, and employers in the professional or vocational fields for which the educational institutions or programs within the agency's jurisdiction prepare their students.”

It is also my concern that financial, political, and philosophical conflicts of interest are affecting the decisions of the CCE governing body and that these concerns must be properly investigated and addressed, as they reflect a violation of sections 602.14 and 602.15 of the USDE Criteria for Recognition.

I am asking that this issue be seriously evaluated by my elected or appointed public officials and all those that oversee the US. Dept. of Education ensures that appropriate action be taken.  It is of my vested opinion, that any actions taken include a full review of the CCE’s policies and practices to be certain that they are following their own standards to provide adequate and equal representation of the profession. My primary interests are in ensuring that all citizens be protected and continue to have access in receiving chiropractic in the form stated above – as chiropractic is meant to be provided.

Thank you for your time and understanding and of your taking the appropriate measures to hold the CCE accountable for its actions in accordance with Agency policy.