Research Update

Why I Joined the IFCO

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I got involved in chiropractic politics about 20 years ago right out of school. Frustrated about something that was going on politically I contacted various organizations to see what they were doing and I wasn’t too impressed. This experience led to two decades of serving in one capacity or another in chiropractic political organizations on the state, national and international level.

While the importance of political involvement has always been crucial to our profession’s survival, at this point in time I think the stakes are higher than they have ever been. Our profession faces daunting challenges not only from the outside, but perhaps even more seriously, from within. The continued slide of chiropractic into the allopathic model and the ongoing dilution of chiropractic principles seem to have gained tremendous momentum.

If you look around at all the various chiropractic organizations you’ll find that they all seem to have become bleary eyed at the notion of unity within the profession and more specifically unity around getting or keeping third party reimbursement. This has become their combined mission. This is fundamentally antithetical to the principles and tenets of the chiropractic profession. In fact, for anyone who is trying to teach their practice members that it is their responsibility to take care of their health, such actions are a direct contradiction.

While I have known some of its members and Directors for many years, it was with this in mind that I researched the IFCO and started talking in more detail with them about the problems facing our profession. As I did this it became pretty clear that they were not operating in contradiction to their values or that of the foundational principles of the profession. They are focused and they are clear about what chiropractic is and is not. And they have a plan to insure that traditional, conservative chiropractic survives beyond our lifetimes. That’s why I joined and that’s why I urge you to do the same.

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

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
McCoy Press Journals

Taking Our Profession Back

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
McCoy Press Journals

Chiropractors Lash Out in Massive Campaign Against Accrediting Agency

Have You Written Your Letter to the CCE?

Just in case you have not already written your letter to the CCE regarding its upcoming hearing with the United States Federal Government, here is a sample letter below that you can use.

E-mail your letter to: 

Put the following in the Subject Line:
Written Comments re: Council on Chiropractic Education


National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality & Integrity
Office of Postsecondary Education
United States Department of Education
1990 K Street, NW
Room 8060
Washington, DC 20006

RE: United States Department of Education (USDE) recognition of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) as a programmatic and institutional accreditor for institutions conferring the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. 

Dear Committee Members,

By way of this letter I am expressing my concerns regarding apparent violations of the Criteria for Recognition by the above stated agency found in 34 CFR Part 602.

It is my understanding that there exist conflicts of interest among the board members, commissioners, and evaluation team members of the CCE.  While they are supposed to represent the profession, nominees are vetted by an internal committee of the Council who use ambiguous criteria and then a decision is made by the people who already sit on the Council. This fosters in-breeding and the election of people who represent only one faction of the chiropractic profession. CCE should provide for an open, democratic, transparent selection process which involves all stakeholders, including educational institutions, faculty, students, and consumers. This is in apparent violation of 602.15(a)(6).  

In the area of Program Review it is my understanding that agencies regulated by the NACIQI must maintain a systematic program of review that demonstrates that its standards are adequate to evaluate the quality of the education or training provided by the institutions and programs it accredits and relevant to the educational or training needs of students. The CCE uses the terms “primary care physician” and “chiropractic primary care physician” without defining them in their own Standards document. More to the point, most procedures provided by a “primary care physician” are not within the scope of chiropractic practice in any jurisdiction. This is in apparent violation of 602.16(a)(1)(i).

Finally, the Criteria for Recognition state that recognized agencies must demonstrate that their standards are relevant to the educational or training needs of students. In that regard, the CCE Standards do not reflect the central nature of vertebral subluxation to chiropractic management, or state and federal laws in regards to its central role in the practice of chiropractic. This is in apparent violation of 602.21(a) 

I respectfully request that the Committee recommend deferral of a decision on the continuation of recognition of CCE as an accreditor for 12 months and require the CCE to apply principles of good governance including transparency, accountability, and meaningful participation for all factions within chiropractic.



An Important Message from Jeanne Ohm

As a family chiropractor, I know that you hold your rights to practice as such dearly. So do I. That is why I became very concerned when I read the new CCE standards. I was very concerned that these changes would have lasting ramifications on our scope of practice. 

I know the parents in my community come to us because they are looking for the profound and distinctive service we offer. They are delighted with our natural approach to well-being for their entire families. Our adjustment is above and beyond any care they have received and they appreciate our exceptional care.

Basically, the CCE has eliminated two essential terms unique to chiropractic: subluxation and "without the use of drugs and surgery" in the new standards for chiropractic colleges. You can read these standards here. This of course means that even the best colleges that now address family care will be required to fill their curriculum with more ancillary requirements and deviate from core chiropractic care. Graduates will be at a greater deficit. This will affect our scope of practice and the public's ability to receive quality, drugless chiropractic. Our unique identity as "separate and distinct" will be will be lost.


In December, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will be holding its open meeting and reviewing the CCE. As a profession, we have the opportunity to respond..but our window of time is short. Letters of concern must be received by the Board of Education by September 15th, which is next Thursday. I am asking you to act now, right now.  


There are three ways to take action:


1- Doctor input:  


Please write a personalized letter. This will take all of 10 minutes. That's a very short time to protect your future.


Once written, e-mail it immedietly to this address: 


with the subject line:  Written Comments re Council on Chiropractic Education.


You can find sample letters here:


2- Patient input:


Have your patients sign this prepared petition. The USDOE is very concerned with consumer input, so this step is as important as your letter.  


and fax it to: 805-481-5281


or scan and e-mail it to:

3- Student input:

Please distribute this petition amongst students. Student rights are a direct concern of the USDOE.


Students please write personal letters following the samples here.   


If you are not yet convinced that you need to act now, or you are looking for more resources to understand why..visit these links and read up! 


The CCE has ignored the profession's input to their new guidelines...


"In September 2010, the CCE Task Force on Accreditation Standards released a second draft to the public for comments. At the latest meeting on January 14th, the CCE met and adopted new educational standards that will become effective in January of next year.  Dr. Welsh, who attended the public proceedings, reports that the CCE President announced that the Council had received two complaints.  No details were provided.  Council members were reminded of the need for complete confidentiality.  In October 2010, it was reported by Welsh that the CCE had received approximately 3000 submissions from the profession."   


Breaking News - CCE Ignores Input from Profession on Standards, January 25, 2011

Dr. Chris Kent,  President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation calls us to action:


"It is now up to the profession to ensure that the student of today graduates with a strong philosophical base and a keen awareness of the profound potential of chiropractic's contribution to human health. The fundamental issues are simple. Are we a profession with a clearly defined mission, or are we a profession simply seeking some niche which offers access to a slice of the health care pie? Are we driven by principles or politics? Is our political position defined by our mission statement, or do we grovel to get whatever crumbs the insurance industry tosses our way? Do we have an identity defined by our purpose, or are we chameleons who change our colors to blend into the existing environment?"

A new direction for the CCE? Dynamic Chiropractic November 18, 2010, Vol. 28, Issue 24  



Dr. Joe Betz, ICA Board Member, reveals the ramifications on our practices:   


"The assault on our profession from within has reached unprecedented levels. If the silent majority does not speak up and do so very quickly, the chiropractic profession as we know it will cease to exist. You can no longer go into your practice and just adjust your patients and go home. You need to work to protect what we have inherited. It is our responsibility."


CCE "Cartel" is at it Again- American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic  


Dr. James Edwards, past ACA chairman, calls out the minority in our profession:


"This left-wing fringe of the profession, through revision to CCE standards, is now attempting to abolish all references to the subluxation, willing to designate our degree as DCM (Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine), and willing to delete all language that states chiropractic is a drugless and non-surgical profession. Are you paying attention? You should be because, to a great degree, CCE has the authority and power to define who you are and what you do. So, why am I so upset? Well, just look at CCE's proposed changes:

  • Adding the words or their equivalent to DC degree programs, thus authorizing the DCM degree;
  • Deleting every reference to the word subluxation; and
  • Deleting the "without the use of drugs and surgery" provision."
Dynamic Chiropractic - October 21, 2010, Vol. 28, Issue 22 


and labels CCE immoral 

"This incestuous selection process has failed to produce CCE board and council members who are willing and able to represent the mainstream positions of the majority of doctors of chiropractic, the majority of chiropractic colleges, and both national chiropractic membership organizations. And until CCE changes its electoral process, it will remain an organization without any moral authority to speak for the chiropractic profession."

Exposing the CCE Charade, Dynamic Chiropractic - April 9, 2011, Vol. 29, Issue

Dr. Gerry Clum, former member of the CCE, reveals the CCE biasness:  


 "Think about the appointment process to the Council - people get nominated, they are vetted by a committee of the Council on ambiguous criteria, they are put on a ballot that allows preferences to come into play, then a decision is made by the people who already sit on the Council. The opportunity for in-breeding, and election of people who represent a given orientation in the profession versus another, is obvious." 


An open letter to the profession:  


And finally....  


Dr. Denardis, one of the individuals hearing the case for the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity at the last reaccreditation hearing stated,


"Battles over turf, battles over philosophy, maybe battles over personal ambition, but divisions of every kind. And some of this, maybe most of it, is a consequence of, at least as I see it, a monopoly control of a profession which has led to the establishment of a virtual cartel..."

If you get the the entire transcript of the last hearing here... 


but most importantly....ACT NOW!! 


Do it to protect your practice....  

        Do it to protect the profession......

               Do it to protect the children....

Many, many blessings to you and yours,
Jeanne Ohm, DC

Institute of Medicine Releases Vaccine Report

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If you are like me your inbox was flooded the other day when the Institute of Medicine released their review of the literature regarding adverse reactions and vaccines. The most controversial issue of course being the relationship between autism and vaccines. According to the IOM the evidence favors a rejection of a causal relationship between MMR vaccine and autism.

A few things before we go any further. First, I am not going to rely on what some blogger reports regarding the IOM study. Second, I’m not going to rely on the IOM’s interpretation of the data. Third – neither should you.

The report is over 600 pages long and if we really want to know what it says we better read it otherwise its like reading an abstract of a research paper and thinking that what’s stated in the abstract is an accurate interpretation of what’s in the actual paper itself.     

What’s that you say? You don’t have the time nor the talent to sit down and digest and then critically evaluate a 600 page research paper? OK, then don’t but please make sure you support those who will and those who will actually do something about it once they do.

Take 2 minutes right now and send a donation to the National Vaccine Information Center and let Barbara Loe Fisher and her team know that you support what she is doing and the sacrifices they have made. The NVIC is currently conducting a study comparing health outcomes in vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations. If this is the kind of research you think needs to be done – send them a message with your wallet.

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Editor – McCoy Press Journals


In Memoriam - Donald Harrison DC, Ph.D, MSE, FICA

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It is with a sense of great sadness that I write about the passing of one of the greatest chiropractors, researchers and leaders I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, Donald Harrison, DC, PhD, MSE, FICA.

Dr. Don Harrison received his DC degree from Western States Chiropractic College in 1979, an M.S.E. (Mechanical Engineering) in 1997 and a Ph.D in Mathematics in 1998. He had private practices in California and Wyoming from 1979-1993. He originated CBP® Technique in 1980 and was the author of three CBP® text books, a CBP® x-ray workbook, and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals. Don served on the ICA Board of Directors for four years and, among many awards from ICA, was honored as ICA’s Chiropractor of the Year in 2006.

I first met Dr. Harrison a couple of years into practice when he was teaching a module for the Diplomate in Applied Chiropractic Sciences program for the ICA. The module was a 15 hour course on biomechanics and little did I know what I was in for that fateful Saturday morning.

As Dr. Harrison began to lecture and introduce us to the concepts of rotation, translation and deformation I couldn’t help but experience a mix of emotions. I was angry because I didn’t understand how I got through 4 years of chiropractic college and had never been exposed to real biomechanics. I was embarrassed at this at the same time because I didn’t have the sense to know that what I had been exposed to was in many cases completely false. At the same time I was also thrilled because I had already become increasingly frustrated in practice having been taught that chiropractic adjustments changed spines but I was not seeing this on the post films I was taking.          

Don and I had dinner together that night and for those of you who knew Don I’m sure all have your own “first time” story and mine was no less life changing. I left dinner a changed person because I could certainly not go back to practicing the way I had been and having gotten an earful about the politics of this profession I could no longer sit back and keep my mouth shut. You can imagine my poor staff’s response when I walked into the office Monday morning and explained to them that we were going to be doing things differently. Those in the political realm of chiropractic who often wish I would keep quiet can thank Don for inspiring me in that realm as well.    

I suppose there are lots of people like Don who have lived and changed people’s lives but there aren’t too many in this profession that did it on the scale that he did. For me he embodied the notion of the “last chiropractor” and would any of us do what is right and not expedient in that situation. Here was a man who went back to school to get degrees in engineering and mathematics so that he could advance what many think is a simple concept: that there is an ideal normal spinal model. Imagine someone having to spend their life – indeed giving their life - to prove what is in every anatomy textbook that’s ever been written.     

What also struck me about Don was how he saw no threat to the philosophy of chiropractic from science. Quite the opposite. Having grown up in chiropractic from a young age I’ve had occasion to hear the philosophy of chiropractic from some of the greats.  I have to say that few if any could hold a candle to Don and what made it better for someone as analytical as me was that he did it based on fact, not belief, faith or dogma.

Beyond the voluminous amount of research he was responsible for providing to the profession (more than any other technique) Don got heavily involved in politics. He knew that all the research in the world would not move subluxation centered chiropractic forward unless we were engaged in the politics of this profession. Don experienced the controlling cartel within chiropractic first hand. The profession’s own research journals rejected his work and caused him to go outside the profession to publish. Once he did, suddenly these same chiropractic journal editors were angry at him for that as well. You see, Don and the work that he represents is antithetical to the Chiropractic Cartel’s master plan because if there is an ideal normal spine and there is evidence that it can be restored then this throws a monkey wrench into the Cartel’s focus on short term, musculoskeletal pain treatment. It certainly causes the owners of chiropractic managed care companies who base their payment schemes on short term pain relief to lose sleep at night.

The last time I saw Don in person we spent the day together in Atlanta and it was then that he and I compared notes on the Cartel. He even had a sketch of the diagram that he went on to publish just a few months ago. Everyone has been talking about it since.

Something that I don’t think many people realize about Don was his ability to rise above the petty arguments that engulf chiropractic – especially in regards to the technique wars. In fact, he did so to an extreme extent. Putting aside selfishness and ego he spearheaded perhaps the most thorough review of chiropractic literature ever conducted with his involvement in the ICA’s most recent practice guidelines. Putting technique wars aside he made sure that everything was included. When I spoke with him about this on the phone as he was in the middle of it he remarked that it wasn’t about him – it was about the profession. Indeed. I’m sure only his family knows just how much he gave to this profession.                

Don will be greatly missed.

Donations to the CBP Non-Profit have been requested instead of flowers.  CBP Nonprofit, INC. is run by a 13 member Board and it has official Non-profit status with the IRS. Your donations are tax deductable.  Please direct all such donations to:
CBP Non-Profit

c/o CBP Seminars, Inc.
4940 N. Hawk Wing Lane
Eagle, ID 83616

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

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Editor – McCoy Press Journals


Are You Serious About Subluxation?

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The concept of vertebral subluxation has always been a contentious issue for those who want to do away with the term and the clinical practice associated with it. In the past couple of years we’ve seen the Dark Side of the profession engage in increased attacks on the faction of the profession that considers the analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation to be its Raison d'être.

In response, the subluxation based community has certainly been talking more to each other about the issues. Unfortunately much of it has been in the form of statements of righteous indignation on Facebook.

Well, here is your opportunity to actually participate in something meaningful regarding the future of this profession and the role of subluxation within it.

Sherman College of Chiropractic is holding its 8th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) on October 22-23, 2011 on the Sherman campus.

The Dark Side has exploited the subluxation based community’s lack of organization and factionization for a long time. It’s time to put a stop to that and begin to gather to discuss the serious issues facing our “brand” of chiropractic. 

The only question is: Will you be there?      

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

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Editor – McCoy Press Journals

Subluxation NOT Spoken There...

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Over the past year or so the chiropractic profession has shed its drugless character, subluxation has been removed from accreditation standards, philosophy of chiropractic has been removed from educational programs, chiropractic care of children has been attacked and the systematic marginalization of the traditional, conservative faction of chiropractic has been accomplished by the profession’s controlling cartel.

Yet there is still the majority of subluxation centered, principled chiropractors who are sitting on the sidelines and watching while not doing a damn thing.  Well if you needed one more piece of evidence that the sky really is falling to goad you into action – here it is:

The prevalence of the term subluxation in North American English-Language Doctor of Chiropractic Programs
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2011, 19:14 doi:10.1186/2045-709X-19-14
Timothy A Mirtz (
Stephen M Perle (

This paper is not worth reading for any scholarly content beyond the simple review of the schools’ curriculums and how often the term subluxation is used in their course catalogs. Dr. Christopher Kent said it best: “The paper is a perfect example of straw man arguments, special pleading, appeal to authority, and statements presented as facts without substantiation.”

I have already included this paper in my courses as it is a great case study in the use of logical fallacies - particularly the straw man fallacy, and the liberal use of unreferenced opinions presented as facts.

Beyond the simple math on the number of times subluxation is used in our schools, the paper is simply another anti-subluxation rant by the usual suspects - Perle and Mirtz. That Perle is proud that his own institution ranks as one of the lowest users of the term is good information for potential students thinking about going to the University of Bridgeport to study chiropractic – clearly chiropractic is not spoken there and they are better off choosing a school where it is spoken. In fact, I think the Tables reporting which schools use the term and which don’t should be used as recruiting posters for the admissions departments of real chiropractic schools. The only problem is that even at those schools where the term is used it isn’t used all that much and mostly only in technique classes.

So for all you subluxation chasers out there that needed another call to arms to get you to actually DO SOMETHING to save this profession from the controlling cartel – here it is. But beyond reading it, tsk, tsking, letting out a loud harrrummph! and “clicking “Like” on Facebook, what are you actually going to DO about it? Let me know as I’d love to hear it. 

In case you needed some ideas about what to DO: You could support chiropractic research:

Subscribe to Subluxation Based Research Journals

Support the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation

Click Here for a Power Point on the Paper

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

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Editor – McCoy Press Journals

Where is the Outrage?

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Drugs are in, injectables are in, minor surgery is in, MUA is in.

Drugless is out, subluxation is out, hugs are out, prepay is out. The Chiropractic Cartel has full control of the profession.

A chiropractor colleague of mine recently put the situation facing this profession very succinctly. He said in response to all the above:

“Where is the outrage? Where is the anger?  They have trampled all over the principles of this profession and we stand by and watch. What will it take to get our people to take action?”

Sure, there have been the fleeting Facebook postings, name calling and obscenities hurled at the New Mexico folks, Winterstein and others followed by animated gesticulations and a scowling harrumph!  But that’s the end of it. And the Dark Side is counting on this continued inaction by those who profess to guard the Sacred Trust.   

What we need is action. Here’s 10 things you can do to save this profession:

  1. Get appointed to your state board
  2. Go to your state board meetings – even if you are not on the board
  3. Join a state association – one that supports your subluxation based values. If your state doesn’t have one - start one.
  4. Join a national/international chiropractic association that is not in bed with the Chiropractic Cartel – here’s one
  5. Support chiropractic research. How?
    1. Support the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation.
    2. Subscribe to chiropractic research journals that embrace subluxation
    3. Attend the International Research & Philosophy Conference on Vertebral Subluxation
  6. It’s a moral crime to support your own destruction – stop writing checks to people and companies in chiropractic that support the Chiropractic Cartel.  
  7. Read. Ignorance is not bliss. You need to be always connecting dots as to what is going on this profession and who the players are.
  8. When you join your state and national associations don’t just write a check and assume everything is fine. Attend the board meetings. Show up. Speak out. Get involved.   
  9. Double your practice. You can’t help anyone, least of all this profession, if you are poor. Success leaves clues. Plenty of chiropractors are doing well despite the economy. Find them and do what they do.
  10. Help chiropractic students and recent graduates. The average chiropractic student is graduating with $200,000.00 in student loan debt. They can’t get a loan to open up a practice. This is a problem for everyone. It is not sustainable. Set up a scholarship for students at your alma mater to lessen their loan burden. Hire an associate. Don’t need an associate? See Number 9.     

Don’t like this list? Come up with your own but do something and do it now! The seriousness of the situation cannot be overstated.

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

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Editor – McCoy Press Journals