Month: March 2004

Chiropractic Awareness Council Discussion of Vaccination

Chiropractic Awareness Council (Canada)


As many of you are aware, last fall the CCO indicated their intention to effectively put a gag order on the discussion of vaccination by a chiropractor. This came to fruition on Tuesday, February 10 with a vote by the Executive Council to accept the proposed change in Standard of Practice S-015 known as Version 1.

The entire Standard, as voted on by the Executive Committee, is included at the bottom of this communique. In a nutshell, any DC licensed with the CCO will be required by law to NOT comment on the public health issue of vaccination in any form, with fines of $25,000 and/or imprisonment as penalty for contravention of the standard.

For your information, the voting by the Executive Council is as follows:

– In favour of proposed Standard: ALL 6 public members, Dr. Brian Schut (District 4 – Metro Toronto), Dr. Drew Potter (District 5 – Central West), Dr. David Leprich (District 5 – Central West)

– Opposed to proposed Standard: Dr. Gilles Lamarche (District 1 – Northern), Dr. Jacques Laquerre (District 2 – Eastern), Dr. Marshall Deltoff (District 4 – Metro Toronto), Dr. Lynda Montgomery (District 6 – Western).

If you like the way your elected representative voted, we would suggest that you write them to congratulate them. If you do not like the way your elected representative voted, we would suggest that you write them to chastise them. We would also suggest that you copy the CCO with your letter so that they have a record of your opinion on this very important matter as well. We would appreciate a copy as well. Please keep your correspondence polite, respectful and professional.

We would also suggest that you contact any other chiropractic organization that you are connected with to have them apprise you of both their policy on vaccination (ours is attached), and their position in this matter. You may be surprised at what you hear.

We feel that our regulatory body taking away our right to make comment on ANY issue related to the health and well-being of our patients, the citizens of Ontario is contrary to the very reason they exist. The CCO mission statement states they are “committed to improving the health and well-being of Ontarians by informing the public and assuring them of competent and ethical chiropractic care”. We do not believe this standard reflects that mandate.

If you are concerned about this issue, we would suggest that NOW is the time to voice your opinion. Waiting for someone else to do it is NOT an option. Let your CCO representative know your feelings, let the CCO know your feelings. If you have patients who have an opinion on this matter, feel free to let them know that it is for their “best interests” that this proposal has been voted in, and that above all, their feelings matter the most.

Please recognize that this is not a ‘pro vs con’ argument on the merits of this medical intervention. It is about freedom of speech, and the rights and responsibilities that accompany the granting of the title “Doctor” when we graduate. We feel that being portal of entry practitioners, having this sort of standard as a legal entity is demeaning to our profession, in that it implies that although we are thoroughly trained and licensed as doctors, we somehow are not intelligent enough to be able to research this topic and provide the best available evidence for those who seek our guidance. It is also both morally corrupt and potentially harmful to our patients in that they are denied an opportunity to be given access to all information allowing them to make an informed decision on this issue.

Standing on Principle
Dr. Steven J. Silk
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chiropractic Awareness Council
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Encourage this chiropractic lifestyle that I advocate

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

How do you get a person to commit to something. This is a very important discussion when you are seeking to serve more people. We all know that it is impossible to change someone else, especially those of us who are married. A person walks into your office usually seeking relief from an aliment. The first commitment is usually easy at that point. They walked into your office seeking help. They already decided that there is a possibility that you can help them. The first emotion that we need to convey to them if we want them to connect to us and stick around is Hope. We are in the business that it’s continued existence is a testimonial to the “results” that people experience under our care. Understanding the implications of the definition of the Chiropractic Philosophy is very simple and easy to understand yet it is an understatement. The definition itself doesn’t motivate people. You do. They need to have confidence in the fact that you can help them and that you want to help them. Before a new patient ever leaves my office I always thank them for choosing me as their chiropractor and I let them know that I Want To Be Their Chiropractor. That is telling them that not only do I think that I can help them, that in addition to that I Want To Help Them.

Don’t underestimate the power of these statements. By the time you show the patient their x-rays and do their report of findings they should already be convinced that they are in the right place. In that report you or your staff needs to tell them whether or not you feel you can help them, how long that will take and how much will that cost. At that point I step back and let them choose. The choice is theirs. If they don’t choose to do their part in their care then we don’t have a deal. I need to lay it out as best I can and then step back and let them choose. For too many years health care is something that was done to you. In my office I pride myself in educating the public so that they can make their choice. When they make their choice then it is their choice, not my choice and then they take responsibility for their choice. True it is my job to support them in keeping their commitment to their health and it is my job to make the importance of lifetime care a very real thing in their consciousness but it is their choice to take the action steps necessary to live a healthier life by choosing to stay as subluxation free as they can. This option that I give them might only sound like semantics to you but it is actually a shift in responsibility. I am responsible to remove their subluxations but they get to choose each time they come in if they are going to continue or if they are going to “wait until it hurts again.” I cringe to even write that possibility but I know it exists and it actually keeps me on my toes. It doesn’t matter how “closed” I feel the deal is when they first start I must never take their continued loyalty as a sign that I can let up on my responsibility which is to reduce their subluxations and encourage this chiropractic lifestyle that I advocate.

Now back to that first visit and even before. The first phone call or the first contact. I need to open the deal at this point. I need to establish my practice in their minds and I must establish the need in their minds. What is it they that are looking for? Hope. They can’t anchor to an unanchored mind. Is your mind anchored. Do you know that you know that you know that you know that they are better off without subluxation no matter what their symptomatic picture looks like? All of their symptoms might not go away while they are under chiropractic care, that I can’t guarantee them. I can guarantee them that they are better off living a life with regular Chiropractic. That I can say without a doubt. Without a doubt I can say that they will be better then if they didn’t get adjusted.

When you are in conversation with a person remember in their world what matters is them. Show them how you and chiropractic can help them. Listen. Give them unconditional love. Hope. Choice. The deal will close itself if you present it like it is. If people really understood what we had they would be breaking down our doors before they would go through life Subluxated or let their children deal with this stressful world without the benefits of regular Chiropractic care. I can’t sell anything that I don’t own and I own that. I can only care for them with as much love and care as I take care of my own family. Go out and make your practice reflect your beliefs. Take care of families so they can express the same kind of life expression as your own family expresses. One last thought, if you can’t get your family of origin to understand and be part of your Chiropractic family then just move on and choose your own “family” to be part of your Chiropractic practice family.

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Dr. Sharon Gorman is a chiropractor in active practice in the state of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Life Chiropractic college in Georgia. @ 10:58 am | Article ID: 1078167508