Influential global alliance calls on governments and the World Health Organization to prioritize musculoskeletal and spinal health following findings of “The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010”
The Bone and Joint Decade (BJD), the only organization that brings together stakeholders considering all musculoskeletal conditions, and the World Federation of Chiropractic, a BJD member representing the chiropractic profession, issued a news release (download pdf below) on December 14th calling for urgent action to “keep people moving” and reduce the burden of disability. Musculoskeletal conditions are the second greatest cause of disability globally.
I wanted to take a few moments to respond to the latest email from Rod Lacy. Early in my career, I purchased a pre-printed marketing package from a then, popular vendor and I ran the recommended advertising campaign without proofreading or editing. I quickly found out that exaggerated advertising can land you in front of the Board of Chiropractic Medicine. I took complete responsibility for my advertising infraction and paid my fine, which closed the case. I took it as a lesson learned the hard way, obviously a lesson that Rod Lacy has yet to learn. Rod Lacy has now been in front of the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine on four separate violations of Florida law since 1997, and his license is currently suspended with unpaid fines still due to the State of Florida and it wasn’t just about a hemorrhoid treatment. View the disciplinary records below. Is Rod Lacy the person that DCs seeking drug rights really want as the face of our profession?
For over a year now – since a dilapidated white ice cream truck circled the Peabody during the 2011 FCA National Convention – repeated email attacks have been pointed at the FCA. A DC whose Florida license was suspended in 2009 has spewed forth hundreds of emails to chiropractors across the country, proclaiming that he thinks chiropractic is dying, pointing the finger at all sorts of organizations and individuals as being to blame, and exhorting one and all that the Big Answer to all of life’s problems is “full chiropractic prescriptive drug rights.” The FCA has chosen largely not to respond to these attacks, not wanting to waste your resources on mudslinging. We chose to take the high ground and not stoop to his level of accusations. Some FCA members have asked us why we are not responding to his half-truths, innuendos and outright fabrications. So, we have decided to explain.
Responding to the grim news from The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) that the fungal meningitis outbreak attributed to a
Massachusetts compounding pharmacy amounted to 257 cases in 16 states
with 20 deaths – and those numbers continue to climb with the
possibility that 13,000 patients might have received products from the
company – the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) has issued a
position paper: “A Safer Approach to Long-term Relief from Back Pain:
Understanding the role of Chiropractic care as the first option in
providing drug-free, non-invasive effective back pain management.” The
paper also points to overuse of cortisone injections, dangers of
addiction to prescription drugs such as Methadone and other opioids for
musculoskeletal problems such as back pain and arthritis, as well as
mounting evidence that, for many patients, surgery is no better at
relieving pain than non-invasive care options.
Once the votes were counted last night, Florida’s Legislature saw a changed landscape in the first election following its decennial reapportionment. Republicans suffered modest losses, still maintaining control in both the House and Senate, though losing their super-majorities which offered Democrats little voice in the last several sessions.