Ep 23: Chiropractors and Prescription Rights. Two College Presidents Sound Off: Winterstein and Clum

It was called House Bill 127 (HB 127) and with it, the New Mexico State Senate considered legislation to permit limited prescription drug rights to a group of "Advanced Practice" Chiropractors. The bill passed the house but not the full senate. The chiropractic formulary was to include some anti-inflammatories, a common muscle relaxer, and several other topical and internal substances. Proponents said this law would permit chiropractors to help with the drastic shortage of PCP's in NM and also help patients reduce their medication usage. Opponents said this law flew in the face of our chiropractic forefathers who fought hard to preserve our drugless profession.

I wrote a blog article on this topic on the RochesterChiro blog which attracted some heated debate and strong opinion. For more depth on this issue, I wanted to speak to two people who went to the hearings in New Mexico concerning this bill. I contacted Dr. James Winterstein, president of National University of Health Sciences and Dr. Gerry Clum, recently retired president of Life College of Chiropractic West.

Poll from Dynamic Chiropractic April 9, 2011 Edition

Would you support broad advanced-practice rights, such as those proposed in New Mexico, in your state?
Yes 1295 (50%)
No 1259 (49%)
Not sure 34 (1%)

Total: 2588

National University of Health Sciences

Life College of Chiropractic West

New Mexico Bomb Shelter and Pharmaceutical Rights for Chiropractors

New Mexico Chiropractic Scope of Practice

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Ep 22: J. David Cassidy, DC DrMedSc PhD on Lack of Increased Risk VBA Stroke With Chiropractic

J David Cassidy, DC DrMedSc, PhD is a senior scientist in the Division of Health Care & Outcomes Research at Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI).  He is also a professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and professor in Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Cassidy also holds the Research Directorship in Artists' Health at the University Health Network.

Originally trained as a chiropractor, Dr. Cassidy practiced in both Ontario and Saskatchewan, where he was a member of the Medical-Dental Staff at the Royal University Hospital and a consultant chiropractor to the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Anatomy, a Master of Science in Surgery and a Doctorate in Anatomical Pathology from the University of Saskatchewan. His second doctoral degree (Dr.Med.Sc.) was earned in Epidemiology and Injury Prevention at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Cassidy has authored over 225 scientific papers and chapters in books, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Achives of Internal Medicine, Spine and other international journals. His research interests include musculoskeletal and injury epidemiology. His current research focus is on disability prevention from occupational and traffic injuries, neurotrauma (brain and spinal cord injury) and health issues in artists.

Dr. Cassidy is recently known for a paper published in Spine that examined more than 100 million person years and concluded there was no additional risk of stroke following a visit to a chiropractor versus seeing a medical doctor.

In this episode of the chiropractic podcast On The Other Hand, J. David Cassidy speaks with Dr. Brett Kinsler about this paper, its strengths and its criticisms.

Mentioned in this episode:

Managing Low Back Pain by William H. Kirkaldy-Willis MA MD LLD

Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care: Results of a Population-Based Case-Control and Case-Crossover Study

Treatment of Neck Pain: Noninvasive Interventions: Results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders

Dr. Cassidy's testimony: State Board of Chiropractic Examiners Hearing on Informed Consent for Chiropractic Procedures - Day 4 Morning Session

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Ep 21: Roundup, Listener Mail and Changing the Podcast Tagline

Dr. Brett Kinsler reads and responds to some podcast listener mail, discusses some behind the scenes processes of the On The Other Hand program and addresses why he is changing the tagline for the show.

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Ep 20: Dr. Keith Overland, Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association

Keith Overland, DC, is the current Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association and he is likely to be the next President of the ACA.  Dr. Overland speaks about the ACA, the Chiropractic Summit and healthcare reform as it relates to chiropractic. He also talks about being the team chiropractor for the New York Mets.

Dr. Overland teaches sports medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and serves on their postgraduate faculty as well as those of New York Chiropractic College and Cleveland College of Chiropractic - Kansas City. He has served as the chiropractic consultant for the New York Mets baseball team, the United States Olympic training center, and the 2002 Olympic U.S. speed skating team. Dr. Overland also has taught at the U.S. Open Tennis Coaches Conference and is the medical editor for the New England Tennis Magazine. He practices in Norwalk, Connecticut.

In this episode of On The Other Hand, Dr. Overland is interviewed by Rochester chiropractor Dr. Brett Kinsler.

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