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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Episode 9: John J. Triano DC PhD on Prescription Rights for Chiropractors, The S Word and More

John J. Triano, DC PhD is the dean of graduate education and research at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and is one of the most well-known and well-respected chiropractic researchers and clinicians.  He spoke with me about limited prescription authority for chiropractors and his views on the topic (hint: he's in favor of it), rational chiropractic practice (in favor of that too), and subluxation (he's in favor of getting over it).

This interview with Dr. Triano was conducted by Rochester chiropractor Brett L. Kinsler, DC.

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Episode 3: Dr. Michael Schneider on Primary Spine Care

Michael Schneider, DC, PhD is an assistant professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and the immediate past president of the West Hartford Group, a chiropractic think tank.  Dr. Schneider spoke with me over Skype about the role chiropractic should play in the 21st century.  His vision is of the chiropractor as a primary spine care  practitioner and the doctor of choice for musculoskeletal conditions.  He is as well published as he is well spoken in this discussion.

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