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ACF Publishes First Newsletter

October 2013

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The African Chiropractic Federation (ACF), representing national associations of chiropractors in Africa and newly formed at the WFC Congress in Durban last April, has now published its first newsletter, which may be read here.

Items include biographies of African chiropractors in several countries, news stories, and notice of the first Annual Meeting and Seminar to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 3-5, 2014.  Keynote speakers are Drs Francis Murphy and Brian McAulay, generously sponsored by Parker University.

Congratulations to ACF News editors Drs Praveena Maharaj, South Africa, and Neera Sharma Maini of Kenya.

     
 

Chiropractic Under the African Sun

May 2013

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CASA President Dr. Simon Lawson opens the Congress

From April 8–13 the Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) hosted the World Federation of Chiropractic’s 12th Biennial Congress, titled Chiropractic Under the African Sun, at the International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa.

More than 750 delegates from 42 countries attended the Congress, the largest and most impressive meeting ever held in Africa.  Many rated it “the best ever” chiropractic event in their lives.

“This was a wonderful Congress in very, very many respects”, said Dr Bill Meeker, President, West Campus Palmer College, which was one of the major sponsors together with Neuromechanical Innovations and Foot Levelers.
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Photo courtesy of Dr. Gary Auerbach


Beyond outstanding academic and social programs there were many special celebrations and events since this was the Silver Anniversary of the WFC which was formed 25 years ago in 1988.  These included:
 
•    A video from researchers worldwide honoring Dr Scott Haldeman who was retiring as Chair of the WFC Research Council after 25 years of distinguished leadership.

•    Renaming of the original research awards as the NCMIC Louis Sportelli Research Awards to honor both Dr Sportelli for his career of leadership in building research capacity for the profession, and the NCMIC Group Inc. for its long term funding of the main awards.  From the 174 research submissions received, first and second prizes of US$12,000 and US$7,500 respectively were awarded for research papers from research teams affiliated with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and led by Dr Jessica Wong and Dr Jairus Quesnele.

•    Launch of an illustrated history titled The Global Advance of Chiropractic: The World Federation of Chiropractic 1988-2013 authored by Dr Reed Phillips.  This history documents the international expansion of the chiropractic profession during the past generation, is of exceptional quality, contains over 600 images. To purchase, please fax or email this order form.

•    Honor Awards for outstanding service towards the international growth of the chiropractic profession to Mr. Kent Greenawalt, CEO, Foot Levelers, USA, Dr Jean Moss, President, CMCC, Canada, and Dr Anthony Metcalfe of the UK, a Past-President of the British Chiropractic Association, the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) and the WFC.


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Dr Jessica Wong of Toronto, Canada receives
the Scott Haldeman Award First Prize in the original research competition from (left) Dr Haldeman, Dr Louis Sportelli, Dr Greg Kawchuk and Dr Claire Johnson.
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Dr Dennis Richards, WFC President, Dr Gary Auerbach, first WFC President 1989-92, and David Chapman-Smith, Secretary-General, cut the silver anniversary birthday cake at the Saturday Gala Banquet.

One important goal of holding this WFC Congress in Africa was formation of a regional organization to represent and advance the chiropractic profession in Africa, the only world region without such a regional organization.  That was achieved with the formation of the African Chiropractic Federation (ACF) at the WFC Assembly by chiropractic delegates from 13 nations – Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The first ACF seminar meeting is to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 3-5, 2014, hosted by the Chiropractic Association of Kenya.

“Our Silver Anniversary Congress was such a success because of many partners and individuals,” said WFC President Dr Dennis Richards of Australia, “but none more so that the members of the CASA Local Planning Committee led by Dr Caileen Walker and Dr Reg Engelbrecht.  The WFC and everyone who attended this historic meeting are greatly indebted to them.”

Special thanks are also due to many exhibitors and sponsors, led by Platinum Sponsor Neuromechanical Innovations (Dr Christopher Colloca, President).  Many of these donated prizes to a fundraising raffle which raised over $5,000 to support the inspirational work of Sister Brigitte Yengo DC, MD at her orphanage at Brazzaville in the Congo (www.SisterYengo’sChildren.org).

The next WFC Congress is to be held in Athens, Greece from May 14-16, 2015, together with the annual convention of the ECU and hosted by the Hellenic Chiropractic Association.  WFC member associations in the Asia and Pacific Regions are being invited to bid to host the 2017 Congress.

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Sister Yengo DC, MD and other African national delegates at the Banquet.
   

Status of the Chiropractic Profession

January 2013

At the request of the World Health Organization the World Federation of Chiropractic has this month filed a summary report on the status of chiropractic with WHO.  For text see – the report.

For much other information go to About Chiropractic and About WFC at this website.

   

New History of WFC and the Profession

December 2012

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DD Palmer with Dr. Douglas Baker (left) and Dr. Virgil Strang, President, Palmer College
at the Chiropractic Centennial, Washington DC, 1995

To celebrate its Silver Anniversary in 2013 the WFC has published an elegant, hardback illustrated history of its first 25 years – and the huge global growth of the chiropractic profession in that time (250 pages, over 600 photographs and illustrations, full color throughout).

All chiropractors will want this magnificent new illustrated history of the profession in its era of true international expansion.  Title is  The Global Advance of Chiropractic: The World Federation of Chiropractic 1988-2013, author is Dr Reed B Phillips, editors are Dr Gerard Clum and David Chapman-Smith. For a preview see:
                                                                                                                                          
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ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY: Here

Note: WFC associate members are being sent one complimentary copy by May 31. If you have not received yours by then contact Sarah Villarba at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Prosecutions in South Korea – Appeal for Support and Donations

                                        (Most current news can be found in the WFC's Quarterly World Reports)

June 30, 2011                                                             

This is a special news release and report on the prosecution of chiropractors in South Korea, and an appeal to all chiropractors and chiropractic organizations to donate funds as you are able to the Korean Chiropractic Association (KCA), the World Federation of Chiropractic’s  member association in South Korea.

To donate funds to the KCA visit WFC at www.wfc.org

Here is background information and the current situation. KCA President, Dr. Taeg Su Choi is appealing a recent conviction and 5 other KCA members are facing prosecutions.

Background.  In South Korea chiropractors, and other health professionals not recognized by law such as acupuncturists, face two major opponents. The first is the Korean Medical Association (KMA) representing the medical profession. The second is the Oriental Medical Doctors’ Association (OMDA) who represent a large and powerful group of regulated OMDs who provide chuna (manipulation techniques – taught with translated versions of chiropractic text books), herbal remedies and acupuncture.

The KMA and the OMDA have been reporting chiropractors to the police, thus leading to multiple prosecutions against chiropractors, since the first Korean chiropractor Dr. Yong Serb Song returned from Palmer College in the early 1990s. Dr. Song, the first President and founder of the KCA, was convicted three times before he passed away in 2001. His son and daughter, Dr. Joonn-Han (Steven) Song and Dr. Su-Hie (Katrina) Song, are also Palmer graduates and have also faced prosecutions.

Over the years many chiropractors, most prominently anyone brave enough to become part of the KCA, have faced prosecutions and convictions. Several have had second and third convictions and not only large fines but suspended prison sentences, forcing them to leave their homes and country for new lives in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA and elsewhere.

Some convicted chiropractors, including Dr. Katrina Song, have appealed to the Constitutional Court. Their argument has been that Koreans have a constitutional right to choose and receive natural forms of healthcare that relieve pain and suffering, and chiropractors have a constitutional right to offer their services. The current medical law is too wide and unconstitutional in restricting those rights.

In early cases the panel of nine judges all supported the medical law. When Dr. Katrina Song appealed in 2001 two of nine judges found in her favour, and all said that the government should be reviewing the situation. However facing the threat of a one year suspended term of imprisonment Dr. Song had to abandon chiropractic practice.

Each year the Constitutional Court has become more supportive as brave KCA leaders and others have continued in practice, faced prosecution and conviction, and then appealed. A majority of six of nine judges is required for success. Acupuncturists have also continued fighting appeals. In an acupuncture appeal last July the Constitutional Court had five of nine judges ruling the medical law was unconstitutional – one short of victory.

Current Situation.  The current President of the KCA is Dr. Taeg Su Choi, a 1998 graduate of Life Chiropractic College who practices in Changwon City in South Korea. He has been KCA President since December 2003 and has been an inspirational leader. Working with Congressman Kim he arranged KCA/WFC symposia at the Korean National Assembly in Seoul in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has written policy documents on chiropractic for legislators and an impressive book on chiropractic for the general public titled No Surgery, No Drugs, Chiropractic Medicine.

Dr. Choi has faced five prosecutions since 2004 – in other words since becoming KCA President. The most recent began on a complaint from the OMDA. He was convicted and fined $3,000. On legal advice he appealed to both the Constitutional Court and within the general court system. In the general court appeal he received probation.

Dr. Choi has now launched a further appeal in the general court system and is waiting for hearings there and in the Constitutional Court.

These important appeals are naturally supported and made on behalf of the KCA. The legal team of three lawyers is led by Taewon Park, a leading lawyer in the field who has won many cases relative to massage therapy and acupuncture. He was involved in the acupuncture appeal before the constitutional court last year.

Another current conviction and appeal relates to Dr. Junyong Ahn, a 2006 Palmer College graduate who has practiced in the capital Seoul for the past 5 years. In the Lower Court he was convicted and fined US$5,000. His case is now on appeal before the Supreme Court.

“Last months formal chiropractic clinics were investigated by local health officers and one new prosecution has begun”, reports Dr. Taeg Su Choi. “This is from complaints from the KMA and OMDA which continue to try to get rid of the chiropractic profession in South Korea”.

The KCA, which once had approximately 60 members, is currently reduced to 17 members because of the hostile environment to chiropractic practice in Korea. Most of these 17 already have at least one conviction. The WFC, which will itself be making a donation, asks you to be generous in supporting the KCA at this pivotal time for the survival and success of the chiropractic profession in South Korea. 

   

WFC's 11th Biennial Congress Rio - Huge Success!

May 2011

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In the biggest event in the history of chiropractic in Latin America, over 900 delegates attended the WFC’s 11th Biennial Congress, hosted by the Brazilian Chiropractors’ Association (ABQ) and held in Rio de Janeiro, April 6-9, 2011.

The outstanding academic program included themes of sports chiropractic, the cervical spine, the history and current status of spinal manipulation and new models of chiropractic practice.

Over 200 original research presentations were received for the Congress.  First prize, the Scott Haldeman Award worth $10,000 and sponsored by NCMIC, went to Dr. Mette Jensen-Stochkendahl and her colleagues from Denmark for a new randomized controlled trial of chiropractic treatment for patients with musculoskeletal chest pain.

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