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NZCA Earthquake Appeal

NZCA letter dated March 14 (New Zealand Chiropractors' Association Appeal)

March  2011

Our thoughts and prayers and best wishes go out to colleagues whose lives and practices have been devastated by natural disasters and revolution in a number of countries in recent months – by floods in Australia, earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, and revolution and war in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Click the link above to see an appeal “to our global chiropractic family” from the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association for donations to support the 35 chiropractors in Christchurch, New Zealand whose homes, practices and lives have been shattered by the February 22 earthquake.

“The situation is dire”, explains NZCA President, Dr. Jim Burt. All other members of the NZCA are contributing substantially through an association levy and fund.

Please give what you can, individually and through your associations. As Dr. Burt says “funds raised will be used wisely by the NZCA and donations of any amount will be hugely appreciated by the chiropractors and community of Christchurch”. Thank you.

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                                                                                                                General Damage





Dr. Jim Burt, NZCA President (standing)
and Dr. Corrian Poelsman, NZCA
First Vice-President (left) visit Christchurch
to inspect damage and meet with the
coordinator of the Christchurch chiropractors
Dr. Simon Roughan (right).

Christchurch’s 35 chiropractors meet at the office of
Dr. Simon Roughan (center front) on March 22 to discuss
the situation, draw strength from each other,
plan for the future and put a brave face on their situation.



World Spine Care

June 2012

World Spine Care (www.worldspinecare.org), an international, multidisciplinary health charity bringing effective spine care to the world's most disadvantaged populations, now has established services in Botswana and is preparing for sites in India and elsewhere. Click here for its Spring 2012 news summary.

February  2011                                                                                                 Donate to WSC by clicking here

In December 2009 the WFC Council voted to endorse World Spine Care (WSC), a visionary new project led by Dr. Scott Haldeman, Chair, WFC Research Council, which has the goal of helping people in underprivileged regions of the world who suffer from health problems related to the spine. WSC, supported by the World Health Organization through the Bone and Joint Decade is recruiting volunteer health care professionals including chiropractors, physicians and physical therapists to provide core spine care. Volunteer specialists fly in to manage patients referred with serious spinal pathology.

Distinguished members of the WSC Advisory Council include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Collaborating centers include Palmer College of Chiropractic and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. WSC has commenced work in Botswana and plans to open a first clinic in India later this year. For more information go to www.worldspinecare.org.
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Haldeman Biography

The Legacy of Scott Haldeman (600 pages, hardbound with CD-Rom with audio/video lectures and interviews), authored by Dr. Reed Phillips and published by NCMIC, is  now available.

Anyone truly interested in chiropractic, its history or its future will want to have this fascinating account of Scott Haldeman’s life – his challenges and triumphs growing up in South Africa as the son and grandson of chiropractors, training at Palmer College, then continuing his professional development in South Africa, Canada and the United States until being recognized internationally as a foremost authority on the conservative management of spinal pain.


Go to http://www.frontofficellc.com/haldeman.html



New Colleges Opening

October 2009

IMU Campus

Dr. Michael Haneline

Malaysia will become the latest country to introduce chiropractic education with the first intake of students next March at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur. Head of Chiropractic is Dr. Michael Haneline, formerly a faculty member at Palmer West in San Jose, California.

Meanwhile second schools of chiropractic have opened their doors to students in Mexico and Spain – in September at the Universidad Estatal del Valle de Toluca near Mexico City and this month at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic in Barcelona.



Chiropractic Services at World Games in Taiwan

September 2009

Opening Ceremony

Dr. Jackie Huang

For 10 days in July Dr. Jackie Huang of Kaohsiung, Taiwan was a member of the Federation International du Chiropractique du Sport (FICS) team of 28 chiropractors serving over 5,000 athletes from 103 countries at the 8th World Games held in her home city. The World Games, part of the Olympic movement and using the 5 rings, feature 31 sports seeking entry to the main Olympics, such as archery, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby sevens and other ball sports.

The International World Games Association has confirmed that chiropractic will once again be a core service for the next World Games to be held in Cali, Columbia in 2013. For a full report on the World Games, and an interview with Dr. Jackie Huang, go to the September 2009 News at Publications at www.fics-sport.org.



WFC’s Montreal Congress Ranked a Huge Success by All

May 2009
“This was the most amazing chiropractic meeting I have ever attended, and it gave me much renewed confidence in the future of our profession”, said Dr. Brent McNabb of Madison, Wisconsin at the close of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s 10th Biennial Congress in Montreal, Quebec, Canada April 30 – May 2, hosted by the Canadian Chiropractic Association.

Over 1,000 doctors of chiropractic and students from 38 countries were present for this celebration of chiropractic which began with an inspirational address from Canada’s 2008 Athlete of the Year Chantal Petitclerc. Petitclerc, paraplegic and wheelchair-bound since a spinal cord injury at age 13, broke 2 world records when winning 5 track gold medals at the Beijing Paralympics.

She spoke of her career, how to adjust and achieve your goals whatever may happen in life, the important role of chiropractic in her life as an elite athlete, showed the video of her narrow victory over two Chinese competitors in the 100 metres, and drew tears and laughter and a standing ovation from an audience in awe of her character and achievements.

Increased integration of chiropractic services within mainstream health care around the world, as in Petitclerc’s sports medicine team, was one theme of the Congress. In the opening session examples were given by speakers from the US (Dr. Scott Haldeman, and Dr. Andrew Dunn from the West Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center), Canada (Dr. Silvano Mior and Dr. Deborah Kopansky Giles on inclusion of DCs in primary care teams and hospitals), and Denmark (Dr. Charlotte Leboeuf Yde, University of Southern Denmark).

Dr. Jack Taunton and Dr. Robert Armitage, Chief Medical Officer and Co-ordinator, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, spoke of the team of approximately 40 DCs that will be part of the core healthcare team for the Games. In a keynote address Dr. David Eisenberg of Harvard described integration of chiropractic within the Harvard University hospital system, and reported his new research there – not yet published – showing far superior results with chronic back pain patients when chiropractic and other complementary services are integrated with best medical care.

The lecture hall had standing room only for many as 15 minute overviews of their work were given by 8 Canadian chiropractic researchers holding PhDs and research chairs at major universities across Canada. One, Dr. David Cassidy, described the work of 10 chiropractic researchers and PhD students at his center at the University of Toronto. Speaking the next day Eisenberg, accustomed to the standards of Harvard, explained how “extremely impressed” he was with the intellectual standards and work of the research being presented at the Congress.

Canada now has the greatest depth of university-based researchers and research of any country, and this is the result of an ongoing long-term plan by the Canadian Chiropractic Association to establish respect, cultural authority and a secure future for the profession.

The Congress original research competition attracted 155 submissions and was sponsored by NCMIC Insurance. First prize ($10,000, the Scott Haldeman Award) went to Drs Shawn He and Veronica Dishman of Palmer Florida for a basic science paper entitled Motor Neuronal Degeneration Following Knee Joint Immobilization in the Guinea Pig: An Animal Model of Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

At the Saturday Gala Banquet and Dance on May 2, which featured Cirque Eloise acts and a premier band from the host province of Quebec, Dr. David Cassidy of Canada and Dr. Arlan Fuhr of the USA received honor awards for outstanding services to the chiropractic profession internationally. There was a standing ovation for the oldest chiropractor present – Dr. Del Hushley of Montreal, a 1948 Palmer graduate who was celebrating his 94th birthday.

Many events associated with the Congress included meetings of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, CCE International, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) and representatives of licensing boards worldwide. One special event was a dinner to roast and toast the sports chiropractic leader Dr. Tom Hyde of Miami on the occasion of his retirement from international sports administration.

As in Portugal in 2007 at the last WFC Congress, Sister Brigitte Yengo DC, MD of the Congo was present and the Congress was used as a venue to raise funds to support her orphanage. In a raffle sponsored by Activator Methods over $5,300-00 was raised.

At the WFC Assembly of Members, held just prior to the main conference, national associations from Indonesia, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates were admitted to WFC membership. This means that the WFC now comprises and represents national associations in 92 countries.

Other highlights of the Assembly included an address by Dr. Molly Robinson, a former student leader in the American Chiropractic Association and the World Congress of Chiropractic Students. Under a contract between the World Health Organization and the WFC Dr. Robinson has this year become the first DC ever employed by WHO and is working as a technical officer at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The location of the WFC’s next Congress, announced in the closing session accompanied by drummers and samba dancers, is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dates are April 7-9, 2011.

’This Montreal Congress worked on every level”, said Dr. Susan Gillis-Lawson of Toronto, commenting on the strong technique, philosophy and scientific presentations, the social program, the venue, the large attendance, and the atmosphere of quality, unity and success.

“It is possible at times to be discouraged about current challenges facing the profession in Canada and elsewhere but this Congress, the best chiropractic meeting I have ever attended, has completely restored my enthusiasm and optimism for the chiropractic profession and its future.”

For more on the Congress, including photos available for downloading, visit www.wfc.org.

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Chantal Petitclerc

Dr. David Eisenberg
Dr. David Eisenberg

Dr Stathis Papadopoulos WFC President opens the Congress
Dr Stathis Papadopoulos, WFC President,
opens the Congress

Sister Yengo
Sister Yengo

First prize award to Dr. He by Dr. Scott Haldeman and Dr. Lou Sportelli
First prize award to Dr. He by Dr. Scott
Haldeman and Dr. Lou Sportelli

Dr. Arlan Fuhr accepts Honour Award
Dr. Arlan Fuhr accepts Honour Award

Dr. Gerard Clum accepts Past Presidents Award
Dr. Gerard Clum accepts Past Presidents Award

Full House
Full House

Dr Mike Leahys ART workshop
Dr Mike Leahy’s ART workshop


Brazil – Federal Judge Rules in Favour of Chiropractic Profession

March 2009

Brazilian newspaper advertisement by PTs

On March 3, 2009, in the latest step by the Brazilian Chiropractors’ Association (ABQ) to defend the chiropractic profession against efforts by PTs to have chiropractic declared a specialty of physiotherapy, Federal Judge Diana Brunstein has ruled strongly in favour of the ABQ. Chiropractic is a profession not a technique, says Judge Brunstein, and PT authorities should not seek to declare it a specialty of physiotherapy. An appeal by CREFITO the regulatory body for PT in Sao Paulo, asking to remove an earlier court injunction against CREFITO was denied. See:

For background on this professional dispute in Brazil, and information on how you can contribute to help your colleagues and the profession go to Projects or click here.



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