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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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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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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.

Orders:

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

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New Colleges Opening

October 2009

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IMU Campus

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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.

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Chiropractic Services at World Games in Taiwan

September 2009

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Opening Ceremony

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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.

 

   

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