Historically, chiropractic has been a profession that has attracted rugged individuals and has offered plenty of space for individuality. BJ was perhaps the best example of this individuality.
Despite this leniency toward individuality, nowhere did our Founder or Developer or predecessors allow for the sullying or defaming of the profession. In fact, they pleaded and admonished us to keep the principle and practice of chiropractic unadulterated and unmixed.
Somewhere along the way since chiropractic’s inception, some have strayed away from the admonishment we received in 1961. BJ predicted we would need coaching to keep the profession pure, as he repeated the plea in several of his texts, lectures, and papers.
If BJ was alive today, he would be very curious about and would probably be a leader in the science that supports our rich philosophy and principles. He would be ecstatic to see current science showing that adjusting the spine changes the brain at the level of the prefrontal cortex. He would be interested in the technology that enables us to objectively see the effects of our specific spinal adjustments, making us better chiropractors.
BJ would certainly be opposed to the proposed scope expansion, seeing it as a distraction to the important work of locating, analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxation. If today’s chiropractors spent the time and effort needed to thoroughly understand vertebral subluxation, there would be no need for them to seek scope expansion.
- encourages chiropractors to fully immerse themselves in the philosophy of chiropractic (that which makes our profession separate and distinct).
- challenges chiropractors to study and understand today’s science that supports our work.
- advocates the proficiency of objectively analyzing and specifically adjusting the spine and, hence, affecting the nerve system.
If we chiropractors stuck to what makes us separate and distinct and left other professions to do what they do well, we would still have plenty to do. Learning doesn’t end with the acquisition of our degrees…that is the starting point.
The IFCO discourages anyone who truly adopts the essence of chiropractic to attend or present at any event whose ultimate purpose is to expand the scope of chiropractic. To participate in these events lends credence to these groups and diminishes our efforts to raise chiropractic in its purest form to the level it rightfully deserves.
“The burdens are heavy; responsibilities are many; obligations are providential; but the satisfaction of traveling the highways and byways relieving the suffering, prolonging lives, adding millions of years to lives of millions (now billions) of suffering people, will bring forth satisfaction and glories with greater blessings than you think. Time is of the essence.”
Join the IFCO to keep the focus of chiropractic as the profession that locates, analyzes and corrects vertebral subluxation because vertebral subluxations alter normal neurology and diminish life’s optimal expression. To do anything else would dilute the purity of our profession and create confusion for the public and the ancillary disciplines with whom we may effectively work.