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"In a massive and historic outpouring by practicing chiropractors, students and patients, the chiropractic profession is demanding that the United States Department of Education consider a series of complaints being lodged by the profession regarding the governance of the non-profit group that controls accreditation of chiropractic schools - the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)…With their virtually complete control of the education and licensing of the entire chiropractic profession, the CCE has recently changed its Standards by which chiropractic educational programs are accredited. Those changes include the characterization of chiropractors as primary care physicians while removing the designation of chiropractic as occurring without drugs and surgery. Most significant is the complete removal of the chiropractic profession’s reason to be – the vertebral subluxation….This has set up a perfect storm for a battle between those within the profession who wish to give up their traditional, conservative practice to take advantage of a broader scope through a merging with medicine and those who wish the profession to remain separate and distinct from organized medicine and keep its focus on the analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation.” Press release (12th September 2011)

Update: 22nd November 2011 - The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) publishes an open letter to the chiropractic profession. [PDF]

Update: 30th December 2011 - When the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) published its proposed 2012 Accreditation Standards for chiropractic colleges, reference to the word “subluxation” was omitted. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) responded, in part, arguing that “The elimination of any reference to this term in the proposed standards will be viewed by many within the profession as a counter productive action that will, in the long-term, likely weaken the profession’s collaborative strength and historical identity.“ The CCE compromised by using the nebulous phrase “subluxation/neuro-biomechanical dysfunction” in the final 2012 Standards in order to satisfy advocates of the vertebral subluxation theory. (An open letter to the profession from CCE, Nov 22-11 – see above) Obviously, the factory of the chiropractic profession has not discarded subluxation theory. Chiropractic associations continue to reflect the views of the majority, even if such views are based on a belief system.