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Comments on the ICA's Report to the White House Commission
on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA), which is the second largest chiropractic organization, has submitted a 44-page report titled "Chiropractic Science and Practice in the United States" to the White House Commission Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

The commission was established through an executive order issued in March 2000 by President Clinton. Its purpose was to gather information and issue recommendations about the education and training of practitioners; research into practices and products; provision of reliable information to the public; and access to "complementary and alternative" care.

The ICA's report, dated February 14, 2001, states that it "focuses on the unique nature of chiropractic as a profession because of the need to fully understand the separate and distinct nature of chiropractic science and practice." This "separate and distinct" nature is embodied in the following passages taken from various parts of the document:

In other words, everyone's health is threatened by spinal problems, which (a) may not have any symptoms, (b) can only be detected by chiropractors, (c) should be searched for and corrected periodically from birth onward, (d) and should be covered by insurance policies. These above passages illustrate why most physicians, physical therapists, and insurance officials have a low opinion of the chiropractic profession.

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This article was posted on March 12, 2001.