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New York Pediatrics Conference has exciting lineup of expert speakers

summitSeptember 7, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia:  If you want to learn more about pediatrics and pregnancy then you must come to the ICA Pediatric Council's 2017 Conference to be held November 17-19 at the Westin Times Square in the exciting city of New York. Expert speakers will address topics such as congenital heart defects, evaluation and treatment of dysfunctional infant feeding, fostering proper neurodevelopment and neurosensory integration, pre-eclampsia and the chiropractor's role, and how DCs can deal with the three Ds of Child Abuse. There will also be an interesting interactive session by Dr. Ian McLean on chiropractic imaging with a roentgen roulette; rotating workshops on infant cranial techniques and adjusting of the school age child, plus research papers presented by doctors in the DICCP program ongoing in Montreal. Jeff Hayes, the guest speaker will show parts of the film "Vaccines Revealed" and give his perspective as the film director of this much talked about documentary. If you are a family practitioner then you should not miss this conference. There is never anything like the ICA Pediatric Council's Annual Conferences. It is the only time where you get so many experts on pediatrics and pregnancy on one platform. To register go to www.icapediatrics.com  



ICA Hosts Historic International Vertebral Subluxation Research Summit

summitAugust 11, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia:  The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) welcomed a capacity crowd on the campus of Cleveland University in Overland Park, Kansas at its first annual International Subluxation Summit July 21-22, 2017. A faculty of exceptional researches and educators presented the latest in clinical research on aspects of subluxation detection, correction and clinical outcomes in a 15-hour program that was also simulcast via Livestream to a worldwide audience.  Read More



ICA Presents Comments on FDA Call for Input of Dealing with the National Opioids

July 10, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia:  The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has submitted extensive comments in response to a call from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a national Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids. In its submission, the ICA told FDA policy makers:

"As a drugless science focused on natural healing and care pathways, we believe that chiropractic science and practice offers a powerful, clinically effective means of reducing and, for many patients eliminating altogether the need for many prescription pain medication(s). ICA strongly believes that what is essential to mobilizing and making effective use of non-pharmacological approaches to pain and pain relief is both a serious effort to orient medical and other providers to the importance and effectiveness of those pathways, including chiropractic services, and, providing access through both public and private third-party-payment systems, to those services, as first line interventions, before pharmaceutical applications are considered. The present document does not adequately provide guidance to practitioners in these areas."   Read More




Coralee Van Egmond, DC, FICA Honored as ICA's 2017 Chiropractor of the Year

Dr. Van EgmondJune 22, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia:  The late Coralee Van Egmond, DC, FICA has been honored as the International Chiropractors Association's 2017 Chiropractor of the Year for her decades of service to the association, the profession and the community. Dr. Van Egmond was selected to receive this, the ICA's highest honor, at the association's 2017 Annual Meeting by the Distinguished Fellows of the ICA, the honorary fraternity of ICA charged with this annual responsibility.  Read More






House Passes McCarran-Ferguson Repeal Bill

June 20, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia:  In a long anticipated action and after a very hard fought battle, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 372, the "Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017" by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), by a bipartisan vote of 416-7. The legislation would repeal the limited McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurers; however, it would let the exemption remain in place for other lines of insurance, such as property-casualty and life insurance.  Read More



Barcelona College of Chiropractic is awarded full accreditation by the European CCE

March 23, 2017, Falls Church, Virginia:  The Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC) has just been awarded full accredited status by the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE), the international accrediting body for chiropractic education in Europe. The BCC is the latest college to earn this award, and joins a select group of only 8 chiropractic ECCE-accredited programs in Europe.

"All of us in the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) wish to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the BCC and its leadership upon achieving this important status," said ICA President Dr. George B. Curry. "We deeply respect and appreciate their efforts and strongly support this outstanding educational institution and the vision both our organizations share for a strong, growing and global chiropractic profession."  Read More



National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Calls 21st Century Cures Act "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" and Urges Presidential Veto to Protect Public Health

December 8, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:  The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) says the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.34), which was pushed through the U.S Congress this week with a 94 to 5 vote in the Senate yesterday, is a threat to public health and should be vetoed by the President. The 996 page Act has been promoted by Congress as a consumer friendly bill to fund medical research and make new prescription drugs and medical devices more quickly available in the U.S., but it also lowers licensing standards used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fast track experimental vaccines to market that will be federally recommended and state mandated for use by all children and many adults in America.  Read More



Next steps: Plaintiffs prepare to file a new case against California's 'aggressive' SB 277 vaccine mandate

September 9, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:  After the judge denied the legal request for a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the enforcement of the California vaccination law, SB 277 while the legality of the law was being challenged, approximately 33,000 California schoolchildren were not allowed to enter school this season. SB 277 makes California the first and only state so far to legislatively eliminate the personal belief exemptions from mandatory vaccination laws. Judge Dana Makato Sabraw of the federal district court for the southern district of California presented a detailed legal opinion in his denial decision, and the legal team pressing the case carefully reviewed his analysis and is preparing the next legal action in light of Judge Sabraw's findings. In relation to the next steps to reformulate and refile in the near future, James Turner, lead counsel for the 17 families and the four health and education associations bringing the suit, said, "Judge Sabraw provided a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the more than 100 year old mandatory vaccine law, and how courts have recently interpreted it. This analysis provides a specific roadmap for how to challenge an 'aggressive' (Judge Sabraw's word) vaccine law such as SB 277."

"Because of the certainty of further legal action on this vital issue of personal freedom and choice, ICA will continue to raise funds that are dedicated to support this ongoing legal effort," said Dr. Corey Rodnick, Chair of the ICA Legal Action Committee and Legal Action Fund. "It is the right thing to do and I personally want to encourage every doctor of chiropractic and concerned citizen to become familiar with the issues and to support this vitally important effort," added Dr. Rodnick. The ICA's unique online advocacy platform, AdjustTheVote, has a special arrangement for contributions to this important issue, 100% of which are directed to this critical challenge of personal health rights. To contribute to this cause, go to https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php - ICA's donation site provides the opportunity to indicate an organization or coalition you are aligned with and would like to have identified as part of the donation process (you may also use Group code CHIRO).  Read More



As expected, the Federal District Court turns down injunction request in SB 277 lawsuit

September 1, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:  As was expected, the injunction request filed to put California's controversial SB 277 vaccination law on pause was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego on August 26, 2016. If he had granted the injunction, it would have allowed people to continue to exercise personal-belief exemptions, even while legal arguments proceed in the court about the law. The draconian new law, SB 277, requires children in both public and private schools in California to prove they carry inoculations against 10 diseases – or they are denied access to attend. They must be able to arrange for a signed medical exemption form in order to avoid these restrictions, if they are in kindergarten or seventh grade. Their families are not, with the new law in effect, able to claim any right to personal-belief exemption. Previously, California law allowed parents to exercise personal belief exemptions and could enroll their children while they had not completed the full vaccination schedule published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Legal counsel for the suit challenging the law include James S. Turner, Esq., who is also legal counsel for the International Chiropractors Association, and Robert Moxley, Esq.. Mr. Moxley noted, "The principle we have to defend and establish is the right of healthy people to make their own health care choices... What we are exploring is individual rights versus the power of the state." Mr. Turner observed, "a preliminary injunction involves only the determination by the judge if he holds the opinion that the case has a good chance of success at trial. This is part of the legal system that allows for the effects of a disputed law or decision to be stopped until the case is fully heard and decided upon." Legal counsel for the plaintiffs are closely examining all possible alternatives for moving forward and it is certain that there will be further litigation to secure the personal exemption option for parents and families in California. ICA will keep the chiropractic profession and all interested parties fully informed on those new court actions as they develop. Because of the certainty of further legal action on this vital issue of personal freedom and choice, ICA will continue to raise funds that are dedicated to support this ongoing legal effort.

The International Chiropractors Association has arranged for a special, secure platform for donations to help address the ongoing expenses for research, references and legal steps to successfully carry on this landmark legal battle. The ICA's unique online advocacy platform, AdjustTheVote, has a special arrangement for contributions to this important issue, 100% of which are directed to this critical challenge of personal health rights. To contribute to this cause, go to https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php – ICA's donation site provides the opportunity to indicate an organization or coalition you are aligned with and would like to be identified as part of the donation process (you may also use Group code CHIRO).



First Hearing on Lawsuit Seeking Stay on California Mandatory Vaccination Law Held on August 12th in San Diego Federal District Court

August 18, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:  The opening round in what promises to be a long and drawn out legal battle over the constitutionality, or unconstitutionality, of the draconian new California mandatory vaccination law took place in federal court on August 12, 2016. A group of individuals and organizations have challenged the new law which implements the provisions of the controversial SB 277 passed by the California legislature last year that revoked the 55-year old policy of allowing for a personal exemption for mandatory vaccinations in that state. Judge Dana M. Sabraw heard oral arguments from both sides in the Preliminary Injunction Hearing and indicated that he would hand down a decision within two weeks. Click here to see the State of California's response to the lawsuit and the plaintiff's response to the state.

"We believe that a strong and well-grounded set of arguments for staying the implementation of the new law were placed before the court," said lead counsel for the plaintiffs Mr. James S. Turner. "What is certain is that whatever the judge's decision, one side or the other will challenge the ruling and the next step will be an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is why we must continue to organize and build support with the public, the media and legislators and other public policy makers on the vital importance of the fundamental questions of personal rights and freedoms at issue in this case."

The International Chiropractors Association's Legal Action Fund is mounting a nationwide fundraising campaign to support this vitally important legal action. To contribute to the effort, go to https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php (Group code CHIRO). One-hundred percent of your donation will go directly to supporting the vitally important California vaccination rights case.



Lead Legal Counsel in Landmark California Vaccine Rights Lawsuit Speaks at Life West WAVE

August 11, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:  The lead counsel in the recently filed federal court legal challenge to the draconian new California mandatory vaccination law, Mr. James S. Turner, spoke at the Life West WAVE event last weekend on the critical issues of personal freedom and control over health care decisions for individuals and families at stake in this landmark legal action. Mr. Turner, a partner in the highly respected firm of Swankin & Turner, Washington DC Attorneys at Law since 1973, has served as ICA's legal counsel for many years and represents clients in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. "Mr. Turner helped clarify many critical points about the developments in California and the repercussions on peoples' rights to education and health that this form of mandatory law holds over families and communities beyond California," notes ICA's Legislative Committee Chair, Michael S. McLean, D.C. "The threat of mandatory medication imposed by the state and federal government on its citizens is a grim reminder that we must be alert and vigilant in these areas, and I am proud of ICA's proactive support for the legal challenge of the mandatory vaccination law led by Mr. Turner's team."

In addition to active work on the part of ICA's chief lobbyist and senior staff to research the many issues involved and to educate the public and policy makers, ICA is working to raise financial resources to help fund the extraordinary outlay of expenses involved in this critical effort. Donations to support this important undertaking may be made through ICA's unique online advocacy platform, https://www.adjustthevote.org/user/donation.php — which will direct 100% of these contributions to fund the expenses involved in fueling the multiple steps in this critical Federal court legal challenge.



ICA Board of Directors Unanimously Votes to Give Full Support to California Vaccination Lawsuit

July 14, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: At its meeting of July 5, 2016, the ICA Board of Directors voted unanimously to publically endorse and support a landmark legal action in Federal court to seek to stay the implementation of the new mandatory California vaccination law enacted with the passage of the controversial SB 277. This historic federal court action, undertaken by the firm of Swankin & Turner ICA's longtime legal counsel, on behalf of a number of individuals and organizations seeks to have the implementation of the law stayed until the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of its provisions has been resolved.

ICA will be looking to prepare a "friend of the court" or amicus brief in the case. The lawyers in the case have asked for ICA's help in educating policy makers and the greater public nationwide on the basic human rights issues at stake and the need to step forward and speak out in every possible venue on the importance of preserving meaningful personal control and informed consent on all matters of health care.  Read More



Historic Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Challenging California's New Mandatory Vaccination Law

July 12, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: On July 1, 2016, the very day the draconian new California mandatory vaccination law went into effect, a major lawsuit was filed in federal court by the firm of Swankin & Turner, ICA's longtime legal counsel, on behalf of both individuals and groups seeking a stay on the law's implementation. The new California law repeals California's 55 year old personal belief exemption from mandatory vaccination. That law, Senate Bill 277 (SB 277) passed in 2015 and went into effect July 1, 2016. The law's main provisions, the suit alleges, jeopardize the right of California children to an education which is guaranteed by California's constitution. Since the new law went into force on July 1st, the suit is asking for an injunction to stop it from going into effect until the constitutionality of its provisions can be decided.

The new California law revokes the right for parents to use a Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) to preclude all or some vaccines when enrolling their children for school. Unless the injunction is granted, it will now be mandatory for students going to either public or private daycare, preschool, elementary, middle or high school to receive all doses of the 10 vaccines specified in the law.  Read More



New Draconian California Mandatory Vaccination Law Now in Effect

July 10, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: A new and exceedingly stringent and dictatorial law took effect in California on July 1, 2016 which mandates that all children in that state must receive up to 33 vaccinations during their school age years or be denied access to public education. This new law also repeals California's 55 year old personal belief exemption which allowed parents to decline vaccinations on the basis of religious or other personal beliefs and values. Enacted under a storm of controversy, California Senate Bill 277 was promoted by proponents of mandatory vaccinations in an unprecedented campaign of pressure and public communications anchored in what can best be described as scare tactics. Any and all opponents of the bill were also viciously vilified in the media by public officials and drug industry spokespeople as being anti-scientific, anti-public health, cult-like and a danger to the public, despite of the mass of scientific data that raises legitimate questions about the safety and appropriateness of vaccinations in general and the extraordinarily long list of required vaccinations that are now required of every child.

The law holds denial of access to public education, a state constitutionally mandated right in California, as a penalty for a child not being vaccinated according to the state-mandated schedule.  Read More



ICA Meets With West Virginia Attorney General's Office on Opioids Best Practices and Chiropractic International Chiropractors Association

June 15, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: International Chiropractors Association President George Curry, DC and members of the ICA senior professional staff met today with representatives of the West Virginia Attorney General's office in a detailed and positive dialogue aimed at strengthening that state's opioids best practices program. The objective of this program is to reduce the legal over-prescription and unnecessary utilization of addictive opioid drugs as a first line of care. This critical meeting took place at the request of the West Virginia Attorney General as part of their effort to develop the most effective set of policies and to generate statewide support for their implementation.

Dr. Curry outlined the appropriateness of chiropractic as a first point of patient care for patients of all ages and presented extensive documentation on chiropractic effectiveness in the realm of overall drug consumption reduction and positive outcomes of populations who have received chiropractic care. Dr. Curry also noted, "the current national crisis on opioid addiction and overdoses necessitates a new paradigm shift away from harmful drugs that treat symptoms and move towards chiropractic which is designed to promote health and function. It is therefore critical that any initiative towards developing best practice opioid guidelines insure that the patient have access to chiropractic first."

As a natural, drugless science with a proven record of clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness, chiropractic is a logical resource to be more fully utilized in this public health crisis. For more information on Opioid Best Practices and Chiropractic, contact ICA at chiro@chiropractic.org.  Read More



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ICA launches special new and proactive Medicare Fairness Campaign for Patients and Practitioners

January 22, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is launching a powerful new campaign to seek badly needed reforms in the chiropractic portion of the Medicare program. ICA’s new program features special action steps that target the current restrictions in Medicare. Medicare reform is the association’s top legislative priority for 2016. Recent federal legislative changes have alerted the ICA about multiple serious threats to patient coverage. In fact, coverage for the adjustment to correct a subluxation has been targeted for severe restrictions and/or even possible elimination by 2017. The ICA has developed a special interactive/informational website with resources and action steps for both patient and practitioner including petition platforms and a series of FAQs, Legal Opinions, and key regulations and policies regarding Medicare. For information and to access the special resources for patients and doctors, go to www.icainacation.org.  Read more

 

ICA Strongly Supports and Endorses the IHPC’s Innovative CoverMyCare Initiative

October 2, 2015, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) applauds and strongly supports the innovative CoverMyCare initiative developed by the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) and encourages all organizations in the chiropractic profession to become familiar with and engaged in its promotion and its utilization.

“This initiative is centered on educating patients, providers and most importantly public policy makers on the exact language and meaning of Section 2706 (nondiscrimination in health care) of the Affordable Healthcare Act,” said ICA Vice President Dr. Stephen P. Welsh, who represents the ICA on the IHPC’s Federal Policy Committee. “The chiropractic profession has an historic opportunity to engage with other non-MD professionals who share our concerns over discrimination, unfair exclusion and the denial of patients’ rights and ICA hopes that individuals and organizations will take full advantage of this means to build strength through numbers.” Read more



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