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.
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 Launches Special Medicare Information Series Featuring John Davila, DC
Special update from the International Chiropractors Association:
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has launched a special, hard-hitting four-part informational webinar program to provide practical and timely information on Chiropractic and Medicare. The free program features compliance consultant John Davila, DC, and provides fast-paced and referenced live webinars with recordings posted and readily available for doctors to access and benefit from regardless of their time zone or professional schedules. The specific details needed in order to deal with Medicare correctly so that doctors can practice from a state of power are targeted throughout the presentation. "In this era of mandated 'compliance' with Medicare's rules," notes ICA President George Curry, DC, "there has been a lot of talk about providers going to jail. The good news for the doctors who want to know more about how to be compliant is that you can avoid all of these problems if you know what the pitfalls are. ICA is partnering with Dr. Davila, who with his ability to include chiropractic philosophy and subluxation into the conversation of 'compliance,' brings information to the webinars that are easy to digest and implement." For more information and a direct link to the webinar's recording of the live presentation, Click Here
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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 email@example.com
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Louisiana Recognizes DICCP as Specialty Certification in Pediatrics
June 21, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:
The Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is pleased to announce that the Louisiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners has approved the Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) as a recognized specialty certification in pediatrics for Louisiana. Doctors of chiropractic, licensed in Louisiana who have passed the Board Examination of the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics, the testing body for the Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, may now use the DICCP credential.
Dr. Bambi Denais is the first DC in Louisiana to receive the DICCP. A 2008 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Denais is in practice with the Richardson Chiropractic Group in Lafayette. Grand-daughter of the late E.J. Bixeman, a chiropractic pioneer in Louisiana. Dr. Denais completed the 3-year DICCP program at PCC-Davenport, passed the Board Examination held in Chicago in August 2015 and received her DICCP diploma at the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics' Annual Conference in December 2015 along with nine colleagues from other US states.
The DICCP program was developed by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics and first presented in 1993 by Palmer College of Chiropractic. It has since been administered by other accredited chiropractic institutions in the US and internationally by the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. The course is broad-based but comprehensive with 26 modules of classroom instruction and takes approximately three years to complete. The program is not a series of stand-alone seminars, but has a structured syllabus balancing academic knowledge with clinical applications. DCs must pass a test at the end of Year 1 before they can proceed to the next phase of the program. At the end of Year 3 there is an exam to determine their eligibility to sit for the Board Certification Exam. The Board exam is conducted by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics and includes three written and three oral exams. The goal of the DICCP program is to ensure that by the time the DC completes the full course and passes the exams, he or she has the competency and skills expected of a doctor of chiropractic in the specialty of pediatrics.
The 2016 DICCP Board Exam is scheduled for Montreal August 19-20. Year 1 classes will start at PCC-Davenport, PCC-Florida and on UQTR campus in Quebec early in 2017. For more information contact the ICA Pediatrics Council at 571-765-7554 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to the 25th Anniversary of the
ICA's Annual Pediatrics Conference in Maui
June 19, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:
The International Chiropractors Association invites all family practitioners to come to Hawaii for its exciting 25th Annual Conference in Chiropractic & Pediatrics to be held December 9-11 at the recently renovated Ritz Carlton in the beautiful island of Maui. The conference, presented by ICA's Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics has an outstanding educational program with 17 hours of continuing education. Speakers with extensive practice experience and/or specialty expertise include Dr. Lora Tanis, Dr. Stephanie O'Neill,
Dr. Pat McLean, Dr. John Maltby, Dr. Sam Collins, Dr. Perry Nickelston, Dr. Ramneek Bhogal and Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Attendees will learn about pediatric headaches, fetal position and development, evidence-based documentation of scoliosis, autism and vaccines, epigenetics and development, ICA-10 Codes made easy, and much, much, more. In addition, there will be rotating workshops on adjusting infants and pregnant patients, demonstrations on movement and exercises for adolescents, as well as presentations on pediatrics research and case studies. It won't be all work and no play. A luau on Saturday will bring everyone together for an evening of fun and camaraderie with good food, authentic Hawaiian show and graduation of the 2016 international pediatric diplomates with guest speaker Dr. Brian Kelly. This is a wonderful opportunity for family practitioners to learn something new, get their CE credits, interact with colleagues and take the family on a vacation to one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The room block reserved at the Ritz Carlton for the conference is at a special rate and filling up fast. To register and reserve your room visit www.icapediatrics.com
or call 1-800-423-4690.
International Chiropractors Association brings increased awareness to scoliosis and the spine's role in health
June 9, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is proudly recognizing June as National Scoliosis Awareness Month and joining in this public health effort developed in the U.S. to help bring added awareness about scoliosis and health concerns related to it. This important awareness program is observed each year in June, and ICA is sharing information with the public to help educate and inform communities about scoliosis and the benefits of early detection.
Scoliosis, commonly described as an abnormal curvature of the spine, can affect people of all ages. While most often this is recognized as a concern involving children growing into adolescence, it is also identified in other populations, and can range from infants to adults and the elderly. In addition, it is actually most prevalent in people with no obvious cause (in the case of scoliosis with no known cause, it is referred to as "idiopathic" scoliosis) although scoliosis may evolve from congenital malformations, neuromuscular disorders, and injuries. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to detect and measure scoliosis and spinal misalignments as part of their care for patients of all ages.
In addition to a chiropractic evaluation including thorough history and fundamental examination, there are multiple non-invasive tests, including postural analysis. Postural evaluation may include assessment and measurement of shoulder positions, shoulder blades that may be of uneven height or more prominent on one side, elevated hip and other positioning changes, or rib cage positioning with prominence to once side, and head tilt. Non-invasive and external imaging and measurement can help identify, evaluate, and assess possible progression. While the standard mainstream approach involves periodic observation with possible steps for bracing and in certain cases and surgery in advanced and progressive scenarios, a strategy including chiropractic care with specific spinal adjustments and exercise activities as part of a healthy lifestyle is increasingly recognized in the course of scoliosis care. "Chiropractic, with its natural drug-free and surgery-free approach to health care and its specific spinal adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations, is an inherently non-invasive resource for patients with concerns about scoliosis," notes Dr. George Curry, ICA President.
ICA Offers Full Support to Chiropractors' Association of Australia in Current Media and Regulatory Focus on Chiropractic Care for Children
SPECIAL RELEASE: June 2016, International Chiropractors Association :
The International Chiropractors Association, in a letter to Dr. Matthew Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA), has offered its full support in the face of current negative media and regulatory attention being focused on chiropractic care for infants and children. In its communication to the CAA, ICA expressed its sincere willingness to make available its "...resources, information and research services and the energy of ICA's professional
staff and postgraduate councils, to support your efforts to address the current media and public policymakers' attention on providing chiropractic services to children and infants." ICA has been clear in its communications with the Australian association that ICA is very conscious of the need to work through the CAA and to coordinate any and all communications with that national association's leadership and staff. ICA wishes, however, to contribute in every possible way on the issues at hand and looks forward to doing so in the most effective and responsible fashion. "This is an issue with global implications," said ICA President Dr. George Curry. "The clinical appropriateness, effectiveness and safety record of specific chiropractic adjustments for patients of all ages, including the smallest of children, is established in the research record, well beyond any doubt, and full access, with no age restrictions, is provided for in the laws of many nations. ICA is determined to act to preserve the rights of patients of all ages to access our care." Read More
ICA ready to take on Medicare challenges as Chiropractic Summit Partners unanimously agree on goal of ending discrimination
June 2, 2016 - Special Update from the International Chiropractors Association on Medicare Legislation:
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) holds a longstanding commitment to eliminating discrimination, both against chiropractors and chiropractic patients, in the federal Medicare program. ICA views this objective as a critical concern, with far-reaching impact as many health policies and third-party coverage systems look to aspects of the Medicare program as their reference model.
At a recent meeting of the Chiropractic Summit, a coalition of over forty chiropractic associations, institutions and vendors, the participating organizations unanimously adopted a resolution identifying the elimination of discrimination against both chiropractors and chiropractic patients in the federal Medicare program as an agreed-upon, high-priority goal. The ICA has long held this objective as a high priority and sees the current climate of concern and agreement in the Summit as a unique opportunity to seek and secure tangible improvements in this important national program.
"ICA is willing to devote great new energy to securing the passage of legislation that truly guarantees improved coverage of needed services under Medicare," said ICA Vice President Dr. Stephen Welsh, who also represents the ICA on the Chiropractic Summit Steering Committee. "ICA is proposing legislative language that clearly mandates new coverage for exams and x-rays, that allows for the patient to privately contract with all physician providers, as they are presently allowed to do with MDs and DOs, and that preserves the current subluxation coverage mandate." Read More
International Chiropractors Association highlights role of technology in posture problems and their repercussions
May 13, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia: The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has developed new informational resources to add to its ongoing efforts to increase awareness of the role posture plays in health with additional attention and patient education outreach on "Text Neck" and postural challenges related to use of modern technology, particularly prolonged computer use and the sustained postural pressures from hand-held devices. "The chronic combination of tension and strain on the back, neck, shoulders, chest and pelvis are increasingly recognized as serious and progressive in their effects on the body and on healthy function," reports George B. Curry, DC, president of the International Chiropractors Association. "The concerns are far-reaching, and extend beyond the commonly recognized "posture-related" back problems expressed as pain in the lower back and neck. Chiropractors recognize how multi-faceted repercussions that postural pressures from technology use, particularly texting and other handheld device activities, will generate on the body and how they influence positioning, function and health, particularly in relation to vertebral subluxations." The ICA has developed public and patient information services to offer important insights and action steps, including strategies to address the challenges of almost-constant use of portable technologies, to address how good posture is a part of good health,. "Looking down at any wireless device, such as a cell phone or tablet, for prolonged periods of time are increasingly identified as factors for spinal issues from incorrect posture and progressive imbalances in weight distribution. This includes and involves stress, strain, fatigue, and problems with pressure placed on multiple joints and connective tissues. "Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to assess postural issues, spinal imbalances, and multiple motion restrictions," notes Dr. Curry, "combining lifestyle changes with specific chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations."
Dr. George B. Curry Honored as ICA's Chiropractor of the Year for 2016
May 9, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:
George B. Curry, DC, DACS, FICA, LCP, has been honored by the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) as the association's 2016 Chiropractor of the Year. Dr. Curry, who is serving as ICA's 18th President, was selected to receive this, the ICA's highest honor, at the association's 2016 Annual meeting and Gala 90th Anniversary Celebration held in April on the campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the location of the association's founding in 1926. "I am deeply humbled and honored by this unexpected recognition and truly appreciate the confidence in my efforts it represents," said Dr. Curry. "This is one of the greatest milestones in my professional life and I will now strive with greater energy and determination to validate this expression of trust on the part of my professional peers." Read more
ICA brings increased awareness and action steps to address the central role posture plays in health for patients of all ages
May 5, 2016, Falls Church, Virginia:
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) encourages people around the world to take a closer look at personal posture habits and to better learn strategies and habits, to avoid the constellation of problems related to poor posture, and to enjoy the benefits of healthy alignment. A vital priority in personal health, healthy posture supports proper balance for the body, alignment of the muscles, joints and ligaments, and is essential to the normal functioning of the nervous system. Communities in multiple locations around the world observe Posture Month, Perfect Posture Month, and other posture-focused awareness efforts each May, including "National Posture Month" in the US, and the ICA has each year shared informational updates on healthy posture as part of its Public Information Service Series. ICA has prepared helpful information, insights, and helpful tips on posture and health in special resource materials provided to its members and for public and patient education. "Healthy posture is a day-by-day activity with a lifetime of rewards," observes Dr. George B. Curry, President of the International Chiropractors Association. "Chiropractic care includes careful assessment of multiple factors, and works to address and correct many important aspects of postural alignment patterns. The critical role that vertebral subluxation plays in posture, healthy alignment, and optimal function is an integral part of chiropractic care." Read more