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Posted on 09-15-2016

We Must Always Take Sides...

In politics, as in life in general, much of our experience falls in what I like to call the “world of grey”. In other words, few matters are ever truly black or white.  Raised by a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, I always noticed my future in-laws were very direct and rather uncompromising in their opinions.  As a teenager, my father taught me that there’s no substitute for your own intelligence. And with that understanding in mind, I often engaged my future extended family members in some interesting conversations. Needless to say, it didn’t endear me to them, but I couldn’t help myself. I was raised that the world is grey and absolutes were merely ideas in need of challenge.

When I entered the world of politics, the idea of no absolutes became increasing clear to me.  Dichotomies abounded everywhere.  Legislators fighting fiercely to protect workers’ rights but routinely overworked, underpaid, and made dubious demands of their own staff.  Righteous causes quickly became whittled down to the best political compromise possible in that moment in time.  It was here I learned the distinction between the best possible result and the best result possible.

I’ve had many, many conversations with my wife over the years wherein she will profess that something should be simple and obvious, if only we’d stop being so obtuse. She became a bit of a touchstone to me.  I could not change the reality of the greyness within when I strove to do good, but I was grateful to be reminded some things should be simple and clear to us.

Elie Wiesel once said,

We must always take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Powerful words from the man who when alive, never let us forget the lessons of the Holocaust.  These words apply to all challenges one faces.  Especially in politics…

Take A Stand – Power Your PAC - CALCHIROGIVE.ORG

We are entering a seminal moment in our journey to protect and enhance chiropractic in California.  A crossroads if you will.  An opportunity to take a side, shed neutrality and stand up for our cause.  All the activities of your GA team the past 18 months will only be rewarded if we can take collective action and take a side.

Your PAC Trustees, especially your Chair Dr. Tim Gooing, have exercised the foresight and fortitude to create a world class platform for our doctors, family, friends, and sponsors to aid in our cause to protect and enhance chiropractic.

This platform is used successfully by entities such as Notre Dame, Stanford, and the United States Air Force Academy, just to name a few.  CCA has launched a number of new initiatives in the past 18 months to bring CCA into the 21st century of advocacy. However, this may be the most significant for the future of chiropractic in California.  You don’t have to be a CCA member, though the value of membership is immense, to support chiropractic. 

For the first time, we will be able to contribute to the specific cause within our profession you want to support. Here are our campaigns:

Power The 2016 Election

Let's Go Big

It’s an election year and you know how important it is to help get pro-chiropractic legislators elected. Go to Power The PAC! Not politically minded, but think a media campaign promoting chiropractic as the safest, most efficacious and cost effective health care provider is long overdue? Go to Let's Go Big!

Can The Cap

    The 500 Club
You tired of your work comp practice being hamstrung? Go to Can The Cap! If you donate $500 or more, you have joined our 500 Club with all kinds of perks.Go To The 500 Club!

Ten dollars or thousand dollars it all adds up and will be used where you need it used the most.  Want to raise some funds through your network of family, friends and patients? Just SHARE any of the campaigns with your networks via text, email or Facebook.

Now you have the power to make a difference, to take a stand where it matters most to you, with a simple click of your mouse, or tap of your finger. It’s time to take a side my friends. That time is now, and that side is chiropractic.

American Chiropractic Association Passes H.R. 921 – Sports Medicine Win!

In California, CCA is the only advocate for chiropractic, but we have help on the national stage.  I just wanted to share some good news that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has successfully advocated the passage of H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act.  The bill, passed unanimously by the House on Sept. 12, ensures that sports medicine professionals are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams to another state. Click here to read the press release.

ACA worked with key members of the House to ensure doctors of chiropractic (DCs), along with other providers, were included in the bill’s final language. The initial iteration of the bill would have excluded DCs from this initiative. Addressing this issue is important, especially for DCs, who are a vital part of integrated health teams at all levels of competition: high school, college and professional.  Currently, all professional football teams, as well as 28 of the 30 major league baseball clubs, have a doctor of chiropractic as part of their medical training staff.

This was an issue brought up at our annual Sports and Rehab Symposium by our NFL team doctors and we are thrilled to hear of this success for chiropractic.

We are expecting swift action by the Senate and look forward to H.R. 921 reaching the President’s desk for final approval.

Film Maker Jeff Hays Seeks Doctors Of Chiropractic For Upcoming Movie Project

For those of you familiar with film maker Jeff Hays and his movies Doctored, Bought, and On Native Soil may be interested in his latest endeavor.  Mr. Hays is part of a small group that has commissioned a study for looking at improving chiropractic outcomes by addressing polypharmacy/iatrogenic comorbidities.

He’s looking for DCs with patients on multiple medications who question if the medications have affected outcomes with patients.

DCs selected for the study will be compensated.  If you’d like to learn more about the study you can email Mr. Hays at  jeff@jeffhaysfilms.com and he’ll forward it to the right people.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print, and some that probably isn’t…for now.

Did you know you can comment directly on the Corner? Just look below for the comment box. I encourage your feedback and questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Glenn Fischel said:

Great work as I always so Cris. You really do a good job. As for taking a stand, I'm with you. I believe CCA would benefit by taking a stand for causes outside our typical sphere of influence, helping others fight their causes, helps us gain friends for support when we need it.

2016-09-16 14:43:00

Michael R Joseph DC said:

Speaking of taking a stand, what is the CCA's position on mandatory vaccines for children? It looks like mandatory vaccines for adults are in the pipeline! Thanks

2016-09-16 21:18:51

David Hoewisch, DC said:

When it comes to taking a stand, why doesn't CCA endorse more publicly certain candidates? Eg: CCA endorses Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for ___ (whatever). This would do two things: 1) it's publicity for the profession, and 2) it shows the public and other interest groups that we are players on the political battlefield. We might be small compared to the CMA, but the public doesn't know that.

2016-09-17 14:12:19

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