News To The Profession

Southern California University of Health Sciences Faculty Member Wins International Chiropractic Essay Competition

Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) faculty member Garrett Thompson, PhD, has been awarded first prize in the faculty division of the International Chiropractic Essay Competition offered by the ONE Research Foundation. To be eligible, contestants must have been engaged as fulltime, adjunct, or emeritus faculty members of a chiropractic college.

The essay competition was titled, “Should Chiropractic Academia Embrace the Biopsychosocial Model?” Dr. Thompson’s winning essay was titled, “The Biopsychosocial Model in Academia: Philosophy or Best Practices?” and is featured on the foundation website at

Dr. Thompson is an assistant professor at SCU. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California, and his BS from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

The ONE Research Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization that funds scientific research, and endeavors to bring Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) to the world. The foundation funds research published in peer reviewed journals in an effort to support clinical data with scientific validation. For more information the on Southern California University of Health Sciences, go to



New GCA Site Offers Healthy Living Tips

Georgians looking for a healthier lifestyle now have a new tool to help., the official patient site of the Georgia Chiropractic Association, is packed with useful healthy living tips and information on how chiropractic care fits perfectly into routine wellness care, improves athletic performance and relieves pain.

Launched by GCA, the site gives patients access to important health information for an optimum lifestyle. The site provides articles on wellness, profiles of member chiropractors, a diagnosis tool, an “Ask a Chiropractor” section and a weekly healthy living tip.

Patients looking for pain relief, wellness, healing from accidents or improved athletic performance will find sections tailored directly to their needs. They may also search for a doctor by city, name, school attended or methods practiced, and find out what to expect during their first visit. The site also includes information on how chiropractic can positively impact the health of children.

For more information and an additional link to this new patient Web site, go to



Brazil–Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Chiropractic Profession


On March 3, 2009, in the latest step by the Brazilian Chiropractors’ Association (ABQ) to defend the chiropractic profession against efforts by the physiotherapy profession to have chiropractic declared a specialty of physiotherapy (PT), Federal Judge Diana Brunstein has ruled strongly in favor of the ABQ.

Chiropractic is a profession not a technique, says Judge Brunstein, and PT authorities should not seek to declare it a specialty of physiotherapy. An appeal by CREFITO, the regulatory body for PT in the State of São Paulo, asking to remove an earlier court injunction against CREFITO, was denied.

The background to this dispute is that the ABQ, representing less than 400 chiropractors in Brazil, is promoting legislation to regulate the practice of chiropractic. The response of the national regulatory body COFFITO, representing over 90,000 PT’s, has been to claim chiropractic is a specialty of PT.

For Judge Brunstein’s decision in Portuguese and English, much more information, a list of donors, and a donation form, should you be willing to assist with the ABQ’s ongoing legal and legislative costs, visit



NCBTMB Issues Statement Regarding the Use of its Certification Tests as the National Standard for Entry-Level Licensure Exams

The Board of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has issued the following statement regarding the use of its certification tests as the national standard for entry-level licensure exams. The statement was issued on behalf of the NCBTMB Board by Paul R. Lindamood, NCBTMB’s Chief Executive Officer.

“NCBTMB whole-heartedly supports licensure through our certification program as the best licensing path for the massage professional. Over 30 years of national policy and precedent in the healthcare field, as well as 16 years of successful implementation by the NCBTMB favoring licensure through certification, supports this successful inter-relationship.

“NCBTMB’s exam program has successfully raised the standards for massage therapy and thereby protected the public health, safety and welfare since 1992. Today, in 33 of 39 states that regulate massage, our licensure through certification programs have successfully helped transform massage into the acknowledged, respected profession it has

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