The Alliance of New Mexico Chiropractors (ANMC) was formed in 2017 to represent chiropractors in New Mexico who practice subluxation care and who want to keep chiropractic the pharmaceutical free profession it has been since its beginnings in 1895.
Why do we need another state association in New Mexico? Here's our perspective.
A small, minority group of chiropractors was successful in their effective take over of the only state chiropractic association in New Mexico. These chiropractors have a personal agenda, primarily that of lobbying the New Mexico state legislature to have pharmaceuticals included in the chiropractic scope of practice.
Unfortunately, the practical reality of their administration included ignoring the wishes of the rest of the chiropractors in their own organization. Over the last few years, it has gotten so bad that many members have already quit the organization. During the business meeting at the May 2017 annual convention, many more walked out in protest of the board’s actions. Some of those who did stay in the meeting tried to offer their input to the proceedings and were openly ridiculed while the board of directors offered no support for their right to express their viewpoint nor did they condemn the ridicule as they should have.
Possible violations of the association bylaws, inability of members to obtain copies of the bylaws and board meeting minutes, and the outright arrogance of leaders hell-bent on doing what they wanted, when they wanted, infuriated many members.
Continuing education offerings of the association have deteriorated to the point where very little in the way of mainstream chiropractic education was being offered as an option. While many, many hours of functional medicine may be interesting to some, it does not currently reflect the needs of the everyday chiropractor, especially at the expense of not offering chiropractic adjusting technique electives.
Legislatively, this small group of chiropractors has been using the state association as their de facto representative to advance their own personal agenda regarding scope of practice expansion into pharmaceuticals. Fortunately, their attempts over the years have failed. Also of concern to many members was the enormous expense by the PAC committed to this endeavor with many feeling this money should have been spent to promote the entire profession, rather than the personal agenda of the minority in charge.
After the board meeting walkout in May 2017, the board apparently recognized they had issues to address and began to call for unity. However, the pro-pharmamembers of the association leading the charge quickly made it very clear the unification concept would include the fine print “as long as you agree with us and don’t try to stop us.”
The suggestion of unity was too little, too late and saddled with arrogant conditions that were unacceptable. By this point many members felt the time was right to form a new association that would represent those chiropractors who were interested in maintaining the traditional tenets of chiropractic; locating, analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxation and keeping chiropractic free of the use of dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Since its inception in 1895, chiropractic has become the world’s largest drug-free health care system that focuses on the restoration and improvement of health, proper function and performance. The ANMC aims to keep it that way.
Our members include chiropractors from all across the spectrum of practice. What we have in common is a profound respect for correcting subluxations and keeping chiropractic drug free. Do you use lasers? Nutrition? Physiotherapy? Current APC protocols?Keep doing them. That’s your business. We are not going to tell you how you should practice. That’s up to each individual doctor.
As long as you address subluxation and don’t want to see dangerous pharmaceuticals introduced into our scope of practice, we will welcome and represent you. We feel there is plenty of common ground for us to celebrate and work together supporting. If you want to see the inclusion of pharmaceuticals into the chiropractic scope of practice, by all means join the other organization.
Legislatively, our approach to fight the inclusion of pharmaceuticals will be simple. We believe anyone doing medical procedures requires medical training with medical oversight using medical standards. We can guarantee you that if the medical profession approached the legislature and wanted to start doing chiropractic procedures, we would be the first ones flipping tables and throwing chairs making sure they had chiropractic training and chiropractic oversight using chiropractic standards.
There are numerous chiropractors in New Mexico who have legitimately incorporated medical practice into their offices by becoming Nurse Practitioners. In our opinion, this represents the correct way for a chiropractor who personally wants to do medical procedures in a chiropractic office. These doctors are practicing under dual licensure and have received medical training for medical procedures and are under medical oversight using medical standards. It’s really not a hard concept to understand and from all appearances seems to be working well for them.
As an organization, the Alliance of New Mexico Chiropractors will function to serve as follows:
We would love to have you join us. Simply click on this link to join: ANMC Membership Application
If you have any questions, I can be reached during normal business hours, Monday through Friday at 770.355.1492. We look forward to working with you and preserving and promoting chiropractic in New Mexico.
Dr. Rod Justice
Alliance of New Mexico Chiropractors