OSC, ThC, and TC part 2


A person on the blog asks: “What is the authority of TCs? What is the authority of ThCs?” It seems to me that the authority of TCs (traditional chiropractors) is anything BJ Palmer ever said. The authority of the ThCs (therapeutic chiropractors) is anything the state will let them get away with and the authority of the OC (Objective Chiropractor) is the 33 principles.

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  1. Claude Lessard 11/22/2014, 5:07 pm:

    Which AUTHORITY do prefer?-

    – 1. State laws subjected to change, enacted by government agencies WHO know very little of chiropractic. –

    – 2. A person WHO, with his TREMENDOUS contributions to chiropractic, subjected to the change of continuous NEW information and discoveries, is passing through at a certain moment in time. –

    – 3. The 33 ABSOLUTE principles of chiropractic’s basic science that have the ability to continue to sustain the tests of time.

    • Joe Strauss 11/24/2014, 11:40 am:

      Claude, when it comes to the authority in chiropractic I’d prefer, in general, #2, in particular, myself. However since, unlike others, I have been known to be fallible at times, the best answer is #3! (Although if I want to practice chiropractic I have to accept #1 also). What happens when the day comes that we must choose between #1 and #3?…… That’s the subject of my next novel, due out in 2015. (I am presently toying with two different endings).

      • Claude 11/24/2014, 3:05 pm:


        I am writing a new book as well, due out in 2015. 🙂

        • Joe Strauss 11/24/2014, 3:41 pm:

          Both of us proving the truth of football coach and commentator John Madden’s statement when he said “Anybody Can write a book.” (the title of his book)

  2. Claude 11/24/2014, 3:53 pm:

    Some of us are prolific writers (you). Some of us need a lot of editing to be understood (me), as this blog proves. 😉

    • Steve 11/24/2014, 11:16 pm:

      Some of us are prolific readers so please hurry up you guys.

      PS Hey Joe how about including abbreviations in the lexicon/glossary. II, IF MI, ect. for the new readers.

  3. Don 11/29/2014, 4:07 pm:

    I also wonder about the situation, if it were to happen where a choice between the state law and the authority of the 33 is mandated.

    My last post,…somewhere in here I can’t find it now :). I think I wrote about the issue of mandated diagnosis for chiropractors.
    I understand the matter may be different depending on the jurisdiction of each state. The language of the laws and regulations vary widely.

    So, I think one of the questions that may need to be asked may be is the practice of ThC, TC and OSC defensible under scrutiny if challenged in a public or political forum?
    I have asked this of ThC collegues and TC colleagues but not OSC.
    I often get the question, “How is the VS operationally defined?”.
    I don’t know how that would be answered in OSC so I ask you for your thoughts.

    From an OSC perspective, is there an operational definition for the VS?
    Thank you for any who contribute!

    • Joe Strauss 11/29/2014, 9:24 pm:

      Don, my understanding is that at Sherman’s health center, the diagnosis must be a vertebral subluxation accompanied by a medical condition. If that becomes the law, how will chiropractors who use insurance codes respond? Never having used insurance codes, not taking insurance, I can see us being backed into an inextricable corner. Does anyone see a solution?

      • Don 11/29/2014, 11:19 pm:

        I didn’t know that about Sherman.
        It makes me question whether it is a “diagnosis of VS with an accompanying medical diagnosis”, “a Medical diagnosis with an accompanying VS diagnosis” or simply a medical diagnosis?

        Thank you for your response.

        Could you also share any thoughts you have on the operational definition of VS question, if you please? Anything at all from an OSC perspective would be great! Thanks again!

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