A chiropractic program at FSU

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 10:58 p.m.
It is exciting to see the planned chiropractic program at Florida State University becoming a reality. For the past 10 years, many have been involved with planning and working toward this much-needed and important college of chiropractic.
Recent articles make it seem that this is a recent spontaneous political creation by the Florida Legislature. The truth is that, in 1995, an endowed research chair at FSU was created. Next, in 1999, the Legislature directed the Board of Regents to study the college issue and provide recommendations.
The board issued its favorable report to the Legislature and to the governor in February 2000. Subsequent appropriations were made to FSU in both 2000 and 2001 for further study and planning. The medical schools at both USF and FSU were created in a similar fashion.
Unfortunately, detractors and opponents are attempting to prevent the creation of FSU's new chiropractic program by misinformation, obvious bias or falsely claiming that it is a political issue.
For the last 100 years, the chiropractic profession has paid the entire cost of research and education through private colleges.
The accusation of "quackery" and "pseudoscience" by the medically dominated detractors has been answered by a substantial body of scientific clinical research attesting to the effectiveness of chiropractic care.
The medical community is not unfavorable to chiropractic, as some would have you believe, even though grossly exaggerated horror stories are circulated by those few who do oppose it. The truth is that most modern medical doctors see chiropractic as a valuable health profession. Chiropractic treatments are among the safest in health care today.
The need for highly educated chiropractors is increasing. Nationally, the percentage of the U.S. population using chiropractic care increased from 5 percent in 1980 to more than 35 percent in the late 1990s.
A Florida survey in 2000 revealed that over 29 percent of Floridians have sought chiropractic health care within the past three years. The same survey concluded that over 90 percent of those seeking chiropractic care were satisfied with the services they received.
On Jan. 27, the FSU Board of Governors, who were appointed in 2003, will vote on this program that began a decade ago.
I urge all those who have experiences with chiropractic care to inform the board that creating the nation's first publicly funded college of chiropractic at a major research university is truly a win-win situation for all Floridians.
Keith Richeson is a member of Chiropractic Associates of Gainesville.

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