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ALASKA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS POSITION STATEMENT: INJECTABLE NUTRIENTS

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ALASKA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS POSITION STATEMENT: INJECTABLE NUTRIENTS

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/CHI_PositionStatement_InjectNutrients.pdf

Date: January 20, 2017

Status: New

Organized by: Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Adopted by: Board of Chiropractic Examiners

PURPOSE: The purpose of this statement is to support the use of injectable nutrients by qualified Chiropractic Phyisicians.

STATEMENT: The ABOCE supports the use of injectable nutrients by Chiropractic Physicians with appropriate training. Although the Alaska Chiropractic Statutes and Regulations do not specifically mention injectable nutrients, the chiropractic profession has historically been an authority on nutrition for Alaskans to rely upon when consulting for health care needs and issues, and nutrition science is part of the core curriculum training of Chiropractic Physicians. As the science of nutrition evolves, the method of application of vitamins, minerals and homeopathic solutions may change, and the ABOCE supports new methods with appropriate training.

HISTORY: The issue of chiropractic use of injectable nutrients has been discussed by the Board since 2006 when Dr. John Shannon, Chiropractic Physician licensed in Alaska, first came to the Board for approval of this treatment method. Since that time, there has been at least one Board letter allowing the procedure and an opinion from the State Ombudsman’s office stating that the law is vague enough to allow the treatment. The definition of Chiropractic describes a healing method which does not use “prescription drugs or surgery”. Since those regulations were established, vitamins have been labeled a drug by certain governmental agencies, and in 2010, the State of Alaska added to the Chiropractic Regulations that any substance which had the label “Warning, Federal law prohibits the use without prescription”, could not be prescribed by a chiropractor. The ABOCE believes that the Statutes and Regulations regarding Chiropractic should be modernized to specifically allow certain substances and devices with this label to be used by Chiropractic Physicians in Alaska, and had not anticipated these changes in a timely manner in order to prevent this situation. Also, a testimony in front of the Board (telephonically) on July 12, 2013 by Todd Araujo, Esq. from the Attorney General’s office, urged the Board to condemn the use of injectable nutrients because it was not part of Chiropractic “core curriculum”, and when sterile water is added to a vitamin, it becomes a “prescription drug”. The Board, however, maintains that the science of nutrition is part of the core curriculum training of Chiropractic Physicians, and the method of application: oral, parenteral or injectable, is something a Chiropractic Physician may study and learn to provide safely to patients.

SUPPORTIVE MATERIAL: Statute Sec. 08.20.900(1) “ancillary methodology”; methods, procedures, modalities, devices, and measures commonly used by trained and licensed health care providers”; “counseling on dietary regimen”.

SUMMARY: Chiropractic Physicians are trained in nutrition as part of their core education and have historically been a professional source for nutritional advice and treatment by Alaskans. Current Statutes and Regulations for the Chiropractic profession in Alaska should be modernized to specifically allow chiropractors to continue to provide quality service and in the manner and form that patient’s health condition may require. The ABOCE will work with the Alaska Chiropractic Society to introduce appropriate legislative changes to bring the profession of Chiropractic to the level demanded by changes in the profession itself as well as regulatory bodies. At present, the ABOCE supports the use of injectable nutrients by Chiropractic Physicians with appropriate training and support, as implied by current regulation.


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