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Texas: Chiropractic board pulls proposed rule to create specialties in nutrition, neurology

By |August 21, 2012|Scope of Practice|

From an article in  Statesman.com August 19th, 2012

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners has said it will re-examine proposals to allow chiropractors to call themselves specialists in nutrition and neurology after hearing complaints from dietitians and physicians.

At a meeting in Austin on Thursday, the board heard from registered dietitians urging it to withdraw a proposal to create a specialty in chiropractic nutrition. The board also received letters from the Texas Medical Association and physicians strongly objecting to a chiropractic neurology specialty.

The board did not meet beforehand with the affected groups, as it is required to do, representatives of those groups said. Further, they have complained that the specialist training would be too little or vague and would confuse and potentially endanger the public. (more…)

Texas says chiropractors shouldn’t treat diabetes, other disorders

By |April 3, 2012|News|

Source Salt Lake Tribune

Texas is on its way to expressly banning chiropractors from treating conditions such as thyroid disorders and diabetes.

Calling chiropractors who solicit diabetics with “secret” treatments “hucksterism,” the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners has been working on new rules since 2010. The questionable ads run by Texas chiropractors were similar to ones currently appearing in Utah, said Yvette Yarbrough, the board’s executive director.

Texas’ new rules may allow chiropractors to co-manage such diseases through nutrition and exercise. But she anticipates that the new rule will ban “outright treatment” of diabetes, thyroid disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, asthma and other conditions.

The proposed rule is part of an ongoing battle between the Texas Medical Association and chiropractors. Medical doctors say chiropractors are illegally treading on their turf.

“Everybody wants to practice medicine but nobody wants to go to medical school,” said David Bragg, the medical association’s attorney. “Chiropractors are excellent marketers. … They believe chiropractic is the answer. Texas law doesn’t agree with that.”

Tyce Hergert, public relations chairman for the Texas Chiropractic Association, said chiropractors should be able to help patients through nutrition and exercise.

“As far as sitting down with a patient that has diabetes, going over their diet, [offering] lifestyle coaching,” he said, “we have plenty of training in that.”