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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA September 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 3 September 2013 83 There is little as joyous as talking face to face with a colleague. In today's hyper-connected world it is easy to Twitter, SMS, email, Link, even bare one's bottom in that dreaded cesspit called Facebook. But F2F takes time and effort. A couple of years back the words that form the title of this piece summarised an extraordinarily funny story told in F2F conversation with this writer by a chiropractor. In the true Aussie tradition the story moved through layer after layer of drama then humour to hit the punchline. This writer has struggled with fnding a way to share the meaning and learning enveloped in a seemingly stupid saga. A purpose was found in a certain television program made months ago using public money but broadcast only recently. The story above of the title seems to talk to pompous self importance, where a power-game can be played as an admonition in an attempt by an ageing traditionalist to control a young, free, spirited mind. It is these young minds that attract the Karma because they don't know or accept boundaries. From another perspective it talks to bullying and there is no doubt in this day and age a professor experienced in one feld assuming authority in another where he is so out of his depth is not only bullying, it was an embarrassment to watch on Catalyst (ABC1, broadcast 11 July 2013). The associated threats against educational institutions that may teach something he fails to personally comprehend are also classic bullying and will be seen as such by universities and government. Interestingly his opinion was delivered in a vacuum of evidence. Perhaps this was a wise move as the one thing worse that pretending to have evidence is to actually have it but to have not read or understood it. The chuckling neurosurgeon who grasped at a paper written, incidentally, by a team that included a noted chiropractic academic from a reputable chiropractic educational institution, failed to mention that the frst adverse event listed, a fatality, was associated with treatment from a physical therapist, and that another, a neurologic defcit, with a medical practitioner. And we've not even noted than some supposed adverse effects from chiropractors were simple discomfort after treatment, nor have we spoken of how long ago those very few events occurred that were reported in that paper. However if there is one thing worse than bullying from ill-informed fringe dwellers with the crystal clear agenda of self-preservation and empire building at public expense, it is bullying from within one's family. A current example could Dance in the Rubbish and you will go to Broken Hill: Karma in Pyjama be that of a Canadian-based body of sports chiropractors where integrity and respect for the sovereign right of the national association in Japan, where there is fully-accredited chiropractic education, does not seem to be the guiding principle. Eclectic self-empowered groups from the Far-West should not think they can gain commercial advantage in advanced, balanced societies such as those in the East Asia region, the world's most populous and prosperous. Only bullies would walk over the well-structured systems of learning that exist in these countries. We are fortunate in Australia that our sports chiropractic interests are led by competent individuals of the highest integrity and repute. Another example could be found in the United Kingdom where a certain group of elitists embarrassed itself by digressing on an ill-informed tangent. Given that the peak global body, the WFC invested in a responsible process to determine and describe the Identity of Chiropractic, work that is quite rightly endorsed and supported by many associations and institutions around the world, it seemed inconceivable that one of our family would attempt to deny chiropractic's ownership of the central premise of our discipline by suggesting subluxation is merely an historical concept. The danger of this kind of thinking has nothing to do with the concepts themselves and whether or not they exist. It is about closing down intellectual discussion and exploration. And to every scientist, this is the untenable attitude of the Crusades. If everyone accepted the world was fat because the church said so, or that the world-wide market for computers was two or three because IBM said so, then we wouldn't be traveling in space today and this writer would be using quill and ink instead of iPad to write this. One excuse for the UK returning to the dark side of intellectual reasoning could have been their tattered economy and decaying society. Thankfully the rest of the chiropractic world continued to move forward and viewed such an anti-intellectual position as dunderheaded irrelevance. However these behaviours of political rudeness, cultural vandalism and anti-intellectual thinking beg the question, can we really achieve unity with disunity? We can start with the care of children. We would like to think the current emergence of experts in the feld of paediatrics and peri-natal care is the expected signal of professional growth, perhaps secondary to critical mass. Given the evidence it is hard to understand why one of our
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