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April 1997                               ASSOCIATION                        Volume 34
Number 4

By Don Betz, PhD

After 18 years as a surgeon, an Egyptian medical doctor stumbled onto chiropractic while watching a disparaging segment about chiropractors in 1994 on the “20/20” television program. Before that time Dr. Khorshid had never heard of chiropractors.

            The program’s negative tone motivated him to find out more about them.
When Dr. Khorshid visited a chiropractor in northern Florida for one week, he found just the opposite of the TV report to be true. The chiropractor’s patients were satisfied with their chiropractic care; their pain had turned to relief without medication or surgery. That’s when Dr. Khorshid decided to study chiropractic.

Now at age 46, Dr. Khorshid has graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is planning to bring his chiropractic skills to Egypt. But knowing how Egyptians think, he expects to introduce it to his country gradually through seminars while building a successful practice in the United States. This is a good example of how an awareness of chiropractic science compelled one individual to move forward and ultimately to introduce this cost-efficient healthcare system in his native country. I can find many other examples where education about and awareness of chiropractic turned mistrust into acceptance. Internationally, as more people learn about the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, they are realizing its relevance to their health-care needs. But first, they must be free from misconceptions and informed about the benefits of chiropractic care. Public education about chiropractic is a potent counterbalance to ignorance, rumor and misperceptions.


The Time Is Right for a Rational System of International Heath Care

            From every corner of the globe, the common call is for access to cost-efficient health care. Most of the world’s 5.6 billion people subsist in poor health-care environments. The World Health Organization (WHO) documents the deplorable status of health care in a majority of the world’s 185 nation-states and numerous territories.

Chiropractic can help to fill a vital niche as primary health care that is affordable and effective. Today this possibility is more plausible because of the worldwide shift toward a view of health that is concerned more about wellness than disease, according to Virgil Strange, DC, president of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

“Whether or not it is an economic, political, educational or even philosophical stimulus, there is truly a renaissance movement toward a rational health-care system,” Dr. Strang said. “A paradigm shift toward wellness is being noted in America and the international scene faster than I would have predicted 15 years ago.”

On the world stage, Dr. Strang is a well-known speaker about the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic. He has traveled extensively in the Pacific Rim from Australia and New Zealand to Micronesia, and has made presentations in many European countries as well.

Thirty years ago, when he initiated his travels to inform people outside of the United States about chiropractic, Dr. Strang developed a 90-second, scientifically irrefutable statement to explain it:

“Chiropractic is that clinical science that is based upon a law of biology that there is born in living things an ability to be healthy, and secondly draws on the theory of physiology that there’s a system in the body, the nervous system by name, that controls and coordinates all other organs and structures and relates the organism to its environment. Chiropractic clinical science hypothesizes an association between that system and health in the body, and chiropractic was originally conjectured by its founder as that science that was going to investigate how the framework could interfere with the integrity of the nervous system and the ability to control and coordinate all other organs and structures.”

Dr. Strang has shared this vision with many others through numerous lectures and media appearance to break down resistance in medically-oriented cultures. His philosophy provides people with an understandable definition of chiropractic in those countries where it is an unknown health-care system.

He is a prime example of how one individual chiropractor can make an impact on the public’s perception about chiropractic worldwide. But one person is not enough. All of us accredited chiropractic colleges worldwide should work to promote chiropractic through the efforts of our faculty, students and graduates.


How Can Educational Institutions Promote Chiropractic Abroad?

            Collaboratively, chiropractic college graduates are mightier force than one school or even the resources of several colleges. More than 30 accredited colleges of chiropractic or colleges seeking accreditation exist worldwide. Of those, 18 are in the United States. There are five in Europe: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Institut Francais de Chiropractic, MsTimoney Chiropractic College, Nordic Institute for Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics and Witney School of Chiropractic. Australia and New Zealand combined have four: MacQuarie University Centre for Chiropractic Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) School of Chiropractic, Phillip Institute of Technology and the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association School of Chiropractic. Canada has two: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and Univeriste` du Que`bec a Trois-Riveres. Likewise, South Africa has two chiropractic institutions, Technikon Natal and Technikon Witswaters Rand, while Japan offers prospective students the Chukyo College of Chiropractic.

But chiropractic was never conceived as a health-care system with artificial boundaries. D.D. Palmer discovered and developed chiropractic to allow all human beings to heal themselves. The more we are at the chiropractic colleges and within the profession can educate people about chiropractic, the more willing the public will be to support the infrastructure needed for this health-care system to flourish.

I would define basic infrastructure for chiropractic in a country as a combination of statuses that legalizes the practice of chiropractic, a national association for chiropractors, membership in the World Federal of Chiropractic (WFC).   

Orion Diagnostic & Chiropractic Center - Dr. Khaled Khorshid
Chicago Ridge Medical Center
9830 Ridgeland Ave. Suite 5 - Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Tel: (708) 288-2239

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