Foundation for Chiropractic Progress POSITIVE PRESS CAMPIGN
February 2017
F4CP® Opioid Abuse Campaign Statement


The key to a successful, national campaign is YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES.

Donate Now:

We will need to raise over one million dollars to advertise and deliver the message that chiropractic is a safer strategy than opioids to national audiences and decision-makers – including consumers, government regulators, health plans, insurers and others. 

A critical source of this funding will be the 5,000 DCs we are asking to each donate $200 – a small amount for individual doctors that will fund a campaign of significant scope.

But, we also need corporate support. Corporate sponsors can infuse the campaign with startup capital to effectively raise awareness and get the ball rolling. This will send an important signal to the chiropractic community about the value of this effort.

Without funding the campaign impact is limited.

Advertising buzz can help to create a tipping point of national conscientiousness and positioning for all DCs and their practices.

Simply put, here are the facts:

  • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
  • Addiction is driving the epidemic
  • 1999-2008, overdose rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions related to prescription pain relievers increased in parallel.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted significant guidelines for the use of opioids with recommendations that they not be the first option for treating certain conditions or managing pain. Instead, the CDC encouraged patients to consider physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter medications prior to prescription opioid painkillers.

Chiropractic care WAS NOT listed within the CDC’s guidelines.

  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has funded and initiated a national campaign to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and the alternative of physical therapy as a first-line, non-pharmacologic treatment option (  Osteopathic physicians, massage therapists and acupuncturists have also launched similar campaigns.
  • While CDC guidelines aren’t mandatory, they are closely considered by hospitals, health plans, insurers and state and federal health systems. The CDC rarely advises physicians on how to prescribe medication -- which further adds to the significance of their pronouncements. Many payers and state legislators have already added these findings to their coverage on the use of opioids.
  •  The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) and the Chiropractic Summit, collectively representing the various state and national associations in the profession in promoting chiropractic as the alternate to Opioid abuse.

Pain is a major issue for many Americans. Pain drives people to compromise intelligence, conscience and health to find pain relief.  We live in a society that delivers quick fix solutions while compromising long-term good. Opioids provide the quick fix for pain, but they are not a long-term solution.

What’s a safer non-drug alternative that promotes long-term health with near-term pain relief?  CHIROPRACTIC CARE.

It is time for the chiropractic profession to make its voice heard and capture the attention of consumers, insurers, government regulators and patient referral sources that will bring those in pain to your office.

We can’t wait until next year—too many have died already and with limited access to opioids, people in pain need a non-drug option.

We need to act TODAY.  WE NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD about chiropractic care as the safe alternative to opioids. We must reach the minds and hearts of all Americans.

We cannot allow the physical therapists and other professions to take from us what can be best treated by a doctor of chiropractic.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) is leading a three-part opioid campaign:

  • Advertise in mainstream media with a message that urges all American to stop prescription opioid abuse by referring people to chiropractic care as a first-line approach to chronic pain management.
  • Enlist national associations, groups and personalities to deliver the message to their constituencies.
  • Initiate a public appeal to be conscientious about opioid abuse and to seek chiropractic as an alternative

REAL and Tangible Campaign Outcomes

  • Persuade opinion leaders in both the public and private sectors regarding the value of chiropractic as the first alternative to prescription opioids
  • Drive media coverage and increased exposure for chiropractic -- and to include chiropractic in discussions regarding alternatives to opioids

Please donate now.  Too many lives are at stake. The chiropractic profession can change the course of pain management and treatment for millions of Americans.

F4CP® to Host Press Briefing: LIVE Webcast Link

On March 14, 2017, the F4CP® will host a Press Briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, 3:00 – 4:15 P.M., to launch its campaign: Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic.

The press briefing will be available to watch via live webcast. To register to watch LIVE online, visit:

During the event, the F4CP® will:

To date, the confirmed presenters include:

Visit today and download a calendar reminder for the live viewing of the event!

The F4CP® is offering its members who contribute $25/month or more to the campaign special VIP access to attend the press briefing in Washington, DC, March 14th, 2017.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in attending this ground-breaking event, please RSVP to as soon as possible – seating is limited.

The F4CP® will continue to introduce new membership benefits as a way to express its sincere appreciation for the commitment and loyalty shown by its contributors.

We look forward to your attendance during the event!

Stanford’s Chief of Addiction Medicine Supports F4CP® Opioid Abuse Campaign

After learning about the F4CP® Opioid Abuse Campaign: Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic., Anna Lembke, MD, author, Drug Dealer, MD and chief of addiction medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, reached out to show her support of the campaign and its mission:

“I salute the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress® for promoting alternatives to opioid pain medicine for chronic pain, and for joining in the fight against the opioid epidemic.” – Dr. Lembke

A special thank you goes out to Dr. Lembke for communicating the valuable role of drug-free, alternative options to pain management.

As a nation, we must all come together to help save the thousands of lives that fall victim to preventable opioid-related overdose deaths each year.


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Dynamic Chiropractic Features Value of Opioid Abuse Awareness

Dynamic Chiropractic published a piece in its February issue highlighting ‘Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic.

Not only does the piece detail the mission of the campaign, which is of course to educate the public about the dangers associated with the misuse and abuse of opioids and the benefits of drug-free chiropractic care as an alternative, but it also urges doctors of chiropractic to contribute to the cause.

Read the article in its entirety here.

Additionally, Dynamic Chiropractic featured a separate piece announcing that the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island has implemented a grass roots campaign of its own about the dangers of prescription pain reliever abuse.

The Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island’s campaign also features a speaker’s bureau which is comprised of DCs who visit local organizations and businesses about this issue.

Read the article here.

Thank you, Dynamic Chiropractic for showing your support and encouraging others to help raise awareness!

F4CP® Super Bowl Press Release

Super Bowl is now a national celebration -- and the chiropractic profession is playing a major role.

The F4CP® distributed a press release highlighting the valuable role of doctors of chiropractic in the prevention, management and care of injuries among the Super Bowl LI professional athletes.

The release, distributed via Business Wire to more than 10,000 national news sources, includes statements from three out of four of the play-off team DCs:

  • Joseph Krzemien, DC: Atlanta Falcons 
  • Michael Miller, DC: New England Patriots 
  • Michael Zoelle, DC: Green Bay Packers

In addition, the F4CP® has pitched national media sources regarding the valuable role of chiropractic care for professional athletes, and will continue to follow-up in order to secure a placement and create awareness.

For more information, read the release here.

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Parker University Held Meeting to Address Texas Legal Issue

On January 20th, 2017, Bill Morgan, DC, president, Parker University, hosted a meeting on campus to address the legal and legislative battle currently taking place in Texas regarding scope of practice for doctors of chiropractic (DC).

In attendance were:

  • Tyce Hergert, DC, president, Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA)
  • Mark Bronson, DC, president, Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE)
  • Jeff Jenkins, executive director, TCA
  • Don White, DC, legislative chair, TCA
  • Steve Foster, DC, president, Texas Chiropractic College (TCC)

Additionally, several other DC's and TCA lobbyist were present including:

  • David Herd DC, president, American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
  • David O'Bryon, DC, president, ACC
  • Bud Smith, DC, board chairman, Parker University
  • Francis Murphy,DC, board chair of research, Parker University
  • Amy Wood, DC, president, Parker Alumni Association
  • John Mrozek, DC, dean of academic affairs, TCC
  • Sandra Hughes, DC, dean of institutional advancement, TCC
  • Mike Flynn, DC, representative, F4CP

Former TCC Board Member and Two-Term Houston City Council Member Jack Christie DC, who was appointed Chairman of the Texas State Board of Education from 1995-2000, was able to join for the morning session. Additionally, NCMIC President Wayne Wolfson, DC, dialed in to the meeting on the phone.

The issues at hand in Texas are two-fold - Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) Litigation (appeal) and TCA legislation.

Taken directly from the TBCE website,, see below:

TBCE Update On Litigation, Cause No. D-1-GN-11-000326, And Appeal The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) has received many questions from our licensees regarding the recent judgment by Travis County District Court Judge Rhonda Hurley, officially issued October 19, 2016. The matter concerns provisions of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §78.13, Chiropractic Scope of Practice, which the Texas Medical Association has challenged as exceeding the scope of practice, defined by the Legislature in TEX. OCC.CODE §201.002 (b). 

The current Texas law states:

A person practices chiropractic under this chapter if the person: (1) uses objective or subjective means to analyze, examine, or evaluate the biomechanical condition of the spine and musculoskeletal system of the human body; 

(2) Performs nonsurgical, non-incisive procedures, including adjustment and manipulation, to improve the subluxation complex or the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system; 

Judge Hurley ruled:

The use of the term diagnosis as used by the TBCE and its Scope of Practice Rules exceeds the scope of chiropractic as defined by the Texas Legislature and is therefore void.

Judge Hurley further ruled:

The definition of "musculoskeletal system" to include "nerves" exceeds the scope of chiropractic as is defined by the Texas Legislature and is therefore void.

The definition of "subluxation" as a neuro-musculoskeletal condition exceeds the scope of chiropractic as defined by the Texas Legislature and is therefore void.

The appeal process is being handled by the TBCE and their state appointed attorney. 

Further action steps from this meeting relative to proposed legislation include:

The Texas Chiropractic Association hosted a Legislative Conference, February 9-11, 2017.

Every DC in Texas was invited to lobby their member of the legislature during this time. Both Parker University and TCC are sending several busloads of students.

Enhanced social media capabilities will be developed and grassroots efforts escalated.

Major chiropractic media will be contacted for profession-wide awareness. Dr. Hergert has already been interviewed by Chiropractic Economics, and Dynamic Chiropractic will soon be coming out with information on the Texas issue.

Without question this is a serious issue in Texas and of concern across the country. It is a "rallying-cry" for the profession and a time to close ranks. 

F4CP® Contributes to Open Letter to Legislature Ad with TCA/TCC/Parker U in Austin Newspaper

This month, the F4CP® has aligned with Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) to develop an ad that serves as an Open Letter to the Texas Legislature addressing the legal battle which threatens a doctor of chiropractic’s scope of practice in the State of Texas.

This advertisement was placed in the Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

Please view the ad below:

We are proud to work alongside TCA during this very important time and will continue to support its association in any way that we can.

F4CP® Shares DC2017 Details

During March 15-18, 2017, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) will join forces and host DC2017 in Washington DC.

The F4CP® proudly supports DC2017 and is happy to share the ACA’s press release about the event:

DC2017 Academic Program Details Released
Unprecedented Joint ACA-WFC-ACC Conference Will "Impact Spinal Health" with Cutting-Edge Content

Academic program and schedule details are now available for DC2017, the premier chiropractic event of 2017, set to take place March 15-18 in Washington, D.C. The first-of-its kind program is united under the theme "Impact Spinal Health" and combines the 14th World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Congress, the 24th Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) and the American Chiropractic Association's 2017 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) into one action-packed event.

It will bring together a world-class selection of education programs, thought leaders and corporate supporters, including keynote speakers Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation; Nick Buettner of the Blue Zones Project; Brian Goldman, MD, a Canadian doctor, author, public speaker and radio personality; Greg Kawchuk, DC, PhD, chiropractic researcher and professor at the University of Alberta, Canada; and Steven Wiley, president of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, among many others.

To read the original release in its entirety click here.

For additional details about the event, please read the F4CP®’s Special Edition DC2017 Newsletter here.

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2017 Parker Seminars Approaches

Parker Seminars will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23-25, 2017.

This three-day event will offer dozens of programs and feature a number of outstanding speakers. For additional information about the event click here.

As always, the F4CP® will attend and looks forward to interacting with and educating attendees about its many initiatives, including its latest campaign: ‘Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic.’ #StopOpioidAbuse

Reminder: Social Media Expansion

Follow the F4CP® on social media as a way to stay up-to-date about the campaign and its many initiatives.


As a member of the F4CP® you will receive weekly Social Media ACCELERATORS™ - fresh, relevant and ready-to-post content – designed to help doctors expand their local practices and further educate and inform fans and followers, as well as existing and new patients, about the benefits of chiropractic care.

Just Released: New Membership Resource

This month, the F4CP® proudly introduces one of its latest matte releases:

  • Student Athletes Emulate The Pros in Abusing Prescription Painkillers

Matte releases, also known as advertorials, are advertisements designed to look like independent news stories which focus largely on consumer health care concerns and serve to educate the general public about the role and value of chiropractic care.

Advertorials are distributed to thousands of news outlets nationwide and play an important role in achieving public awareness of the profession. They are highly significant in presenting our professional perspectives without editorial comment or criticism from outside sources. They also enjoy a long shelf life and continue to generate coverage on an ongoing basis.

View the latest matte release below.

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Doctor Spotlight of the Month: Dr. Jack Christie

This month, the F4CP® spotlights Dr. Jack Christie for his active involvement in the advancement of the chiropractic profession.

Recently, Dr. Christie, a Houston City Council Member (reelected to his third term as an at-large member with over 97,000 votes), sent a letter to Bob McDonnell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, urging him to commit to conservative, drug-free pain management solutions prior to prescribing opioid pain medication to U.S. veterans.

In agreement with Dr. Christie, is NBC News, who aired a segment in January highlighting the fact that the medical-industrial complex has been over-medicating our soldiers.

In addition to his commitment to the chiropractic profession, Dr. Christie is also a long-time supporter of the F4CP® positive press campaign. His tremendous level of support aids in the organization's ability to generate positive press resources -- including press releases, advertisements, print advertorials, television/radio public service announcements and sponsored research.

“F4CP® helps us go on the offense in a true HealthCare system. We are tired of always defending our profession. WE ARE THE ANSWER TO THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS IN AMERICA.” – Dr. Christie

Contributor Spotlight of the Month: Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA)

Much of the F4CP®'s success can be attributed to its contributors. This month, we recognize Texas Chiropractic Association – the newest addition to Group Membership – for its dedication and commitment to the chiropractic profession.

As mentioned earlier, the F4CP® and TCA have developed a legislative advertisement which was featured in the Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

Additionally, the TCA hosted a legislative conference on February 9th and 10th, to address the legal battle regarding scope of practice of a DC in Texas. Those individuals who were lobbying hand delivered the new advertisement to their representatives.

We look forward to building our relationship with TCA in an effort to raise positive awareness about the benefits of chiropractic care.

Athletic TIPS™ Update

This year, Athletic TIPS™ has placed a brand-new ad in Women’s Running. The ad first appeared in the January/February issue of the magazine (pg. 51), and will continue to run during March and April, as well.

Please find the ad below:

Additionally, Athletic TIPS™ will be hosting an all-new webinar series in 2017 which will focus on running and how to prevent, manage and treat associated conditions.

For special running tips, please visit:

Stay tuned for additional details!

Upcoming Events
  • The Parker Experience
    February 23-25, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
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  • California Jam
    February 24-26, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA
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  • ICA Symposium
    March 2-4, 2017 in Columbus, OH
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  • Palmer Homecoming, Florida
    March 3-5, 2017 in Port Orange, FL
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  • NYSCA 2017 Spring Convention
    March 10-12, 2017 in Uncasville, CT
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  • DC2017
    March 15-18, 2017 in Washington DC
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  • FCA NE Regional Convention & Expo
    March 30-April 2, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL
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  • ICS Annual Convention
    April 21-23, 2017 in Des Moines, IA
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  • MAC Convention
    April 27-30, 2017 in Kalamazoo, MI
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  • Palmer Homecoming, West Campus
    April 29 - May 1, 2017 in San Jose, CA
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  • FCLB Annual Conference
    May 3-7, 2017 in Orlando, FL
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  • CCA Convention
    June 1-4, 2017 in San Diego, CA
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  • Palmer Homecoming, Davenport
    August 10-12, 2017 in Davenport, IA
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  • CCA Sports & Rehab Symposium
    Aug. 18-20, 2017 in Anaheim, CA
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  • The National by FCA
    August 24-27, 2017 in Orlando, FL
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  • 2017 COCSA Convention
    November 1-5, 2017 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
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