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Dynamic Chiropractic Canada – August 1, 2012, Vol. 05, Issue 08
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Alberta Seniors Get Chiropractic Coverage

Effective July 1, Alberta seniors are now covered for chiropractic services as part of the "Coverage for Seniors" health benefit plan.

Seniors enrolled in the plan, sponsored by Alberta Health and administered by Alberta Blue Cross, are covered for $200 per benefit year (July 1 – June 30) for up to $25 per visit. The announcement, which comes three years after public funding for chiropractic was discontinued, is the fulfillment of a promise made by Alberta Premier Alison Redford during her successful campaign last year.

"This is a definite win for Albertans," said Dr. Clark Mills, president of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC). "All Albertans, including those with limited or no extended health care coverage, deserve a choice of accessible and effective health care options."

Chiropractic Making Mark in Peer-Reviewed Research

The Spine Journal announced its "Top 25 Hottest Articles" for 2011 recently. These are the most downloaded articles for the year. The 2011 list is surprising in that 13 of the 25 articles have at least one author who is a doctor of chiropractic.1 In addition, 10 of the 25 papers include content relating to spinal manipulation, cervical manipulation or chiropractic; six of those include the terms in their title. Papers that discussed these topics were found to be very popular, ranking first, third, fourth, sixth, 10th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 23rd and 24th.

The top-ranked paper for 2011 was "Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization for Low Back Pain and Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Best Evidence Synthesis." Authors include Gert Bronfort, PhD, DC, Mitchell Haas, DC, MA, and Roni L. Evans, DC, MS, representing Northwestern Health Sciences University and the University of Western States.

Journal of Chiro. Humanities Indexed on PubMed

The National Library of Medicine's search engine, PubMed, now features the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities among its indexed publications. According to JCH Editor Dr. Claire Johnson, editor of National University of Health Sciences' two other publications, the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics and the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, JCH is included in several other indexing systems, but "PubMed is where health care providers and decision-makers look when searching for trustworthy and high-quality literature." All three NUHS journals are now indexed by PubMed.

A Voice for the Women of Chiropractic

With an increasing percentage of women entering the profession not only as doctors of chiropractic, but also in various other professional capacities, what better time for the launch of an organization dedicated to empowering the women of chiropractic and nurturing leaders within the profession? Enter the League of Chiropractic Women, which calls itself "a voice for all women in chiropractic – DCs, CAs, spouses, students, administrators, teachers and more," and aspires to "intentionally develop, empower and grow a community and a legacy of powerful and innovative women leaders in loving service for chiropractic," while committing to "serve the vitalistic principles of chiropractic as a subluxation focused and drugless profession."

The LCW was founded on March 31, 2012 by 14 women; founding members include Cynthia Boyd, Jeanne Williamson, Kathi Handt, Kim Gambino, Mary Flannery, Mary Oberstein, Morgan Handt, Pat McLean, Patti Guilliano, Patty Ribley, Sandy Gordon, Selina Sigafoose, Sharon Gorman and Shawn Powers. In an e-mail announcing LCW's launch, Dr. Ribley, LWC board co-president,, shared her enthusiasm for the organization:

"As a practicing female DC, I have felt that for years the voice of the female spirit has not been really heard. The energy that a woman puts into her practice is different and distinct [from] a man. And because of this deference, I've had a very strong innate desire to create an organization that supports all women that love chiropractic, a place where women can come together in support of each other, no matter where she is in life. And therefore The League of Chiropractic Women was born to fulfill that need."

As of press time, the LCW's inaugural event was scheduled to be held July 27-28 in Atlanta, Ga., featuring roundtables, workshops, speaker presentations and more. To learn more about the LCW and its first conference, visit

South Africa to Host WFC Silver Anniversary Congress

The World Federation of Chiropractic's silver anniversary congress, celebrating the organization's 25 years of leadership, support and outreach within the chiropractic profession worldwide, will take place next April in Durban, South Africa. Event registration is now open; for more information visit

AHC Announces 2013 Event

The Association for the History of Chiropractic will hold its 33rd Annual Meeting and Conference at NBCE headquarters in Greeley, Colo., June 21-22, 2013. Presentation submissions will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2013, while submissions for the association's annual Lee-Homewood Award, recognizing "a person who has made a lifetime contribution of lasting significance toward the advancement of chiropractic in the scientific and academic communities, and the public acceptance of the profession," are due by Dec. 31, 2012. For more information, visit

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