A World Federation Chiropractic (WFC) press release dated June 30, 2011, the federation notes that the Korean Chiropractic Association, which once boasted upwards of 60 members, “is currently reduced to 17 members because of the hostile environment to chiropractic practice in Korea.” According to the release, the two medical associations have been reporting chiropractors to the police for years and show no signs of letting up.
Sources in South Korea report that the Korean Medical Association (KMA) and Oriental Medical Doctors’ Association (OMDA) are taking measures to rid the country of chiropractic and other alternative disciplines. The associations are filing formal complaints against doctors of chiropractic and their clinics, and like in the U.S. decades ago, chiropractors are being jailed simply for practicing in accordance with their chosen profession. Current KCA president, Dr. Taeg Su Choi, has been prosecuted five times since 2003.
|Dr. Taeg Su Choi|
Chiropractic came to Korea in the early 1990s, when Dr. Yong Serb Song, returned to his homeland from Palmer College of Chiropractic. The founder and first president of the KCA, Dr. Song was convicted three times, while his son and daughter, fellow Palmer graduates Dr. Joonn-Han (Steven) Song and Su-Hie (Katrina) Song, have also faced prosecution.
Some convicted chiropractors, including Dr. Katrina Song, have appealed to the Constitutional Court, the WFC discloses. Their argument has been that Koreans have a constitutional right to choose and receive natural forms of health care that relieve pain and suffering, and that chiropractors have a constitutional right to offer those services. Freakin’ amen and hallelujah!
This type of professional persecution is nothing new to American chiropractors, as many of our ancestors were jailed for providing the–gasp!—chiropractic adjustment. Is anybody else amazed at how powerful a professional organization–like the AMA and KMA–can actually be? I mean when otherwise upstanding citizens looking to help their fellow man by relieving pain and suffering are jailed, while medical mistakes that actually kill people, and pharmaceutical atrocities (like cooking books, manipulating data, putting out product that hasn’t been approved) are turned the blind-eye, something’s got to be seriously wrong. Just incredible.
Chiropractors can help their Korean chiropractic brothers and sisters by donating to the KCA here. Anyone else wishing to help can get more information and also donate here. Let’s not let another country go the way of the U.S. with a medical monopolization of health care. Let the people have freedom of choice.