04 Aug 2006 06:58 pm

Open Letter to Life University Alumni

The following are excerpts from a letter to Life University graduates by Dr. Allen Botnick, DC concerning his ongoing efforts to prepare a legal defense on their behalf. (Added emphasis is mine.)

AN OPEN LETTER TO LIFE UNIVERSITY CHIROPRACTIC ALUMNI

Dear Life University College of Chiropractic alumnus,

I have previously written that I am preparing a defense of student loans for Life graduates…

It is well known that Life University violated Council on Chiropractic accreditation requirements and that this led to their loss of accreditation in 2001…

The violations involved a scheme where Life University advertised to prospective students that they would be taught legitimate differential diagnosis…

The affected alumni were not trained to diagnose accurately, (instead were taught to) order excessive x-rays, delay necessary medical treatment and are commiting malpractice in many states…

While some outdated state laws, legal judgments and medical board opinions support chiropractic analysis for “subluxations” as a scope of practice, the practice is always unsafe and leads to poor outcomes in patient care

This scope of practice has no future. By not identifying which problems can legitimately be helped by treatment, individuals practicing this way commit insurance abuse through overutilization…

A serious effect of this overutilization is that it puts patients at risk for adverse effects such as joint sprains and strokes from unnecessary manipulation…

In order to avoid harming patients all chiropractors who do not (know) how to perform a differential diagnosis must surrender their licenses and stop practicing immediately. Failure to do this puts graduates at risk for individual charges of malpractice and insurance abuse…

In the case of Life University, the state law violations are breach of contract for not providing the differential diagnosis instuction and lack of properly qualified faculty, potential fraud and false advertising. Because you can not practice as a chiropractor with this training you may be entitled to claim a large amount of damages that could completely eliminate your student loans.

Best regards,
Allen Botnick DC
Life University College of Chiropractic
Magna Cum Laude, 1996.

The full text of Dr Botnick’s letter, which should be of particular interest to Life University graduates can be found at this Chirotalk forum post.

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