"The education that a chiropractor receives is equivalent if not superior to the typical medical school curriculum," East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner candidate Frank Grimes DC explained. "We undergo thousands of hours of training in physiology, biochemistry and pathology, and we log more clinical hours than most medical doctors prior to graduation."
The role of the coroner in death investigations is well known, but in Louisiana this elected official is also involved in the examination of alleged sexual assault victims and mental health determinations. The benefit of having a chiropractor serve as coroner is clear to Dr. Grimes:
"Only a licensed chiropractor who has gone through the Louisiana Chiropractic Association (LCA) Coroner diplomate course can determine the role that spinal subluxations may have played in a murder or rape. And we are adequately trained to determine the need for an individual to receive emergency psychiatric services, whether they consist of inpatient treatment or correction of any spinal misalignment or nutritional deficiencies."The year long LCA Coroner diplomate course consists of 12 weekend didactic sessions followed by a 2 part online examination. Participants are also required to keep a journal and to submit an essay on "Why I Want to Be a Coroner". The winning essays are put on display in the lobby of the Louisiana State Capital building during Chiropractic Awareness Month every October. They also take a field trip to the county morgue in Ruston, Louisiana.
Dr. Grimes is currently offering a coupon for a free spinal exam and nutritional consultation, valued at $159, to family members of any murder or rape victims who were murdered or raped before the elections on November 3rd, 2015.