Republican Sen. Bob Huff has decided to drop legislation that would ban chiropractors from treating allergies now that new rules prohibiting the use of laser therapy for the condition are set to take effect.
The Diamond Bar Republican introduced Senate Bill 352 out of concern that a patient with life-threatening food allergies could be hurt or killed if they felt they were cured after receiving medically unproven laser treatments being advertised by some chiropractors in the state.
The state Board of Chiropractic Examiners decided to ban licensed chiropractors from using lasers for allergy treatments earlier this year in hopes of persuading Huff to drop his bill. They argued that his legislation would prevent chiropractors from providing nutritional counseling and other services to address food sensitives and other allergies.
The rules, which were adopted in early May, which were recently approved by the Office of Administrative Law. They will be effective as of July 14, according to a press release issued by the board.
Huff suggested earlier this year that action by the board would lessen the need for his bill, which has cleared the Senate and is pending approval in the state Assembly.
"To the degree that they're taking care of it themselves, it takes pressure off a legislative fix," he said at the time.