Letting the anti-vaccine freak flag fly – Ohm fires off a last one before teaching CAA members

Tomorrow US-based, anti-vaccine, subluxationist chiropractor Jeanne Ohm will be teaching Australian chiropractors at the CAA NSW AGM seminar sessions. Ohm will be teaching Australian chiropractors the speculative (at best) Webster technique, and CPD points will be granted. Chiropractors’ Association of Australia NSW president Joe Ierano – himself a former member of the disgraced anti-vaccine outfit the Australian Vaccination skeptics Network – is now very, very aware of the poor decision of bringing Ohm here, as are his other board members.

Jeanne Ohm is also the CEO of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the ICPA. It is also a demonstrably rabid anti-vaccination organisation. 155 Australian chiropractors are members of the ICPA.

Again, 155 Australian chiropractors are ICPA members.

Ohm shared this, this morning, via “Team Wakefield”:

Ohm 25 via Team Wakefield deadly impossibility of herd immunityAnd, because the anti-vaccine Ohm is also the CEO of the anti-vaccine paediatric organisation - the ICPA – the ICPA also shared the same deranged post, via “Team Wakefield”:

ICPA 9 via Team Wakefield deadly impossibility of herd immunitySo, how good was that decision to hire Jeanne Ohm? And why does anyone who was involved in that decision still have a position at the CAA NSW?

This is the board of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, NSW:

Joe Ierano – president

Angus Steventon – vice president

Larry Whitman – treasurer

Leanne Jenkins – secretary

Christine Berman – executive member

Dennis Jang – executive member

Who made the decision that it was appropriate to secure the services of the anti-vaccine Ohm? It was at least one of the above people. It may have been all of them. Who knows? Ohm’s activities are already widely known. Who is going to take responsibility for the presence of an anti-vaccine activist who teaches baseless and speculative content to registered Australian chiropractors, which is done on behalf of AHPRA and the Chiropractic Board of Australia?

Where is the transparency and where is the accountability which are owed to CAA members, and the broader community?

At the very least it is now apparent that the right to secure and teach professional training on behalf of the CBA and AHPRA should be stripped from all CAA associations – state and national. For goodness sake,  in only the last few years they had anti-vaccinationists providing CPD training in a couple of states (two state board members from this latter one are now on the national board). And the only reason they stopped is because they got caught! And two board members of the CAA national board are also board members of the anti-vaccine-ridden, subluxation-based research organisation, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation! Is there any wonder why observers are justifiably perplexed?

Yet CAA board members around the country dig their heels in and shoot the messengers. All of this bad publicity is the fault of the nasty skeptics, and other critics, they claim.

Listen, if someone defecates in the middle of your lounge-room floor, I’m going to point it out. Especially when it is a concern for public health. Your act of ignoring it, and blaming me and others for pointing it out, doesn’t negate the need for the carpet cleaners. Pick up your shit, CAA board members. You created it.

I hope the board members of the CBA are really sitting up in their boardroom chairs. Perusing the interests and claims of CAA board members around the country, this is only going to get worse.

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 7 – HANDS OFF THE BABIES

With many thanks to Ebony, who commented on the Stop the Australian (anti) Vaccination Network Facebook page, today we tone it down a little compared to the previous two anti-vaccine chiropractors. This doesn’t mean this post contains anything appropriate, or what we might expect to call “evidence-based”. It’s just the crazy hasn’t been ramped up like the previous chiropractors.

Ms Amanda Boyd is a chiropractor who owns Flemington Chiropractic in Melbourne. She is a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. She is/was a member of the thoroughly disgraced anti-vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination (now) skeptics Network.  Boyd’s website bio also states that she is a member of the anti-vaccine, subluxationist, US-based organisation, ICPA, which is headed by anti-vaccine chiropractor Jeanne Ohm:

Boyd 1 bio ICPA Webster CAAIt is clear from Boyd’s Chiropractic web page that she is an adherent of the vitalistic, or subluxationist, movement of chiropractic; which has as its major stumbling block the small impediment that subluxations aren’t a thing which is a thing in the minds of non-subluxationists like you and me:

Boyd 1 subluxations websiteOkay, now we know what it is, or isn’t, Boyd treats, or does not really treat, we can skip over to her Chiro 4 KIDS web page. You can see that Boyd is making some pretty big claims about chiropractic being able to treat some pretty specific issues [my bold]:

There are many common childhood problems that Chiropractic is beginning to show effectiveness in treating.

If you wish to find out more on the current level of research supporting the effectiveness of Chiropractic in treating ear infections, infantile colic, bedwetting, asthma, scoliosis, ADHD and headaches, to learn more about chiropractic care for children -go to…

And if you look at the bottom of the image you’ll see that Boyd links directly to the website of the maladjusted, anti-vaccine AVsN – this is on a kid-specific health information page:

Boyd 1 website AVN ICPA claimsBoyd has been quite careful to keep anti-vaccine stuff off her Facebook page. But – and if you were going to delete any anti-vaccine stuff from your Facebook page, really, you’d do this first – look who remains, from 2013: VINE, and a post which states vaccines have caused 145,000 deaths in the last twenty years. Astonishing:

Boyd 8 145000 deaths from vaccines VINESo, we have a known member (past or present) of an Australian anti-vaccination organisation, an organisation which totes an albatross around its soiled neck in the form of a Public Health Warning from the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission; a person who is also a member of an anti-vaccine, US-based chiropractic organisation which calls itself “paediatric”, the leader of which is demonstrably anti-vaccine, who just so happens to teach the Webster technique in prenatal care, just like this chiropractor (for a most excellent exposé of the baseless Webster technique, which is being taught at the CAA NSW AGM seminar weekend, in two days, see this post by Dr Mick Vagg in The Conversation); a person who is demonstrably treating patients according to the outdated and evidence-free tenets of vitalism and the subluxation; and this person treats babies.

I want to show you an excerpt from Murdoch University’s chiropractic department’s about page. Specifically, what Murdoch has to say about the treatment of infants and children, and what claims can be made about certain treatments. It ends with this sentence:

Musculo-skeletal conditions in infants are uncommon as babies are delivered with mostly pristine spines.

Murdoch 1 MSK babies pristine asthma bedwetting ear infectionIf you need to, feel free to scroll back up the page and compare the following images with what the evidence-based chiropractic department at Murdoch has to say above about some childhood conditions, and the manipulation of babies, and whether or not it is advocated by evidence-based practitioners, or indeed required.

You see, I have a real ethical objection to any health care professional using babies and children in their advertising – and let’s not be mistaken, this is advertising and seen as such by the CBA – and I am starting to believe that the use of babies and children by these subluxationist chiropractors would constitute breaches of the advertising guidelines I have previously included, which cover the encouragement of the indiscriminate or unnecessary use of a health service. All of the following images [redactions mine] are advertising for the purposes of promoting a service, the adjustment of babies and children, for which there is little to no clinical indication, and which is not substantiated by any robust evidence.

Boyd 1 kids babyIf there is some risk, and no benefit (in this plane of reality anyway), then, why is this okay?

Boyd 2 14 day old babyI placed these two images side-by-side for the purposes of this post; they appear as consecutive, vertical posts on Facebook. Apart from some coincidental change in this baby’s demeanors, one day apart (obviously it is cranky baby versus happy baby – go figure, right parents?), what merit is there in this chiropractor making any claim of successful treatment? And this chiropractor is doing just that, as advertising. Confirmation bias is a helluva drug, boys:

Boyd 5 comparison of baby pre post chiroApparently chiropractic makes your kids “chilled out”. Another advertisement offering expectations to those who would be reading. A clear breach of the advertising guidelines:

Boyd 6 5 week old babyNow we come to the mostly meme-based claims. Remember what Murdoch University has to say about them.

Chiropractic is absolutely magic! It will even stave off tonsillitis, as well as the usual inane clown posse of claims, just with the power of adjustments:

Boyd 3 meme inferring less allergies tonsilitis ear infections asthmaDon’t forget, children have nervous systems which can only be freed up by chiropractors who can rid the nervous system of the subluxations:

Boyd 4 Ohm restore nerve system function Pathways meme95% of infants have misalignments after birth? It says it right here. But, hang on a minute, Murdoch University’s chiropractic department says that babies are born with “mostly pristine spines” and that “musculo-skeletal conditions in infants are uncommon”. I just don’t know who to believe any more: a university which roots itself firmly on the side of evidence, or a chiropractic Facebook meme:

Boyd 7 95% babies misalignments

All of the above chiropractic memes are absolutely ubiquitous to the Facebook pages of subluxationist chiropractors. And they are only few grains of sand compared to the unsavoury beach of chiropractic advertising. What you have just seen is extremely common. Are you depressed, yet?

Here’s a message for the Chiropractic Board of Australia, and the various CAA outlets around the nation: you will never be taken seriously while the subluxationists and anti-vaccinationists speak for you on your boards and in the media and on their own Facebook pages. And you will never be taken seriously when the premier chiropractic research organisation in this country, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, steeped in anti-vaccinationism and founded on subluxations, exists.

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 6 – Fruit Mumma

In my most recent post in this series,  Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 5 – so bad it’s like we stepped in something, or Clicking the Pug, I included several of the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s codes and guidelines, as well as statements by the CBA, and the president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, regarding the very subject matter included here. It may be worth having a quick read if you aren’t aware of the professional requirements to which chiropractors must adhere.

On to today’s talent.*

My friend Rosalie introduced me to Fruit Mumma. My friend said Fruit Mumma is a chiropractor. So I thought I’d better see for myself. Yes, indeed, Fruit Mumma is a chiropractor and advertises herself, and trades on her profession, as such:

McBurnie 1 about page chiropractorI asked Fruit Mumma if the name I suspected to be hers indeed matched up with the AHPRA registration number I found. Instead of answering my simple question, she wanted to be a smartarse:

McBurnie 1 registration question So I checked for myself by going to her website:

McBurnie 1 website aboutAnd I also checked her Facebook profile, which is often linked from the Fruit Mumma page. Meet Ms Carlie McBurnie, who is indeed a registered chiropractor, who plies her business at Chiro & More in Victoria. Her business partners will thank her later, I’m sure:

McBurnie 21 profile pic chiropractor at Chiro and MoreI’m not going to beat around the bush, today. You guys all know just as well as me what sort of information is bad, or poor, or just stinking with the rot of a thousand fungating masses.

Speaking of the latter, this is what McBurnie thinks is information which is just right for her customers. Scheibner. Viera Scheibner. Viera Scheibner denying the effectiveness of the Polio vaccine on the Polio virus, which has of course just been redefined. And spelling like an absolute champion:

McBurnie 17 Scheibner Tolman Polio LIED TOO


I could just stop now. I really don’t need to add anything else which could possibly top citing not-a-doctor Scheibner. But, there’s just so much.

McBurnie shares the Greater Good and Safeminds as though it is an admirable thing, and alerts us all to an alternate universe in which vaccines do indeed cause autism:

McBurnie 6 Greater Good mercury vaccines autism

Behold! The Argumentum package insertium:

McBurnie 9 vaccine package insertsRemember how the Hepatitis B vaccine killed eight babies in China? No? That’s because it didn’t happen. As hard as I tried I couldn’t find any retractions from McBurnie on any of her sites:

McBurnie 14 HepB vaccine kill kids in China Natural NewsMcBurnie warns us that there’s definitely “something that all parents need to be aware of”, and it’s that…the vaccine hoax is over! Really:

McBurnie 19 vaccine hoaxOn McBurnie’s Facebook profile, the recent manufactroversy from the anti-vaccination movement gets the nod, via Jeanne Ohm‘s anti-vaccine chiropractic baby manipulating organisation, ICPA:

McBurnie 22 profile CDC liesThree months after the Chiropractic Board of Australia laid down its August 8 2013 press release, a template of acceptable conduct for chiropractors, McBurnie laid this steamer down on her Facebook page. It would almost be true if the opposite wasn’t indeed factual. This is a lie. This is a lie shared by a registered Australian chiropractor on her main Facebook business page. And it is a lie which has been there for almost one year:

McBurnie 26 HepB vax linked to SIDS

Here is a sentence which turns on itself with gnashing fangs: ‘Here are ten true facts from Mike Adams’. Behold, this was also laid down on McBurnie’s Facebook page after the CBA said “NO MORE”:

McBurnie 27 outrageous facts about vax Nat NewsAnd, finally, what is an anti-vaccine liar worth without lying about Gardasil? This registered chiropractor clearly has no clue about this topic. Not a clue. Yet it doesn’t stop her from commenting:

McBurnie 29 Gardasil liesNext we have a series of informative posts in which McBurnie tells us all about the benefits of water fluoridation.

First up McBurnie warns us that there is indeed fluoride in our tap water. She cites an article which misrepresents the Harvard Study. WARNING!

McBurnie 10 anti fluoride warningThat wasn’t so bad? How about FLUORIDE CAUSES MORE HUMAN CANCER DEATH?

McBurnie 16 fluoride causes cancer deathsAnd if that wasn’t bad enough, how about a fright-meme from the Drinking Mums. Remember, this is from a registered Australian chiropractor (and she’s not alone):

McBurnie 28 fluoride memeOne of the worst breeds of alternative health movers and shakers is the cancer cure crank. Preying on the vulnerable elicits a visceral reaction in most of us, but, unfortunately, not all. And let’s face it, some are just too stupid to recognise when they are an advocate of a substance which indiscriminately burns flesh off bodies. The Therapeutic Goods Administration advises against the use of the corrosive, Black Salve, and all its cousins. And the TGA’s Complaints Resolution Panel have repeatedly found against anti-vaccinationist Meryl Dorey for promoting the use of Black Salve in what was found to be advertising for the product. Just like this:

McBurnie 7 Black SalveThis chiropractor is clearly deranged. Whilst advising one of her mugs about the danger of facial application of the solvent, McBurnie quips, “Better out than in”. That is, ‘go ahead with the treatment anyway’. There are no words.

The thread continues with the registered Australian chiropractor telling her marks, “As far as I know it only reacts & removes to cancerous tissue”. This claim by a registered health practitioner is not only untrue, it is dangerous and negligent to the point of sociopathy:

McBurnie 8 Black Salve contThat’s not the only crank cancer cures we see on Fruit Mumma’s page. There is the ubiquitous healing cancer via detoxifying:

McBurnie 11 healing cancer via detoxThe cancer cure which is being hidden from everyone, via Tolman:

McBurnie 12 Tolman cancer cureThe astonishingly vile “Curing Cervical Cancer Naturally” (from someone who lies about the HPV vaccine – let that one sink in), via the Tolmans:

McBurnie 13 Tolmans curing cervical cancer naturallyAnd on her Facebook profile, of course, Gerson therapy; which is also, somehow, being hidden:

McBurnie 23 Gerson secret cancer cureAnd, on a different note, just to round things off in the WTF ARE YOU DOING? stakes, have some Scientology:

McBurnie 25 CCHR DVDNothing says credibility like linking to the CCHR. I mean, selling the above DVD and three others got Meryl Dorey all the accolades she carries with her to this day.

I don’t know what to say about this chiropractor. I know that a couple of chiropractors have got minor slaps on the wrist for sharing anti-vaccine misinformation. I just can’t reconcile myself to thinking that that minor punishment is even enough. These are meant to be university trained evidence based practitioners.  When and where did it become acceptable for these people to share the rubbish – and outright demonstrable lies – that they do, and call it “looking after the clients”. If you keep giving wrist-slaps, they’ll continue to laugh behind your back. And that is exactly what these chiropractors are doing with the CBA. Nothing short of deregistration is acceptable for McBurnie.

*In the time which has elapsed since the beginning of this post, until its conclusion, now, McBurnie has been busy deleting anti-vaccine misinformation from her Facebook page; blocking the public from creating new posts on her Facebook page; changing the Facebook page info so as to give the impression she is no longer giving information as a registered chiropractor; and rewriting her website, which is currently offline. It is a poor attempt. McBurnie missed heaps of anti-vaccine posts, and the other outrageous and downright repulsive stuff is still there. It is astonishing that it took members of the public to suddenly change McBurnie’s professional online claims, and her behaviour. 

McBurnie 24 new website coming soon


Again, a huge shout out to Rosalie who has done her fair share of cancer cure claim debunking on her site

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Chirofest Seattle – starring Martin Harvey, Jen Barham-Floreani, and Andrew Wakefield

On September 19 2014, in Seattle, there is a happening. It’s called Chirofest.

Two Australians are appearing on the bill: Jennifer Barham-Floreani, the anti-vaccine chiropractor we’ve met many times, some of those because she appears in photos with anti-vaccinationists after appearing on the same festival bill as them; and the anti-vaccine president of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation – the board of governors of which is 89% anti-vaccine – Martin Harvey, previously seen here innating with the anti-vaccine lads. Both Harvey and Barham-Floreani are/were members of the thoroughly discredited anti-vaccination pressure group, the Australian Vaccination (now) skeptics Network. The ASRF is a registered charity. Its prime area of research is the magical subluxation.

I’ll say that again: the ASRF is a registered charity  whose main aim is chiropractic research, the board of which is 89% anti-vaccine, whose main area of the aforementioned research is the magical, mystical, invisible vertebral subluxation complex.

These Australian chiropractic leaders, one a research charity president, the other repeatedly cited as though her information is accurate, are appearing on the same bill as the big kahuna – the emperor – the honcho of global anti-vaccinationism, Andrew Wakefield:

Chirofest 1 Harvey JBF WakefieldAnd even better, for the charity I mentioned, they get to have their name associated with an event dripping with anti-vaccine notoriety, along with a donation from the same notorious event:

Chirofest 2 ASRF receiving funds

A Subluxation Based Chiropractic [what?]

I have raised this issue laboriously. In November 2013 Laurie Tassell, the president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, slammed chiropractors who are bringing the profession into disrepute. From his President’s Report in The Australian Chiropractor:

Tassell 2 CAA antivax speakers not acceptable

…not acceptable.

It’s time for more evidence-based chiropractors to start demanding to know what is happening with the November 2013 promises of Laurie Tassell. There is no point critics like myself, outside the profession, seeking answers. They don’t even return my emails.

Enough evidence has been presented against Harvey and Barham-Floreani, in my blog posts alone. What is the CAA doing about it, and what has the Chiropractic Board of Australia got to say?

This isn’t going to go away.

Anyway, this is what punters missed out on if they didn’t make it last year. “Brother DeMoss” says more about this congregation than anything I could:

Chirofest 4 brother DeMoss


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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 5 – so bad it’s like we stepped in something, or Clicking the Pug.

I am going to start today with a little reminder of the regulatory teeth behind what almost all of my chiropractor – anti-vaccine and otherwise –  posts are about. My goal from the outset was to publicly present examples for the regulator (the Chiropractic Board of Australia) and the investigator (the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency – AHPRA – which carries out investigations on behalf of fourteen National health boards). What got me started was the very strong statement from the CBA, over a year ago, denouncing anti-vaccine misinformation, as well as any other non-evidence based claims and treatments. It really was a line in the sand, and it this to which I will contrast all the examples I present:

To protect public safety the Board has…ordered practitioners to remove all anti-vaccination material from their websites and clinics

’We will not tolerate registered chiropractors giving misleading or unbalanced advice to patients, or providing advice or care that is not in the patient’s best interests.’

Even a year later that statement gets stronger. For a Board, it is quite sharp, no doubt.

Another bedrock upon which I hold my examples is the scathing November 2013 speech given by Chiropractors’ Association of Australia National president, Laurie Tassel, to the party faithful at the National development Forum: Tassell thundered:

Maybe when some of you receive substantial fines or suspension you will understand the significance of your selfish and unprofessional actions.

On top of these statements I want to look at just a couple of excerpts from the CBA codes and guidelines. Please have a close read of these, and reflect upon them as you peruse the examples to come. The Code of Conduct has many examples I could include; but, here is just one pertinent section [my bold]:

6.4 Public health matters

Chiropractors have a responsibility to promote the health of the community through disease prevention and control, education and, where relevant, screening.

On any public health matter, practitioners are obliged to provide balanced, unbiased and evidence-based information in order to enable members of the public to make informed health decisions. When called upon to provide advice that is beyond their usual area of practice, chiropractors should seek to refer those patients to another practitioner who possess such expertise.

Good practice involves:

1. understanding the principles of public health, including health education, health promotion, disease prevention, and control and screening

2. participating in efforts to promote the health of the community and being aware of obligations in disease prevention, including screening and reporting notifiable diseases where relevant, and

3. carrying out health activities in a public setting in accordance with the National Board’s attached guidelines (see Appendix 1: Guideline in relation to health activities in a public setting).

Ouch. Almost every chiropractor I have covered has just breached their own Code of Conduct. I wonder how many have faced sanction from the CBA, under the Code of Conduct?

Anyway, here is another guideline which is pertinent; the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services. Important to remember with this guideline is the recent unequivocal stance from the CBA, and other Boards, that all social media is indeed counted as advertising, as it should be. Again, I’ll only include one section of many which could apply; but, you can see that this one should have many chiropractors quaking in their boots [my bold]. I have attempted to leave much text out here, whilst retaining the import, but, still, I apologise for the length:

6.2.1 Misleading or deceptive advertising

Section 133 of the National Law states:

  1. A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –
    1. Is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to be misleading or deceptive

Examples of advertising that may be false or misleading include those that:

- imply that the regulated health services can be a substitute for public health vaccination or immunisation

- advertise the health benefits of a regulated health service when there is no proof that such benefits can be attained

So I guess the above is pretty self-explanatory.

Now, this one is a doozy. All I can suggest is to go and check out any chiropractic Facebook page:

6.2.3 Testimonials

Section 133 of the National Law states:

  1. A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –
    1. Uses testimonials or purported testimonials about the service or business

The National Law does not define ‘testimonial’, so the word has its ordinary meaning of a positive statement about a person or thing. In the context of the National Law, a testimonial includes recommendations, or statements about the clinical aspects of a regulated health service.

The National Law ban on using testimonials means it is not acceptable to use testimonials in your own advertising, such as on your Facebook page, in a print, radio or television advertisement, or on your website. This means that::

1. you cannot use or quote testimonials on a site or in social media that is advertising a regulated health service, including patients posting comments about a practitioner on the practitioner’s business website, and 

2. you cannot use testimonials in advertising a regulated health service to promote a practitioner or service.   

What is one term which defines vitalistic chiropractors across the land? Subluxation (in all its  permutations, underpinned by its mandatory accompanying sophistry). Apply it here:

6.2.4 Unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment

Section 133 of the National Law states:

  1. A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –
    1. Creates an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment

For example, advertising may contravene the National Law when it:

- creates an unreasonable expectation (such as by exaggerating or by providing incomplete or biased information) of recovery time after providing a regulated health service

- contains any inappropriate or unnecessary information or material that is likely to make a person believe their health or wellbeing may suffer from not taking or undertaking the health service, and/or

- contains a claim, statement or implication that is likely to create an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment by: – either expressly, or by omission, indicating that the treatment is infallible, unfailing, magical, miraculous or a certain, guaranteed or sure cure, and/or- practitioner has an exclusive or unique skill or remedy, or that a product is ‘exclusive’ or contains a ‘secret ingredient’ that will benefit the patient

Again, encouraging customers to visit frequently on the premise that they must have all the subluxations adjusted away, for fear of nerve blockages and the like – or adjusting babies to correct ‘birth trauma’, which can only be done by a chiropractor – is well covered, here:

6.2.5 Encouraging indiscriminate or unnecessary use of health services

Section 133 of the National Law states:

1. A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –

E. Directly or indirectly encourages the indiscriminate or unnecessary use of regulated health services

Now, to today’s talent. We’re visiting a business called Platinum Chiropractic Erina.

I must start off with an apology, sort of. You see, when I was perusing the complete Facebook page of PCE, I was doing so under the false impression that the main culprit for today’s post was Mr Matthew Hodgson, who appears first on the PCE about page. But, not having realised there is a scroll bar, I later scrolled down to see Ms Whitney Ohlund, who describes herself as “among the most elite chiropractors on the Central Coast.” Remember that.

And, we’ve met Ohlund, the fan-girl of Billy DeMoss, before in Anti-vaccine chiropractors 5. Interestingly, the original Facebook post included in my blog post is gone: admission that they damned well know what they can and can’t do. Remember that, too.

So, I was going to apologise to Hodgson, thinking what is indeed Ohlund’s work all over the internet may have been his work. But, then I thought I should reconsider, given he is a willing accomplice to Ohlund’s work, nearly all done in the name of their business. I mean, look at this page from their website. You’ll be getting no apology from me, old son. With its grand claims and insinuations, the page alone has “multiple breaches” written all over it:

Hodgson 2 kids chiro pageSo, I want to kick off with the anti-vaccine stuff. They have been very careful to remove this sort of thing, as you saw above, when they were caught: but, not all of it. In May 2013 they shared the dishonest petition from anti-vaccine zealot Meryl Dorey, of the thoroughly discredited anti-vaccine pressure group the Australian Vaccination (now) Skeptics Network:

Hodgson 30 Dorey petitionTwice:

Hodgson 31 Dorey petition 2But those anti-vaccine posts were tame. This next one would breach so many sections of the codes and guidelines that I’m not even sure where to start. How about a health practitioner dissuading clients from a beneficial procedure, which may indeed save their life, based on that practitioner’s own inability to discern excellent evidence from crap conspiracy sites? This chiropractor provides medical advice, claiming, unequivocally:

Protect your families…opt out of this jab

“…Further, only a few hundred people at most die from cervical cancer every year in Australia. This, combined with the fact that there is absolutely no solid evidence showing a connection between HPV and cervical cancer, proves that Gardasil, in a best case scenario, will have a negligible benefit in thwarting cervical cancer. Meanwhile, there have been tens of thousands of reported adverse events associated with Gardasil, and at least 130 reported deaths.

‘Gardasil is possibly the most dangerous vaccine on the market with the potential to injure, maim, or even kill the children who receive it.'”

Hodgson 33 Gardasil opt out of this jab

only a few hundred people at most die from cervical cancer every year in Australia

Read that a few times in an attempt to gauge the callousness inherent in such an ignorant, wave-of-the-hand argument, made in some ethically barren universe as a reason to withhold a potentially life-saving procedure. As I have opined elsewhere – on that very same argument often propounded by the University of Wollongong’s anti-vaccine PhD student, Judy Wilyman – what’s a few women…

To show why I am so convinced that much of the work on the PCE Facebook page is Ohlund’s, with the willing complicity of Hodgson, we’ll take a look at Ohlund’s Facebook profile. There can be no doubt that Ohlund uses her profile for business purposes, so we can discard that defence before we begin. The whole profile reads like the PCE Facebook page, as a  paean to the anti-vaccine chiropractic organisation, ICPA, and Billy DeMoss, and any and every subluxation based chiropractic meme in between. I’ll get in a quick plug here: for a brand new post on the ICPA, and their thorough immersion in anti-vaccinationism, this post by Jann Bellamy on Science Based Medicine is wonderful.

So, how do we know we can count Ohlund’s Facebook profile as a business profile, which should be treated accordingly by regulators? Apart from the profile being about chiropractic, here is one business plug:

Ohlund 7 profile used for businessAnd here is another:

Ohlund 6 profile used for businessIt is on her profile, used for the PCE business, that Ohlund now lets her anti-vaccine freak flag fly. The flag can’t be flown on the PCE page and, let’s face it, one needs an outlet for one’s deadly misinformation.

Ohlund shows she has fully swallowed the latest round of anti-vaccine fear-mongering, which has shown to be another empty vessel:

Ohlund 1 vaccines cause autismAnd again we see her sharing the lie that the CDC was involved in a cover-up:

Ohlund 2 cdc fraud etcOhlund is anti-shingles vaccine, of course:

Ohlund 4 anti shingles vaccine greater goodAnd we already know that she isn’t short of a lie or two about the extremely safe and extremely effective Gardasil vaccine:

Ohlund 5 anti Gardasil liesBut, when it comes to one of the heights of killing babies – apart from wanting vaccines gone – telling lies about, and recommending against the Vitamin K shot must be up there with serial killing. People who advise against Vitamin K shots know doing so can kill babies. They just don’t care, I guess:

Ohlund 3 anti Vit KJumping back over to the Platinum Chiropractic Erina Facebook page – the twin page, with Ohlund’s, basically – I want to quickly add a heap of screenshots which couldn’t be left out. I could have added the whole page, but, really, you can read that for yourself. When you go through the variety of claims and statements made in each screenshot, I just want you to reflect upon the CBA codes and guidelines I included at the top. Ask yourself how on Earth this business, and those who run it, can get away with what appears on their Facebook page, and their website. Why haven’t they been disciplined? The page goes back four years, after all.

As with all my posts on anti-vaccine chiropractors, and those akin to them, there’s always no better way to kick the can of one’s credibility with some Billy DeMoss, subluxations, and treating some condition affected thereof:

Hodgson 1 DeMoss subluxations stomach problems“Don’t gamble with your family’s health”.  It is almost as if they are claiming only chiropractic can treat x condition, and that to trust any other health care practitioner would be a bad thing, like some chiropractic DeMoss’s Wager:

Hodgson 6 DeMoss don't gamble scare postYou know what almost every word here is, when formed together into sentences? Bollocks. Well except for “the”:

Hodgson 7 birth trauma subbiesChildhood asthma and ear infections claims via ICPA:

Hodgson 10 asthma ear infections ICPAWith some degree of certainty, they claim that chiropractic for pregnant women is “essential”:

Hodgson 13 mandatory pregnancy chiro preventing caesariansHere they include a chiropractic meme which alludes to greater athletic performance due to chiropractic. I can’t track down the literature proving this one. We’ll need to take it with a grain of salt, whilst the regulator should need a bucket when investigating:

Hodgson 14 athletic promisesNext we have the scary fuse-box with added intermittent caps lock text (DeMoss Sans?) from that intellectual giant, Billy DeMoss. If even half of what he is saying is written in any known Earth language, I’ll get an adjustment:

Hodgson 14 TIC scary fuseboxDid you know that chiropractic adjustments reverse heart disease? Firstly, I saw it on Facebook, on a chiropractor’s page; so it must be true. Secondly, the source is Natural News. Thirdly, I’m not even answering their question:

Hodgson 18 adj reverse heart diseaseBAM! Mr 400%. We haven’t seen you since the last time we saw you (in redux 4), which wasn’t that long ago:

Hodgson 19 400% immune boostA wall of Billy DeMoss. If you can read this, and both eyes are still pointing in a forwardly direction, you have subluxations:

Hodgson 21 chiro doesn't cure anything DeMossNo words required here. ICPA:

Hodgson 26 kiddie constipationThrough the glass darkly we now venture, with the Church of Scientology’s CCHR claiming chiropractic can treat ADHD and autism. And they are serious when they use the hashtags #humanrights and #advocacy, not in the opposite sense of what we would expect the CCHR to use them:

Hodgson 24 CCHRSo, a chiropractor links to autism treatment claims from the CCHR, and they are still practising. Go figure.

Another of the advertising guidelines I included above was regarding the use of testimonials. The section is so clear I’m not sure why testimonials are still so prevalent. I guess it was never enforced, so, no one cared about it. I mean, who reads the codes and guidelines anyway, right?

This chiropractor should have a really good read. Not only are these testimonials, they were added by the chiropractor!

Hodgson 22 writes own testimonialsAnd another:

Hodgson 23 testimonialAnd this one seems to have been made from whole cloth. It must have seemed like a great idea at the time:

Hodgson 28 self testimonial pure healthWHAT THE HELL IS A “MAXIMIZED EXPRESSION OF LIFE”?

Now, I’m not an overly adventurous person, but, I never thought I would be required to come up with the term, “Clicking the Pug”.  But, since you have all made it this far – and for that I thank you – here are the chiropractors of Platinum Chiropractic Erina Clicking the Pug:

Hodgson 29 pug activatorI doubt the pug got as much out of that as the chiropractor, but, anyway, here is another:

Hodgson 20 activator on dogYup. The chiropractor got more out of that than the dog.

I’m being very trustful here and just assuming there is a huge and robust evidence base for any chiropractor using an activator on a dog.

If none of the above stirs you, then, at least let this one sink in; and maybe raise it with your local member of parliament. We, the taxpayers, subsidise defence force personnel and their family members to the tune of $400 a pop, to see these chiropractors:

Hodgson 15 ADF subsidies

Thank you for reading to the end. One would hope that complaints will be lodged about this chiropractic business and the chiropractors included here. Feel free to use any information from this post (it is all public anyway) should you feel so inclined to lodge a complaint. Just for reminders: because this chiropractor operates in NSW, the initial complaint must be made through the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission. The complaint page is here. Complaints can be made online, and the process of lodgement is now quite streamlined and hassle free.

Because of the size of this blog post, and the quality of the content provided by Platinum Chiropractic Erina, and its chiropractors Whitney Ohlund and Matthew Hodgson, I am pleased to announce that they are the inaugural winners of this:




*huge thank you to my clever friends

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A Time to Kill: Meryl Dorey and her AVsN give medical advice on seizures.

After an extensive investigation into the Australian Vaccination skeptics Network, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission issued a Public Health Warning on April 30 2014 [my bold]:

Public warning

The Commission has established that AVN does not provide reliable information in relation to certain vaccines and vaccination more generally. The Commission considers that AVN’s dissemination of misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers.

Given the issues identified with the information disseminated by AVN, the Commission urges general caution is exercised when using AVN’s website or Facebook page to research vaccination and to consult other reliable sources, including speaking to a medical practitioner, to make an informed decision.

The Commission has recommended that AVN amend its published information with regard to the above issues and the Commission will monitor the implementation of these recommendations.

I know that the AVsN has not amended misinformation which states vaccines cause autism, as requested. We have no idea what monitoring is being undertaken by the HCCC. I know that Meryl Dorey and the AVsN have repeatedly breached the HCCC’s request to amend vaccines-cause-autism misinformation, as the AVsN’s public officer, Dorey, has continued to post the claim to the AVsN Facebook page.

Today, Dorey took it to another level. This act was outside the purview of the Public Warning, as that pertained to vaccination.

Today, Dorey was out to maim, or possibly even kill. Dorey knows the possible consequences of ceasing anti-convulsant medication as she is friends with parents whose toddler died because they ceased her medication in lieu of magic. They are featured in this article from The Age, in 2003:

The parents of a toddler who died after epileptic seizures could face criminal charges over her death after a coroner ruled they fundamentally breached their duty of care by not giving her anti-convulsant medication.

Coroner Phil Byrne said Warren and Helena Denley ignored specialist advice of Royal Children’s Hospital medical staff and were instead prepared to rely on various, ill-informed advice to help their daughter Isabella.

The inquest heard Mr and Mrs Denley had seen alternative therapists, including a psychic who said the seizures were related to a past-life trauma.

Isabella, 13 months, died at home in Kew on October 19 last year after 30 seizures in seven months…

…in a police statement tendered to the court, Mr Denley, an information technology contractor, said in the weeks before Isabella died, she was purely on homoeopathic medicine…

So, knowing of the real adverse events of dissuading patients from their life-saving medication, why would Meryl Dorey do precisely the same thing? She knows first hand that a little girl died because her parents, Dorey’s mates, turned to unproven therapies.

With the above in mind, here is Meryl Dorey providing medical advice, regarding seizures, at 0634 hours on August 31 2014:

AVN 6869 Dorey alt med for seizuresI can certainly think of one “natural alternative” for seizures, and I’m surprised Dorey couldn’t also: death. Death is the ultimate natural cure. Tried and true.

It is long past time the NSW HCCC issued a Prohibition Order against Dorey and her organisation.

Dorey and her organisation need to be shut down before they kill someone.

This can be a real outcome of the type of advice given by an untrained, unqualified, unregistered crackpot who has the hubris to think she knows more than a specialist:

What the harm Isabella DenleySource: What’s the Harm

Please lodge a complaint about Dorey’s behaviour – conducted as an official representative of the AVsN – to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, here.

Update September 1 2014

I wanted to include this comment from someone who knows the ups and downs of this topic (to put it mildly). There just isn’t anything like a smackdown from someone who really knows what they are talking about to put the dangerous advice of Meryl Dorey and her cabal into perspective. This comment comes from the Mamamia Facebook page, where an article on this very topic was posted today:

AVN 6870 MM thread epilepsy sufferer no meds ketogenic dietThank you Debbie Kurikka. On behalf of everyone who will benefit from your voice. Thank you.

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Updated: Why does NSW Fair Trading swallow the lies of the AVsN?

This will be a quick post. I had meant to write something about this months ago.

The Australian Vaccination Network was ordered to change its deceptive name in 2012. It appealed the order and lost that appeal in 2013. It was thenceforth to be known by the still deceptive – yet not as much – name, Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network.

The AVsN changed its name on many of its fora. It fought hard to weasel its way out of its obligations, with several reminders being sent to the AVsN to comply. It was extraordinary how the compliance checks needed to be carried out by citizens – who then notified the appropriate departments – and not the government departments charged with these tasks.

Since the enforcement of the name change came into place the AVsN have steadfastly tried everything to worm their way out of changing their Facebook page’s name. They know the Facebook page is the most accessed, and the most user-friendly for their task of disseminating anti-vaccination lies. Facebook is big for liars. It gets the most hits, and it casts the biggest net.

Astonishingly, New South Wales Fair Trading have accepted a monster of a lie from Meryl Dorey and her cabal: that being that the AVsN gave the Facebook page away, and that it is no longer owned by the AVsN. Here is an August 2014 letter from NSWFT to a complainant, stating precisely that:

AVN 6859 DFT letter name change

Anyway, I thought I would quickly check and screenshot two AVsN fora to show how easily NSWFT could have found out that the AVsN is lying. It must be noted in passing that the main Facebook page administrator using the AVN Facebook account a month ago was Meryl Dorey. And not only by a nose: Dorey was controlling the page, same as she ever was.

This is a screenshot of the AVsN’s official Twitter page. It was always the AVN’s official Twitter page, and it says as much in the descriptor:

AVN 6856 Twitter official pageThe official Twitter page was always linked to the AVN’s official Facebook page. Check out the timestamp for the vaccines-cause-autism lie in the screenshot.

Now, using this screenshot taken from the AVN Facebook page (immediately after), we see that precisely the same vaccines-cause-autism lie appears on the page. The timestamp is the same, even down to the minute:

AVN 6857 Facebook page timestamp sameChecking these two pages off against each other, and perusing the timestamps took less than twenty seconds. It is obvious that the AVsN is in control of both accounts – Twitter and Facebook – and that the claim that they no longer own the Facebook page is an outright lie put forward to deflect any further regulatory and disciplinary action which would surely come the AVsN’s way – continuing to breach orders against claims set out in the Public Health Warning is only one of the ongoing flagrant breaches carried out by Dorey and her cult. It is amazing that the very vaccines-cause-autism lie used above is, in itself, another breach of the findings set down by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission in the Public Health Warning against the AVsN.

Getting back to the evidence for the claim by Dorey and her cult that the AVsN no longer own the page, I wonder out loud how the claim was tested by NSWFT. This is the AVN Facebook about page:

AVN 6858 about pageWe can see they still link to the all-important money-maker, the “AVN” shop, and the cashflow-sustaining “AVN membership”. And the page still links to the main AVN URL. They changed a couple of “us” and “we” into “them” and “they” as well. And the sockpuppet who now ‘owns’ the page has set up a gmail account as a contact (a contact which doesn’t issue replies). What other evidence is there that the AVsN, and Dorey, no longer control the Facebook page? This:

This page is owned by and managed by a long-time fan of the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network but it is not the responsibility of that organization.


Company Overview

This page is owned by Ben Rush, a long-time fan of the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN), Inc.

Stick a fork in me and turn me over I’m done.

This is an organisation which is practised at deception and non-compliance, callousness and cruelty. And NSW Fair Trading rolled over and said it was all too hard, and took the word of a cabal of anti-vaccinationists over a bit of digging. Twenty seconds work could have shown them the AVsN are lying, again. But it’s all just too hard.

And you know what makes it stink even more? Four months before the above NSWFT hand-wave, NSWFT notified another complainant that they had contacted Dorey, and that Dorey had advised NSWFT that the Facebook name would be changed:

AVN 6860 April letter from DFT DoreyThe Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network and its lead ideologue Meryl Dorey continue to lie to government departments such as NSWFT, and regulators such as the NSW HCCC; and yet here we are. Nothing has been done. The AVsN is still free to lie to parents, with nothing but disdain for those who should be holding them accountable.


Thanks very much to those who provided letters included above.

Update August 31 2014

I wanted to wait until the end of the month of August, which is now, to add this update. For some time since it became apparent that NSWFT had swallowed the lies of Meryl Dorey hook, line, and sinker, that neither she, nor her organisation – of which she is the public officer and landlord – are the owners of the “AVN” Facebook page, I have been meaning to manually count the original administrator posts on the AVN Facebook page. Well, I’ve counted the AVN admin posts.

The huge bulk of the Facebook posts are posted via the AVsN’s Hootsuite account. There is no point attempting to work out which liar with access posted from there. I’ve included the Hootsuite posts in my manual count; but, really, it might be all Dorey’s work on Hootsuite, or none of it might be Dorey. One thing is for sure, the Hootsuite account is an official AVsN account, even having once been linked to Dorey’s own Facebook profile. The Hootesuite account is indeed still linked to the AVsN sister page – where posts from Hootsuite are cloned – Seriously Concerned About Gardasil; or as I much prefer to call it, SCAG. As you can see, Dorey is still a SCAG admin, along with a vicious sockpuppet (Payne), and an AVN stalwart (MJ Vassallo). Missing, you will notice, is one Ben Rush:

AVN 6867 Dorey Payne admins of SCAGSo, back to our admin posts. I have created four tables to cover the last four months, which takes us back in time to the publication of the HCCC’s Public Warning against the AVsN (on April 30 2014).

I’ll let everyone work out the ratios for themselves. One thing which stands out like a beacon of truth: Meryl Dorey, the public officer of the Australian Vaccination skeptics Network, is the predominant Facebook page administrator. Indeed, the new “page owner”, *cough* Ben Rush (BR24), has made one post in four months. One. Post.

Here is August 2014:

AVN 6862 August admin postsHere is the table for July 2014:

AVN 6863 July admin postsHere is the table for June 2014:

AVN 6864 June admin postsAnd, here is the table for May 2014:

AVN 6865 May admin postsOver to you, New South Wales Fair Trading. Do you still believe the word of Meryl Dorey when she claims that someone else, a sockpuppet who has only one recorded post to its name in four months of manual counting, “owns” the AVN Facebook page (apart from Facebook, who owns the AVN Facebook page)?

This is almost into the realms of Yes, Minister.

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Australian Spinal Research Foundation 2014 – time for a new shovel

Today, I was delighted to be reminded to visit the website of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. I hadn’t been there for a while.

In October 2013 I wrote about the board of governors of the ASRF:  The Australian Spinal Research Foundation – the infection of anti-vaccinationismHere is a quick recap from my post:

The Australian Spinal Research Foundation is an associated organisation of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. The ASRF’s raison d’être is research. The main area of research would seem to be to prove that the chiropractic subluxation is a thing, which is a real thing, as opposed to the thing which currently exists only in the minds of fundamentalist chiropractors and their brainwashed customers. To do this research the ASRF holds charitable status. With great power comes great responsibility. I hope they are spending their earnings in the right places:

Our Bona Fides

Australian Spinal Research Foundation is a company limited by guarantee under Australian Corporations Law. The Foundation is an approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under the Australian Income Tax Assessment Act (Section 30-15, Research Institute) and an Income Tax Exempt Charity (Section 50-5). The Foundation is registered as Charity No. 1193 under the Queensland Collections Act and is exempt from Stamp Duty under the Stamp Act.

Only two days ago a blockbuster of a post was published by The Rogue Chiropractor:  Australian Spinal Research Foundation: it’s time to drop the pretence. It has been revealed that the research output of the ASRF is abysmal; and their research funding is even worse [my bold]:

The ASRF started in 1976 and is considered a well-established not-for-profit organisation. Over the past 13 years the ASRF has grossed an impressive $12.9M largely through spizzed-up promotion of subluxation theories. Only 6.9% of all revenue ends up eventuating in the ASRF’s primary function which is research grant activity. Of interest, 33.7% of income is spent on wages and salaries…

It is now 2013 and we must ask ourselves the question – are we any closer to being able to prove the existence of the vertebral subluxation complex and the effects they have on health? Twelve years on and we are still no closer to being able to accurately define a valid and reliable method of identifying one. Should the spizzed-up CAA board throw millions of dollars of their membership’s money at subluxation research based upon the advice of this floundering research foundation?

As you can see by the title of my 2013 post, my focus was on the make-up of the board members’ slant on immunisation, if known. From the conclusion of my post:

So, that is all eleven of the board of governors of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. Only three of them have no anti-vaccine affiliation or online presence of anti-vaccine misinformation. Eight of these eleven people can be regarded as anti-vaccinationists. And five of those eight anti-vaccinationists are or were members of Australia’s most prominently, consistently wrong conglomerate of nutbag conspiracy theorists one could hesitantly regard as akin to health information providers. Five out of eleven of the board members of this charity, are or were members of the AVN.

Holy crap, you guys.

73% of the ASRF board is anti-vaccine. That’s almost a distinction.

And I didn’t even include the former ASRF board members who featured in my anti-vaccine series: David Cahill and Taylor Vagg. Nor did I include others, like Angus Pyke, and Billy Chow, who are not on the board; but, appear to be heavily involved in steering the organisation…

Well, it’s now 2014, and there’s a new board of governors in place. Gone from the old board are Ray Hayek, James Carter, Gary Smith, and Tony Rose. The board has shrunk from eleven members down to nine. To get back up to our new number, the new board members are – and you have just read these names above – Angus Pyke and Billy Chow.

The new board of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation is: Martin Harvey (antivax); Angus Pyke (antivax); Nimrod Weiner (antivax); Mark Uren (antivax); Carmen Atkinson (antivax); Billy Chow (anti-vax); Craig Foote (antivax); Ali Postles (antivax); and Professor Elizabeth Deane (not known; why, oh why are you on this board?).

Of the anti-vaccine chiropractors listed on the new board, four of them are/were members of the fundamentalist anti-vaccination pressure group, the Australian Vaccination (skeptics) Network. Four out of nine: that’s only 44%, right? That’s not too bad for a health charity, right?

Of the new board of the ASRF – a charity – eight of the nine board members are anti-vaccine: that’s right, 89% of the board of governors of the leading Australian chiropractic research organisation, which is a charity, is anti-vaccine. Now, say that three times and a subluxation appears.

Also of interest, two of those anti-vaccine board members – Uren and Chow – are also board members of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. That’s the national board; not one of those out-of-control state boards.

Again, wrap your heads around this:

There is a health charity in Australia, the ASRF, whose existence is predicated on the research of, and indeed the finding of, something which does not exist – the chiropractic vertebral subluxation. The board of governors of this charity is 89% anti-vaccine – up from a paltry 73% in 2013. They’ve gone from a mere distinction in anti-vaccinationism to a HD! Two of those anti-vaccine board members are also board members of Australia’s leading chiropractic representative organisation, the CAA.

And a great, big bulk of the Australian chiropractic profession is okay with this.

Here is what the other Australian chiropractic representative organisation (the evidence-based one), the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia, says about the subluxation:

It is not supported by any clinical research evidence that would allow claims to be made that it is the cause of disease [as per General Chiropractic Council]

COCA 1 VSC statementAnd yet here we are, with an Australian charity, whose finances and research output have been questioned, which is run by anti-vaccinationists, researching the existence of winged dragons. And still none fly. Chiropractic: almost 120 years in existence, and there still be no flying dragons.

And here’s the kicker: these people advocate and practice the adjustment of babies, even just minutes and hours after birth, based on the existence of these winged dragons.

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Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (NSW) brings in anti-vaccine subluxationist as lead seminar speaker

I get it. I really do. Over the last year the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia has been dragged kicking and screaming into the Age of Evidence. The other main chiropractic representative body, the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA), is already there. Of their own accord COCA works industriously to ensure the evidence base for its profession is maintained. The CAA is acting because it doesn’t have a choice. Those high up know they are staring up from inside the S-bend, and they are fighting for the rim, with bloodied fingernails.

Only last year I wrote about the inclusion of anti-vaccine subluxationist Stephen Franson, and his role as the lead speaker at the CAA’s National Development Forum. The CAA president even put out a press release disclaiming Franson’s basic beliefs as not representative of his NDF subject matter.

So here we are again, almost one year later. The CAA NSW is holding its Annual General Meeting Seminar Weekend in one month. The lead speaker is Jeanne Ohm, a US chiropractor who first came to my attention whilst I was reading up on anti-vaccine chiropractors, for my series. In fact, Ohm first came into my field of vision as an anti-vaccine chiropractor.

Ohm is perceived in chiropractic circles as somewhat of an expert in the area of perinatal care: and this is the subject of her presentation at the CAA AGM:

Ohm 12 CAA NSW November 2014

I’m not going to focus too much on this subject, including the Webster Technique – as I believe others may cover that shortly – except to note that one of Ohm’s areas of expertise is the chiropractic/subluxationist invention of “birth trauma”:

It is her understanding that birth trauma is a current chiropractic concern, and  therefore it has become her goal to eliminate its damaging effects on the newborn

Of course it is a “chiropractic concern”. It is an invention based on the vitalism inherent in non evidence based chiropractic: it gives a chance for the chiropractor to start laying their hands on babies from birth, for no benefit, apart from the appeasement of the chiropractor’s soul. Subluxations begin before birth, you know. It’s magic. And it’s an income.

[Edit August 22 - this article on Webster Technique and more was published on The Conversation, authored by Dr Mick Vagg: Chiropractic care in pregnancy and childhood – a castle built on a swamp. It is mandatory reading] 

What I want to focus on, as is my wont, is the anti-vaccinationism of Jeanne Ohm. I have come to strongly believe that a person’s adherence to an ideology such as anti-vaccinationism is a very good indicator of the merit of anything else that particular person has to say. It’s a red flag. No, it’s more than that. It’s a red banner, daubed in Comic Sans, flying at the forefront of a column of Orcs. When someone can deny, in the face of the overwhelming literature, the benefits of something like immunisation, in lieu of their favourite ideologically driven beliefs, then, that person cannot be perceived to be able to think properly, or honestly. They have no place anywhere near mothers, babies, fathers, or computers.

Jeanne Ohm gives vaccination seminars at her business. Here is one from January 2014:

Ohm 14 immunisation seminar Jan 2014This is from the blog post linked by Ohm (she is one of the chief editors of Pathways to Family Wellness, the anti-vaccine, chiropractic magazine seen all over Facebook) [my bold]:

In another paper, Parental Fears Over Childhood Vaccination Must Be Addressed,  it is clear that the number of parents questioning the medical system is becoming a major concern. This is another whole topic in itself, but very briefly, do not make your choices from “fearing the effects of vaccines” make your choices from a confidence that the body’s immune system out-performs any vaccine. If you are not quite fully assured,  boost your confidence by realizing that the scientific literature does not substantiate many rhetorical recommendations for vaccinations. An interesting article published in Prevent Disease titled, “Nine Questions that Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims” is listed below for your access.

You read that right. She cites that tragicomedy, Nine Questions, with a straight face. Ohm also cites the National Vaccine Information Center and Barbara Loe Fisher as if it’s a good thing:

Ohm 15 Pathways blog re immunisation seminarThere is another item I didn’t notice on her CAA CV; Ohm’s membership of the Help the Australian Vaccination Network Facebook group. I highly suggest having a look at the members list. There are many familiar chiropractic faces there:

Ohm 13 member of Help the AVNLooking at Ohm’s Facebook page gives a further insight into what makes this anti-vaccine subluxationist tick.  I wasn’t really aiming at kicking off with any Godwins, but, look, I wasn’t given any choice:

Ohm 1 nazi state vaccine exemptionsDeceptively, callously, and dishonestly Ohm claims a boy “died from the flu vaccine”. This lie has already been addressed by Liz Ditz and Orac:

Ohm 2 child died from flu vaccineLet’s break it up with some Scientology, the CCHR:

Ohm 3 CCHRHere’s a Pathways meme which indicates anti-vaccinationists are all about informing, which is really the opposite of what they do:

Ohm 4 parents that don't vaccinate memeThe anti-vaccine cacophony called The Refusers – DRINK:

Ohm 5 nurse fired flu shot The RefusersHere’s a anti-vaccine feature double. It’s Doctored, and The Greater Good:                           

Ohm 6 Doctored

Ohm 8 The Greater Good






The ever reliable Gaia Health also amazingly gets a run on this respected practitioner’s page:

Ohm 7 flu vaccine useless Gaia HealthOf course Ohm is just asking questions with this vaccines-cause-autism meme, a staple of any anti-vaccine page:

Ohm 9 antivax meme autismCiting that bastion of integrity, Prevent Disease, Ohm delights in dead pregnant women. That’s the logical conclusion of her glee:

Ohm 10 preventdisease women refusing flu shots

And what’s an anti-vaccine propagandist of the highest order without some Dr Paul Offit bashing? Citing The Refusers, again, no less:

Ohm 11 Offit bashing The RefusersI don’t have much more to say.

Does the CAA NSW have any notion of the term “due diligence”?

Does the CAA NSW realise that clawing its way out of the bowl entails more that just staying above the water line?

I and others really do applaud some CAA boards for doing their best against a tide of vitalistic resentment.  But, to be taken seriously means getting all the way out of the toilet.

Update same day

I had not noticed this image earlier. The callous and ignorant Rob Schneider tweet has itself caused internet fury over the last few days. The notoriously delusional anti-vaccine chiropractor, Billy DeMoss, shared it, adding his own insane capslock musings. That’s pretty bad.

Jeanne Ohm ‘liked’ it. She sure is a fine choice for the CAA NSW to headline their event. I don’t even have the energy to swear. The CAA is a joke:

Ohm 16 liked DeMoss Schneider post Robin Williams

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 4

Just over one year ago, on August 8 2013, the Chiropractic Board of Australia issued a directive to all chiropractors. From the media release [bold mine]:

The Chiropractic Board of Australia cracks down to protect the public.

The Chiropractic Board of Australia is cracking down on chiropractors who step outside their primary role as healthcare practitioners and provide treatment that puts the public at risk.

To protect public safety, the Board has:

- ordered practitioners to remove all anti-vaccination material from their websites and clinics
– removed several courses from the list of approved CPD programs, and
– introduced random audits of practitioner compliance with the Board’s registration standards.


’However, the Board takes a very strong view of any practitioner who makes unsubstantiated claims about treatment which is not supported within an evidence-based context,’ he said.

We will not tolerate registered chiropractors giving misleading or unbalanced advice to patients, or providing advice or care that is not in the patient’s best interests.’

I deliberately state the date on which the CBA released that press release, as I had to draw a line at which I would stop looking at today’s anti-vaccine chiropractor. Life is just too short. And it marks the cut-off day when all chiropractors should damn well know better.

HIH 20 April Traynor picApril Traynor runs a manipulation business called Hands in Health Wollongong, in NSW. She is/was a member of the anti-vaccination pressure group, the Australian Vaccination (skeptics) Network (AVSN).

Up first we have a lie. Who’d have guessed? A “typical” influenza vaccine contains no mercury, but, this doesn’t stop the AVSN – Traynor’s source – from lying about it:

HIH 1 AVN flu shot mercuryNext up we have one of our old favourite anti-vaccine memes, ‘why are my kids a threat to yours?':

HIH 2 unvaccinated kids memeTraynor shares another anti-vaccine meme from the AVSN, this time using the “r” word. I do no think it means what you think it means:

HIH 3 AVN non vax memeThe German homeopath’s survey of anti-vaccinationists. Traynor liked this one so much she shared it twice; astonishingly, the first time on the very day the CBA issued its directive:

HIH 4 German homeopathHIH 8 German homeopath August 8 2013








Traynor also gives us the obligatory Natural News article of “outrageous facts” about vaccines:

HIH 5 Nat News vaccine factsAnother AVSN share, this time it’s the Meryl Dorey petition based on anti-vaccine misinformation:

HIH 6 AVN petitionI was losing hope, but, Traynor came up with the goods, sharing another AVSN post about the mandatory anti-vaccine lie that vaccines cause autism:

HIH 7 AVN vaccines cause autismMoving on to other topics, Traynor gives us some cancer cure misinformation, the type of which is the lowest of the low of false hopes pedaled for money:

HIH 9 cancer baking sodaLike any good chiropractic vitalist Traynor raises the kids’ ear infections, as if chiropractic has been shown to be effective or something (it hasn’t, and Murdoch University agrees):

HIH 10 chiro ear infections kidsI love this one. Nothing really to say. This one only needs a meme of that little chubby bubbles girl running for her life, from a microwave:

HIH 12 microwavesAnd next we have an example – well, four, really – of one of the greatest pieces of misinformation used by vitalistic chiropractors worldwide: the **% immune boosting properties of getting an adjustment. It is rubbish, and Murdoch University agrees:

HIH 11 200% immunse boost HIH 13 200% immune boost







HIH 14 200% immune boost HIH 17 200% immune boost







Any chiropractic organisation, teaching facility, or practitioner worth their salt now regards the chiropractic, or vertebral, subluxation as a theoretical, historical concept. It exists in the minds of the believers. And there are plenty out there. Watch out for that “loss of health”:

HIH 15 subluxations loss of healthSubluxations are also invisible on imaging. So, always, these aren’t the subluxations you’re looking for:

HIH 16 subluxation yodaWhen we have a look at Traynor’s business website things are only slightly better. Still not good. But not as bad.

Traynor links to anti-vaccine sites the AVSN, and The Greater Good. She also links to cancer cure crankery such as The Wellness Warrior, and Cancer the Forbidden Cure; as well as many other links of ill-repute:

HIH 18 web links AVN Greater Good Cancer cure scamTraynor also links to the anti-vaccine book written by anti-vaccine chiropractor Warren Sipser, board member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia – Victoria. I previously covered Sipser’s book, here:

HIH 19 web rec reading Sipser bookI only wanted to cover one more topic, and it’s a big problem in Australian chiropractic. It seems that there is still so much bravado present that these chiropractors don’t care if they are in breach or not. We’re talking about testimonials. Here is Traynor’s Facebook page, again:

HIH 21 testimonialsAnd here is one written by New Zealand anti-vaccine chiropractor and dog-adjuster, Sheridan Kay:

HIH 22 testimonial KayThis is the recently updated National Law – Guidelines for advertising regulated health services. Compare what it stipulates, as opposed to what knowingly appears on Traynor’s Facebook page:

6.2.3 Testimonials

Section 133 of the National Law states:

  1. A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –
    1. Uses testimonials or purported testimonials about the service or business

The National Law does not define ‘testimonial’, so the word has its ordinary meaning of a positive statement about a person or thing. In the context of the National Law, a testimonial includes recommendations, or statements about the clinical aspects of a regulated health service.

The National Law ban on using testimonials means it is not acceptable to use testimonials in your own advertising, such as on your Facebook page, in a print, radio or television advertisement, or on your website. This means that::

  1. you cannot use or quote testimonials on a site or in social media that is advertising a regulated health service, including patients posting comments about a practitioner on the practitioner’s business website, and
  2. you cannot use testimonials in advertising a regulated health service to promote a practitioner or service.

Health practitioners should therefore not encourage patients to leave testimonials on websites health practitioners control that advertise their own regulated health services, and should remove any testimonials that are posted there.

Hopefully the CBA can have a look at this chiropractor’s behaviour and make appropriate findings. We’re not hearing much in regards to meaningful action against rogue practitioners. We need to hear more about what is being done.

Obi Wan


Much thanks to Wallace for pointing out this chiropractor’s website. 

Update August 28 2014

Traynor obviously has no intention of ceasing her anti-vaccine campaign, today sharing two more anti-vaccine posts. The first one is the NVIC version of the flawed Pascal’s Wager:

HIH 23 NVIC unvaccinate memeAnd the second one is information which has already been debunked, the paper being removed for investigation:

HIH 24 MMR autism fraud
Update September 2 2014

Traynor posts another anti-vaccine meme from the premier US anti-vaccination outfit, NVIC:

HIH 25 NVIC post question vaccines

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