2015 anti-vaccine tour of Australia – the Tenpenny caravan of hurt

Anti-vaccinationists have their own anti-Hippocratic oath: first do harm. First and foremost they must evangelise, like any fundamentalist organisation. First and foremost they must persuade vulnerable parents – those sitting on the fence – that vaccines are dangerous, poisonous, unsafe, untested…you know the drill. Time and again they are shown to be nothing but brazen liars; not by people who merely disagree with them, but, by evidence.

We have just been advised that US anti-vaccine campaigner Sherri Tenpenny is coming to Australia to do a series of seminars with a host of other anti-vaccine campaigners. Among them is Isaac Golden, the homeopath recently torn to shreds in the Federal Court, in the humiliating Homeopathy Plus! case. That’s quality information for you right there.

If you haven’t heard of Tenpenny, she’s one of the leaders of the global anti-vaccine cult. She’s like the duchess, to Barbara Loe Fisher’s queen. She is right up there. This article gives a pretty good run down on her as an inductee into the Encyclopedia of American Loons.

I don’t have many stored screenshots of Tenpenny because she is so consistently barking mad it never takes long to find evidence. For example, this very recent post should send shivers up and down the spines of every health minister and health department in Australia. Tenpenny exclaims:

print this and hand it out to your friends, family, teachers and healthcare workers!

Tenpenny 2 10 Reasons not to vaccinate See the shares under that post? 2515 shares. Most of them wouldn’t have read it, much less understood it; but, the point is, she has some sway at the top of the cult. And she’s coming here. I want to include the 10 Reasons from that blog post so you can gauge the quality of the reasons Tenpenny deems worthy of dissemination to healthcare workers, family etc:

1. Vaccines have never been proven safe or effective.

2. Vaccines do NOT work.

3. The very first vaccine was a disaster.

4. Vaccines are highly profitable for pharmaceutical companies and the health care industry.

5. All vaccines contain a number of toxic poisons and chemicals that are linked to serious neurological damage including aluminum, thimerosal (methyl mercury), antibiotics, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and formaldehyde. [seriously, read that again – ed]

6. Every study comparing unvaccinated to vaccinated children demonstrates that unvaccinated children enjoy far superior health.

7. Vaccines cause a host of “chronic, incurable, and life threatening diseases,” including autism, asthma, ADHD, auto-immune disorders, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, food allergies and brain damage.

8. The only way to create true life-long immunity to a disease is through natural exposure to the disease in which the body creates true antibodies and immunity on many levels.

9. Vaccines kill infants, children and adults.

10. If you or a loved one suffers from a vaccine injury, pharmaceutical companies and physicians hold no medical liability.

Every time I see “10 reasons” somewhere I immediately think of the execrable article written by Meryl Dorey which was the foundation of the first finding against the Australian Vaccination Network by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, in 2010. Her 10 Reasons were so bad she removed them from her site. The 10 Reasons above are way worse than Dorey’s.

Tenpenny, an osteopath – which in the US is an equivalent qualification to an MD. Joe Mercola is also an osteopath; maybe there’s a trend there – is also not averse to ragging out on members of the medical profession, for innocuous reasons. In this juvenile attack she likens a doctor to a “Reptilian” for merely expressing a valid opinion that health workers have an ethical and professional responsibility to their patients to ensure they have an annual influenza immunisation:

Tenpenny 1 reptilian doctor attackAnd we’ve seen the company Tenpenny keeps, before:

DeMoss 133 Tenpenny and Wakefield at CalJam DeMoss the full-blown conspiracy theorist chiropractor is even more effusive in his admiration for Tenpenny, here:

DeMoss 74 Tenpenny CalJam Look, I can’t speak for any of you. But, if someone of the calibre of Billy DeMoss is showing me the love seen above I’d need to pack up, go home, wash, and take up drinking again. So, what do we do? We have someone coming to our country who is a clear menace to public health and safety. We need to let every health minister know. We need to let every health department know. And, because you can put money on the venues being unaware of just what is happening on their premises, write to the venues politely requesting they investigate fully the people they are hosting, and the possible repercussions for the health of our babies, our children, and our community. A friend kindly put this list together:

BIRTH, BABY & BEYOND

Melbourne – Sunday 1 March, Bayview Eden [CANCELLED]
Email: bayvieweden@bayviewhotels.com

Melbourne (dinner) – Saturday 28 February, Amora Hotel Riverwalk [CANCELLED] 
Email: [redacted at]amorahotels.com.au

Brisbane (seminar and dinner) – Sunday 8 March, Michael’s Oriental Restaurant & Function Centre [CANCELLED] 
Email: info@michaelsoriental.com.au;  lauren@michaelsoriental.com.au

Sydney (seminar and dinner) – Saturday 14 March, Concord Function Centre [CANCELLED] 
Email: info@concordfunctioncentre.com.au

RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN NATURALLY

Adelaide (seminar and dinner) – Tues 3 March, Rydges South Park [CANCELLED]
Email: reservations_southpark@rydges.com;  stam_archontoulis@rydges.com

Gold Coast (seminar and dinner) – Wed 11 March, Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters [CANCELLED] 
Email: mermaid.waters.resort@alhgroup.com.au;  cara.flannery@alhgroup.com.au

Sydney (Sutherland Shire) – Sunday 15 March, Kareela Golf Club [CANCELLED] 
Email: contact@kareelagolf.com.au

If anti-vaccinationists reach the logical conclusion of their aims, more babies die.

Update December 30 2014

I had a pretty good inkling of this yesterday, but, now I’m certain; one of the main organisers behind the GanKinMan Foundation, the organisation holding the series of anti-vaccine seminars,  is none other than Stephanie Messenger, the author of that vile book written for children, Melanie’s Marvelous Measles. On Messenger’s publicly viewable Facebook profile she advises she is emailing flyers:

Messenger 8 email for Tenpenny tour flyerOn December 22 she shares the GanKinMan website:

Messenger 10 GinKanMin Foundation photoAnd on December 16 she puts out a call for singers at “upcoming” events:

Messenger 11 singers for events neededThe community needs to know who is behind this tour of hurt. It is already  extremely concerning that Tenpenny is coming here to misinform parents. Knowing that Messenger is behind it should have venue owners barricading their premises to keep them out. And if the two names featured above – as well as the disgraced homeopath Isaac Golden – weren’t bad enough, the Sydney lie-fest also features US anti-vaccinationist Norma Erickson, the head of the anti-Gardasil organisation, Sanevax. They’re the ones who consistently claim deaths have resulted from HPV immunisation, although there have been none. It is a lie. They are liars.

Update January 5 2015

I want to include some new information about the organisations – and there are many, all run by Stephanie Messenger – which has been coming to light, which we can now bring to you. I should say instead that this information has not been easily forthcoming, the circumstances of which we argue should now be in the hands of the regulators. Given that there has been higher than usual traffic on this post, due to readers accessing the contact details of venues, I want to include a full excerpt from the Diluted Thinking website, an astonishing read in itself:

Organisers

Payments for seminar tickets go directly to Stephanie Messenger and NOT the advertised organisers and please note that Both advertised organisers are controlled by Stephanie Messenger.

Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc

The Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc is a Queensland-based charitable association founded by Stephanie Messenger. According to its regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Get Rid of SIDS Project is 9 months late in submitting its annual return. And please note that this charitable association which is organising these anti-vaccination seminars around Australia, is also a Deductible Gift Recipient meaning that donations to it are tax-deductible.

GanKinMan Foundation

The GanKinMan Foundation does not exist. It is not even a registered business name with ASIC: gankinman.com was only first registered on 3 November 2014. What I can tell you about the GanKinMan Foundation is that it is run by Stephanie Messenger. A health website forum has a post from a supporter of Stephanie Messenger which contains the text of an email sent by Messenger around 2 December 2014 plus the flyer (word document) that was attached to the email. The flyer was advertising a range of goods for sale (including tickets to the seminars) from Messenger’s other unincorporated groups “Healthy Lifestyles Naturally” and “Vaccination Awareness & Information Service”. NOTE: whilst Messenger runs these two other groups, ASIC shows that both are Queensland registered business names by her husband, Leslie Bailey. Neither of these groups is incorporated and therefore have no legal status. To order goods the flyer instructs consumers to:

email your desired order to stephanie@naturematters.info – You will be emailed the postal charges (or you may pick up in Cleveland if you prefer).

You can then do an E.F.T. to BSB 032-563 A/C # 371362 Name on Account: GanKinMan Foundation. Your order will be shipped within one week. Seminar E-tickets will be emailed to you.

So there we have it. Payments for goods (including the seminars) on behalf of Messenger’s “Healthy Lifestyles Naturally” and “Vaccination Awareness & Information Service” are to be deposited into a bank account in the name of “GanKinMan Foundation”. In addition to this, an email received from the domain name of gankinman.com originated in Brisbane (QLD), a From: field in the header shows the term “StephaniePC” and its attached pdf document shows the the author as “Stephanie” in the document properties. I must stress that no published information from GanKinMan Foundation – its website, seminar advertising or emails – provides the name of any individual. To further confuse consumers, the GanKinMan Foundation facebook page made a series of posts on 3 January 2015 advising that:

“We have teamed up with the Get Rid of SIDS Project, Inc. – a registered charity doing research and education about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Come along to support the charity and cause, and hear what the team have been up to lately.”

Payments for Seminars

A PayPal receipt for the purchase of a seminar ticket shows the merchant as “Healthy Naturally” with an email address of stephanie@naturematters.info. This email address belongs to Stephanie Messenger. There is no registered name for “Healthy Naturally”. Unless you were already familiar with Messenger, it is not immediately obvious that Stephanie Messenger is involved. An email in regard to changes to a ticket purchase originated from the gankinman.com domain and did not provide any contact names.

Consumer Protection

There are now a number of major concerns for consumers in how Stephanie Messenger is selling and advertising goods for sale:

  1. Messenger is trading under the unregistered business name of “GanKinMan Foundation”. As far as I know, even a name used for a personal hobby must be registered with ASIC if it’s trading (Non-registration aside, the size and scope of the seminars and dinners might stretch the ATO‘s definition of a hobby);
  2. Messenger is using a registered charity (Get Rid of SIDS Project Inc) in an apparent attempt to lend legitimacy to an unregistered and unincorporated body;
  3. Use of the word “Foundation” is potentially misleading because use of the word “may create a public perception of substance, stability and integrity” even for a legitimate registered charity (NSW Fair Trading);
  4. No GanKinMan Foundation publications (website, emails, advertising) provides the names of any individuals involved with it;
  5. Messenger is intentionally hiding her association with GanKinMan Foundation in regard to the seminars;
  6. Messenger is promoting her seminars as being run by a legitimate charity and a group ‘masquerading’ as a charity without advising at any stage that payments will be made into a bank account operated by herself and not in the name of the advertised organisers (with the exception of the abovementioned flyer).

Note: according to Messenger (re: the flyer), a bank account does exist in the name of “GanKinMan Foundation”. Whilst it is possible that tickets purchased through PayPal are deposited into this account, consumers are led to believe payment has been made to the entirely non-existent entity of “Healthy Naturally”. In short, Messenger appears to be trading under an unregistered business name, misleading consumers as to who/what is in receipt of the funds, is using a registered charity to lend legitimacy to a misleadingly named non-entity, and is using a registered charity to sell goods where payment is made to account/s operated by herself and not the charity. The size and scope of the seminars may generate substantial income if well-attended. For example, a couple attending the Sydney seminar plus dinner at the best table will have to pay up to $612. Tickets for the Birth, Baby and Beyond seminars alone range from $80 to $100 and tickets for the Raising Healthy Children Naturally are $39. Tickets for the dinners range from $100 to $200. Consumers have a right to know exactly where their money is going and especially when charities are being used to promote and sell goods for sale.

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 9 – Balloons and Onions R Us

Ackerman 1 YT still

David Ackerman is a registered chiropractor who plies his trade in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. He is a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, as we have come to expect from the stars of this series. He has a website, and an open Facebook profile which he also uses for his business activities:

Ackerman 1 account used for business

Ackerman operates out of a business called Jade Tortoise Clinic of Natural Medicine, located in New Brighton. A look at the chiropractic tab on the website immediately rings alarm bells: absurd claims are made for treatments of “ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties…allergies, asthma”, whilst promising that treatments will include benefits such as “More Energy, Increased Clarity and Concentration, Emotional Balance and Ease, Greater Wellbeing and Health”:

Ackerman 9 Jade Tortoise ADHD allergies asthma learning difficulties
A perusal of Ackerman’s Facebook profile soothes one’s raging confirmation bias that, surely, this guy will post anti-vaccination screeds worthy of the worst. Yep.

Here’s one from a couple of years ago which would tug at the heartstrings of any conspiracy theorist. Baby monkeys! Needles! Vials! Skulls! BABIES:

Ackerman 1 baby monkeys autism

And because Ackerman was told he’d get bonus points for this, underneath that post is his Facebook friend, Michael Jensen. Yes, that astonishing Michael Jensen:

Ackerman 2 Jensen comment autism

Next we see one of the anti-vaccination movement’s favourite strawman arguments: claiming that vaccines didn’t save us, by using mortality graphs, devoid of nuance.  I think the worst part of these arguments is that anti-vaccinationists don’t really care if a small cohort of kids still die; as long as they think they’ve won an argument – which they haven’t – then a few hundred/thousand/hundreds of thousands of dead kids is a mere piffle to them:

Ackerman 3 vaccines didn't save us mortality graph

Where would any self-respecting, conspiracy-mongering, anti-vaccine chiropractor be without claiming that providing the Gardasil vaccine is exactly the same as murder? This is a man worth his salt:

Ackerman 5 Gardasil murdering of our daughters

And, of course, Ackerman shares one of Meryl Dorey’s misleading petitions, like so many other of his chiropractic brethren who are enamoured of the vile, discredited anti-vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network:

Ackerman 6 Dorey NSW Parl petition
What led me to Ackerman was some keen-eyed WTF-spotting by my friends who noticed an ad placed by Ackerman in The Byron Shire Echo. So, really, his advertising dollar bought space in this blog. Kudos.

Ackerman claims to be a Neurocranial Restructuring practitioner, in which he “unwinds the skull” to alleviate a range of conditions which include “anxiety/depression” and – shut up, it’s there in the ad – “improved facial appearance”:

Ackerman 1 newspaper ad

And not only that; he also advertises it on his Facebook profile:

Ackerman 4 NET neurocranial video

The Facebook post takes us to this YouTube video , wherein Ackerman explains how he carries out all sorts of techniques – to manipulate the facial bones so as to alleviate a range of conditions – including guiding a balloon up the nose, inflating it in situ, thereby creating a greater space in which the brain can relax, imbuing the inflatee with a “pleasant sensation” like an “endorphin rush” leading to “emotional balance” whilst being “mentally clearer”, and having a “shift of consciousness”. As an aside, this is also a testimonial, provided by the practitioner, himself. There will also be the waving of hands:

Ackerman 4 YT still waving of hands

All I can do is cite an anonymous, senior clinician who states, simply:

Balloon up nose to ”rearrange” facial bones and sphenoid = dangerous pseudoscience

Chirobase also notes that the technique is “irrational and unsafe”:

There is no published scientific evidence or logical reason to believe that NCR is effective for treating any of the conditions for which it is recommended. There is no reason to believe that the sphenoid bone can be safely manipulated or that moving it would provide health benefits. In addition, although few complications have been reported, there is good reason to believe that it can be harmful.

In 1983, during treatment with Bilateral Nasal Specific (a variant in which a finger cot is used as the balloon), a Canadian baby was asphyxiated after the finger cot slipped off the syringe on which it was mounted and lodged in the child’s windpipe. The practitioner was found guilty of manslaughter, fined $1,000, and ordered to stop using BNS [5].

A case has reported of a 51-year-old woman who sustained fractures in two sectors of her nasal septum (the bone between the nostrils) during an NCR treatment in which balloons were inflated inside her nostrils. During the procedure, the patient heard a crunching sound and experienced severe midface pain accompanied by nosebleed. Surgery was required to reposition her nasal septum. The authors noted that if the balloons had been placed more deeply into the nose, disastrous complications could have occurred [6].

I highly recommend you spend 6 minutes watching the video. Hopefully the Chiropractic Board of Australia will do the same. Maybe they could also look at Ackerman’s claims underneath the YouTube video, in the comments:

Ackerman 4 comments realign lopsided eyes

Maybe I should give him a call. My eyeballs just popped out.

Of course, where there’s one or two streams of crackpottery happening, there’s always more. Here is the old aspartame-is-poison meme, shared via that prestigious medical journal, A Sheep No More:

Ackerman 8 aspartame poison

However, of much more concern are the sinister, illegal claims to cure cancer, not once:

Ackerman 10 hemp oil cures cancer

But, twice:

Ackerman 11 cannabis oil cures cancer

And, just for good luck, here is some advice which might just save your life. Put an onion in a bowl which will draw in all of the bacteria and viruses in the room. I did search the whole post for mentions of placing one in your sock, or on your belt, but, there was nothing:

Ackerman 7 onions in bowls suck in all the bacteria and viruses

Ackerman needs to be reported. He is in breach of a plethora of guidelines, and codes of conduct. He is also in breach of the law for advertising to cure cancer. Notifications for NSW chiropractors must be made through the Health Care Complaints Commission, here.

As promised, here is that video:

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Thanks for reading.

And a big thank you to my friends for pointing out the initial advertisement.

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Australian Skeptic of the Year 2014

It was with quite some delight and surprise that I found out I was the winner of the Australian Skeptic of the Year gong, awarded by the Australian Skeptics, today. It was, indeed, a pleasant interruption to my usual program of furrowed-brow-fueled curmudgeonality.

I share this award with all of you who have contributed in any way to the blog, wherever in the world you reside. Thank you for all of your help.

As I was unable to attend the Convention my very good friend, Ken McLeod, accepted the award on my behalf:

First of all, a huge thank you to the Committee of Australian Skeptics, my anonymous nominator, and everyone assembled here. I apologise for my non-attendance, but, it really couldn’t be helped.

I also want to acknowledge the crucial ongoing assistance from Stop the AVN, and the Friends of Science in Medicine. The message would not get out without them.

There is a huge range of people upon whom I lean to do what I do. This is a group effort, and I thank you all.

First, there’s about 50 or so individuals who are always available as confidantes. They know who they are.

Second, there is another important group who contribute video uploading, commentary, tip-offs, and corrections; and where would any self-deprecating blogger be without their testimonials page filled with amusing unmentionables and the odd death threat.

Third, I want to acknowledge the slowly increasingly group of moderate chiropractors who are now finding their voice and speaking out against the vitalists. The private messages of support I have received from formerly alien individuals have, at times, taken my breath away. The moderate chiropractors need all the help we can afford them.

Finally, I want to thank my kids who are very, very patient, and occasionally help out.

Australian Skeptics AwardsPhoto courtesy of Shelley Stocken.

Funnily enough, a chiropractor is included on my testimonials page for asking his colleagues, of me, “is he Ken McLeod?”

Well…maybe he is, chiropractor.

Maybe he is.

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In other great news, the wonderful people at the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters won The Thornett Award for the Promotion of Reason [my bold]:

The Thornett Award for the Promotion of Reason commemorates Fred Thornett, a Tasmanian Skeptic who died in 2009. In true awards fashion, we call it “The Fred”. The Fred acknowledges a member of the public or a public figure who has made a significant contribution to educating or informing the public regarding issues of science and reason. In addition to a commemorative certificate, $1000 is awarded to the recipient or to a charity or cause of their choice.

Given the calibre of previous winners, they are now in fine company, indeed.

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“Shit on the door step” of immunisation providers, urge Newcastle’s Healing Wave chiropractors

As we’ve come to learn, chiropractors get themselves in trouble due to their own rash actions and claims. Some chiropractors at Healing Wave Chiropractic in Newcastle appear to do this a bit.

Bryce Fleming is a chiropractor at the Warners Bay Healing Wave business. We’ve met him before in my post regarding chiropractors who brag about sneaking into hospitals, without permission, to treat their customers. Fleming stated that the more confident you are, the less questions get asked:

CAA Hospital 12 FlemingTim Shakespeare is a regular attendee on this blog. He featured only very recently due to his penchant for breaching advertising guidelines, as well as for his anti-vaccinationism, among other things. Shakespeare is the principal chiropractor at Healing Wave’s Mayfield business.

Well, today they’ve outdone themselves. In a crystal clear display of their revulsion for vaccines, and towards anyone who provides vaccines, they’ve also gone full bogan.

On June 9 2014, Fleming took a photo of a medical practice, somewhere out near Parramatta, showing his disdain for the provision of an influenza immunisation:

Seriously?

In reply, Shakespeare advocates defecating on the door step of the medical practice. The comment is liked by Fleming:

Attack now! Full force. Take the sign… shit on the door step.

Fleming condones Shakespeare’s proposed course of action:

Hahaha classic!

Shakes 103 shit on the doorstpe of fluvax prov FlemingIf the Chiropractic Board of Australia, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, and the owners of Healing Wave Chiropractic don’t take action against these guys, then, we know that any pretense of being a reputable health profession is erased.

Note: Fleming’s post was made under the public setting. It is clear that he uses his Facebook profile for Healing Wave, and for chiropractic/wellness business activities. Therefore, the comments made by him, and by Shakespeare, are being made as registered Australian health practitioners, in the public domain:

Fleming 2 HW link

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Honk if you want a chiropractic college in South Australia

On November 11 2014 there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (South Australia). The meeting has been called so as to request the use of CAA SA members’ funds to further investigate the creation of a chiropractic college in South Australia:

CAA SA 7 letter collegeI can’t help but get a little teary-eyed with remembrance of anti-vaccine chiropractor posts past when I hazily gaze upon the names of the board members of the College Working Party set up to get this little engine chuffing.

But first it is important to remember: these six people are in charge of guiding the CAA SA to the creation of a chiropractic college; they are a steering committee. As you read on, ask yourself what this college will be teaching its students, if it gets up. Ask yourself why they are intent on creating a college outside of already established university curricula which are increasingly focused on more evidence-based practises. Ask yourself why a chiropractic representative body is intent on spending its members’ funds on this college.

We met CAA SA president Andrew Timbs in  Anti-vaccine chiropractors 8. A quick catch-up of his Facebook page uncovered this extraordinary post, which would appear to be in breach of several sections of the Code of conduct for chiropractors:

Timbs 4 explain Lipitor to clientsHopefully someone will notify the Chiropractic Board of Australia of Timbs’ post, and let the CBA decide.

Mario Stefano first made it into  Anti-vaccine chiropractors 29. I only had cause to Tweet about Stefano again yesterday, with this post which speaks loudly to why I think the new college is being sought. You see, they just don’t teach this stuff in university any more:

Stefano 19 subluxations innate intelligenceThey want to bring the BJ back into tertiary chiropractic.

Brett Hill is one of my favourites. Hill was instrumental in promoting the anti-vaccine film, Doctored, in Australia. He was on the board of the CAA SA when they – and this is not a joke – hired Meryl Dorey to provide CPD training for chiropractors. Hill was also a member of Kathy Scarborough’s dishonest anti-vaccine organisation, VISA. But that’s not all – as Bob Hale would exclaim – because Hill is also a member of the anti-vaccine wellness evangelicals. He’s a busy man, especially now that chef Pete Evans is one of their regulars. Hill posted recently that he was attending the CAA National’s National Development Forum, and that he was learning about subluxations. Just for the record, I am told that the study of the subluxation was not on the menu. It’s true that we see what we want to see:

Hill 28 NDF subluxationI’ve never really come across Aaron Scott before. A quick perusal of his online presence told me all I need to know in relation to this post. From his website:

Scott 1 Vertebral subluxationFrom Scott’s Facebook page:

Scott 2 subluxationsHayden Belle is similarly quiet online. His business website is quite clear about the basis of its practise:

Belle 1 subluxation websiteFinally we come to Patrick Sim, who also presided over the CAA SA decision to hire Meryl Dorey to teach chiropractors about immunisation. Sim is again on the board of the CAA National, having just been elected on the ticket of Helen Alevaki, a subluxationist who is known for sneaking into hospital maternity units without permission. Alevaki is also a member of the anti-vaccine chiropractic organisation, the ICPA. She also lists the poorly evidenced Webster Technique among her qualifications. Sim’s website provides an indication of the basis of his treatments:

Sim 2 subluxationSo, all in all that’s pretty clear: the board of the CAA SA College Working Party, who is charged with the creation of a new chiropractic college, is inhabited by  vitalists, or subluxationists. I believe the aims are now obvious, given this college is to be created outside the already  existing evidence-reliant chiropractic university courses. It’s a new vitalistic chiropractic college. I’m imagining there are to be busts of the Palmers in the forecourt.

I also had a look at the company charged with investigating the viability of this new college. Blue Egg Global Education lists its achievements on its website. It is an education consulting company charged with seeking accreditation for what appears to be mainly alternative health modalities. Here are the relevant successes as alluded to in the CAA SA letter:

Blue Egg 1 accreditation of BCCDid you see that? It’s not a joke. They’re not being ironic. They’re not hipsters. That’s Comic Sans. The. Whole. Page.

I took a quick look at the Facebook page of the Barcelona College of Chiropractic, which is one of the successes – I admit I already knew what was coming here – and with a quick scroll this appeared:

BCC 1 vitalism inherent

Look. If all of the moderate chiropractors in Australia don’t stand up and get outraged about the pillaging of their reputations, then, we can only stand back and watch their reputations burn to the ground. As long as the majority of moderate chiropractors stand silent the vitalists are going to pretend they represent all of you. And as long as the majority stand silent and ignore breaches of the Code of conduct, and the Guidelines for advertising,  without lodging notifications, then, the bonfire is being fed. Stop enabling them with silence.

Does the Australian chiropractic profession want a new college, operating outside the universities, fueled by vitalism and Comic Sans?

Clown collegeSource: Reddit

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The precedent-setting chiropractor, Tim Shakespeare – with a DeMoss chaser

All Australian chiropractors must operate according to Codes of Conduct and Guidelines for advertising regulated health services. Here is a little snapshot of the advertising guidelines as set out under the National Law. As you can see it could get quite expensive, should they ever be enforced:

AHPRA 2 Prohibited advertising under the National Law

Tim Shakespeare is a New South Wales chiropractor who lives and breathes (and trims and dresses) the vitalistic or subluxationist chiropractic philosophy. I prefer to let his comrades explain the evidence base for this school of thought:

Shakes 97 Snodgrass the depth of our way profile picHmmmm. Deeepth.

Not only does Shakespeare have hands of depth, he is also the principal chiropractor at Newcastle’s Healing Wave Chiropractic – the Mayfield shop:

Shakes 94 principal chiro at Mayfield LinkedinA couple of months ago a mural was painted on the Mayfield premises, and it made a big, bold claim we’ve seen many times:

FLU SEASON

Did you know

Chiropractic Care Can

Boost Immune Function

200-400%

Shakes 92 clear mural original

We’ve seen the claim many times on Facebook and other sites, and the claim is utterly false; but no one had ever possessed the moxy of Shakespeare, painting it on a building. But, that wasn’t the only place the claim was made. Here’s the local newspaper:

Shakes 81 Newcastle Herald ad immune boost
Have you seen our

NEW mural at Mayfield?

Damn straight we saw it. Both advertisements are a clear breach of the guidelines, and a complaint was lodged about both versions.

Courting controversy is not a new concept to Shakespeare. When Chiropractors’ Association of Australia president Laurie Tassell thundered his warning at last year’s National Development Forum, Shakespeare and others were firmly in his sights:

The damage to the profession from the unprofessional use of social media…bragging about entering hospitals without permission and posting photos with well known speakers openly critical of vaccination are not acceptable.

(Remember that bit about the hospitals for later down the page).

Indeed, Shakespeare’s online anti-vaccinationism, culminating with a picture pretending to shoot-up vaccines, was the final straw for the CAA NSW, who finally divested itself of Shakespeare and his embarrassing antics.

It didn’t help that a raft of CAA chiropractors were caught out bragging about sneaking into hospitals without permission, Shakespeare being among them. It didn’t help again that many of them were CAA board members from around the country.

In fact, far from ceasing the behaviour as alluded to above, by Tassell, Shakespeare cranked it up a few notches. In this year alone Shakespeare has travelled to the US to appear with anti-vaccine chiropractors Tim O’Shea and Billy DeMoss, at DeMoss’ Dead Chiropractic Society. They even made a YouTube video of their meeting, referring to students as “arrogant”, and to vaccines as “vaginitis”. Shakespeare also appeared in one of DeMoss’ YouTube episodes, Chiropractors in Cars,  in which he manages to denigrate Australian chiropractors, and chiropractic, as well as having some pretty insulting things to say about new grads who don’t subscribe to his philosophy. The word “sheeple” even gets a run, as well as again referring to vaccination as “vagination”, a couple of times. Both videos are highly inappropriate, in content and context:

Shakes 99 DeMoss chiros in cars dissing Aust chiro V-word

And not one to be told when to cool his heels, Shakespeare is also booked to speak at next year’s CalJam, among a whole collection of anti-vaccinationists:

Shakes 100 CalJam 2015 speakers Wakefield DeMoss O'Shea Mercola etcAnd here’s the rub: Shakespeare sounds bad, right? He sounds like a naughty child who is acting out? Hey, he has every right to behave as he wishes. He just has to wear the consequences. But, there are other senior CAA chiropractors who also regularly hang out with DeMoss and Wakefield, and those like them. Simon Floreani and his wife Jennifer Barham-Floreani really couldn’t seem to care. It’s like they are daring anyone to have a go at them. Here they are duck-facing with DeMoss, recently:

JBF 28 Chirofest with Simon Floreani and DeMossAnd that was not the only time the Floreanis have been about and about with the cream of anti-vaccinationism. Here they are recently with Andrew Wakefield. And let’s not forget the president of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, Martin Harvey, sharing a conference bill with Wakefield, and Jennifer Barham-Floreani. Even turbo-wealth chiro-guy, Laurence Tham, couldn’t stay away from DeMoss’ Dead Chiropractic Society. And what ties them all together nicely, apart from chiropractic? They are all supporters of the thoroughly discredited and deranged Australian Vaccination skeptics Network.

And it is here we must pause for a brief interlude so as to explore Billy DeMoss at his finest. I didn’t even need to delve back very far into the archives for these examples, all having taken place in the last few weeks. Here is some mood music to get you through the pain:


©1964 Verve Records

It is quite important to include these five DeMoss examples, as it becomes immediately apparent the sort of person, or health professional, these chiropractors deem to be appropriate companions. Quite contrary to DeMoss’ online ramblings about trolls and skeptics being big haters or meaners, I delight in seeing his posts. I have been drawn to many Australian and overseas chiropractors due only to their consorting with DeMoss; or, as I like to call him, The Big Red Flag of Orange County.

1. DeMoss really thinks drug pushing paediatricians are destroying children, and he is actually proud that Orange County has the lowest immunisation rate in the United States [update next day: OC doesn’t have the lowest immunisation rates in the US. I checked with some US friends]:

DeMoss 195 antivax County

2. DeMoss really thinks there is no pharmacological difference between a line of cocaine, and a measured, prescribed dose of Adderall. He really thinks there is no difference between a shot of heroin, and a measured, prescribed dose of oxycodone:

DeMoss 196 pharmacology skills3. DeMoss really believes that the whole evidence based healthcare system is one huge experiment in which all participants have been brainwashed and drugged:

DeMoss 197 flu shot mammogram etc4. DeMoss really, really does believe that chemtrails are part of a sinister plan to drug the population by stealth. What is really surprising here is that he throws in the very real possibility (in his head) that Ebola will be spread via chemtrails, just because. You read that right:

DeMoss 198 chemtrails ebola spread by aerosol5. And now the pièce de résistance. DeMoss has managed to secure Alex Jones for next year’s CalJam. That’s right, Shakespeare will be appearing on the same bill as this enraged spittle-flecker from Infowars:

DeMoss 199 Alex Jones at next CalJamNow, getting back to Shakespeare and, more importantly, that mural. As I’ve already told you there’s currently a complaint in about the mural and the associated newspaper ad. What I can say with assurance is that the complaint progressed past the assessment stage, and is currently, technically, still under investigation. What I can also say, with utter certainty, is that the mural was painted over, and replaced with a recalcitrant little message for the public, and the HCCC:

FOOTY FINALS

Did you know

WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT

CREATING REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS

FROM BENEFICIAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES

THAT ENHANCE YOUR

PERFORMANCE

Shakes 90 mural painted overI’m wondering where we’ve heard that phrase before: “reasonable expectations”?

Here it is, from the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services:

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

        D. Creates an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment

Breaches of that section also carry $5000 (practitioner), and $10,000 fines (body corporate).  It will be interesting once the findings are handed down to see if any fines were imposed. I’m yet to hear of any in the last year, despite the chest-thumping of the Chiropractic Board of Australia.

What we do have here, though, is a precedent. Shakespeare has really dropped his colleagues in it this time. Everywhere we see the “200-400%” claim, we can be assured that a breach is occurring. And it’s all thanks to Shakespeare.

There is another topic which needs addressing before we finish up. The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia is currently having its national elections. I raise this because these elections are sending s some very concerning messages to onlookers. Gone will be the days of Laurie Tassell thundering his expectations that chiropractors behave themselves.

One of the chiropractors vying for presidency is Joe Ierano, who featured in one of my posts at the start of this journey. He is really trying to distance himself from his recent past. Frankly, personally, I don’t believe him. It isn’t Ierano on whom I want to focus. It is the other runner, Helen Alevaki.

Helen Alevaki made it into my post about chiropractors sneaking into hospitals. At that stage she was already CAA VIC president. Remember what the still-president Tassell had to say about these activities:

Alevaki 1 sneaks into maternity wards to check babiesAlevaki is also a subluxationist to the core. From her website:

Alevaki 5 subluxations web pageAnd Alevaki is a member of the anti-vaccine, subluxationist US organisation, ICPA, run by the anti-vaccine Jeanne Ohm:

Alevaki 6 ICPA ASRF member

So, in my opinion, Australian chiropractic is staring down a barrel. This could be a point of no return.

There is a reason I raise the candidature of Alevaki at this time. She has the full, public support of Tim Shakespeare:

Shakes 96 profile backing Alevaki for president CAAAnd, recently, a flyer was posted out by the Alevaki team. It included many names who were willing to back her ticket, in writing: of the 42 names, 20 have appeared in the pages of my blog, either due to anti-vaccinationism, or sneaking into hospitals, or both. That is really bad. Included in that list are former CAA National and NSW board members, Tony Croke, Nimrod Weiner, and Shakespeare. All three had their terms ended prematurely.

Of Alevaki’s three running mates only Patrick Sim has featured in my blog, for anti-vaccinationism. Courtesy of Shakespeare, again, here is his ballot paper which was posted on Facebook. Man, he really wants Alevaki to get in:

Shakes 101 CAA ballot paperI’m not going to say any more. I don’t need to. Australian chiropractic is sliding quickly back into an evidence-free zone. What it does from here is its own problem. But, sheesh, I wouldn’t want to be an Australian chiropractor right about now.

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Whooping cough claims another life in NSW

It is with sadness that we hear of the death of another infant from Pertussis, in New South Wales. There are many silent tears being shed, right now, for this family.

The Australian Medical Association (NSW) have issued the following press release:

AMA (NSW) President: Tragic reminder of the importance of vaccination

AMA (NSW) is reminding parents to check their children’s immunisations are up-to-date following the death of a NSW infant from whooping cough.

“This is a tragic reminder of why vaccination is so important and why herd immunity is necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

“No parent should have to lose a baby to whooping cough.

“Once an infant is infected, this is a disease that can kill, despite the best efforts of parents and doctors, and the only protection we have is from vaccination,” AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, said.

“Some people cannot be vaccinated due to allergy or because they are too young to receive a particular vaccine.

“Their protection from diseases like whooping cough comes from herd immunity which is provided by the rest of us when vaccination rates are high,” Dr Smith, said.

“The best way to ensure you and your family are protected from diseases like whooping cough is to ensure your vaccinations, and your children’s, are up-to-date.

“This is especially important for young children, who are more vulnerable to the effects of many vaccine-preventable diseases,” Dr Smith said.

“High vaccination rates increase the effectiveness of herd immunity and stop diseases like whooping cough from getting a hold in the community.

“This is the only way we can protect the youngest of children, who do not receive their first vaccination for whooping cough until two months of age and don’t have full immunity until six months.

“However, they are the ones who can suffer the worst effects from the disease,” Dr Smith said.

“NSW Health provides a free smartphone reminder app for parents to remind them when their kids’ vaccinations fall due.

“I would encourage all parents of young children to use the Save the Date app,” Dr Smith said.

You can find out more about the NSW Health smartphone app for Android and iPhone here.

Media contact: Lachlan Jones (02) 9902 8113 / 0419 402 955

At this time no one needs to speculate about this tragedy. The family is going through the worst of times as it is. They just need love. They just need support.

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 8 – the deed is done

Brian Johnson is a chiropractor from the US who has set up his business at West End Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, in Brisbane. He runs a Facebook page for the business. He also runs an open Facebook profile under the name “Brian Johnson DC”. If that isn’t an official chiropractor’s Facebook profile, used for professional purposes, I don’t know what is.

Let’s get straight into it. The first post is so embarrassing that we should probably just drop the mike after viewing it. Sharing a post from esteemed, world-renowned chiropractic researcher – I’m serious – Deed Harrison, Johnson gives us a stark insight into what is classed as high quality, peer-reviewed literature in the world of vitalistic, anti-vaccine chiropractic [my bold]:

I often get the question why my kids are not vaccinated. And quit often my partner Paola Velez is often made to feel like we are being irresponsible parents. It’s an easy burden for me to bear for the health of my children however I often get upset at the way her “friends” treat her regarding our choice for our children. One even had the audacity to suggest it was “child abuse”.We do not take any choice regarding our childrens health lightly and have done extensive research. I’ve even had Post Graduate Education regarding the mechanisms that vaccines use as well as the research on vaccine related injuries. So for anyone who questions why we make these choices for our family please take the time to review the PEER REVIEWED Medical research listed below.
(We love you all and understand you are viewing the world through your paradigm and experiences…. please understand we are doing the same…

Johnson 19 shared Deed Harrisons list vaccines cause autismThe rest of the text added by Johnson is the original work of Deed Harrison:

Vaccination Using Human Fetal Cells, Hg (ethyl mercury really) and Autism Incidence is Correlated and/or Associated in 4 recent reports:

READ THEM!

1. http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JPHE/article-abstract/C98151247042

“Thus, rising autistic disorder prevalence is directly related to vaccines manufactured utilizing human fetal cells. Increased paternal age and DSM revisions were not related to rising autistic disorder prevalence.”

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25114790

“Association study”

“The present study provides new epidemiologic evidence showing that African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis”

3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25198681

“the present study significantly associates organic-Hg exposure from T-HBV with an increased risk of an ND diagnosis” where ND is Neuro-developmental disorders.

4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24354891

“Routine childhood vaccination is an important public health tool to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with infectious diseases, but the present study provides new epidemiological evidence supporting an association between increasing organic-Hg exposure from Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and the subsequent risk of an ASD diagnosis”

My Kids are NOT VACCINATED! And they will not be under my watch–just a personal opinion based on reading evidence on both sides.

Enjoy your night.

Deed Harrison

Okay, I don’t usually go through examples of anti-vaccinationism by these chiropractors; but, to give you a really quick insight into the minds of these guys, let’s have a look at the citations:

1. This paper is so bad that he must be trolling. But, he’s not. Orac ripped through it here:  Religious fundamentalists try to prove fetal DNA in vaccines causes autism and fail.

2. The disgraced, retracted Hooker paper.

3. Geiers.

4. Geiers.

That’s it. That is the sort of “PEER REVIEWED Medical research” presented by chiropractors in defence of their anti-vaccinationism. It is almost funny. Almost. This is the sort of responses they invariably receive. From underneath Johnson’s post:

Johnson 20 followers praising him for that screed*shudder*

Johnson’s professional profile contains much more anti-vaccinationism. Recently the flavour of the month has been the Hooker paper, since retracted, and all sorts of incorrect claims surrounding it. I think iReport may have removed this inaccurate blog post from its create-your-own-article site:

Johnson 21 340% autism increase fraudAnd where would any North American – and Australian – chiropractor be without citing the big kahuna, Andrew Wakefield; the guy who outed the supposed “CDC whistle-blower” without his permission. Nice guy Andy:

Johnson 22 whisteblower video Wakefield via DeMossOf course we see all sorts of claims surrounding death by Gardasil; but, we never see any retractions or corrections when they make false claims, or even when they are just JAQing off:

Johnson 23 HPV girl dead hours laterHere is an excellent related post shared from Billy DeMoss – in obligatory DeMoss Sans™ – again claiming multiple deaths from the HPV vaccine. What the grunts on Johnson’s page won’t ever hear is that the claim is untrue; or that DeMoss thinks like he writes:

Johnson 5 DeMoss Gardasil causes cancer dope pushers etc

Earlier this year Johnson shared this post from the anti-vaccine organisation, NVIC, claiming that vaccines are not safe:

Johnson 4 NVIC vaccines not safeJohnson would also have his followers believe that flu vaccines are just the same as cigarettes:

Johnson 7 dangers of vaccines memeEven back in 2010 Johnson was sharing the lie that vaccines cause autism, exhorting his faithful: “Finally!! Please educate yourself”:

Johnson 17 vaccines cause autism 2010And, finally, in anti-vaccine related skullduggery, Johnson shared this vile post which warns parents off getting the Vitamin K shot for their newborn. Because everyone loves a dead baby, right?

Johnson 27 Vit K Pathways MercolaWe get the usual vitalistic chiropractic unfounded claims as well. Ear infections:

Johnson 8 ear infectionsAnd the claim that chiropractic adjustments boost your immunity. 400% is WAY over 9000, you guys:

Johnson 13 boost immunity 400%Earlier this year Billy DeMoss called out for a “TOR” in Brisbane. Much to DeMoss’ chagrin, I’m sure, we love seeing him post, and getting himself involved in Australian chiropractic:

Johnson 16 DeMoss referralFar from what DeMoss believes – that he is having an impact because he has more page likes – his association with any Australian chiropractors sets them aside from their peers as people of poor repute, to be investigated further. DeMoss is a red flag, and it helps that he is extremely loud.

Anyway, Johnson answered DeMoss’ call, which is how I first noticed him, back in January.  So, Johnson classes himself as a “subluxation based TOR”, yet, does not make any mention of this on his website. Given this is the basis of Johnson’s beliefs, as outed by DeMoss, I wanted to have a look at just some of the anti-vaccine Johnson’s customers who appear in his Facebook advertising. There are too many to include all of them.

A baby first adjusted when he was two weeks old:

Johnson 11 babyAnother baby getting adjusted for some reason, including the claim, “Chiropractic families are the happiest families”. I would like to see that advertising claim tested:

Johnson 25 baby activator chiro are happiest familiesAnd Johnson does not limit himself to humans:

Johnson 24 labradorOf course, this wouldn’t be a post on anti-vaccine chiropractors without the mandatory screenshot of their banned/prohibited testimonials:

Johnson 26 testimonialsI always wonder, I do, when the Chiropractic Board of Australia is going to get around to conducting their promised audits, delivered from on high in their August 8 2013 chest-thumping media release. Scrolling through a Facebook page and looking at the content is quite easy. One might even claim that anyone could do it. They even have these Advertising guidelines which the CBA could apply:

AHPRA 2 Prohibited advertising under the National Law

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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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