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.

And

’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 33 500% unvaxed healthy twice

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 34 200% immune boost x 4 2013 2014

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

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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

Update October 14 2014

Traynor posts this offensive, conspiracy-driven, factually inaccurate anti-vaccine meme from conspiracy beacon, The Liberty Beacon:

HIH 30 Gardasil murders

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Anti-vaccine chiropractor Tim Shakespeare to co-present with anti-vaccine legend at anti-vaccine chiropractic seminar

Tim Shakespeare of Healing Wave Chiropractic, in NSW, was once a board member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia NSW chapter. That was until the CAA NSW took proper notice of his arrogant public anti-vaccinationism, and his bragging about secretly entering public hospitals to perform his voodoo without the permission of any treating practitioners or other hospital staff.

This image hammered the final nail in his coffin. It’s one of my favourite all time images. He even tagged me in it:

Shakes 59 RH with DeMossBecause vaccines are exactly the same as heroin. “Brett Hill…likes this”.

Anyway, not one to take any notice of being punted from the CAA NSW board, or warnings from the CAA National board to stay away from anti-vaccinationists, Shakespeare has been seen commenting on the page of the ugly anti-vaccination pressure group, the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network, as well as posting a link to his own blog on the AVN page. This is from October 2013:

Shakes 69 AVN page re SunriseWhilst this one is from January 2014:

Shakes 71 AVN post HCCC blog share“Blogosaurus”. Oooookay. I’m saying nothing. I know what you’re all thinking.

Anyway, what got me to including Shakespeare again was something I noticed today. He is giving a talk in one week with renowned US anti-vaccinationst Tim O’Shea. Yes, the same Tim O’Shea who used to provide immunisation training CPD points for Australian chiropractors, as organised by the CAA, until it was pointed out to the community, when it was then promptly dropped (excellent work from Amy Corderoy). And the organisation who is holding the seminar is none other than the Dead Chiropractic Society, run by the notoriously deranged anti-vaccinationist, chemtrail-hating, David Icke-citing, germ theory denying, NWO soft-kill and depopulation espousing Billy DeMoss:

Shakes 79 DCS O'Shea DeMossBilly DeMoss has also recently hosted CAA luminaries such as Jennifer and Simon Floreani (pictured with Andrew Wakefield), and Laurence Tham. I’m wondering when President Tassell’s words of warning will ever ring true?

I’d love to watch the talk, but, I’m not paying money. Maybe the CAA will watch it, and then act in accordance with its previous threats. It hasn’t yet.

In the meantime, CHIROPRACTORS REPRESENT!

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Public Apology from Mr Phillip Ebrall

Earlier this year a public apology was meant to be published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, regarding comments made in an editorial by Mr Phillip Ebrall. The comments, and others, can be found in my post from December 2013:  The Phillip Ebrall Monologues: chiropractor at large.

The apology was never printed because the CJA went into hibernation. The defamatory comments were also printed in The Australian Chiropractor, the magazine of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. The public apology was not published there either.

On request, Mr Ebrall (Former Assistant Editor, CJA) has kindly provided us with a copy of his apology:

Addendum

The editorial of December 2013 (Chiropr J Aust 43) used the descriptors ‘fringe-dwellers’ and ‘scum ring’ to describe what has unfortunately been taken as the entirety of one particular group. As the author of those comments I unhesitatingly withdraw them and apologise for any upset this may have caused.

It must be appreciated that politically motivated sub-groups do exist however I fully accept it is not appropriate to use an opinion piece of writing to make reference to these in any way, let alone in a manner that may be interpreted differently than intended.

I would welcome constructive dialogue with every person who respects evidence-influenced practice with a view to working more positively and cooperatively together to improve our mutual understanding.

Phillip Ebrall
Former Assistant Editor, CJA

[Received June 26 2014]

Screenshot of apology:

Ebrall 27 apology June 26 2014

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 3

Since August 8 2013 chiropractors in Australia have been banned from posting anti-vaccine misinformation, well, anywhere. Period.

I’m not sure how much the Chiropractic Board of Australia has done about its anti-vaccine chiropractors: we only hear rumours. We don’t see any published evidence of action. I’d like to see some numbers, names, and some content.

Tom Dawson runs a manipulation business called Wellbeing Hawthorn. He featured in my original Anti-vaccine chiropractors series as number 3.

Then, when I visited his page in November 2013, I noticed another anti-vaccine post linking vaccines and autism. I wrote about that one, here. He removed that anti-vaccine post, dated November 27 2013.

So, he posted anti-vaccine misinformation after being told to stop, by the CBA; and, he posted more anti-vaccine misinformation after I posted about his anti-vaccination misinformation in my original series. Maybe it’s Oppositional Defiant Disorder? That steenking board won’t tell ME what to do…

But, silly me. I missed another of his posts. It was made on November 16 2013, and he still hasn’t removed it.

This is a man who posts incredulous anti-vaccine memes. This man encourages his clients to “investigate” their recommended vaccines. A man who said, last year:

Here come the medical Nazi’s, once they get the right to inject your child with things you don’t want them to, next they will remove your rights to choose for other things. Medical fundamentalism is no better than any other.

and dishonestly, and callously:

I don’t hear about unvaccinated kids dying of these diseases

 All of the children getting these diseases, dying from them and/or featured in the media HAVE BEEN VACCINATED

That’s some encouragement, right there.

Dawson 8 Gardasil post scamSo, over to you, once again, CBA.

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The Anti-Vaccination Network’s talk at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo

reasonablehank:

In this post Meryl Dorey’s Expo talk gets eaten alive by an immunologist. Please click through and see the demolition by someone who really knows what he’s talking about. You won’t regret it…

Originally posted on The LymphoSite:

Yes, She Actually Said That

On the 25th of May 2014, the spokesperson for the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network (AVSN, formerly the Australian Vaccination Network), Meryl Dorey presented a talk, Vaccinations – Do They Really Save Lives? at the Healthy Lifestyle (You Can Heal Yourself) Expo in Caloundra, Queensland.

If you’re familiar with the AVSN, you know they’re an anti-vaccine group that do not provide reliable information on vaccines, and in fact disseminate misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination which engenders fear and alarm, according to the public statement the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission put out about them.

You may of heard of their spokesperson and public officer, Meryl Dorey, who has no qualifications in immunology, microbiology, medicine or vaccinology and who for over a decade has been the major voice behind most of the incorrect information  put out by the group. This talk was no exception.

In reading…

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Meryl Dorey again repeats ‘vaccines cause Shaken Baby Syndrome’ lie at Queensland Expo

Many people have written before about what Orac calls The vilest antivaccine lie that won’t die: Shaken baby syndrome as “vaccine injury”For a greater understanding of this particularly nasty anti-vaccine lie, I highly recommend reading the Orac post.

Another person who has been on top of the vaccines cause SBS lie, longer than anyone would care to be aware of, such is its repugnance, is Peter Bowditch.

Back in 1997 a thug by the name of Alan Yurko killed his girlfriend’s 10 week old son. After being acquitted of murder, due to sloppy morgue practices, Yurko went down for manslaughter. Peter Bowditch has a very thorough timeline of events on his site.

I want to note some of the injuries listed in the post-mortem of the slaughtered baby. From Peter’s site:

Note – the baby had been crying for a few days before the father held it by its feet and hit it.

Post-Mortem Findings included minor contusions of both temporal areas of the head, small ecchymosis of the right lower eyelid, fresh subdural hemorrhages of the right and left cerebral hemispheres and at base of brain and some areas of spinal cord, and retinal bleeding. The brain was grossly edematous. In addition there were several old, healing fractures of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th ribs, all posterior and on the left.

To cut a long story short, chiropractic organisations and anti-vaccine activists swung in behind Yurko, where they remain to this day. As Peter Bowditch notes, Yurko was labeled a “hero” by the International Chiropractors Association’s Pediatric Council. You read that right. And one of the main medical advocates for the baby slaughterer was one Harold Buttram (remember that bit).

So, take into account the injuries suffered by that 10 week old baby; remember that the injuries he sustained (some whilst being hung upside down by his feet, and struck) led him to be the subject of a post-mortem; and now remind yourselves of what Meryl Dorey and her husband Ken Dorey said on January 7 2001, on the AVN Yahoo! Group:

Dear Barbara,

I just read this out to my husband who is great with catch phrases and he suggests – Shaken Maybe Syndrome. I like Shaken from the inside too – both are good. And a great thought – you are right – sound bites have it. And as my 16 year old niece would say – that bites!

Take care,

Meryl

AVN 6808 Dorey shaken maybe syndrome Yahoo messageYou also read that right. In the Dorey household it is okay to sit around thinking up glib “catch phrases”, which have “bite”, to defend baby killers.

With all of this in mind I want you to read the following transcript, taken from Dorey’s appearance yesterday at the You Can Heal Yourself Expo, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The organisers defended Dorey’s right to be at the Expo, and staunchly defended Dorey’s right to give a presentation. Media also gave Dorey free plugs. The organisers led people to believe that the HCCC’s Public Health Warning against the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network would be on display. It wasn’t.

Read this astonishing transcript for yourself and then judge the actions of the organisers of the Expo:

Questioner: Yeah hi I was wondering with the SIDS I’ve heard that a lot of fathers and sometimes mothers have been jailed for I guess being said that they caused the deaths from shaking while their babies were sleeping or something, because the vaccinations actually cause bruises as well as the instant death. Do you have any statistics on that or something?

Meryl: I don’t have statistics but there is a book we carry it  it’s called Sudden Infant Death I can never remember the whole name it’s quite long it’s written by Harold Buttram who’s an MD, a GP who has been studying this for a long time and he has actually engaged an engineer of some kind, a mechanical engineer I think to test what sort of force is needed to shake a baby in order to cause brain damage and bleeding behind the eyes which are basically the symptoms they look at in shaken baby, and it is impossible according to this expert, it is impossible to shake a baby hard enough to cause that sort of damage without breaking their neck. I mean even if you hold the baby’s head and body at the same time and shake them, the neck has to break. So shaken baby syndrome again like SIDS, is a waste basket. It is a way of blaming the family for what may have been caused by the medical community. And bleeding behind the eyes, retinal bleeding is something that has been known to follow vaccination, it has been known to follow hypoxia or lack of oxygen. There are so many things that can cause that symptom and um, in Australia there is a doctor by the name of Archie K who also put a lot of those symptoms they’re looking at with shaken baby down to lack of vitamin C, he even believed that vaccinations caused uh, ah a deficit of vitamin C and that those would cause the bruising and the broken bones that a lot of people were seeing in this babies as well. Uh yeah, shaken baby syndrome is being used, so is Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.

And she wonders why reasonable people will not debate her. Sometimes there are just no words.

Update 1 hour later:

This is precisely the problem with allowing someone to lie their face off at vulnerable parents:

AVN 6809 Zaiga Virsis never vaccinating due to Dorey talk at Expo

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I want to give a huge shout out to many people who contributed to this post: Of course, Peter Bowditch, who has been all over this for years; the two ninjas who politely attended the Expo and made it possible to see the above words; and the OTTER who transcribed like a now wounded sea mammal.

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Whooping cough awareness video featuring Dana, Toni, and David McCaffery

Our nation’s foremost whooping cough awareness advocates – Toni and David McCaffery – have put themselves out there again:

Toni and Dave Vaccine HubAlways with an eye to the health of our community they have taken part in a new, moving 70 second video on Vaccine Hub: The McCafferys’ Story.

This Pertussis awareness video is the latest in a long line of selfless acts by a family I am proud to know; a family whose perpetual integrity and kindness is a life lesson for all of us.

Toni and Dave Vaccine Hub DanaA previous video, entitled Dana’s Story, is also available on the Vaccine Hub site. It, too, can never be seen too many times.

The McCaffery Family received no payment for their inclusion in this public health video. Their only motivation is their love for Dana, and a determination that others should not share their fate. The video was shot in Lennox Head, their hometown. It was shot on Toni and David’s 15th wedding anniversary, for their little girl.

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If you have come for callousness, the AVsN is the place for you.

I bang on about the callousness of anti-vaccinationists quite a bit. You’ve probably noticed.

Anti-vaccine ideologue, and sage to her death-cult, the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network, Meryl Dorey, is the queen of the cruel taunt; the callous jibe; the hunter of the grieving.

Even then, every once in a while, one of her panting ghouls will surprise us. And that’s saying something.

Dorey has stated that she is going to conduct her own examination of a newly published meta-analysis, one which shows again that there is no link between vaccines and autism. Dorey is serious. I am not making this up.

One of her grubs added this:

Shelle Polmear This article has caused the pro vaxers in my family to get on their high horses…again :-(  Ok, they have a child undergoing chemo for Leukemia (remission) but they are so paranoid about my non vaxed kids and they are taking everything the Dr says as gospel :-( Your findings on the study will be interesting., and I feel, useful.

AVN 6798 Polmear leukemia childYou read that right. Her family members are getting “on their high horses” regarding their immunocompromised child WITH LEUKEMIA.

The god damned nerve of some cancer patients and their families.

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