Chiro Jennifer Barham-Floreani condones threats against critics

Australian registered chiropractor Jennifer Barham-Floreani is a frequent flyer on this blog for her unrepentant anti-vaccination activism which includes her anti-vaccination baby book, Well Adjusted Babies. Barham-Floreani appears regularly at overseas anti-vaccination chiropractic events, often publishing photographs of herself with anti-vaccination superstars such as Andrew Wakefield:

JBF 104 Simon Floreani Andrew Wakefield photo public

For many years JBF, along with her husband and business partner, Simon Floreani – both of whom are/were professional members of the callous, disreputable, anti-vaccination organisation, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network – have snubbed their noses at the Chiropractic Board of Australia, despite repeated public warnings from the CBA. Simon Floreani has had previous findings made against him by the CBA, for the possession of anti-vaccination material  in their business’s waiting room.

One can only guess that the Floreanis must be under investigation again, in what they claim to be a campaign of oppression from evidence-based community members who are holding Australian chiropractors, and the CBA, to their own codes of conduct and national advertising guidelines. There has to be some sort of explanation for a recent escalation in rhetoric from JBF.

On August 16 2016, on Instagram, Barham-Floreani condoned threats, made by her colleagues, to “take out” her critics:

Thank you for all the kind words and thoughts everyone this last week. Even the compelling offers to take out some of my tiresome political bullies.

JBF 102 IG August 16 2016 critics taken out offers

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Of course we now expect violent threats and incitement of violence from anti-vaccination activists, and we have seen how this rhetoric and incitement has had real world, violent outcomes. What is new, here, is that it is coming from an Australian registered health practitioner who may or  may not already be under investigation from the regulator.

The August 16 post must have been brewing for some weeks. On August 4 2016, JBF posted on her Facebook profile about the perceived oppression she feels when requested to account for her public, professional behaviour. She also mistakes being held to professional standards with some invented version of an attack on “Allied Health”, which is patently ridiculous. Many members of Friends of Science in Medicine are from real allied health fields:

The only way to move through the oppressive tactics that big pharma and FOSM have towards our profession (and Allied Health in general) is to create even higher demand for our services. We do this by staying focused on delivering the highest possible quality care. As the saying goes, one can never underestimate the power of ‘word of mouth’.

JBF 103 August 4 2016 FSM

Hopefully, AHPRA and the Chiropractic Board of Australia will take an appropriately dim view of Barham-Floreani’s continued unprofessional behaviour.

Either these subluxationist chiropractors want to be Australian registered health practitioners, being held to the standards expected of the same, or they don’t. The choice is clear. And the CBA should start making these choices for these rogue practitioners.

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Anti-vaccine chiropractors 71 – Arlyn Tombleson

Arlyn Tombleson is a registered chiropractor who owns a business called Wholistic Health Solutions, located in Albion Park, NSW:

Tombleson 1 public photo

Tombleson 2 AHPRA rego

Tombleson states that he is also an osteopath; I could not find any evidence on the AHPRA register of practitioners that this is the case:

Tombleson 3 registered chiro osteo video promo still

Tombleson’s website features only one page, with the following vague treatment claims:

Tombleson 1 website chiro osteo

Tombleson came to our attention because he spammed the Facebook page of the disgraced anti-vaccination organisation, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, with sixty-five (65!) anti-vaccine links and comments between July 10-25 2016 (these will be included at the end of this post; there are just too many). Here is just one example:

Tombleson 15 AVN vax abomination

Tombleson also advocates the use of homeopathy instead of immunisation, on the AVN Facebook post:

Tombleson 16 homeopathy instead of vax AVN page

Tombleson’s Facebook page is no better.

On March 25 2016, Tombleson covered topics from spinal alignment right through to the dangers of Wi-Fi and vaccines:

Tombleson 4 March 25 2016 spine WiFi vaccines

On May 2 2016, Tombleson cited the discredited anti-vaccine nephrologist, Suzanne Humphries:

Tombleson 5 May 2 2016 Humphries

On May 3 2016, Tombleson cited Humphries again:

Tombleson 6 May 3 2016 Humphries

On May 3 2016, Tombleson posted an article from the premier conspiracy website, Infowars:

Tombleson 7 May 3 2016 Infowars vax

On May 3 2016, Tombleson posted this anti-vaccination conspiracy theory:

Tombleson 8 May 3 2016 antivax

On May 3 2016, Tombleson posted an article claiming that herd immunity is “junk science”:

Tombleson 8 May 3 2016 herd immunity

On May 3 2016, Tombleson posted an article claiming that vaccination does not provide immunity:

Tombleson 9 May 3 2016 vax not immunity

On May 3 2016, Tombleson posted a deranged article from Natural News calling vaccination a “Holocaust”. To substantiate this article, Tombleson added the anti-vaccination PhD thesis from anti-vaccination activist, Judy Wilyman, of the University of Wollongong:

Tombleson 10 May 3 2016 Adams vax Holocaust Wilyman

On May 4 2016, Tombleson posted the CDC whistleblower lies:

Tombleson 11 May 4 2016 CDC

On May 2016, Tombleson posted a breathtaking conspiracy article from the predatory publisher, OMICS:

Tombleson 12 May 4 2016 OMICS conspiracy paper

The abstract tells us all we need to know:

Abstract

Faced with resistance from civil society, pressured by an increasingly volatile world, handicapped by the loss of the cover of secrecy, disarmed of plausible deniability, and driven by the sustainability agenda, the UN and national governments have become desperate and isolated and have been forced to adopt a new strategy of population control that no longer relies on their lost ability to turn man against man but on a newly gained ability to turn nature against man. Population control via chemically-induced sterility and morbidity over the course of a lifetime through the adulteration of the basic elements of life with endocrine disruptors is being phased out as more ambitious depopulation targets via vaccine-induced apoptosis through mandatory immunization programmes are being phased in. This new methodology of subverting fertility and increasing mortality, the two means of stable populations, implemented under the guise of societal interventions for public health outcomes with the help of a new global instrument of coercion called ‘public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) requires far fewer financial and human resources but entails far greater risks for mankind and for all life on earth. This methodology allows for the concomitant pursuit of peak population and peak life expectancy by genetically programming sterility and morbidity early in life through childhood vaccines so the engineered demographic transition is accomplished worldwide by 2050 in the most economical fashion and with the furthest timeframe of responsibility, but also with little or no regard to the integrity of human life, fully outside the law and in defiance of constitutional guarantees.

Tombleson 12 omics abstract

Tombleson’s business page also features this illegal testimonial:

Tombleson 13 testimonial

Tombleson’s AVN comments, July 10-25 2016:

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And, finally, vaccines as “Covert Genocide”, from Infowars:

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The following addenda contain excerpts from the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s codes, guidelines, and social media policy from which the reader may wish to choose when lodging any complaint about Arlyn Tombleson and Wholistic Health Solutions.

Thanks for reading.

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Addendum 1

Code of conduct for chiropractors.

1.2 Professional values and qualities

[Practitioners] have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, refine and develop their clinical judgement as they gain experience, and contribute to their profession.

All practitioners have a responsibility to recognise and work within the limits of their competence, scope and areas of practice. Areas of practice vary according to different roles; for example, health practitioners, education providers, researchers and managers will all have quite different competencies and scopes of practice.

2.1 Providing good care. Introduction

a appropriately assessing the patient, taking into account their history (history includes relevant psychological, social and cultural aspects), views and conducting an appropriate physical examination

b ensuring that the diagnosis/clinical impression is appropriate, relevant, justifiable and based on sound clinical reasoning

d formulating and implementing a reasonable management plan (including providing treatment/care and advice and, where relevant, arranging investigations and liaising with other treating practitioners)

2.2 Good practice

a recognising and working within the limits of the chiropractor’s competence and scope and area of practice, which may change over time

b maintaining adequate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care, including providing treatment/care and advice and where relevant, arranging investigations and liaising with, or referring to, other health professionals

e considering the balance of benefit and harm in all clinical management decisions

g providing treatment/care options based on the best available information and practising in an evidence-based context and not being influenced by financial gain or incentives

h ensuring that services offered are provided with the best possible skill, care and competence

m ensuring that the chiropractor’s personal views do not adversely affect the care of their patients, and

n evaluating practice and the decisions made and action taken in providing good care.

3.4 Confidentiality and privacy

b seeking consent from patients before disclosing or sharing information

g ensuring that all staff are aware of the need to respect the confidentiality and privacy of patients and refrain from discussing patients in a non-professional context

j ensuring that use of social media and e-health is consistent with the practitioner’s ethical and legal obligations to protect privacy

3.5 Informed consent

b providing an explanation of the treatment/care recommended, its likely duration, expected benefits and cost, any alternative(s) to the proposed care, their relative risks/benefits, as well as the likely consequences of no care

c obtaining informed consent or other valid authority before undertaking any examination or investigation, providing treatment/care (this may not be possible in an emergency) or involving patients in teaching or research, including providing information on material risks

3.6 Informed financial consent

a ensuring that any financial agreement is based on the clinical needs of the patient

3.7 Children and young people

b placing the interests and wellbeing of the child or young person first

d ensuring informed consent to providing care for children involves the patient’s parent and/or guardian being provided with clinically relevant information for the chiropractic management of the child; unless a chiropractor judges that a child is of sufficient age and mental and emotional capacity to give their own consent to a service and relevant state and territory laws are complied with

e ensuring that risks of care and alternatives to care are sufficiently explained as these are essential elements of informed consent

4.1 Use of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in chiropractic practice

a a full and thorough assessment of patients using tools, tests and procedures that are appropriate for the gathering of information necessary to form a reasonable diagnosis or clinical impression

c only using diagnostic tools, tests and procedures in accordance with established protocols for their appropriate use

d evaluating and reporting the data obtained in a contextual way to ensure that a reasonable and relevant diagnosis/clinical impression is formed, and that appropriate and necessary care is provided

e when using tools, tests and procedures in formulating a diagnosis/clinical impression, management plan and/or for prognostic purposes, the tools used should be for conditions where there are demonstrated acceptable levels of reliability and validity, and

f not misrepresenting the clinical value or significance of the findings of any tool, test or procedure.

5.1 Respect for colleagues and other practitioners

b acknowledging and respecting the contribution of all practitioners involved in patient care

6.4 Public health matters

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

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

6.5 Provision of care in a healthcare facility

Good practice involves:

a seeking permission to access and provide care

b adhering to and following the policies and procedures of the facility

c communicating effectively with other practitioners involved in the management of the patient

d keeping the the facility informed of any care

e ensuring professional indemnity insurance (PII) coverage to cover care in that facility, and

f keeping adequate records.

9.6 Advertising

a complying with the National Board’s Advertising guidelines and relevant state and territory legislation and Commonwealth law.

b making sure that any information published about services is factual and verifiable

10.2 Chiropractors’ health

c understanding the principles of immunisation against communicable diseases

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Addendum 2

Guidelines for advertising regulated health services

6.2 Prohibited advertising under the National Law

Section 133 of the National Law prohibits advertising that:

– is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to be so
– offers a gift, discount or other inducement to attract a user of the health service without stating the terms and conditions of the offer
– uses testimonials or purported testimonials
– creates an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment, and/or
– encourages the indiscriminate or unnecessary use of health services.

Maximum penalty—

a in the case of an individual—$5,000; or

b in the case of a body corporate—$10,000.

6.2.1 Misleading or deceptive advertising

Section 133 of the National Law states:

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

a Is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to be misleading or deceptive

Eg:

– mislead, either directly, or by implication, use of emphasis, comparison, contrast or omission

– only provide partial information which could be misleading

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

– advertise the health benefits of a regulated health service when there is no proof that such benefits can be attained, and/or

– compare different regulated health professions or practitioners, in the same profession or across professions, in a way that may mislead or deceive.

6.2.2 Gifts and discounts

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 –

b Offers a gift, discount or other inducement to attract a person to use the service or the business, unless the advertisement also states the terms and conditions of the offer

Advertising may contravene the National Law when it:

– contains price information that is inexact

– contains price information that does not specify any terms and conditions or variables to an advertised price, or that could be considered misleading or deceptive

– states an instalment amount without stating the total cost (which is a condition of the offer), and/or

– does not state the terms and conditions of offers of gifts, discounts or other inducements.

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 –

c Uses testimonials or purported testimonials about the service or business

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

6.2.5 Encouraging indiscriminate or unnecessary use of health services

Section 133 of the National Law states:

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

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

Advertising may contravene the National Law when it:

– makes use of time-limited offers which influence a consumer to make decisions under the pressure of time and money rather than about their health care needs.

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Addendum 3

Social media policy

When using social media, health practitioners should remember that the National Law, their National Board’s code of ethics and professional conduct (the Code of conduct) and the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services (the Advertising guidelines) apply.

Registered health practitioners should only post information that is not in breach of these obligations by:

– complying with professional obligations
– complying with confidentiality and privacy obligations (such as by not discussing patients or posting pictures of procedures, case studies, patients, or sensitive material which may enable patients to be identified without having obtained consent in appropriate situations)
– presenting information in an unbiased, evidence-based context, and
– not making unsubstantiated claims.

Additional information may be available from professional bodies and/or employers, which aims to support health practitioners’ use of social media. However, the legal, ethical, and professional obligations that registered health practitioners must adhere to are set out in the National Boards’ respective Code of conduct and the Advertising guidelines.

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Vaxxed anti-vaccine film distributor threatens autism rights advocate

Cinema Libre Studio, the distributor of the dishonest Andrew Wakefield anti-vaccination fiction-film, Vaxxed, has threatened an Irish autism-rights advocate with defamation.

Fiona O’Leary has posted the threats, from Cinema Libre Studio CEO Philippe Diaz, on her Facebook profile:

Wow you threaten to sue an Autistic Advocate and Mother to five children in West Cork!

Why?

Because I don’t want babies and children DYING from preventable diseases!

Because I have had enough of your lies about Vaccines causing Autism!

Because I am sick of how you exploit Autistic people!

How dare you!

Vaxxed 24 Cinema Libre threat to sue Fiona Oleary

Three days ago, Ms O’Leary posted a video response to Vaxxed creators, Del Bigtree and Polly Tommey, accurately calling out their recent hideous comments which vilify individuals with autism, as well as paediatricians.

A playlist of thirteen short videos of Bigtree/Tommey claims can be found here. Six examples follow, below.

On June 24 2016, Bigtree compared autistic children to chimpanzees and dogs:

On July 5 2016, Tommey declared that she and her “army” are “coming for” Senator Richard Pan, and that Senator Pan and others should “be scared”:

On July 9 2016, Tommey warned her followers to “stay away from paediatricians” who are “dangerous”:

On July 11 2016. Tommey declared that “there is no safe vaccine”:

On July 11 2016, Tommey stated that she will “never judge” a parent who murders their autistic child:

On July 11 2016, Bigtree advocated that anti-vaccination activists should start using their guns against their government:

Anyone who believes in the right to bear arms. To stand up against your government. I don’t know what you were saving that gun for then. I don’t know when you planned on using it if they were going to take control of your own body away.

It’s now. Now’s the time.

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Health Australia Party head claims misrepresentation from “extremely biased media”

In the wake of the anti-vaccine Health Australia Party’s poor showing at the recent federal election, the party has been busy imploding with all of the juvenile aplomb we would expect from a party made up of alternative medicine types. The party’s two founding members resigned citing a campaign of blame and recriminations from the party’s National Executive.

That founders Andrew Patterson and Judy Cooke were forced to resign over their online anti-vaccination and other conspiracy posts is bewildering, given that many other members and leading spokespersons of HAP have practised the same delusional social media activities. Maybe it was the chemtrails post which crossed the line?

The various HAP spokespersons have been at pains, before and after the election, to howl that the party is “not anti-vaccine”, and that HAP is “pro-choice”. We know this is simply dishonest.

Antivaxers know their beliefs are anathema to public health, and decency, so they know not to call themselves “anti-vaccine.” It doesn’t matter what your policy says; it matters what your people do and say. The people and/or their representatives are anti-vaccine. I have seen no pro-immunisation activities from any HAP spokespeople. But, we have all certainly seen the opposite.

The National President of HAP is Kerry Bone, a naturopath, herbalist, and business owner from Queensland. Bone’s business is called MediHerb. This is from the HAP’s website:

Bone 1 HAP website president biography

Bone has been one of those claiming that there has been a biased media campaign against the party, claiming that misinformation has been spread about the party’s anti-vaccination stance.

HAP member Shawn Dhu (yes, the same guy who has been making video threats of violence) posted Bone’s post-election-implosion email-to-members, on his Facebook profile [my bold]:

“Dear Friends of the Health Australia Party,

The election is less than two weeks past, but the work must continue. In particular, we need to confirm our membership to prepare for an audit which the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducts some time after every election.

Significant changes have already occurred since the election. Andrew Patterson and Judy Cooke, founders of the Natural Medicine Party in 2013, resigned from the executive and as members of Party. New members have already joined the executive and new positions lodged with the AEC. We are still seeking expressions of interest from Members who would like to participate on a National or a State level. We have begun addressing the misinformation campaign perpetuated by an extremely biased media leading into the election, and will soon be making changes to the website. In time, all our policy positions will be reviewed, and so on.

A full review of the work undertaken leading into the election will also be undertaken, and the lessons learnt implemented. It looks like we achieved a national vote of around 0.4% after adjusting for the 0.5%-1.0% benefit that experts say comes from winning the #1 position on a ballot paper (the so called “donkey vote” which fell to NSW in the pre-election draw). This means that around 45,000 supporters gave us their first preference vote in the four States where we stood candidates. It won’t be known how many second preferences we received for some weeks. This is an excellent base from which to build, especially as we have also received many offers of help from high quality people across the country.

Best wishes,

Prof. Kerry Bone

National President – Health Australia Party.”

Over on the HAP Facebook page Bone’s email was repeated (not verbatim), with an excellent reference to the delusional social media posts made by many of the National Executive [my bold, again]:

Dear Friends of the Health Australia Party,

The election is less than two weeks past, but the work must continue.

We are well over 62,000 primary votes which is a great effort for a brand new party running in just four states.

Significant changes have already occurred since the election.

The party has undergone an honest self assessment which included looking at all aspects of how the party performed during the election. The party was subjected to a withering and biased media campaign, but there were also issues with material being posted on social media platforms that was not congruent with party policy. There is no doubt that this hurt us, but it has provided strong impetus to ensure it does not happen again. The party went into this election as a very ‘young’ organization – we are pleased with what we have achieved, but our goal now is to continue to build a robust and resilient force in Australian politics.

The party has also accepted the resignation of NSW Senate candidate Andrew Patterson and Judy Cooke from the party. New members have already joined the executive and new positions lodged with the AEC. We are still seeking expressions of interest from Members who would like to participate on a National or a State level.

Despite the misinformation campaign directed at HAP we now have an excellent base from which to build, especially as we have also received many offers of help from high quality people across the country.

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At the end of this post I’ll include screenshots from that Facebook post’s comments thread, in which the Health Australia Party labeled me as a troll, amongst other immature comments.

So, the National President of the Health Australia Party, Kerry Bone, is claiming that “misinformation” has been spread about the party by an “extremely biased media.”

Now, we already know about the anti-vaccinationism and other anti-health posts of many on the HAP National Executive, and its candidates. But, Bone is adamant that the party has been misrepresented. Just how distant is the National President from the type of delusional anti-vaccination misinformation we have seen from other HAP leaders?

This is the Facebook page of Bone’s business, MediHerb, of which he is the founder.

May 2013:

Bone 1 MediHerb 2013 antivax post

Bone 2 MediHerb 2013 antivax

April 2013:

Bone 3 amalgams 2013

March 2013, citing a post from the ranting, homophobic, US loon, Tim Bolen. For those unaccustomed to the anti-vaccination movement, citing Bolen is akin to holding a dinner party with your pissed great-uncle who yells about poofters and baseball bats, whilst defecating in your elegant fruit-bowl centrepiece, slowly spinning on the mahogany dinner table’s Lazy Susan with his pants on his head:

Bone 4 Bolen antivax 2013

January 2013:

Bone 5 Blaylock vax autism 2013

January 2013, citing the embarrassingly awful German homeopath:

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Bone 6 vax autism 2013 2

December 2012, MediHerb being one of the likers of the antivax comment under the post:

Bone 8 2012 CO rate rise antivax comment liked by MediHerb

October 2012, that execrable, anti-fluoride “Harvard study”:

Bone 9 2012 anti fluoride MediHerb

September 2011, Wakefield; nothing more needs to be said:

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Bone 11 MediHerb 2011 Wakefield 2

Bone 11 MediHerb 2011 Wakefield 3

And just as an added bonus, these posts showing the apparent quality assurance of the naturopathic industry…

In a garage:

Bone 10 2012 decant in garage

And, in a caravan  park:

Bone 10 2011 caravan park distilling

Going through the MediHerb Facebook page last night, I could only hear one voice, and it was a good voice:

Darius Horsham don't bullshit on my leg Kerry Bone

Original public image courtesy Twitter, Mad as Hell.
Text altered by my friend the Super Shooper.

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As mentioned, above, last night, the Health Australia Party’s official Facebook spokesperson behaved in the immature fashion which we have come to expect, regarding the dishonest blame-shifting which the National Executive has undertaken since…well…since it first plopped into existence, really.

I requested the anonymous spokesperson’s name; but, they decided to hide, instead:

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HAP 30 PT troll Wiseman

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HAP 30 PT troll Wiseman 3

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Leaked email shows Health Australia Party suffering post-election implosion

Luckily for Australia the anti-vaccine, anti-fluoride, pro-baby-cracking Health Australia Party did not do very well in the 2016 federal election. Not even the donkey vote got them across the line in NSW, as was feared.

The current Senate first-preference tally shows the following totals for the states in which the HAP ran candidates:

NSW – 39,863

VIC – 12,591

QLD – 8,200

WA – 3,784

Clearly, the donkey vote has an impact in elections; Australia’s public health dodged a disease bullet.

On July 10 2016, the HAP announced that there was significant news coming:

HAP 21 big announcements

The next day, one member commented on what this news might be:

HAP 25 email to members

Indeed, yesterday, an email was sent out to HAP members from a clearly disgruntled party founder, Andrew Patterson, in which Patterson announced the departure of both himself (the Registered Officer) and co-founder, Judy Cooke (the National Secretary), from the party.

Patterson cited “negative attacks” and “recriminations and blame” from the National Executive for the decision to break from the party.

A copy of the email was leaked to us which we include, here*:

HAP 24 Patterson Cooke email resignation July 11 2016

Meanwhile – last night – the executive of the Health Australia Party continued to attract controversy, to the detriment of public health, by defending the anti-sunscreen claims made by television cook, Pete Evans:

HAP 22 Evans sunscreen

HAP 23 Evans sunscreen

Evans’ comments received immediate condemnation from medical groups, and others who have suffered from skin cancer.

ABC journalist, Mark Colvin posted his own rebuttal on Twitter:

Colvin 1 post operative skin cancer photo Twitter

Adding, pointedly:

Colvin 2 tweet follow up

*Andrew Patterson and the Health Australia Party were contacted for comment but none was provided.

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Update July 13 2016

Last night, after the publication of this post, the Health Australia Party published an explanation to its members. Clearly, the dishonest and juvenile behaviour exhibited by HAP is an indication that they are eternally unfit for any public office:

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HAP 27 after implosion

HAP 28 after implosion

As an avid follower of anti-vaccine crackpot Cyndi O’Meara and anti-vaccine crackpot Peter Dingle (remember his poor, late, ex-wife, Penelope, who needlessly died in agony, with his assistance?), I would  heartily endorse their candidature for HAP.

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Health Australia Party: anti-vaccine; anti-fluoride; anti-chemtrails.

The Health Australia Party – formerly the Natural Medicine Party – is busily denying the strongly held beliefs of its own senate candidates. This post contains all the evidence you will need to know about them. Only yesterday it started urging its followers to start lodging complaints to the Australian Press Council, claiming it has been misrepresented by the – whole – media:

HAP 11 media bias

The HAP is following the usual progress of all anti-vaccine, alt-med cranks who hate it when their ruses are not believed by the broader community. Pretty soon they should start lodging fraudulent DMCA take-downs, like all of those who cannot stump up with evidence.

Anti-vaccine

The HAP claims it is not “anti-vaccine”, but, “pro-choice”. Those of us who have been following the lies of the anti-vaccination movement for any amount of time know that this is disingenuous, at best. “Pro-choice” is code for “anti-vaccine”.

Put simply, antivaxers know their beliefs are repugnant. They know that the community is in favour of live babies growing through to adulthood. Therefore, antivaxers rely on dishonest public relations to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt about vaccines, whilst making themselves out to be beacons of heath choice and ethics. Just ask them which vaccine from the schedule they would recommend.

Isaac Golden is the HAP’s number 1 senate candidate for Victoria. Golden claims that water (homeopathy) can be used to prevent and treat infectious disease without the need for “dangerous” vaccines.

This is an advertisement from the anti-vaccination Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network – an organisation with a public health warning against its name – from one of the AVN’s 2012 newsletters:

Golden 4 AVN ad 2012 homeopathy prevent treat infectious disease

In May 2016 – only last month – Isaac Golden signed an anti-vaccination petition which demands that infectious diseases expert and public health hero, Dr Paul Offit, inject himself with 10,000 vaccines, based on a deliberate misrepresentation of Dr Offit’s own words:

Golden 1 Offit 10000 vax petition

In 2011 – and in the following years – Golden’s own PhD thesis was cited in an unsuccessful defence of Homeopathy Plus! and the latter’s claims that homeoprophylaxis can prevents infectious disease. Indeed, the TGA’s Complaints Resolution Panel noted that Golden’s PHD thesis stated that its own claims were unreliable:

…the effectiveness of the [homeopathic immunisation program] could not be established with statistical certainty given the small sample size…

Golden 5 TGA CRP

In 2013, when the ACCC took Homeopathy Plus! to the Federal Court, and won, Golden’s expert testimony/affidavit was disregarded.

Andrew Patterson is the HAP’s number 1 senate candidate for New South Wales. Patterson’s Twitter stream speaks for itself. Notably, Patterson has made his Twitter stream private in the last few days.

In May 2016, Patterson promoted the anti-vaccine film, Vaxxed, by the disgraced demonstrable fraud, Andrew Wakefield, the king of global anti-vaccinationism:

HAP 2 Vaxxed tweet

This article comes via the NVIC, the US’s premier anti-vaccination organisation:

HAP 3 NVIC tweet

This article denying the theory of herd immunity comes from Marco Caceres, an anti-vaccination conspiracy theorist:

HAP 4 Caceres tweet

This article argues against the influenza immunisation:

HAP 5 flu shot tweet

This article argues against the life-saving HPV immunisation:

HAP 6 Gardasil tweet

Anti-fluoride

The HAP is open about its anti-fluoride stance. But, here’s a post from HAP national spokesperson Jason Woodforth’s Facebook profile to show just how anti-fluoride they are:

…mass poisoning…

HAP 12 Woodforth Brockovich

The Argumentum ad brockovichium. Nice.

Anti-chemtrails

Yesterday the HAP stated they have no policy on chemtrails:

HAP 13 no chemtrails policy

Well, they are sort of correct. They’ve had no policy on chemtrails in 2016. But, they had one last year:

HAP 1 2015 tweet chemtrails Patterson

Please, everyone, vote with your family’s health in mind.

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Update July 2 2016

Included here are some more Facebook posts from the state and national executive members of the Health Australia Party.

Judy Cooke is the National Secretary:

HAP 14 Judy Cooke Dingle antivax post

HAP 15 Judy Cooke 2013 vaccines chemtrails

Catherine Chan is the NSW State Secretary:

HAP 16 Catherine Chan black salve

Cathy Nolan is the Queensland State Secretary:

HAP 17 Cathy Nolan NVIC

HAP 18 Cathy Nolan

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Antivax chiro Simon Floreani in brand new scope of practice controversy

Anti-vaccine chiropractor – member and former president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia – Simon Floreani is embroiled in a new controversy surrounding the limitations of his professional practice.

Floreani – who is/was a professional member of the discredited anti-vaccination organisation, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network – has been named in a Victorian court, today, as the chiropractor who referred one of his patients to a “fake gynaecologist”, with the patient subsequently being one of a number of women who were allegedly sexually assaulted by the fake IVF specialist, Raffaele Di Paolo. It was claimed that Floreani was treating the patient, unsuccessfully, for infertility.

Bianca Hall wrote in The Age newspaper, today:

Another former patient of Mr Di Paolo told the court she had been referred to him by chiropractor Simon Floreani, after Mr Floreani had failed to help her fall pregnant by performing chiropractic “adjustments” on her.

Mr Floreani, a past president of the Chiropractors Association of Australia, has courted controversy for promoting anti-vaccination material to patients.

[The] former patient, who was referred by Mr Floreani, said Di Paolo had told her he previously worked at Monash IVF Australia.

The woman, who sought Di Paolo’s help to fall pregnant when she was in her mid-40s, said he told her he had a medical background, and was using homeopathy to help treat her infertility.

The woman said she became suspicious of Di Paolo’s qualifications when she did not get her period, and he told her she must be pregnant.

However, when she asked him for a referral to get an ultrasound, he told her he was unable to do so, and she would need to visit her GP.

Her GP found she was not pregnant.

In July 2014 Floreani and three other chiropractors at his Vitality business were cautioned for having anti-vaccination paraphernalia in the Melbourne business’s waiting room. Floreani and his chiropractor wife, Jennifer Barham-Floreani, have a long history of anti-vaccination and other non-evidence-based activism; they are regular presenters and attendees at the annual California Jam chiropractic event in the US, appearing with other anti-vaccination activists such as Andrew Wakefield and Sherri Tenpenny.

In March 2016, it was revealed that Simon Floreani sneaked into a Melbourne hospital, in 2000, to treat a patient with a severe spinal injury. Floreani lied about why he was at the hospital, telling the hospital that he was the patient’s snowboard coach. The patient’s mother wrote:

Simon under the guise of Josh’s snowboard coach was adjusting Josh (not near the injury) within 7 days of his accident, as soon as he was out of the ICU

Floreani’s Facebook profile still features several videos in which Floreani claims to treat colic and other conditions, in babies. These conditions were recently cited by the Chiropractic Board of Australia as breaches of advertising guidelines.

Once again, it appears that the Chiropractic Board of Australia will be required to investigate Floreani for apparent multiple breaches of his scope of practice.

Floreani 46 DeMoss CalJam clown outfit

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Oliver’s Real Food – your anti-vaccine fast food franchise

Oliver’s Real Food promotes itself as an organic fast food chain which, in and of itself, is not something we can automatically deride. Fresh food; good stuff.

Claims about increased health benefits of organic food, as opposed to other produce, however, overstep the mark. When people start claiming the tired adage favoured by wellness evangelicals around the world, “let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”, we can start taking notice of our quivering skeptical antennae. And often this is a well founded quivering.

With a growing list of nineteen franchises now operating, Oliver’s Real Food needs to start being cognisant of the accuracy of the claims it makes, and the activism it undertakes, as well as the consequences of these activities, including regulatory. When you start trading on any particular testable health claim, you’d better be damn sure you can back it up.

Oliver’s Real Food was founded by Jason Gunn, and he appears to be in charge of the online marketing:

Olivers 1 2015 Jason Gunn Founder

Further down in this post there will be a collection from Gunn’s Facebook profile, including his antivax posts and more. But, first, we’ll check out Oliver’s Real Food’s anti-vaccination activism, carried out by the business on its social media and in its premises.

On June 25 2016 – just yesterday – Oliver’s Real Food (ORF) promoted the Andrew Wakefield anti-vaccination documentary, Vaxxed, on its Facebook page. Yes, that’s the same documentary whose producers recently called for support for the Canadian parents who killed their own toddler. One of the parents now sits in prison; the other is in home detention. From the ORF Facebook page:

Olivers 1 Vaxxed June 25 2016

ORF deleted the post, but, not without some rancour directed towards those who expect an upstanding business to behave in a way which is not a threat to public health. The following is particularly telling, given that it is likely written by Gunn himself:

Olivers 1 June 25 2016 protect the business

ORF also attracted some reviews from disgruntled readers:

Olivers 14 Cath Arundel review

Again, the page administrator was unapologetic about the business’s anti-vaccinationism:

Olivers 14 Cath Arundel review response antivax

Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long history of anti-vaccination activism by this company and its founder.

In 2013, committee member of Australian Skeptics, Jo Benhamu, dropped into the Wyong F3 Freeway ORF outlet for a break and a bite to eat. What Jo saw horrified her.

Among the many books and DVDs for sale in the Wyong outlet were the anti-vaccination documentaries The Greater Good and Doctored, as well as the crank cancer documentary Cut, Poison, Burn:

Olivers 21 2013 photograph Greater Good Doctored Cut Poison Burn DVDs

Image courtesy Jo Benhamu.

Olivers 22 2013 DVDs books price list

Image courtesy Jo  Benhamu.

ORF was also promoting Doctored on its social media at the time:

Olivers 27 Doctored tweet

More of ORF’s Twitter activism will be included at the end of this post.

The ORF business page also promotes another crank cancer cure documentary series, called The Truth About Cancer.

The Truth About Cancer is probably notable, right at this moment, for having an actual walking, talking victim of its misinformation right here in Australia. And, as we know from a previous blog post, The Truth About Cancer is also an anti-vaccination documentary, with this review coming straight from an Australian anti-vaccination activist.

ORF doesn’t limit itself to promoting the crank documentary just the once; the business promoted the series three times in April alone:

Olivers 16 TAC

Olivers 17 TAC

Olivers 18 TAC

This is not the only occasion ORF has played the cancer scare-card, either. In 2015 they posted this, sans nuance:

Olivers 19 cancer rates

Another one of the business’s and founder’s active interests is anti-GMO misinformation. Only last month this article was posted, which features the retracted lumpy rat as its star image:

Olivers 15 rat tumours anti GMO

And back in 2015 the business was also promoting the consumption of raw milk, despite it killing a toddler only a few months previously:

Olivers 20 raw milk activism 2015

Sadly, this is the second time we’ve had to mention the deaths of toddlers in this post…

Over on Jason Gunn’s Facebook profile it is apparent that he uses the profile to conduct his business. There’s the banner:

OLivers 3 Gunn banner pic

And other posts, among many, in which Gunn uses his profile for the promotion of his business:

Olivers 4 Gunn profile used for business

Olivers 12 business promote Gunn

It is also obvious that Gunn uses his Facebook profile for his  anti-vaccination activism.

On June 15 2016, Gunn was promoting the anti-vaccine documentary, Trace Amounts. He also  proves his ignorance of the (former) use of ethylmercury in vaccines:

Olivers 2 Trace Amounts

Throughout April 2016, Gunn was sharing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories from Infowars, as well as promoting the anti-vaccine documentary, Vaxxed, and making outrageous anti-vaccine statements to his friends:

Olivers 5 murder conspiracy Infowars

A must watch
We are being lied to people…….

Olivers 6 Vaxxed Gunn

Believe what you like Iain Smale, I think the evidence is overwhelming. I think you are naive to believe that there is no connection. The pharmaceutical industry is and has been lying to us for ages, just like the cigarette industry did. Why you might ask? Think about the $’s that are at stake. Injecting our children with TOXIC chemicals is insanity and barbaric. WAKE UP man x

And:

The fact is that if vaccines really worked, those that believed in them would not need to get so upset when someone says that they do not want to have their children vaccinated. They would simply think “Sweet as Bro, I am vaccinated, do what the hell you like, get sick and die if you like” There is absolutely no need for the whole HERD to get injected with toxic crap that causes many issues in some people 🙂 

Olivers 7 Vaxxed Gunn cont

Yes…not anti-vaccine

Olivers 8 Vaxxed Gunn

Olivers 9 Vaxxed Gunn

Gunn also plugged The Truth About Cancer throughout April:

Olivers 5 TAC posts Gunn

Olivers 10 TAC Gunn

Olivers 11 TAC Gunn

Over on the Oliver’s Real Food Twitter account, Gunn has been promoting pseudoscience for years, and it is just as bad. The following is just a smattering.

This link goes to a video by discredited computer scientist, Stephanie Seneff:

Olivers 24 Seneff tweet

Cancer crank Charlotte Gerson also got a body count for her birthday:

Olivers 25 Happy Birthday Gerson tweet

Amalgam fillings…

Olivers 26 amalgams tweet

Anti-vaccination misinformation from the king (well, one of them), Joe Mercola:

Olivers 28 Mercola tweet fluvax

Olivers 28 Mercola tweet article

Anti-fluoridation:

Olivers 29 anti fluoride tweet

And the disgraced cancer charlatan, Stanislaw Burzynski:

Olivers 30 Burzynski tweets

One of the bonuses of the free market is that, as consumers, we can vote with our feet. And social media has made information like all of the above so readily available that we can make informed choices as ethical consumers.

As can regulatory bodies.

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Vaxxed documentary team rallies behind actual child killers

In an astonishing video posted by Vaxxed producer Del Bigtree, today, the producers of the anti-vaccination documentary rallied support for the Alberta parents who were recently convicted over the death of their child:

Bigtree 8 video Vaxxed child killers

David and Collet Stephan were found guilty, in April 2016, of “failing to provide the necessaries of life” to their toddler, Ezekiel:

A packed Lethbridge, Alta., courtroom erupted with emotion on Tuesday afternoon, after two parents accused of letting their son die from bacterial meningitis were found guilty.

David Stephan, 32, and Collet Stephan, 36, were charged a year after their nearly 19-month-old son Ezekiel died in March 2012, under Section 215 of the Criminal Code which deals with “failing to provide the necessaries of life.”

Watch the video, here:

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AVN president Tasha David vilifies public health hero with offensive slurs

Dr Paul Offit is a global public health hero:

Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Offit has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC; for this achievement Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health.

Because Dr Offit is a global public health hero, to anti-vaccination activists he is the devil incarnate.

A little over two months ago I published a post in which I showed how anti-vaccination activists had dishonestly edited a video from Dr Offit to infer that Dr Offit was advocating that the state should have the right to remove unvaccinated children from their parents’ custody: see Antivaxers call for execution of public health hero.

Dr Offit was not advocating anything of the sort:

On March 26 2016, the anti-vaccination website, Vaxxter, shared this lie on its Facebook page. Vaxxter turned Dr Offit’s statement – that the state will defend a child’s rights to access health care, when their parents will not –  into a claim that Dr Offit is advocating for the state to remove children of anti-vaccinationists.

The dishonest anti-vaccination post has been doing the rounds again in the last few days. And the same abuse and violent rhetoric is also doing the rounds.

On June 18 2016, president of the anti-vaccine Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network,  Tasha David*, shared the dishonest post to her Facebook profile, adding her own words:

What a scumbag!

But, “scumbag” wasn’t the worst of it; leading Canberra antivaxer, Shayla Plosko joined in:

Shayla Plosko Will he die already? Asshole! 😠

Tasha Dāvid He would make a great anti-Christ 😡

Shayla Plosko He is one.

Tasha Dāvid You are so right lol

Shayla Plosko He reminds me of the war criminals and the likes of Henry Kissinger the same kind of evil vibe.

David 81 Offit scumbag antichrist asshole die already profile June 18 2016

Of course, this is rather timid compared to the usual death threats and other violent rhetoric which are regularly leveled against Dr Offit, always incited by anti-vaccine lies about what they believe he has said, rather than what he has actually said. The leaders of the anti-vaccination movement know that this is a tried-and-true tactic to whip up the hate in their acolytes.

So, why is it important to highlight David’s ugly Facebook post, right now?

Well, Tasha David is the president of the AVN (an anti-vaccine organisation which rightly has a public health warning against its name, forever); a person who has lamented the use of precisely this type of awful behaviour in the past.

From July 2012, before she was the AVN president:

David 84 NCV blog post quote July 2012

From March 2015, when she was already AVN president:

David 83 Daily Mail quote March 2015

We find that David only derides this offensive behaviour when her ilk is the perceived target; when David can make hay from any perceived oppression. This, she has learnt from Meryl Dorey.

Why is it important to highlight David’s ugly Facebook post, right now?

Tasha David, as the AVN president, is at the forefront of fundraising activities being conducted by the AVN, so as to raise money for (reportedly pro bono) legal counsel for a planned High Court challenge against the Commonwealth’s No Jab No Pay legislation. This is just one post of many:

David 85 UA AVN High Court challenge June 9 2016

Why is it important to highlight David’s ugly Facebook post, right now?

Tasha David and her AVN are at the forefront of the promotion of the anti-vaccination, anti-chemtrails, political micro-party, the Health Australia Party:

AVSN 34 HAP promote April 28 2016

Why is it important to highlight David’s ugly Facebook post, right now?

Tasha David and her AVN are at the forefront of the push to have the dishonest, Andrew Wakefield anti-vaccination documentary, Vaxxed, brought to Australia. David even traveled to the US, to meet the Vaxxed team, on the AVN’s members’ dime:

AVSN 33 May 3 2016 Vaxxed photo Bigtree post

Why is it important to highlight David’s ugly Facebook post, right now?

Because, this is only the latest in a long history of threats, abuse and intimidation, used against public health advocates and professionals by the anti-vaccination movement.

On May 30 2016, Tasha David was championing the outrageous behaviour of anti-vaccination activists at the Telethon Kids immunisation seminar, held in Perth:

David 78 UA May 30 2016 Dhu Wilyman Telethon Kids

David was also using the official AVN Facebook page (one of them) to name and congratulate the activists:

AVSN 32 Telethon Dhu Wilyman May 30 2016

We must remember that Shawn Dhu, named by David in many posts, is the same person who made violent threats against me, on video. Dhu also threatened journalist, Cathy O’Leary.

On June 1 2016, the public officer of the AVN, Meryl Dorey, also congratulated the disruptive, intimidating anti-vaccination activists:

AVN 7188 Dorey June 1 2016 tweet proud of protestors at Telethon

As noted above, this violent rhetoric, and its incitement, can be traced back to antivax leaders such as Dorey and, in the US, Barbara Loe Fisher. Dorey has a long history of vilifying doctors as rapists, and researchers as the equivalent to paedophiles.

Dorey also has a pastime of lying about Dr Offit, and wishing harm upon him; she has been doing it for years, along with the other leaders of the AVN, regardless of how many times she is corrected. This is default behaviour for the AVN. David is just continuing the tradition.

Veteran AVN member, and former committee member, Jane Beeby – another supporter of the Health Australia Party – has always desired harm upon those with whom she disagrees.

On June 19 2016, commenting in the Bring Vaxxed to Australia/New Zealand Facebook group, on another of the very same posts vilifying Dr Paul Offit, Beeby reverted to form once more:

Beeby 42 Vaxxed Offit give him the shot he deserves June 19 2016

All of the above is why it is important to highlight Tasha David’s ugly Facebook post, right now.

Especially, right now.

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*Tasha David was contacted for a response and/or opportunity to retract her comments and offer an apology. David deleted the post from her profile; but, no response was provided by 17oo hours today, as requested.

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