Over a month ago I wrote a post investigating the prevalence of anti-vaccinationism amongst some of the leading lights of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia: The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia: the compulsion of anti-vaccinationism. In the post I highlighted an Adelaide chiropractor and CAA member, Todd Gignac, who had been posting some anti-vaccination misinformation on his Facebook page, in the lead-up to what was sure to be an anti-vaccination seminar.
After my post went around the traps Gignac removed all the anti-vaccine posts from his Facebook page, including a legendary graph from Raymond Obomsawin. Lucky we have screenshots, hey.
Today, in a re-hash of his vaccines didn’t save us gambit, Gignac posted another anti-vaccine screed, replete with Obomsawin. For a very thorough investigation of Obomsawin’s graphs, please see this post from Robert Webb: Analysis of Anti-Vax Graphs.
Gignac prefaces the post:
Hmmm…makes one wonder about all the other diseases that we attribute vaccination for abolishing. Sure would be easy for the drug industry to lay claim and propagandize for decades until it became “obvious” to the public. Folks, is it possible that the drug industry, the government, and the media in which they control ARE NOT being transparent? P.S. similar graphs are readily available for Polio, Measles, etc.
I don’t know what it is with these guys. They have been roundly criticised for their incorrect information and their inept grasp of what constitutes appropriate health care provision…yet, they continue to do it.
This compulsion toward anti-vaccinationism: is it obsessive? Is it pathological? Is it appropriate? The biggest question for the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia is: is it ethical?
Let’s see if this graph also gets deleted from Gignac’s page, only to require another blog post in a month, when he does it again. If he is doing this in public, then, what the hell is he saying in private, to his customers?
As before, here are the contact details for AHPRA, who should be notified about this guy.
Even if we take his TB graph at pure face value, his anti-drug gabble makes no sense – as the decline in *mortality* from TB is almost certainly mostly due to antibiotics, which are drugs. Made by pharmaceutical companies. For a profit. Incidence, on the other hand…
Slow progress – but the CAA is making changes at the top. It’s been dragged kicking & screaming into this current position.
It’s a bit pathetic that its taken this sort of pressure (not to mention the looming spectre of Macquarie “transferring” their chiro program) to get their affairs in order.
Sorry I left something out of my comment – but CAA is changing their apathy towards vaccination & anti vax chiropractors.
I’m not sure if a position statement has been formally released ala COCA – but changes are happening.
I hate to rain on the accountability parade Hank, but AHPRA is useless, as we’ve found in trying to bring Universal Medicine cult doctors to account for endorsing Esoteric Breast massage, inappropriate touching marketed as ‘healing’ and other therapy horrors.
Recently we made a call to AHPRA about a cult psychologist who wrote a propaganda blog post targeting depressed people and recruiting them to a mind frying, sexually abusive death cult, only to be told AHPRA would be unlikely to do anything until an actual patient complains they’ve been harmed – physically, or driven to psychosis.
It’s incredibly frustrating that AHPRA has a complete set of codes of conduct and competent staff, good funding etc. but no will to enact the codes and protect the public.
AHPRA is currently inviting public submissions http://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/2013-04-09-media-release.aspx but they need to be submitted by close of business this Thursday the 30th.
As for why chiros like that persist with the lies, I don’t know, but it’s possible the kind of people who fall for the bullshit also fall for the rest of their marketing and become good customers – eager to depart with cash for pretty much nothing.
Errr, hang on. TB was falling without vaccinations which proves that mainstream medicine is unnecessary. Was TB in the US cured with chiropractic? No. So what else didn’t chiropractic cure? Is it possible they’re not being transparent?
Actually, I think they are very transparent. Anyone who looks can see through their science-denying motives.
Don’t you know Andy, chiropractic cured TB, measles, German measles, HiB, meningococcal, ear infections, colic. Oh wait a minute….
Actually Sparky. We do have chiropractic and we don’t have dinosaurs. So, according to correlation=causation, chiro cured dino.
Mind = BLOWN.
I am a practicing chiropractor, so I am a little disturbed that I may have been a party to the dino-cide.
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