Anti-vaccine chiropractors 20

The Chiropractic Board of Australia has had enough:

“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,” chairman Phillip Donato said.

Dr Donato said chiropractors should only provide evidence-based treatment and anyone with concerns should report them. [Sydney Morning Herald August 9 2013]

Andrew Kaltenbach conducts business at Robina Town Chiropractic, in Queensland. Kaltenbach is a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia.

What is it with the CAA as opposed to the more reputable (as it is now obvious) COCA? Why are there so many CAA anti-vaccine chiropractors? But, I digress.

Only one month ago Kaltenbach posted the Dianne Harper lie.

Kaltenbach 1 Harper gardasil comes clean lie

It has resurfaced again, of late. It was wrong when it first did the rounds. It’s still wrong now. See these awesome posts from Skeptical Raptor, and Orac.

I now know that Pathways to Family Wellness magazine is a big red flag for quackery. I admit I didn’t even know about it until recently. Kaltenbach posted this only last month:

Kaltenbach 2 how we are making our children sickTitles like that above generally get the skeptical antennae quivering and, unfortunately, I was right. This is from the article:


Most childhood infections are caused by viruses, and thus do not respond to antibiotics, hence the development of our current vaccine program. Infections contracted naturally are ordinarily filtered through a series of immune system defenses. Naturally-contracted viral diseases stimulate a cell-mediated response, and it appears that because of this, early viral infections are protective against allergic diseases. When a vaccine is injected directly into the blood stream, it gains access to all of the major tissues and organs of the body without the body’s normal advantage of a total immune response. This results in only partial immunity, consequently the need for “booster” shots. Vaccines stimulate a humoral response so their contents are never discharged from the body, the way they would be if the disease were naturally contracted, leaving the body in a chronic state of sensitization. In a study of 448 children, 243 had been vaccinated against whooping cough. Of these, 10% had asthma compared to less than 2% of the 205 children in the non-vaccinated group, suggesting that the pertussis vaccination can increase the risk of developing asthma by more than five times.


Kaltenbach 3 hw we are are making kids sick Pathways vaccinationTime for the CBA to get out the paddle. Here’s one we prepared earlier (thanks to a scaly pharma friend):

antivax paddlin'

But seriously, for all of you chiros who are interested in distancing yourselves from the ingrained anti-vaccinationism of the CAA, go and join the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA). Do yourselves, and your integrity, a favour. I’m pretty sure none of the COCA board members are anti-vaccinationists, as is the case with the CAA.

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