The Chiropractic Board of Australia has had enough:
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. [Media Release August 8 2013]
Catherine Langford and Shireen Hodgetts share business premises in South Australia. Hodgetts is a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. Langford should be, if she isn’t. From Langford’s site:
Twig Chiropractic was founded by Dr Catherine Langford in 2012 after completing a three-year course in chiropractic paediatrics and pregnancy. She is currently operating out of Integrated Chiropractic in Unley, South Australia, with another Chiropractor Dr Shireen Hodgetts. Dr Catherine also works part-time at a multidisciplinary clinic, Inspiring Choices.
Langford’s Facebook page is Twig Chiropractic. She focuses a lot on babies. On adjusting babies. Fresh babies. Because they have subluxations. I hope someone does a series on this topic.
Here Langford presents the top five health threats faced by children, from that den of anti-vaccination misinformation preventdisease.com:
From one of the other high-click anti-vaccination websites, The Healthy Home Economist, Langford presents this article filled with anti-vaccine tropes:
And, of course, complete anti-vaccine bollocks from Mercola:
As alluded to above, this is something which concerns me: Langford – and she is not alone by any stretch – manipulates babies. Very, very young babies:
And, given the anti-vaccination beliefs held by these chiropractors, what are the chances that their immunisation status is current? Of course it isn’t. These people shun immunisation, and they advise others to shun immunisation; whether directly, or indirectly, such as the anti-vaccine rubbish posted above.
Why, then, is this anti-vaccine chiropractor adjusting a baby in the North Eastern Community Hospital? Is it her own child? If it isn’t, this is serious:
I have emailed the hospital to ask about their policy of allowing chiropractors into their wards. I’ll add their response here, if it comes.
Shireen Hodgetts doesn’t appear to have any online business presence. Her Facebook profile provides enough evidence of her beliefs.
Here she provides anti-vaccination HPV misinformation, from Mercola:
The Thinking Mom’s Revolution, with an autism lie-fest, as we expect from that site:
The flu shot/mercury/Alzheimer’s lie:
The German homeopath, via Mike Adams. DRINK!
Anti-fluoridationism, citing the terrible Harvard Study:
And because there are never enough bottomless barrels, Scientology:
Hopefully these anti-vaccine chiropractors will be on the to-do list for the CBA’s random audit team.
They’re getting worse!
Actually they’re getting the same.
Who the fuck thinks “hey, my newborn needs a chiropractor”
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