Anti-vaccine chiropractors 37

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]

Ask yourself a question. What level of ineptitude must one reach, in their understanding of immunisation information and its provision, to claim, as part of an argument against immunisation, that vaccines are no damn good because they haven’t been subjected to a crossover trial? I call the level “Peak Dorey”:

A golden moment in the history of derp

A golden moment in the history of derp

Meet John de Voy. He has been manipulating customers for over thirty years, at Wynyard Chiropractic, in Sydney. He is a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia; a member of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation; and is/was a member of the callous anti-vaccination fundamentalist group, the Australian Vaccination Network.

Even after all of the recent news surrounding the CBA and its crackdown on anti-vaccinationism in the industry, de Voy still has this page on his website:

Wynyard 1 vaccines pageI’m not going to include the whole thing. It is a mix of factoids interspersed with absolute bollocks and half-truths, all stirred up into a cauldron of scaremongering; the type of scaremongering of which Meryl Dorey herself would be proud.

I almost stopped reading it immediately. Look familiar?

None of the vaccines currently licensed in Australia have been subject to double-blind crossover placebo studies standard in medical testing.

Here are some more excerpts:

antibodies don’t necessary lead to immunity

almost all vaccine research has been paid for by the pharmaceutical company producing the vaccine and no independent testing has been conducted by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.

measles helps mature the immune system and may help prevent auto-immune illnesses such as cancer, asthma and allergies in later life. Rubella is an extremely mild disease of childhood

Hang on. This is starting to sound like Dorey’s 10 Reasons…

Many vaccines contain toxins and known carcinogens, including mercury, aluminium and formaldehyde

serious immediate side effects include emotional and behavioural issues, learning difficulties, motor and coordination difficulties, blindness and paralysis.

cheaper sources of vaccine culture have a heightened risk of being contaminated by foreign viruses and bacteria or combining with human DNA to form new diseases

Live viruses that are weakened for use in vaccines, such as those for measles, mumps and rubella, can also mutate back into virulent form at any time

I remember the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission used Dorey’s 10 Reasons… as the basis for their first findings against the AVN. Dorey since retracted the rubbish from her own website. But, I digress:

Since British Gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield first linked vaccination to autism in 1988, hundreds of studies have verified Wakefield’s hypothesis that changes to the gut caused by vaccination can lead to changes in the brain, resulting in autism.

Hannah Poling…A further 5000 autism claims are pending in the special claims court specifically set up to administer the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Program for vaccine-related injuries.

Oh, no they’re not. Further, de Voy concludes:

The jury is still very much out…

I want to go all Derek and Clive on this guy, but, alas, we’re rated PG here.

I’ll leave you with some testimonials, as was the style at the time, and the hope and desire that this guy gets the de-registration he so lustfully desires:

De Voy 1 testimonials

This is what the Chiropractic Board of Australia has to say about the use of testimonials:

Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services

5 What is unacceptable advertising?

This section is intended to provide a clear indication of the
type of advertising of services that the boards consider to
be unacceptable. Where examples are provided, they are
intended to assist practitioners and other persons who
advertise regulated health services to comply with the
advertising provisions of the National Law. They are not
intended to be exhaustive.

To comply with s. 133 of the National Law and these
guidelines, advertising of services must not:

(d) use testimonials or purported testimonials

Update, only two hours later:

The CBA needs to act against de Foy. Thumbing his nose at the Board, he has just posted this testimonial. Faces blacked out by me:

de Voy 2 testimonialHe needs to be de-registered, now.

About reasonable hank

I’m reasonable, mostly.

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2 Responses to Anti-vaccine chiropractors 37

  1. Andy says:

    Crossover? Ha ha ha ha ha. I’ve never been to university – not even college. I didn’t even do biology in high school (did chem and physics instead) and even I know enough about what a crossover trial is to know you can’t switch someone to the unvaccinated arm of a trial once you’ve vaccinated them. Derp indeed.

    To address his other points…

    antibodies don’t necessary lead to immunity

    Chiropractic doesn’t ever lead to immunity

    almost all vaccine research has been paid for by the pharmaceutical company producing the vaccine and no independent testing has been conducted by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.

    almost all chiropractic research has been paid for by the chiropractors and no independent testing has been conducted by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.

    measles helps mature the immune system and may help prevent auto-immune illnesses such as cancer, asthma and allergies in later life. Rubella is an extremely mild disease of childhood

    Measles is an incredibly virulent infectious disease that has the capacity to kill or seriously damage. Survivors may be susceptible to SSPE later on and if that occurs, they’ll almost certainly die. Congenital rubella syndrome causes all manner of birth defects, far too many to list here.

    But what is it with chiropractors and shameless self-promotion? I’ve searched online for my local GP practice and there’s no hype, no testimonials, no lengthy diatribes about the evils of chiropractic or alternative medicine, no suggestion of regular visits for the whole family, from birth – not even a first-visit discount voucher.

    It’s like chiropractic is just another business rather than a health service provider.

  2. Annette Bannon says:

    Excellent again Hank. I have no idea was is taught to these clowns, but it is obviously rubbish or they are a card short of a full deck.
    I must look at what score is required to enter Uni to study Chiro, my thoughts would …..be not much!

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