Anti-vaccine chiropractors 38

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]

Meet Gordon Benz. He is a businessman at Straight Forward Chiropractic, in Western Australia. I like it when anti-vaccinationists are straight forward about their anti-vaccinationism. It makes it easier for members of the community to avoid them. Benz is a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, of course. He is also a member of the unhinged anti-vaccination slur organisation, the Australian Vaccination Network. Benz’s partner, Christina Hartmann Benz is a student chiropractor, rabid anti-vaccinationist, and (still) registered nurse who has boasted of disseminating anti-vaccination propaganda at her workplace. Well done, champ.

Benz’s Facebook profile notes his profession.

Benz 7 profile chiropractor

Let’s have a look at what this professional has to say about immunisation.

Look. If you cite the World’s Worst Person™ claiming that the “entire vaccine program is based on massive fraud”, we’re going to take umbrage at your ability to think straight, let alone comment on immunisation:

Benz 1 VINE Blaylock fraudIn this one, there is may be one thing which is slightly accurate: Japan has ceased funding the HPV vaccine, due to *some* adverse events which are still under investigation. The vaccine is still available. Japan is an overly cautious immunisation provider. See Skeptical Raptor’s rundown for a better explanation. As for the rest of the claims in this screed? Hang your head. Bad boy:

Benz 2 preventdisease HPV JapanThe MMR vaccine does not, and has not caused autism. Put down the bone:

Benz 3 Italian MMRSo, let’s have a look at his business’s official Facebook page.

Dude, no:

Benz 9 MMR Italian CourtI think it’s awesome that a business designed for the use of human customers is branching out like this. They do dogs!

Benz 8 adjusting dogAnd upside-down babies! These guys will do anything they can get their hands on:

Benz 10 adjusting baby upside downYou know that thing anti-vaccinationists keep bleating about: informed consent? That.

Anyway, here are the obligatory testimonials:

Benz 11 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

The CBA needs to nail this guy, and fast.

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