Anti-vaccine chiropractors 45

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]

Mr Anthony Barbieri is a Melbourne-based businessman who manipulates customers of all ages, for money. His principal location of manipulation is Uniquely Chiropractic. I couldn’t find any association memberships, but, I would strongly advise Barbieri to join the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia; the anti-vaccination zealots, the Australian Vaccination Network; and Astonishing Claims Anonymous. You can find the latter on the internet, I’ve been told.

Barbieri shared this anti-vaccine meme. Vaccines don’t cause autism. But, you knew that:

BREAKING: Italian courts send scientists to gaol for failing to predict earthquakes. Berlusconi? He's okay.

BREAKING: Italian courts send scientists to gaol for failing to predict earthquakes. Berlusconi? He’s okay.

Stick to advising  your customers about their shoe choice, Mr Barbieri; because immunisation information…it’s just not your thing. The Gaia Health lie:

"Educate yourself": I LOLD HARD

“Educate yourself”: I LOLD HARD

The “Pneumonia vaccine” doesn’t work? From Mercola? You just know it isn’t true:

The Mercola article is so bad it even contains Miller and Goldman, and the SIDS lie.

The Mercola article is so bad it even contains Miller and Goldman, and the SIDS lie.

And, the pièce de résistance, Barbieri links to the execrable anti-vaccine liar, Meryl Dorey, and her horrid little blog, lying about the HPV vaccine:

Says "educate yourself": links to Meryl Dorey. That should be a meme.

Says “educate yourself”: links to Meryl Dorey. That should be a meme.

These must be mandatory. The testimonials:

These are so good they could almost be paid testimonials. Wow.

These are so good they could almost be paid testimonials. Wow.

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

Come on, CBA. Mr Barbieri wants one of those random audits. I can read between the lines.

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9 Responses to Anti-vaccine chiropractors 45

  1. Sue says:

    Watch this video to see how much science or evidence goes into chiropractic adjustment of the newborn:

    “Dural tension”? “Sutural massage”? Where do these concepts come from and why does anyone believe this stuff?

    Chiro Board – time to debunk newborn ”adjustment” and cranial suture woo.

  2. Mary says:

    Another one speaking of ‘educating yourself’; ‘making informed choices’; what a joke. Also, it seems a little ironic that one who thinks he is so well educated and informed keeps making spelling mistakes- are you sure you’re a doctor? ‘follow the CROUD’?? ‘..when YOUR in the market for a pair of shoes’??? Seriously? People listen to you for health advice?

  3. Sue says:

    I’ve heard that Chiros do a long university course and have to study the same basic clinical sciences as other health care workers. But do they have to PASS?

    • Jesus says:

      The problem is that chiropractors think they’re real doctors. Just because they’re allowed to use the prefix/title. They are far from someone who has actually done (passed) an MBBS. Someone needs to die first before there’s change….

      • Gill Chesterton says:

        Chiropractors are simply “wanna be” MBBS qualified practitioners that did not have the intellect or aptitude to make it as a real Doctor. Once they fail in their pursuit of an MBBS, they simply look for the path of least resistance for a qualification that allows them to be titled as a Doctor. How on earth they’re permitted to call themselves Doctors is beyond me… (but physios aren’t)…. Given the vulnerable and ignorant people within the community, don’t the authorities owe it to society to protect people by ensuring such dangerous nonsense is not perpetuated?? Surely grounds for persona non grata status with Ahpra.

  4. Albano says:

    I just came across this and am astounded at these articles and this chiropractor. Very bad use of the English language and comparing vaccinations to shoes or a dress is a joke. I do not know this Barbieri character but I assume if he has children that they are not vaccinated. Unfortunately, those who are not vaccinated carry the risk of serious viruses which can be bought into schools causing a huge headache for other parents. In terms of testimonials I always take them with a grain of salt as anyone can have friends or family post how great a person is.

  5. A says:

    He has 3 children, two sons and a daughter, none vaccinated, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Alex says:

      You can’t be serious…

      • A says:

        Deadly serious,I took interest after he reduced my friend to tears, telling her that she was giving her daughter autism by giving her formula rather than breast feeding, my friend is a cancer survivor with a double mastectomy. He was well out of line. His 8yo son informed me i couldn’t have a job, because “you’re a girl”. He informed me that if I wanted a C section, I was traumatising my baby and yes you guessed it, giving it autism, because c sections are too traumatic for a foetus, and some mothers simply weren’t intended to survive childbirth anyway. He is an uneducated pig, raising two more uneducated pigs and one previctimised girl.

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