I’m developing kind of a soft spot for the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. If they weren’t all about adjusting babies for no reason, promoting anti-vaccinationism, and pretending to treat invisible, undetectable maladies (subluxations), I’d want to give them all a big hug, and a tickle on the tummy. Only, they keep doing things like this…
In March 2013 Fairfax journalist Amy Corderoy broke the news of the CAA’s anti-vaccine training:
Chiropractors are receiving government-mandated training by anti-vaccination physicians who believe diet and ”keeping the spine in line” will prevent deadly diseases such as polio.
Chiropractors can make up the entirety of their annual 12½ hours of formal medical education – which they must undertake in order to continue practising – from known anti-vaccination proponents.
The head of the Australian Medical Association, Steve Hambleton, said the Chiropractic Board of Australia is failing in its duty to protect the public by allowing the courses.
One such course, which counts towards eight hours of education, is run by US anti-vaccination author Tim O’Shea.
That was bad. O’Shea is a rabid anti-vaccine chiropractor. Then, in July 2013, I introduced you to Billy DeMoss, a deranged Californian conspiracy theorist and chiropractor who has a huge impact on Australian chiropractors; especially his Australian disciple, Tim Shakespeare. DeMoss appeared at the Australian Spinal Research Foundation’s Dynamic Growth Congress, earlier this year, As I wrote in my earlier post:
This guy – the same guy who publicly states the encyclopedia of conspiracy theory as his personal belief, on his professional Facebook page, where everyone knows what he thinks and feels and does – got a gig at one of the premier Australian chiropractic conferences of the year, run by the ASRF, an “Associated Organisation” of the CAA, and he got a rock star welcome.
Well. The CAA are at it again. In October the CAA is holding its annual National Development Forum. The number one speaker is US chiropractor and practice building, marketing, and life coach (from what I can gather by his Facebook pages), Stephen Franson:
Okay. Here we go again. Let’s have a look at some of Franson’s “wellness principles”, namely his views on immunisation. Firstly, he has a few different Facebook pages, so I’ll just list three of them here:
- Franson Family Chiropractic
- Franson Family Chiropractic’s Moms’ Tribe
- TheThirdBird: Better Practice Thru Better Retention
As you can see, Franson is pumped to be appearing at this year’s NDF: here is in conversation with anti-vaccine chiropractor and Board Member of the CAA’s National body, Billy Chow:
Here is a still from the Bought movie, just so we’re all on the same page. See that Infowars thing?
And, nailing the anti-vaccine three-pointer, Franson goes all Italian Courts on us. Skeptical Raptor has chomped on this canard, here:
Franson also provides vaccine information sessions, because he is a nice guy:
And, handily for us – or maybe not – here is a video Franson prepared earlier, with which to crow-bar your mind open:
Look. I admit I wasn’t going to watch it after I clicked on the link to see the enlarged thumbnail. But, I thought I should. I made it through ten minutes. This guy is not as educated and informed as he thinks he is, and will tell you. In fact, he is wrong, arrogant to believe he is right, and wrong. Look at this abomination:
Just quickly, I thought I’d point out another one of the speakers at this year’s NDF: the anti-vaccine CAA National Board Member, Tony Croke; who you will remember condones chiropractors sneaking into hospitals to treat patients.
Croke will be giving a talk on the minefield which is social media, chiropractors’ responsibilities when using it, and the pitfalls of breaking codes and guidelines. Nothing ever seems to happen in this respect anyway. So, just go for it, chiropractors; it’s a free-for-all:
Mr Croke is free to use the following example in his talk. No charge. No need to acknowledge his source. This is a great example of the misuse of testimonials, about which Croke is more than knowledgeable:
He can use these as well:
Where is the Chiropractic Board of Australia? Where is the pro-activism which was promised?