There is something I have been putting off for quite some time. Then a friend made this something possible by providing me with a link so I could watch the 100 minute chiropractic advertisement, Doctored the Movie. This so-called friend will be receiving an invoice in the mail for my upcoming, week-long Maxolon infusion.
I’m not going to offer an in-depth review of the advertisement. Broadly though, it is an anti-medicine, testimonial driven Strawman, accusing the medical profession of ignoring the basics of health in favour of medicating at all cost. It makes some standard points: eat well; exercise; don’t medicate for conditions for which you shouldn’t; beware of over-medicating. It’s pure genius. Who else could have thought of these things apart from chiropractors? The advertisement runs on emotion. It is chock full of dubious diagnoses; even more dubious treatments; personalised interviews with chiropractors and their miraculously healed customers; and victims of heartless medical practitioners – practitioners who may as well be pushing a cart yelling “bring out your dead”.
There was a segment of what appeared to be live blood analysis diagnosing chronic Lyme Disease, the analysis finding the blood sample was full of “parasites”; there was a segment depicting the successful treatment of autism in a child whose brain was “turned back on” by adjustments; there was a crescendo of anti-GMO hyperbole, fallaciously correlating the rise of GMOs with an explosion of auto-immune diseases, topped off with a spattering of Mercola, just to make us certain they are talking out of their arse. All of this was interspersed with the self-congratulatory wank we have come to expect of non-evidence based chiropractors who pine for legitimacy, using whatever tactics they can muster to make it so.
I’m not excusing the more brazen tactics and the marketing strategies of Big Pharma, of which we are all aware. They exist. But, the evilness of Big Pharma is what fuels the advertisement. None of Big Pharma’s worst traits, however, makes chiropractic right. It just makes chiropractic a whining crank with its pants around its ankles, which cannot prove its own claims.
Anyway, the real reason I wanted to watch this thing was to investigate the anti-vaccine message I had heard is contained therein. Given the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s long-awaited clampdown on the anti-vaccinationism which infects the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia and its off-shoot, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation – which is a goddamn charity which is meant to spend its money on research – I wanted to make sure I had seen the advertisement before commenting.
So, given that this thing had been promoted by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia…
and, given that it had also been promoted by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation…
…I wanted to be sure that my eyes and ears were not deceiving me.
47 minutes into the chiropractic advertisement we meet Papa Wingnut, telling us that Gardasil is “GOVERNMENT MANDATED POISON”. The appearance of Alex Jones follows directly from an intensive, extended examination of a real problem: addiction to prescription painkillers. What does it have to do with Gardasil? Nothing. Here is the transcript I made of Jones’ screed (you can send me drinks to any destination determined by yourself):
Merck is invading the planet. They are everywhere, buying politicians, and pushing their dangerous cancer virus vaccine that’s been proven that 18,000 plus people have had adverse reactions; auto-immune diseases; and even death! [obviously punctuation is mine, not Jones’]
I could just end this post right here. In the world of anti-vaccination bollocks, Jones is the mother lode. You can generally exit any internet comment stream safe in the knowledge that you are dealing with a lunatic once they provide you with a link to Alex Jones, or Infowars, to back up their case. Maybe the producers of Doctored should have used the Time Cube guy, or included a whale.to segment, with owner/publisher John Scudamore riding one of his pigs, named “Zion the Elder”, whilst barking at passing cars? It would be just as reputable as actually putting Alex Jones on camera. And yet, they did it.
Approximately 10-15 minutes after the Jones appearance the vaccines-cause-autism lie is also presented…by a Canary Party representative. I’m serious. There are several stock-standard anti-vaccine tropes included in this segment: package inserts; ingredients; possible adverse reactions; the existence of the vaccine injury courts; recipients of payouts being silenced; and others:
In that aforementioned, approximate 10-15 minute interval between anti-vaccine screeds, something really sinister happened. I wasn’t expecting it. The duration was mostly filled with a paean to Stanislaw Burzynski. The anti-vaccinationism was bad enough; but, praise for a man who has systematically taken millions of dollars from vulnerable cancer patients, and their families, with nothing in return but false hope and sad deaths? That goes below despicable.
For a detailed examination of the hurt caused to vulnerable people, by Burzynski, please peruse this site. It is really, really sad. It is infuriating. It should not need to exist: The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group.
And I highly recommend reading this new information on Burzynski. Destroying clinical trial documentation, and refusing to record adverse events? There are no words: Damning FDA findings about Stanislaw Burzynski’s trials
And Doctored gave him a stage…
I don’t really have anything else to say about Doctored. It speaks for itself, as do the Chiropractors’ Association if Australia, and the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. Loud and clear, what?
Several other chiropractors have promoted the advertisement, knowing full well what is presented. Here is a small sample:
Here is CAA SA Board Member, the anti-vaccinationist Rory Onley:
Here is anti-vaccine chiropractic comedian Todd Gignac:
Here is CAA SA Past President and now anti-vaccine wellness evangelical, Brett Hill. He really likes the advertisement:
I mean really, really, really:
I mean really, really, really, really:
I mean really, really, really, really, really:
I’m off to watch Derek on YouTube. I need something nice, and kind, to wipe away the stain on my brain. I lost my kind, somewhere, and am slightly angry that I’ll never get it back, along with the several hours of my life spent on Doctored, that self-fellating chiropractic piece of crap.
This brand new video was published simultaneously with my post, so I include it now.
Bob Blaskiewicz is a man who tells the stories of the real victims of Burzynski. This talk is well worth watching:
“It makes some standard points: eat well; exercise; don’t medicate for conditions for which you shouldn’t; beware of over-medicating. ”
My physician does say the same things there. She draws the line firmly at anything not evidence based, for that is not anything near a proper standard of care. It’s evidence based or it’s not used in medicine.
As for that claptrap movie, I’ll not watch it, it motivate me to unfortunate action against the next antivaxer I meet, which would land me in prison.
I’ll not ask my physician to watch it, I respect and like her too much.
But, I really, really want to know *why* so many of those Chiros insist on USING strange CAPITALIZATION in such a PSEUDOrAnDoM manner?
Now, on a more serious note.
For the first time in my life, I’m honestly considering championing the notion that if one causes the loss of the life of another, through word or deed, one should be summarily executed.
And summary execution is as objectionable to me as Nazi concentration camps were, something out of the question.
Well done Hank.
Just when you think these quacks cannot get any lower, you show us they can.
Complete cranks, they deserve nothing but to be exposed as the health frauds they are.
Interesting that they have Burzynski showing the baseline scans of his trials patients. The FDA report states:
“Your […] tumor measurements initially recorded on worksheets at baseline and on-study treatment […] studies for all study subjects were destroyed and are not available for FDA inspectional review.”
Yet again you show those good old chiroquackters up to be dishonest clowns.
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I am particularly impressed that they appear to have their chest X-ray back to front on the poster… Med student mistake. Trust these people with medical decisions? Umm no thanks.
Yep – ironic that people who use XRay daily post the Chest film back to front – and it’s circulated all over the world without any of them noticing.
I used to think that quack was a fringe movement within chiropractic – more recent experience tells me that the rational musculosketal therapists are the fringe minority.
Thanks again Hank for this important work.
That’s funny… I’m sure that there’s something that covers this somewhere… oh yeah, it’s here – http://www.chiropracticboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines.aspx (click on the “Guidelines for the advertising of regulated health services”):
“5 What is unacceptable advertising? (extracts)
c) mislead, either directly, or by implication, use of emphasis, comparison, contrast or omission
d) use testimonials or purported testimonials
e) compare different regulated health professions where there is no evidence on which to base the comparison and/or in a way that may mislead or deceive
f) claim that the services provided by a particular regulated health profession are better, as safe as or safer than others
i) abuse the trust or exploit a lack of knowledge by patients or clients
l) contain language that could cause undue fear or distress
m) contain any information or material that is likely to make a person believe his or her health or wellbeing may suffer from not taking or undertaking the health service
o) contain any claim, statement or implication that…
– the services can be a substitute for public health vaccination or immunisation”
One would reasonably assume those restrictions reply even to the extent of the movie promotion they are undertaking.
CBA… over to you.
At the same time as the war in Syria is showing that not vaccinating for polio is not a good idea. Not to mention inner city trendies who have succeeded in producing mini-epidemics of mumps, measles and whatever else. Once we get diphtheria it might convince them otherwise. Also shows that lower incidence has nothing to do with healthier living.
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