Something brilliant landed in my inbox a couple of weeks ago. It was the report of the President of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, Laurie Tassell, featured in the latest edition of the CAA magazine, The Australian Chiropractor. I’m only going to include the pertinent excerpt. Prepare to bounce. You may also applaud:
Notes: The “NDF” is the CAA’s National Development Forum. I covered two of the recent speakers, here. Also, *trawled*.
Of course I congratulate him on his tirade, but, only a little bit. If it wasn’t for outside influences holding chiropractors to account; to their own codes of conduct; and to their own guidelines for advertising, health claims, and a plethora of other breaches, then, nothing would have happened at all. I can only really speak for myself – the reactions from chiropractors of the non-evidence based bent were pretty universal – but, all I really got whenever I asked questions was arrogance and hubris. That’s what drives us on. It worked well.
So, knock me down with a feather when I see that CAA Member, very prominent chiropractor, and member of the anti-vaccine Australian Vaccination Network, Jennifer Barham-Floreani, is joining organiser Billy DeMoss for a podcast for the upcoming anti-vaccine, chiropractic evangelical meeting, CalJam:
Actually, don’t bother knocking me down too hard, because we already knew JBF was performing at CalJam. She told us, back in October. Honoured, she is. Completely…
We shouldn’t be surprised that JBF is intent on remaining proud of her crank affiliations, even after the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s promised crackdown on anti-vaccination crankery. As soon as the Board made their intentions clear, in August, JBF was snubbing her nose at them:
But high-profile chiropractors say they will continue providing information about both sides of the vaccination argument.
Chiropractor and author Jennifer Barham-Floreani says it will not stop her colleagues from giving patients advice.
“Chiropractors will certainly be working towards making sure that the information that they convey to parents is the latest, up-to-date information that presents both sides of the vaccination debate,” she said.
What did Mr Tassell say?
…posting photos with well-known speakers openly critical of vaccination [is] not acceptable…
This is so far beyond acceptable. I’ll lay down 20 bucks, right now, that nothing happens.
What say you, Billy?