If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from the wealth-creationist, evangelical, personality cult-driven, life-coach chiropractors worldwide, it’s the importance of goal direction. Well, the December 2013 issue of The Australian Chiropractor, the official magazine of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, fully sanctioned and edited by the CAA, has given me some of that goal direction for 2014 and beyond. Really, I had no idea what I was to do with my life. Then, along came an editorial by Mr Phillip Ebrall.
Ebrall is the former head of school at RMIT. He is now the head of school at Central Queensland University. Remember this. And remember the Vice Chancellor’s Twitter handle. You might need it. In fact, I implore you to use it. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last few years, nothing happens with those of outrageous hubris unless there is an enforced public accountability.
Ebrall is a member of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. He is also a board member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. A board member.
The questions are: is it appropriate that the subluxationist Ebrall holds the position he does? Should he be teaching and influencing students? What action will be taken by the Central Queensland University? What action will be taken by the Chiropractic Board of Australia? I certainly have my own opinion, and I’m not alone. But, these questions now need to be taken very seriously by Central Queensland University, and the Chiropractic Board of Australia. And where is AHPRA? Where is the regulation?
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Mr Ebrall is a man who started interacting with and provoking other users on Twitter. He would reply to them, argue with them, then, eventually post defamatory Tweets about them. Then, when he couldn’t stand the heat, he canned his account. Not before leaving one last jibe. He was going to write about his social media experiences, you see. He got everyone, real good:
Just keep in the back of your mind, throughout this post: this is a person who attempted to intimidate another young chiropractor by posting his name and registration number on Twitter, just because he disagreed with Ebrall.
So, here is an excerpt from Ebrall’s editorial in the latest The Australian Chiropractor. This is the “paper” to which he referred in his parting, butthurt salvo. It is well worth a read. You’ll see Ebrall likes to refer to his critics in a derogatory manner. This is in the official magazine of the CAA, the largest representative body for Australian chiropractors. The CAA approved of this:
So, did Ebrall have ethics approval for his deliberate enticement and provocation of the subsequent negative reactions and criticisms towards him? Did he tell any targets of his goading about his intentions for his “paper”? No. Not until he courageously scarpered, as pictured above.
Ebrall also had some sanctimonious, derogatory words to say about The Rogue Chiropractor, an evidence based chiropractor who had the temerity to investigate the poor research output of the ASRF – which is a registered charity, with a stated goal of research – as well as the ASRF’s continued failed search for the mythical subluxation. If you haven’t, read the post here.
Here’s an excerpt from the June 2013 The Australian Chiropractor. Here is the full editorial, named “The Absolute Joy of Chiropractic”. Please read it for the full effect. He tells you about his colonoscopies, and segues to describe the critics of non-evidence based chiropractic, the Friends of Science in Medicine. He’s all class, this guy:
That’s enough background. Much has been left out. Feel free to add more in the comments. I want to start with this one, because, well, it’s just glorious. Remember this one. Hold it close to your heart. From August 2013:
Now it’s my fault the ASRF also host anti-vaccinationists? The ASRF, which is wed to the CAA like a co-morbidity. August 2013:
And the expected attack on my evidence, based on the Argumentum ad whatsyourrealnameum. He blocked me after this. August 2013:
Defamation of another practitioner? We know the Chiropractic Board of Australia will do nothing with their code of conduct. No point reporting it. From October 2013:
More defamation. The recipients of this message were not impressed. They had no idea why Ebrall had involved them. From November 2013:
Indeed they asked Ebrall to stop (he left Twitter shortly after this embarrassment). From November 2013:
We’ve seen this threat before, after The Rogue Chiropractor published the ASRF post. From October 2013:
More defamation against a medical practitioner, and two evidence based chiropractors. If the Chiropractic Board of Australia does not act against Ebrall it should close. From November 2013:
“Parameters of decency”. Parameters of decency…
If you would like to add to this post, with evidence, please comment or email. There was much more from Ebrall. I missed much of it due to being blocked. If you have some, add it below.
To be continued…
Update: 20 minutes later…
Well. That didn’t take long.
Here is Ebrall attacking another chiropractor; offering a third party money for dirt on that chiropractor; and referring to Murdoch University, and the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA), in a derogatory manner. All From October 2013:
Ebrall claims that fraudulent health claims made by chiropractors are not commonplace. I think he needs to get out more. As is proper for Ebrall, this is the fault of critics, the “idiots”, not his profession. From November 2013:
I could hardly read anymore once I finished the sentence “the scum-ring around the bathtub of life”. It was bad enough a Chiropractor is the head of a University, to see such vitriol and childish remarks makes me wonder if he should be in the public light at all. I am speechless and angry that academia allows this pseudoscience and duplicitous characters into Australian Universities. Alas, Universities condemning Chiropractor courses in the near future, we need more coverage on this issue. I can assure ‘Mr’ Ebrall that critics of Chiropractors aren’t silencing anytime soon because subluxations defy the last 100 years of research and understanding of the human body.
Some people find critical thinking and accountability that leads to change and progress Scary! You must constantly reassess what you do and how you practice. Subluxation is like an old pair of shoes, oh so comfortable and you are emotionally attached, but past their used by date and falling apart. Time for Phillip to acknowledge change, accept change and embrace it!
I rather enjoyed the half-brained comment of his. Apparently, rational thought and quantitative evidence based practice is evil.
I guess he prefers the irrational. You know, like magic?
Of course, I do believe in magic. The magic of mathematics. Especially the dark arts of statistics. 😉
For with the use of those dark arts lies the resolution of many an epidemic.
Well, fortunately, our chiropractors aren’t *quite* as bad in the US. If they stoop to his level, they depart the practice and go into politics.
No, I’m joking. They’re as bad.
Even to the point of manipulating necks right before carotid artery stripping surgery.
FARK! As if the risk of stroke isn’t high enough.
That latter was done to my father, right before he had carotid artery stripping done. He even told the quack bone cracker about it before he began to start snapping bones.
His surgeon was not pleased. When I redeployed home, I explained to the quack his great fortune in not actually managing to cause my father home.
I don’t accept that this person’s foul accusations about me have anything to do with a study. It is much more likely that they illustrate a lack of judgement and restraint by the poster, which is highly concerning in a head of school who teaches impressionable students. It also reflects very poorly on the publication which contained the editorial, and the industry association it represents.
Response to Sue:
He is not used to being questioned and held accountable, and since he is on the editorial and association boards?
Oh Dear. Well his general approach hasn’t changed since RMIT days.
I assume he really meant that “support rises in direct proportion to the carping”, not in inverse proportion, since his point, presumably, is that both are increasing. Statistics: some people struggle with the fundamentals.
He called me Filth! Ironic that he talks about what to do on social media
Thanks for an enlightening read.
A merry Christmas to all and sundry in the world of evidence based medicine.
“I now have the info for my next paper on social media. Appreciated.”
Relabelling a self-justifying editorial screed a “paper” must be the height of self-aggrandizement. Then again, he thinks that the outcomes of baiting and harassing others constitutes *evidence* of… something or other.
Explains a bit about the approach to “clinical evidence” of that entire sector of chiro practice, perhaps?
To judge by behavior, I’d say that there is no “perhaps” about it.
I see plenty of this crap in the US as well, though more are a bit better behaved. I make a humorous reference to that and attribute the better behavior to the large number of firearms easily available in the US.
Thereby replacing one irrational behavior with another…
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