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:
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: