[Originally published as Anti-vaccine chiropractors redux 8 – the deed is done]
Brian Johnson is a chiropractor from the US who has set up his business at West End Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, in Brisbane. He runs a Facebook page for the business. He also runs an open Facebook profile under the name “Brian Johnson DC”. If that isn’t an official chiropractor’s Facebook profile, used for professional purposes, I don’t know what is.
Let’s get straight into it. The first post is so embarrassing that we should probably just drop the mike after viewing it. Sharing a post from esteemed, world-renowned chiropractic researcher – I’m serious – Deed Harrison, Johnson gives us a stark insight into what is classed as high quality, peer-reviewed literature in the world of vitalistic, anti-vaccine chiropractic [my bold]:
I often get the question why my kids are not vaccinated. And quit often my partner Paola Velez is often made to feel like we are being irresponsible parents. It’s an easy burden for me to bear for the health of my children however I often get upset at the way her “friends” treat her regarding our choice for our children. One even had the audacity to suggest it was “child abuse”.We do not take any choice regarding our childrens health lightly and have done extensive research. I’ve even had Post Graduate Education regarding the mechanisms that vaccines use as well as the research on vaccine related injuries. So for anyone who questions why we make these choices for our family please take the time to review the PEER REVIEWED Medical research listed below.
(We love you all and understand you are viewing the world through your paradigm and experiences…. please understand we are doing the same…
Vaccination Using Human Fetal Cells, Hg (ethyl mercury really) and Autism Incidence is Correlated and/or Associated in 4 recent reports:
“Thus, rising autistic disorder prevalence is directly related to vaccines manufactured utilizing human fetal cells. Increased paternal age and DSM revisions were not related to rising autistic disorder prevalence.”
“The present study provides new epidemiologic evidence showing that African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis”
“the present study significantly associates organic-Hg exposure from T-HBV with an increased risk of an ND diagnosis” where ND is Neuro-developmental disorders.
“Routine childhood vaccination is an important public health tool to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with infectious diseases, but the present study provides new epidemiological evidence supporting an association between increasing organic-Hg exposure from Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and the subsequent risk of an ASD diagnosis”
My Kids are NOT VACCINATED! And they will not be under my watch–just a personal opinion based on reading evidence on both sides.
Enjoy your night.
Okay, I don’t usually go through examples of anti-vaccinationism by these chiropractors; but, to give you a really quick insight into the minds of these guys, let’s have a look at the citations:
1. This paper is so bad that he must be trolling. But, he’s not. Orac ripped through it here: Religious fundamentalists try to prove fetal DNA in vaccines causes autism and fail.
2. The disgraced, retracted Hooker paper.
That’s it. That is the sort of “PEER REVIEWED Medical research” presented by chiropractors in defence of their anti-vaccinationism. It is almost funny. Almost. This is the sort of responses they invariably receive. From underneath Johnson’s post:
Johnson’s professional profile contains much more anti-vaccinationism. Recently the flavour of the month has been the Hooker paper, since retracted, and all sorts of incorrect claims surrounding it. I think iReport may have removed this inaccurate blog post from its create-your-own-article site:
And where would any North American – and Australian – chiropractor be without citing the big kahuna, Andrew Wakefield; the guy who outed the supposed “CDC whistle-blower” without his permission. Nice guy Andy:
Here is an excellent related post shared from Billy DeMoss – in obligatory DeMoss Sans™ – again claiming multiple deaths from the HPV vaccine. What the grunts on Johnson’s page won’t ever hear is that the claim is untrue; or that DeMoss thinks like he writes:
Earlier this year Johnson shared this post from the anti-vaccine organisation, NVIC, claiming that vaccines are not safe:
Far from what DeMoss believes – that he is having an impact because he has more page likes – his association with any Australian chiropractors sets them aside from their peers as people of poor repute, to be investigated further. DeMoss is a red flag, and it helps that he is extremely loud.
Anyway, Johnson answered DeMoss’ call, which is how I first noticed him, back in January. So, Johnson classes himself as a “subluxation based TOR”, yet, does not make any mention of this on his website. Given this is the basis of Johnson’s beliefs, as outed by DeMoss, I wanted to have a look at just some of the anti-vaccine Johnson’s customers who appear in his Facebook advertising. There are too many to include all of them.
A baby first adjusted when he was two weeks old:
I always wonder, I do, when the Chiropractic Board of Australia is going to get around to conducting their promised audits, delivered from on high in their August 8 2013 chest-thumping media release. Scrolling through a Facebook page and looking at the content is quite easy. One might even claim that anyone could do it. They even have these Advertising guidelines which the CBA could apply: