Anti-vaccine chiropractors 70 – Paul Calladine

Today’s anti-vaccine chiropractor comes to us via antivax chiropractor Simon Floreani, of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (a past-president no less), whom we thank for alerting us to today’s subject.

Paul Calladine is a registered chiropractor who runs a business called Lyons Road Family Chiropractor, in Sydney:

Calladine 1 profile chiro business Lyons Road Chiropractic

Calladine 2 AHPRA rego

Calladine uses his Facebook profile – as well  as his Facebook page – to conduct his business, and to promote chiropractic:

Calladine 2 chiro profile collection

Most of today’s examples come from Calladine’s profile. Due to the overwhelming amount of outrageous posts made on his profile, the accumulation of evidence had to be pulled up short. With the exception of one post, all of the evidence from Calladine’s profile comes from after March 7 2016, which is the date of the most recent admonition from the Chiropractic Board of Australia. There is just too  much to include.

That exception, posted on February 16 2016, appears to show Calladine promoting and supplying a product which he promotes as a cancer-killing agent:

Calladine 32 cancer crank cure ginger tea contact for concentrate profile

There are other outrageous chiropractic claims made on Calladine’s profile.

On April 13 2016, Calladine shared this article which claims that chiropractic adjustments are a treatment for cancer:

Calladine 2 chiro adjustments prevent cancer

On April 7 2016, Calladine claimed that chiropractic adjustments are a treatment for ear infections:

Calladine 2 chiro profile ear infections

On March 19 2016, Calladine claimed that chiropractic adjustments are a treatment for depression:

Calladine 2 chiro profile adjustments for depression

Calladine’s profile is packed with anti-vaccination claims and posts. It is worth reiterating, right now, the March 7 2016 statement from the Chiropractic Board of Australia:

The Board is concerned about a number of practitioners who are making claims in advertising that there is a relationship between manual therapy (e.g. manipulation) for spinal problems and achieving general wellness or treating various organic diseases and infections; or that spinal problems may have a direct role in various organic diseases and infections. There is insufficient scientific evidence to support these claims.

Of particular concern is the number of treatment claims in advertising relating to infants and children. Claims suggesting that manual therapy for spinal problems can assist with general wellness and/or benefit a variety of paediatric syndromes and organic conditions are not supported by satisfactory evidence. This includes claims relating to developmental and behavioural disorders, ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, asthma, infantile colic, bedwetting, ear infections and digestive problems.

Chiropractors should not display, promote or provide materials, information or advice that is anti-vaccination in nature and should not make public comment discouraging vaccination.

The Code of conduct for chiropractors notes that all chiropractors have a responsibility to promote the health of the community through disease prevention and control, education and, where relevant, screening.

On May 5 2016, Calladine shared this anti-vaccine article which tells lies about reported deaths from the measles vaccine:

Calladine 3 profile measles deaths

On April 27 2016, Calladine shared the latest anti-vaccine lies about the CDC whistleblower:

Calladine 5 CDC austism vax profile

On April 24 2016, Calladine shared this conspiracy theory asserting that there has been a cover-up regarding vaccines being a cause of autism:

Calladine 8 vax autism profile

On April 13 2016, Calladine posted the anti-vaccine lies regarding the Amish, vaccines and autism:

Calladine 9 Amish autism

On April 12 2016, Calladine promoted the anti-vaccination activist and film producer, Del Bigtree, as though Bigtree was a legitimate source of vaccine information:

Calladine 10 Bigtree profile

On April 11 2016, Calladine shared this anti-vaccine image from Natural News:

Calladine 11 vax don't work profile

On April 11 2016, Calladine shared this image and quote from ant-vaccination activist, Jim Carrey, as though Carrey was a reputable source of vaccine information:

Calladine 13 Carrey profile

On April 7 2016, Calladine promoted the disreputable anti-vaccine documentary, Vaxxed:

Calladine 19 MMR CDC profile

On April 4 2016, Calladine shared this anti-vaccine conspiracy theory image asserting that fugitive Poul Thorsen is still publishing research:

Calladine 20 Thorsen CDC profile

On April 3 2016, Calladine promoted the anti-vaccine film, Vaxxed, and its director and star, the demonstrable fraud and liar, Andrew Wakefield:

Calladine 21 Wakefield Vaxxed profile

On April 2 2016, Calladine promoted the anti-vaccination musings of Donald Trump:

Calladine 23 Trump vax autism profile

On March 28 2016, Calladine promoted the alleged anti-vaccination musings of Vladimir Putin:

Calladine 25 Putin exposes vax profile

On March 27 2016, Calladine promoted the anti-vaccine film, Vaxxed:

Calladine 26 Vaxxed profile

On March 26 2016, Calladine promoted the anti-vaccine film, Vaxxed:

Calladine 28 Vaxxed profile

On March 23 2016, Calladine shared a post from US anti-vaccination activist and chiropractor, Deed Harrison, which asserts that vaccines cause autism:

Calladine 29 Wakefield Deed Harrison profile

On March 23 2016, Calladine shared this ridiculous anti-vaccination image which asserts that vaccines contain cancer, among other lies about vaccine ingredients:

Calladine 30 TAC cancer is ingredient in vax profile

On March 23 2016, Calladine shared this post which asserts that vaccines cause autism:

Calladine 31 vax cause autism studies profile

On March 17 2016, Calladine shared this anti-vaccination article which proves only that he does not know the difference between a reported “adverse event and a “side-effect”:

Calladine 32 autism side effect profile

Calladine’s profile promotes various non-evidence-based cancer treatments.

On May 1 2016, Calladine promoted the use of baking soda as a cancer cure:

Calladine 4 cancer crankery profile

On April 25 2016, Calladine promoted the use of magnets* to kill cancer cells:

Calladine 7 magnets profile

On April 11 2016, Calladine promoted the anti-vaccination, crank-cancer-cure documentary series, The Truth About Cancer:

Calladine 14 TAC profile

On April 10 2016, Calladine promoted baking soda as a cancer cure:

Calladine 16 cancer crankery profile

On April 2 2016, Calladine promoted turmeric as a cancer treatment:

Calladine 24 turmeric cancer crankery profile

Calladine is also very concerned about chemtrails. There is no comment which could explain the promotion of this conspiracy theory by a regulated health practitioner.

April 11 2016:

Calladine 12 chemtrails profile

March 27 2016:

The thing is what are they dropping? Only bad chemicals.

Calladine 27 chemtrails profile

The following shows a variety of other outrageous health claims made on Calladine’s profile.

On April 26 2016, Calladine promoted homeopathy:

Calladine 6 homeopathy profile

On April 11 2016, Calladine shared this  Zika virus conspiracy theory from anti-vaccination activist, Cyndi O’Meara:

Calladine 15 Zika conspiracy O'Meara profile

On April 10 2016, Calladine promoted baking soda as a natural cure for kidney diseases:

Calladine 17 kidneys baking soda profile

On April 7 2016, Calladine publicly told readers to cease taking their statin medication, or to refuse taking statins:

Calladine 18 never take statins profile

On April 2 2016, Calladine promoted the use of colloidal silver. One positive to come out of this is that at least we can state that he holds no anti-Smurfist ideology:

Calladine 22 colloidal silver profile

Calladine’s business Facebook page is mostly devoid of anti-vaccination propaganda;  this shows us he is well aware of the many admonitions from the Chiropractic Board of Australia. His Facebook page is, however, filled with many claims surrounding the treatment of subluxations and other non-specific conditions.

On July 17 2016, Calladine shared this anti-vaccination article which asserts that vaccines cause autism:

Calladine 34 page vax autism

On April 7 2016, Calladine claimed that chiropractic extends one’s longevity:

Calladine 33 page chiro claims add years to life

And, finally, we find the usual testimonials. These are illegal; even the ones from family members, and those Calladine re-shared on his page:

Calladine 41 testimonials

Calladine 40 testimonial

Calladine 42 testimonials

The following addenda contain excerpts from the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s codes, guidelines, and social media policy from which the reader may wish to choose when lodging any complaint about Paul Calladine and Lyons Road Family Chiropractor.

Thanks for reading.

*Blankets: how do they work?

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Addendum 1

Code of conduct for chiropractors.

1.2 Professional values and qualities

[Practitioners] have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, refine and develop their clinical judgement as they gain experience, and contribute to their profession.

All practitioners have a responsibility to recognise and work within the limits of their competence, scope and areas of practice. Areas of practice vary according to different roles; for example, health practitioners, education providers, researchers and managers will all have quite different competencies and scopes of practice.

2.1 Providing good care. Introduction

a appropriately assessing the patient, taking into account their history (history includes relevant psychological, social and cultural aspects), views and conducting an appropriate physical examination

b ensuring that the diagnosis/clinical impression is appropriate, relevant, justifiable and based on sound clinical reasoning

d formulating and implementing a reasonable management plan (including providing treatment/care and advice and, where relevant, arranging investigations and liaising with other treating practitioners)

2.2 Good practice

a recognising and working within the limits of the chiropractor’s competence and scope and area of practice, which may change over time

b maintaining adequate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care, including providing treatment/care and advice and where relevant, arranging investigations and liaising with, or referring to, other health professionals

e considering the balance of benefit and harm in all clinical management decisions

g providing treatment/care options based on the best available information and practising in an evidence-based context and not being influenced by financial gain or incentives

h ensuring that services offered are provided with the best possible skill, care and competence

m ensuring that the chiropractor’s personal views do not adversely affect the care of their patients, and

n evaluating practice and the decisions made and action taken in providing good care.

3.4 Confidentiality and privacy

b seeking consent from patients before disclosing or sharing information

g ensuring that all staff are aware of the need to respect the confidentiality and privacy of patients and refrain from discussing patients in a non-professional context

j ensuring that use of social media and e-health is consistent with the practitioner’s ethical and legal obligations to protect privacy

3.5 Informed consent

b providing an explanation of the treatment/care recommended, its likely duration, expected benefits and cost, any alternative(s) to the proposed care, their relative risks/benefits, as well as the likely consequences of no care

c obtaining informed consent or other valid authority before undertaking any examination or investigation, providing treatment/care (this may not be possible in an emergency) or involving patients in teaching or research, including providing information on material risks

3.6 Informed financial consent

a ensuring that any financial agreement is based on the clinical needs of the patient

3.7 Children and young people

b placing the interests and wellbeing of the child or young person first

d ensuring informed consent to providing care for children involves the patient’s parent and/or guardian being provided with clinically relevant information for the chiropractic management of the child; unless a chiropractor judges that a child is of sufficient age and mental and emotional capacity to give their own consent to a service and relevant state and territory laws are complied with

e ensuring that risks of care and alternatives to care are sufficiently explained as these are essential elements of informed consent

4.1 Use of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in chiropractic practice

a a full and thorough assessment of patients using tools, tests and procedures that are appropriate for the gathering of information necessary to form a reasonable diagnosis or clinical impression

c only using diagnostic tools, tests and procedures in accordance with established protocols for their appropriate use

d evaluating and reporting the data obtained in a contextual way to ensure that a reasonable and relevant diagnosis/clinical impression is formed, and that appropriate and necessary care is provided

e when using tools, tests and procedures in formulating a diagnosis/clinical impression, management plan and/or for prognostic purposes, the tools used should be for conditions where there are demonstrated acceptable levels of reliability and validity, and

f not misrepresenting the clinical value or significance of the findings of any tool, test or procedure.

5.1 Respect for colleagues and other practitioners

b acknowledging and respecting the contribution of all practitioners involved in patient care

6.4 Public health matters

a understanding the principles of public health, including health education, health promotion, disease prevention, and control and screening

b participating in efforts to promote the health of the community and being aware of obligations in disease prevention, including screening and reporting notifiable diseases where relevant

6.5 Provision of care in a healthcare facility

Good practice involves:

a seeking permission to access and provide care

b adhering to and following the policies and procedures of the facility

c communicating effectively with other practitioners involved in the management of the patient

d keeping the the facility informed of any care

e ensuring professional indemnity insurance (PII) coverage to cover care in that facility, and

f keeping adequate records.

9.6 Advertising

a complying with the National Board’s Advertising guidelines and relevant state and territory legislation and Commonwealth law.

b making sure that any information published about services is factual and verifiable

10.2 Chiropractors’ health

c understanding the principles of immunisation against communicable diseases

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Addendum 2

Guidelines for advertising regulated health services

6.2 Prohibited advertising under the National Law

Section 133 of the National Law prohibits advertising that:

– is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to be so
– offers a gift, discount or other inducement to attract a user of the health service without stating the terms and conditions of the offer
– uses testimonials or purported testimonials
– creates an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment, and/or
– encourages the indiscriminate or unnecessary use of health services.

Maximum penalty—

a in the case of an individual—$5,000; or

b in the case of a body corporate—$10,000.

6.2.1 Misleading or deceptive advertising

Section 133 of the National Law states:

1 A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –

a Is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to be misleading or deceptive

Eg:

– mislead, either directly, or by implication, use of emphasis, comparison, contrast or omission

– only provide partial information which could be misleading

– imply that the regulated health services can be a substitute for public health vaccination or immunisation

– advertise the health benefits of a regulated health service when there is no proof that such benefits can be attained, and/or

– compare different regulated health professions or practitioners, in the same profession or across professions, in a way that may mislead or deceive.

6.2.2 Gifts and discounts

Section 133 of the National Law states:

1 A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –

b Offers a gift, discount or other inducement to attract a person to use the service or the business, unless the advertisement also states the terms and conditions of the offer

Advertising may contravene the National Law when it:

– contains price information that is inexact

– contains price information that does not specify any terms and conditions or variables to an advertised price, or that could be considered misleading or deceptive

– states an instalment amount without stating the total cost (which is a condition of the offer), and/or

– does not state the terms and conditions of offers of gifts, discounts or other inducements.

6.2.3 Testimonials

Section 133 of the National Law states:

1 A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –

c Uses testimonials or purported testimonials about the service or business

6.2.4 Unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment

Section 133 of the National Law states:

1 A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –

d Creates an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment

6.2.5 Encouraging indiscriminate or unnecessary use of health services

Section 133 of the National Law states:

1 A person must not advertise a regulated health service, or a business that provides a regulated health service, in a way that –

e Directly or indirectly encourages the indiscriminate or unnecessary use of regulated health services

Advertising may contravene the National Law when it:

– makes use of time-limited offers which influence a consumer to make decisions under the pressure of time and money rather than about their health care needs.

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Addendum 3

Social media policy

When using social media, health practitioners should remember that the National Law, their National Board’s code of ethics and professional conduct (the Code of conduct) and the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services (the Advertising guidelines) apply.

Registered health practitioners should only post information that is not in breach of these obligations by:

– complying with professional obligations
– complying with confidentiality and privacy obligations (such as by not discussing patients or posting pictures of procedures, case studies, patients, or sensitive material which may enable patients to be identified without having obtained consent in appropriate situations)
– presenting information in an unbiased, evidence-based context, and
– not making unsubstantiated claims.

Additional information may be available from professional bodies and/or employers, which aims to support health practitioners’ use of social media. However, the legal, ethical, and professional obligations that registered health practitioners must adhere to are set out in the National Boards’ respective Code of conduct and the Advertising guidelines.

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7 Responses to Anti-vaccine chiropractors 70 – Paul Calladine

  1. Ken McLeod says:

    Barking mad and a menace to public health to boot.

    • Tom Gordon says:

      I was going to comment that this guy is clearly beyond the usual outer-limits of Chiro-woo, and is obviously quite insane. There’s clearly a solid case of Impairment for AHPRA to investigate.

  2. Dave Burke says:

    The alleged quote from Putin on vaccines is bogus. I have searched high and low for a legitimate source, without success. Russia actually has a robust vaccine schedule and Putin recently made the triumphant claim that Russian doctors have created a successful vaccine for the Ebola virus.

  3. Christine Bayne says:

    Dude went over the falls in a barrel without a helmet.

  4. Graham says:

    Regarding the Chemtrails, a few years ago the Merseyside Skeptics interviewed a Chemtrail promoter and he cited an anti-vaccine conspiracy (Namely that it is a plot to sterilize Africans) in support of the reality of Chemtrails.

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