Anti-vaccine chiropractors 11

The Chiropractic Board of Australia has had enough:

“We will not tolerate registered chiropractors giving misleading or unbalanced advice to patients, or providing advice or care that is not in the patient’s best interests,” chairman Phillip Donato said.

Dr Donato said chiropractors should only provide evidence-based treatment and anyone with concerns should report them. [Sydney Morning Herald August 9 2013]

Adam L Smith practices his business at the Surfers Paradise Chiropractic Centre in Queensland.

In May he shared a petition created by Meryl Dorey, Australia’s most notorious anti-vaccination zealot. The petition is based on a lie. The title gives it away:  Stop the vilification of parents whose children have been injured or killed by vaccines. This is just untrue, but, it’s what we have come to expect from the dishonest Dorey. Kudos to Smith’s Facebook friend, “Scott”, for holding him to account for spreading anti-vaccination rubbish:

Adam L Smith 1 anti-vaccine petitionSo, well played Scott. Excellent points well made. Let’s see how Smith responds:

So your point essentially Scott is that because a lot of people believe in injecting their kids with poisonous chemicals that may or may not actually work, everyone should.

There are so many things wrong with the THEORY of herd immunity that I literally can’t even start that discussion typo on my phone. My only point I will make on it is that those who are well read, researched and knowledgable on the topic invariably choose not to vaccinate their children. Yet those who believe everything in the newspapers and media, and thoughtlessly roll up their own sleeves for flu shots etc do vaccinate.

The former boost their kids immunity and health in other ways and so far I have not read a media report of an unvaccinated kid dying from any of these diseases. It’s the supposedly protected, vaccinated kids who are getting sick and dying from the very diseases they are supposedly immunised against.

Why, if vaccinations really work is this the case?

And

Also, sorry for the addition, but the drop in polio cases is not ‘thanks to vaccination’ there are so many other factors at play that reduced the spread first, well before the vaccine was even developed.

It’s like anti-vaccination bingo. And he won:

Adam L Smith 2 anti-vaccine petition poisons theory herd immunityBut if you may permit me to be direct, and a little uncouth, for one moment, I wish to respond specifically to this:

I have not read a media report of an unvaccinated kid dying from any of these diseases. It’s the supposedly protected, vaccinated kids who are getting sick and dying from the very diseases they are supposedly immunised against.

You know what, Smith? Up yours, you callous, ignorant assclown. I personally know of these “unvaccinated kids” who have died from diseases against which they have not been vaccinated. Again, I say, up yours.

And for closers I wish to point out Smith’s own professional website, Ask Dr Adam. See the part in the header, where he states the title of the site? See where he clearly states that he is a chiropractor, not a doctor, in the header?

Adam L Smith 3 ask Dr Adam websiteYou are right. I can’t see it  either.

Here is what the Chiropractic Board of Australia has to say about this:

Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services

6.4 Advertising of qualifications and titles

A practitioner should state clearly his or her professional qualifications. Credentials and a practitioner’s expertise in a particular field should be clear to the public.

6.4.1 Use of titles in advertising

Section 117 of the National Law prohibits a practitioner from knowingly or recklessly taking or using any title that could be reasonably understood to induce a belief that the practitioner is registered in a health profession or a division of a health profession in which the practitioner is not registered. 

Section 116 of the National Law prohibits a person who is not a practitioner from knowingly or recklessly taking or using a title that, having regard to the circumstances, indicates or could be reasonably understood to indicate the person is a registered health practitioner, or authorised or qualified to practise in a health profession.

Practitioners should avoid developing abbreviations of
protected titles as these may be confusing.

There is no provision in the National Law that prohibits a practitioner from using titles such as ‘doctor’ or ‘professor’.

If practitioners choose to adopt the title ‘Dr’ in their advertising, and they are not registered medical practitioners, then (whether or not they hold a Doctorate degree or PhD) they should make it clear that they do not hold registration as medical practitioners; for example, by including a reference to their health profession whenever the title is used, such as:
• Dr Isobel Jones (Dentist)
Dr Walter Lin (Chiropractor).

Over to you, CBA. This guy is a special kind of offensive, ignorant anti-vaccinationist.

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8 Responses to Anti-vaccine chiropractors 11

  1. Sue says:

    AND more code-of-conduct stuff:

    AHPRA Chiro Board Code of Conduct, page 8:
    ”6.6 Use of gifts or discounts in advertising
    The use of gifts or discounts in advertising is inappropriate, due to the potential for such inducements to encourage the unnecessary use of regulated health services.”

    Took mere seconds to find this:
    http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/sydney/-sydneychiro-/715837826

  2. Sue says:

    Then there’s Code of Conduct p4 section 5 ”What is unacceptable advertising?””
    (b) encourage (directly or indirectly) inappropriate, indiscriminate, unnecessary or excessive use of health services; for example, references to a person improving their physical appearance and the use of phrases such as ‘don’t delay’, ‘achieve the look you want’ and ‘looking better and feeling more confident’ have the potential to create unrealistic expectations about the effectiveness of certain services and encourage unnecessary use of such services.””

    Oh – you mean like “Book on-line now” http://www.sydneychirocare.com.au/
    or “Why not experience life at the top of your game?” and ”satisfaction 100% guaranteed””?
    or ”Regular chiropractic health care helps over 20 million people – people just like you – achieve total body wellness every year. Thus a body free of interference will function normally and heal itself.” http://www.sydneychiropracticclinic.com.au/

    “Book your appointment today”, ”Call Us Now To Book Your Appointment “http://www.chiropractoroatley.com/

    ”So Call Us NOW and let us show you how you can be an Eagle that can soar to great heights and take control of Your Health. You deserve to live in ultimate wellness…” and “Get ultimate wellness now” http://eagleschiropracticsydney.com.au/services/

    Wow – nearly all the chiro sites do this.

  3. Sue says:

    New game: Code of Conduct Bingo. See how many examples you can find in two minutes in each of these categories of Section 5: ”What is unacceptable advertising?”
    In moments, I found lots of ”book now!”

    To comply with s. 133 of the National Law and these guidelines, advertising of services must not:
    (a) create or be likely to create unwarranted and unrealistic expectations about the effectiveness of the health services advertised
    (this one will get you scoring quickly)

    (b) encourage (directly or indirectly) inappropriate, indiscriminate, unnecessary or excessive use of health services; for example, references to a person improving their physical appearance and the use of phrases such as ‘don’t delay’, ‘achieve the look you want’ and ‘looking better and feeling more confident’ have the potential to create unrealistic expectations about the effectiveness of certain services and encourage unnecessary use of such services.
    (c) mislead, either directly, or by implication, use of emphasis, comparison, contrast or omission
    (d) use testimonials or purported testimonials
    (e) compare different regulated health professions where there is no evidence on which to base the comparison and/or in a way that may mislead or deceive
    (f) claim that the services provided by a particular regulated health profession are better, as safe as or safer than othersregulated health service that may lead to unrealistic expectations
    (h) lead to, or be likely to lead to, inappropriate selfdiagnosis or self-treatment
    (i) abuse the trust or exploit a lack of knowledge by
    patients or clients (j) fail to disclose that there are health risks associated
    with a treatment
    (k) omit the necessary warning statement (see Section 6.2, ‘Use of warning statements for surgical or invasive procedures’)
    (l) contain language that could cause undue fear or distress
    (m) contain any information or material that is likely to make a person believe his or her health or wellbeing may suffer from not taking or undertaking the health service
    (n) contain price information that is inexact, or fails to specify any conditions or variables to an advertised price (see Section 6.5, ‘Advertising of price information’), or offers time-limited discounts or inducements
    (o) contain any claim, statement or implication that • either expressly, or by omission, that the
    treatment is infallible, unfailing, magical, miraculous or a certain, guaranteed or sure cure
    • a practitioner has an exclusive or unique skill or remedy, or that a product is ‘exclusive’ or
    contains a ‘secret ingredient’ • a practitioner provides superior services to those
    provided by other registered health practitioners
    • the results of the health service offered are always
    effective
    • the services can be a substitute for public health vaccination or immunisation
    (p) purport to inform the public fully of the risks of undertaking a health procedure or to replace the process of informed consent
    (q) provide a patient or client with an unsolicited appointment time that has not been requested by the patient or client
    (r) promote tobacco products, smoking, alcohol, or any other addictive substances or products that are known to affect health adversely
    (s) be vulgar, sensational, contrary to accepted standards of propriety or likely to bring a health profession into disrepute, for example, because the advertising is sexist.

    Highest score wins a FREE ADJUSTMENT !! (only kidding)

  4. @advodiaboli says:

    “The former (vaccine refusers) boost their kids immunity in other ways… “.

    No, no they don’t. Aside from another means of introducing an antigen, “boosting immunity” requires vaccination. The concept of “boosting immunity” using some type of supplement is a myth.

    Only immunisation – which I’d guess Doc Adam enjoys the health benefits of – does that thar boostin’, Pa.

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