On August 7 and 8 2015 Australian anti-vaccine chiropractor and entrepreneur Jennifer Barham-Floreani will be presenting at the WAVE chiropractic event in San Francisco. Of note, August 8 is also the two-year anniversary of the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s chest-thumping declaration that it was done with anti-vaccine misinformation. Two years. Indeed.
Barham-Floreani has a long history of dispensing anti-vaccine misinformation: her book Well Adjusted Babies has an entire chapter dedicated to dissuading the uncommitted from evidence-based immunisation and into homeopathic non-protection, making out that they are equal. She also cites luminaries such as Wakefield, Scheibner, Carley, Carrey, Golden, and the NVIC. I’m still unsure as to why the CBA looks away whenever this book is promoted, which is regularly. Barham-Floreani is/was also a professional member of the public health threat, the anti-vaccine Australian Vaccination Network.
Barham-Floreani is also building quite a collection of US appearances, happily performing on the same bill as an extensive list of discredited anti-vaccine activists, further giving the bird to Australian chiropractic, and its regulator, with her growing collection of happy snaps with Wakefield, DeMoss and others.
As is my wont I had a look at the speakers list for WAVE 2015. There are 28 speakers listed. Frankly, I didn’t have time to go through all the names I don’t recognise. Others may want to have a look for them selves and leave a comment. I’ve limited myself to those whom I recognised immediately, which is bad enough:
Bruce Lipton is a developmental biologist who is seen as a guru to alternative health types. I hadn’t had the need to look at his vaccination claims until now. Luckily he provides us with a video. I highly recommend that you have a look at the whole 14 minutes. If I had to then so should you. Some quick, paraphrased points: allergies and autism are on the rise the more vaccines kids have; tonsils read the nature of antigens and create antibodies; “tonsils are an oral vaccination”; vaccines are “toxins” and “poisons”; vaccines are bad because 1976 swine flu; and the vaccine “industry wants to fill us with toxic pharmacology”. Here is his loving gaze:
It should be noted that Lipton is a Visiting Fellow at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic:
And the NZCC even holds and promotes events starring Lipton:
None of this should be a surprise as the NZCC has starred in my blog before, having hosted deranged anti-vaccinationist Billy DeMoss at its annual main event, as well as having anti-vaccine activist Sheridan Brady-Kay on its teaching faculty:
Why do I add the above information? Phil McMaster is the president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.
Barbara Loe Fisher is the grand dame of the global anti-vaccination movement and head of the NVIC. I don’t need to add any more to those credentials, except that like most anti-vaccinationists she likes to attempt to censor her critics instead of honestly facing difficult questions.
Brian Kelly is the president of Life Chiropractic College West in the US. Before that he was the president at the NZCC. He thinks that promoting Andrew Wakefield is okay (two years ago Wakefield was at WAVE; oh yes he was). He also promoted the anti-vaccine, chiropractic infomercial, Doctored, to his students.
Deed Harrison featured in my anti-vaccine chiropractor series thanks to chiropractor Brian Johnson. Harrison thinks the Geiers are the bomb. Really.
Lucija Tomljenovic is the anti-vaccination movement’s favourite researcher. She has a job at a university. She produces anti-vaccine papers. Then they get eaten (just one example).
So, Jennifer Barham-Floreani is at least consistent in making the Australian chiropractic profession look like chumps. She is making all of the Chiropractors’ Associations of Australia look like chumps. And she is making the Chiropractic Board of Australia look like chumps. And she is making the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) look like chumps.
How can anyone take any of the above seriously?