Chiropractors in Australia disassociate with anti-vax claims

A positive sign but how can you take the idea out of their heads when their practice is based on nonsense to begin with?

Chiropractors pushing anti-vaccination line face crackdown, audits.

Chiropractors will be forced to stop making anti-vaccination and other misleading claims in a crackdown on shonky operators from the profession’s governing board.

Earlier this year Fairfax revealed chiropractors were receiving government-mandated training by anti-vaccination clinicians who believe diet and ”keeping the spine in line” will prevent deadly diseases such as polio.

On Thursday the chairman of the Chiropractic Board of Australia said it had removed some courses from its approved training schedule and would be randomly auditing practitioners to ensure they were not making unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of chiropractic.

It also announced all registered chiropractors would be required to remove anti-vaccination claims from their websites.

Friends of Science in Medicine makes the obvious point at the end of this piece. Maybe they won’t advertise for it but if they already subscribe to chiropractic to treat health issues, what will this action do? Nothing. If they start cracking down on this aspect, when will they kill the other non-evidence-based claim regarding chiropractic treatment in general?

Little steps. I wish the U.S. would do the same.

  1 comment for “Chiropractors in Australia disassociate with anti-vax claims

  1. August 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    The Canadian Chiropractic Association on vaccinations:

    “The CCA accepts vaccination as a cost-effective and clinically efficient public health preventative procedure for certain viral and microbial diseases, as demonstrated by the scientific community.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/michael-kruse/chiropractors-vaccination-debate_b_3280713.html

    The College of Midwives Ontario seems to punt a bit “informed choice”

    http://www.cmo.on.ca/downloads/Vaccination_Statement.pdf

    The Ontario college seemed to have a “it’s not an area of our expertise so you can’t comment” but they mysteriously revoked that standard.

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