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Chiropractors Antivax Sources

Background

Many chiropractors in Australia are anti-vaccination, especially those who practice the subluxation variety of chiropractic.
Chiropractors have always made up the majority of professional members of the AVN, representing 58% of membership in 2007, rising to 65% at the end of 2011, well after the NSW HCCC had issued a public health warning against the AVN.

In March 2013 the regulator of chiropractic in Australia, the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA), issued a Statement on the provision of health information, excerpt follows:

"Advice about vaccination is not typically within the usual area of practice for a chiropractor. Current evidence indicates that preventative measures such as vaccination are a cost and clinically effective public health procedure for certain viral and microbial diseases."

"As the national regulation and registration body governing the chiropractic profession, the Board would be very concernded about any practitioner who misrepresents or misleads members of the public on any health issue."

On 8 August 2013 the CBA issued a Communiqu‚ which highlighted important issues arising from its July 2013 meeting. It explicitly addressed vaccination, excerpt follows:

"Providing or promoting anti-vaccination material is not consistent with the public health obligations of practitioners set out in the Code of conduct for chiropractors. Chiropractors must not display or promote information about vaccination/immunisation as this is not within the usual area of practice for a chiropractor. To comply with the Code, information, advertising or promotional material of this sort should be removed from all clinic areas and from websites immediately."

"The role of the Chiropractic Board of Australia is to protect the public and the Board urges anyone with any concerns about the activities of individual registered chiropractors to bring these to the Board."

The sections below feature common sources that chiropractors direct their patients and followers to for health information. This short list is simply to highlight the problem; there are many other sources chiropractors use that regularly contain anti-vaccination material.

Well Adjusted

Well Adjusted is run by Jennifer Barham-Floreani and her parther, Simon Floreani.

Her book, Well Adjusted, contains an entire chapter of vaccine misinformation and you'd be hard to find a chiropractic clinic that didn't have this book available in their waiting rooms.

A short promotional video by Barham-Floreani, the Stressors Our Children Endure (often titled Raising Healthy Kids), contains an anti-vaccination message and is widely promoted by many chiropractors.


A pro-choice message from Well Adjusted "so many vaccines"

Barham-Floreani was a professional member of the AVN from 2002 to 2012, and her partner Simon Floreani was a professional member from 2000 to 2012.

Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine

Pathways to Family Wellness magazine is the official publication of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The magazine is published quarterly and regularly contains anti-vaccination articles.

The majority of subluxationist chiropractors stock and promote this magazine in their clinics, and link to its articles on their business social media accounts.


Anti-vaccination Facebook post by Pathways Magazine, promoting the 'toxins' gambit.

Pathways to Family Wellness: website

As at 21 May 2016:
Children's Health & Wellness Articles section
Of the first six articles listed, five were anti-vaccination.
Browse by Topic
11 of 14 categories displayed anti-vaccination articles on the first page of results.
Magazines
The last seven magazines all contained anti-vaccination material (issues 42 to 48, summer 2014 to winter 2015).

Pathways to Family Wellness: Facebook

Between 1 Jan 2016 and 21 May 2016, Pathways' Facebook page contained the following anti-vaccination posts, located by using only the search terms "vaccine", "vaccination", and "autism":

https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153431675711290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153424563171290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153417789081290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/photos/a.129453346289.116045.79941746289/10153396352561290/?type=3
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153395785861290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153387671901290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153386979421290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153377886081290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153372709806290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153367617716290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153364413641290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153356967646290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153357407531290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153354662161290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153345876461290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153343824726290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153339451131290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153324287216290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153321435996290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153310737191290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153297368071290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153295813831290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153295245626290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/photos/a.129453346289.116045.79941746289/10153268639631290/?type=3
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/photos/a.129453346289.116045.79941746289/10153246505376290/?type=3
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153225058221290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153208598761290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153207657566290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/photos/a.129453346289.116045.79941746289/10153207121031290/?type=3
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153205051061290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153196126136290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/photos/a.129453346289.116045.79941746289/10153246486956290/?type=3
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153192164746290
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/photos/a.129453346289.116045.79941746289/10153188205146290/?type=3
https://www.facebook.com/PathwaystoFamilyWellness/posts/10153184968901290

Pathways to Family Wellness: Twitter

Between 1 Jan 2016 and 21 May 2016 Pathways' official Twitter account contained the following anti-vaccination tweets:

https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/729669655988731904
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/725397083306491904
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/720662942518272000
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/718051867796905984
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/710877868239224832
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/710479667455782913
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/709423382958358529
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/701855229747326977
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/700349166778785793
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/698189764558721024
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/694265259780096002
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/694174639451422720
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/688088484012257280
https://twitter.com/PathwaysMag/status/687003160645386241

Pathways to Family Wellness: Locations in Australia

Pathways has the following gathering group locations and magazine distribution centres in Australia:

Circle of Docs

Circle of Docs is an online repository of chiropractic articles.

As at 29 May 2016, the following search terms returned:

  • Vaccine: 83 anti-vaccination articles
  • Vaccination: 74 anti-vaccination articles

A sample of anti-vaccination articles published on Circle of Docs

Mercola

Mercola: website

338 anti-vaccination articles were listed in the 'Vaccines' category on 21 May 2016.

Categories also appear in the footer section of all articles and the 'Vaccines' category is also displayed in the 'Hot Topics' section that features in every article.

Changing Habits

Cyndi O'Meara is a long-time campaigner against vaccination. Her business 'Changing Habits' appears at first glance to be about healthy eating and lifestyles but her anti-vaccination messages are never far away.

O'Meara has appeared as a featured speaker at anti-vaccination seminars and has also featured anti-vaccination speakers at her own seminars. The image below was taken from a Changing Habits healthy lifestyle seminar, June 2015.

anti-vaccination material from a Changing Habits seminar

Changing Habits: website

14 anti-vaccination articles are displayed on the site search for "vaccination".
15 anti-vaccination articles are displayed on the site search for "vaccine".

GreenMedInfo

GreenMedInfo regularly features anti-vaccination articles. The two images below show anti-vaccination articles that were featured on the front page of the GreenMedInfo website 27 May 2016.

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