Chiropractors: anti-vaccination sources
BackgroundMany 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 AVSN, 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 AVSN.
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 AdjustedWell 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.
Barham-Floreani was a professional member of the AVSN from 2002 to 2012, and her partner Simon Floreani was a professional member from 2000 to 2012.
Pathways to Family Wellness MagazinePathways 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.
Pathways to Family Wellness: websiteAs 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.
- The last seven magazines all contained anti-vaccination material (issues 42 to 48, summer 2014 to winter 2015).
Pathways to Family Wellness: FacebookBetween 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":
Pathways to Family Wellness: TwitterBetween 1 Jan 2016 and 21 May 2016 Pathways' official Twitter account contained the following anti-vaccination tweets:
Pathways to Family Wellness: Locations in AustraliaPathways has the following gathering group locations and magazine distribution centres in Australia:
Circle of DocsCircle 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
Mercola: website338 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 HabitsCyndi 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.
Changing Habits: website14 anti-vaccination articles are displayed on the site search for "vaccination".
15 anti-vaccination articles are displayed on the site search for "vaccine".
GreenMedInfoGreenMedInfo 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.
Posted: 27 May 2016
Last update: 29 May 2016