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Anti-vaccination homeopath, Lauren Allender

Basic Details

Name:
Lauren Allender
Business:
practises out of Botanica Medicines and Autumn Retreat
Locations:
Malvern and Thornbury, VIC
Qualifications:
Homeopathy; Nursing (not currently registered)
Member:
AROH 07-809; AHA

AROH - Code of Professional Conduct

The following list contains excerpts from AROH's Code of Professional Conduct. In my opinion, the Code does not permit its Registrants to publicly comment on health-related matters when relying on non-valid sources e.g. pseudoscientific and/or conspiracy websites, nor does it permit the use of scare articles and/or images to emotionally manipulate patients and the public.

  • 1. Provide Safe, Ethical and Competent Health Care
    • 1.2 Without limiting or derogating from 1.1 above, Registrants shall fulfill their duty of care toward patients and must:
      • apply their professional capacity as a practitioner to improve the health and well-being of their patients, and attempt to minimise physical or emotional harm
      • interact with patients (and related parties), diligently, honestly, fairly, and in good faith, subject to confidentiality considerations, bearing in mind the patient's position of dependence and the high degree of trust a patient places in the Registrant;
  • 3. Support (present and potential) Patients to Make Informed Decisions
    Registrants shall provide patients with reliable information and professional opinions, and must not conduct their practice, or the advertising thereof, in a way that might reasonably be expected to mislead or deceive a person, as to the nature and identity of the provider, or as to the nature or quality of the services offered.
  • 5. Place the Welfare of Patients above Self-Interest
    In relation to clinical practice and the advertising thereof, the welfare of patients, students, research subjects and the public shall take precedence over a practitioner's self-interest and the interests of employees and colleagues, in accordance with normal consulting practice.
    In particular, Registrants shall refrain from:
    • exploiting patients financially, or misinforming them in relation to health care products or services. When providing advice in a professional capacity, Homoeopaths shall be honest, and explain the advantages and disadvantages, so that the patient can make an informed choice.
    • attempting to dissuade patients from seeking or continuing treatment with a registered medical practitioner, unless on substantial grounds,…
  • 10. Maintain Professional Integrity and Personal Conduct
    Registrants shall at all times conduct their practice, communications and affairs in a courteous, dignified and responsible manner consistent with this Code and the AROH Standards of Practice and so as not to bring the Homoeopathic medical profession into disrepute.
    In particular Registrants must:
    • identify themselves by name, in any communications concerned with their practice or other health related matters,
    • avoid offensive, provocative or misleading statements, publications or conduct
Let me repeat that very last point again:
Registrants must avoid offensive, provocative or misleading statements, publications or conduct.

Promoting Homeoprophylaxis

Allender's business website states:
"Homeoprophylaxis (also known as homeopathic immunisation) is also available to strengthen your child's ability to ward off common childhood diseases."
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Lauren Allender promoting homeoprophylaxis for dengue fever (sharing a Facebook post by Homeopathy Plus!)

Allender [quote]:
"My clients choose homeoprophylaxis for travel to dengue fever regions.
They will all support the brilliant action of the health authorities in Thailand who have seen the advantages of protecting their locals with homeopathy.
These clients often ask me why the Australian health authorities ignore this safe option. Perhaps you can give them an answer."

linked material:
[content] "Thailand Government uses homeopathy for dengue fever.
The Public Health Ministry of Thailand is considering homeoprophylaxis for the whole of Thailand after the Sing Buri province reported the lowest incidence of dengue fever during a recent epidemic. The Nation reports this was the result of a trial in which school children had been given the homeopathic remedy Eupatorium perfoliatum as a preventative. Thailand is now planning further pilot studies in seven other provinces and if the rsults [sic] are similar, will consider implementing the program across the whole country. The Inspector General said that homeopathy was safe, low-cost, and had been used in many other countries."
[redacted: link to original article]

Source: Allender, L 2014, Facebook post, 17 March, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/649630491738750>
description:
Lauren Allender promoting homeoprophylaxis, linking to a YouTube video of an interview featuring Dr. Isaac Golden.

Allender [quote]:
"Did you know that homeopathy was used to prevent the seasonal disease leptospirosis in 2.4 million Cubans in 2007?
This is an excellent, balanced interview with Dr Golden to share with friends, family and colleagues who wish to understand the global use of homeoprophylaxis. It's a good intro for those who are just becoming aware of the subject."

linked material:
[title] "Global Freedom Movement talks to Dr Isaac Golden - 28 June 2015"

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 25 July, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/1023015421055883>
description:
Lauren Allender promoting homeoprophylaxis, sharing a YouTube video via Friends of Homeopathy AU

Allender [quote]:
"Well worth your 7 minutes to listen.
Dr Concepcion Campa Huergo developed and researched vaccines at the Finlay Institute in Cuba.
She came to understand homeopathy by seeing it's effectiveness in enhancing the action of vaccines in Brazil."

linked material:
[title] "Dr Concepcion Campa Huergo | An introduction to her research and the Finlay Institute"

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 26 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/973503329340426>
description:
Lauren Allender promoting homeoprophylaxis for flu prevention.

Allender [quote]:
"Autumn is the perfect time to focus on boosting your wellness for the winter.
Did you know that homeopathy offers a well documented medicine for flu prevention?"
[redacted: link to website]

linked material:
[title] "Facts About Oscillococcinum | Oscillo.com"

Source: Allender, L 2012, Facebook post, 10 March, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/343010882404975>
NOTE: Allender's statement is potentially misleading; the link she posts states that Oscillococcinum can temporarily relieve flu-like symptoms, not prevent the flu.

Anti-vaccination

The evidence presented here shows this practitioner: NOTE: all evidence was available to be viewed by the public at time of capture.

Evidence

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description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, sharing an anti-vaccination post by anti-vaccination campaigner, J.B. Handley.

shared material:
[content] ''Incredible words!!

"All the things that I do are bent on forcing this debate out into the open - because once the science is in the open, the CDC's position is so fragile, it's an edifice of fraud, fraud stacked upon fraud, so high and so wobbly, that even a slight breeze of public scrutiny will topple it. It's not only Congress that won't investigate, and the regulatory agencies have been captured, the courts and the lawyers that would normally apply that scrutiny have been removed by the Vaccine Act.

And the press has been compromised. And it's not just the mainstream corporate media, but also the so-called alternative media like Huffington Post. Daniel Schulman wrote in the Columbia… Journalism Review that for journalists this is radioactive, that this is a caree-ending controversy. So reporters won't touch it, they're really scared of it. Doctors won't come out. Doctors lose their liceses if they talk about this.

What we need is sunlight. If you put a little sunlight on this controversy, the whole thing's going to fall apart. We're going to beat these people. I feel this, and I've spent my life working on energy issues, environmental issues, and global warming, but I've taken a hiatus to do just this issue because I cannot stand by and watch these children being poisoned - an entire generation of kids that is being poisoned now by government policies and greed. We're going to take them on and beat them."
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.''

[shared source] J.B. Handley

Source: Allender, L 2017, Facebook post, 14 January, viewed 11 March 2017, <https://www.facebook.com/lauren.allender.9/posts/1199121283456332>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, sharing a scare image from an anti-vaccination conspiracy website.

shared material:
[image text] "The medical authorities keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system. It causes lots of illnesses. We are actually changing our genetic code through vaccination."

"Vaccination is the biggest crime against humanity. - Dr. G Lanctôt MD, Canada"

[shared source] The Truth About Vaccines

Source: Allender, L 2013, Facebook post, 9 March, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/138142609694153>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, posting an article from a conspiracy website.

Allender:
[redacted: link to article]

linked material:
[title] "The Insanity of the Hepatitis B Vaccination"

[content] "The hepatitis B vaccination is one that even pro-vaccinators should question from a common sense perspective. The vaccination is now routinely given at birth for newborns, with follow-up vaccines…"

[linked source] Galactic Connection

Source: Allender, L 2016, Facebook post, 10 July, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/1232536370103786>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, posting an article from a health conspiracy website.

linked material:
[title] "Merck's Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All…"

[content] "In an interview with Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with Gardasil…"

[linked source] Health Impact News

Source: Allender, L 2014, Facebook post, 17 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/767750903249004>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting Wakefield's anti-vaccination movie 'Vaxxed'.

shared material:
"It has become clear that the public is not going to hear about the fraud perpetrated by the CDC with respect to the VACCINE/AUTISM LINK unless we ourselves get it out there. Andrew Wakefield's new documentary on the #CDCwhistleblower scandal, 'Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe," will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 2.00pm, SVA Theater (SVA), School of Visual Arts, 333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue, New York. If you're anywhere near New York, get everyone you know to see it." [content]

linked material:
[title] "Vaxxed Official Documentary Film Website"

[content] "Directed by Andrew Wakefield, Vaxxed investigates the CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson and how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens…"

[shared source] vaxxedthemovie.com via The Thinking Moms' Revolution

Source: Allender, L 2016, Facebook post, 27 March, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/1165015866855837>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, sharing an article from an anti-vaccination conspiracy website.

Allender [quote]:
"Investigate. Risks versus benefits. Your choice."

shared material:
[image text] "Do you know what's in a vaccine?"

[redacted: list of 17 ingredients and misleading information]

"Click 'LIKE' if you think the ingredients in vaccines are deadly!"

[shared source] The Refusers

Source: Allender, L 2013, Facebook post, 27 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/592387464118683>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting the anti-vaccination conspiracy website, VaxTruth.

Allender [quote]:
"It takes time to do the research but it's so worth it before the decision is made for you.
Most parents have never read the ingredient list which is extensive."

[Allender includes the following quoted text]:
"Vaccination is a hot topic! Parents need to know more about the added extras in a vaccine (adjuvants) Weston Price has researched thoroughly the contents of each vaccine and we are passing this info on to you -please read it so that you know what is going into your child's body. Scroll down to see the side effects of these adjuvants such as mercury (thimerosal) and msg"

linked material:
[redacted: link to vaxtruth]

[linked source] vaxtruth.org via her business page, Botanica Medicines

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 12 September, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/1054979811192777>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, perpetuating the debunked vaccine-autism link.

Allender [quote]:
"Boys vaccinated as neonates had threefold greater odds for autism diagnosis compared to boys never vaccinated or vaccinated after the first month of life"

linked material:
[title] "Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism Diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002"

[linked source] tandfonline.com

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 26 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/973493946008031>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, posting an article from a health conspiracy website.

Allender [quote]:
"Adverse reactions to HPV Vaccine impacts the lives of young women."

linked material:
[title] "TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined"

[content] "TV2 Denmark has done something no mainstream media network in the United States will dare to do: look into the controversial HPV vaccine that many have…"

[linked source] Health Impact News

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 30 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/975632402460852>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, perpetuating the debunked vaccine-autism link.

Allender [quote]:
'"Great, so aluminium hydroxide is in all the vaccines given to our little babies and children and then we wonder why they have trouble holding a pen, walk awkwardly, have speech disorders and/or become autistic?"'

linked material:
[title] "Aluminium hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration"

[content] "Gulf War Syndrome is a multi-system disorder affecting many veterans of Western armies in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. A number of those afflicted may show…"

[linked source] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov via Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 30 May, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/992428087447950>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, sharing an article from a conspiracy website.

Allender [quote]:
"Do your research parents."

shared material:
[image text] "I Support Informed Vaccination Choice AND I VOTE!"

[content] "EDUCATE BEFORE YOU VACCINATE (AND THEN YOU WON'T…)

[shared source] World United Against Agenda 21
[Ed note: is this what AROH had in mind when it stated that practitioners should "encourage their patients to inform themselves of potential options, from a wide range of sources" in regard to vaccination?]

Source: Allender, L 2013, Facebook post, 19 August, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/lauren.allender.9/posts/560706713964462>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting an article by disgraced anti-vaccination activist, Meryl Dorey.

Allender [quote]:
"This is an excellent article debating poorly researched 'journalism'"

linked material:
[title] "Anti-Chiropractic Gag Proposal by Oz Media"

[content] "The following letter has been forwarded to me by one of our members and I felt it was important to share this with you. It was sent to the Sydney Morning Herald…"
[redacted: link to article]

[linked source] Dorey's blog, No Compulsory Vaccination

Source: Allender, L 2013, Facebook post, 20 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/laurenallender/posts/589709101053186>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, promoting a change.org petition created by Tasha David, President of the disgraced anti-vaccination organisation, AVSN.

Allender [quote]:
"THIS IS NOT LEGAL CONSENT, IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IT IS BLACKMAIL!"

linked material:
[image text] "THERE HAS TO BE A CHOICE!"

[content] "Minister Scott Morrison: Don't punish parents for making an informed choice about their children's health, all parents deserve to make an uncoerced choice! - Sign the Petition!"

[linked source] change.org

Source: Allender, L 2015, Facebook post, 13 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/lauren.allender.9/posts/827653567269774>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, sharing an article from an anti-vaccination conspiracy website.

shared material:
[title] "What happens if you decide not to vaccinate your child?"

[content] "The story of a four-generation unvaccinated family. By Jennifer Z. Vaughn SHOULDN'T THIS FAMILY BE DEAD? Every American is expected to understand it…"

[shared source] The Refusers

Source: Allender, L 2013, Facebook post, 23 November, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/lauren.allender.9/posts/601702893198177>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, posting an article from an anti-vaccination conspiracy website.

Allender [quote]:
"Read this before you vaccinate. Be informed!"

linked material:
[title] "Immunologist reveals establishment slave scientific corruption - Internation Medical Council on Va"

[content] "Dr Tetyana Obukhanych, author of the book 'Vaccine Illusion' earned her PhD in Immunology at Rockefeller University in New York and did postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and Stanford University in California."

[linked source] The Refusers

Source: Allender, L 2012, Facebook post, 7 July, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/lauren.allender.9/posts/322681764491820>
description:
Lauren Allender providing misinformation that could encourage people not to vaccinate, posting a video by an anti-vaccination group.

Allender [quote]:
"Here's a musical version of the vaccination debate.
Remember the doctor's oath to do no harm."

linked material:
[title] "First Do No Harm by The Refusers"

[linked source] YouTube.com | The Refusers

Source: Allender, L 2012, Facebook post, 25 April, viewed 28 July 2016, <https://www.facebook.com/lauren.allender.9/posts/301570263252918>