FAACTStop chiropractic neck manipulation!
Canadian regulations must be changed!
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Dr. Paul Offit's amazing new book about the history of the anti-vaccine movement and the international brigade of corrupt researchers, ambulance chasing lawyers, politicians and advocacy groups who helped manipulate the parents of those children who were autistic. The anti-vaccine movement has caused significant harm to public health efforts around the world. The publication of this book may signal the beginning of the end to their position. Time will tell whether or not this will stop their insanity and manipulation of science.
Who appointed a CAC chiropractor as the Grand Inquisitor of vaccine?
This is a letter of complaint and a challenge to Cambridge, Ontario chiropractor Mark C. Mitchell who in my humble opinion has stepped across the line in the sand set by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.
26 October 2000
I find it very disturbing that you would feel obligated to write a letter to the editor in today's paper without the paper mentioning the fact that you practice chiropractic in Cambridge, Ontario and are a member of the CAC, the Chiropractic Awareness Council, a Canadian based anti-immunization group.
I am sure that someone will write you to address each and every one of the points that you made. Just in case someone out there would like to respond to those points on a personal level, I am going to be sending your letter to several lists for their response. I am also going to send a copy to the CCO, so that they might see what kind of information is being distributed in public by their licensed chiropractors in Ontario.
Perhaps the recent decision that was made by Elizabeth Witmer, ourOntario Provincial Minister of Health, and my MPP, to immunize all people in this Province with the latest influenza vaccine if they areover age 6 months is really upsetting you.
But, why should a person who is trained to provide health services to Ontario residents not know the answers to the questions that you pose? Certainly they taught you well at a chiropractic college, wherever that was. I assume that they taught you critical thinking, and gave you the ability to decide for your own children about the wisdom of vaccination. They taught you to methodically dissect and validate the finer points of public health methods that are routinely used to reduce morbidity, and mortality in infants, children and adults. Perhaps I am making too much of an assumption.
It would be really nice for someone with a background in epidemiology and infectious disease to be able to sit down with you and your fellow CAC members to educate you in what immunization policies really mean, in both the short and long term. I find it incomprehensible that the teaching staff of any chiropractic college in Canada has failed to educate its graduates to think rationally and scientifically before they spout off at the mouth based on some mantra that they learned from some internet site or movie that they bought from Australia that blames allof the world's problems on vaccines.
If the CAC members care to respond, please circulate this letter to them.
For those who don't know who the members of the CAC are, and where they practice, I have included this URL for all:
If anyone who reads this finds a member in their community, you might like to take this opportunity to visit their offices and ask them personally what they think. And, when you go, be prepared to answer every one of those questions for them, and do it so that their staff also hears the answers.
This letter is just one of a series of efforts of the CAC to dissuade people from taking vaccines. A prime example that I vividly recall is when one of their Waterloo members picketed outside Bluevale Collegiate Institute during a meningococcal meningitis epidemic that killed 2 young teenage girls. He told folks that it was not necessary to get the shot.
Chiropractors who attack public health
What is the CAC?
Non-CAC chiropractors who oppose vaccination programs
What does the College of Chiropractor of Ontario have to say?
Ethical Chiropractors shall:
2. Comply with all governing legislation (with ongoing attention given to current requirements under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, as amended, Chiropractic Act, 1991, Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act, and the regulations under those acts).
3. Endeavour to improve the standards of chiropractic services within the community.
DESCRIPTION OF POLICY
2. In disseminating information about immunization to patients or to members of the public, members shall:
b. outline, within the member's knowledge and expertise, the effects, benefits, risks and side-effects of immunization, versus no immunization for: individual patients and the public at large; and
c. advise that the Immunization of School Pupils Act provides for circumstances in which school pupils may be exempted from immunization.
Public health efforts opposed by the CACI wonder if the CCO executive board would again like to take the opportunity to address the public on the issues of chiropractors who advocate against public health efforts in Ontario.
Warning to those who yell fire in a theatreAnyone who sees or hears of a licensed chiropractor, dentist, or medical doctor who speaks out, writes letters, appears in the media to bash medical efforts of local health authorities to protect our loved ones from infectious disease has a responsibility to contact their local medical officer of health and the regulatory body for that profession.
Elizabeth Witmer, our Minister of Health is taking a very responsible position here, and any healthcare professional who advocates against those efforts should be the subject of an investigation for that. To yell fire in a crowded theatre is a serious breech of the criminal code, and for anyone to advise against an immunization based on false information is not just treading on thin ice.