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ChiroWatch ||Disciplinary Actions|
CCO Annual Report 2002
Roger Turner, DC - Barrie
CCO alleged that Dr. Roger Turner had committed acts of
professional misconduct, including engaging in conduct or
performing an act or acts that, having regard to all the
circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as
disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, contrary to Ss. 51
(1) (c) of the Code and paragraph 1.33 of the ProfessionalMisconduct Regulation.
Agreed Statement of Facts
The parties agreed to a statement of facts summarized below.
The panel, following deliberation, held the joint submission appropriately
addressed the Member’s professional misconduct and imposed the
- Dr. Turner (the “Member”) has been a member of CCO since
1974. He is a self-employed chiropractor and has two
chiropractic offices, one in Barrie, Ontario, and one in
North Bay, Ontario.
- CCO received a letter of complaint about the Member’s
advertising and other activities from a local chiropractic society.
The Member had advertised and sent mailings to local residents
- a letter to a former patient asking why the patient was not
attending for treatment, indicating that the patient needed
spine and skull treatment immediately, and offering a price
special treatment as an inducement to make an appointment;
- a post card advertising an educational video “That could save your life”
concerning parasites feeding on humans;
- a letter to patients offering a “Referral Reward Program” where
for every referral that becomes a patient, the referring patient
would receive a gift certificate at the YMCA or two
- a parasite lifestyle checklist used to diagnose the presence of parasites
and recommending a “parasite cleanse” from the Member’s office; and
- an endorsement for an “amazing” diet product.
During the course of CCO’s investigation into the complaint, the
Member admitted that he tests his patients for parasites by having their
blood drawn at his clinic and viewing the blood samples through a
microscope (“live cell analysis”).
The Member acknowledges that chiropractors are not permitted under
Regulated Health Professions Act to perform any procedure under the
dermis, such as drawing blood, and that they cannot delegate that
controlled act to another person. The Member also acknowledges that
chiropractors are not permitted to identify for patients whether parasites
are present. The Member acknowledges that only licensed collection centres
established under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing
Act can analyze human blood specimens, and that his clinics are not
licensed collection centres.
The Member acknowledges that neither he nor anyone at his clinic has
engaged in dark field microscopy or live cell analysis since March 2001.
Joint Submission as to Penalty
The parties agreed on a submission as to penalty summarized below,
namely, that the Discipline Committee make an order:
- Finding that the Member has committed acts of professional misconduct,
and in particular, he
- engaged in conduct or performed an act that, having regard to all
the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as
disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, contrary to subsection
51(1)(c) of the Code and paragraph 1.33 of the Professional
Misconduct Regulation, and in particular, he:
- published and/or distributed inappropriate promotional material
- inappropriately delegated blood testing and analysis of his patients;
- inappropriately delegated dark field microscopy to technicians in
- identified for patients whether parasites were present when he was
not qualified to do so; and
- contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to
maintain the standard of practice of the profession expected of
members of the profession with respect to his advertising, contrary to
subsection 51(1)(c) of the Code and paragraph 1.2 of the Professional
- Requiring the Member to appear before the panel to be reprimanded;
- Requiring that the Member comply with the Undertaking signed by him
and attached to the Resolution Agreement;
- Requiring the Member to pay a portion of CCO’s investigative and legal
costs in the amount of $2,500 with $300 payable January 1, 2003, and
$200 per month thereafter for 11 months.
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