AECC has removed all reference to chiropractic helping children with colic, otis media and flies the flag for the orthodox approach to children’s health.

January 21, 2011
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P1010065_0002Blue Wode tells me he is not always anti chiropractic, he has praised the AECCs stance on Vaccination. Ten years ago the AECC was promoting meningitis vaccines for their students so they fact they endorse vaccination is hardly a revelation. However what does shock me is that AECC have seen the need to put it on their website and removed all mention of conditions that could be helped by chiropractic care. The website states; “we recognise that more research needs to be done to support effective care for babies”.

AECC is the principle college for educating chiropractors in Europe and it  avoids explaining why children should see a chiropractor and announces that visiting the clinic; “does not take the place of regular health checks for babies and we endorse and recommend the NHS vaccination programme”

A few years ago I was interviewing AECC students to work for me. I asked them all the same 5 questions, One was what is the difference between the service you offer and a physiotherapist that uses spinal manipulation and what would you say to a mother who told you her son was dyspraxic. One after the other they gave me this blank look, which grey from a lack of role models at AECC to help them have the confidence  to practice chiropractic. I am certain that any infant going to AECC will get a much more comprehensive examination from students of Joyce Miller than they will get through the NHS. Thats what lecturers will tell students that in the privacy of a lecture theatre, so when those students enter the real world they dont know what to say to the public and resort to putting crap on their websites. 

Its funny the General Chiropractic Council, does not allow chiropractors to criticise prescribing habits, yet the AECC are allowed to endorse the orthodox approach to childrens health.

Chiropractic Care and Your Child, what AECC has to say

Our clinic and chiropractic in general have experienced an increasing number of referrals from midwives, health visitors and parents seeking care for their new born children. We see a multifaceted role for chiropractors in healthcare that primarily affects the musculoskeletal system. We also provide a careful health assessment of babies and offer gentle treatment. This does not take the place of regular health checks for babies and we endorse and recommend the NHS vaccination programme. We recognise that more research needs to be done to support effective care for babies so this is an ongoing research project at the college.

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  • Ted Quran

    A pediatrician will not report a disease if a child has been vaccinated against said disease, because it’s simply not possible for them to contract a disease that they have immunity against. A study like this is always going to have this result.

  • http://www.chiropracticlive.com Richard Lanigan

    SB I have read much of the evidence and I am not convinced vaccinations make children healthier although the do reduce incidence of infectious disease, particularly important in developing countries where sanitation and nutrition is not great.

    Getting diseases is what strengthens the immune system through evolution and adaptation not vaccination. You choose to vaccinate or not. You may vaccinate your kids and they will be “protected”from my kids who are not. If vaccination programmes were an exact science all countries would be following the same one they are all different. I dont campaign against vaccinations, its a matter of parental choice.

  • Skepticbarista

    A newly published study shows that children who receive CAM are less likely to be given the correct vaccinations and are more likely to contact vaccine-preventable diseases – in some cases life threatening.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19760163

    Chiropractic was given a special mention:
    ” Children who saw chiropractors were significantly less likely to receive each of three of the recommended vaccinations.”
    So children more vulnerable to preventable diseases …… nice work chiro!

    This study was funded by NCCAM. They say: http://nccam.nih.gov/about/offices/od/2011-03.htm

    “The benefits of vaccination in preventing illness and death have been repeatedly proven and greatly outweigh the risks. I fully support the CDC’s current evidence-based recommendations for pediatric vaccinations, and I urge parents to safeguard their children by following these recommendations.”

    How many responsible CAM practitioners will heed this call ?
    “I also urge all health care provider organizations—including CAM organizations—to raise vaccine awareness among their members, and enlist them in efforts to help increase adherence to childhood vaccinations”

    So a CAM funded study finds in favour of childhood vaccination.
    A CAM organisation supports childhood vaccination and acknowledges that it has been proven to work and that there is “abundant scientific evidence that documents the safety and vital role of vaccines”.

  • Garland

    Sory for the cliche comment but those that can practice and those who are any good teach. Too bad they don’t have the —- to stand up and be counted.

  • PaulM

    Unfortunately a college that declined and declined and declined – last year finally admitting it hadn’t any idea about chiropractic and its uniqueness and signed up with the British Osteopathic College.

    No wonder it recommended vaccines – it will be part and aprcel of the push for vaccine recommendation by the GCC and the BCA in the very near future and possibly then begin accepting pharmaceutical sponsorship in an effort to prevent closure.

    Colin of course common sense health care practitioners – sorry – trad chiros would advise against vaccines – the whole swine flu fiasco has exposed matters from no research no safety and the advice to vaccinate pregnant women (against the backdrop of this being against vetinary practice and the occasion of seven times the normal miscarriage rate in those vaccinated).

    Chiropractic in the 21st century is moving back to ChiropracTIC and those colleges advocating manual medicine are sliding into the toilet ….

    CDC – Barcelona – the college of the future for European ChiropracTIC.

  • http://www.chiropracticlive.com Richard Lanigan

    As I have said before vaccination policy is a decision made by politicians to reduce instance of infectious diseases and financial strain on health services. It is administered by nurses and doctors who are given bonuses for achieving good coverage.

    There is no compelling evidence that vaccines makes children healthier. On the contrary children who have contracted infections diseases develop life long immunity and would appear to have stronger immunity against other diseases like leukaemia.

    Parents want do what is best for their children and the should make informed decisions. There are risks with getting disease, there are risks with getting the vaccine, the fact UK parents are told so little about these risks compared to US parents should send a few bells ringing.

    I would never advise someone not to vaccinate nor would advise them to do it. Its a choice for parents to make themselves and there are a number of social factors they would have to consider. Academic institutions should be teaching their students to ask question rather than accepting what politicians want them to teach to put them on a path of least resistance. I would argue this was a major factor in the inept way the British Chiropractic Association defended itself from Simon Singhs criticisms, or why so few labour politicians questioned Tony Blairs dodgy dossiers.

    I am a traditional chiropractor whose views have been out there for everyone to see since I was a student. The fact is I dont get nearly as much grief as chiropractors who have taken the biomedical route, aping a service that is adequately provided for by thousands of physiotherapists in this country.

    This is the only thing I remember from my teacher training days “ The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – people who are creative, inventive, and discoverers. The second goal is to form a mindset which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything that is offered”

    Educational Psychologist Jean Piaget 1970

  • CDC

    You and I graduated the same year Richard and I am sad to see my old college turning into a pseudomedical school. I think it started a few years after we graduated, when rehab got popular and completely shifted focus from adjusting subluxations/fixations/hypomobility/dysfunction to soft tissue work. I stopped recommending AECC to new students. I believe you find the best schools to become chiropractor in NZ or some in US.

  • http://twitter.com/welshandgrumpy Colin Jenkins

    If you hang out on twitter etc long enough you’ll notice that a fair number of trad chiros are noisy in an anti-vaccination way – something you’ve previously said was overstated but don’t think it is – so it kinda makes sense that an establishment trying to move chiro into the 21st century feels the need to distance themselves.

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