Can chiropractors learn from FIFA

June 1, 2011


Those of you following the recent FIFA revelations may have noticed the similarities with other regulatory bodies.

Peter Dixon did not do very well in the 2007 elections in England. Yet was re- appointed Chairman of the council without anyone voting for him on the  new council. When the government decided to reform the GCC, Peter was part of the appointment process of the council and the committees. When complaints are made about the GCC Peter investigates them unless the complaint is about him in which case one of the mates he chose for the council does the investigating.  Peter is more than happy to mislead chiropractors to stay as chair of the GCC, because he cant risk showing his face at a chiropractic conference or can’t expect to be elected to anything again .

Getting rid of Coats will not make a blind bit of difference to ordinary chiropractors. The medical agenda will continue. Remember in pushing this “evidenced based” musculoskeletal agenda, the evidence for back pain is not for “chiropractic” its for “spinal manipulation”, not these touch feely techniques many chiropractors favour. It wont be so long in the future, when the GCC education committee is telling the chiropractors and the colleges “diversified” is the only technique supported by solid evidence, fortunately council member David Byfield has written a book on this technique so it wont be too difficult to implement the changes .  

The bit I love, in this FIFA debacle, is the English and Scottish FAs are now outraged about the behaviour of FIFA. When the English FA were the favourites for the 2018 world Cup the FA were outraged when the Sunday Times published reports about corruption within FIFA, claiming the journalists were “unpatriotic”. Garry Linekar resigned from the mail because they reported the story.  Now the English FA did not get what they thought they were getting, they are outraged and no longer have confidence in the main regulator of football; hypocrites!

My advice to chiropractors, seeking a better future for their profession, is get involved in the political process.  The problem you have is you have no say in who is going to sit on the General Chiropractic Council, so putting it bluntly even if you get involved with these people you are still fucked, regardless what your politicians will tell you.

Fortunately cancer does not take away ones sense of humour. 


14 Responses to Can chiropractors learn from FIFA

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  12. Chiropractors in Melbourne on July 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

    That’s a smart metaphor. I never would have thought to link FIFA with chiropractors, but it works.

  13. Fedup on June 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I know this is off topic but I thought it may be important, especially with all this CAM bashing from the Skeptics who claim they are only doing it to protect the publics health and well being. Well maybe they ought to read this.

    Patients whose GP knows complementary medicine tend to have lower costs and live longer.
    Kooreman P, Baars EW.
    SourceDepartment of Economics, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB, Tilburg, The Netherlands,
    AbstractBACKGROUND: Health economists have largely ignored complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as an area of research, although both clinical experiences and several empirical studies suggest cost-effectiveness of CAM.OBJECTIVE: To explore the cost-effectiveness of CAM compared with conventional medicine.METHODS: A dataset from a Dutch health insurer was used containing quarterly information on healthcare costs (care by general practitioner (GP), hospital care, pharmaceutical care, and paramedic care), dates of birth and death, gender and 6-digit postcode of all approximately 150,000 insurees, for the years 2006-2009. Data from 1913 conventional GPs were compared with data from 79 GPs with additional CAM training in acupuncture (25), homeopathy (28), and anthroposophic medicine (26).RESULTS: Patients whose GP has additional CAM training have 0-30% lower healthcare costs and mortality rates, depending on age groups and type of CAM. The lower costs result from fewer hospital stays and fewer prescription drugs.DISCUSSION: Since the differences are obtained while controlling for confounders including neighborhood specific fixed effects at a highly detailed level, the lower costs and longer lives are unlikely to be related to differences in socioeconomic status. Possible explanations include selection (e.g. people with a low taste for medical interventions might be more likely to choose CAM) and better practices (e.g. less overtreatment, more focus on preventive and curative health promotion) by GPs with knowledge of complementary medicine. More controlled studies (replication studies, research based on more comprehensive data, cost-effectiveness studies on CAM for specific diagnostic categories) are indicated.

  14. Fedup on June 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

    A Osetpath here

    Is using the european convention on human rights to protect his site when he includes coloic for babies etc. I think it’s interesting as here is the article 10

    Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law” and “necessary in a democratic society”. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas.
    “Article 10 – Freedom of expression 1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

    All the osteopath has to do is prove that he has been working safely and is not a danger to the public and public health and he can continue to put what he likes on his website.
    I would probably advise also putting on that “whatever treatment” for “whatever problem” is not an alternative to seeing your GP or conventional treatment but may help alongside.

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