Over 90% of BCA chiropractors, not guilty of unprofessional conduct! Is that a good result? Could it have been prevented?

March 3, 2011
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Over 90% of BCA chiropractors, not guilty of unprofessional conduct! Is that a good result? Could it have been prevented?

I love the part in the movie Spartacus where the Romans want to crucify Spartacus and Tony Curtis stands up and says I am Spartacus and one by one other slaves stepped forward in support of Spartacus choosing to die together with honour. So far 10% of BCA chiropractors have been found guilty of...

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Got an urgent e-mail from Harry Cayton OBE; the Chief Executive of Council for Health Care Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)

March 1, 2011
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Got an urgent e-mail from Harry Cayton OBE; the Chief Executive of Council for Health Care Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)

Received an e-mail from Harry Cayton OBE the chief executive of the CHRE. This is the body that year after year congratulates Margaret Coats and her storm troopers for the excellent job they do, prosecuting vexations cases, harassing and threatening patients who dont want to complain and wasting millions of pounds of chiropractors money...

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Letter the Associations sent the General Chiropractic Council four months ago expressing no confidence in the regulator (a redacted version has been made public by CHRE under FOI)

February 28, 2011
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Letter the Associations sent the General Chiropractic Council four months ago expressing no confidence in the regulator (a redacted version has been made public by CHRE under FOI)

 

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“Scientist”, Stephen Hughes has “specialist” knowledge in chiropractic care of children. It is an absolute disgrace that he has been admonished by the General Chiropractic Council.

February 25, 2011
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“Scientist”, Stephen Hughes has “specialist” knowledge in chiropractic care of children. It is an absolute disgrace that he has been admonished by the General Chiropractic Council.

When I ran for a place on the General Chiropractic Council I was nominated by 5 chiropractors who had been the subject of vexatious complaints which had been thrown out by the GCC. I warned it could be you. While a member of council I warned BCA president Tony Metcalfe of the problems within...

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CHRE has told General Chiropractic Council to sort this mess out. GCC chair Peter Dixon failed to tell them he does not have the credibility to do it.

February 24, 2011
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CHRE has told General Chiropractic Council to sort this mess out. GCC chair Peter Dixon failed to tell them he does not have the credibility to do it.

CHRE has released a lot of papers under FOI, to chiropractors looking to see what has been going on behind the scenes, since the Association expressed their lack of confidence in the GCC. A number of  things stand out The CHRE is not happy with the GCC, members of the public are unhappy with...

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Two Points of View on the inclusion of Prescribing into Chiropractic practice

February 22, 2011
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Two Points of View on the inclusion of Prescribing into Chiropractic practice

  I have never felt the need to prescribe meds, if I felt a patient needed meds I would refer them to a medical doctor. If the needed their sink unblocked I would send them to a plumber. Of the case for, I think John Triano has made it best however his argument that...

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“Only intellectual cowards demand ‘gross intolerance’ The modern men of science who want to silence quacks are ironically on the same side as pre-Enlightenment religious dogmatists”, says Frank Furedi.

February 22, 2011
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“Only intellectual cowards demand ‘gross intolerance’ The modern men of science who want to silence quacks are ironically on the same side as pre-Enlightenment religious dogmatists”, says Frank Furedi.

A common them in this blog has been the attitude of so called “Skeptics”, some are genuine skeptics who ask good question. Others (the majority )are simply prejudiced against anything that does not conform to their belief system around a peculiar interpretation of “Evidence based practice”. The same type of prejudice I encountered from...

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What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

February 20, 2011
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What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

According to some one at the General Chiropractic Council there is no difference. I came across this discussion on mumsnet “I have also spoken to a representative of the General Chiropractic Council and asked him what the difference is. The answer? There really isn’t one. They call things different names (e.g. in chiropractic, you...

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“There is a pressing need for a wide-ranging review of the nature of evidence” College of Medicine

February 13, 2011
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“There is a pressing need for a wide-ranging review of the nature of evidence” College of Medicine

Ten years ago while doing my masters in health promotion I applauded David St George, Consultant/Senior Lecturer in. Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London when he said ”The time has come for complementary medicine to turn away from the need to obtain legitimacy from orthodox medicine by...

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Courses in prescribing for chiropractors? Is this the way to boil chiropractic frogs?

February 11, 2011
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Courses in prescribing for chiropractors? Is this the way to boil chiropractic frogs?

I tuned into to BBC news at 8 oclock to listen to the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and I was reminded how unpredictable politics is and of February 2008.  I made my way to the General Chiropractic Councils offices certain that by the end of the day the we would have won a no...

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Super Bowl most valuable player the son of a chiropractor

February 8, 2011
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Super Bowl most valuable player the son of a chiropractor

Its generally accepted that chiropractic helps back pain, researchers have methods to measure pain and observe changes during a course of treatment. Measuring performance is much more subjective  and as researchers try to avoid too many variables they tend to avoid sports performance. In the 80s I spent time observing pre season at the...

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Chiropractic vs. Medicine for Acute LBP: No Contest. What a surprise.

February 5, 2011
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Chiropractic vs. Medicine for Acute LBP: No Contest. What a surprise.

I don’t normally use research studies to make a point, but as skeptics are very fond of them and have been ignoring this one, I thought I would give it a mention. Skeptics like Edzard |Ernst were widely quoted in the media in 2007 when a study showed spinal manipulation performed by unskilled practitioners...

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If you are going to treat symptoms this is the British Chiropractic Associations advice on complying with ASA code. If you correct vertebral subluxations its irrelevant.

February 3, 2011
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If you are going to treat symptoms this is the British Chiropractic Associations advice on complying with ASA code. If you correct vertebral subluxations its irrelevant.

THis is the advice the BCA is giving its members this month regarding advertising and The ASA from March the ASA CAP codes will be extended to cover on line marketing. This will come as a surprise to 700 BCA members who are being charged by the GCC with Unprofessional Conduct for infringing the...

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ASA states you dont have to be a skeptic to be a scientist

February 2, 2011
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ASA states you dont have to be a skeptic to be a scientist

Some skeptics have a very highbrowed view of a “scientist” and “scientific research” and did not like the fact Neals Yard would call these ladies scientists. Edzard Ernst calls them FAME for Female, Middle Class, Educated (cant remember the A) and they use Complementary Medicine. Whoever  made this complaint will not be happy about...

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Does Journalist James Delingpole have a point when he describes “the curious double standards of Simon Singh”?

January 29, 2011
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Does Journalist James Delingpole have a point when he describes “the curious double standards of Simon Singh”?

  James Delingpole is a journalist who I believe appeared on Horizon a few days ago questioning whether Global Warming was being exaggerated. I disagree with his views but I have the same opinion I had with Simon Singh no matter how ill-informed his views are he is perfectly entitled to express them. Our...

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