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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Communication between General Chiropractic Council’s Peter Dixon and the associations after they made the case that Coats position as Registrar was untenable

January 28, 2011
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Communication between General Chiropractic Council’s Peter Dixon and the associations after they made the case that Coats position as Registrar was untenable

This correspondence has been released by the GCC under Freedom of Information. The first letter is Peter Dixons response to the meeting the GCC had with the associations in November when they outlined in detail why Margaret Coats was not a competent Registrar and the associations response which I blogged about in December.The main...

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Another little pearl from Edzard Ernst

January 28, 2011
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Another little pearl from Edzard Ernst

Edzard Ernst tweets his followers that he has published an update of his systematic review of reflexology (below) In February the professor stated in Pulse that systematic reviews" “have to include a strong element of critical evaluation of the primary studies. If, almost by definition, the primary studies can never be negative, and if...

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Professor Edzard Ernst discovers the biopsychosocial model of health care 40 years after George Engle.

January 26, 2011
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Professor Edzard Ernst discovers the biopsychosocial model of health care 40 years after George Engle.

The latest news from Professor Ernst in his Pulse column is hardly new, just more anecdotes being regurgitated for his ill-informed disciples as new.  The “political correctness” Ernst is referring to came out of the recommendations of the Bristol Inquiry  in 2001 where a lance was put through the paternalist “doctor knows best approach...

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Whats the difference between confirmation bias and just being biased.

January 26, 2011
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Whats the difference between confirmation bias and just being biased.

Skeptic Andy Lewis announced on Twitter yesterday how the Chiropractic & Osteopathy journal had recently changed its name, with the comment “Ideal for conflating evidence”. He criticises the chiropractic profession for a lack of evidence, then when some try do do something about it. Its not to be take seriously as if medical research...

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My placebo is bigger than yours

January 25, 2011
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My placebo is bigger than yours

Just read Richard’s post featuring Ben Goldacre, then followed Youtube links to interviews and reread “bad science”… I like him. The conclusion I came to is that Dr. G would have made a great homeopath… or chiropractor or GP for that matter. Thing is that there was one interview in which I think he...

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Another example of how General Chiropractic Council wastes registrants money.

January 24, 2011
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Another example of how General Chiropractic Council wastes registrants money.

A new graduate usually starts work in August/September of the year of graduation and are expected to pay £1,250 for the full year even though they may only work two or three months of that year. Then new graduates are expected to pay another £1,000 in November for the following year. The GCC argue...

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Another health regulator putting politics before fairness.

January 21, 2011
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Another health regulator putting politics before fairness.

Rugby: Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan won a High Court battle in London today over the decision to strike him off for his part in the “Bloodgate” rugby controversy. Lawyers for the top physio accused the Health Professions Council (HPC) of unlawfully imposing a “one strike and you are out for good” approach to...

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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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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.

Blue 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...

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Prescribing is not an exact science and the chiropractic profession should stay well away from it.

January 20, 2011
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Prescribing is not an exact science and the chiropractic profession should stay well away from it.

          From the daily Telegraph Millions taking statins ‘needlessly’ why it took the scientists so long to figure this out beats me. Up to 3 million people are taking statins needlessly, doctors warn today in a comprehensive study that suggests they are ineffective in many cases and could be doing...

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