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 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.
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.