Well how about that, Anti-Vaccination Warren Sipser is in the newspaper again: The chiro kids | The Australian. The article from The Australian is quite good and paints an accurate picture of how Chiropractors take advantage of their clients’ lack of background, espousing to clear up allergies, coughing and “DNA repair” with a few cracks of an infants fragile spine.
After talking about Sipsers’ clinic, Loretta Marron gets a great write up about her work in “quackbusting”.
… she once demonstrated that a “pain-relieving” magnetic mattress underlay has the equivalent energy field of a jar of jellybeans – earned her a Skeptic of the Year award in 2007. But behind her lampooning lies a serious intent. Her campaign began after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and attended a support group where a naturopath bombarded desperately ill women with mumbo-jumbo. Two years ago, with the help of the Nine Network’s A Current Affair, she used a hidden video camera to expose a Queensland “healer” who charged terminally ill cancer patients $2000 for a “miracle mineral” cure administered intravenously in a suburban garage.
The Old Guard
It’s been long known that Chiropractors fall in at least two camps, those that only treat musculoskeletal conditions, and then those (like Sipser) who is a fundie. – He goes the whole 9 yards and sticks with Chiropractics’ “Magnetic Healer” inventor who believed that illnesses were caused because GODS SIGNALS WERE BEING BLOCKED! I tell ya, you’d think someone made it all … OH right! They did, didn’t they?!
With the two camps in mind, I was amused to read that the vice president of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia, was having a go at the university of teaching “pseudo-science” to its students. In addition to that, Britain’s General Chiropractic Council reiterated that it is a purely theoretical concept “not supported by any clinical research evidence”.
It is, but another profession that is seeking to support it’s ON GOING PRACTICE by trying to find scientific evidence for it. This is NOT good medicine.
Could you imagine the uproar if “Big Pharma” had the ability to sell whatever product they wanted without (the current $800m or so price tag for) clinical testing, or if eccentric doctors were granted the freedom to perform proven fringe surgeries whenever they wanted?
Elizabeth remembers that unlike the doctors, Sipser confidently told her he could “fix everything”.
And yet, as much as Alt-Med Practitioners scream and shout about the established medical institutions, they still continue to advocate that it is THEY who are doing the right thing, “they” who are fiddling with baby spines to treat infections, ADHD, and all other manner of illnesses are apparently so ethically justified to perform unproven medical techniques that they claim victimisation and conspiracy whenever they are criticized for doing so – However, in “real doctor” land, criticism is not just the norm, but is essential to ensuring professional codes of conduct are adhered to, out-of-line doctors are reprimanded, and erroneous research papers are not published as factual.
It’s worth mentioning that we get by without antibiotics for most colds, coughs, and headaches – By far the majority of our illnesses are rather passive and will go away without treatment given enough time. I don’t think anyone serious thinks that what we grab at the local supermarket is there to “cure” something – It’s there to provide relief.
Quack Medicine: It’s the thin edge of the wedge
What can be problematic however is infections, both bacterial and viral can be quite severe with deadly consequences – Patients are brought in to a false sense of security by using these treatments as frequently as they do, and if an infection is particularly nasty, and you have some some kind of pre-existing condition that may weaken your defenses – You may just end up dead because you opted for a garlic juice ear drop rather than an antibiotic.
Sure he may be a CrackerQuack – but Anti-Vaccination?
Now, one may think I am jumping to conclusions about his Chiropractic base and the ties to his unfettering and erroneous crusade against vaccines, but alas – I am not – Warren Sipser is a card-carrying supporter of the Australian (Anti) Vaccination Network.
Available for $2.50 from the Australian Vaccination Network is Warren’s interview piece with them (Obviously, I would not buying as it funds the deaths of babies who’s parents are misinformed by good-intentioned, but dangerously deluded individuals). However, the blurb makes an interesting comment about his qualifications:
This caused him to set out on a crusade to become a paediatric chiropractor! He just graduated with his Masters in Paediatrics and Warren is now one of only about 10 doctors in the world with both these qualifications.
I’m guessing he’s not heard of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association? Very strange.
But, I did say he was in the news again, didn’t I? Earlier this year Sipser … well, you can read more here: Court Ordered Vaccination & SMH False Balance