What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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Chiropractors should not promote their services as an alternative to vaccination or treat children for conditions like autism and asthma.  I would like the relevant authorities to take the follow actions:

• prohibit chiropractors from using the honorific “Dr” and from referring to themselves as doctors;
• discourage health insurers from providing benefits for chiropractic care, other than for treatment of lower back pain;
• provide educational material to the public advising of the limitations of chiropractic and the dangers of some chiropractic procedures;
• prosecute chiropractors who claim to be able to treat conditions that are not plausibly amenable to spinal manipulation, such as autism and ADHD; and
• prohibit chiropractors from treating young children for any reason.

Peter Bowditch, Immediate Past President of Australian Skeptics Inc., Australasian Science Magazine             (November 2010)

NOTE: The Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA) took exception to the content of the above article and decided to make a formal complaint to the Australasian Science Magazine. Peter Bowditch's response to the CAA’s concerns can be read here