What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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Australian Medical Association president, Steve Hambleton, has condemned the University of Central Queensland for allowing the teaching of what he and his colleagues describe as pseudo disciplines which ignore evidence and could harm patients: “This course [the new chiropractic degree] puts pseudo science next to science. It actually uses the imprimatur of a university to actually add something to this area of subluxation theory which really isn't supported by evidence which claims that there is innate intelligence which controls all normal body functions and there is guiding energy and some of those people are actually treating children for all sorts of things including bed wetting, asthma, attention deficit disorder. It is very disturbing…there is no doubt that patients will be harmed if they don't get access to the best evidence and the best evidence-based therapy and this is a way of diverting them away from that.” Professor Phillip Ebrall, who is running the course, says the university's critics are basing their argument on ignorance: “Subluxation theory will be taught because it is an emerging theory that is developing an amazing amount of evidence at new levels in support of some of its underlying principles but I am also the first person to say that we still do not understand that fully enough…We don't deal with conditions. We deal about optimising health and wellness…I think it is absolutely fantastic that people know what the university is doing - that the university is open and honest and is presenting what it’s doing with integrity.” Report by Michael Atkin, ABC Today (5th December 2011)