Quick Update: UK Chiropractors on the Ropes
Just a quick update to let everyone know that chiropractors in the UK have taken another serious blow. The latest news is that Simon Singh’s case and the libel reform campaign that took off in his wake are having some major effects on the ability of chiropractors to ply their trade. According to this article in The Guardian a staggering 1 in 4 of the 2400 chiropractors in the UK are now under investigation for making misleading claims. This is a fifteen fold increase since before Simon’s case hit the news stands! Check out this juicy quote from the Guardian article:
As the British Chiropractic Association’s battle with Simon Singh continues to work its way through the legal system, chiropractors are counting the financial costs of a major backlash resulting from a libel action that has left the Lord Chief Justice “baffled”. What was originally a dispute between the BCA and one science writer over free speech has become a brutally effective campaign to reform an entire industry.
A staggering one in four chiropractors in Britain are now under investigation for allegedly making misleading claims in advertisements, according to figures from the General Chiropractic Council.
What an awesome blow against quackery! It’s probably too much to ask for but a small part of me can see this really snowballing into a complete collapse of the BCA (warning: wishful thinking). The poor chiropractors have really been suffering blow after blow this last year or so. Back in June a leaked e-mail from the McTimoney Chiropractic Association had this warning for it’s 800 members:
“If you have a website, take it down NOW.
“REMOVE all the blue MCA [McTimoney Chiropractic Association] patient information leaflets, or any patient information leaflets of your own that state you treat whiplash, colic or other childhood problems in your clinic or at any other site where they might be displayed with your contact details on them. DO NOT USE them until further notice.”
Sound like someones panicking? Does to me. What was equally as awesome was when the BCA was pressured into revealing the “plethora” of scientific evidence supporting it’s claims that it had been citing tirelessly for some time. They only ended up showcasing 29 citations, every one of which was ripped to shreds by science bloggers. The icing on the cake was when the esteemed British Medical Journal also took a swing and releasing their own scathing critique of the poor excuse for science that was the BCA’s “plethora” of evidence.
That’s all for now. I’ll be sure to keep a critical eye out for any other updates on this promising campaign.