March 7th, 2016

Chiropractors using 'unacceptable' false advertising, says board

By Melissa Davey
The Guardian

The Chiropractic Board of Australia has said there is no evidence chiropractic care benefits babies or can treat them for medical conditions and that there is not enough evidence to suggest it can achieve “general wellness or treat various organic diseases and infections”.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the board said it was concerned about a number of practitioners who were falsely advertising that chiropractic care for spinal problems could also treat a range of other ailments.

It follows calls from doctors and academics, which were published in the Medical Journal of Australia, to sack the Chiropractic Board of Australia because of its failure to take action against members making false and potentially dangerous health claims.

Numerous complaints had been made to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) about some chiropractors falsely claiming to be able to treat people, including babies, for non-musculoskeletal diseases such as asthma, ear infections and pneumonia. There is no evidence chiropractic care is effective for babies or those conditions.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/07/chiropractors-using-unacceptable-false-advertising-says-board

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