Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Chiropractic Anti-Vaccination Arguments

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Volume 28, Issue 5 , June 2005, Pages 367-373

Chiropractic Anti-Vaccination Arguments
Busse JW, Morgan L, Campbell JB.


The chiropractic anti-vaccination position was established by D. D. Palmer by likening vaccines to "filthy animal poisons". Palmer's views resulted not from any objective analysis of scientific data, but from a visceral rejection of anything he perceived to be associated with the medical profession of the day. His anti-immunization position was a narrowly dogmatic one that did not allow for any scientific advancements or the introduction of new data. In the face of now overwhelming evidence to show that vaccination is a highly effective public health procedure, Palmer's modern followers have turned to whatever sources they can to support chiropractic's archaic anti-immunization position. However, our preliminary analysis suggests that current chiropractic anti-immunization arguments rely heavily on highly biased and selective misrepresentations of the scientific literature by a small group of authors whose credibility as authorities on vaccination remains questionable. Opposition to immunization by some in chiropractic may be purely "philosophical", not scientific; nevertheless, this does not justify the dissemination of innuendo, half-truths and false information to support this position.


For more:

Issues In Immunization

This is Lon Morgans's excellent website. It is one of the best antivax debunking sites in cyberspace. This is particularly remarkable, considering that he is a chiropractor. Needless to say his views are not popular among his colleagues.

My vaccination resources: