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Laurie Jean & Lana Dale Memorial Moratorium
April 30, 2004 - Across Canada press conferences were held by the families and their supporters to demand an immediate stop for all chiropractic high neck manipulations. The chiropractic regulators across Canada have failed to voluntarily halt this useless and dangerous procedure. There have been two inquests that found that the chiropractors were at fault. There have been numerous lawsuits over the years, and yet the procedures continue with the blessings of chiropractic associations and regulators. Governments that cover chiropractic still pay for this procedure. The families are supported by pediatricians, neurologists, and other experts who have seen the chiropractic regulators dance around any thought of meaningful self-regulation.
Press release - April 30, 2004
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CCO Complaints and Discipline Committee
If your chiropractor provides services that are not necessary, or if they falsely advertise their services, you have a right to file a complaint. If they keep telling you to come back repeatedly or it will will get worse, or maybe you might even die, you can complain. Of course, if they sexually abuse you, it's a given that they will take action immediately. But, will the CCO do anything about those chiropractors who:
- Advise you personally to not immunize yourself or your children
- Organizes a mass meeting to promote anti-vaccine chiropractors.
- Tells you that you must have the same specific procedure or test done before they see you
- Refers you to someone else in the office who does chelation therapy, vegatest or electrodermal testing, ear candling, live-cell microscopy, etc.
- Drops you like a hot potato if your insurance runs out for an injury or car accident
- Doesn't look at your chart before they see you, and tells you that they are here to reduce your subluxations, so don't worry about anything else.
- Invites you to attend a group meeting to promote chiropractic philosophy based on their religious, or quasi-religious training.
- Makes you sign a long-term contract for treatment.
- Performs the Webster Technique on pregnant women that may place the fetus and the mother at risk. This technique is totally outside their scope of practice.
- Uses applied kinesiology or NAET to treat allergies and other conditions
- Parades around health expos, shopping centres, and hands out coupons for free visits.
- Tells you that they can move your skull bones to cure your condition
- Claims to be certified as a pediatric chiropractor
- Claims to be certified as a chiropractic neurologist
Chiropractic First puts testimonials and the Lord first
Dr. Freddie So's Chiropractic.ca - If you want testimonials, they've got them all. Pictures of Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Barry Bonds abound. In fact if you want to watch a video testimonial by Chuck Swirsky, (the Raptor's voice), you can't beat this site. If you watch this presentation, please note how many references there are to the Christian religion. And don't forget to register for your FREE SPINAL examination, too.
After all, the CCO considers a member's web site to be nothing more than an extension of their office. So, they can promote unnapproved devices and procedures, offer free services, link to anti-vaccine web sites, and hawk their favourite religious views.
The main problems with Dr. So's web site are the repeated violations of CCO policies about testimonials, anti-vaccine links, and the promotion of unnapproved therapies and treatments. The site goes on and on and on , and also includes what he calls "health links". Most of them are dubious, and some are outright dangerous. The first link is to the Chiropractic Awareness Council based in Guelph, Ontario. Their members have repeatedly opposed public health efforts. For a review of anti-vaccine chiropractic efforts click here.
To top it all off, he claims that he is a pediatric specialist, which is NOT ALLOWED by the CCO.
The Complaints Committee decided that a complaint about the content of So's web site was frivolous, vexatious, and made in bad faith and an abuse of process as provided for in section 26 (4) of the Regulated Health Professions Act.
4. In the course of engaging in the practice of chiropractic, a member is authorized,
subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her
certificate of registration, to perform the following:
1. Communicating a diagnosis identifying, as the cause of a person's symptoms,
i. a disorder arising from the structures or functions of the spine and their effects
on the nervous system, or
ii. a disorder arising from the structures or functions of the joints of the extremities.
2. Moving the joints of the spine beyond a person's usual physiological range of motion
using a fast, low amplitude thrust.
3. Putting a finger beyond the anal verge for the purpose of manipulating the tailbone.
1991, c. 21, s. 4.
Community Chiropractic Centre
Tecumseh and Belle River
- Drs. Small and Dale flogged Innate Intelligence on Christmas Day - What a treat I was in for when I visted the Lakeshore area of Southwestern Ontario for Christmas in 2002. After reading their article in the Lakeshore News, I located their Community Chiropractic Centre along the shores of Lake Saint Clair, just east of Windsor, Ontario. I was suprised that the three chiropractors had all recently graduated from school. I thought that they would surely be scientifically based. But, since one of their associates apparently attended the Cleveland Chiropractic school in Kansas City, Missouri, I had my doubts about the types of promotions that they did.
The CCO Advertising Protocols clearly state that "any advertising with respect to a member's practice must not contain anything that, because of its nature, cannot be verified". Does the chiropractic profession support the existence of an "innate intelligence" that controls the body, and the whole world, too? I don't think so.
And then there's the issue of pediatric chiropractic care and its promotion. In the same community newspaper, almost a year later, they had their regular column, only this time the title was "Chiropractic and children". They try to answer the question:
"Why do millions of parents bring their children to Doctors of Chiropractic every year?"
Well, I've been asking myself that question for years. It's a question that the CCO has failed to address after numerous complaints about Ontario chiropractors who flog this stuff to their patients. Ah, yes, it's the invisible "spinal nerve stress", that "most children....have in thier bodies".
These folks really believe this stuff, and it may START IN THE WOMB. That's really scary stuff. They lay the bloody guilt trip on the parents. And get this, whatever imagined intrauterine damage that these chiropractors lay on these vulnerable parents, it gets even worse. According to Drs. Dale and Small,
"the damage incurred continues to affect the future function of the child's nerve system".
Then, in describing what they do, they throw in their famous catch-phrase, "It allows for the opportunity for maximum potential for well-being." What utter and complete rubbish.
But, here's the biggest cop-out of them all.
"So although children with diseases are often brought to the chiropractor, the chiropractor is not treating their diseases but is instead freeing them of spinal nerve stress, thus permitting their body's natural healing potential to function at its best"
Roger Turner - a real head turner
from Barrie and North Bay
If you need your skull bones rearranged, your allergies cured, your kids' ADHD or bedwetting cured, his clinic is the place to go for treatment. It doesn't matter that one of the folks who works at the centre has a quack PhD, and that an RNC designation has no standing in law. But, what does it matter. The consumer is always right, even if the treatment is wrong. And, don't forget Turner has lots of friends in the media. He's been in the Dini Petty show and all that stuff, just in case you need a vote of confidence before you take your newborn for adjustments, or get your C-1 or C-2 jiggled into place.
Allen Turner - Stouffville, Ontario
The CCO has policies that prohibit many things. It seems to me that there are many sections on his web site that are questionable.
Patient testimonials - these are strictly prohibited by the CCO
Learning disabilities - no proof that chiropractic treatment does anything.
Bogus NAET treatment
Google search for Dini Petty and Scientology
from an organization that promotes Scientology.
Links to questionable techniques and credentials
- Applied Kinesiology (AK)
- More Applied Kinesiology from HealthWatcher.net - muscle testing gone mad.
- AK - Stephen Barrett's spin on this
- Biocranial Technique (BCT) - this bogus treatment is even called quackery by the ChiroWeb.com.
Dr. Robert Boyd, a DO from the U.K., claims to have pioneered a new technique, the biocranial technique (BCT), that will eliminate 90% of all lesions!
According to Dr. Boyd, it addresses visceral as well as musculoskeletal disorders. Some of the
visceral conditions BCT will address are CFS, lupus, colitis, psoriasis, tachycardia, HBP, diabetes,
ADD, ADDH and dysmenorrhea. Musculoskeletal conditions include sciatica, disc herniation,
fibromyalgia and meniscus problems.
It seems to me that making blatant assertions of specific techniques on various visceral and
musculoskeletal conditions is not all that scientific. Does Dr. Boyd have any peer-reviewed
literature to support his outlandish claims? If so, then Dr. Boyd might consider referencing his
scientific work in his advertisements. If no such literature exists, maybe DC should consider other
vendors for advertising in their pages.
- N.A.E.T. - Chirobase.org critique - Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique is a bizarre system of diagnosis and treatment based on the notion that allergies are caused by "energy blockage" that
can be diagnosed with muscle-testing and permanently cured with acupressure and/or acupuncture treatments.
- RNC stories
- David Sloan interviewed by Colin Elkin, D.C.
- Trudi Bricker - works with chiropractor in Waterloo, Ont. She has used the RNC and PhD designation for years. She's not licensed, and at least one of her certificates is mailorder from Sri Lanka.
- RNC scam insurance companies
Norman Allan, PhD, D.C. and more
Norman Allan says that he is a distinguished researcher, has a PhD from Sussex in the U.K., practices as a chiropractor, and to top it all off, he's a poet and an author. He recently appeared on Christine McPhee's radio show, The Touch of Health. When you do that, you've arrived. You've become a person of authority, someone to be believed. So what's the problem here?
- Practice modalities - Many are pure quackery. Which means not only is there no scientific evidence for many of them, but if a patient accepts the therapy suggested, they may be ignoring scientific treatment that could help them.
- MS - multiple sclerosis treated with acupuncture and St. Johns Wort has no merit.
- Cancer - among those are 714-X, shark cartilage, Ralph Moss (he even gives them a phone number), Gerson therapy, Essiac (No, he doesn't mention the recent FTC move against those who sell the quack cancer herbal mixture), homeopathy (totally useless, and possibly harmful), hydrogen peroxide, cranial sacral, and many many more.
- Live cell microscopy - This is one of the most preposterous scams that has ever been perpetrated by chiropractors and others. There is no clinical evidence that the claims for this device has any application in practice. In fact there is no regulation at all of these devices. A garage mechanic and a housewife and former social worker in the Waterloo area operate clandestine live cell emporiums and defraud the public regularly.
- More on craniosacral quackery
Maria Gagliardi - she's got a Vega idea, and stiletto heels!
Below you will find the text of a pamphlet that Maria Gagliardi handed out at the Constellation Hotel in May at a presentation by a public relations firm that hawked unproved tests for food allergies.
If you are surprised at the claims made for the Vega machine, you can file a complaint with the Advertising Standards Council, Health Canada, and the Chiropractic College of Ontario.
Stephen Barrett, the Quackwatch chief has extensive experience with these devices, and has the following to say:
No such device can be legally marketed in the United States for diagnostic or treatment purposes. The FDA has
warned or prosecuted a few marketers and banned the importation of such devices into the United States. In 1985, for
example, it notified a distributor that Vegatest devices could not be marketed as a medical devices without FDA approval
(which they do not have)
We've got questions
- Who trained Gagliardi in the art of Vega testing?
- Does the College of Chiropractors approve of its use? It makes no sense, except to chiropractors.
- Electrodermal testing for allergies is bogus - BMJ - Jan. 21, 2001
Electrodermal testing measures electric impedance on an acupuncture point and is a common form of unconventional testing for
allergies. In a double blind, randomised block design study, Lewith et al (p 131) evaluated how it compared with conventional
skin prick testing in 30 volunteers. Half of them had reacted positively to a previous skin prick test for allergy to cat dander or
house dust mite. The results of more than 1500 separate allergy tests showed that electrodermal testing does not correlate with
skin prick testing and so should not be used to diagnose these allergies.
- Why does the Advertising Standards Authority in the U.K. consider these devices fraudulent? The ASA has just changed their web site, so if the links below are dead, just put in the word or concept into their search engine. I've found that their new site is full of bugs, so just be patient. Put in the name, and if it gives you an error, just locate it by using the Date or Name.
- Mrs. Cora Denton - Pharmacy - Jan. 2001
Mrs. Denton worked out of a pharmacy and claimed to represent the British Institute of Allergy and Environmental Therapy, BIAET. What Denton used was really a Vega machine, which we all know is a machine that makes people a lot of money. The Authority noted that the report stated
that the procedure had “no established scientific basis and there [were] no controlled trials to
support its usefulness.”
- Goldshield Healthcare Direct - May 2000
These friendly folks used another Vega type device, "Electroacupuncture According to Voll (EAV)". Hey, they said they got their information from the "owners manual", so there!!!! They targetted people with depression to try to get them hooked on their nonsense machines. "It's all in your allergies, and we've got the ticket, eh?"
- Allergy Testing Service - May 1999
These folks offered the bogus BICOM - Bio Resonance Therapy (BRT) test, which allegedly measured and replicated the
patient's body's electro-magnetic oscillations. These miracle workers claimed they could treat serious health problems. The advertisers failed miserably to do anything to prove their claims.
- Body Check Health - Feb 1999The LISTEN System was found wanting. The Authority concluded that the system could not diagnose allergies and that Body Check Health had not done any scientific trials scientific trials for food allergies or intolerances.
- Does the Vega machine contravene section 14 of clause 51.1 (c) of the Health
Professionals Procedural Code where it states:
- Providing a diagnostic or therapeutic service that is not necessary.
- Does Gagliardi stretch the advertising code in her brochures and presentations?:
- The chiropractor shall be responsible for the accuracy, content and use of advertising materials
- Any advertising with respect to a member's practice must not contain:
1. Anything false or misleading
It is only right that an advertisement contain nothing false or misleading as this would
undermine public trust in the profession and could also result in a complaint being lodged
by a colleague or member of the public against the advertiser. This is a serious matter.
2. Anything that, because of its nature, cannot be verified
Information contained in an advertisement must be supportable by legitimate or
- Are the claims made for the Vega machine grounds for professional misconduct?
...if a member of the public or a colleague considers
information in an advertisement misleading or fraudulent.
People experiencing health problems are particularly vulnerable to exaggerated claims;
gimmickry enhances neither the practitioner nor the profession. There is no asset
comparable to an honourable reputation.
- Does she belong to the International Academy of Bionetic Practitioners?
- Could someone die because they believed the results given to them by a practitioner who uses electrodermal devices?
- Does Gagliardi realize that the use of a Vega machine could be grounds for professional misconduct and could potentially injure children and mislead parents?
- What in the world does she actually tell her patients about the Vega machine?
- Has she read this web site about food allergies?
- Does she refer any of her patients who suffer from MS, (multiple sclerosis), to a dentist to remove their amalgams?
- At the presentation, Gagliardi said that those with chronic conditions did not seem to be convinced by the Vega test. It seemed they REALLY liked the readout from a BLOOD test that finally confirmed that they WERE sick and told them what was wrong, things their doctor couldn't find (she stressed the words).
- Perhaps Gagliardi may know of another Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College graduate named Katrina Kulhay who also hawks the York laboratory allergy stuff and just loves to talk about it at her information sessions and on the radio.
- Well, I'll be damned. Aetna insurance refuses to pay for the IgG allergy test. Why would they do that? Who pays these Ontario chiropractors for this quackery? If insurance companies like Aetna pay them up here in Canada, they are being ripped off. If the patient pays it, they are being defrauded.
THE TEXT OF THE FLYER BELOW INCLUDES ALL SPELLING MISTAKES. THERE ARE NO DISCLAIMERS ANYWHERE IN THE PAMPHLET THAT WE RECEIVED. THE VEGA MACHINE IS ILLEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES FOR DIAGNOSTIC OR THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT OF ANY DISEASE, YET HEALTH CANADA ALLOWS THIS DEVICE, AND OTHERS LIKE IT INTO THIS COUNTRY TO DEFRAUD THE PUBLIC. WE'D LIKE TO SEE THAT CHANGE.|
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If you feel you've been the victim of bad advice by a
|Up to 90% of health information you read about or listen to may be inaccurate. IF you don't complain, the situation won't improve. Send a message to the media and the chiropractic regulators that you have ZERO tolerance for misinformation about health, especially the holistic variety. |
health professional or broadcaster
on the air - in print - or up close and personal
then let someone know.
Info-mercials for chiropractors are not allowed in many jurisdictions. In Quebec it is even unlawful for a journalist to participate in an info-mercial
Recruitment of patients via personal testimony is not allowed.
Advertising for chiropractic must be approved by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario before the advertising is aired or goes to print
Suggesting to a patient that they have tests that are neither verifiable, or standardized, like hair analysis, live cell microscopy, EAV or electrodermal testing, is a sure sign of quackery when used in alternative medical, chiropractic, or at carnival side shows like health expos at the convention center.
Advising patients to avoid cardiac catherization, or cardiac surgery is practicing medicine without a license. When done so after charging admission to a lecture or an office presentation is an abuse of power of that health care professional
To advise a patient to see another health professional in your office for invasive, possibly risky procedures such as chelation therapy is a direct conflict of interest.
To suggest that by drinking green tea you can treat cancer, or AIDS is giving medical advice, it is does not fall into the scope of treatment of a chiropractor, even if they say that they are a nutritionist with four years of training.
To advise people that their therapies are recognized by Provincial legislation is fraud
You have the right to complain to the media and to the chiropractic, and medical regulators in your Province or State if you feel that you are being railroaded through a maze of "alternative" treatments without end.
Square One - a good place to start
- Marsha Lederman's e-mail address - ask her if she believes in balanced reporting
- Canadian Broadcast Standards Council complaint form
- General CRTC site for complaints, including ASC - Advertising Standards Council - If you have complaints against health or info-mercial advertising in any Canadian media, including newspapers, magazines etc., this is one place to start.
- College of Chiropractors of Ontario - Click here if your chiropractor or one of their associates advises you to:
- stop immunizing your children
- Has pictures of themselves hanging in their office wall when they picketed the the local high school during a meningitis epidemic, asking teenagers to avoid the shots
- Tells you that you must come back three times a week for a minor whiplash, but drops you like you have the plague when your insurance runs out
- Sends you to see a specific lawyer, or if a lawyer sent you to them specifically
- Will see you only after you complete a battery of tests that include: electrodermal (EAV, Vol, or Interro type machines), that tells you what food you are allergic to, or what disease you have
- Tells you that your body is full of parasites and you just go on a special treatment course of herbs and vitamins, or get zapped by a zapper
- Uses live cell microscopy and tells you that they see parasites or fungus in your blood, or suffer from some wierd deficiency
- Lights up a beeswax candle and tells you just need a little earwax removal
- Tells you that cervical spine manipulation has never killed anyone in Ontario
- Takes your 1 month old infant, hangs them upside down by their heals, or puts them on your tummy and then has the nerve to tell you that their spine is out of line and needs a lifetime of preventive chiropractic treatments
- Rolls out their $30,000 thermography machine and tells you to strip naked so they can re-adjust or fine-tune your subluxation, worse yet, asks to do the same test on your 2 month old
- Requires you to have surface EMG tests before seeing you at every visit
- Does hair analysis and tells you that you have a mineral imbalance
- Wants to invite you to a multi-level marketing meeting about magnetic pads, Calorad, Infinity products, colloidal minerals, or anything else that's new and wonderful
- Shares office space with an unlicensed RNC registered nutritional consultant who has a room full of stuff just for you
- Tells you that nerve interference is at the root of all your health troubles
- Sets up at a shopping mall or health fairs and uses applied kinesiology to tell you that you need chiropractic treatment
- If they ever mention that they were trained by Dr. Singer, just one of many chiropractors who try to recruit people to become Scientologists
of the month
"Don't let your medical doctor inject you with monkey pus or doggie doo"
Join her in a "vaccine information night".
The next one is August 24. Bring a tray or pot of organic-untainted food and $20.00. That's how much she told people to bring for the privilege of viewing a 90 minute video tape on vaccination produced by anti-vaccine activists in Australia.
|Kulhay Wellness Centre|
Katrina Kulhay, DC
607 - 2 St. Clair Ave. W.
Toronto, ON M4V 1L5
e-mail address unlisted
by Bronwyn Hancock
This Australian documentary covers the anti-vaccination movement, looking at the damage and doubts in the minds of
doctors and parents alike. Bronwyn Hancock introduces a wide range of passionate feelings and factual data, from the scientific
[Dr. Viera Scheibner} to the medical [Dr. Mark Donohoe, Dr. David Ritchie, Dr. Robyn Cosford, Dr Peter Baratosy, Dr.
Archie Kalokerinos, Dr. Issac Golden], to the dog breeder [Ashleigh Oulton], to the activist and authors [Greg Beattie and
Ian Sinclair] to the concerned parent [Shane Tucker], plus many others. An absorbing, comprehensive and powerful
programme for anyone concerned about the effects vaccines are having on the health of ourselves and our children.
minutes. Priced in Australia from $25.95 to $36.95 AUS. The video cost $60,000 to produce (I ordered mine today for $26.95 U.S. plus $3.95 shipping from a company in New Mexico.
What's it all about, Kulhay?
Kristina wants customers to come to her wellness clinic to view Vaccination: The Hidden Truth
by Bronwyn Hancock
What's wrong with that you say?
Well for one, Kulhay is a health care professional who is supposed to advance science, not fear. While in university she studied to be a teacher, then in chiropractic college, she apparently studied scientific chiropractic. They tested her and made sure that she was qualified to sit for the exams that enabled her to be licensed in Ontario. Somewhere along the line someone or something went wrong.
It was announced last month that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario will examine all doctors for their knowledge base. If the College of Chiropractors would test the anti-vaccination chiropractors, like Kulhay, they would certainly be in for some retraining. Anti-scientific chiropractors and their associates base much of their practice on their ability to manipulate public opinion. By targeting the most vulnerable, and by scaring the living crap out of them, especially pregnant women and young parents, these outlaw professionals live high off the fat of OHIP, and private insurance money. They bill patients for lab tests they don't need, they perform totally unproven tests and procedures.
So why does the insurance industry, why does OHIP, and why do pediatricians, and obstetricians put up with the fraud? They don't have any guts to do anything to set the record straight.
When a chiropractor advises a mother to stop any and all vaccinations for her child they are criminals, even if the law allows them to support that recommendation based on religious belief or conscience. What will their conscience say when one of their patients or their parents come back with a subpoena to testify in court?
Anti-vax chiropractors and doctors put patients at risk
Kulhay's patients, or customers, trust her judgement as a spokesperson for chiropractic. But, she didn't learn the anti-vaccine rhetoric at any chiropractic college in Canada. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College denies that they teach anti-vaccination courses. So, where did she learn this? Did she buy a $29.95 tape from Australia, or meet Dr. Len Horowitz, the former dentist turned evangelical anti-scientific guru and champion of the militia movement in the U.S. and Canada?
Who tested Kulhay's knowledge of the subject? Did she do a post graduate degree in epidemiology, or biostatistics? Does she have a degree in public health?
My guess is this, she felt that she needed to build her practice up with younger recruits. What better way then to write articles in women's magazines like Canadian Living about the imaginary specialty of chiropractic obstetrics. Or how about doing CITY-TV, or CTS-TV where she can raise the same issues.
Finally, how in the world did medical doctors get recruited into this Wellness Centre?
What are the implications for any medical doctor who associates with Kulhay or any other anti-vaccine chiropractor?
It is conceivable that any medical doctor could be sued if they would recommend that one of their patients go to a holistic healer for treatment, and who were advised by them avoid getting their shots, and they became seriously ill, or died of measles, or brought forth a severely damaged baby with rubella. Their license would be in jeopardy, and patients would suffer. But, if those who work with Kulhay, or other chiropractors knowingly contribute to this misinformation campaign, the medical regulatory body should also step in.
We are not talking about the right to practice holistic health here, we are talking about a medical doctor's failure to do the best for his or her patient, and that is malpractice.
Are Kulhay and others, like Jeff Winchester guilty of failing to live up to the standards of their profession?
Chiropractic promotes misinformation
- Newborn infants have subluxation of the spine You will get a big 404 on this one. Last Fall, the Ontario Chiropractic Association removed all evidence of pediatric chiropractic from their web page. However, there are plenty of Canadian chiropractors who continue to maintain web sites that contain the original material. It seems that the OCA, and the CCA don't, or won't ask those chiropractors to refrain from using their copyrighted materials. You wonder why there are still thousands of Canadian chiropractors who still say that:
"Colic and irritability are examples of symptoms that can be caused
- The CMCC and York University are currently negotiating an affiliation agreement. This is a very positive step for both institutions and chiropractic education in Canada. (What is positive about associating a chiropractic college with Canada's third largest university when there are serious doubts as to the legitimacy of chiropractic theory, of its anti-immunization backbone, and of its pseudo-religious reliance on quack remedies, tests, and procedures?)
- Assymetry of the earlobe means that the cervical vertebrae are "out of alignment"
- Are you clear of parasites? - Parasites Eat Human Bodies! -- Ross Andersen is really a licensed Ontario chiropractor who seems to have an addiction to making video and autio tapes and tells people they have tape worms and need to have their colons purged regularly. He also loves to take his dogs to get their hair done. Ross is in the process of producing a new 20 minute tape, starring his famous colon health pictures. If you want more on Ross Andersen, just plug his name into Altavistacanada.com and see what you get. I really like this particular audio tape transcript.
- Oh, by the way, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association says that you might be risking your child's life if you allow your doctor to vaccinate them.
- If you don't start chiropractic treatment in childhood you will get osteoarthritis
- Everyone has back problems - it's our religious belief
- Your live cell blood test shows 27 parasites and I have just the right combination of herbs and laxatives to cure you.
- Hair analysis can tell us that you have the gene for breast cancer
- Wait until I hook you up to this special electrodermal meter, I just can't wait until you get the bill, oops, I mean all we have to do is check some of these 200 or so problems we can find.
- The cryptosporidium epidemic in Toronto comes from the cows at the petting zoo, upstream from the Don River.
- John Wayne died with 45 kg. worth of stool in his colon. If you don't want to die like him, just take these capsules 6 times a day.
- No one ever died from having their neck manipulated in Canada until Laura Mathiason died.
- We need to do thermograms on everyone before I see them before each visit, so we can justify billing the insurance company for an unproven procedure.
- Who says we can't sue our Provincial Chiropractic Association if they don't negotiate the payments for the Activator?
- What did the autopsy really show that we saw in Toronto? How come no one remembers it?
- But, you must come in to see me three times a week for your whiplash after your lawyer called me to handle the case, that is, until your insurance runs out.
- Meet me down at the Total Quack Expo, I want to be there when Len Horowitz gives his lecture about the devils who own the vaccine companies. I want to buy his tape to show my patients why AIDS is a drug company conspiracy.
It's a war zone down under
www.thinktwice.com is one of the most flagrant anti-vax pages I could find. Isn't it wonderful to think that Kulhay is asking you to bring a pot-luck supper, and then wants you to pay her $20 to view a $26.95 video that you can buy yourself on the internet?
Anyone who wants to go there and make waves, or just listen to the discussion can call 416-961-1900 to make a reservation. I hope that all the Senators at York University might attend, or perhaps someone can make a tape of the show. The presentation includes the viewing of an alarmingly bad video (90 minutes), of seven doctors who she said used to work for WHO (World Health Organization). On this level, Kulhay resembles the likes of Len Horowitz, the conspiracy nut who schmoozes with AM radio personalities at health fraud shows on a regular basis, wherever he goes.
Who is Katrina Kulhay?
Katrina Kulhay is a regular contributor to health misinformation broadcast regularly on the AM radio scene in Canada. She's love by the women's movement, and always the darling of the media. Why is that?
She was recently nominated for the Women on the Move '99 award from the Toronto Sun. One of her promoters said that she actually won it.
However, her recent interview on the Marsha Lederman show, broadcast on TALK640, Toronto on Friday, August 13, 1999, is another prime example of bad information. During that hour-long show, Kulhay delivered the following pile of misinformation and supported quackery :
Ear candling: She said that the wax gets sucked out the ear canal, and that ear washing causes more wax to be produced. (The truth is that it is dangerous in children and adults, there is no negative pressure involved, and the yellow wax is actually the wax settling down to the bottom of the cone.)
Hair analysis - Kulhay said that hair analysis is a valid method of screening and that since someone found that a gene for breast cancer can be screened for in the hair, that it validates or supports the $60 she charges for hair analysis in her clinic. Unfortunately for Kulhay, the article that she referred to in Nature Magazine uses a technic that is done only by ultra-expensive x-ray defraction studies, and has been done in only Australia. (No other researchers have confirmed this.)
Live Cell Microscopy: Kulhay claimed that when she uses live-cell microsocopy in her clinic she is able to find 44 different things that she can treat. (What about the things she can't treat, like gullability?)
Adrenal gland tests: Charges patients for a useless $10 urine test that she said would show the client the state of their adrenals. (Now if she charged $110, that would show the clients the state of their frontal lobes.)
Cryptosporidium in MTA water: She lied about the condition of the water supply of the City of Toronto. She said it was contaminated with cryptosporidium from cow dung and boiling the water wouldn't help to clear it out. (The actual outbreak of cryptosporidium in Toronto was from berrys imported from Central America. What would help Katrina.....washing the berry's in human urine?)
Interro machine: Suggested that the use of an electrodermal machine can help diagnose 220 illnesses or allergies in about 1/2 hour. (She failed to present evidence that her claims were true. However there is subtantial evidence that it is a fraud.)
Plea for insurance coverage of non-covered items: Kulhay asked that the procedures and tests that she provides to patients be paid for by insurance, implying that OHIP should pay for quack lab tests. (What else does she want us to pay for, lectures on "out-of-body" experiences by people who use her office, like Ingrid Naiman?)
Kulhay's Wall of Wonder
The Kulhay Wellness Centre is like a museum dedicated to the other quacksters of the world. Len Horowitz, the Messianic Jewish dentist who has become the hero for all conspiracy nuts has his picture there.
In order to promote her empire, the Centre needs fresh material to pound out an endless stream of useless and ridiculous therapies. They do this by advertising in such well respected medical journals as Vitality Magazine. Zoltan Rona, M.D. is one of their medical advisors, so you can be assured of really reliable health information.
She's even recruited Vincent DeMarco, who used to practice psychiatry at St. Joseph's Health Centre and Humber Hospital. He now is the chief promoter of method called chelation therapy that the FTC in the U.S. has now debunked.
Here's an example of her work from the Sept. 99 issue of that journal.
Just so they don't lose their market share to licensed medical kooks, the Kulhay Wellness Centre is now in the midst of marketing her clinic around Canada. If you were lucky enough to attend the seminar on November 13th, you could fill us in. the title of the seminar was "Create Your Own Successful Wellness Centre. Anyone who needs to find out when the next seminar is being held just call them at 416-961-1900 ext. 216.
TALK640 show highlights:
ML = Marsha Lederman
KK= Katrina Kulhay
ML - She asked her about her vaccination risk awareness nights at her office
KK - "Vaccines contain mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, monkey tissue, and dog tissue. What are those things doing in vaccines?"
She then describes the video -- "Come to listen to this 90 minute tape, you will be glued to it....It was just overwhelming"
ML - Don't you have to vaccinate your children to get them into public school?
KK - "Absolutely not, that's a lie, and that's what they say. You don't have to vaccinate your child. In 1983 the "school pupils act" says you can exempt your child from that.
I don't want to sound radical, I really don't. But, I want people to be able to make their own decision because ultimately, as a parent, you're responsibile for your own children's health.
If you don't know what's in those vaccines, for example:"
She went into a description of the monkey virus (SV40) particles that she claims was found in 92% of thousands of tumors in humans since the polio vaccine was given in the 60s.
Vaccines - the facts
- Why you must vaccinate your child - Readers Digest - takes aim at chiropractors, and other zealots who oppose vaccination, often with tragic consequences.
- Complaint against Gerry Bohemier, founder of the Eagle Foundation
- Gerry collected $88,654 in chiropractic fees from the government of Manitoba in fiscal year 1998. The year before he billed $89,555. Do you think that Manitoba taxpayers should be paying a health professional who advocates against immunization as a public health measure?
- CDC SV-40 and polio vaccine -- Since the discovery of SV40 in the 1960's several studies have been done to see if persons who received polio vaccine containing SV40 had any
more health problems than persons who did not receive polio vaccine containing SV40. No studies have revealed an association between persons who
received polio vaccine containing SV40 and a higher number of cancer cases.
- What would happen if we stopped vaccinations? - CDC
- Centers for Disease Control Q&A on Polio
- CDC Q&A on Vaccine Contamination
- Journal of National Cancer Institute
- Jan 20, 1999 Journal National Cancer Institute Issue on Polio/SV40
- Univ Michigan: Vaccine with promising cancer-fighting abilities developed (Jan '99)
- Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Rockville, MD, USA
- National Vaccine Information Center Reports on Polio and SV40
- American Cancer Society
- National Institutes of Health Consumer Health Information
- Canadian childhoosd immunization guidelines
- Canadian immunization guide - 1998
- Canadian Immunization Report - 1996
- Search Gov. of Ontario for Immunization
- Health Department recommendations
- Download the Statement of conscience or religious exemption form 1982 (.pdf format)
- Connaught Laboratories, Toronto, Canada
- "IAF Biovac"
- Merck, Sharp and Dohme, New Jersey, USA
- "Wyeth Ayerst"
More Kulhay claims
Chiropractor/naturopath/EDT machine operator/live-cell microscopist/hair analyzer/earcandler and whatever else also makes repeated claims that she has two doctors who work out of her clinic (the implication is that they are medical doctors). She also said that there were two more medical doctors who will be coming to work at her clinic.
Cervical Dysplasia and Menstrual Problems - Alternative Medicine Magazine
"Electrodermal screening and live blood analysis are valuable tools
in every patient diagnosis at the Kulhay Wellness Centre in Toronto,
Canada, which integrates 30 different alternative modalities."
This Alternative Medicine article, authored by her, substantiates all that was said on the TALK640 radio show, and more. She uses testimonials and patients examples to make her point in this widely read publication.
She actually names parasites that she says she can find with her electrodermal testing machines, even though there is not one shred of evidence that this can be done
A bone mineral density test is offered, but no details of how she accomplishes this is mentioned.
She prescribed, or her naturopath prescribed huge doses of Vitamin-C to a patient who she said had parasites, and osteoporosis. She never mentioned that high doses of Vitamin-C may contribute to ill-health. She also treated the same patient for infertility (a medical/endocrine condition) with Vitamin-E and progesterone cream.
Useless prescriptions for multiple homeopathic remedies were also given. The patient was removed from her thyroid medication, prescribed by a medical doctor.
We wonder what the total cost to her patients that she described in detail in the article. We are not talking about the ordinary monetary value, but in time lost from work, inconvenience, and in the shear gall of Kulhay to diagnose medical conditions, use inappropriate tests, and then sell her customers unnecessary, but profitable lotions, potions, and pills from what appears to be her own in-house pharmacy.
One might consider much of what she does and what she sells the patient as a direct conflict of interest. Unfortunately the Ontario College of Chiropractors or Naturopathic regulators in Ontario don't seem to care one bit about conflict of interest, or of stopping this misrepresentation by their license holder. There are hundreds of chiropractors, and naturopaths who practice in a similar manner, and openly sell themselves and their practices in this manner.
The Canadian Living pitch for chiropractic obstetrical care
A hands-on approach to health -- Toronto Sun - Marilyn Linton
Katrina Kulhay says that people sussing out alternative therapists
should look for "clean white sheets in a professional
environment." While she says there's a real need for scientific
evaluation of alternative therapies, she also feels there's a lot the
various therapies can do to set standards and monitor themselves
-- all in the course of "making it more respectable and less
CBC-TV Midday show - On Tuesday, July 6th, Katrina Kulhay talked about
alternative supplements to alleviate male erectile dysfunction.
More information can be found at this website,
under the heading Male Potency and the Viagra
Controversy. This site is Zoltan Rona's, a medical doctor, Toronto Star medical columnist, who also supports live cell, hair analysis, and oh yes, drinking your own urine from time to time.
Kulhay's supplements of choice are Niacin and Zinc. The
herbals she recommends are Ginseng, Oat Straw, Gata
Cola, Ginkgo Biloba, Damiana and Yohimbine Bark. And
the hormone she espouses is called DHEA.
Kulhay Wellness Centre for pregnant mothers
Maternity Support - Maternity Support Services hosts regular evenings for
expectant parents at the Kulhay Wellness Centre, 2 St. Clair Ave., W. -
Suite 607 6 p.m. -9 p.m. Meet & discuss services with practitioners:
acupuncture, midwifery, yoga, chiropractic services and more. Free.
Call 416 812-6579. Don't forget the special added attraction, a reminder that you should never allow a medical doctor to inject monkey pus into your newborn baby, or to assist in a caesarian section. Leave those jobs to the chiropractors, naturopaths, or ear candlers. It's so much safer.
Kulhay and hundreds of other chiropractors sell Omega Posture stuff
Who is Ingrid Naiman, and why did she rent space at Kulhay's Wellness Centre?
Dr. Ingrid Naiman - talks about medical astrology at the Kulhay CentreFor more stuff on what Dr. Ingrid Naiman is a doctor of, and her work just follow this link to check it out and find stuff like this:
"Ingrid is author of the newly published book of the same title. She has carefully investigated historic methods of treating cancer that rely exclusively on natural, non-toxic protocols, especially plants. She describes external treatments that use various botanical pastes and salves as well as the internal tonics that are used to purify the blood and support healing from within."
Who is she anyway, and why should anyone who goes to a health care professional's office care about who they associate with? How many of her fake diplomas were mailorder, and how many did she earn in the flesh?
Here'a a review I found of Cancer Salves by someone who received a manuscript for review: Susan JJ
A gift to cancer patients and practitioners.
Dr. Naiman writes an amazing and giving book detailing the use, the formulas, and protocols for working with herbs to remove tumors. The reasearch on the book is scholarly and exhaustive; the prose style light and angelic. I read it in manuscript form and was so amazed by the book’s generosity - the author even provides recipes for creating the salves - and its clairity that I bought a
copy for my Naturopathic Doctor. He is equally impressed. As a cancer patient I heard hints and whispers about the amazing salves, like blood root and the
black and yellow salves, but could find no one truly versed in the art of making or using the salves. All of the practitioners I consulted knew of the existance of the salves but knew nothing of how to
obtain them or the proper way to apply them. With this book, Dr. Naiman gives anyone who
believes in alternative cancer treatments a virtual howitzer to use in the battle against this killer
If you have cancer, if you love anyone who has this dread disease, or if
you treat cancer patients, you need this book. The herbs are a gift from the earth. The use of them is
our legacy from generations of countless healers from decades and centuries past. Certainly we owe
Dr. Naiman a debt of gratitude for putting it all in our hands via her very readable and accessible
Other reviewers says: (Thre101273@aol.com)Well-written text doesn't equal Truth.
Although well-written, the reader must exercise extreme caution before experimenting with his/her
lives through the application on the treatments and formulas presented by Ingrid Naiman in her book,
Cancer Salves. The recent distribution of Naiman’s book, Cancer Salves, to a broad market causes
three previous cancer patients much concern.
Each of us was treated by Ingrid Naiman in 1998 using
techniques and formulas presented in her book. Not only did the treatment and formulas Ingrid used
fail to live up to the expectations implied in her book, all three of us watched in fear as our tumors
accelerated in growth over a very short period of time and became life-threatening.
treatment with Ingrid, each of us had biopsies and was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. We
have all subsequently undergone mastectomies and chemotherapy. At least one of us had a large skin
graph (7' x 8') taken from her leg because the skin was so damaged due to application of the herbs
that there wasn’t enough skin to cover the area left after the mastectomy. Two experienced serious
hemorrhaging and life-threatening infection as a result of the treatment.
Ingrid states on one of the web
sites referenced in her book that research is lacking on the effectiveness of these treatments so she
asks those applying the treatments she describes in her book and those using the formulas she
recommends in her book to participate in research with her. The reader needs to seriously ponder
why the unsuccessful personal treatment by Ingrid of three women with breast cancer has been
excluded from the testimonials in her book. Particularly, since Ingrid was writing the most recent
edition of Cancer Salves while treating all of us. Ingrid has failed to approach any of us to ask
permission to use our personal case information even though Ingrid took regular pictures throughout
treatment of all three of us (using a digital camera), and kept extensive notes on the individual
treatment of all three of us.
I would say that based on this testimony, Ingrid Naiman should be charged with practicing medicine without a license. How many more patients have gone to see her, either on their own, or encouraged by Ingrid's association with people like chiropractors or naturopaths?
Here is the Cancer Salves web page -- Pay attention to the Pros and Cons of treatment
This is an excerpt from the book. Please be patient while it loads, it's about 100K. She starts out with a discussion of dinosaur bone cancer, then progresses to the 12th century treatments by German mystics, throw in the Spanish Inquistion, Nostradamus (who she says was a physician), Harry Hoxsey, who some say was a snake-oil salesman, and finally Fred Mohs, a cancer surgeon. At the end of this chapter she makes this statement, "Modern surgery is no longer as dangerous as it was even fifty years ago, not to mention earlier. However, even if it is less primitive, many contemporary cancer protocols are not really less tortuous than centuries ago. Compared to
surgery and chemotherapy, escharotic cancer treatments are both less invasive and less painful. However, the salves are not fun to use, neither do they offer assurance that death can be forestalled. Nevertheless, they are an option; and, when used correctly, their effectiveness has been continuously proved by each succeeding generation.
Your comments about Ingrid's work can be sent to her directly: Ingrid Naiman
I hope that she realizes that there are some folks who just can't be fooled or ripped off any more by astrological cancer quacks.
Ingrid's Checklist For Patients with Cancer -- Don't forget she uses Dr. in every article, even if she says it's honorary. Here are some fine medical statements made by the good "doctor":
Simply put, a doctor (or a salve) may remove a tumor; but if the patient binges on foods that are contraindicated for cancer patients, the nutrients for promoting tumor growth will almost certainly result in recurrence of the tumor. (Say what?)
Smart and motivated patients are therefore advised to explore their deeper causes issues before considering their treatment complete. (Where does that leave the stupid and unmotivated patients, Ingrid?)
"..if a lack of spontaneity, emotional repression, and feeling of
being the victim of circumstances color one's personality, therapies that shift these conditions are likely to relieve the blockages that aggravate the tendency towards cancer Spiritual In my experience, spontaneous remissions occur when patients have insights that transform their understanding of their lives.. (So, did the good doctor get her degree in psychiatry or divinity from Sri Lanka?)
She then recommends herbs, most of them are either useless, or banned by the FDA and Health Canada because they are not only toxic, they can kill people:
Colloidal Silver (Aqua Argentica)
Hoxiac Blood cleansing
Dr. Andrew Weil directs people to Ingrid Naiman's book -- He also gives people a list of places where they can buy Bloodroot.
Mark Percival -- Health Coach
A test for every season - without rhyme or reason?
Colin Elkin's Healthline Show on Rogers Cable 20
- RNC's with fake PhD diplomas must be a dime a dozen in Canada. So where do they dig up all those fake degrees, and why doesn't Colin Elkin, a licensed chiropractor admit that his friends are quacks? The disclaimer at the beginning of the show is a joke. Shame on Rogers 20 for allowing this charade to continue. Their promises have been broken again.
Jeff Winchester - from the Cathedral Shrine of the Holy
Chiropractic on Bridgeport Rd. in Waterloo, Ontario to your computer. Chiro's
best and most honest devotee of pediatric treatment brings you words of
infinite wisdom from the innate God-given healers of the only chosen profession
on this good green earth that bills OHIP, and insurance companies for newborn
care for subluxed vertebrae.
Hey kiddies - you don't need to get your shots during a meningitis epidemic! Was he sorry that two kids died, and many more were seriously injured? Was he proud of his actions when he picketed Bluevale Collegiate, placed a large sign outside his Bridgeport Ave. office, and appeared on radio, TV and in the K-W Record with his anti-immunization views? IF he were a doctor, he might be up on charges of malpractice. But, he's a chiropractor, eh?
lie - December 29, 1998 - with editorial feedback from ChiroWatch
DC didn't speak
for profession - January 4, 1999 - response from another Waterloo
Chiropractic training doesn't include immunization training - Vincent Leering, Waterloo chiropractor says Jeff Winchester, and James Gregg don't know squat about immunizations and are insulting to our intelligence - January 28, 1999
Waterloo Chiropractic Society responds to Winchester and Gregg
Tedd Koren inspirational leader of pediatric chiropractic cult: This must have inspired James Gregg, and Jeff Winchester to do great deeds and cure all illnesses
"Informs" Waterloo and CKGL radio listeners that:
- 7 out of 8 infant crib deaths are due to problems in the cervical spine
- Patients who use chiropractors have a 200% better immune system
- Why does it take a chiropractor 6 months to treat a child's ear infection?
- The immune system is controlled by the spine
- There's a mysterious microscopic particles that floats around in the blood that comes from the nerve system that land on the immune cells that tell them what to do
- Seizures can be treated with spinal manipulation
George Traitses - Infinitely less than expected
Dr. Watson and Fioravanti - Stoney Creek have all the links, except the one that leads to an annoucement by Elizabeth Witmer about the 30% cuts in OHIP payments.
Codes of Ethics
- American Chiropractic Association --
- Doctors of chiropractic should utilize only those laboratory and X-ray
procedures, and such devices or nutritional products that are in the best interest of
the patient and not in conflict with state statute or administrative rulings.
- Doctors of chiropractic may advertise but should exercise utmost care that such
advertising is relevant to health awareness, is accurate, truthful, not misleading or
false or deceptive, and scrupulously accurate in representing the chiropractor's
professional status and area of special competence. Communications to the public
should not appeal primarily to an individual's anxiety or create unjustified
expectations of results.
If you have a story to tell about the treatment you receive by a registered or licensed therapist in your area, please let us know. When you see a "natural" product that guarantees that it will make you "healthy", or perhaps cure cancer, let us know. If your health care provider offers you a contract for a set number of visits, or tells you that the only way to find out what's wrong with you is to take a test using an electrodermal device, such as a Vega or B.E.S.T. meter, report this immediately.
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