A new skeptic campaign has been launched against CAM by Simon Singh, and humanists Alan Henness and Maria MacLachlan. They aim to put the “SCREWS” on alternative medicine. Unfortunately Simon was unable to attend the official launch, but they presented a very small women who had been told by a chiropractor she would grow if she was adjusted every week for a year. I am including a link to to the page on how Richard Lanigan practices chiropractic in Kingston, case skeptics wish to report me to the ASA
Having treated the lady for a year the chiropractor presented the lady with six inch second hand platform shoes. The chiropractor claimed the shoes were worth the £2,000 she paid as Elton John was the previous owner. Alan Henness and Maria MacLachlan are here to protect the little people of this world and the not so bright now the government have had their bonfire of the quangos.
I love the introduction to this Florence Nightingale Collaboration ; “Misinformation about complementary and alternative therapies is rife on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines and on the high street and this misinformation misleads the public. It is particularly important that the public have accurate information about healthcare so they can make informed choices.”
I have no quarrel with their aspiration, however I would ask why stop there when you are talking about “health care”, and you claim to be a skeptic. Far more people use the biomedical model which is far from a paragon of virtue when it come to making false claims.
Bullies always seek out individuals and small groups to pick on and in a way its chiropractors own fault that they refuse to stick together. Alan Henness and Maria MacLachlan are humanists and claim their mantra is The Golden Rule ; apparently they believe that “people should aim to treat each other as they would like to be treated themselves – with tolerance, consideration and compassion” The Franciscan friar Ronald Bennett who abused in the region of 200 boys at my old school, would say something similar to eleven year olds to gain their confidence.
I would at least hope the read an understand what Evidence Based Medicine is before pontificating to the world with their righteous claptrap about chiropractic.
David Sackett the father of Evidence Based medicine states “Good doctors use both individual clinical expertise and the best available external evidence, and neither alone is enough. Without clinical expertise, practice risks becoming tyrannised by evidence, for even excellent external evidence may be inapplicable to or inappropriate for an individual patient”. Without current best evidence, practice risks becoming rapidly out of date, to the detriment of patients.”
Below is the press release for this new collaboration: I would be more than happy any time to debate with them on the subject of evidence and best practice. Particularly in relation to chiropractic. I supported Simon Sings right to express his opinion about chiropractic and the BCA even though his article was not well informed as I have previously stated. I have told Simon to his face that he knows very little about anatomy and physiology and the biological basis the principles of chiropractic are based on and how my ego would love to have a public debate with such a high profile celebrity scientist. Simon knows there is not a great deal of evidence to support subluxation theory, the BCA are very litigious and the profession is very polarised and thats basically all he knows about chiropractic.
I did ask Blue Wode editor of EBM First why there was a need for another anti cam website, when he had done all the work for the collaboration on EBM first. He paraphrased the words of George Bush Junior you have go to keep repeating the propaganda over and over then people start to believe it.
Press Release for the Florence Nightingale, Zebedy and Jackanory, collaboration
Misinformation about complementary and alternative therapies is rife
on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines and on the high street
and this misinformation misleads the public. It is particularly
important that the public have accurate information about healthcare
so they can make informed choices.
This misleading information won’t disappear by itself: it needs to be
Complaints about chiropractors’ website claims, made by Alan Henness,
Simon Perry and others, have shown that it is possible to confront and
highlight misleading information, have it withdrawn and those
responsible held to account.
The Nightingale Collaboration will continue this work and will share
knowledge and best practice with others and give them support and
Florence Nightingale is well known for her commitment to using robust
evidence to decide what worked in improving healthcare. As the first
woman to be elected to the Royal Statistical Society and on the
centenary of her death in 1910, the Nightingale Collaboration
acknowledges her great legacy.
The Nightingale Collaboration will work to improve the protection of
the public by ensuring claims made about complementary and alternative
therapies are not misleading. We will do this by:
challenging misleading claims made by practitioners on their websites,
in adverts and in their promotional and sales materials and subjecting
these to scrutiny by the appropriate regulatory bodies;
striving to ensure that organisations representing complementary and
alternative practitioners have robust codes of conduct for their
members that protect the public and that these are rigorously
There are several different methods of working that will be used to
achieve the Aims:
A. Nightingale Collaboration Campaigns: conducted by Nightingale
Collaboration personnel, gathering information, planning and executing
the campaign, with the support of volunteers where required. This type
of campaign would clearly be carried out in the name of the
B. Associated Campaigns: we will collaborate with volunteers on
campaigns by providing advice and authorisation to ensure maximum
impact and liklihood of success. These campaigns will be publicised as
being conducted in association with the Nightingale Collaboration.
C. The Nightingale Collaboration will make tools and resources
available so that others can pursue their own individual campaigns
with maximum effect. These campaigns will be entirely separate from
the Nightingale Collaboration.
There will be differing roles for volunteers, allowing for varying
levels of commitment. Volunteers will be able to contribute according
to their skills and whatever time commitment suits them.
It will be very much a collaborative effort.
Possible tasks include:
Locating misleading information, whether that is on the
Internet, in national or local press, in local clinics, etc.Gathering this misleading information in a legal and intelligent manner.Coordinating local campaigns.Submitting complaints to the appropriate regulatory bodies.
The Nightingale Collaboration will provide training for key volunteers
to help them in their roles.
Tools and resources
There will be Nightingale Collaboration tools, resources, advice and
guidance available to volunteers, some of which will also be publicly
available to anyone who wants to act wholly independently.
Code of Conduct
There will be a code of conduct on how we obtain information and how
we deal with others so we maintain the moral high ground and keep
within the law. All personnel and volunteers will be required to abide
We will have access to various experts who can advise us on legal
matters and supply authoritative advice on scientific evidence to use
in our campaigns.
The Nightingale Collaboration
The Nightingale Collaboration must be seen to be ethical, legal,
authoritative, thorough and tenacious. This is so that we attract good
volunteers and so that the Nightingale Collaboration is taken
seriously — providers of misinformation must be clearly aware that we
mean business. We must gain a reputation for effectiveness.
More information will be released on the website over the coming weeks
and months. To be kept informed, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @NightingaleC on Twitter.