They seek it here… they seek it there

A real new post to come soon – honest

EDIT: Up! At last!

Rumours of my disappearance have been much exaggerated. I’ve just been very busy – no time to finish things, which for a slow writer is the kiss of death. And then there’s the knackered 5 yr-old home computer on the fritz. And the existential despair. And Easter.

Now, one of my regular correspondents has been emailing me to ask me why I have not yet had anything to say on the deeply depressing ruling by Mr Justice Eady in the BCA vs. Simon Singh case.

The main reason is that everything I could think of to say has been said already, and better, by others, most notably Sceptical Legal Eagle Jack of Kent.

Nonetheless, I hope to post something in the next day or two in which I will shamelessly re-hash all my old opinions about Simon Singh, chiropractic, and the bizarre (not to say barking mad) nature of the UK Law of Defamation. You can find a preview of my thinking in a comment I wrote here.

In the meantime, I do have one observation. A couple of people had commented on various blogs that the British Chiropractic Association’s webpage “Happy Families”, which was the one that Simon Singh’s much discussed and allegedly defamatory article referred to, has disappeared from the BCA’s website.

Perhaps this is because the whole matter is, as they say, sub judice.

However, never fear – if you are interested in seeing it, it can still be found on the websites of some of the very many chiropractors who are members of the BCA. For instance, a leaflet version is here (pdf) [Update 15th June – it seems to be gone – wonder why?]. And excerpts from it also appear on many chiropractors’ websites – for instance here and also here (click on “Happy Families”) [Oops – that one’s gone too].


And a final thought – it would be interesting to know what the Advertising Standards Authority would make of some of the claims.


4 Responses to “They seek it here… they seek it there”

  1. Svetlana Says:

    Oh, new post! It’s great!
    Doctor, I am glad that you have yet survived under weight of “existential crisis” and answered to wild cries and calls of your “regular correspondent” by this post :)
    And now all our main forces are prepared to further struggle:

    – David Colquhoun has moved his blog to new server;
    – Simon Singh intends to announce his solution about his legal case on 18 May;
    – Andy Lewis has written several new interesting posts;
    – John H. has scattered and criticized again different quacks, including even his some distant relatives :) ;
    – Gimpy has written new post off-top {it means that he is especially ready to new fighting – he is in training on the non-main quacks before main battle ;) };
    – and Mike Eslea has written new post {the event as rare as tropical heat in Antarctica ;) };

    In brief, all is OK!

  2. Simon Singh Case Response Roundup « God knows what… Says:

    […] Aust who earlier wrote an excellent analysis when the case was announced gives some preliminary thoughts on the outcome and promises a more detailed post […]

  3. Neuroskeptic Says:

    What exactly is that wooden thing in the bottom left of the leaflet? It’s rather disturbing…

  4. draust Says:

    I was guessing an articulated wooden dog, but whether a toy to amuse any unfortunate children dragged to the quackropractor, or as a model to demonstrate “articulation of the vertebral column”, I don’t know.

    If it is a dog, then speaking as a member of a some-time dachshund-owning family it appears to be “dachshund inspired”, though the ears are a bit exaggerated.

    In the meantime, I have been doing some browsing round on the websites of chiropractic practitioners, both in my own geographical area and further afield. I have been truly flabbergasted by the amount of utterly misleading gobbledegook (as David Colquhoun would say) that I have turned up. I would have said that every single site I have so far looked at makes multiple “quasi-medical” claims for which there is no adequate scientific evidence. Given that, I would think that any or all of them could be reported to the ASA. Indeed, perhaps that would be the best way for the sceptical community to respond to the Singh case – take your local chiropractors, and check their websites and advertising literature for unfounded or exaggerated claims. And then file a complaint with the ASA.

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