Just over a week or so ago, in the brief post Another Back-Cracking Quack Attack, I wrote about how the New Zealand Medical Journal had received a letter from Quack Defender, Paul Radich, representing the New Zealand Chiropractors Association Inc. threatening legal proceedings unless a retraction is made regarding an editorial written by David Colquhoun about an article by Andrew Gilbey of the misuse of the 'Dr' title by Chiropractors.
Anyway, in an unrelated yet extremely similar event, the British Chiropractic Association are suing Simon Singh for his article in The Guardian about how Chiropractic is quackery. Gimpy has republished the Guardian article (removed from the Grauniad Website) on his blog here, with some helpful annotations.
As I've said before, these bully boy legal tactics have habit of backfiring - I think the BCA are backed into a corner; either they demonstrate the evidence put to them is inconclusive or they admit to the world they are one of the largest and wealthiest flocks of quacks in the world.
The third way is to silence dissent by legal action - not, you'll note, by going after the Guardian, who printed it, but by going after Simon Singh himself. Dirty, dirty bully boy tactics - and as far I am concerned, a obvious admission that of that Simon Singh's evidence presents a real and credible threat to Chiro-quack-tic.
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