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Chiropractors allege malicious attack in Singh libel case
15 Oct 2009
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Simon Singh, the science writer who yesterday (Oct 14) won the right to appeal a preliminary judgment in a case brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association, has been accused of “maliciously” attacking the organisation.

In a statement published on its website, the BCA claimed its defamation suit was not an attack on free speech. The statement continued:

“The BCA supports and would never seek to stifle legitimate open scientific debate. However, this action is actually a simple libel claim based on the fact that the BCA was maliciously attacked by Dr. Singh in the Guardian newspaper. When given the opportunity to retract his words and apologise, Dr. Singh refused. This claim has been brought to restore the good reputation of the BCA and that of its members.”

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UPDATE: The BCA has redrafted its statement, replacing the words “maliciously attacked” with “libelled”.

7 responses to “Chiropractors allege malicious attack in Singh libel case”

  1. i must say that there are different sides of the coin when it comes to this chiropractic treatment. this is a good way to inform people about the procedure.

  2. chiropractic covers a big benefits in terms of health.. if this one is being practice by a good hand.. this procedure will take along run..

  3. More people are getting curious about chiropractic because of Singh’s novel. Chiropractic was getting famous, that is the good news.

  4. DavidS says:

    Chiropractic and osteopathy are among the most prevalent types of manipulation-based therapies, a popular alternative medicine practice used by patients to bring about improved health and wellness. Both practices are aimed at correcting problems associated with joints and muscles, particularly the back and legs. Although somewhat similar in focus, key differences exist between the two practices. Most notably, osteopathy focuses broadly on major joints and their surrounding muscles/ ligaments while chiropractic focuses more specifically on the back and nervous system.

  5. ..,just wondering if there are many existing cases about Chiropractic procedure? A lot of people are against in it…

  6. Lee Traynor says:

    Interestingly, “the fact that the BCA was maliciously attacked” or even “libelled” is still something that has to be determined – not by the BCA but by a court of law. The BCA is extending its expertise to from subluxation to subjudice?

  7. Bob Lloyd says:

    It seems patently obvious that if these treatments were defensible, the BCA would have been able to provide high-quality, controlled, double-blind clinical trial evidence to support them.

    The fact that the BMJ after evaluating the evidence offered, found that the evidence they offered was worthless, does far more to undermine the remnants of the reputation of the BCA than any critical article ever could.

    The Quacklash they unleashed on themselves by attacking a reputable, and forthright science journalist, will now result in each of their claims for the efficacy of chiropractic being placed under the scientific spotlight. If chiropractors don’t have good clinical evidence for their claims, they shouldn’t be making them, and many practitioners will now remove them from websites.

    The BCA may unwittingly have provided, through embarrasing its own members, an impetus to reduce the number of unfounded claims on websites advertising chiropractic treatments.