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    On October 26, 2000 the Record published another anti-vaccine rant by a local personality. However they failed to identify Mark Mitchell as a chiropractor.

    The importance of this error or omission is right in line with the pronouncements by some area chiropractor on the subject of vital public health issues.

    While Mitchell represents a fringe group of chiropractors, the Chiropractic Awaremess Council, the failure of the local chiropractic association to control this group's point of view is shameful.

    A few years ago, one of the CAC cohorts appeared front row centre on radio, TV and in the Record to flaunt the bizarre anti-vaccine ravings during a meningococcal meningitis epidemic. Just think of it for a minute. Suppose one of your doctors stood up at the gates of your child's high school during a week of funerals and panic caused by a terrible plague of meningitis. Suppose the Chief Coroner of Ontario called up the College of Physicians to complain about it, threatening to pull their medical license of the doctor who did this. Suppose that this doctor continued to do it, year after year.

    Well, that was the likely scenario of what happened to a CAC chiropractor in 1997-8 during the meningitis outbreak. But it was the Chiropractic College of Ontario, not the CPSO that allowed this license holder to continue their anti-vaccine activities, and they did nothing to control the misinformation campaign of any of the other CAC members.

    I ask the citizens of Waterloo Region to back the efforts of our public health workers and our medical and nursing staff to insure that our children and family members receive the right information. It's really unfortunate that the Record allowed this letter to appear without checking its authenticity as far as the long list of questions that was tabled by Mitchell.

    I could go through that long list one by one to refute almost every one of them. Instead I invite chiropractors who support immunizations to write in to the Record and explain to the public why members of their profession continue to lie to the public about vaccines. Why is the College of Chiropractors of Ontario not sanctioning any of the CAC members who live in Ontario?

    If I was a medical researcher and if I fudged data, or lied to patients who were to receive a potentially life-saving vaccine or medication, I would not only be faced with a disciplinary hearing, I might be thrown in jail.

    Why is this any different with chiropractic fringe groups? The chances are that these anti-vax proponents have had little or no training in microbiology, virology, or in medical ethics. The chances are that most of them have received heavy indoctrination of chiropractic philosophy at weekend meetings in hotels sponsored by lobbying groups from the States. Some of them probably show a video tape that is full of nothing but lies about the safety of vaccines, the origins of AIDS, and why newborn babies owe all of their problems to a wrongful birth or delivery at the hands of medical doctors.

    Anyone has the right to believe in alternative medicine for themselves, but the CAC has no right to lie to the public, to foment hate, and to spread fear amongst our own patients. That is grounds for not only civil lawsuits for interfering in our practices, but it also might be grounds for criminal charges should any of these children be denied vaccines because some chiropractor, or naturopathic fringe group convinced our patients that they should avoid immunizations.

    I would like to see legislation in place to protect our patients from attacks on their health by licensed health care profesionals. Letters written by CAC members are a prime example why CMCC, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College graduates must take an oath to protect their patients from false information. It should be part of their code of ethics.

    Last weekend the Waterloo Chiropractic association invaded the Waterloo County Board of Education to deliver their story to teachers and others at their annual Wellness Fair. It would have been an excellent place to display their pro-immunization position. Somehow, I think I missed it.For those who don't know who the members of the CAC are, and where they practice, I have included this URL for all: - The complete list of members was available until the summer of 2001. When you click on the link here you will be taken to an archive.

    I was recently (October 2010) at a Health Practitioners Appeal and Review Board meeting involving one of the chiropractors on this list. His father, who is also a chiropractor (40 years), told the investigative panel that the CAC had never had any written policies against vaccines, and that he was a founding member. I guess he never read the paper in the years that he was a member of the CAC. He never read the e-mails that were sent to my account by members of his organization that accused me, among other things, of injecting "monkey pus" into my pediatric patients. The members of this organization have represented the very fringe of chiropractic. During the hearing, the father objected to the use of the word "fringe" in my written submission. CAC members are the true believers in the chiropractic profession. Their main purpose when the CAC was founded was to represent those views to the public and to keep each of their peers on the straight and narrow path of chiropractic vitalism and anti-medical philosophy. But it wasn't just a philosophy, some of their members went over the top. In October 2010, they are still active in promoting anti-vaccine meetings where they bring in the stars of this movement from across North America.

    If anyone who reads this finds a member in their community, you might like to take this opportunity to visit their offices and ask them personally what they think. And, when you go, be prepared to answer every one of those questions for them, and do it so that their staff also hears the answers.

    This letter is just one of a series of efforts of the CAC to dissuade people from taking vaccines. A prime example that I vividly recall is when one of their Waterloo members picketed outside Bluevale Collegiate Institute during a meningococcal meningitis epidemic that killed 2 young teenage girls. He told folks that it was not necessary to get the shot.

    CAC members attack public health

    Another member from Guelph told me that I inject monkey pus into my patients.

    Mark C. Mitchell's letter to the editor

    So, here is Dr. Mark C. Mitchell's letter to the editor that appeared in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record on October 26, 2000. I will number the series of questions so that people can respond to your positions by number. I am not responsible for repeating any typos or grammatical errors that may be in the original letter to the editor.

    "Ask about vaccination"

    Every year at this time the issue of vaccination seems to become prominent. Here are some questions to ask yourself or your doctor about vaccination:
    1. Are vaccinated children healthier than unvaccinated children?
    2. Do vaccines have any long-term side effects or damage that may not surface for months or years?
    3. Can vaccines cause cancer or fertilization problems?
    4. Do vaccines cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) also known as Crib Death?
    5. What are the chances that my child may be hurt or killed by a vaccine?
    6. Do the assumed benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
    7. Didn't vaccines get rid of acute infectious childhood diseases?
    8. Was polio eliminated due to vaccination?
    9. Was the polio shot given in the 50s and 60s contaminated with monkey virus (SV40). Is it causing cancer?
    10. Are there benefits to a child having acute infectious childhood diseases?
    11. Are ingredients in vaccines safe?
    12. Do vaccines affect genetic material?
    13. Can vaccines we receive today affect our grandchildren or great grandchildren?
    14. Are multiple vaccines safe?
    15. Is there a conflict of interest in vaccine policy decisions?

      Mark C. Mitchell

    What is the CAC?

    Archives in these links are from 2001 before their web site was changed. The web site was originally known as and is now

    Public health efforts opposed by the CAC

    I wonder if the CCO executive board would again like to take the opportunity to address the public on the issues of chiropractors who advocate against public health efforts in Ontario.