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Drug companies lie

by Jeff Winchester, chiropractor
Letter to the KW Record on December 29, 1998

Drug companies lie

As humans, we have an innate (God-given) healing ability. We are born with self healing, self regulating bodies. The concept of inoculating children with formaldehyde, mercury, acetone, rabbit brain tissue, etc., seems to be a stupid choice.

This year the medical needle of choice is chicken pox.

Hasn't anyone seen the trend? Your child, not mine has been injected with three shots in three years (hepatitis B, measles, meningitis). What will be the magic shot next year?

The facts are simple. Chicken pox is a harmless childhood disease that will provide you with lifelong immunity once you have had them. The needle for chicken pox does not offer you lifelong immunity.

There are more serious health risks to catching chicken pox later in life. Also, you do not know the long term effects of a manufactured needle on your health.

Do no listen to the drug company propaganda. The bigger the lie, the more believable it appears. Do not believe the chicken pox lie.

Dr. Jeff Winchester



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  • Chickenpox Complications Serious CDC Immunization Conference
  • ChiroWatch - Takes aim at Winchester, who shoots himself in the foot

    Who is Jeff Winchester? Is he the same person who just a few years ago studied basic science at one of Canada's finest institutions of higher learning, and who then applied and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) ? Or is he the one and same Jeff Winchester who erected a permanent sign on the outside of his office on Bridgeport Rd., one of Waterloo, Ontario's busiest highways.

    If he is Dr. Jeff, he assumes that it his God-given right to misinform the public on many public health issues, and despite public criticism, he continues to spout his anti-scientific jargon from his pulpit.

    For instance, in 1997 his sign said that meningitis shots were not necessary during the Waterloo area meningococcal meningitis epidemic that killed 2 and crippled many more. He appeared on local TV and radio shows and was featured in the K-W Record because of his sermon from the chiropractic mount.

    During that epidemic we at set up a special "Meningitis hotline" to pay our respects to those who died. It was a public education campaign that served the community. Instead, what did Winchester do, but to spew forth strange idiologies, and pseudoscience to support his faith.

    He has continued his misinformation campaign from time to time about other health issues. Complaints have been filed and yet nothing has seemed to silence him.

    Are there guidelines in the Provincial Health Act that can restrict what a licensed health care professional can say in public? Obviously not. They are protected under the freedom of speech laws, that allow us to criticize them. But laws can't legislate common sense.

    If I were to yell FIRE in a crowded theatre, I would be held responsible for the panic and mayhem that would surely follow?

    The best way to deal with the Jeff Winchesters of the world is to expose their views to public scrutiny. We can do our best if we ask him to explain what the "innate intelligence" that he refers to really means. I would assume that according to Winchester, chiropractic colleges should teach that the Black Plague, AIDS, and breast cancer are the results of the world's "innate stupidity". It doesn't make any sense, unless of course it is the work of the "devil".

    Those who don't believe in the religious fervor of some chiropractors are "victims" and will "suffer" the consequences. It sounds like a page out of the hymnal of a fundamentalist religious cult to me.

    Some publicly funded schools teach that there is a heaven and a hell in religious instruction classes. Some churches teach that the main role of their parishioners is to go out and extole the virtues of their faith in all corners of the world.

    The cult of Winchester's brand of chiropractic hangs signs out to warn that if you get a meningitis shot, you will be branded a heretic, you will be excommunicated, and you will suffer the consequences for not listening to the ravings of a God-given wonder, called Dr. Jeff.

    The cult of chiropractic, as some see it, is based on something that can not be proved. It is based on faith in the fact that subluxation of the spine is the cause of all illness, and it is taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. That college has offered York University more than $25 million to move there and teach their theories as a health discipline.

    Pediatric chiropractic zealots, like Jeff Winchester, may be trained at York University, with your tax money to spew forth religion clothed in pseudo-science. It would like putting up a monument to Scientology on the grounds of York University. Both are unscientific, and potentially dangerous to public health.

    At the present time, a for-profit pediatric chiropractic group from the U.S. is teaching people like Jeff Winchester to manipulate the public, while they manipulate pregnant mothers and newborns. The Novatel Hotel in Etobicoke holds expensive weekend courses for Canadian chiropractors to teach them how to promote pediatric chiropractic.

    I invite the public to continue the debate about pediatric chiropractic with their own doctors. Ask them what they think about it. Collect information, and you decide whether Jeff Winchester, and his friends in the cult of pediatric chiropractic are right, and whether you, after digesting his claims, are willing to entrust your pregnant wife's, or newborn's care to him, and to his friends.

    On the other, if you find that your own chiropractor has objections to what Jeff Winchester has to say, ask them to speak out, and tell their community that Jeff Winchester is an anathema, a boil, a loose cog, who serves no purpose, except to play games with the lives and hopes of intelligent people who live in our community, and who trust our medical care. It is crystal clear that the minority of chiropractors like Winchester choose to build cathedrals of illogical and spurious knowledge, as they sit in their pulpits, and wait for the world's minions to walk into their offices, and bow down before them.

    For information on chiropractic history, and current raging debate about pediatric chiropractic I suggest tuning your web browser to

    Terry Polevoy, MD
    30 December 1998
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