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World Federation of Chiropractic Loses 17 International Sponsors Since Flawed Report on Chiropractic & Immunity Published

WFC Leader Richard Brown Blames "Challenging Business Environment" Due to Pandemic

According to a comparison of Partners and financial supporters of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) before and after the WFC released its deeply flawed report on chiropractic and immunity, 17 corporate partners, malpractice companies, nutritional support companies, equipment manufacturers and schools have pulled their sponsorships including:

Chiropractic schools that continue to financially support and sponsor the WFC include:

Chiropractic magazines and news outlets that continue to financially support and sponsor the WFC include:

As the world was starting to grapple with the emergence of Coronavirus and its related pandemic, chiropractors around the world were gearing up to care for millions of people suffering from the emotional stress and physical strain of daily life in a new normal. Meanwhile other chiropractors were gearing up to see how much trouble they could cause for chiropractors who chose to remain open and serve the suffering masses.

Within just a few days those chiropractors who deny the vitalistic, salutogenic model of vertebral subluxation had "leaders" within the profession to help them wreak their havoc. The World Federation of Chiropractic's Research Committee under the leadership of Greg Kawchuk DC, PhD - Adjunct Faculty at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and Christine Goertz DC, PhD - Palmer College of Chiropractic Honorary Alumna led the Committee in the development and dissemination of a deeply flawed hit piece falsely claiming that there is no credible, scientific evidence that chiropractic has any clinically relevant effect on the immune system.

They went on to reveal the real purpose of the flawed document falsely claiming that there was no evidence that would permit claims of effectiveness for conferring or enhancing immunity through chiropractic to be made in communications by chiropractors.

Immediately following the release of the hit piece several state chiropractic regulatory boards including Texas and Wisconsin endorsed the document and sent threatening notices about discussing immunity to chiropractors licensed in their states.

Parker University President William Morgan DC conducted an interview with Parker's Director of Research Katherine Pohlman DC, Ph.D who echoed the WFC's document snickering in an interview about it stating "There is no credible research" to support such claims. Morgan threatened chiropractors that if they suggested chiropractic boosted immunity that they would be "under the hand of the law" and that chiropractors were "making claims that they can't back up".

In addition to Parker University and several regulatory boards endorsing the flawed document, several prominent Subluxation Deniers in the United States and Canada have been using the document to encourage the public to file complaints against chiropractors that remain open during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Robert Maybee DC who practices in Portland, Oregon and runs an anti-chiropractic group called Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance thanked the World Federation of Chiropractic, Parker University and the American Chiropractic Association telling his fellow Deniers that:

"You are now properly armed with FACTS thanks to the WFC and Parker and ACA"

The individuals on the WFC Research Committee who wrote the report represent or are affiliated with several chiropractic schools as well:

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation reviewed the WFC document and issued a rebuttal stating:

"This is a political response masquerading as a scientific pursuit" with ". . . the use of amorphous and undefined terms such as 'credible' leading to cherry-picking based on dogma."

The Foundation found widespread bias in the “rapid review” by the WFC researchers. stating:

"The credibility of the review should be questioned even further because some of the authors are known critics and deniers of vertebral subluxation theory and clinical practice."

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The ChiroFutures Malpractice Insurance Program issued a statement after the flawed document was released stating:

"ChiroFutures has reviewed the document these Boards relied upon and endorsed to potentially restrain the trade of their competitors and have determined that it is methodologically flawed and scientifically invalid. Anyone receiving communication from a chiropractic regulatory board regarding this issue is urged to preserve that communication along with all other communications, emails, letters, website posts and any other material related to this issue from the regulatory board. Victims of any regulatory boards' attempt to restrain chiropractic trade related to these issues are urged to consult with legal counsel to explore the various remedies available to them."

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In related news several members of the WFC Research Committee who wrote, promoted and provided cover for those going after chiropractors using their hit piece have abruptly resigned from the WFC Research Committee claiming they ". . . no longer feel it is possible to function as independent academics".

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