Thursday, May 14, 2009

Simon Singh

Simon Singh is an author of some really good books, The Code Book and Fermat's Enigma being superb reads. But Simon wrote about chiropractors, and they decided it was libel to say their treatments for such things as child's asthma were "bogus":

"You might think that modern chiropractors restrict themselves to treating back problems, but in fact they still possess some quite wacky ideas. The fundamentalists argue that they can cure anything. And even the more moderate chiropractors have ideas above their station. The British Chiropractic Association claims that their members can help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying, even though there is not a jot of evidence. This organisation is the respectable face of the chiropractic profession and yet it happily promotes bogus treatments."

English libel law is a joke. It's perverse in it's operation, and scope. I'd encourage you to read Jack Of Kent's blog and please show your support to Simon!