CORTE MADERA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractor in Marin County, Calif., received two complaints from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners last week. "I expected to be attacked by a government that not merely protects the medical industry; it actively promotes that industry, and forces their procedures upon us, especially the children, without regard to safety, efficacy or the right to choose." Sadly, "I didn't expect to be attacked for my religion."
"It's about one of my anti-vaccination pieces. It's kind of funny," Dr. Harte says, "since they claim that the piece is an advertisement, even though it is clearly a Letter to the Editor in the Pacific Sun (http://www.pacificsun.com/letter-childhood-disease-not-tragedy/), the Marin County weekly newspaper." He believes "The Board is playing a jurisdiction game. They don't have that jurisdiction, so they call a non-ad an ad. Government logic."
Dr. Harte goes on, "The Board has a history of having problems with free speech. They don't like it when chiropractors deviate from sitting in the back of the health care bus, when chiropractors, like myself, tell the truth … that Chiropractic is not about fixing minor back pain, but rather, about liberating the nervous system for optimal health."
"In general," according to Dr. Harte, "The Board seems to think that its mission is to protect the public from Chiropractic. A decade ago, I was attacked by the Board for telling the real story of Chiropractic in my advertisements. That case was dismissed, and their special investigator fled the state. For that, I was awarded 'Chiropractor of the Year' in 2006."
Dr. Harte is proud to say "I've been involved in the opposition to vaccination for many years, from the flu vaccine (http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Alternative-to-the-sting-of-a-failed-flu-vaccine-2827733.php) to Guardisil (http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20071101/donald-harte-is-there-a-vaccine-that-protects-against-non-science) to vaccine contamination and the urgent need to re-evaluate the societal position of Medicine (http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Time-for-a-regime-change-in-attitude-about-2688948.php) to the evil of government mandates, including fighting the recent bill, SB277, that destroys personal belief and religious exemptions. Some even think that, as a chiropractor, I am unqualified to speak about this topic." He adds, "The hate mail I receive? What people think is a scientific position is hilarious. But their totalitarian political views, some even wanting to jail parents who don't vaccinate their children, are frightening."
"To straighten it out for those who are ignorant about chiropractic education, we get, essentially, the same basic sciences as in medical school, including immunology and toxicology, which are directly relevant to this topic. On top of this," Dr. Harte says, "the vitalistic philosophy of Chiropractic (http://www.chirodrharte.com/about-us/) gives the straight chiropractor far more wisdom to appreciate how the body actually works. It is easy for me to comprehend that vaccination subverts normal immune processes, and that the addition of a variety of substances that are toxic to the immune and nervous systems can only be disastrous to health. The cultish acceptance of anything medical does not change these scientific facts."
"The alleged hate crime committed by the Chiropractic Board," according to Dr. Harte, "is evident in that the one piece, amongst all of my writings, that they chose to persecute me for, was entitled 'Measles, Schmeasles.' This is what might be called a 'Yiddishism,' a particularly Jewish way to express disdain for something, to express its lack of importance. Since I am Jewish, and this manner of expression is almost unheard of in the San Francisco Bay Area, I find it odd that the Board picked this one to attack."
Dr. Don Harte, former medical student, is a straight chiropractor serving Marin and the Greater Bay Area since 1981. He is an activist in the struggle for free speech for chiropractors. Dr. Harte was named 2006 "Chiropractor of the Year" by the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA). He has served on the Boards of the WCA and the Council on Chiropractic Practice. His articles have been published in OMNI magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Chiropractic Journal and Journal of the California Chiropractic Association.
More information on Dr. Harte: http://www.chirodrharte.com/.
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