The famed author and skeptic Simon Singh has been encountering setback after setback in his case against chiropractics.
This all began when he wrote an article saying that the British Chiropractic Association “is the respectable face of the chiropractic profession and yet it happily promotes bogus treatments.”
That led to a semantics battle over the meaning of the word “bogus.” Is Singh saying BCA members are liars? They say yes, and they’re suing him for libel.
Singh’s defense is that he believes chiropractors are sincere about wanting to help people, however the treatments they offer have no healing power whatsoever. That’s what he was referring to in his article.
Finally, there’s a bit of good news for Singh.
[Singh has] been granted leave to appeal following a hearing before Lord Justice Laws at the Court of Appeal.
The ruling means Singh will now be able to mount a full appeal against the British Chiropractic Association’s libel suit.
In short, Singh is allowed to file an appeal if he wishes.
Excellent. I hope he wins the case and forces the BCA to lose money and lose business. Their loss is the patients’ gain. Singh may be getting sued for it, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to be silent.
Many of the treatments provided by chiropractors are shams, and those who practice it are charlatans whether they know it or not.
You’d be wise to warn your friends and relatives against wasting their money.