Doctor Who?

A man who suffered from a peanut allergy collapsed and died from severe anaphylactic shock less than an hour after eating peanut during an appointment with an alternative medicine practitioner, the Irish Independent reports today.

Brett Stevens, a kinesiologist and chiropracter living in Dublin, is described in the Irish Independent report from the coroner’s court as “Dr Stevens”.

Google brings up several associations between Brett Stevens and chiropractics, and apparently an interest in scientology.

Applied kinesiology is a branch of chiropractics invented in the sixties. Chiropractics in turn is the belief that ‘vertebral subluxation‘ is the leading cause of all disease.

By my layman’s understanding, that means a belief that no matter what your symptoms are, it’s probably down to a bad back.

According to the VHI, there is no state registration for chiropractors in Ireland.

Every medical practitioner in Ireland is required by law to register with the Medical Council. It is an offence to practise medicine within the State while unregistered, except in emergencies (a British doctor on holidays treating a heart attack, for instance)

The IMO database does not include Brett Steven’s name.

All of which makes me wonder, what entitles Brett Stevens to be called doctor?

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.

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