B.C. chiropractor under investigation for letter to the editor spreading false claim about masks – CBC.ca

30July 2020

A chiropractic specialist in Victoria, B.C., is under examination after composing a letter to his regional newspaper that wrongly suggests wearing a mask can cause “unsafe” accumulations of carbon dioxide.

On Saturday, the Victoria Times Colonist released a letter to the editor from chiropractic doctor Richard Lambert, written in action to an earlier pro-mask letter. Some of Lambert's letter falls in line with the suggestions of B.C. health authorities, who have stated that masks are not a silver bullet for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and suggest making use of face coverings in scenarios where two-metre ranges can't be maintained. However Lambert's letter likewise consists of a commonly unmasked claim about the possible

dangers of wearing a mask.”Excess mask-wearing time can cause hazardous CO2 build-up causing headaches, lightheadedness and decreased psychological performance, along with rebreathing of breathed out particulates and bacteria, “Lambert writes. The letter has not been released on the Times-Colonist's site, but isoffered on the digital paper website PressReader.com.

The College of Chiropractors of B.C. was alerted to the existence of the letter after the very same paper released a defense from Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere, a transmittable diseases specialist at the University of B.C.

Ghesquiere called Lambert's claims “deceptive and straight-out incorrect.”

In an email Thursday, registrar Michelle da Roza said the college's query committee is now investigating the letter.

“Because the matter is now under examination, I can not comment particularly aside from to state that the claims in the letter are of issue to the college. We take these matters very seriously,” da Roza stated.

No comment from chiropractor

Reached by phone on Thursday, Lambert said he was uninformed of the examination or the college's concerns.

“That is the college's position and I have no remark at the moment as I have actually heard absolutely nothing from them,” he said.

The claim that masks cause buildup of co2 and other hazardous gases has been rejected by numerous health professionals in current weeks. Researchers state co2 particles are tiny and do not accumulate in considerable amounts inside a cloth face covering.

Masks are advised in B.C. in situations where physical distancing isn't possible. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's University Health Network, informed CBC earlier this month that she has not seen any clinical evidence to support claims of carbon dioxide buildup.

As Dr. Jennifer Kwan, a family doctor in Burlington, Ont., mentioned, physician wear masks all day and “it has not caused physicians or nurses or surgeons any harm.”

For her part, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said masks are safe for most people to use, and they don't deny the wearer of oxygen or intensify asthma or other lung conditions.

She has withstood calls to implement any obligatory mask guidelines, however prompts those who can wear a face covering to do so in confined areas where physical distancing isn't possible, calling it a matter of courtesy.

Because the novel coronavirus can be spread by people who have no symptoms, masks can assist avoid droplets from an infected individual from reaching those around them.

Chiropractic practitioners are not trained in dealing with or preventing transmittable disease.

The B.C. college has actually previously alerted a handful of chiropractic specialists against marketing supplements or spine manipulations they claimed could construct immunity versus COVID-19.

Source: cbc.ca

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