Indian-origin writer in costly fight with chiropractors

May 14th, 2009 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 14 (IANS) Popular Indian-origin science writer Simon Singh says he is considering fighting on with the British Chiropractic Association in a libel case that has already cost him more than 100,000 pounds.
Singh, a journalist, author and broadcaster, has been sued by the association for an article he wrote in The Guardian newspaper last year saying the association was supporting members who claimed chiropractic treatment could treat children’s colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying.

Singh, co-author of a book on complementary medicine called “Trick or Treatment”, described the treatments, which include manipulation of the spine, as “bogus” and criticised the association for “happily promoting” them.

In a preliminary ruling last week, a High Court judge said Singh implied the association was being consciously dishonest - an interpretation that Singh denied.

He told The Guardian his options are to either go in for an expensive settlement, or appeal against the judge’s interpretation, which could see the case go all the way to the European courts.

The Guardian said in a statement published Thursday it has removed the article from its website because it was the subject of a legal dispute.

“We supported Simon and funded his legal advice when the case was brought against him. The recommended legal advice was to settle out of court and we offered to pay for the British Chiropractic Association’s costs should he choose to follow this course of action,” the newspaper said.

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