A chiropractic physician in Victoria, B.C., is under investigation after writing a letter to his local paper that incorrectly recommends wearing a mask can trigger “hazardous” build-ups of carbon dioxide.
On Saturday, the Victoria Times Colonist published a letter to the editor from chiropractic physician Richard Lambert, written in action to an earlier pro-mask letter. Some of Lambert's letter falls in line with the recommendations of B.C. health officials, who have actually stated that masks are not a silver bullet for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and advise using face coverings in situations where two-metre ranges can't be maintained. But Lambert's letter also includes a commonly unmasked claim about the possible
threats of using a mask.”Excess mask-wearing time can cause harmful CO2 accumulation causing headaches, dizziness and decreased psychological functioning, along with rebreathing of breathed out particulates and germs, “Lambert composes. The letter has not been released on the Times-Colonist's site, but isavailable on the digital paper site PressReader.com.
The College of Chiropractors of B.C. was alerted to the presence of the letter after the same newspaper released a counterclaim from Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere, a transmittable illness specialist at the University of B.C.
Ghesquiere called Lambert's claims “misleading and outright wrong.”
In an e-mail Thursday, registrar Michelle da Roza said the college's query committee is now examining the letter.
“Because the matter is now under investigation, I can not comment specifically other than to say that the claims in the letter are of issue to the college. We take these matters extremely seriously,” da Roza stated.
No comment from chiropractic physician
Reached by phone on Thursday, Lambert said he was unaware of the examination or the college's issues.
“That is the college's position and I have no remark at the minute as I have actually heard absolutely nothing from them,” he said.
The claim that masks trigger accumulation of co2 and other damaging gases has been challenged by numerous health experts in recent weeks. Scientists state carbon dioxide particles are tiny and do not build up in significant amounts inside a cloth face covering.
Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection avoidance 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., explained, medical professionals wear masks all day and “it has actually not triggered physicians or nurses or cosmetic surgeons any damage.”
For her part, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has stated masks are safe for many people to use, and they don't deprive the wearer of oxygen or intensify asthma or other lung conditions.
She has resisted calls to carry out any mandatory mask guidelines, but advises those who can use a face covering to do so in confined areas where physical distancing isn't possible, calling it a matter of courtesy.
Since the novel coronavirus can be spread out by people who have no symptoms, masks can assist avoid droplets from a contaminated individual from reaching those around them.
Chiropractic specialists are not trained in treating or preventing transmittable illness.
The B.C. college has formerly alerted a handful of chiropractors against marketing supplements or spine controls they claimed might build resistance against COVID-19.