A chiropractic doctor in Victoria, B.C., is under examination after composing a letter to his regional paper that incorrectly recommends wearing a mask can cause “harmful” build-ups of carbon dioxide.
On Saturday, the Victoria Times Colonist released a letter to the editor from chiropractic physician Richard Lambert, composed in response to an earlier pro-mask letter. A few of Lambert's letter falls in line with the advice of B.C. health officials, who have stated that masks are not a silver bullet for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and recommend making use of face coverings in circumstances where two-metre distances can't be kept. But Lambert's letter also consists of a commonly unmasked claim about the possible
risks of using a mask.”Excess mask-wearing time can cause harmful CO2 build-up causing headaches, lightheadedness and reduced psychological performance, in addition to rebreathing of exhaled particulates and bacteria, “Lambert composes. The letter has not been published on the Times-Colonist's site, but isavailable on the digital paper website PressReader.com.
The College of Chiropractors of B.C. looked out to the existence of the letter after the same paper published a counterclaim from Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere, a transmittable diseases specialist at the University of B.C.
Ghesquiere called Lambert's claims “misleading and outright 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 investigation, I can not comment specifically aside from to state that the claims in the letter are of issue to the college. We take these matters very seriously,” da Roza said.
No comment from chiropractic doctor
Reached by phone on Thursday, Lambert stated he was unaware of the examination or the college's concerns.
“That is the college's position and I have no comment at the moment as I have actually heard nothing from them,” he said.
The claim that masks trigger buildup of carbon dioxide and other damaging gases has actually been challenged by many health experts in current weeks. Scientists say co2 particles are small and do not collect in considerable quantities inside a cloth face covering.
Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection avoidance and control at Toronto's University Health Network, told CBC previously this month that she has not seen any scientific evidence to support claims of carbon dioxide accumulation.
As Dr. Jennifer Kwan, a family physician in Burlington, Ont., pointed out, medical professionals wear masks all day and “it has not triggered medical professionals or nurses or surgeons any damage.”
For her part, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said masks are safe for the majority of people to use, and they don't deny the user of oxygen or exacerbate asthma or other lung conditions.
She has withstood calls to execute any mandatory mask rules, however urges 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 unique coronavirus can be spread out by individuals who have no symptoms, masks can help prevent droplets from a contaminated person from reaching those around them.
Chiropractic specialists are not trained in dealing with or avoiding contagious disease.
The B.C. college has previously cautioned a handful of chiropractors against marketing supplements or spine controls they claimed might develop immunity versus COVID-19.