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Death by Homeopathy
Posted: 28 September 2009 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Parents sentenced to prison
Six years for the father, four years for the mother.

That poor baby. I do not understand how anyone, especially the parents, could let a baby suffer so horribly from something treatable.

Dejected supporters left court still reeling from the judgment.

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Posted: 28 September 2009 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Yes, only something as potent and irrational as religious faith could lead to such bizarre cruelty. Homeopathy requires just such true belief.

I did think it odd that the judge gave extra jail time to the father because as a homeopath he had “an extra duty of care.” The whole case illustrates why homeopaths cannot be considered health care providers in any meaningful sense, any more than shamans of any other vitalist healing ritual system, so it seems a little contrradictory to imagine is training as one should have made him better able to discern the seriousness of his daughter’s condition.

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Posted: 30 September 2009 08:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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It is sad, I have my doubts about homeopathy. But how come nobody talks about 100,000 deaths a year in US hospitals due to incorrect medicines or incorrect dosages?

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Posted: 30 September 2009 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Skeptic,

People talk about it all the time. The media loves to run stories on medical error rates, and Congress loves to hold hearings on the topic. The difference is that scientific medicine acknowledges that all benefits come with risks and that the effort to reduce those risks is important and must be ongoing. Homeopathy, and many other forms of CAM, argue that they are effective and risk free even if there is no evidence to support that, and then when they hurt of kill someone they distract attention from it by claiming that real medicine is even worse. Nothing si perfect, but despite all the complaints about the failings of modern medicien, we are living loinger and healthier lives than any human beings in the history of the species thanks to it. If CAM is held to the same standards of efficacy and safety maiinstream medicine is, then those pieces that prove their claims will be happily adopted and those that don’t will remain marginalized, as they should. I don’t see why this strikes anyone as unreasonable. Unfortunately, CAM too often is a form of religion in which personal experiences and testimonials (aka personal revelattion and faith) are considered adequate “proof” of absolutely anything and scientific evidence is considered irrelevant. I’d ike to see how supporters of this approach would react to a doctor who invented his own drugs based on theroies that contradicted known science and then gave them to patients with no evidence they were safe and worked. I suspect he/she’d be crucified.

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Posted: 19 October 2009 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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BryceHarper - 19 October 2009 11:58 AM

Doctors and homeopaths need to work together.  Too many doctors prescribe drugs that do not work ie toe fungus and are bad for you.  However, too many homeopaths need to do more with traditional medicine.  It works both ways on the negative side.

Doctors have to go through a rigorous training program including postgraduate university and a residency program. Those practicing homeopathy ‘need’ no such training, and have minimal understanding of how science or the body works. How would you reconcile this difference?

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Posted: 19 October 2009 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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asanta - 19 October 2009 12:26 PM
BryceHarper - 19 October 2009 11:58 AM

Doctors and homeopaths need to work together.  Too many doctors prescribe drugs that do not work ie toe fungus and are bad for you.  However, too many homeopaths need to do more with traditional medicine.  It works both ways on the negative side.

Doctors have to go through a rigorous training program including postgraduate university and a residency program. Those practicing homeopathy ‘need’ no such training, and have minimal understanding of how science or the body works. How would you reconcile this difference?

(FYI: I deleted this account because it appears to be a spammer).

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Posted: 19 October 2009 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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dougsmith - 19 October 2009 12:45 PM
BryceHarper - 19 October 2009 11:58 AM

Doctors and homeopaths need to work together.  Too many doctors prescribe drugs that do not work ie toe fungus and are bad for you.  However, too many homeopaths need to do more with traditional medicine.  It works both ways on the negative side.

(FYI: I deleted this account because it appears to be a spammer).

Let me guess, he was selling a fake cure for toenail fungus?  LOL

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Posted: 19 October 2009 04:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Jules - 19 October 2009 03:31 PM
dougsmith - 19 October 2009 12:45 PM
BryceHarper - 19 October 2009 11:58 AM

Doctors and homeopaths need to work together.  Too many doctors prescribe drugs that do not work ie toe fungus and are bad for you.  However, too many homeopaths need to do more with traditional medicine.  It works both ways on the negative side.

(FYI: I deleted this account because it appears to be a spammer).

Let me guess, he was selling a fake cure for toenail fungus?  LOL

Hmmmm, I wonder if the water I’m drinking has memories of all of the cool dinosaurs that pooped in it?? LOL  cheese

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Posted: 19 October 2009 04:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Hey! The evidence-based toe fungus medication worked for me. No more gross black toenails. I can wear sandals in public again without embarrassment, which was a good thing this past summer when it was 100 degrees or hotter every day.

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Posted: 19 October 2009 04:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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fotobits - 19 October 2009 04:23 PM

Hey! The evidence-based toe fungus medication worked for me. No more gross black toenails. I can wear sandals in public again without embarrassment, which was a good thing this past summer when it was 100 degrees or hotter every day.

tongue wink I’ll bet dino poop water would have been just as effective!!

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Posted: 19 October 2009 04:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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After being diluted for 65 million years it should cure everything.  LOL

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Posted: 19 October 2009 04:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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fotobits - 19 October 2009 04:32 PM

After being diluted for 65 million years it should cure everything.  LOL

That’s what I’m saying!! LOL

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