Death by Alternative “Medicine”
Posted by mattusmaximus on June 6, 2009
In my most recent post – Silencing Skepticism: The Case of Simon Singh – I outlined the dangers in allowing alternative “medicine” woo-meisters to silence skeptics. But in the process of writing that entry, I left out perhaps the most important reason why skeptics must fight against attempts to silence them: alternative “medicine” can kill.
Case in point…
A couple whose baby daughter died after they treated her with homeopathic remedies instead of conventional medicine have been found guilty of manslaughter.
Gloria Thomas died aged nine months after spending more than half her life with eczema.
The skin condition wore down her natural defences and left her completely vulnerable when she developed an eye infection that killed her within days of developing.
Thomas Sam, 42, a homeopath, and Manju Sam, 37, of Earlwood, Sydney, were charged with manslaughter by gross criminal negligence.
Sadly, this isn’t an isolated case. ‘Nuff said.