LizW wrote the following comment on my post “When Homeopathy Fails…..”dated May 12, 2009.
“I know a family where the father is a doctor in homeopathy and has been one for many years. They recently had their first child, a boy. He was born at home with the father assisting in the childbirth. For the first few weeks all was fine until the child developed a mild cold and simply did not get better. No amount of homeopathic remedies helped. The child developed an infection that raged on with no relief from homeopathy. The child’s breathing was very compromised, he wheezed and the skin sunk in between his ribs. Finally when the child passed out from lack of Oxygen did they take the child to the hospital where he was intubated and it was discovered the child had Cystic fibrosis. After a month in the hospital the child went home and the parents were instructed to go to a CF clinic so the child could begin the therapy that he would need for the rest of his life. But the Father refused and when the authorities intervened the father the parents took the baby out of the country (Canada) so they could freely treat him solely with homeopathy. Sadly the child developed another pulmonary infection and again almost died despite continued homeopathic treatment. At the hospital in Vancouver they discovered the child’s history and child protection services were called. Currently the child is much better undergoing court ordered mainstream science based Therapies for Cystic fibrosis. The father is still fruitlessly using homeopathy but not exclusively. Sadly the child’s lungs have lost some permanent function so it is unlikely he will live very long as othe children born with CF.
If the proof is in the eating… Spare me. I’ve seen this first hand. It’s quackery.”
Rather than just reply to LizW personally, I thought I would write a post on this.
LizW has stated things as s(he) saw it, and made some conclusions. I reply as follow –
Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to write.
I am really sorry to hear about this child’s condition. I assume that you have stated everything about the case as accurately as you can, and give my reply based on that assumption.
First of all, as a parent myself, I try to do what is best for my children regardless of my beliefs about any particular system of treatment. The father in this case seems to have been very dogmatic.
- As I mentioned in my post, a lot of factors play a part in determining whether a patient gets well or not. There are some cases that do not respond to Homeopathy and as a homeopath, I try to learn from them.
- If I had been in the father’s place, I would have asked another homeopath to look at my child’s case as it would have been very difficult for me to remain objective about my own child’s case. If it appeared that Homeopathy could not help my child, I woud have not have hesitated to use other medical systems to help my child.
- Dogmatism in any healthcare practitioner (of any system of medicine) is not good for his patients/clients. It is common sense that if something is not working for you, you try something else.
- I do not know how much you know about Homeopathy or whether you are able to assess the father’s ability to treat his own child. Not every homeopath is equally competent. If another homeopath had looked into this case, he may have been able to help this child.
- About your conclusion – from just one case you have seen, you have concluded Homeopathy is quackery. Is that “scientific” reasoning?
- Is it “scientific” to blame a system when you do not even know if the father followed Homeopathic principles properly, whether he was able to treat his child objectively, etc?
- If so-called “science-based” or “evidence-based” medicine is the only way to go for everyone everywhere, why are there so many failures in conventional medical treatment, why are there so many side-effects (some even irreversible)? Why don’t you call that system quackery? You probably don’t (and I don’t either) because conventional medicine has helped many (even if not all) people.
- I am not against conventional medicine, but I am against the notion that that system is the only treatment option for every health problem.
- I heard of patients who were put on new anti-diabetic drugs and suffered a stroke, and the drug was recalled. If this had happened to someone you know, you would not be supporting conventional medicine quite so much, would you?
- That does not mean that conventional medicine as a whole is useless or unscientific, does it? Likewise, if Homeopathy did fail in one case (yes, the case you wrote about is very sad), we need to look at what happened, why Homeopathy failed and learn from it rather than conclude that Homeopathy (the system that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in India) is quackery.
Once again, thank you for your comment.
My prayers are with the child you mentioned, and the family.