Came across this today.
A 13 year old is being denied chemo by his parents because they are using ‘alternative treatment’s based on their religous beliefs.
Without trying to offend anyone’s faith, it should be mentioned that their beliefs are attached to the Nemenhah Band –
From the article:
Nemenhah was founded in the 1990s by Philip Cloudpiler Landis, who said Thursday he once served four months in prison in Idaho for fraud related to advocating natural remedies.
Landis said he founded the faith after facing his diagnosis of a cancer similar to Daniel Hauser. He said he treated it with diet choices, visits to a sweat lodge and other natural remedies.
So I use the term ‘faith’ her very loosely. This sounds more like the people that drank the kool-aid rather than an actual, organized religion. But I’ll leave it at that.
With treatment, Daniel the 13 year old has a 90 percent chance of survival. Without treatment, doctor’s put him at 5%. He also cannot read and has no understanding of what it means to be an Elder or Medicine Man in this Nemenhah group…nor does he understand that he is sick.
Is this a post about child abuse?
About the benefits of modern medicine?
I don’t know. For me this is a post which reinforces how lucky I am to be born in a modern society where traffic sucks but I have access (albeit, not direct access) to the best medical care in the world. It also reinforces that I’m lucky that my parents were kind and loving people who tried their best to put the needs of their children first.
It also reminds me that sometimes the government fulfills its duties by helping those who can’t help themselves. But I guess we will have to wait until the verdict on that one.