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1 Gus  Mon, Apr 18, 2011 10:05:26am

Pathetic. Proving once again that human beings will believe in anything. This is possibly second to faith healing as far as superstitions are concerned. One has to wonder though why the FDA has done little to nothing in regulating this scam of an industry. Perhaps it is because the so called homeopathic medicine is harmless. However, if people ignore symptoms ad opt to "treat" themselves instead with homeopathic gobbledygook then it is no longer harmless. Case in point (which was mentioned in the video):

Homeopathy couple jailed over daughter's death

A husband and wife were jailed today for the manslaughter of their baby, who died after they chose to use homeopathic remedies rather than conventional medicine to treat her severe skin disorder.

Thomas Sam, 42,a lecturer in homeopathy, and his wife Manju, 37, of Sydney, were convicted in June after the death of their nine-month-old daughter Gloria from septicaemia and malnutrition in May 2002. The parents had faced a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. The New South Wales state supreme court justice, Peter Johnson, ordered Thomas Sam to serve at least six years in jail, with a maximum sentence of eight years, and Manju to serve at least four years in jail with a maximum of five years and four months.

Johnson said there was a "wide chasm" between the couple's approach and the action a reasonable parent would have taken. Thomas Sam's "arrogant approach" to his preference for homeopathy and Manju Sam's deference to her husband led to their daughter's death, he said.

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Gloria Thomas Sam
From RationalWiki

Gloria Thomas Sam was the baby daughter of Thomas and Manju Sam who died of eczema, due to her parent's belief in the effectiveness of homeopathy. Both of her parents were sentenced to ten years in prison, though her father who was himself a homeopath received a heavier sentence as he was deemed to have a double duty of care. Gloria died aged nine months after spending more than half her life with eczema.The skin condition wore down her natural defenses and left her completely vulnerable when she developed an eye infection that killed her within days of developing.

What's the Harm: Gloria Thomas Sam

2 Michael McBacon  Mon, Apr 18, 2011 4:21:19pm

You could say it's a dilutional delusion.

3 mr.JA  Tue, Apr 19, 2011 4:20:20pm

You know how they call alternative medicine that works?

Medicine.

(Stolen from Tim Minchin, I think...)


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