Thursday, May 21, 2009

Home of the Free?

13 year old Daniel Hauser has Hodgkins lymphoma. I'm sure you've seen him in the news, for he and his family are refusing Chemo treatment. Doctors say with the treatment he has a 90 percent chance of survival. Without it, he will likely die. The family wants to go the route of more natural treatments, per their religion.

I saw that yesterday authorities were imprisoning the parents for this.

I'm wondering when we got to the point of not being able to make our own decisions about our own lives.

I once worked with a young gir, probably late 20s, that had cancer, went through Chemo, and was well. Then the cancer came back. They wanted to go through the whole operation again, and she refused. She started taking care of herself, eating right, excersizing. The cancer went away, and never came back.

I've gotten similar testimonials from at least 3 passengers on my plane.

I say he should be able to do what he wants.

-JJ

2 comments:

me said...

yeah, I agree. Now if only someone important would listen to me!! :)

Dom said...

It's because there is established empirical data that proves that chemo and related cancer treatments work in curing the disease, whereas, hoping and praying per "observing their religious beliefs" is proven a far less efficacious and more tragic route.

Obviously this kids parents are choosing to ignore the intelligence of science for the blind belief in their religion. The kid himself is not of significant mental capacity at 13 years old to make such a life or death decision. Of course, an impressionable 13 year old is going to err on the side of his parent's "beliefs," beliefs that have been impressed upon him since a young age without a relevant opposing viewpoint. Having a dearth of experience in living life and learning things for himself through comparative analysis, the state has a vested interest in protecting this child from his parents who, even if they have good intentions, are putting their child at significant risk related to ignoring proper treatment for his disease.

As for eating right, exercising, and the like, years and years of case studies in cancer patients have shown that this course of action presents no statistical difference from patients who choose to do nothing in relation to their cancer, and just resign themselves to die. Chances of cancer survival are markedly improved through proper diagnosis and treatment.