While I’m on homeopathy, let’s have a look at another example of the harm it can do.
The story of Penelope Brown is a very moving one. She died in 2005 after several years of agonising bowel cancer. Her story was presented on Australian Story over the last couple of weeks. You can view both parts here. Visit the links to ‘Desperate Remedies’, in two parts.
It really is just appalling viewing I’m afraid. Have a look at this synopsis too, from earlier this year when the inquest was concluded.
It’s not just the blind faith of the victim, or the utter arrogance and deception by the practitioner, but the passive compliance of the husband, who went along with the dying woman’s wishes purportedly on the basis of the trust between them. My wife asked me what I would have done, had she insisted on the same trust. I replied that I would have hit her over the head with a brick to shut her up about the homeopathy, and then take her straight to hospital. But that’s just me.
After episode 1, we are also left with the suggestion that the 3 (i.e. the deceased, the partner and the homeopath) are in it for the media deal which would follow a successful alternative therapy. But this is never substantiated even though a third party witness is found credible by the inquest. The inquest also found the homeopath not to be a person of trust, but was unable to take further action. She is however being investigated by the Australian Homeopathy Association. Yeah, right. As if they would ever publish an adverse finding on one of their own.
But in the end, the poor deceased died as a result of a ‘perfect storm’, consisting of the illness, a deluded practitioner of a bogus therapy, her devotion to that practitioner intent on getting that special outcome to prove her therapy, and a partner also taken in by the homeopath and who is also keen on health drinks and a positive attitude as therapy.
The poor woman never stood a chance.
To all those who continue with the old canard of ‘what’s the harm’, here’s the harm: the deadly cocktail of:
1. A life-threatening illness which is operable
2. Homeopathy [substitute any one of a zillion bogus therapies], and,
3. A charismatic individual who can influence grown, educated people to take bizarre decisions.
Yes, let’s have that argument again. (See post on Kim Tinkham)
If you doubt the harm that was done, read this moving letter by Penelope, after she had become disillusioned with the homeopath.
To Francine Scrayen, the homeopath, you got off lightly. I would say that you have the intellect of an ant, but I don’t want to denigrate ants.
It’s clear to anyone viewing the story that you were motivated by greed and a desperate desire to ‘manufacture’ evidence in support of homeopathy, to add to the ZERO that already exists. In the process you cared ZERO for the life of another human being.
That makes you a disgrace.