A Respect party campaigner who died on the Bradford West by-election trail when his heart suddenly stopped had given up doctors’ orders of beta-blockers and turned to homeopathy instead, an inquest heard.
Father-of-one Abu-Bakr Rauf collapsed on March 20 in the Mumtaz restaurant car park after a heated discussion with another party member.
GP Adeela Khan told how Mr Rauf was diagnosed with a heart rhythm problem when he was nine and prescribed beta-blockers, but had come off them when he was 14 as they made his head heavy, his limbs ache and slowed him down at school.
“He was told he should stay on them and many a time this was reinforced, but he and his family decided they did not want to do that. He was told about the risks, but they decided to rely on homeopathic medicine,” said Dr Khan in her statement that was read out.
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Sadly, it’s not wise to forgo medications KNOWN to work for homeopathic treatment that does not cure anything. This is a clear cut case of What’s the Harm in homeopathy. It can kill you.
Addition: It’s not absolutely clear that stopping the prescribed meds was directly the cause of death. But the condition was serious enough that it likely made the odds of problems far far worse.