Boy dies after receiving only “holistic remedies”

This appears to have been a preventable death.

Mother faces negligence charges in seven-year-old son’s death.

A Calgary mother is facing criminal charges in connection with the death of her seven-year-old son.

Police allege the boy, who lived in a suite with his mother, was suffering from a treatable illness, but that he was not given proper medical attention, despite his deteriorating condition.

The officers claim the boy was given holistic remedies and was bedridden for up to 10 days prior to his death.

The cause of death is given as a strep infection which can be cured with conventional antibiotics, but not with herbal medicine or homeopathy or other fringe “treatments”. Emergency medical personnel took the child to the hospital after a seizure. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. I’m not sure of the laws in this municipality but charges are for neglect for failing to provide proper care. Parents need to get the message – alternatives to modern medicine is NOT adequate health care. There is no detail about what the child was treated with but that hardly matters – it wasn’t medicine. I’m sure more will come of this.

It’s important to spread this information widely and, unfortunately, to make examples out of parents who choose this course of action over medical care. That’s the only way that potentially harmful practices can be eliminated from society.

  14 comments for “Boy dies after receiving only “holistic remedies”

  1. November 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Canada only has one criminal code for all of the country – criminal negligence causing death carries a potential life sentence and failure to provide has a maximum of five years. That said, there is no minimum sentence for either crime except if there was a firearm used in the negligence one, and even first degree murder is life with eligibility for parole in 25 years in Canada.

  2. November 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I’m on prescription drugs for life probably, & now & again get urinated off as they don’t do a lot – but they do minimise the pain & other problems. I have on ocassion said stuff it & tried “natural herbal” stuff, when sick of side effects from prescription drugs, & fact my body builds up resistance to their efficacy over time. No better, & probably less use than other drugs. Some natural remedies in conjunction with prescribed meds may help at times, but like yourself very wary of a totally unregulated industry, that pumps out untested & unanalysed products, that often don’t contain the ingredients listed on labelling; Latest dithering & resistance is trying to give up smoking with an e cigarette – but with all bad press, & doing my own research of contents, they look like quicker killers than nicotine & other stinkin chemicals in cigs. Thankfully here in my adopted home of France, they are now doing in depth studies of the chemical composition of them. Seems stupid to me that they try to replace cigarettes with an e cigarette with just as much if not more nicotine as conventional cigarettes. My French GP says don’t do it as more often than not they contain “carbouraunts” – petrol, benzine, parrafin & other fuels like that too. Alternative cures play on fear & sadly 9 times out of 10 are more dangerous than conventional medicine. If your meds don’t work, which is not unusual as everyone’s system is different, simply ask GP for another med, til you find one that works. Don’t go to a modern day faux shaman, who is only in it for the money & kudos.

  3. November 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    How does arresting solve anything?

  4. 6Ball
    November 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    It would keep the perpetrator from committing the atrocity on another young innocent…

  5. November 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Arresting leads to charges which leads to conviction which leads to jail time. It’s obviously the first step in legally dealing with this problem. It was a CRIME.

  6. November 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    A real crime, but as ever the fear of public reaction, for punishing a family who lost a child, despite their own culpability, if taken to court. Would time in prison however long or short give them time to reflect on their stupidity? – Sadly probably not.

  7. November 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM
  8. November 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    To me this is another example of why alternative medicine needs to far more heavily regulate and that anything that does do what the manufactures says it does, then it should be illegal to sell the product.

  9. Nos482
    November 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    She’ll say it was for religious reasons and will get away with a slap on the wrist…

  10. November 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    In Canada, trials for crimes of this nature are not unheard of, though rare.

    The justice system in Canada is quite different than in the U.S.. Virtually all judges are appointed for life, and politics is much less of an issue than in the U.S.. Judges are thus much less subject to public pressure.

    Similarly, prosecutors, called Crown Attorneys in Canada, are not elected, so again, public pressure for leniency is virtually non-existent.

    Prosecution of crimes like this have two purposes: one, what we call specific deterrence, to prevent the accused from doing it again, and two, general deterrence, as an example to everyone else not to behave similarly.

  11. November 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Not in Canada. Religious belief is not a valid defence. We have prosecutions, and convictions, or parents who rely on faith-healing or deny proper medical care due to religious beliefs.

  12. ZombyWoof
    November 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Again, more Cosmik Debris.

  13. Frederick
    November 27, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Yeah. And not all trial go before jury, So it also help with public pressure, Not that jury trial are all bad.. but i think a good judge can have a better critical view of the proof than the mister madame everybody. except for some sentence that are too “soft” i really prefer Our legal system to the US system. No offense to US reader of this comment

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