Tag Archive for children’s health

Don’t freak out over eating rice

Consumer Reports has issued a new report on arsenic content in rice. As this is being picked up by the mainstream media, as usual, it’s framed in such a way that may cause people (like those who just read the headlines) to shy away from rice and rice products. Is there a need to avoid…

Streetcorner exorcism reported in the U.K.

A resident reports to a local paper that some “church stuff” is going on at the street corner involving at least one child. The paper investigates. The police become involved. So far, it does not appear that anything illegal has taken place but any ceremony involving an exorcism is cause for concern that child welfare…

Action against MMS product called for in Ireland

This product, which fits the description of “snake oil” very well, is still being administered to children through an Irish church. Senator wants action on bleach ‘cure’ | Irish Examiner. Health Minister Leo Varadkar has been urged to address the Seanad over what action officials are taking to prevent a “toxic chemical” form of bleach…

Ukpabio sues British Humanists for criticism of her anti-witchcraft methods

Skeptics know very well what it’s like to be targeted litigiously by those who want to stop bad press. Helen Ukpabio, whom we’ve written about multiple times, is trying to silence criticism of her methods against witch children. Libel tourist and Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ (the self styled) ‘Lady Apostle’ Helen Ukpabio attempts to stifle critics by…

Chimpanzee attacks and carries away child in Uganda

A family in Uganda claims that a chimpanzee attack claimed the life of their young child. Chimpanzee kidnaps, kills 2-year-old boy. “We were in the garden burning grass after clearing the fields. As the children and their mother settled down for a late lunch, a group of chimpanzees attacked, taking the child with them,” said…

Another Slenderman-connected attack. Another girl. More parental reaction.

Another attack is connected to Slenderman, this time in Ohio. This one sounds less connected, more complicated, and like an overreaction to a scapegoat cause. We can’t tell if it is a copycat case or the Mother seeing a post hoc connection. Hamilton Co. mom: Daughter’s knife attack influenced by Slender Man | Local News…

Judge rules that freedom and ignorance does not allow you to neglect your child (UPDATE: Guilty)

UPDATE (24 May 2014) Convicted.  Moses Lakes parents convicted of starving 2-year-old son | KOMO News. Originally published March 2013 In an update to the Staats criminal charges over the death of their child, the judge confirms that a trial will occur after he refuses to dismiss the charges. Judge decides Staats’ trial for harming their son…

You CAN’T overdose on homeopathic remedies folks…

Oh the hilarity (after the fact because it wasn’t really sleeping pills), though I suggest these kids get some counseling about the dangers of real pharmaceuticals. The parents need help regarding pretend meds. 10 Palm Beach Gardens middle school students take homeopathic… | www.palmbeachpost.com. Three students at Watson B. Duncan Middle School were taken to…

“Culturally appropriate alternative medicines” for leukemia may mean death

This is the Sarah Hershberger case only with Native healing treatments. Dr. to Ojibwes, “anyone who says that traditional medicine works should be thrown in jail” McMaster Children’s Hospital delivered a message to the Sault family Wednesday with an ultimatum; either bring their daughter Makayla back to McMaster or another hospital for chemotherapy, or treat…

Dangerous imitation: Razor blades in Pennsylvania playground

As suspected, there has been copycat activity of the razor blades on playgrounds. More razor blades found on playground equipment – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL. Police say razor blades were found duct-taped to playground equipment at a park outside Philadelphia. Police in the Delaware County town of Brookhaven say the blades…

Real razor blade hazard in Illinois

We all hear stories about razor blades in apples or candy around Halloween time. The truth is, this is far fetched and doesn’t happen. But, this really happened. Child hurt by razor blades glued to East Moline playground equipment. Less than a week after the first day of spring began bringing children to Quad-City parks, a…

Fluoridation court ruling in New Zealand

Fluoridation is a reasonable activity for the common good. It is not medication, says a new ruling. Fluoridation a local government issue: court. The High Court has affirmed the right of local government to fluoridate drinking water. In a decision released today, Justice Rodney Hansen threw out claims from anti-fluoride campaigners who disputed the South…

Polio-like syndrome seen in California

Other than very scary, what IS this? Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California. A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery. “What’s we’re seeing now is bad. The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all…

Idaho to address faith healing exemption

This is GREAT news. Another challenge to a religious shield law that allows for faith healing exemptions. Those exemptions allow for parents to withhold medical care on religious grounds. Idaho rep tackles faith healing after child deaths – SFGate. After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon’s lead and require parents…