I agree the people sound a little kooky and the kid should probably not be allowed to make the decision if he has a mental handicap.
The problem is it does not matter what anybody thinks of their beliefs. Who has the right to tell you that you have to do something to your own body? Chemo can be a very effective option, but it is extremely hard on the patient. If you got cancer would you be ok with being forced to go through Chemo? What if you truly believed there was another (easier) way to be cured, would you want someone forcing their treatment on you? I seriously doubt it.
Maybe that analogy doesn't work for you because it is hard to actually believe that there is a natural cure for cancer, but remember at one point people believed that draining blood was a cure for most aliments. It sounds stupid now, but it used to be state of the art. Even George Washington had it done, and looking back we wonder why anybody would believe this. I say all that make the point that just because we believe Chemo is the best option now, in 100 years will it be another "bloodletting"?
I dunno, its not the craziest thing I have ever read. The fact that the patient is not the one making the final decision is about the only thing that puts me on the fence at all about this, but still it just doesn't sit right with me. If the patient were of sound mind and made the decision I would be absolutely against this.
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Last edited by slow06; 05-15-2009 at 04:12 PM.