as a skeptical person not only must i be wary of the role of quackery like new age medicine but i must also be vigilant against big pharm and the capitalization of medicine. i must keep questioning the motives of all involved.
if this boy's family and he were not white would the ruling be the same? i don't think so. it really makes me sneer when the media mentions that this family has eight children together, as if this suggests instant negligence. it makes me sneer that big brother is watching us.
at what point did doctors in america get to be so full of themselves that they can predict that he will be cured of cancer when everyone knows that there is no cure for cancer? simply because the chemo may cause the tumor to go into remission this time doesn't mean he won't get it again in five to ten years, nor does it mean that the chemo will even work. chemo is effective in some cases in treating cancer, not curing cancer as these doctors so outlandishly claim.
this reconfirms my strong opinion that the american take on the hippocratic oath is something to be feared. keeping the patient alive at any cost is not what is best for them all of the time no matter what. what does the patient want? what do those legally and financially responsible for the patient want? this is like that dreadful terry schiavo case again with zero respect for the wishes of those who are responsible. the boy went through one treatment already. what if it was his decision to not have to go through that pain again and his parents are honoring his wishes? not one report said anything about the wishes of the child. i'm taking a wild guess that the government and the media don't give a flying fuck about the wishes of the child. i'm guessing if the child gave any answer outside of the one that the public wants to hear then everyone will say that he's influenced by his parents and not making sense, because you know, no child has ever had thier own thoughts or desires.
not one report has said whether or not this family has insurance or if they do whether or not they can afford the expensive chemo treatments in the long run. not one so far has stated whether or not one of these parents stays at home or if they would have had to take time off work for months. i can think of a hundred what ifs here so i'll just wrap it up.
i obviously disagree with the ruling. i disagree that anyone should be forced to go through chemo. i disagree that there is a cure for cancer or that a doctor can guess a percent and this gamble be taken as fact in a court of law. i disagree that this is somehow a "win" for science, if it is a win for anything it is a win for big brother being able to make one of the most grave decisions for you. i disagree that simply because new age quackery is involved it automatically makes the big pharm right.