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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-25-06 12:00 PM
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159. My criticism of industrial medicine doesn't make me "alternative"
Any more than my criticisms of capitalism make me communist.

I think there's way way way too much corporate money in medical research and that it has compromised that research in thousands of concrete ways. I'm not that interested in most "alternative" medicines though I do think the importance of nutrition and environmental toxins as pathogens is overlooked in a lot of the research. I read PLOS and Pubmed, daily. I'm not some hippie off in the woods eating granola and locusts hoping to cure my ailments -- but I respect that hippie's decisions.

We're talking about a minor child
If the child were 8, I'd agree with the court. Is there a bright line? no, but 16 seems to be on the other side of the fuzzy line, and this kid seems mature enough to make his own decisions. And he's done chemo once already, so he knows the gravity of the decision.

making a decision that will result in his death
You don't know that. The death rate is not 100% without treatment, and the survival rate is not 100% with treatment. You may not like his odds, but it's not your life.
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