They treated him for 2½ weeks with remedies that included hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish and a product from a naturopathic doctor aimed at boosting his immune system.
In a further story today, it seems the father has lashed out at the judicial system, blaming everyone but himself and his wife for his child’s death:
"The floodgates have now been opened and if we do not fall in line with parenting as seen fit by the government, we all stand in risk of criminal prosecution.
A letter written by a group of Alberta doctors to the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) makes it clear how much neglect was involved in this case.
… a group of Canadian physicians and surgeons says it’s “deeply concerned about the conduct of the registered naturopath” Dr. Tracey Tannis.
The letter reads: “by any objective measure of a healthcare professional licensed to care for children Dr. Tannis did not meet the standard of care.”
“According to what has been given as evidence in the Stephan trial, Dr. Tannis did not physically examine Ezekiel, who was so stiff from meningeal inflammation that he could not sit in his car seat,” the letter continues.
“The degree of responsibility that Dr. Tannis bears for the tragic outcome Ezekiel Stephan suffered is a matter for the CNDA to explore and publicly address.”
According to the comments to the Yahoo article above, it also turns out that the family are Mormons, a sect who hold very strange beliefs regarding medical treatment, including being anti-vaccination. This could account for their refusal to take the child to a hospital, and rely instead on herbal cures and the advice of a Naturopath. The family also owns a natural medicine company that sells, among other things, a concoction that is supposed to help with bi-polar disorder, depression, even autism.
As a result of this case, the whole question of naturopathic versus standard medical care has arisen again.
At what point should Naturopaths refuse to deal with extremely sick patients and urge them to see a Medical Doctor? What sorts of illnesses should Naturopaths deal with?
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