Tuesday, 5 May 2009


Homeopathy involves diluting stuff down until you are left with, essentially, water. You then find gullible people to pay you money to swallow what they could get from a tap.

Homeopathy is idiotic.

Sometimes, it is (the Crown alleges) criminally idiotic.

"The Crown case is that from this point on, for the next five months of her life until her death … Gloria's eczema played a devastating role in her overall health and it is asserted by the Crown that both her parents knew this and discussed it with each other," Mr Tedeschi said.

"Over time the eczema caused her skin to become thinner and weaker and the constant breaking of the skin allowed infections to enter her body."

The parents, who each had university degrees and postgraduate qualifications, instead sought help from other homeopaths and natural medicine practitioners, Mr Tedeschi said.

On the few occasions that they did follow conventional medical advice, Gloria would improve, but they would soon revert to homeopathic remedies and she would continue to deteriorate.

"Gloria spent a lot of the last five months of her life crying, irritable, scratching and the only thing that gave her solace was to suck on her mother's breast," Mr Tedeschi said.

"Towards the end she was sleeping an inordinate amount of time, her body desperately trying to overcome these infections."

Thomas Sam's sister allegedly "pleaded" with him to send Gloria to a conventional medical practitioner. He allegedly replied: "I'm not able to do that."

Mr Tedeschi said the parents knew their daughter was suffering from malnutrition, that she was losing weight, and even that it was all due to her eczema.

"Despite their observations … they failed to follow through with any proper serious conventional medicine attention for Gloria from proper doctors, as opposed to homeopaths."

The trial continues.

Unless you are basically well, you ought to avoid homeopathy and advise others to do likewise.


Anonymous said...

I found this interesting.

Homeopathic remedies are approved by the FDA in the United States, and recommended by several Australian government web sites.

Homeopathy is taught in several Australian educational institutions, and homeopathic remedies are sold in pharmacies.

The parents in this case were apparently university-trained and registered homeopaths applying standard homeopathic practice.

I don't see how the Crown has any case at all, unless they can argue that (1) homeopathy doesn't work, and (2) the parents were aware of this.

Anonymous said...

It is a terribly sad story, isn't it. I heard about it on the news today. How very tragic that they didn't take her to a doctor before she got so terribly sick and sore. How awful.

The radio didn't cover the homeopathy info. Interesting, thanks for that.