The latest news on the semi-religious front is of a Texas megachurch which is telling parishioners false information so that some members are getting measles.
The church of evangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have at times preached against vaccines, echoing that false theory from “Dr.” Jenny McCarthy that vaccines cause autism in children. False, false and false that has been proven false many times over.
The sad fact now is that the immediate area of the church in Fort Worth, TX now has 21 cases of measles, a disease that should have been eradicated in this country long ago.
As a result, church members who never had a vaccination or had their children vaccinated, are now getting sick while others are getting measles vaccinations. Leave it to religion to completely screw up something good.
Of course, those now getting real vaccinations are through instructions from their pastors getting “vaccinated in faith”. We don’t know what that means, but that’s what the great unwashed masses are being told by their learned (sarcasm here) ministers who lack any health, medical or inoculation training, but I guess they are “blessed” with knowledge from and of the Bible.
In other news, an Ohio court has rejected the wishes of an Akron Amish couple who wanted to remove their 10-year old daughter from continued chemotherapy. The child in this tragic case has lymphoblastic lymphoma, an aggressive cancerous form of non-Hodgkin disease.
The Amish parents want to treat their daughter with plants and poultices, herbs and faith healing. They argue that their folk remedy treatments might work as well as the standard medical treatments of science. That’s remotely possible, but results of tests and double blind treatment studies show that medicine works; faith healing and folk medicines do not work.
Doctors say that completion of the chemotherapy treatment with the unfortunate side affect of sickness, gives the girl an 85 percent chance of a good life. Without the chemotherapy, she will likely die within one year.
Two cases, with both of them advocating abandoning traditional medicine and health procedures. Instead, the Religionists want to follow traditions of the past or historical cultural follies to treat someone with a serious illness.
Both of these solutions of preventing vaccination or chemotherapy have ramifications far beyond that of the immediate patient or family. In the case of the measles, a similar outbreak in California a few years back (and for the same religious reasons) cost the local government some $18 million to mop up the residual damage and deleterious effects on others.
The second case, were the parents to win regardless of the outcome for their daughter, paints a picture of parents ignoring good standard medical advice or treatments to replace them with the option of God healing us all.
Sorry, it has not happened in the past, it is not happening now, and it is not going to occur in the future.