Why is woo dangerous? I could pontificate for pages, but instead let’s look at a more-than-worthy example of some serious woo woo that is putting a child’s life on the line:
… A 14 year old girl, Tamar, was recently diagnosed with liver cancer which required immediate and aggressive chemotherapy. But her parents have shunned conventional treatment in favour of “mud” therapy. A team of oncologists at Princes Margaret Childrens’ Hospital advised that a seven week course of chemotherapy would give Tamar a 50-60% chance of survival. Despite the treating hospital pleading with the parents to consent to chemotherapy, eventually seeking the involvement of the WA legal system, the parents fled Australia to El Salvador.
Their preferred treatment is tea made from herbs, and red clay gathered from around the hills near their house in El Salvador. Tamar’s mother says that “Clay is basically the right medicine for any kind of illness, (it can cure) anything”. She went on to say, “..it dries up anything that is causing the illness in your system”.
You’ve got to see the footage to believe it:
During the news report, the visibly ill, listless girl is asked whether she preferred her parents’ natural remedies over the choice of chemotherapy. Her father asks her if she’s ever felt pressured into this choice and reminds her about the side effects of chemo (like hair loss). She said that “yeah” she thought mud and tea were a better option than chemotherapy because she didn’t want to lose her hair.
Of course she didn’t want to lose her hair. Of course she would pick something easy and painless over something difficult. When her parents told her there was a simple way to get well, she took the easy route. Why? Because she trusts her parents and wants to avoid hardship. We can’t fault her for that. She’s 14! If she believes that something pleasant could benefit her health just as much as something unpleasant, who can blame her for picking the natural remedies?
The problem is, her parents are dewoosional. They don’t understand science, and instead trust in superstitions, faith, and old wives’ tales over demonstrated, practical reality. They make shit up to comfort theimselves instead of dealing with the plain truth that sometimes life screws you over, people get sick, and loved ones die.
With full knowledge of what multiple experts say about Tamar’s terminal condition, they’re refusing to acknowledge anything but their wishful thinking. These parents are stubbornly killing their daughter.