Thursday, April 5, 2012

When in doubt, sue!

Long story short: homeopathy kills.

Case in point, Penelope Dingle from Perth, Australia was a "patient" of a homeopath named Francine Scrayen, who "diagnosed" Dingle's rectal bleeding as hemorrhoids (not that homeopathy could treat 'rhoids or anything else for that matter), delaying seeking real medical attention for over a year. After a diagnosis of rectal cancer, Scrayen convinced Dingle that she could beat it with diet and homeopathic "treatments".

She didn't. Penelope Dingle died of rectal cancer in 2005.

Scrayen was in no way a medical professional. She had no training in medicine (just a course in first aid, according to the coroner's report (PDF)), and yet still treated-- and, of course, charged-- Dingle.

Dingle's sister Toni Brown has brought a lawsuit against Scrayen, but no criminal charges have been filed.

From Dan's Journal of Skepticism: Scammed to death: How Francine Scrayen killed Penelope Dingle and Homeopath Francine Scrayen in court for the death of her "patient". Not surprisingly, Dan Buzzard has received a "cease and desist" from Scayen's lawyers, demanding that he take down the offending blog posts by April 10 and issue an apology to Scrayen.

*sigh* If I had no scruples, I'd totally become a homeopathic practitioner. I mean, you've got free reign to fucking kill people, then you can sue whoever tells the truth about you!

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