Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Anti-Science and Killing and EMS

Rogue Medic,

Why do you keep writing about homeopathy and vaccines and other stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with EMS?

Anti-Science is Anti-EMS. Here is one example of how anti-science kills.[1] This was not some serious medical condition that is a mystery to conventional medicine. The medical condition was – eczema.

How does eczema, a skin condition, become so bad that it leads to septicemia. Septicemia is a serious medical condition, but not one that is a mystery to conventional medicine. Eczema should not progress to septicemia in an otherwise healthy child. This was an otherwise healthy child.

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.[2]

So they did get conventional medical treatment for their daughter. This is the fault of conventional medicine.

They only took her to a real doctor to get her well enough, so that they could go back to treating her with their anti-science treatment.

Hmm. The parents use conventional medicine and the daughter gets better. Since there is no cure for eczema, it is a chronic condition, the parents go back to the homeopathy to manage the eczema and she gets worse. The parents again use conventional medicine and the daughter again gets better. Since there is still no cure for eczema, the parents go back to the homeopathy to manage the eczema and she gets worse.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Just as it says to do on the label for the eczema/dandruff shampoo.

Lather the health out of their daughter.

Rinse the homeopathy away, temporarily.

Now that she is healthy again, lather the health back out of her.

Well, her father is a doctor. I’m sure he knows what he is doing.

He is a doctor of homeopathy.

Becoming a doctor requires a lot of time studying science.

There is no science in homeopathy.

A doctorate in homeopathy is an oxymoron. This is the equivalent of President Clinton having a doctorate in Celibacy. This is nothing but delusional thinking.

The parents, who each had university degrees and postgraduate qualifications, instead sought help from other homeopaths and natural medicine practitioners,[3]

I suppose they are the equivalent of Jenny Killer McCarthy, just with more classroom time.

This just is further proof that it is not the amount of the education, but the quality of the education. If you attend classes and pay your tuition, some schools will give you a degree, because they would feel guilty if they didn’t. When the degree is in homeopathy, there is no quality to assess.

Practical examsDude, you are like totally succussing[4] too hard, Dude.

Knowledge base (like cures like[5]) – I need a beer to cure my hangover, Dude. Hair of the dog is the only thing that works.

If they were to use homeopathy to try to send someone to the moon, they could instantly claim success. All they have to do is just dilute the trip to the point where the person never even has to leave Earth. The inverse of Zeno’s dichotomy paradox.[6] Homeopathy is amazing. Nothing is Everything. The illogic is perfect.

Late addition 5/05/09 19:49 – from The Macho Response[7] – Health service warns against homeopathic whooping cough remedy.[8] A dead baby. Apparently this is due to choosing homeopathic vaccination over a real vaccination.

How does this relate to EMS?

Original cartoon

Recently I wrote about the Trendelenburg Position,[9] which is an EMS treatment with as much scientific basis as homeopathy. In spite of the lack of evidence to support this as a real medical treatment, there are people who insist that it works because they just know it works. To suggest otherwise would be to suggest that they have been wasting their time, or even worse, harming patients. Rather than deal with this rationally, they take an extra-strong dose of Cognitive DissonanceTM. No homeopathic doses, when it comes to fooling yourself and harming your patients.

You’ve just got to believe in it. Because if you know what you are doing, you can’t continue this patient abuse.

But we can’t just do nothing.

You aren’t doing nothing, just because you are not providing a treatment, that might be harmless, but also might be harmful. One thing the treatment is not – helpful, at least not helpful to the patient. It is helpful to the continuing cognitive dissonance of the paramedic.

Assessment is a treatment. Assessment is essential.

Transport is a treatment. In these cases, transport is also essential.

Doing something, just for the sake of doing something, is horrible patient care.

Doing something, just for the sake of doing something, is patient abuse.

But if the patient dies, I need to feel like I did something. I can’t just stand there and not do something.

What if doing something is what is killing the patient?

Updated 9/14/2012 at 01:15 for formatting and links.


[1] Homeopathy Kills a Child
Respectful Insolence

[2] Dead baby’s parents ignored advice: QC
Harriet Alexander Court Reporter
May 5, 2009
The Sydney Morning Herald

[3] Dead baby’s parents ignored advice: QC
Same article as above.

[4] Dilution and succussion

[5] Law of similars

[6] Zeno’s dichotomy paradox

[7] Homeopathy Does It Again: Baby Dead At 4 Weeks Old – Much Too Young To “Believe”
The Macho Response

[8] Health service warns against homeopathic whooping cough remedy
ABC News (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
March 19, 2009

[9] Springtime for Witchcraft in Wake County
Rogue Medic
Tue, 28 Apr 2009

TM Cognitive Dissonance
How to harm people with a clear conscience. Fool yourself.