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This Week in Religion: How Faith Healing Can Lead to Manslaughter

November 15, 2014 in Blogs

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

A couple from from the Church of the First Born withheld medical care from their 12-year-old daughter, who later died from diabetes. Also, Glenn Beck's bogus illness.

This week is a sobering reminder of the dangers of fanatical religious beliefs. Travis and Wenona Rossiter were convicted of manslaughter this week in the death of their 12-year-old daughter whose diabetes was left untreated. The Rossiters, who belong to the Church of the First Born, believe in faith-based healing over the use of modern medicine.

According to KEZI News,

The couple is accused of recklessly and negligently causing the death of their 12-year-old daughter Syble last year, who died from diabetic ketoacidosis. The state argues the parents should have been aware of the girl’s health problems, and that a reasonable person would have sought medical care.

Faith-based healing has spent a lot of time in the news over the last few years and has resulted in the death of countless children from preventable ailments. Many states in the US are starting to act and requiring by law any child under the age of 18 be treated by a medical professional. One can only hope the rest follow suit.

This week also saw former Fox News host and owner of The Blaze, Glenn Beck, a radical Christian Right conspiracy news organization; announce that he had been suffering from a neurological disorder. Beck claimed to have had “adrenal fatigue” but had undergone treatment that involved spiritual work and lots of prayer and announced he had been cured.

Well it turns out Beck’s claim was rather fictitious as it was never diagnosed by a medical professional. His treatment was administered by Dr. Ted Carrick, a chiropractic neurologist, which is a field not recognized by medical professionals. According to Dr. Steven Novella of Yale University, the profession is nothing but “pure pseudoscience,”

“Chiropractic neurology does not appear to be based on any body of research, or any accumulated scientific knowledge,” Novella wrote on his blog. “I am not aware of any research that establishes their core claims. A search on PubMed for ‘Carrick T’ yielded …read more


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