Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:47 pm

Refusing treatment for your child is basically killing them yourselves. I'm in agreement with Seafort and Graham, here.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Nickswitz » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:49 pm

Captain Seafort wrote:And if the bible told you to take a pickaxe to someone's head?


That would be completely contradictory of 90% of the bible... if it did, I would stop reading it and move on to something else that isn't contradictory.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Captain Seafort » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:53 pm

Nickswitz wrote:That would be completely contradictory of 90% of the bible... if it did, I would stop reading it and move on to something else that isn't contradictory.


:lol: :lol: :lol: Christ said "I bring not peace but a sword". His old man killed a good chunk of the Egyptian population and ordered the annihilation of the population of Jericho.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby The piman » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:56 pm

Nickswitz wrote: That would be completely contradictory of 90% of the bible... if it did, I would stop reading it and move on to something else that isn't contradictory.


good catch. hopefully most people recognize WHY they should follow what is written in their religious texts and don't just FOLLOW what is written in the book. that could be most unwise.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Captain Seafort » Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:02 pm

The piman wrote:hopefully most people recognize WHY they should follow what is written in their religious texts and don't just FOLLOW what is written in the book. that could be most unwise.


Such as refusing blood transfusions because the chances of infection a millennia or two ago were substantial, unlike today.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby stitch626 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:16 am

Captain Seafort wrote:
The piman wrote:hopefully most people recognize WHY they should follow what is written in their religious texts and don't just FOLLOW what is written in the book. that could be most unwise.


Such as refusing blood transfusions because the chances of infection a millennia or two ago were substantial, unlike today.

That has nothing to do with the refusal of blood transfusions (at least among Jehovah's Witnesses and early Christians). Transfusions didn't exist (or so I think) back when the verse was written. And even if it they did, the understanding of microorganisms and infection did not.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Mikey » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:13 am

What Nick was referring to seems to be the increasingly-popular so-called "bloodless" surgery, which is of course not bloodless but requires no transfusion or outside source of blood.

Captain Seafort wrote:good chunk of the Egyptian population


Small percentage. Just the first-born males, and the army division that chased the Israelites across the Reed Sea. ;)

Here's a question to fuzz the lines: What if we said that the parents, instead of denying treatment, opted for herbalism, ancient Eastern medicine, or shamanism?
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Tsukiyumi » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:17 am

Nice.

I'd say that they're trying something with proven results, that's only outside of "medicine" because drug companies can't profit from it. Doesn't mean it doesn't work.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Mikey » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:33 am

Tsukiyumi wrote:Nice.

I'd say that they're trying something with proven results, that's only outside of "medicine" because drug companies can't profit from it. Doesn't mean it doesn't work.


Sure, but it's not "proven" by the Western scientific medicine - so would the same feelings apply as to parents who outright deny treatment?

I'm playing devil's advocate, of course - I myself use certain homeopathic remedies, and have found accupuncture to be useful as well. But for someone who claims flat-out that parents should not be able to deny treatment to their kids, they should be able to make a legitimate claim as to why non-traditional medicine shouldn't be available either.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby stitch626 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:44 am

I've always found chicken soup to be the best thing for the cold.

Good point though Mikey, I never even considered that.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Captain Seafort » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:36 am

Mikey wrote:I'm playing devil's advocate, of course - I myself use certain homeopathic remedies, and have found accupuncture to be useful as well. But for someone who claims flat-out that parents should not be able to deny treatment to their kids, they should be able to make a legitimate claim as to why non-traditional medicine shouldn't be available either.


If something's been scientifically proven to be effective, then fair enough. If it's not been proven to be effective, but has been proven not to be harmful, and has anecdotal evidence of it's effectiveness, then I'd have no problem with trying that as well. Relying solely on unproven remedies is not something I would be prepared to tolerate, certainly not if the argument was between a millennia old religious text and the training and experience of an MD.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Lt. Staplic » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:55 am

going back to the young children making decisions...I'm tending to agree with Graham and Seafort here. I realized my own mortality pretty early on. My grandfather died when I was 6, and really that's about the earliest that the notion of mortality can really strike a person IMO, if I'd been much younger I don't think I would have gotten it. Even after that I don't know that I would have been properly prepared to make a life or death decision like what we're talking about. There's more to the decision than just knowing what your beliefs are, and what it means to die. There's really another whole level that the decision must be weighed on, which basically involves how devoted to those beliefs a person is. A young person just doesn't have the cognitive ability to take the beliefs they've been taught and apply them to their own experiences in their life to decide if they really believe them or not, instead relying solely on their truth b/c that's what their parents have said.

I also like Grahams wording...feel free to do what you want, until it starts harming other people.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Tsukiyumi » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:57 am

Lt. Staplic wrote:...feel free to do what you want, until it starts harming other people.


That's my personal mantra.
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Postby Captain Seafort » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:56 pm

Mikey wrote:Getting back to Seafort's criterion of proof being needed for non-traditional medicine being an OK treatment option; remember that vaccines with thimerasol were "proven" to have a positive correlation with autism... until the research was found to be fraudulent and the Lancet had to print a retraction and big sloppy apology. Well, the proof was there; should I have stopped getting immunizations for my kids?


No, the proof wasn't there. There was one badly-researched paper with little or no corroboration, but the bloke responsible was a damn sight better at PR than most. Moreover, even if the link were proven, autism is not a fatal condition. Those that MMR guards against can be.
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Re: Medical Help Vs. Religious Beliefs

Postby Mikey » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:05 pm

The fraudulent research was the equivalent of what's generally accepted as "proof" of the efficacy of modern medicine.
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