For those that don't want to read the whole article, the general idea is that a 16 year old boy has Hodgkin's disease, and has undergone chemotherapy once, leaving him "bald, feverish, nauseated and so weak he could not walk." After the first treatment, the cancer came back 2 months later.
Now, the courts are ordering that the boy undergo another chemo treatment. However, his parents (and i assume, the boy himself) said "screw the chemo, we're going with holistic medicine" (not their exact words, i just kinda paraphrased...) So, they've started him on a "treatment" of licorice root and prayer.
The controversy comes from the courts demanding that he be treated with chemotherapy. A university of penn. study suggested that:
...supplemented with radiation, the cure rate for Abrahamís cancer is between 85 and 90 percent after three rounds of chemo
I, personally, think that the decision to try the alternative medicine is, well, stupid, to say the least, but i also believe that they have the right to make that decision for themselves. The conflict that i have in my opinion is that the boy is only 16, which technically makes him a minor. Unknown information involves whether or not the boy was PRESSURED by his parents into accepting the alternative medicine, or if it was HIS decisions, and whether or not HIS decision should be valid, since he is only 16. I would like to say that it SHOULD be his decision as to what treatment he wants to undergo, but there are many factors that could pervert his views.
So, imho, i think they SHOULDN'T be forced to make him undergo chemotherapy, but i agree that their decision NOT to is a horrible one.
So, what are your thoughts on the matter?