This was never going to end well…belief in hocus pocus. It was a stupid belief that led to her death. This is nothing short of quackery. The “health” practitioner should be prosecuted for some sort of culpable homicide.
All this mumbo jumbo and hocus pocus, like the stupid belief that homeopathic “remedies” that are nothing more than water are stronger somehow than medicine…just goes to prove that People are Stupid.
A natural health practitioner treated a woman with a lesion on her head for 18 months, even though the practitioner recognised from the beginning that the lesion “looked cancerous”.
By the time the woman sought hospital treatment, the lesion was 10 x 11cm and some underlying bones were damaged, the Health & Disability Commissioner (HDC) said.
The woman was diagnosed with cancer and underwent major surgery but died a year later.
She had first consulted the iridologist and natural health practitioner about the lesion in February 2008. At the time the woman thought the lesion was a cyst.
Iridology is the diagnosis of a patient’s health by looking at their irises.
The provider recognised from the beginning that the lesion “looked cancerous” and that it was beyond her ability to treat, the HDC said.
Despite that, the provider treated the lesion for 18 months.
“To do so, the provider spent many hours each day at the woman’s house and the woman and provider went on holiday together.”
Treatment of the lesion included picking out dead skin, cleaning the lesion, and the use of topical and oral remedies.
Although initially the lesion appeared to improve, it later grew larger, was frequently infected, bled frequently, and smelled unpleasant. The woman became weak and was in severe pain, the report said.
The provider did not retain any records of the care she provided and no other health practitioner treated the woman’s lesion during that time.