May 12, 2009

Another Child To Die Because Of His Parents Primitive Superstitions

Daniel Hauser has what doctors consider one of the most curable types of cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma.

But the 13-year-old and his parents don't want him to have chemotherapy and radiation, the standard treatments. For the past three months, they have ignored the advice of his cancer specialists and turned to natural therapies, such as herbs and vitamins, instead.

Daniel, one of eight children, has asserted that treatment would violate his religious beliefs. The teenager filed an affidavit saying that he is a medicine man and church elder (at 13) in the Nemenhah, an American Indian religious organization that his parents joined 18 years ago.

James Olson, the Brown County attorney, has filed a petition accusing Daniel's parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, of child neglect and endangerment, and he has asked a judge in New Ulm to order the boy into treatment.

I wouldn't let these irresponsible parents look after a wooden spoon, let alone a sick child. I wish James Olsen the best of luck in his attempt to prevent them letting their son needlessly die.


  1. As Dr. Crislip said in his Naturopathy podcast... "naturopathy comes from the latin for natural meaning early painful death and path meaning the road to".

  2. I disagree with your post. I'm not religious myself, nor do I intend to preach to you about religion being right of wrong. What I do have to say is if that's what the child and his parents believe in, then let it go. If they prayed to God not to let Him take their son and He took him anyway, then I don't want to hear the parent's crying about how God took him, they could have taken him to a doctor to get better, but instead took the other route. It's like this joke I heard...There was a lot of flooding one year in the South. This man sat on top of his roof praying for God to send help. A man comes over in a boat and says, "Let me help you. Climb in my boat." The man on the roof says, "No, I am waiting for a sign from God." A day later, a helicopter approaches, and the men in the helicopter say the same thing the man in the boat said, "Let us help you." And again, the man on the roof replies, "No, I am waiting for a sign from God. He will save me." A few more days pass and the man dies from lack of food and water. When he goes to Heaven, he asks God why He never saved him. God replies, "I sent you two people and you turned them away. How blind could you be?" So these parents that let their child die from something curable better not complain when their God sent them help in the form of a cure.