On the run cancer mom: Good parent or PBB?

Arrest ordered for mom of 13yo boy resisting chemo:

Ok Breeder Readers, it’s debate time.

As I’m sure you know by now Colleen Hauser of Minnesota is on the run after being court ordered to get medical help for her 13-year-old son Daniel Hauser. Daniel has Hodgkins lymphoma which is highly curable under the care of a physician.

Daniel only underwent one round of chemotherapy. His parents then sought other opinioons and the other doctors told them the same thing as the original diagnosis. Not getting the answer they were looking for apparently Daniel’s parents started treating Daniel with natural alternatives.

Colleen Hauser testified at the earlier hearing that her son “is not in any medical danger.” She said she had been treating his cancer with herbal supplements, vitamins, ionized water, and other natural alternatives.

However the doctors who have examined Daniel say his cancer is getting worse. Danie;’s court appointed attorney says that Daniel has diminished capacity because he can’t read and because of his age.

Now, the Hauser’s are claiming that they’re not treating Daniel for religious reasons yet they’re Roman Catholic. I’m Roman Catholic, so was my father. He was treated for cancer on multiple occasions. My dad was a hardcore Catholic too. If it was against the church doctrine my dad would have died when I was 10.

The religion she’s claiming is the Nemenhah Band which the article describes as a Missouri-based religious group that believes in natural healing methods advocated by some American Indians.

Daniel claims to be an elder in the band, but does not know what that means. Daniel also says he is a medicine man under Nemenhah teachings but can’t say how he became a medicine man or what teachings he has had to become one.

And now that the court has ordered the Hausers to get reasonable care for their son Collen Hauser has taken Daniel on the run.

I’m all for religious freedom as long as it doesn’t put someone’s life at risk and that’s exactly what Colleen Hauser is doing. Her son could be cancer free but since she believes in some wacky new age philosophy she’s using her cancer ridden son to make a point that’s going to get him killed.

If you’re one of those people who believes in ‘natural’ treatments over medical science and you’re offended over what I said then I’m glad and I don’t care that you’re offended.

So what say you PBB faithful. Good mom or dangerous idiot?