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  1. Is anyone out there following this case? Oklahoma is charging the parents of a 3 year old who recently died from a 17 lb malignant tumor with first degree manslaughter and neglect. The couple apparently has six other children and they all had been living in a camper home. https://www.swoknews.com/local/parents-charged-death-3-year-old-17-lb-tumor https://kfor.com/2019/01/13/oklahoma-3-year-old-dies-of-cancer-parents-charged/ I'm wondering what all will turn up in the investigation.
  2. There are numerous criticisms one can make about bottled water, but at least you can be sure that it probably won’t kill you. The same can’t be said for “raw water,” the newest trend for the bright young things of the twentieth century: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/science-and-health/2018/1/4/16846048/raw-water-trend-silicon-valley ”Raw water” is basically just untreated water. I suppose advocates think they’re getting fresh, clean waster from some picturesque stream out of a postcard, but more likely than not, untreated water contains numerous pathogens from both human and animal waste, not to mention parasites. In essence, the rich and useless are paying premium dollars to do what billions of poor people around the world must do because they have no choice (ie knowingly drink contaiminated water. It will only be a matter of time before we hear about some rich person dying of dysentery or an amoeba infection because they craved the “mouthfeel” of dirty water.
  3. Linda Hazzard who lived in the Seattle area in the early twentieth century who called herself a doctor, though she had no medical credentials. Her method of treatment involved extreme fasting, as she claimed that ill-health and toxins were the result of eating. So Hazzard set up a clinic where people paid her money so she could starve them to death: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctor-who-starved-her-patients-death-180953158/ https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/natural-medicine-starvation-and-murder-the-story-of-linda-hazzard/ (there are also some really good podcasts on Hazzard; just put in her name into the search function on iTunes or Podcast Republic) Like many quacks, Hazzard used her clinic as a way to relieve her patients of their money, fine clothes, and jewelry. She was put on trial, but got a ridiculously light sentence, partially because the all-male juries of the time were loath to convict superficially respectable white women of murder and because she wasn't really a doctor so she technically wasn't guilty of medical fraud. Hazzard eventually died when she fasted herself to death, which causes one to wonder if she was always in this scam for the money or if she was a true believer in what she was selling. The sad thing (other than all the people Hazzard killed) is that I could completely see a starvation clinic being set up today and promoted by GOOP. In fact, her book, "The Science of Fasting" is still sold in some health food stores and can be found in its entirety online.
  4. Cleopatra7

    Spirit Weavers Gathering

    I found this link on Libby Anne's blog, so many of you may have already seen this, but I thought it was something that would merit discussion here on FJ: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a16297/inside-the-worlds-chicest-cult/ The headline calls the Spirit Weavers Gathering a "cult," which I don't really like, given the pejorative nature of the term. I would call it more of a summer camp for wealthy, white, New Age crunchy women, who all happen to share the same interests and habits, including cultural appropriation. Something that really made me side-eye this group was the crunchy opposition to birth control and commercial feminine sanitary products: I'm no expert on IUDs, but taking one out by yourself in an unsanitary yurt can't be safe. How precious. Meanwhile, millions of girls in the Global South are being forced to drop out of school because they don't have access to feminine sanitary products (http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/06/16/414724767/people-are-finally-talking-about-the-thing-nobody-wants-to-talk-about). This part really made my jaw drop: I suppose that these Spirit Weavers are relatively benign when compared to ATI or Michael Pearl, but I see many of the same errors that we see among conventional religious fundamentalists being replicated among these crunchy New Agers, namely a rejection of contraception and an excessive romanticization of pregnancy and motherhood. This gathering promotes a very narrow model of (cis) womanhood, one that is entirely based on being a crunchy "Earth mother"; as the author notes, there were no workshops on how to be an "Ecstatic Bachelorette," but many on the various aspects of motherhood and pregnancy. I can't see the Spirit Weavers being understanding of a woman suffering from nightmarish periods that require medical intervention or a woman who required a hospital birth and C-section to save her life and that of her baby.
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