A SPANISH father is suing a homeopath for allegedly telling his son he could cure his leukemia with ‘fungi and alcohol.’
Julian Rodriguez’s son, Mario Rodriguez, lost his battle to cancer after favouring alternative remedies over conventional medicine.
Julian wants the landmark case to result in tougher regulation on homeopathic practitioners, and it is expected to put pressure on Spain’s growing alternative remedies industry.
The Provincial Court of Valencia decided that medically untrained Jose Ramon Llorente should be held accountable for his claims that he could cure cancer, and that a case could be brought against him on the grounds of ‘professional intrusion’.
If convicted, Mr Llorente could face two years in prison.
Doctors had recommended a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy for Mario, who was a 21-years-old physics student when he was diagnosed.
But according to his father, he feared the effects of chemotherapy and was “convinced” by Mr Llorente, president of the Spanish Association of Orthomolecular Nutrition, into a homeopathic ‘orthomolecular treatment’.
Mr Llorente prescribed €4,000 worth of alternative medicines, including vitamins, fungi and alcohol.
As Mario was later dying from an intestinal infection, he said to his father: “Dad, I was wrong”.
Mr Llorente denies that he claimed to cure diseases, but said “we train the body to enhance recovery and if cancer is cured, then perfect.”
He said of Mario’s decision: “If he was wrong, he was wrong.”
Julian hopes to shine a light on the dangers of alternative medicine and hopes to initiate legislative change.
Homeopathy has no grounding in scientific evidence, but is worth an estimated €60 million a year in Spain.
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