I wasn't going to write about Ezekiel Stephan. Many more well-informed people than me have offered facts and opinions about his death from viral meningitis in 2012. His parents, Collet and David, have been convicted of failing to provide Ezekiel with the necessities of life.
This is a tragedy and Ezekiel's meningitis was treated with smoothies of maple syrup, peppers, garlic, etc. The only medical advice that the parents sought was of an RN who was a friend, and a naturopath they talked to on the phone. The more scary thing is that in Alberta Naturopaths and Naturopathy is "self-regulated." The College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta does the self-regulation which ranges from certification to recognition of training programs.
From their website: The HPA (Health Professions Act) requires that these regulatory colleges do this by:
NDs or Naturopathic Doctors can do a lot of scary (to me) things like administering intravenous vitamins and minerals, colonic cleanses, and chelation. Many of the naturopathic medications have no active ingredient, have harmful impurities and are not clinically tested.
Naturopaths need regulation from outside of their own body of practitioners. Perhaps the case of Ezekiel Stephan and the possible investigation of the naturopath the parents consulted will lead to better rules for these practitioners.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.