News From Around The Blogosphere 10.14.10

1. Faith healing couple loses custody of baby

I was disturbed to read about the Oregon couple who did not seek professional medical attention for their 10-month-old baby because of their faith healing practice. Their baby is now facing blindness in one eye.

The Oregon Department of Human Services won custody yesterday of little Alayna Wayland. Her parents, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, have been charged with first degree criminal mistreatment for failing to provide adequate care according to CBS News.

Another child is safe from the harm of religion.

2. FDA warns 8 companies to stop marketing miracle cures – There are depressingly several companies the FDA caught selling sham treatments for autism and Parkinson’s disease, among other conditions through chelation therapies only intended to remove toxic metals from the body. These treatments are not only fraudulent but also dangerous, as they are capable of causing dehydration, kidney failure and even death.

“These products are dangerously misleading because they are targeted to patients with serious conditions and limited treatment options,” said FDA’s Deborah Autor, director of compliance. “The FDA must take a firm stand against companies who prey on the vulnerability of patients seeking hope and relief.”

If the companies do not comply immediately, they will face legal action.

3. Rachel Maddow reports on Conservaepedia’s project to rewrite the Bible:

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