A Respect party campaigner who died on the Bradford West by-election trail when his heart suddenly stopped had given up doctors’ orders of beta-blockers and turned to homeopathy instead, an inquest heard.
Father-of-one Abu-Bakr Rauf collapsed on March 20 in the Mumtaz restaurant car park after a heated discussion with another party member.
Bradford coroner Peter Straker yesterday recorded a narrative verdict that the 28-year-old died at Bradford Royal Infirmary despite every effort to save him.
Rauf came off beta blockers at age 14, against doctors wishes, due to side effects preferring homeopathy instead. No blame can be laid at Raufs door for this decision as it is simply a product of trusting the wrong people and the inaccurate andmisleading claims of homeopaths.
Homeopathy of course, tragically in this case, has no side effects as it has no effects.
This case highlights the dangers of taking complementary treatments as an alternative to actual medicine.
Our thoughts are with his family and we would hope that any of the homeopaths who advised Rauf might reconsider giving others or otherwise propagating potentially fatal advice.
Perhaps now is the time to review medical liability and medical fraud legislation and how it applies in the UK to complementary and alternative practitioners?