A Quack Miranda Warning Will Not Save Heather Dexter From The Consequences of Allowing Her Children To Suffer Through Pertussis

Ren wrote a blog post the other day that had my blood boiling. He told us the tale of a naturopath named Heather Dexter. Heather Dexter is a naturopath in Michigan, and she allowed her children to live through Whooping Cough (Pertussis) for more than six months. Any child with pertussis needs to immediately see a physician and be put on antibiotics. Why? Because pertussis coughing is so bad that it leaves the child blue in the face from anoxia.

In fact, Heather Dexter, the naturopath, described how her child was blue in the face, vomiting, and just plainly suffering from the whooping cough. Then she described how her second child caught it and suffered just as bad. In between telling us how she allowed her children to suffer, she also tells us how her husband and her had fights over what was going on. But, like a coward, the dad acquiesced to the mother’s stupidity and allowed her to continue to torture the children.

Instead of taking them to a licensed physician, Heather Dexter consulted her echo chamber naturopath friends. At the end of the post, Heather Dexter tells us how vaccines are bad, antibiotics are not to be trusted, and what she used to treat her children’s pertussis. As a result of Ren’s post and others online, the site went down for a few days. They even deleted their Facebook page.

Today, the site is back up, and an interesting “disclaimer” has been added:

“This blog is a personal blog written and edited by the three of us mamas. We, along with our guest contributors, write for our own purposes and the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the writer’s. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

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In the SCAM business, this is known as the Quack Miranda Warning. They think that just by posting this disclaimer, the things that Heather Dexter has done to her children will somehow be justified. Or, that a reasonable person will say to themselves, “Heather Dexter didn’t treat her children’s pertussis. Should I? Oh, yes, of course I should take them to the doctor, because their disclaimer says that they’re not giving medical advice.”

Thing is, they are giving medical advice. Just read Heather Dexter’s blog post. She’s clearly telling us that it is possible to get through pertussis without seeing a medical doctor. So what if it is highly contagious? She took her children out into the public. (This, when antivaxxers like Heather Dexter think that vaccinated people are “shedding” the bacteria from an acellular vaccine.) Heather Dexter also writes that she is a doula, so did she help deliver babies while being covered in her children’s pertussis bacteria?

Heather Dexter uses her certification as a naturopath to establish authority in doing what she did. If a medical doctor were to have written about their experience with an infectious disease, a reasonable person would follow their lead. After all, they know what they’re talking about. That’s how Heather Dexter comes off, as someone who should know better. But, to us, the initiated, we know she’s too far gone down the rabbit hole of quackery.

Heather Dexter’s actions border on the criminal, and no Quack Miranda Warning will protect Heather Dexter from the consequences. Because there will be consequences, as several people I’ve spoken to about this have mentioned that they got in contact with Michigan Child Protective Services and an investigation is underway. (The toll-free number is 855-444-3911 and staffed 24/7.)

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18 thoughts on “A Quack Miranda Warning Will Not Save Heather Dexter From The Consequences of Allowing Her Children To Suffer Through Pertussis

  1. Does anyone know if they have been reported to the State of Michigan Medical Board for the unlicensed practice of medicine. I know they say they are “not medical doctors”, but the Michigan Board of Medicine’s website (here: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600_72603_27529_27541-58914–,00.html) says:

    “The practice of medicine, as defined in the Public Health Code, means the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, cure or relieving of a human disease, ailment, defect, complaint, or other physical or mental condition, by attendance, advice, device, diagnostic test, or other means, or offering, undertaking, attempting to do, or holding oneself out as able to do, any of these acts.”

    They are definitely providing “advice” on how to treat medical conditions, and prevent illness, on their site (legal sounding disclaimer or not). Heather herself is most certainly doing so since she runs a “natural health practice”. The website to her private practice, “My Earth Mother’s Natural Services”, can be found here: http://myearthmother.weebly.com/. This most certainly fits the above definition of the “practice of medicine”, doesn’t it?

  2. It’s unclear what Child Protective Services can do for an event that is over and done with, unless there’s some mechanism to get the Dexters to report when their children become sick and demonstrate that the children are receiving actual medical care. And I doubt that the system is so subtle. We only know about this because Heather Dexter was proud of how she managed whooping cough without resorting to antibiotics or vaccines — you know, the proven preventatives and treatments.

  3. I’m curious to know if anyone else in the area has come down with pertussis. Had my child caught it, and with her clear admission of guilt, I’d be suing.

  4. Dexter’s husband needs to share some responsibility too. Despite his protestation at one stage he stood by and let her do it, which makes him just as bad as her.

  5. I reported her to MI CPS. Screw it that I don’t live in MI–I’m tired of seeing this type of selfish, uncaring dipsh*t type of parent hurt their kids.

  6. Does she suffer from some sort of delusional variant of Munchausen’s by Proxy or something?
    How does any parent do nothing, for that long, 6 months, and do nothing to ACTUALLY help their child or children when they are sick? And not only did she not get any form of medical help, she gets advice from fellow quacks, and DETAILS the abuse she had inflicted on her children.
    I really hope they take her children away from her. (Doubt it will happen, child welfare agencies are understaffed, overworked and under budgeted.)

    (As a postscript to my comments, she’ll probably blame vaccines for her abuse of her children.)

    • I don’t think plunking those children into the foster care system permanently would do them much good but I certainly hope that CPS gets involved. She certainly needs oversight at the very least.

  7. It must take a special kind of crazy to watch your children go through all that and not do anything and everything to help them when what you’re doing is clearly failing.

    • Something may come of it, especially if she is still demonstrating such complete disregard for the best interest of her children. Have no doubt that she knows how serious pertussis can be. She wrote about it herself. She must have come across information about it in her search for information on the vaccine, antibiotics, etc.

      • I read the article as focusing more on someone else taking her advice for their own children and treating them the same way – then something happen and person sues. That could still happen.

  8. I agree that the warning will do little. On the other hand, since relying on the opinion of someone so unqualified may well be deemed unreasonable, I’m not sure anyone would have a case against her.

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