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In a video broadcast from Iranian TV [Persian, English subtitles for first 1.5m], 7 years ago, it is claimed that a New Zealand boy, Solomon "Solly" Moss, started eating normally (without any force and by its own will) after being treated with Iranian-Islamic medicine, while doctors in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, US, etc. were unable to diagnose and treat the disease. In the video she says she spent over $100,000 on his son's treatment before meeting with the Iranian doctor, Dr Kherandish.

I couldn't find any content by googling the son's name or his mother's name (Lisa Krukziner), or his uncle's name (Andrew Krukziner).

In the video, pictures of the doctors' comments are shown. e.g. Dr. Reuben Jackson from the University of New South Wales or Dr. Jeff Jankelson (I am not sure about his surname).

I saw this video 4 years ago but I didn't know about Skeptics.SE then and I've searched for over 6 hours to verify the correctness of this claim but to no avail. I couldn't find even one non-Persian webpage/news about this claim.

It seems that this family really exist in New Zealand.

Did Solomon Moss start eating normally (without any force and by its own will) after being treated by Iranian-Islamic traditional medicine?

Edit:

Because the video is in Persian, here is a summary of the narration:

  • Her son was unable to eat anything, not even his mother's milk (when he was a baby), from birth to the year of treatment.
  • Her son constantly vomited everything he ate.
  • She had hired some nurses to force-feed her son by tying his hands and feet.
  • In video the presenter say some doctors suggested to drill his stomach for transferring food into the son's stomach (this is called PEG Tube surgery in medicine).
  • The Iranian doctor's treatment was decoction of a medicinal plant (that she shows that medicinal plant to the camera in the video)+ a little honey
  • At the end of the video, her brother suggests setting up a hospital/center of Iranian medicine in New Zealand due to the effectiveness of this medicine and the inability of modern medicine.
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  • I'm curious - how does the existence of an Australian business owner named Moss whose chain of burrito shops has outlets in Auckland, NZ, prove the existence of Solomon Moss and him being a New Zealander?
    – tink
    Feb 14 at 8:41
  • @tink I said it seems.
    – C.F.G
    Feb 14 at 8:52
  • Just how exactly?
    – tink
    Feb 14 at 8:55
  • @tink It is the video claim. not mine.
    – C.F.G
    Feb 14 at 8:57
  • The video dragged up the newspaper link? I didn't bother watching it ...
    – tink
    Feb 14 at 8:59

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The claim, as presented by the OP, is that Solomon Moss didn't start eating until miraculously cured. It is difficult for me to confirm that the video makes that claim, as stated, because I don't speak Persian/Farsi, and the limited English translations don't explicitly make that claim.

As a skeptic, the obvious issue with the claim is the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy. Even if every fact about the symptoms and signs were true as claimed, we don't know if the Iranian treatment was responsible for the improvement, whether other treatments were being pursued at the same time or whether the child was going to grow out of his illness no matter what the treatment. It would take a randomised controlled study to draw the conclusion that the Iranian treatment was responsible.

However, independently of that, the video's own evidence undermines the claim that the child was not eating.

An undated letter from a doctor, at 1m43s, says

enter image description here He is eating food: meat vegies, potato 2-3 meals per day. He eats with a spoon but all his food is pureed by his mother. He vomits 3-4 times per day [...]

So, we was eating before the alleged cure. The issue was vomiting.

At 1m28s in the video, a letter from Dr Reuben Jackson, dated 18 December 2008, is shown.

Excerpt of letter from Dr Reuben Jackson

He has outgrown his cow's milk protein intolerance and is now having more fluid intake although at times it needs to be syringed [...] if anything, he rarely vomits these days.

His reflux medication is 20mg Omeprazole [...]

Either this letter was written before the Iranian treatment, and shows the child was getting better without it, or it is during/after the Iranian treatment, and shows that the child was being treated concurrently with medicine and the credit can't be given to the Iranian treatment.

In conclusion, the evidence provided by the video itself undermines the claims that he was not eating before the treatment, and that the traditional Iranian treatment was responsible for his eventual return to health. Whether video actually made those claims is less clear.

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    1) If you assume some parts of the video are fake, why would assume any of it is true? 2) Dr Avi Lemberg and Dr Reuben Jackson are easy to confirm (LinkedIn, amongst others). 3) The issue of phrasing is normally dealt with by citing the actual claim. I don't see any where were they talk about "eating normally", but I don't speak Farsi. Can you quote the appropriate section?
    – Oddthinking
    Feb 9 at 7:56
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    4) Why go to an Iranian doctor? Because she was visiting family in Iran? Because she was holidaying in Iran? Because she was scammed? Because she believed in Alternative (to) Medicine? Because she wanted to find a doctor who would agree to an unnecessary tonsillectomy? We can come up with dozens of possible reasons.
    – Oddthinking
    Feb 9 at 7:57
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    @C.F.G Re 4: To be brutal, I don't about the opinion of a random New Zealander thinks about Iranian medicine. If Iranian medicine works, it should be subjected to repeated double-blind controlled trials, and the successful features incorporated into the body of knowledge that is modern medicine.
    – Oddthinking
    Feb 9 at 15:14
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    Re: 1: You are distorting what I said. I never suggested trusting every video. I asked: if you think some of the video is fake, why believe any of it? The subtitles at 0:26 are awkwardly translated and I demonstrated they were untrue. Do they match the original Farsi?
    – Oddthinking
    Feb 9 at 15:16
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    @C.F.G: You said "I am sure of the simplicity and power of Iranian-Islamic traditional medicine". I edited it out because it wasn't relevant to the claim, and I was afraid the answers would get distracted into trying to show it was right or wrong. The quoted letters of the doctors made much less invasive recommendations (while reporting the mother was requesting surgery on the boys tonsils), so I am not sure what the stomach piercing claim is about. I do not know what the Iranian doctor's treatment was, so I can't comment on that.
    – Oddthinking
    Feb 9 at 16:01

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