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Mandatory chemotherapy for your child. The concept is horrific. But it is not just a concept. It has already happened and is still happening, which is why I am writing this article. We need to sound the alarm about this disturbing trend that, despite recent mainstream media references to a case of court-coerced chemotherapy, is still largely going unnoticed and/or unrecognized for what it really is: a human rights violation of the worst kind. Moreover, as it involves our children who can not rightly advocate for themselves, we need to speak up and act on their behalf.
Court-Ordered Pediatric Chemotherapy Calls Into Question Who Has Parental Authority
Were it not for J.D. Heyes' Aug. 13th article for NaturalNews.com titled "Court forces chemo on eight-year-old Minnesota girl despite family's desire to use alternative medicine," and the CBS Minnesota article from Aug. 8th reporting on the matter, I would probably not be aware of this ongoing parental and human rights atrocity.
As reported by CBS, a Twin Cities family's 8-year-old daughter, Sarah, who had recently had 90 percent of a brain tumor surgically removed and was suffering from typical side effects from follow-up chemotherapy, such as nausea, sore throat, loss of weight and hair, was ordered by her doctors to continue for one more year of chemotherapy. Her parents, who wished to search out less toxic treatment alternatives, were contacted by child protective services when the child's doctors determined her survival was being compromised each day she went without further chemotherapy treatment.
According to CBS, "The Minnetonka family was ordered to court and was told if they did not work with them on a treatment plan, they would lose custody of Sarah." Subsequently, "The court and Parisian family eventually reached an agreement on a treatment plan which includes some chemotherapy, but "it's going to include a dose that is not going to send her tipping over the edge," Connors said."
But What If Chemotherapy Is Not "Therapeutic" At All?
There is a disturbing subtext to this story that will likely never get addressed by any mainstream media outlet, which, incidentally, is why the alternative media is so important. As the saying goes, a text without a context is a pretext. The problem is that conventional treatment with chemotherapy and radiation, and not the cancer to which it is being applied, is often the primary cause of the accelerated death of the patient.*
I often look up commonly used chemoagents by their material data safety sheet (MSDS) to ascertain just how toxic they are, and what I invariably find is quite disturbing. These MSDSs are federally mandated to be provided to the public by the manufacturers of chemicals and drugs to which the public will be exposed, either by accident or intention, e.g. prescribed chemicals. They contain toxicological risk assessments based on acute lethality in an animal model that reveal how dangerous these chemicals actually are. We know from these studies that chemotherapy drugs are acutely lethal to humans in the sub-gram dosage range and are often classified as carcinogenic.
Tamoxifen, for instance, a first-line treatment for breast cancer for well over 40 years, is classified by the World Health Organization and American Cancer Society as a human carcinogen. Or, 5-fluorauracil, one of the world's best-selling oncology drugs is so toxic that, based on its MSDS LD50 (lethal dose for 50% of test animals) rating, when administered at a dosage equivalent to the weight of 3 pennies (approximately 7.5 grams), is deadly enough to kill 50% of the adult humans given it, within one dose.
Children As Canaries in the Chemical Coal Mine
Children are already uniquely susceptible to the genotoxicity of synthetic chemicals because of the relatively faster rate at which their cells replicate in the normal course of their fast-paced bodily development, as well as their less developed detoxification systems. Indeed, in a groundbreaking report released by the President's Cancer Panel in 2010, in which our government agencies were indicted for "failing to carry out their responsibilities," childhood cancers overall, especially childhood leukemia and brain cancer, were found to be increasing at an alarming rate relative to most types of cancers in adult populations.
Chemical and radiation exposures are likely the primary reason for this observed discrepancy. This is why the use of conventional chemotherapy agents in children is so disturbing, since the very mechanism of action of most of these agents is to target cells that replicate faster, irrespective of whether they are malignant or benign. The collateral damage, in other words, is usually devastating, and cancer recurrence virtually guaranteed in a large number of cases not in spite of, but because of the treatment given.