Most Days My Dilemmas Go Like This:
- Which do I love more – watching Katie gobble up nutrient-dense anchovies or listening to her call them “anchokies?”
- Should I announce on my FB page that I’m shooting liver like oysters on the half shell or just keep this one to myself?
- What’s the best way to extract the “present” our sick kitty left in the laundry bin?
Big decisions, I know. Things are good and I am grateful that I don’t need to make any life-and-death decisions right now. But if I had to – if my children’s lives were at stake – did you know that I . . . CAN’T?
That’s Right, Folks
When it comes to cancer, we have NO CHOICE but to go with chemo and/or radiation if our child is diagnosed – even if alternative methods have a greater success rate for that child’s particular form of the disease. Just ask Jim Navarro, whom I ran into at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions conference. When his four year-old son Thomas was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, doctors prescribed chemotherapy and radiation. Then they all but told him it would do no good, saying that “There are no known survivors of medulloblastoma.”
Jim went home and Googled “survivors of medulloblastoma.” Surprise! There ARE survivors, and most are linked to Dr. Burzynski and his highly successful, non-toxic antineoplaston treatment. He told his doctor he wanted a second opinion.
The minute those words are heard: ‘second opinion,’ CPS is brought into it,” he explains. “You’re charged with child abuse and medical neglect automatically. The charges go up from there depending on your level of resistance. They will kick in your door; come in armed. They will attempt to kidnap your child, which we had gone through several times with Thomas. By any means necessary they will get your child.
It didn’t used to be that way. Doctors sadly have gotten to the point where they don’t even threaten you with CPS, they just contact them when you don’t know about it.
Desperate, he contacted Dr. Burzynski’s office.
[T]he very first thing they told me was, “I’m sorry but you can’t bring your son here.” I was like, “What?” They said, “You don’t understand. The FDA won’t allow us to treat him. According to the protocols, he has to first go through radiation and chemo and fail, and have recurrent tumors. Until then, he can’t qualify.”
The Next Few Months . . .
Were spent hiding from the authorities, but ultimately they consented to conventional treatment in the hopes that they would be discharged to Dr. Burzyinski. Ten rounds of chemo later his treatment was deemed a failure. Thomas was finally able to travel to Austin to receive antineoplaston therapy. Under Dr. Burzynski’s care he achieved a 33% reduction in tumors, but the chemo’s cytoxic poison had done too much damage. He died not from the cancer, but from the “treatment.” His family was left to grieve and grapple with the devastation of their lives.
We were living a very normal average life. The refrigerator was always full. Two cars in the driveway. The cost of keeping Thomas alive for those 26 and a half months was about 1.6 million dollars… The chemotherapy in those little bags is $43,000 a bag… They prescribed 10,” Navarro says. “That doesn’t include the doctor, the nurses, the anesthesiologist, the pharmacist, the room, the meal… He left us an additional $550,000+ in debt… I’m approaching 60 and no one would hire me because I hadn’t worked in 2-1/2 years. We didn’t have a home. The same with Donna… You have to start all over. The college funds went… Everything went…
[W]hen Thomas died, it left us with a four-year-old son, $4, and we lived in our van. We were homeless.
It Takes A Lot To Get Me Riled Up . . .
But I must say that the Navarro’s story is absolutely infuriating. The FDA and CPS can threaten and intimidate a family into accepting treatments they don’t want, charge them upwards of 2 million dollars for their services, and then shrug their shoulders when a child dies from chemotherapy toxicity?
Jim served our country in the military. Where is the freedom he fought for? And have I mentioned yet that the treatment Thomas was denied until he was in the final stages of cancer has a significantly higher success rate than chemo and radiation?
Know Your Options ~ Or You Don’t Have Any
Though new drugs are constantly being brought to market, adults diagnosed with cancer typically live no longer than they did in 1920s. This is largely because it takes over a BILLION dollars to introduce a new treatment protocol using the FDA’s current process. Every time a patent expires pharmaceutical companies roll out a “new and improved” version of the same old, ineffective drugs. Innovators who can actually make a difference – people like Dr. Burzyinski – simply don’t have the funds to get their therapies approved. Who pays the price?
We do. I did. And it’s time for a change.
What You Can Do
2. Share What You’ve Learned
By sharing this post, hosting a night to watch the Navarro’s story, or whatever you can think of! Thank you for helping to get the word out.
Thanks for taking the time to read today. There are way more fun and interesting things to check out on pinterest, but you stuck this post out and for that you rock. Hopefully none of us will ever need to exercise the freedom to seek out Dr. Burzynski or another alternative treatment. But if we do, I hope the options are there.
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