Judge grants right to refuse chemo

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BRANTFORD – It’s a bitter pill to swallow.

A First Nations family has the constitutional right to choose traditional medicine for their seriously ill daughter — even if eschewing chemotherapy will likely cost the young girl her life.

But such was the precedent-setting decision made by Ontario Court Justice Gethin Edward Friday. To applause and tears in the packed courtroom, the judge rejected a bid by McMaster Children’s Hospital to force an 11-year-old Six Nations girl with leukemia into the care of the Children’s Aid Society and compel her to resume her chemo instead of continuing the traditional and alternative treatments sought by her mother.

“This is not an eleventh-hour epiphany employed to take her daughter out of the rigours of chemotherapy. Rather it is a decision made by a mother, on behalf of a daughter she truly loves, steeped in a practice that has been rooted in their culture from its beginnings,” Edward said in his 15-page ruling.

“It is this court’s conclusion therefore, that (her) decision to pursue traditional medicine for her daughter is her aboriginal right.”

The child, her name protected by a publication ban, was diagnosed at the Hamilton children’s hospital on Aug. 13 with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow. Two days later, she began what was supposed to be her first course of 32 days of chemotherapy.

But on Aug. 27, the mom informed the hospital that she didn’t want the chemo to continue for her daughter and instead planned to treat her with traditional medicines. Her oncologist immediately called on the Brant Families and Children’s Services to intervene for this “medical neglect.”

“This leukemia has an approximately 90% cure rate with the recommended treatment,” Dr. Vicky Breakley wrote in her faxed letter. “We feel that (the mom’s) decision to discontinue the only proven therapy will remove any chance of cure and that (she) will die of a curable condition.”

When the CAS refused to step in, even after learning on Sept. 8 that the mom planned to take her daughter from the hospital to a Florida centre for alternative medicine, the hospital took the unusual step of taking the child welfare agency to court to force them into apprehending the girl as a child in need of protection.

The judge, himself a member of Six Nations, called it a “very difficult case” but reaffirmed the parents’ right to refuse chemotherapy on constitutional grounds. An aboriginal right is guaranteed if it’s both an “integral” part of the culture and was practised before the arrival of Europeans — and Edward found traditional medicine satisfies both criteria.

“I cannot find that (she) is a child in need of protection when her substitute decision maker has chosen to exercise her constitutionally protected right to pursue their traditional medicine over the (hospital’s) stated course of treatment of chemotherapy.”

What kind of “traditional medicine” has she sought for her daughter? Her mom reportedly spent $18,000 to take her to the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, a new age health facility that advocates a raw food diet and a positive attitude can cure cancer.

Outside the court, Six Nations Chief Ava Hill applauded the ruling as a landmark decision upholding their right to pursue native healing. “This is monumental for our people all across the country,” she said.

But why can’t native remedies co-exist with modern medicine? By rejecting medical treatment outright, aren’t they endangering the health of aboriginal children?

“I don’t think we’re risking their lives. We love our kids. Her mother loves her to the world and back,” Hill insisted. “The only reason our people started getting sick is because your ancestors brought diseases, and gave us blankets that were infested with smallpox. We were looking after our people, and we can still do that. And I’m glad that this court is reaffirming that.”

At what cost?

This girl is suffering from a fatal childhood cancer that, thanks to modern medicine, has a remarkably high cure rate. Instead, her parents’ fight for their native “rights” may have just signed her death sentence.

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69 year old woman Cures 14 tumors with Raw Food and Exercise

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Powerlifting pensioner beat cancer TWICE by lifting weights and eating raw food

THE world’s oldest powerlifter claims she cured brain cancer and 14 bone cancer tumours by changing her diet and competing as a powerlifter

When British Champion powerlifter Pat Reeves found out she had cancer she decided to take it into her own hands to cure herself.

The grandmother of two, 69, refused NHS drugs and instead began pumping iron and eating only raw foods.

“I have kept myself alive by being fit, people are in too much of a rush to take medicine and drugs when we can mend ourselves,” said the weightlifting nan.

“Powerlifting helped me I guess because it was another focus for me. One of the biggest changes I did was to take up exercise because that’s something that I never did.”

Pat was diagnosed with cancer of the brain in 1993. Doctors said the…

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Man says FRUITARIAN lifestyle made him feel “SUPERHUMAN” hmmm…

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(NaturalNews) For fruitarian and endurance athlete Michael Arnstein, his 15-mile commute to work isn’t by car, bus or train. Instead, he runs to the office, jogging through residential neighborhoods and eventually New York’s Central Park, pausing only to enjoy fruit along the way. Before his run, he may enjoy a breakfast of approximately 15 oranges. By the end of the day, he’s consumed about 6,000 calories, having eaten “nothing but raw fruits and vegetables, primarily fruits.”

Thanks to his raw food lifestyle, Arnstein says he feels “almost superhuman,” benefiting from everything from improved running time to better vision.

Turning to raw foods when nothing else worked

“I tried all the things in the vitamin shops,” says Arnstein in an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “I’ve tried all the supplements and I’ve tried protein diets, I’ve tried everything.” He adds that eating nothing but raw foods and vegetables “has absolutely…

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Bananas kick ash !

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Potassium: Bananas are a rich source of potassium, an essential compound that is good for the body in many ways. First, it helps with muscle contraction and therefore helps all the bodily functions that require muscular action, like pumping the heart, digestion, walking, eye movement, to name but a few.

  1. Calcium Retention: The potassium also prevents calcium from leaching out of your body through urine, which means it minimizes the risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis.
  2. Mood-Booster: Do you know why many people feel happy after Thanksgiving dinner? It’s not just the alcohol consumed, it’s the tryptophan. Tryptophan helps the body release seratonin, which has a calming effect on the brain. Our bodies do not produce tryptophan naturally, so bananas are a great source.
  3. Vitamin Booster: Citrus fruits usually get all the glory for vitamin C, but the bright yellow banana also provides 15 percent of our daily requirement! Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant that fights free radicals, helps produce collagen (think supple skin) and reduces inflammation. And a banana contains 20 percent of our daily requirement of vitamin B6, which helps the body create non-essential amino acids that produce healthy cells, fight infections and produce insulin.
  4. Fat- and Cholesterol-Free: But not sugar free, so while you may be avoiding fat and cholesterol while snacking on a banana, don’t forget there’s up to 14 grams of sugar in a regular ripe banana. To avoid that much sugar, try eating ones that aren’t overly ripe—the longer it ripens, the more sugar a banana has.
  5. Fiber: Who doesn’t need more fiber? Even if you’re not eating a banana for the obvious reasons people eat fiber (improved digestion, shall we say), it can be a great snack if you need to stay full for longer, like before a long meeting.
  6. Portability: Who doesn’t like wonderfully fresh food that comes in its own biodegradable packaging? Oranges and other fruits with rinds don’t compare to the ease of peeling a banana. And, if you want to peel a banana properly, take a hint from the gorilla we discussed earlier, and peel it from the bottom. Try it!

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