Last week, one mother was convicted of attempted murder - I repeat,
attempted murder - for choosing not to give her cancer-stricken child chemo
radiation in pill form. This came on the heels of the arrest of a Detroit area
mother who chose not to give her child anti-psychotic medication. Both women
had their strong reasoning for bucking the trend of the common treatments for
their children's condition and they were prosecuted for it.
I, quite frankly, am beyond appalled by this.
The illogical thought processes that have led our country down the proverbial
tubes when it comes to health and well-being have spread into the minds of the
powers that be in the judicial system. When a jury convicts a mother for
choosing to do something different for her child than the prescribed route, what
kid of message does that send to people that don't want to medicate their kids?
Or to those that don't even believe in pharmaceuticals as a means of combating
illness? It sends the WRONG message, is what it sends. It sends a message that
we are no longer allowed to choose how to care for ourselves and our kids.
One of the aforementioned women was also charged with assault and battery for
not giving her son cell-destroying chemo medication! Attempted murder?
Assault and battery? The mother's defense was that the medications had such
severe side effects that she felt like he was going to die from taking the
drugs. So, she took him off them, unable to bear witness to the ravaging effect
that the drugs were having on her son's body. It sounds like she was trying to
prevent him from becoming one of the (upwards of) 800,000 people that die of
side effects of medication per year (250,000 more people than cancer takes from
us). Her son did pass away. Heaped on top of the grief she experienced from
that, now she's heading to jail for making a difficult choice...the unpopular
Her son's physician testified against her, citing that she had an 80+ % cure
rate for the condition based on two years worth of chemo radiation treatments.
(Chemo doesn't cure cancer, by the way. It knocks out the cancer cells that had
developed to that point, but that's not a cure, no more than a cast is a cure
for a broken arm). The mother defended herself by stating that she felt her son
just couldn't take any more and that he had been so weakened by the treatments
that she felt he was near death anyway. When you consider that there are over
200 side effect categories for chemotherapy, can you blame her?
No matter what choices we make for ourselves and our families, they are our
choices to make. No judge or jury should be allowed to state otherwise. It's a
slippery slope when something like the above happens. Ignorance can sometimes
be bliss, but I hope that you really think about the situations I've described.
If we all remove our blinders, then we'll see the truth...
Thinking good things for you, as always,