Full Story: Ohio Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy; Fled U.S. for Natural Treatments–Said to Be Free of Cancer

November 18, 2013
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Condensed from the 3 Part series

Our investigative reports on this case were published in three parts (original November 7, 2013). These are now condensed and combined here. It is also in a printable PDF for the Amish and non-internet people. Links to the PDF, the petition drive and Sarah’s Health Freedom Fund are below.

Sarah Hershberger is the 10-year-old Ohio Amish girl with leukemia that made national news recently. She fled the U.S. in Sept. 2013 with her parents Andy and Anna Hershberger to avoid Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH) demands and court-ordered guardianship to force Sarah to continue exactly 27 months of an experimental chemotherapy research project against her will and the will of her parents. They say she is cancer free now after natural treatments. After many weeks away, the Hershbergers want to come home and just be left alone without any fear of being arrested and Sarah taken away. Sarah had been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer.

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An oil painting depicting a typical Amish family and farm.

More chemotherapy was not just against Sarah’s will since it was making her unable to walk and dreadfully sick, it was also against the will of the parents, and advice from health professionals outside the hospital. So the parents took her, along with their new baby, out of the country to a special clinic that uses natural biomedical treatments. The Hershbergers called me and told me the Spanish doctors say Sarah is now cancer free, as does Sarah’s grandfather, Isaac Keim, who is an Amish church bishop. In a rare occurrence, Isaac gave an amazing recorded interview (posted below) to expose the other side of the story. Here are ABC News two-minute sound bytes:

Gone for a couple months now, the Hershbergers are homesick and heartsick.  They cannot return to Ohio or their farm and their other five children without fear of being arrested and Sarah taken away. They run an organic vegetable farm and roadside stand (which all but failed this year), a 10-minute buggy ride from the center of Homerville in Medina County. Andy suffered a severe stress disorder leaving him unable to function well for four weeks. Family and friends are pitching in to care and feed the children and animals and picked vegetables before they rotted in the fields. Medina County Children’s Services and Sheriff Department stop at the farm every three days to see if they can find Sarah. But, off the record, let they let family members know that they do not want to get involved but they are only doing their job as instructed.

Sarahs FundThe legal hassle began when the Hershbergers told the hospital they are stopping the chemo to try something safer and perhaps more effective. A panel of ACH experts consisting of an attorney, doctors and trainees, managers and a public relations person met with the family in a conference room The Hershbergers wanted to work together with ACH. The hosptial refused. ACH wanted it all their way or no way, Andy told me. That is when ACH management said they would be reported to Medina Children’s Services and threatened to take them to court. Shawn Lyden, the Exec VP of ACH later asked attorney Maria Schimer to take legal action and sue. Eventually, after four trials, she was appointed by the courts to make medical decisions for Sarah until she is 18.

Who is Maria Schimer? Ms. Schimer is an hospital-affiliated, attorney-nurse, who was later made the medical guardian to make sure Sarah will get her treatments. Schimer is General Counsel (chief legal advisor) for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), a close affiliate and business partner of the hospital. According to Andy, Ms. Schimer has never met Sarah or him and his wife and they were never told their child was being used in a research study—among other things.

Investigations: This investigative report, which began with Isaac’s call to me from the special clinic, is the Hershberger’s side of the story—one that was not covered by local and national broadcasters. Andy had told me that television had twisted his statements so badly he didn’t want to talk to them anymore. The hospital’s medical director parroted its PR team saying ACH had a “moral and ethical responsibility” while TV medical experts spinned it into “now she can get her life-saving treatment” that Andy and Anna believed was killing her. But Sarah’s recovery and unfair media coverage are not the parent’s only claims.

facebook-share-buttonOn top of continuous harassment, the Hershbergers accuse Akron Children’s Hospital with serious mistreatment:

* Hospital staff or doctors never told them that the chemotherapy was part of a research project using experimental chemicals. They learned of this the first time during lengthy court hearings.

* Andy and Anna’s signature was not obtained by the hospital for the second phase of chemo that uses different chemicals. Only Sarah was asked “to put her name on the line”.

* The serious side effects of the experimental chemo were never disclosed. A nurse that came to the house to give Sarah booster injections had said these chemicals can cause cancer, much to their surprise. When Andy brought this up in the meeting with the ACH panel, one member of the team said the nurse should have never said that.

* Sarah’s confidential medical information was given to the news media, a violation of federal medical privacy laws.

* Hospital doctors said they would not monitor and test Sarah periodically if they stopped the chemo making it very difficult for them to get these medical services elsewhere.

* The hospital may have exaggerated the final report of cat scans based on comments of doctors at the special clinic.

Sarahs Stories AdHow did this happen? Three times the courts ruled against the hospital—saying they had no right or legal standing to have Ms. Schimer take guardianship because there is not “one scintilla of evidence the parents are unfit”. When the hospital again pursued by appealing the second time, the 5th District court in Akron refused to hear it, so the 9th District in Canton accepted the case. Ms. Schimer’s attorney was the judge over this court before retiring earlier this year to work at an Akron law firm—ACH being a major client. The new judge that replaced him ruled in favor of the hospital demanding the Medina County Probate court hand Sarah over. But the local court now had a new judge, Kevin Dunn replacing Judge Lohn, who had just retired in August, for health reasons, during the Hershberger trials.

petitionThe Business of Cancer. ACH will lose hundreds of thousands by not treating Sarah the full 27 months in this study according to what a doctor close to the case and said “the fine print in the enrollment contract states patients who decide to pull out of a study is reposnible for the entire bill”. They have billed $130,000 for the first five weeks. This is not counting the billings for treatments for any long-term side effects such as other cancers, kidney dysfunction, heart problems and nerve damage—all common for those that survive chemotherapy. The ACH doctor over Sarah’s case practices part-time at ACH and four other Ohio hospitals. He is also the Professor of Pediatrics at NEOMED. Andy said the three weeks of treatments at the out-of-country clinic were only $11,000 and Sarah obtained cancer-free status verified by three doctors, including a pediatric oncologist.

For this investigative report, the Journal had to delve a little deeper into ACH and NEOMED concerning the business of cancer treatment and research. National Cancer Institute lists 39 ongoing and past cancer trials at ACH each with a number children. The ACH doctor over these practices part-time at ACH and four other Ohio hospitals. He is also the Professor of Pediatrics at NEOMED. ACH has revenues of $700,000,000 per year, 60% of which are Medicaid billings, according to their annual report. Currently underway is a $250,000,000 expansion for additional rooms and treatment facilities.

Notes on the Business of Cancer: Cancer treatment is a $150 billion per year industry. There are 12,000 clinical trials for cancer treatments currently ongoing.There are 900 cancer drugs in development since most of the existing drug patents are expiring– they are not FDA approved yet and are in clinical trials.  Nearly 250 Ohio based cancer research projects funded through NCI alone– over $100 million–mainly through state universities. U.S. leukemia research this year is $239 million for NHI alone for 923 studies with $27 million going to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Isaac Keim, by his authority as bishop of an Amish church, has declared the Amish church is against the court ruling and the actions by the hospital. He said he knows of many Amish bishops in the other churches who believe the same.Isaac told me some of the Amish community in Ohio is turning away from the hospital and its 80 area locations.

What’s at Stake? This case is about the rights of all good parents having the freedom to choose other treatment options. This case is about the power of wealthy corporations over individual and parental rights to dictate medical treatments children and adults must undergo from which they make large profits. Andy says he is afraid these actions will cause great fear among parents that take their children to the hospital and may not fully agree with their doctor’s treatment recommendations. So Andy paraphrased what Sarah has said: “I just want to come home because I really miss my brothers and sisters and going back to my school. I wish all these people would just leave me alone. . . I do not believe this is God’s will for me to have chemo any longer”.

Andy keeps saying to me each time we talk: “What are they going to do when they hear and see Sarah is cancer free from the natural treatment. They said it would not work and she would die soon without the chemo . . . the chemo we believed would kill her.” “What are they going to say and do now?”

Visiting Hershberger’s family in Homerville, Ohio. After many phone calls from Isaac, Andy and family friends, I was able to drive out to Homerville and meet with Isaac and his brother Alvin. Isaac runs a large vegetable farm and sells maple syrup equipment. Alvin is a self-taught expert in natural health treatments. Once again, going over the story and asking questions, the answers all gave were consistent. Photos here tell part of the story.

Hospital Backing Out? Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH) may now want to back out of their involvement with the Sarah Hershberger forced-chemo case. This is according to two reports received by the Journal from family friends at the courthouse after a November 6 conference with Maria Schimer’s and Hershberger’s attorney with the probate judge who was quoted as saying ACH wants to back out. The judge had said the Hershberger’s, whereabouts unknown, but thought to still be out of the country, were out of his jurisdiction. It is not surprising the hospital may be wanting out. There has been such an uproar and backlash created by alternative media outlets  in Northeast Ohio and throughout the world, and talk amongst the Amish communities–not to mention all the phone calls, letters and emails to ACH and NEOMED.

facebook-share-buttonExclusive Interview with the Hershbergers. For the first time since this ordeal began in April, Andy and Anna (and Sarah, too), spoke out in a phone interview I had with them from an undisclosed location. Anna paraphrased Sarah’s comment that she would physically fight if the hospital tried to force the chemotherapy. Anna explained it more fully: “The nurses and doctors would have scratches on their faces and bruises on their bodies. They will be the ones that might need to be admitted to the hospital.”

Andy explained in general terms some of the treatment and nutritional supplements, including high doses of vitamin C and B17, oxygen therapy, detoxification methods, as well as the IV chelation to deliver some of these to Sarah’s bloodstream. He also explained how the doctors arrived at a cancer-free status. She is now on a special diet including lots of vegetables and raw foods and taking special natural supplements, as prescribed by the foreign doctors. Anna said they really needed to leave the area to escape the harassment, fear and pressure they had and have Sarah take biomedical therapy. Sarah only spoke a few words that included she is doing fine and feeling good and wants to come home. She is being schooled during the day while the mother also cares for the baby they needed to bring along. Sarah was very shy–this was likely to her first telephone call.

What Now?  We just learned that a request of appeal was filed on November 12 to the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse the lower court decision. An amicus brief has also been filed by a powerful Ohio constitutional legal association. Meanwhile, people from all over the world are signing the petition and donating to Sarah’s Health Freedom Fund.

People should respect and honor the Hershberger’s wishes. Sarah, Andy and Anna have made it quite clear: they just want to come home and be left alone.

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Two-page 2MB printable PDF of the Sarah Hershberger Case – Amish Girl Being Forced Into Chemotherapy Fled US for Natural Treatments is Said to Be Cancer Free Now (published November 17, 2013). This was put in paper version for circulation to Amish communities and those without internet. INCLUDES Paper Petition. PRINT . COPY . DISTRIBUTE.

Sarahs Fund

 

DONATE to Sarah’s Health Freedom Fund (short story and video here). She needs wholesome foods, food supplements and natural medicines and treatments to keep the cancer from returning. As of November 17, 2013 about $15,000 has been donated. Help spread this news.

 

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SIGN Online Petition for Sarah

 

 

Local Contacts

Many of our readers want to know how else they can help and who to contact to help the Hershbergers. If you contact any of these players, please be polite and express your feelings about this case:

Maria Schimer.JPGMaria R. Schimer, J.D. (Demanded and was appointed Medical Guardian at the request of the hospital. Never met Sarah or talked to her parents) She serves as the general counsel for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)–a major business partner of ACH– and is the Ohio Assistant Attorney General representing the University. She is also counsel to the NEOMED Board of Trustees. Schimer is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Court. Contacts: maria@neomed.edu Direct phone is (330) 325-6356  Also, Amy Furey-Ligan, JD, Legal Counsel afureyligan@neomed.edu (330) 325-6358

Shawn Lyden

Shawn Lyden, ACH Executive Vice President– requested that Mr. Schimer ask the court for guardianship. As Executive Vice President, Shawn Lyden, also an attorney, is responsible for strategic planning and business development, marketing and public relations, and legal affairs. Contact: slyden@chmca.org Phone: (330)543-8730

Kevin Dunn, Medina County Judge — ruled in favor of the hospital as directed by the state appellate court. He will be the one to issue court orders for the arrest of the Hershbergers for contempt of court if they return to the area.  Became Medina County’s Probate and Juvenile Judge on August 1, 2013.  Governor John Kasich appointed Judge Dunn to complete the unexpired term of Judge John Lohn, who needed to retire for health reasons during the Hershberger trials. EMAIL   330-725-9703  Fax: 330-725-9119

Louise Brown. In charge of  Children’s Services and Social Services Administrator for Medina County Job and Family Services. Her office has said they refuse to enforce the case at this time but they and the sheriffs office are watching the Hershbergers home. It is up to this office and the sheriff to enforce an court order. Office: 330-722-9300 Toll free: 1-800-783-5070 To report child abuse or neglect, please call 330-661-0800 To Report Child Abuse or Elder Abuse.
Sheriff Tom Miller — The Sheriff’s office has been reported by the family to have said on at least two occasions they want nothing to do with the case but will if they are forced to by the judge. Does the Sheriff know he is sworn to protect and defend the people from the enemies foreign and domestic and that the Ohio constitutional amendment (2011)  forbids anyone from forcing of medical treatment against their will?
 
Sheriff Tom Miller
(330) 764-3635
Margaret Donnellan,
Sheriff’s Secretary
(330) 764-3635
Capt. Kenneth Baca
(330) 725-0028

 

 

Although their business has all but failed this year due to the mistreatment by Akron Children’s Hospital and the Northeastem Ohio Medical University, vegetables have not rotted in the fields, thanks to lending hands of friends and family.

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Isaac Keim and David Michael heads to the post office with Alvin’s special letter going to a legal powerhouse in Washington D.C. That’s Moses Keim, a horse trainer, passing by, heading over to help load broccoli in a trailer.

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The Hershberger farm has been quiet now for several weeks. Their other six children and all animals are being fed and cared for by relatives while Andy, Anna and Sarah are away in another country. People nearby have depended on the food they provide. They want to come home but they are afraid they may be arrested and Sarah taken away for the forced chemotherapy–even though she is now cancer free. Akron Children’s Hospital doctors want 2 more years of cancer-causing chemotherapy as a “preventative” so the cancer won’t come back.

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20 Responses to Full Story: Ohio Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy; Fled U.S. for Natural Treatments–Said to Be Free of Cancer

  1. sandra on April 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Just look at what chemo and radiation did for 8yr old Lacey Holdsworth.

  2. Sarah Hershberger Family Interview (Video) on March 18, 2014 at 4:07 am

    […] No information is given on specifics of the alternative treatment Sarah has undergone or medical evaluations of her current state (though her alternative treatment regimen is described here). […]

  3. […] We also learn that the Hershbergers were in Mexico, having taken a three and a half day journey from Ohio. The clinic in Mexico where Sarah was treated is not revealed, but unfortunately there are many to choose from, particularly in Tijuana but not limited to Tijuana. The Mexican border is long, and Mexico is a big country. Oppenheimer writes that the Hershbergers wouldn’t provide details of Sarah’s “alternative” treatments, but that information is readily available if she had bothered to do one bit of research for her piece. I noted it months ago in an anti-chemotherapy piece written by David Augenstein: […]

  4. […] note: There is a comprehensive story about Sarah Hershberger’s ordeal on the Journal of Natural Food and Health website.  Donations for Sarah’s treatment which involve use of natural foods, nutritional […]

  5. […] Sarah’s online Health Freedom fund has raised almost $19,000 to help her remain cancer-free with natural protocols and help her family during their transition. You can read a condensed version of the whole story which includes contacts from investigative reporter David Michael HERE. […]

  6. […]             It is surely absent in the case of Sarah Hershberger and her family.  A just-turned 11-year-old Ohio Amish girl, Sarah currently is in hiding with her family to avoid 27 months of a court-ordered experimental chemotherapy research project while now fully recovered from leukemia by using natural therapies such as herbs and vitamins.  (See http://journal.livingfood.us/2013/11/18/full-story) […]

  7. […] Sarah’s online Health Freedom fund has raised almost $19,000 to help her remain cancer-free with natural protocols and help her family during their transition. You can read a condensed version of the whole story which includes contacts from investigative reporter David Michael HERE. […]

  8. fred on December 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Parents are selfish yes it makes you sick I know this cause my father died of stage four cancer. If this child has stage 1 or 2 cancer there a chance she can be cured the longer they wait the bigger the chance she won’t live. Of course the child not going to want to do it she’s scared. Weather or not to do a medical procedure shouldn’t be left up to a 10 year old child. If the parents cared at all about the child they make sure the child was in remission although I believe there just saying that to keep them from getting in trouble. There’s gambling with there child’s health in the process the cancer could be growing they are denying this child a chance at life that’s selfish

    • David Michael on December 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

      The girl is cancer-free for now– according to the doctors. Apparently you did not read the story well. There are many ways to cure cancer other than standardized chemo etc

      • sweetclaire06 on December 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        So she is now cancer free? So say the people her parents took her to for treatment (quacks?) She did have a round of chemotherapy. It would be highly likely that the chemo she did receive has had the residual effect of shrinking her tumors and mistakenly causing the parents to think she is cured. This is such a sad case because without science based treatment she will most certainly die.

        Children are not the parents property. When parents make unsound and even life threatening choices as these parents have, then the authorities with the sound and educated judgement must step in and do the right thing for the child.

        • ant on December 4, 2013 at 6:45 am

          Hitler could not agree with you more!

          • pharmer on December 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

            @sweetckaure06 and fred: Surgery, radiation and chemo should never be used to treat cancer. There are many holistic treatments which work to treat cancer effectively, and boost the immune system instead of destroying the immune system, as oncologists do with their barbaric methods. Allopathic fascism (aka: ‘medicine’) has caused more suffering and death than all the wars in history combined. You are fools for trusting the cancer industry of the medical mafia!!

        • Sally Pender on December 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

          So who’s “property” is the child under? If not the parents, then the government? Just a heads up, the parents care more about that child then any level of any government, hospital, judge, cop, healthcare worker, etc. You see all have ulterior motives, except mom and dad-which is love!
          Scary!!!!

    • amandamic21 on January 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

      I just want to say I support the parents right to decide what is best for their child. There is a herb that comes from South America that has been used by the Inca Indians for a thousand years to treat all sorts of things including Cancer. Pau d’ arco is the name and it is the purple flower variety that works on this. :It is sold in health food stores but is not an approved treatment. Read about it , it has healed some people from cancer. Why is it not used as treatment in the US? My opinion is that Cancer treatment is BIG MONEY, for the hospitals, for the Doctor’s and for the drug companies. Run Sarah Run! Prayers for you and your family. Also, I signed the petition!

  9. john smith on November 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

    She is currently “Cancer Free” because she had a first course of chemotherapy and (reportedly) the start of a second. Without further treatment, the cancer will not stay in remission – will return ibn a more resistant form – and the child will die.

    Shame on all of you. Shame, to rob a child of the chance to live before she can make informed choice, all to bolster your own misguided ideas and beliefs.

    If you want to talk about money, ask the hundreds and thousands who get ripped off by homepathic natural remedy merchants how it went for them: http://whatstheharm.net/

    • ant on December 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

      If you want to talk about money, ask the hundreds of billions who get ripped off by big pharma !

  10. […] note: There is a comprehensive story about Sarah Hershberger’s ordeal on the Journal of Natural Food and Health website.  Donations to help fund the Sarah Hershberger case can be made to the 1851 Center for […]

  11. David Michael on November 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    From original Oct 27 story combined here (75,000 visitors)
    106 Responses to Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy Taken Out of US and Recovers with Natural Treatment

    Meisje herstelt van kanker door natuurlijke therapie | Leef! Bewust.. on November 17, 2013 at 11:51 am (Edit)

    [...] Lees het hele verhaal in de Journal of Natural Food en Health. [...]
    Michael on November 17, 2013 at 3:59 am (Edit)

    Yes, if the girl is better then it’s a happy ending. BUT the main issue hasn’t changed. Big Brother Government verses indevidual rights. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are being trampled every day by this so called Government of the People. NSA, IRS, DHL, TSA, take your pick of any one. The list of abusive treatment is very long and well disguised. One glaring example is the fight over guns. It’s not about guns or medicin or parents, it’ all about individual rights. If We the People don’t wake up then We the Government will abolish individual rights in the name of The Greater Good. I may not like what you say but I defend your right to say it just as I would defend your right to own whatever object you want. Just remember that You will be held accountable for how that object is used as well as for the words you say.
    Reply
    Meisje herstelt van kanker door natuurlijke therapie | Leef ! Bewust. on November 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm (Edit)

    [...] Lees het hele verhaal in de Journal of Natural Food en Health. [...]
    BOINNK!!! | Meisje ontsnapt uit de klauwen van de reguliere ‘geneeskunde’ wat haar dood zou worden on November 11, 2013 at 4:22 am (Edit)

    [...] 2 http://journal.livingfood.us/2013/10/27/amish-girl-being-forced-into-experimental-chemotherapy-taken… [...]
    David Michael on November 8, 2013 at 10:07 am (Edit)

    http://journal.livingfood.us/2013/11/08/sudden-twists-in-amish-girls-forced-chemo-is-the-hospital-backing-out-exclusive-interview-with-parents/

    Part 3 is just out.
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    Topeka Clinic Opens; Chemo Case Update on November 7, 2013 at 7:58 am (Edit)

    [...] according to one publication, Sarah’s parents have removed her from the country and have been treating her via natural [...]
    Grandfather of Amish Girl Refusing Chemo Speaks Out | Crystal Kids Radio on November 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm (Edit)

    [...] investigative reporter David Michael, who first broke the Hershberger’s side of the story, went to visit on Oct 31 outside of Homerville in Ohio, [...]
    Experimental medicine vs parent rights | Random Thoughts on November 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm (Edit)

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    Jamie McCarthy on November 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm (Edit)

    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/11/04/chris-wark-spins-the-story-of-the-amish-girl-with-cancer-whose-family-refuses-her-chemotherapy/

    “…it is worth repeating that induction chemotherapy (which is what Sarah went through) is not enough. Pediatric oncologists learned the hard way a long time ago, back when effective chemotherapy was first being developed and tested for these pediatric malignancies, that chemotherapy would often appear to eliminate the cancer very quickly but that the cancer would nearly always recur rapidly in a more resistant form. This led to the addition of more chemotherapy in additional stages, and chemotherapy regimens evolved, ultimately to the regimens consisting of three to five stages that we know today. Stopping after the induction phase virtually guarantees that the cancer will return.

    That’s exactly what the Hershbergers did, unfortunately.”
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    David Michael on November 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm (Edit)

    I hope this is not going to happen here. Can you answer me this:
    If doctors say after chemo is completed, 85% survive after five years. Does this mean 85% of those that survive the complete chemo treatment excluding the ones that die during treatment from the chemo or the cancer?
    Reply
    Ozzie on November 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm (Edit)

    It is worth repeating that doctors do not know everything. Instead of putting so much effort using these harmful drugs trying to kill the cancer before it kills the body they should be researching more natural cures. When did doctors forget that patients are people instead of lab rats?
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    Kathy Austin on November 10, 2013 at 12:29 am (Edit)

    Jamie, regarding “the cancer would nearly always recur rapidly in a more resistant form”, I have never been able to find research comparing those given preliminary chemotherapy with those given no chemotherapy. This will establish if it is the chemo that produces more malignant strains. Without such research, further chemotherapy treatment would be most unscientific, unfounded and even cruel. If anyone has seen such research, please record an active link to it here, I would love to read it.
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    AnnGreenleaf on November 4, 2013 at 11:11 am (Edit)

    I wonder if the original diagnosis is correct, and specifically what type of leukemia (there are several, with definitely different prognoses, and within each type, different subtypes with different prognoses and also different outcomes known for sex and age) she is said to have.

    We live in a fallen world, with a great deal of sadness and illness resulting from man’s transgression. I do believe that God created man with a mental capacity, and some of this has yielded ways to mitigate suffering and illness. I pray for God’s will in this painful situation, and for healing for this child if that is within his will.
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    BigHebrew on November 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm (Edit)

    THE U.S. GOVT’S(STATE & FEDERAL HAVE ABSOLUTELY, NO JURISDICTION OVER THE AMISH AND THEIR CHILDREN ….US FOOLS IN THE U.S. ARE THE SLAVES THEY OWN, THROUGH BIRTH CERTIFICATES and SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS! DON’T THE AMISH KNOW THIS?! OR DID I MISS IT AND THEY NOW REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN?
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    Laura on November 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm (Edit)

    Please Share with the Hershbergers and Sarah’s Grandfather that there are many out here wondering if the Amish are being used as guinea pigs in chemo testing because many modern clinics think they are backward and stupid and will sign up for the experiments. It is sick to think that this society is using those that rely on the strength of faith and natural gifts of herbs and nutrition from the earth are all idiots and have miserable parenting skills. Guess what big clinics: We find life so important that we are not willing to just take the word of money grubbing Pharma companies!
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    David Michael on November 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm (Edit)

    Well said and I will do just that
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    Joseph on November 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm (Edit)

    10yr old Amish girl flees U.S. to escape chemo. Exclusive Interview. http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/10-year-old-amish-girl-flees-us-to-escape-chemo/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzSUnSem1tI #cancer
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    Joseph on November 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm (Edit)

    10yr old Amish girl flees U.S. to escape chemo. Exclusive Interview. http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/10-year-old-amish-girl-flees-us-to-escape-chemo/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzSUnSem1tI
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    Marauder on November 2, 2013 at 8:20 am (Edit)

    Are American doctors now patterning their practice after the late Herr Doktor Josef Mengele? They want to prosecute the girl’s parents for curing the patient outside of their experimental therapy program?

    America’s liberalism “boil” has been developing for over 100 years and is now coming to a head. Our all-powerful government is proving the truth of Lord Acton’s statement, that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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    Laura on November 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm (Edit)

    Well Said! And yes, I think they are the Mengeles of the present! And Obama care has given them even more power to run over our rights and allow the clinic systems and Ins co and big Pharma to use us like lab rats. It is sick! I for one steer clear of MD’s and CLINICS as much as I can!
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    Amish Girl Bails on Chemo, Recovers on Natural Therapy on November 2, 2013 at 8:02 am (Edit)

    [...] Friends of the Hershberger family have started a Pledgie campaign to raise the funds needed for the family to come back to the United States and retain their health independence. Unbelievably, the hospital is still trying to take the family to court and wrest their health freedom from them. Read the whole story on Journal of Natural Food and Health. [...]
    Amish Girl Bails on Chemo, Recovers on Natural Therapy | GlobalResearchReport.com on November 2, 2013 at 6:15 am (Edit)

    [...] Friends of the Hershberger family have started a Pledgie campaign to raise the funds needed for the family to come back to the United States and retain their health independence. Unbelievably, the hospital is still trying to take the family to court and wrest their health freedom from them. Read the whole story on Journal of Natural Food and Health. [...]
    Michelle on November 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm (Edit)

    This family will help pave the way for us all. Blessings.
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    Amish girl bails on chemo, flees the country, and cures her cancer | Wausau News on November 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm (Edit)

    [...] Friends of the Hershberger family have started a Pledgie campaign to raise the funds needed for the family to come back to the United States and retain their health independence. Unbelievably, the hospital is still trying to take the family to court and wrest their health freedom from them.Read the whole story on Journal of Natural Food and Health. [...]
    Choice of Cancer Treatments: Individual’s’ or Hospital’s? | FarOutRadio.com on November 1, 2013 at 11:42 am (Edit)

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    Valentin on November 1, 2013 at 11:10 am (Edit)

    Can you PLEASE forward to me ( if you can’t publish here) the name of the hospital/clinic which helped the girl? It’s so many on line, who’s claiming that they do miracles… And I definitely need one….
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    Betty on November 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm (Edit)

    Valentin, Please google lunasin. We take LunaRich X which is 200 times more potent than lunasin, over 50 published studies shows it works as a tumor suppressor – killing cancer. Google it, find the info for yourself and if you’re interested contact me. I love my job, helping others, there is nothing more rewarding. God bless.
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    BettyBuccine@aol.com
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    kat on November 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm (Edit)

    Graviola is also an amazing product – took my husband from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 without any other medical treatment at all. He caved & opted for the poison we call ‘chemo’ anyway. Between treatments, we’d start the Graviola again. Eventually, he was cancer free. Due to his age, he suffered multiple pneumonias & doctors did not opt to remove the dead tissue causing it. The cancer returned, but we were not told about it until it was too late. Why they kept that information from us is beyond reproach, but he died three days after I learned of it – he had stopped the Graviola months before. God bless Sarah and all others suffering this awful but curable disease. I will never do chemo if I am diagnosed.
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    Michelle on November 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm (Edit)

    Yes, I agree. I would guess that it is Reliv supplements that this girl is taking. They are amazing! Check it out at http://www.reliv.com
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    NHWCenter on November 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm (Edit)

    Valentin be cautious as you will get many posts of bogus products and ways to “treat” cancer. Most of the time you’re treating the pocket books of the CEO’s of these companies. Depending on your type of cancer you have many tried and true methods of healing yourself. Hoxsey, Gerson, Jim Humble’s MMS (jimhumble.biz), curezone.com, Dr. Kelley, IV Vit C etc etc. The list of options is huge. Are you working with a practitioner to help you? Find the cause and you will find your cure.
    http://www.yurkovsky.com has done great work to reverse a variety of health problems in people but no matter which way you go you MUST eat healthy organic foods!
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    valentin on November 4, 2013 at 2:08 am (Edit)

    Already was contacted :) ))) Well, eating organic, healthy and fasting too… Yes, I’m with a doctor who helping me ( guiding thru the calorie restriction, food choices etc.) Know about Gerson clinic and method – its for real, but it’s quite expensive and time consuming :( Just can’t afford it :( and practically impossible to do it by yourself, without help:(
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    Melanie on November 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm (Edit)

    Congrats to you on having the courage to look past the propaganda of the cancer industry… See if you can find a Natropathic Dr in your area… Many specialize in cancer treatment/prevention. they will save you time and money… http://www.mercola.com has some articles on natural cancer treatment
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    Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy Taken Out of US and Recovers with Natural Treatment on November 1, 2013 at 9:47 am (Edit)

    [...] It was just learned the parents, Andy and Anna Hershberger, took their significantly recovered daughter out of the United States before the court ruled that a hospital-affiliated, attorney-nurse, Maria Schimer, was made the medical guardian to make sure Sarah will get her treatments. Parents reported this week the child is fully recovered through natural treatments. Schimer is General Counsel (chief legal advisor) for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), a close affiliate and business partner of the hospital. According to Andy, Ms. Schimer has never met Sarah or him and his wife and they were never told their child was being used in a research study—among other things. [...]
    Dallas on October 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm (Edit)

    This article about Sarah is extremely interesting to me. My 14 year old son died in June from the toxic effects of all the chemo and many various drugs that were forced on him by the state and hospital system. The chemo destroyed his system and the leukemia and they sent him home (in remission) but when the leukemia came back, we fought it with natural remedies instead of modern medicine, and just before he died, the labs showed that the leukemia had reversed. The symptoms that he developed just before he died, were listed “side effects” of the medications!
    (His story is posted on http://www.swiftrunnerministries.com)
    I am very happy for Sarah! Her parents did the right thing in getting her off of the chemo!!!
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    David Michael on October 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm (Edit)

    So sorry about your but I am glad you made the video. I will post it here

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    Rocky Keim on October 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm (Edit)

    What a tremendous story. So happy for the little girl and what a stand made by the father and mother. So how do we hold hospitals and health care professionals/providers accountable for this sort of forced experimentation? They tell us we must have this treatment and they learn from the clinical reactions in the patient. We are the guinea pigs and they make huge profits? Really?
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    Joseph Slabaugh on October 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm (Edit)

    I shared it on the Former Amish News https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=717935261567954&set=np.412992196.505995296&type=1&theater&notif_t=notify_me
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    Recovered Amish Girl will “Physically Fight” if Forced Back on Chemo | The Daily Sheeple on October 31, 2013 at 10:00 am (Edit)

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    Amy on October 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm (Edit)

    Here’s the link to a great documentary about cancer & the history of it in our country. EVERYONE should watch this! The first part is about Big Pharma & it’s history but make sure you watch all of it when it gets to the many REAL cures & what happened to the people who tried to share them. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BTGye7kA6rM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DBTGye7kA6rM
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    Amish Girl Forced Into Experimental Chemotherapy Is Taken Out of U.S. and Recovers with Natural Treatment | Live Free, Live Natural on October 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm (Edit)

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    Erwin Alber on October 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm (Edit)

    What a disgrace – parents on the run from the medical Gestapo!

    Some years ago now, Liam Williams Holloway’s parents took their son into hiding when the medical mafia here in New Zealand took out a court order to continue the chemo-so-called “therapy” the parents had discontinued as it was killing Liam. The police mounted a nation-wide hunt for the family which was unsuccessful. The great majority of New Zealanders supported the family’s right to opt for the treatment of their choice. The overwhelming public sympathy and outpouring of support for the family became such an embarrassment for the medical establishment that it took out a court order to gag the media, which up to that point had covered the whole thing in a mostly balanced way.

    Liam’s health improved with alternative treatments secretly administered free of charge by various natural health practitioners but then took a turn for the worse and Liam who was about 5 at the time then died. The parents were not prosecuted as doing so would have created a public outcry and further hostility towards the medical establishment.

    Unfortunately many if not most parents are unaware that vaccinations are similarly a form of medical experimentation on defenseless children. Vaccination is best described as an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention by means of junk science.

    http://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/to-vaccinate-or-not/
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    vmv on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm (Edit)

    I am not sure it is safe for the girl and her family to return to the U.S. The hospital may try to take some legal action against the parents. Or could they still try to force the girl to have chemotherapy by denying she is cured? Chemotherapy causes severe side effects and weakens the immune system.
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    SL on October 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm (Edit)

    This is very brave and exactly what was needed, this family is an example for all other families worldwide to stand their ground. It is their body, their child and since when does the traditional chemotherapy every cure anything, it kills in record time, whether its experimental or traditional. Jackie Kennedy died in one small weekend and NOT because of cancer but because of the Chemostherapy. Its a no brainer that anything that kills a cancer cell will kill a good cell leaving your body weakened and sicker then if the treatment was never given. They seem to be Morons and what a slap in the face to take medical control over a child and exclude a parents decision. These people running the world think they OWN you, that they are Gods unto themselves, and who dares to defy them!!! But really there is a Supreme God and this ONE says that we are free and have rights to our own life, liberty and body.
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    Clinton Bashore on November 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm (Edit)

    David,
    My friend that died from cancer and chemotherapy had neither listed on her death certificate. It says that she died of a damaged pancreas.
    I have to wonder if that death is also listed as a cancer cure.
    You are correct in claiming that chemo does not cure, but as far as them being morons with all the money they are making, I believe the term might be better applied to us who have allowed the situation to proceed for so many years.
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    David Michael on October 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Edit)

    Another person has LinkedIn to this:

    Thomas Braun

    N2E Health Education Institute at President

    Outrageous! Promotion of chemo drugs to destroy cancer cells as the ideal cure. The real cure is from within. A whole immune system supplied richly with the nutrients it requires will destroy cancer cells as long as the body is not overwhelmed. Europe uses 1/7th the amount of chemo treatment as we do in the US. Outcomes are similar. In the lab, the scientists can’t grow cancer cells in mice unless they have a mouse without an immune system. Mice are breed without an immune system so they can be used for research. Why is this being ignored by the oncologists? It is the combination of a nutrient poor diet often combined with toxins unknowly being consumed that allows our immune system to be overwelmed and not able to destroy the abnormal cells being generated by the body. When the body is overwelmed, then the judicious use of chemo for a short time may be in order. It is reported that our immune system has to produce 7 T-cells for every cancer cell to destroy the cancer cell. Calciferol which is the active hormone form of Vitamin D is essential for the wholesome functioning of over 2500 genes. One of which produces a glue to surround the cancer cells in the body so they don’t spread through out the body.
    Why do oncologists ignore the need to evaluate the nutrient base of the patient diagnosed with cancer? Making sure the cancer patient has 50 ng’s of calciferol would be very beneficial. Parental rights are being destroyed in this country for the benefit of special interests who believe they have the right to dictate how children should be raised and treated medically. Merck would be very happy if Gardisal becomes mandatory. It is misguided and wrong. The answer is to teach parenting in our schools and make sure the family formation is preserved. Visit ParentalRights.org to discover the travesties that are being put in place to destroy the family through the Affordable care act and other initiatives.

    Our $150 billion annual cancer industry is out of control and no one in leadership is willing to stop the steam roller. Read Dr Devra Davis’s book..”The Secret War on Cancer”
    Good intentions are continually being perverted for profit and not for the health of the individual. My personal attempt to educate is through my website http://www.nutritionexercise.us. Learn the truth about Vitamin D. Learn the need for good food void of toxins, nutrients and exercise to maintain a state of health. Please help stop the steamroller and help Sarah and her family. In my opinion, the furture of this nation is darkening and my grandchildren and great grand children will have to deal with the perverted decisions we are making this decade in our food and health industries, not for the benefit of the individual, but the profitability of the corporation.
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    Robert Heath Goodrich on October 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm (Edit)

    David, I can’t seem to find a way to contact you except through post/reply. Could you please get in touch with me? I don’t know if you can help me or not, but maybe you know someone who could. Please contact me ASAP. If you need my E-Mail address let me know. (I’m under the assumption that since you’re an admin/publisher that you can retrieve it)
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    David Michael on October 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm (Edit)

    Idid
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    Clinton Bashore on November 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm (Edit)

    David;
    You make good points, but remember when the bodies cells get into the anaerobic mode it is a little more difficult to get rid of them. Nutrition probably will prevent this from happening, but once there either they must be killed or provided oxygen from other sources since they can no longer get it from hemoglobin.
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    Bonnie Blair on October 29, 2013 at 1:25 am (Edit)

    I second Roger’s comment. As much as they would like to come back to their home, odds are the child will be taken from the parents, and the parents could very well end up in jail. It has happened before, in this country.
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    ralph on October 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm (Edit)

    G Edward Griffin World Without Cancer tells it simply vitamin b-17 kills cancer cells Trust in Fathers Medicine n Visit ShepherdsChapel to hear Fathers Word taught chapter by chapter verse by verse
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    George Masters on November 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm (Edit)

    Where can I get b 17 ,I have heard this before but nobody has said where to get it.. I will be in Baja Mexico next month in the Cabo area. Help anyone?
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    valentin on November 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm (Edit)

    b17? any health store sells the packs of apricot kernels… 1/2 for about $10. Also B17 in apple seeds :)
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    David Michael on October 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm (Edit)

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    David Michael on October 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Edit)

    Very good comment at the scienceblog site referenced above by one H323 on the subtopic of state’s rights vs parents over their children:

    H323
    October 28, 2013

    All of this is caused by the general rejection of Judeo-Christian values. The Bible if very clear that children are a gift from God our Creator to the parents. They are God’s and God has given them to parents as stewards. The Bible leaves no room for the state to have custody of children! I am Mennonite and of the same Anabaptist faith as the Amish. The Amish and Mennonites will simply not accept a socialistic government that takes custody of it’s children and hands them over to a medical system that has little regard for human life (abortion services are considered a medical service.) If we have too, we will leave this country before we accept this type of horror. When the mother wants to kill, the state grants the choice to the mother. When the mother wants to make cancer treatment choices, the state takes the choice from the mother! The cause for this is a society that has no regard for the Word of the Lord.
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    Lucifer on October 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm (Edit)

    The Jews just cant kill the Germans fast enough, can they.
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    Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy-leaves country : Vaccine Liberation Army on October 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm (Edit)

    [...] Early in October 2013, the entire nation heard about how Sarah Hershberger, a 10-year old Ohio Amish girl with leukemia (now recovered), is being forced into a two-year unproven experimental chemotherapy study by Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH). READ MORE. [...]
    Roger on October 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm (Edit)

    Better keep Sarah out of the country a bit longer. Cured or not, the hospital and legal system is likely to kidnaper her, put her back in the program and kill her.
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    Patrick on October 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm (Edit)

    Given the comment section here not many of you will be interested in a slightly more informative take on the issue, but for those who are: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/10/28/ridiculous-charges-fly-in-the-case-of-the-amish-girl-in-ohio-with-cancer/

    Also a question for the author? Whats up with the fake image attributions? “Amish people gather throughout Ohio and elsewhere to hear about Akron Children’s Hospital and the story of the Hershbergers.” Come on, you and I both no the image has nothing to do with the story. It’s one thing to use stock to illustrate a story, its quite another to fake a source.
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    David Michael on October 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm (Edit)

    These are depictions. My picture of one meeting I was at on this did not turn out to well.
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    Laura on October 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm (Edit)

    I hope it’s true! I find it odd that the buggy is a Pennsylvania buggy and the location of Amish group is in Florida .
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    David Michael on October 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm (Edit)

    Good catch Laura. These are just google pics LOL
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    Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy Taken Out of US and Recovers with Natural Treatment | Medically Speaking on October 28, 2013 at 11:31 am (Edit)

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    Alma Calabrese on October 28, 2013 at 10:03 am (Edit)

    I know it is really sad when my Dr told me he would refuse chemo if he had cancer! Kudos to Sarah and her parents! God Bless Them All!!
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    Suzanne on October 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm (Edit)

    It’s wonderful that Sara’s cancer was cured by natural remedies. It’s a shame that Obamacare is going to make more stories like this come out on blogs like this. I wish you could have told your readers exactly what she did and where she went for treatment.
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    David Michael on October 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm (Edit)

    Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
    ~ Hippocrates, father of medicine (460 BC – 370 BC)

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    This post is a compilation of videos and supporting links for alternative cancer therapies and detoxification strategies, as well as various herbs, foods, and substances that have been shown to have immune boosting/cancer fighting properties. It is by no means a complete list as I have primarily added sections for which videos have been found; however, I will continue to add sections as new video content becomes available. In the meantime, it would be wise to read “Understanding Treating Cancer With Alternative Medicine”, ”An Overview of the Best Alternative Cancer Treatments”, as well as the CancerTutor.com Articles section of this post to get an overview of the various alternative therapies and why it is absolutely necessary to have an expert in these therapies guide in the selection of the correct protocol and its adaptation to each individual’s unique health condition. The articles also discuss the effectiveness of older treatments versus newer more potent protocols. When viewing testimonials for various treatments, it is important to keep in mind that many of the successes with older treatments occurred before the increased use of chemotherapy and radiation. As a result, they may be too weak or ineffective by themselves for those who have undergone conventional treatments.

    Understandably, some readers may have negative attitudes toward alternative medicine; some of it is good, some of it is bad, and most of it challenges the current medical paradigm. If they watch nothing else on this post, I encourage them to watch The Burzynski Movie and The Beautiful Truth. These two movies have set many on the path of doing their own research and questioning where they get their information from(See article ”How Bogus Scientific Studies Are Created”). Individuals have to take personal responsibility and investigate what they read, even the information presented on this post.

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    Sara Lee Langsam on October 28, 2013 at 11:06 am (Edit)

    Dear David Michael, I want to express my appreciation for your in depth response to a comment, sharing the cancertutor website with your readers. I am familiar with that website and find the information to be extensive offering the seeker many options. Because of the many pollutants in our environment the number of people getting cancer is rising at an alarming rate. It might be a good idea and proactive to research all these websites and develop a plan that hopefully will not be used but is there just in case like having an umbrella in your trunk. Thank you again and I wish this information was easily available to the public.
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    David Michael on October 28, 2013 at 11:12 am (Edit)

    Thank you Sara — I may just post it in full later this week.
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    Please Help – 10 Year Old Amish Girl Declared Cancer Free, Hospital Still Trying to Make Her Take Chemo by Taking Them to Court for the Third Time | Lightsigns on October 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm (Edit)

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    Rady on October 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm (Edit)

    hey Augie ~ great story; good follow up. I recently tried megadoses of vitamin c (30 gm/day) and knocked out a cold pronto. broke down and spent $100 on essential nutrients for my body… so much cheaper than a doctor’s visit, and so much more effective.

    is this website on facebook?
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    David Michael on October 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm (Edit)

    Living Food is the name of our page. You can Like it from the Journal also. Feel free to spread this around with a link back. Nice to hear from you Rady– you FFG is sure looking good
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    margie on October 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm (Edit)

    and this proves that her cancer is cured how???

    without chemo and or radiation, depending on her diagnoses – vit. c or any other ridiculous remedy will not work. Been there and done that..Leukemia is a blood disorder and Acute leukemia in children has to be treated for 3 plus years for boys and 2 yrs for girls with protocols that are believe it or not scientifically proven..this does not mean that all children survive because they do not…its a lot better chance at survival than horse manure….
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    Leann Hughes on October 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm (Edit)

    New studies have come out and will be published in medical journals that chemotherapy kills not only the diseased cells but the healthy ones and creates super cancer. You are really stupid to think that our government will allow a cure when they all profit as well a pharmaceuticals with no chance for allowing proven effective natural cures. All documented, proven treatments of cures with NATURAL treatments,with no deaths from being irratiated to death. Cancer is nothing more than a fungus and regulating your ph will cure you. The horse manure is the crap you spend good money on and risk your life with!!
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    SL on October 28, 2013 at 1:06 am (Edit)

    Margie…there are many of us who HAVE been there and done that and who have almost died from the treatment the medical establishment has prescribed. The blood responds to living cells over toxic ones. Believe of not. Chemo is NOT the best way to treat leukemia, or any other kind of cancer.
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    macaroni on October 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm (Edit)

    Regardless of the pros or cons of the postulated treatments, one minor correction does need to be made here. ACH would not make money directly from treating this child under an experimental protocol, ASSUMING all protocol requirements, such as informed consent, etc., had been observed. Properly delivered experimental protocols are cost free to patients, under most circumstances. That much said, they stand to make a whopping amount of money if the protocol were proven to have worked. That is why they fought having the child, who had initially responded to the treatment, removed from the program. Far too much was at stake, and her removal ruined that protocol.
    Of course, basing any so-called “cure” on one patient’s response is nonsense. Curiously, though, those researchers who have FDA/AMA etc.(big Pharma, big money) approval will steamroll such stuff along, of course with plenty of funding, while anybody lacking FDA/AMA’s blessing (the natural community at large) will find him/herself quite stymied–at least in the USA, which is really all that matters for big Pharma. The rest of the world essentially free rides off its research (the stuff that actually works, that is)–which is one of the many reasons why healthcare is cheaper overseas.
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    David Michael on October 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Edit)

    I was told the $130,000 bill was sent to Medicaid — I was told by a doctor it is patients/parent responsibility if the patient drops out of a trial– so it might be this in this case. There are other methods, billing codes and probably other revenues, indirect or direct. There are other hospitals in this trial so I am not sure this squashed the whole thing.
    Estelle on October 29, 2013 at 3:47 am (Edit)

    Or the bigger issue here. Each and every person had the right to choose the health care options for themselves and their families (those they are responsible for). I don’t live in the USA, but there is a Bill of Rights that a good majority of countries in the world are signed up to. We have the right to choose!!!! We may make choices that others don’t agree with, we may make the choice to just let nature take its course, we may even choose to go with the pharmaceutical option. But we all arrive at our decisions based on our own reasoning and understanding. To force someone to have treatment (be it natural or otherwise) is still the wrong decision if that person has assessed and considered all the options and made the decision that is right for them.
    Theresa on October 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm (Edit)

    The article says it was proved by blood tests and cat scans. Vitamin C is not a ridiculous cure. It has worked ever since Linus Pauling discovered it. It is much more profitable for the drug companies to keep feeding cancer patients their costly medicines than to admit their has been a cure for the last 40 or so years.
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    Clinton Bashore on November 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm (Edit)

    Theresa,
    What cancer is was discovered back in the 1920′s by a biochemist who won two Nobel prizes by the name of Dr Otto Warburg.
    He found that all cancer is is anaerobic metabolism. In the anaerobic mode the bodies cells consume sugar and give off lactic acid as a waste product instead of carbon dioxide. Hemoglobin, which is the normal oxygen transport mechanism will not release the oxygen it carries without first receiving carbon dioxide, so you can see that the anaerobic cell is stuck in that mode unless oxygen can be received from another source.
    In the anaerobic mode the bodies cells do not go through the normal periodic dying off cycle called apoptosis but still go through mitosis division resulting in that mass of cells getting larger and larger…cancer.
    Other oxygen carrying mechanisms exist; such as increased body temperature, reducing the body’s acidity(pH)and providing the body with unclumped water.
    Many other cancer cures exist to the point that no-one need die of cancer and with the advent of the internet, much information is available on cures and sources thereof.
    Remember though that the cure is only a part of the story. It is quite possible that each of us gets cancer hundreds of times each day and the immune system takes care of it before it becomes a problem and therefore the first effort on curing cancer should be strengthening the immune system. In other words, correct your diet.
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    Rife on October 29, 2013 at 9:42 am (Edit)

    Get a flu shot, idiot.
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    bloodyrebel on October 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm (Edit)

    Praise the Amish for taking a stand against the life/money sucking mainstream medical/pharma matrix.

    Rife: what makes one an “idiot” for not getting a flu shot or any vaccination that has been forced onto the public with little evidence to support the efficacy of vaccinating in general, especially by the current deceptive, corrupt, and greedy system?
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    virginia abel on October 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm (Edit)

    A flu shot is one of the most worthless vaccinations you can get ! Research it dumbass.
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    babs on October 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm (Edit)

    yes! research! yes, a fine word and action…. here is a helpful article that provides links to credible sources of actual scientific research regarding the flu vaccine.
    please do read and follow the links and see for your selves.

    http://io9.com/lets-just-debunk-every-flu-vaccine-myth-in-one-fell-sw-1454237689
    David Michael on October 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm (Edit)

    You are joking – satire?– from the Onion. This is propaganda.
    pat on October 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm (Edit)

    your comments are so offensive and ignorant-i fell sorry for the lot of people who think everyone else is ignorant and crazy because they have not been brainwashed and deluded like you…until i realize how dangerous they and you are. No corporation has any lawful rights over this or any child…neither does the pope for that matter. In fact, any corporation is by definition an obamination-because their charters all state their first and only obligation is to maximize profits for shareholders…and that is plain SATANIC. Statutory law is like a statue-IT IS FAKE. I personally believe that the whole notion of corporatism is as Mussolini said-FASCISM, and all who allow, promote, or participate in it should be jailed…or moved to another planet where there are dinosaurs to fed off of them FOR A REAL CHANGE.
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    Wm on November 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Edit)

    Right-on
    & for All those O baa maa Zombies!
    Hows That Hope & change working out for you?
    Reply
    Howard Taylor Taylor on November 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm (Edit)

    List the Judges names and telephone number. That way they can be shamed going to church.
    momawake on October 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm (Edit)

    I’m so thankful that you did this story.
    Reply
    David Michael on October 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm (Edit)

    If I recall you are from Ohio== I think I had you on some list at one time.
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    D on October 29, 2013 at 1:59 am (Edit)

    Why donate? It will only go to pay some fancy lawyer. Or worse: The doctors who are forcing he chemo. How will that help the family?
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    Michelle on October 29, 2013 at 9:07 am (Edit)

    D—Did you NOT read the WHOLE article??? It said the money was going to be used to “BRING THE FAMILY HOME” and NOT for Attorneys or medical bills…
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    Sara Lee Langsam on October 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm (Edit)

    This is a wonderful outcome. I am thrilled that Sarah is better and that the alternative methods worked for her. I hope that this positive ending will offer people in a similar circumstance the hope and confidence to follow their good instincts and get the help they need.
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    Frank Toth on October 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm (Edit)

    I am SO,SO HAPPY for her!!!,Who would have thought that this would turn out to be the possible straw that breaks the camels back!!,I hope this gets media attention,and helps other people with similar problems.
    It is time that we win the real war,not on cancer,because it was won a long time ago,but on the medical criminals involved!!!,it’s all about the MONEY!!!
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    Desiree L. Rover on October 29, 2013 at 8:00 am (Edit)

    Money is the carrot to hook greedy sheeple into proactively helping to establish the REAL agenda of Western medisin, vaccinations and cancer ‘treatments’: eugenics.
    In other words it is all about population reduction, the age-old dream of the psychopaths that are ruling the world — luckily, I see more and more people waking up to this fact, so their evil days are numbered!
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    rick on October 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm (Edit)

    and our governments are colluding in this crime against humanity. whos being paid off?
    Reply
    Wm on November 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm (Edit)

    The Big Payoff is The Roak a falla Cabal Draining mericans of their money & resources Thru Poisoned Food & Medical Pratices
    They Dont want you healed! their greed is Money & Global Domination by elimiating you & i whom oppose their agenda!
    is it any surprise they want CONTROL of your Health Ins.
    WAKE UP & Look behind the curtain!
    Remember the phoney Wizard hideing, in The Wizard of Oz?
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  12. David Michael on November 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    From Part 2 — moved here:

    23 Responses to Part 2– Recorded Interview with Amish Girl’s Grandfather and Church Bishop: Speaks Out on Her Hospital-Forced Chemotherapy Case

    Bayareamom on November 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm (Edit)

    My heart goes out to the Hershberger family. To me, this is really a parental rights story. I cannot imagine how I would feel if this were to happen to my own family.

    God Bless this family. I hope this nightmare ends soon for the; all my best to Sarah and her parents.
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    Anthony on November 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm (Edit)

    There are many, many effective ways to treat cancer naturally. Natural treatments, in most cases, are more effective, with little or no side effects than the conventional cut, burn and poison approach. Bravo to this family for having the courage to resist the Medical Tyranny and Medical Mafia in this country. See my site http://www.naturaltreatmentsforcancer.com for a guide to over 60 web sites with powerful natural healing information for cancer.
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    Victoria on November 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm (Edit)

    I want to believe and I want to get behind this- but you are missing the most important rebuttal to this situation. Why isn’t the girl in this interview?? You need a clear video interview with her or you look like you could be hiding something.
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    Michele Powers-Neeld on November 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm (Edit)

    I live down the road from the Keim and Hershberger families. I was driving Sarah, Ann, and Andy to Akron Children’s hospitol for the Chemo treatments. While Sarah was on Chemotherapy she couldn’t eat, get out of bed or do much of anything. She would have Raging Fevers that would spike at 102-103 degrees F. It was heartwrenching to see. Chemotherapy is brutal.
    I really think that there is alot more to this than is being told. My Father-in-Law works in the pharmsutical industry He deals with the Hemeotologists. He said that the Amish live such a different lifestyle than mainstream Americans and that within thier community they have a lower rate of cancer; that makes them perfect “control subjects”. The Akron Children’s hospitol is a research hospitol. Research grants can be worth multiple millions of dollars. Without a “control subject” research studies results are not considered valid. Therefore: No control subject = invalid results = NO research grants.
    The hospitol has lied repeatedly to this family. If this Attorny/ Nurse practioner gets her hands on Sarah they will never let her come home again. They will simply state that she is too sick to come home.
    I have alot more information about how this family has been treated by ACH but am out of time for today.
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    David Michael on November 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm (Edit)

    Please email me when you get time.
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    Tiffany on November 5, 2013 at 5:02 am (Edit)

    God’s given each of us free will, and even He doesn’t interfere with it. Who the hell do these people think they are?

    I have leukemia from taking Cymbalta for undiagnosed pain. Eli Lily took that warning off the label about a year before I started taking it. I’d very much like to know what kind of treatment Sarah received and where she got it.

    I hope she and her family are doing well. What a courageous girl!
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    Tara on November 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm (Edit)

    David, is there any chance you can contact me via email? I’ve got a couple of questions. I would GREATLY appreciate it!
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    David Michael on November 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm (Edit)

    I just emailed you
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    Emma on November 4, 2013 at 5:17 am (Edit)

    I have often wondered why parents are not allowed to protect their children from the hospitals and forced shots and excetra. Why if the hospital wants to continue with the treatments and the parents don’t then the hospital should be responsible for the cost of the treatment and also funeral costs if it kills the person, plus compensation to the family that is grieving.
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    Ralph Fucetola JD on November 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm (Edit)

    Like many in the health freedom movement, we want to see Sarah and her family protected. Tell the Governor that his sort of child abuse by the medical system must stop! Message your governor here: http://tinyurl.com/AmishConscience
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    Gaby on November 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm (Edit)

    Keep her out of the country! If she comes back and they force the chemotherapy, they will also take away her natural foods and supplements so the leukemia will surely come back. Then they will say it’s proof she needed the chemo. Then she will die. Keep her out of the country, at all costs.
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    DrCatherine Rott on November 3, 2013 at 8:43 am (Edit)

    I’d like to speak to the author of this article & the interviewer in the YouTube video regarding parental rights. Augie can you arrange? Thanks in advance! Please email.
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    David Michael on November 3, 2013 at 9:10 am (Edit)

    I am the author and I will email you.
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    Joseph Slabaugh on November 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm (Edit)

    I used to be Amish, and in fact that is the same Swartzentruber Amish sect and settlement, and the area where I grew up at till I was about 9 and a half years old. We lived off Firestone,on Mayes Road, with a West Salem address. After I was 9, we moved to Shreve for 2 years, and moved around a lot, mostly in Ohio, but currently living in Tennessee.
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    Recovered Amish Girl will “Physically Fight” if Forced Back on Chemo | My Blog WorldsChildren.wordpress.com on November 3, 2013 at 3:54 am (Edit)

    [...] Amish Girl’s Grandfather Interviewed in High-profile Forced Chemotherapy Case (journal.livingfood.us) [...]
    David Michael on November 3, 2013 at 1:26 am (Edit)

    Reply
    Rosanne on November 3, 2013 at 9:27 am (Edit)

    Sarah is not the only one who needs “natural foods, supplements” to remain healthy. Sarah’s story is everyone’s story.
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    David Michael on November 3, 2013 at 1:24 am (Edit)

    See this movie–appalling — good article also http://journal.livingfood.us/2011/06/12/burzynski-cancer-is-serious-business-making-the-case-on-medical-corruption/
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    Kathy on November 2, 2013 at 11:57 pm (Edit)

    While I side with the girl and her family, how many kids have died because the religious parents tried to ‘pray away’ the disease? That statistic would be interesting.
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    Christie on November 3, 2013 at 8:03 am (Edit)

    I’m sure there is not a huge statistic of children dying from cancer because the family only used prayer. That statistic should be compared to the people who passed away using prayer AND received chemo and/or radiation/surgery…
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    Anne on November 3, 2013 at 9:00 am (Edit)

    It is sad when kids die because the parents want to “pray away” the disease. The Amish don’t shun medical advances, and these folks were on board until she got so sick from the treatments. They aren’t refusing to treat, they are choosing alternative treatments and I think they have the right to do that. I don’t think it should be up the the hospital which treatment she receives, especially when they are the ones financially benefitting from continued treatments.
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    David Michael on November 3, 2013 at 9:09 am (Edit)

    They are properly using integrative medicine plus prayer and believing
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    Thomas Yale on November 5, 2013 at 6:31 am (Edit)

    You beat me to the reply, sir. The case would be far different than if they relied solely on prayer and sought no material remedies.
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  13. David Michael on November 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    From previous story/moved here:
    13 Responses to Sudden Twists in Amish Girl’s Forced Chemo: Is the Hospital Backing Out? Exclusive Interview with Parents

    Tom on November 14, 2013 at 4:48 am (Edit)

    When corporate and government interests collude, you are living in a fascist state. Freedom, science and health go out the window while political agendas (eugenics engineering) and corporate greed (drug profits) take over. Once Obamacare is in place, what’s left of the country’s prosperity and health choices will die. It means the immune systems of all people will not only continue to be destroyed from birth, such will be the law. All children (especially) will be owned by the state and be subject to health-destroying protocols. The allopathic drug monopoly will then systematically outlaw all other paradigms (vitamins, minerals, etc.) so that the death management (eugenics medicine) system can prevail. This has been the socialists’ goal for many years. Once denied, now it is being rolled out. The Amish girl’s story is an embarrassment — bad PR — so it will be dropped. For now.
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    Family of Amish Girl Who Fled the Country to Avoid Forced Experimental Chemo Tells Their Side of the Story | Health Impact News on November 10, 2013 at 11:39 am (Edit)

    [...] David Michael Journal of Natural Food and [...]
    Kim on November 9, 2013 at 11:26 am (Edit)

    God bless this family thank for sharing parents have to be health advocates for their children. I know Amish families in this community no human being should be treated that way. More people need to see this video and hear Sarah’s story!
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    Vforba on November 9, 2013 at 10:17 am (Edit)

    This does not surprise me I read another article the other day of some poor boy being subjected the same problem only he never had cancer. Fortunately he did not have cancer but the essentially the drs were trying to do the same thing. I think in end it figured out that these big pharma cos. are trying to get young kids into these so-called research parties. So essentially these drs are lying to try and get kids into these expensive guinea pig test groups to see if these meds really work. This is scary!
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    georgia on November 9, 2013 at 5:16 am (Edit)

    Chemotherapy treats cancer in exactly the same manner that drone-attacks treat rebellious upheavals. Think about this; our “remedies” for physical or social diseases reflect our overall existential philosophy… too dangerous, too risky to be accepted! Nature does not behave in this way, and, I think, we should watch and follow Her for our and our children’s sake.
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    Hospital backing out in case of 10 yr old Amish girl forced to undergo chemo? | The Bovine on November 9, 2013 at 4:50 am (Edit)

    [...] From David Michael on the Journal of Natural Food and Health: [...]
    David Michael on November 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm (Edit)

    What I was fascinated with in covering this case has been understanding more about the Amish underground transport system and the Amish secret telephone and communication system and how messages are relayed– both safe and secure.
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    Kate Raschke on November 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm (Edit)

    Chemotherapy drugs are obviously dangerous – they’re by definition medications to poison cells-but leukaemia is invariably fatal if untreated. If she has the appetite to eat healthy foods when/if her cancer relapses, I’ll eat my hat. And the only patient I ever looked after who had high dose vitamin C as treatment for cancer died a horrible death. The afterlife is full of people who juiced and meditated, just as it’s full of people who had chemo. Sadly unsubscribing.
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    David Michael on November 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm (Edit)

    It appears you did not read the entire series, Or if you did, you did not understand them
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    MJ Raichyk on November 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm (Edit)

    We challenge your truthfulness, since we’ve looked at the Vale of Leven people who participated in an early, and less powerful C treatment and still had a quality of life though terminal that rivals healthy people’s. Clearly, your lack of truthfulness reveals some seriously unwholesome motivations. Read the history of those people, and even the history of those patients in Alive and Well… So good riddance.
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    Momo on November 9, 2013 at 12:32 am (Edit)

    She is currently cancer free. Why can she not remain this way? Grateful that you were not my doctor with your attitude of hopelessness. I am a cancer survivor these past 8 years. No chemo. No radiation. Nutrition and herbs cured. It CAN happen.
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    Diana Boles on November 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm (Edit)

    I really appreciate the thoroughness of this report. I’m surprised that CPS did not get involved in this. I’m aghast that medical professionals believe or say that they know what is best for a child. Isn’t it common knowledge that the drugs in chemotherapy are very dangerous. What has happened to America that it no longer respects parents’ decisions about their children. To me, I think that it has to be about the money involved in administering these drugs. I don’t see any other alternative scenario that’s believeable.
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    David Michael on November 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm (Edit)

    The money is about half trillion a year I think. But be sure to read Part 1 and 2 also
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