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What would you do if your child got cancer? part 1 of 3

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Feb 29, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: What would you do if one of your kids got cancer? I have read in the news where they have tried to get alternatives treatments for their kids and they were put in jail because of it. Right now, our only plan is to take them straight to Mexico to get the same treatments our family has gotten  treatment, before anyone knows we are gone, and have him come back healthy. Do you have any other ideas to avoid jail time?

Answer: I have known a number of people who have spent years defending themselves, after they came to the attention of social workers and doctors because they refused to follow a drug-treatment protocol.

Each of those I have known are intelligent, educated people whose children were healthy and well cared for, and they went with their own intuition and research, against a doctor’s “advice.” (It’s not really advice, and you’ll understand why at the end of this blog series.)

Many people reading this probably think this is a ridiculous proposition to worry about. The government does not persecute good parents. Only the kind who chain their children to cinder blocks in the basement. Right?

Unfortunately as I researched this nearly a decade ago, I found MANY families, good ones, attacked by their state governments if they wanted to try something different than the Big 3 (cutting, burning, poisoning) for their child diagnosed with cancer. Or if they questioned the diagnosis.

Some of them have made international news like Daniel Hauser, Parker Jensen, Abraham Cherrix, and Katie Wernecke. All of them wanted to refuse chemotherapy—not for religious reasons but because they feel it doesn’t work or would kill them.

The parents were charged in all four cases with “medical neglect” for objecting.

When a doctor complains to Dept. of Family Services that a parent won’t do what he says, multiple government agencies converge and rubber-stamp each other’s decisions. These include Dept of Family Services, Guardian Ad Litem, Attorney General, and the D.A. They are supposed to be checks and balances, but my observation with all the cases I have studied is that they simply move legal processes forward, against families, together. Once a family is accused, there is a formidable machine against them. The state has tremendous resources, and a family can be very overwhelmed fighting for their child’s best interests.

Combined, the government has all kinds of rights and can take your child without just cause or due process. They have done so, in all 50 states. If this happens to you, you have fewer rights than an accused murderer.

Tomorrow let me tell you the astonishing story of Parker Jensen.

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11 thoughts on “What would you do if your child got cancer? part 1 of 3”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    That is just ridiculous!!! What sort of free country outlaws all treatments for cancer other than radiation, chemo or surgery? I learned that watching “The Gerson Miracle”. Really? If people in America choose a different route, they can get in trouble? So much for freedom to choose…..LIFE!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    My son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was only 21 months old. One of his test indicated he was high risk so the doctors went with an aggressive treatment plan that involved high doses of chemotherapy. He was going to be put through 6 rounds of intensive chemo, a bone marrow transplant and radiation. We were into his second round of chemo and my wife was convinced the treatment was going to kill him. It makes me shudder to think back on those days and how the treatment was literally destroying his poor little body. Thanks to my wife we starting looking into alternatives. We found a well known doctor in New York that specialized in neuroblastoma. On the morning we where going to take him into start his third round of chemo this doctor called us and advised us to stop chemo and have the tumor surgically removed. Long story short we stopped chemo, went to New York and had the tumor surgically removed. Our son just turned 8 years old a week ago, 6 years out from his surgery. The biggest lesson I learned from all this is not to blindly follow your doctors recommendations. Educate yourself and question everything. This experience is also what led my family and I to eating a healthier diet. Through researching cancer I kept running across lots of evidence linking cancer to diet. My wife and I often ponder what we would do if his cancer came back. We are not exactly sure but I can say it would not involve chemo. I hope we can help our son maintain a healthy lifestyle to minimize the risk of his cancer coming back. He is a kid so he gets into sugar and other bad foods quite often, which worries me. He also eats school lunches which we need to stop. There is a lot of good information on this website. Our entire family has been drinking green smoothies every morning for the past few years. I drink a quart every morning myself.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Jeff, thanks for sharing this story. I’m so glad you listened to your gut and did your own research and that your boy is well. Did you go to Nick Gonzales?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am disgusted with how the government is taking control over our health. Parents should be allowed to care for their children how they feel is best (without obviously endangering the child). My son has asked me what I would do if he got cancer. This isn’t something a 10 year old should have to worry about! I do not believe the Big 3 is the answer and would take steps in a different direction.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, our doctor was Brian Kushner at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

    FYI, it appears that the comments for your blog are not working properly in Firefox. I had to use IE to see them.

  5. Jason says:

    My daughter was born we noticed a small red mark on the back of her neck. At first the Dr’s informed us that it was a birth mark and perfectly harmless.

    As the month went by we noticed the “birth mark” grew a little bit but we thought it was baby fat around the neck.

    Then two months went by and the “birth mark” grew to a size of a golf ball in what seemed from one day to the next.

    We took her to the best hospital in Mexico and the Drs diagnosed her with HEMOLYMPHANGIOMA.

    The Dr’s decided the best procedure was to put the scapel to her to remove the benign growth to avoid malignant growth and of course future increase in size. Of course hearing this scared my wife and I. We didn’t know if that was the best treamment for her seeing how our daughter was so young and the surgical site being near an area that in our view is a delicate are.

    So we decided maybe it was best to bring her to the states and have it looked at but after research we found that they offered nothing more than the same procedure as in Mexico. Putting the blade to skin.

    I didn’t know what to do but my wife adamant in finding another solution.

    After a few weeks of research we found out that in the late 70s a Japanese Dr invented an injection for called Ok432 that treated such ailments.

    And what we found suprised us. The mighty US didn’t offer it at all.

    And more astonishing was the fact that the product was available right in our own back yard in Mexico City (we were living in Monterrey at the time) and for free if you qualified under there grant program.

    So off we went to Mexico city and after 2 injections the golf sized ball disappeared.

    She is now 7 years old and hemolymphangioma free.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Jason, really interesting, thanks for sharing… glad you were creative and resourceful and that your daughter is well now.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I went through this with my son. He didn’t have cancer but he had a rare autoimmune blood disorder that the doctors wanted to “try” chemotherapy on. I continually refused chemo for him and really feared that I would end up in jail with my son being taken away from me. The way I avoided prosecution was to keep demanding second, third and fourth opinions from a variety of specialists. This was very time consuming and bought us the time we needed to pursue natural cures which eventually worked for him and enabled us to jump off of the allopathic medicine hamster wheel. That was almost 10 years ago and my son is now a healthy 25 year old who I was told would probably not survive past his teenage years. I truly believe that he would not be alive today if I had allowed the doctors to poison him with chemotherapy.

  7. Anonymous says:


    Will you share your alternative approach? A family member has a blood disorder and considering


  8. Anonymous says:

    watch the documentary “Burzynski”, Im not claiming his therapy for cancer does or dosnt work, judge for yourself by doing some research, but it provides some interesting material on how our (US) government works and how corrupt the FDA, NCI, ect…

    btw, while your at it, watch the documentaries “fat, sick, and nearly dead”, “dying to have known”, “bad blood”, and “the beautiful truth”.

  9. Anonymous says:

    @ESE We used lots of sprouts, colostrum supplements and energy healing with Reiki. It proved to be a winning combination for him.

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