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***RECENT UPDATE *** GOOD NEWS on the Cherrix story…. Abraham Cherrix will not have to undergo a second round of chemotherapy while another cout hears this case. Accomack County Circuit Court Judge Glen Tyler of Virginia on Tuesday suspended lower court orders that the parents of Abraham Cherrix take their son to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk this week and give their consent to whatever treatment the hospital deems necessary. The judge also returned full custody of Abraham to his parents, pending a Circuit Court trial scheduled for Aug. 16. Abraham and his family celebrated the decision Tuesday afternoon by hugging each other and their lawyers. "I feel like I have been released," Abraham said after the hearing.

Should the State be able to supersede parents’ rights,
or even an adult patient’s rights on medical treatment?

The recent news coverage of a Juvenile Court ruling that orders Abraham Cherrix, a 16-year-old cancer patient in Richmond, Virginia, to undergo a second round of chemotherapy strikes at the heart of our healthcare freedom. Should the State be able to supersede parents’ rights, or even an adult patient’s rights on medical therapies? In America you would think we would give deference to the liberty of the private citizen and the freedom to direct their own family’s medical affairs.

But sadly that’s not the case for Abraham Cherrix and his parents. When a social worker disagreed with them on the type of medical treatment for Abraham’s cancer and recommended that Juvenile Court Judge Jesse Demps order Abraham to undergo another massive dose of chemotherapy. Abraham had already undergone a round of chemo which proved to be ineffective.

Abraham was diagnosed last summer after he found a knot on his neck that turned out to be a swollen lymph node full of cancer cells. Tests revealed he also had a tumor near his windpipe. The medical protocol called for massive doses of chemotherapy for three months. During this treatment period Abraham became so nauseated that at times the gaunt teenager had to be carried by his father because he couldn’t walk. When Abraham learned that his cancer was active once again, he cringed when doctors recommended more chemo and radiation. Talking to NBC’s Today Show, Abraham didn’t think he could physically make it through another round of chemotherapy.

“I think it would kill me the second time,” said Abraham, who instead turned to a sugar-free organic diet, herbs and visits to a clinic in Mexico to treat his cancer. Abraham and his parents researched alternative medicine and heard about the Hoxsey treatment of liquid herbal supplements and a diet heavy on fresh fruits and vegetables. The treatment used to be available in the United States but proponents moved their clinic from Texas to Mexico in the early 1960s after repeated clashes with federal authorities.

Even more unfortunate is the fact that instead of spending their time and energy on healing and treatment, they had to fight the government for their right to even pursue alternative medicine. ''It's hard enough to deal with a child having this disease, and then to have to deal with this [case] as if we were criminals,'' says Jay Cherrix said.

Sadly, the medical crisis that the Cherrix family is facing has been repeated numerous times across the country. It’s been exasperated by a naïve social service system, an arrogant judiciary, and a medical establishment that continues to close its eyes to alternative therapies even in the light of the diminished benefits of prescribing massive amounts of chemo and radiation.

World renowned medical oncologist and homeopathic physician, James W. Forsythe knows all too well of the medial crisis that the Cherrix family is facing. “Too often the last hope of many seriously ill cancer patients is stolen from them when they are denied health care freedom.”

Dr. Forsythe has sympathized for years with millions of Americans that have sought an alternative path to healing when conventional medicine has failed them. He has completed several clinical outcome based studies on natural substances in advanced cancers, and has seen the benefits of natural, food supplements first-hand. “Advanced cancer patients who no longer are able to continue with conventional cancer care i.e. chemotherapy, have the added benefit of another option available to them as a last ditch attempt to fight their cancer. Conventional therapy gives my advanced cancer patients optimism and is used to stimulate, boost and maintain the immune system. Many cancer survivors, who were faced with no options from conventional medicines, claim that if it was not for alternative medicines, they would have given up and not survived…”

This myopia on the part of much of the medical community and the heavy-handedness of government agencies continues to erode our precious freedoms and inhibit our ability to make our personal everyday health choices.

Over the past several years the natural food industry has been attacked by the government labeling the most popular herbs, vitamins, and minerals as worthless placebos thus paving the way for the government to regulate the $2 billion natural food industry.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) receives over $2.5 million a year from big pharmaceutical companies to assist them in harassing the natural food and supplement industry. The FDA has also declared that no natural substance can ever treat, mitigate or cure any disease. It appears the FDA forgot to mention that natural substances such as vitamin A is used to treat night-blindness, B vitamins are used to treat Pellagra, Beriberi is used to treat pernicious anemia and birth defects, vitamin C is used to treat scurvy and Vitamin D to treat rickets.

To voice your opinion: In regards to the Abraham Cherrix case, you can call Juvenile Court Judge Jesse Demps at one of his numbers and leave a message for him or ask to speak to him during business hours. Here are his phone numbers: (757)393-2990 or (757) 399-5514.

You can also call Accomack County Circuit Court Judge Glen Tyler of Virginia at one of his numbers and leave a message for him or ask to speak to him during business hours. Here is his phone number: (757)787-5776 or fax (757)787-1849.

The information contained in this Health Report is intended for education purposes only. It is intended to complement—not replace—the advice provided by healthcare providers.

Lisa Marie Wark is currently a free lance writer and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of MedSpas, a business development firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into medical spa facilities. Wark was formerly an anchor and financial reporter for ON24 Financial News in San Francisco. In 2001, she was promoted to the main female anchor of three financial news broadcasts, covering a broad range of financial sectors and industries.




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