One more note... I hope they get enough money to reimburse them for the money
they took paying bail and other crap. They should be given money for pain and
suffering and time lost fighting. They at least deserve a public appology from
Primary Childrens, DCFS, and the Dr. who needed the study candidates!!!! Thank you Parkers for standing up for your rights, and ours! Much Love
I think that we are missing the point that the Jensens wanted to seek other
opinions, not refused him any treatment other than from Primary Childrens. They
have every right to figure out a plan and take the time to evaluate and study, I
don't see the harm in that, and by doing this they ended up with a Dr. that
turned them in because he needed their son in a study... Correct me if I am
wrong here, but there is something really really wrong with this. I don't care
where this Dr. works, I would like to know if he is still at primary childrens
(Which I believe is a great hospital, my brother has seen Dr.s there for a long
time). I would like to know if this Dr. is being evaluated, and questioned, and
if Primary Childrens has kept him on. I don't think he should still be there,
and he is someone I will avoid like the plague if anything ever presents itself.
I would also like to say, my own personal review of DCFS in UT is horrifying. I
have been sickened at the injust crap that comes from this State Child
To: anonymousGetting the "facts" from the Jensens' lawyers: what a
brilliant way to get to the truth of this matter! Why didn't _I_ think of
that?Treating patients according to statistics: obviously a bad
idea. What _was_ I thinking? As we all know, 73.3% of statistics are
made up.Next time, it's the ouija board for me.I sounded
"bitter"? I challenge you to find bitterness in my original post. Frustration,
yes. Bitterness, no. (Shhhhh: the psychologists call that "projecting.") The
only thing I'm bitter about--now--is your clumsy attempt to psychoanalyze me.You are of course correct--for once (woo-HOO!)--about insurance
companies (or Medicaid) paying for care on most pediatric cancer trials. But
ponder this: would they fork over money for ineffective treatment? What's their
motive?? Is it all part of some vast conspiracy??? My point--poorly made--was
that doctors do not profit in any direct financial way from enrolling patients.
Many of those who are upset about this case seem to think otherwise.One last _real_ fact (is it on the lawyers' website?): childhood cancer
survival rates get better every year. The credit goes to all those benighted,
greedy, statistics-crazed, CV-obsessed doctors.This is fun! Your
Obviously you didnt read the facts about the Jensen Case. The facts are posted
on their attorneys website at Christensen and Jensen. Besides, the brilliant
scoreboard shows: Jensens-1, Specific PCMC Dr. = Big 0. If you want to treat
your children on statistics...go right ahead. That is probably why you are
bitter...now questioning your decision. Drs do profit from enrolling
patients...just look at their CV's and all the publications they list. The more
they have listed, the more they can ask. They write articles, books and other
publications trying to add to their prestige. You cant tell me they do not
profit. Also, NCI does not pay for trials, most patient have insurance which
get the bill.
"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when
medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship . . . to restrict the art
of healing to one class of men, and deny equal privilege to others, will be to
constitute the bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and
despotic and have no place in a Republic . . . The Constitution of this Republic
should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious
freedom." Dr. Benjamin Rush (signatory to the Declaration of
Whole lotta misinformation goin on round here. Don't you people check your
facts?My daughter is one of 1000s (!) of long-term survivors of childhood
cancer--in her case leukemia, now ten years off treatment. Straight-A student,
tall and beautiful like her mom.Her odds were not good (I was told 15%),
but there she is. Thanks to (dare I say it?) chemo.Sure, if she had had
glioblastoma multiforme, she would be dead now. Cancer is many diseases, not
one. Hello??!!As a former Utah resident and strong supporter of PCMC, I
have actually reviewed the public records of the PJ case closely (unlike many
posters here, apparently). The diagnosis was _never_ disproven. The tumor
_was_ malignant. The smart treatment statistically was exactly as recommended
but never given. Parker got lucky. Good for him but don't make his parents out
to be brilliant or his doctors, malevolent.MOST children are treated on
clinical trials. That's why the outcomes keep getting better. The doctor does
not "profit" from enrolling patients. The trials are mostly paid for by the
NCI, not drug companies.I could go on but, in contrast to cancer, you
can't cure stupid.
RE: "A likely story" commentYou "caught them"?The
Jensen's have family in Idaho, they made a choice to go there on vacation.
Obviously the situation turned out for the best. No one is denying that. The problem is that only the extraordinary cases get publicity. If
Jensen really did have cancer this story would have died years ago. But just because the Jensens accidentally made the right decision does not
make it logical, wise, or moral. The odds are heavily set against people like
the Jensens. Far more kids die each year from the kind of decisions that the
Jenson parents made than live. Just because you are parent does not
mean that you are an expert in everything that effects your child. I hate
government invasion but it is people like the jensens that show me that it is
needed in extreme cases. I find it hard to believe the conspiracy
theories being propagated here. Do people actually believe that Primary is
filled with medical personnel who are indifferent to killing people as long as
they make a dollar or are able to complete a research project? Did
the United States invent Aids? Did Bush order the 911 attacks? Are you guys
nuts!?The picture being painted here is highly unrealistic.
"On vacation in Idaho?"HAH! I caught them! NO ONE goes to Idaho by
I think Orwell's Nemesis has a good point, even if it is made with an
unsupported accusation that the Jensen's were "abusive" parents. It raises the
whole question of how much power ANY authority should be given over our
individual lives and liberties. Although the LDS Church cannot "criminalize"
behavior in the legal sense, I have seen people's lives ruined in every other
way because local leaders of the Church TREATED people as if they were
criminals! And on the other hand, too many people denounce the U.S. Government
like they are just paranoid, and never give anyone representing the government
the benefit of the doubt. As a foster parent, I have dealt with Departments of
Family Services in two states, and every time I found them to be sincerely
trying to do their best for the welfare of the children and families involved.
Yes, they were 'human' - they don't claim to be "saints" - but they were GOOD
human beings trying to do what is GOOD; NOT a bunch of conspiratorial, malicious
But if they weren't "ABUSIVE parents" as you call them, their child would most
certainly would have been radiated until near death or he possibly would be
dead. You are not making a case in favor of child abuse are you, or
was that your intention? And before making this post did you consider that many
of the key players in wanting to take away this child from the Jensens are
members of that church/religion you profess to hate, the LDS CHurch?However, it seems there were some parallels in this story to religious
stories, such as the two women who both went before Solomon claiming to be the
parent of the same child, one was more than delighted at the prospect of cutting
the child in half, much like those who rationalize it was right to take this
child from the Jensens and radiate him. But where can you find leaders with the
wisdom of Solomon in public office anymore?
to Orwell's Nemesis:1. I am a lawyer and the son of two Doctors, brother
of two more and have the higest regard for the medical profession.2. yes,
medical science has made amazing breakthroughs, including cures for some forms
of cancer. 3. the Jensens did not "use religious fanaticism as grounds for
denying the best health treatments science has to offer" - they merely asked for
an unbiased second opinion, sought surgical help, received it and had the
original diagnosis PROVED WRONG!!!! How dare you judge them to be abusive
parents! and on such a totally baseless allegation of falsehoods!3. the
comparison between government leaders trying to force parents to do the wrong
thing to their child under threat of using the power of the state to take him
away from them and LDS folks being forgiving of errors made by Church leaders is
intellectually vacuous at best. The coercive power of the state compared to
voluntary religious activity? The Church does not (and has no power to)
criminalize the behavior of anyone victimized by leaders mistakes. On the other
hand, in this case the medical profession and the state tried to do exactly
What are you babbling about? This case had nothing to do with
religious fanaticism or the Mormon church. The parents were actively seeking a
second opinion and were pressured by PCMC to have Parker undergo chemo without
delay. The original diagnosis was wrong. Read up on the story before you post
your non-stop drivel. Im not LDS and certainly no apologist, but even I can see
you have an obvious axe to grind. You're way off topic...do it someplace
I personally go to the Dr.s for my medical care, but I also believe in the value
of alternative medicine. I have in years past, had about three experiences in
Utah, where there was a positive alternative medical treatment, that was
working, but the Dr.s chased them away. I don't know if homeopathic Dr.s are
able to practice now in Utah, but the Dr.s don't like them. We once took my
husband to and allergist that used the homeopathic techniques, my husband was
hitting his head on things from sneezing, he was disabled, but I don't think he
hardly sneezed again after the homeopathic treatment. Face it Doctor's, you are
not perfect, and with the internet, people can find other options, I have been
able to find out what is happening to me and tell my Dr, such as Reynoulds
disease, it is where the fingers go white in the cold, kind of freaky, but the
Dr had no clue, the internet did. I just wish that we could all co-exist and
respect what each source has to offer.
The progress made in the treatment and cure (yes, CURE) of a number of cancers
over the past several decades has been astounding. Parents such as the Jensens,
who use religious fanaticism as grounds for denying the best health treatments
science has to offer are ABUSIVE parents.Granted, medical science is
not perfect, and neither are the people who practice in that profession. what I
find amazing is how LDS apologists (whom I consider to be relgious fanatics by
definition) blame the "medical industry" and "doctors" in general, and "the
government" for conspiring to take away their freedoms and money; but then these
same people DEFEND their obviously flawed and error-prone Church leaders and
their Church by saying "the Church is true, but the people aren't". Why can't
you have that same attitude about medical science? That is, "medical science is
true and good, but sometimes one or two doctors are NOT true and good." Or "the
U.S. Government is true and good (having been established by inspiration from
God), but sometimes one or two politicians are NOT true and good"??? I guess it
all depends on what direction the rinse cycle spun when your brain was washed.
Once you get someone on chemo what evidence do you have to show that there is
cancer there in the frist place?
If you want to read the facts about the Jensen Story you can get their filing
that was submitted to the Federal Court and read it yourself. It is posted on
the website of Christensen&Jensen under the News tab.
To Anonymous, If you are diagnosed with a desease, the first question the
comes to my mind is "How bad is it?". Thats what the Jensen's asked as they
went to PCMC for help...duh. That doesnt tell me they declined a Drs. help. You
sound like the type of person that takes your car in for an oil change, the
mechanic says you need new brakes and an overhaul and you just write a check and
go sit in the waiting room complimenting the mechanic for saving your life while
he laughs all the way to the bank.
I don't believe in no treatment, but have seen before one doctors oppinion
effecting a second oppinion. Chemo is needed in many cases for the people to
live, however it's a very strong and effective treatment for some cancers, it is
a very invasive, aggressive and toxic treatment that harms the immune system and
other cells besides the cancer cells, and sometimes there are other options. I
think parents have a responsiblility to make sure they know about all treatments
possible, and to ensure the treatment is needed, and not worse than the disease.
Informed Treatment is important, sometimes parents or patients do actually know
best, sometimes they don't, but it seems to have not been needed, in his case.
This isn't the first or last case a Doctor has thought a treatment was needed
that the child either lived fine without, or were harmed by the forced
treatment. Sometimes it seems there are cases that wouldn't require court
intervention. If the Doctors could work with the families as some manage, as a
team, and let both find out what they need, the children would be better off,
reguardless of what is decided, and used.
You people are missing the point here!!At NO TIME was health care denied
to this child. The diagnosis was questioned cause chemo without a cancer is a
death sentence. The growth in his mouth WAS removed and found to be
non-cancerous. Now what is the problem with you people??The diagnosis was
completely wrong, the cure (surgical removal) was the correct choice.
In Europe alternative treatments are being used successfully for all sorts of
conditions. It scares me to see how this country is hooked to heavy pain killers
and antibiotics. Often the cause of pain is a vitamin or mineral deficiency but
doctors here are quick to prescribe pain killers without finding the source.
Same with cancer, the harder the better without finding the source of stress
that can cause cancer. Holistic medicine is working all over the world, just not
in America. Not sure if the people are build different or the doctors have more
influence in the pharmaceutical companies. (shareholders?)
My heart goes out to you for your loss. Though it was a medical error, I hope
you take comfort in knowing that you as a parent did what you felt was best for
your child. Peace.
>I think that is is all the parents fault, not dealing with their son in the
right way, <So Mr./Ms. Anonymous - you think it is all the parent's
fault that their son Parker is alive and doing well? I couldn't agree with you
more...People who side with the state in this case remind me of
mindless lemmings who lack the ability to see facts and think for themselves...
I think that the whole Parker Jensen thing is a whole corp out, I followed that
story the day it broke, I have to really Disagree with the parents, on their
part, If you have a son /Daughter that is fighting any Diease, I think that you
should get Imeadeitally DR. help ASAP I think where the parents declined to see
professional help that is their problem, but how is a child going to get well if
they do not seek Medical ATTN:. I think that is is all the parents fault, not
dealing with their son in the right way,
First-I believe Dr's are trying their best to find a cure for cancer. Yes, many
cancer patients that go through chemotherapy and radiation do die in the end,
but there are also many that live. Each case is different and it's down right
stupid to put a blanket statement on what treatments do and do not work. Every
case is different and I believe the vast majority of the time the Dr's are
giving you advice that they would give their own child. And PCMC is a great
hospital with caring Doctors and staff. That being said, DCFS
overstepped their boundaries in this case-as they do in several cases. I am
saddened by how much control the government tries to have over parents and
families. Yes, there are parents that don't care about their children and
probably should not have control of their well-being. But, a vast majority of
parents are good parents and will always try to do what is best for their
children. I am very glad that Parker is okay. I hope he continues
to be healthy.
Did the boy have a say in the decision, he is his own person. Maybe adults don't
think much of a teenagers opinion.
I've got to agree with what just about everyone else is saying, that the state
went too far. I don't think the doctor made up a diagnosis, but the whole
reason for second opinions is that a diagnosis can be wrong, like this one was.
Even if the doctor assumed it was right, he shouldn't have turned the Jensens in
just for wanting to confirm it.
My six year old son died due to a surgical error while under the care of the
exceedingly competent medical staff at primary. I miss him every day. I also
wonder if he really needed the recommended surgery.
It's nice to see that it's the taxpayers who get hammered in this. I want to see
the Jensen win but that just means it comes out of my back pocket because of
idiot gov't workers. It's a lose-lose situation.
It's my opinion Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are legalized murder!
What works: Read the China Study, The Cure for All Advanced Cancers, and watch,
Cancer doesn't scare me anymore. Three witnessess! People undergoing cancer
treatments arent in "remission" for very long. Their cancer always returns.
Marie Curie died of Radiation poisoning! A neighbor's child died! My friends
sister died. My sister-in-law died, with 99% of cancer patients like her dying
within the first year. Thats not doctoring, thats quackery! Going through all
these treatments for what? To empty the families pocket books, to increase
insurance costs, to deform, agonize and embarrass the individual. Cancer
survivors I've talked to virtually eliminated their intake of red meat. Quit
eating red meat, simple carbs, sugar, artificial colors and flavors. Stop
barbecuing and otherwise poisoning yourselves. Learn to eat right. Don't go to
quack doctors who just enrich themselves by charging a mint for these unproven
methods. Find out what their survival rate is. I've yet to see a cure for
cancer. I don't believe there will be because cancer makes too much money! If
given the chance, Id do a study, but if I succeeded youd never find my body!
What'd Parker do?
I am sure that Primary's does many nice things for many people. But
unfortunately the case of Parker Jensen is just one of many where the
egotistical medical personnel at Primary's put themselves and their egos before
their patients' health. Several different people I know have had doctors
threaten them with state action if they inquired about other medical options for
a child's condition.According to the Doctor's at Primary, they know all.
Their option is the only option. Anything else is abuse.Unfortunately,
Primary's is too much like a dictatorship. The naive posters above think they
would be charged with medical malpractice "if they had really done anything
wrong?" How laughable. They are the expert authority on pediatric practice for
the region and have widespread influence. How could anyone provide expert
testimony against them?Open your eyes people.Parker Jensen wasn't "lucky
he survived," as some have said here - He was lucky he had parents who thought
for themselves and wouldn't be bullied. The only bullet he dodged "Jud," was
that his parents didn't follow the "competent medical professional" like dumb
sheep. Doctors can make mistakes. Everyone knows that - except for the doctors
The Jensens have EVERY right to sue AND get compensation from the state of Utah
and possibly from the Dr. to cover ANY and ALL legal expenses they incurred to
defend their position! This probably had an impact on the Jensen's ability to
provide for their family during this time as well-requiring a larger reward from
the suit. This is a major thing wrong with America-that ANYONE can
take you to court for ANYTHING and you have to pay for your own defense even if
you are innocent or the charges are untrue! We need to be like
other countries where the loser pays court costs and we would cut unneccesary
legal suits dramatically!
Any doctor that would resist a parent obtaining a second, third or even forth
opinion is either trying to hide something or has an alterior motive. Why be
afraid of another doctor's opinion? It could only serve to enlighten and perhaps
even optomize the treatment of the patient.Any single doctor that tells a
parent to "conform to the treatment I prescribe or I'll take your child away,"
is stepping way over the line, letting his ego get in the way of appropriate
treatment. It is just as unwise for DCFS workers to accept only one opinion.
Diagnosis is most often a game of probability, and additional opinions can only
help lower the odds.The Jensens obviously have a case here. I hope they
Parker Jensen is still alive?My, but that is a bit, well, akward,
The poor Jenesens didn't realize, Parker is not their child. He is the State's
child. There are no "parental rights"! Not in this country, and
certainly not in this State. Not anymore!Orwell would have said, "I
told you so!"
Its important to seek an independent second opinion and not divulge the details
of the first. Otherwise, you cant be completely sure that the opinions are
independent. A good doctor wont even ask about the diagnosis and recommended
course of treatment that you received from other doctors, unless you are
dragging your entire medical file in with you.This whole thing was
crazy and PCMC was to blame. At no time were the Jensens NOT seeking medical
treatment for their son. He was being tested, he was under the care of an
oncologist, and the parents were actively seeking other opinions. He had
several test results that came back indicating that he did NOT have Ewings
Sarcoma, yet doctors at PCMC continued to push their aggressive agenda and
brought in DCFS. Parents need to be advocates, not only for your
children, but yourselves. I had a surgeon try to schedule me for major surgery
without any concern for a second opinion or conduct any other tests that should
have been performed. It all boils down to money. We should all make sure that
we are very comfortable with the treatment options that have been offered before
I read Parker's story with great relief. I'm glad Parker dodged a bullet, but
I'm also glad his parents are not mine. To this day I don't understand why his
parents refused to take seriously the opinion of competent medical
professionals. And the notion that they "couldn't" get a second opinion sounds
bogus to me. Sorry, but I'm with DCFS on this one.
It is true that doctors can't always be trusted. They are human, allegations
to the contrary aside. I do respect the rights of parents. Having said that, I
recall the father in this case sounding pretty manipulative on television. I do
not trust what this man has to say. I am glad that Parker is doing well. There
are times when parents do not do their jobs. There are also times when
treatment can have unintended consequences, which is what is happening now with
my mother. She is suffering side effects from cancer treatment she received in
1965. They did not try to hurt her; they were trying to save the life of a
young woman with six children under the age of nine. Bottom line--
explore every option, get more than one opinion, and remember no one is
perfect-- including Gail Ruzicka, who got plenty of mileage out of the Parker
And are you guys defending the parents who "prayed" for their young daughter
with diabetes until she died? Nice alternative medicine.
Now why does this sound so familiar ??OH yes, the Texas CPS works
the same way. LIE,CHEAT, DO WHATEVER IS NEEDED to beat the parents.This
re-enforces the need for controlling the power of these organizations.
It is hard to think of the doctor's motivation for forcing a boy into
chemotherapy. Why would he risk a malpractice lawsuit? He
wouldn't. He may be arrogant but he cannot be that stupid. Do you really think
he would risk his license just so he could force a boy into participating in a
medical study? Are you guys crazy!!The parents sound pretty
irrational. They knew nothing about medicine and they refused to treat their
son's condition? That is crazy. 99% of the time their son would have died.
They just got lucky.Do you think all doctors are in some sort of
conspiracy to force your son into treatment that he didn't need? The state needs to intervene in these circumstances. There are always those
nutcases that think that some holistic treatment will heal their son's cancer so
they do not allow their kids to have surgury or medicine. Too many kids die
from that each year. Kids should not die for their parents stupidity.Most people on this board sound like Tom Cruise bashing psychology and
....later they found the Dr. involved needed enough people to do a study. All
the patients had to have been on Chemo....Drs. cannot always be
trusted and any Dr. who hesitaites about second opinions needs to be questioned.
We don't live in Utah. We live in Nevada. We have a handicapped daughter with
a seizure disorder. We used to travel to Utah for her to see her doctor though.
She went through every seizure medication possible several times, but none
helped her seizures. All gave her horrible side effects. Finally her doctor at
Primary Children's hospital (a wonderful man by the way) took her off of all the
seizure meds because they weren't helping but they were hurting her. Once we
had to take her to the hospital emergency room in Las Vegas. When they found
she had seizures but was not on seizure medication they were horrified. We told
them she was under doctors care and it was the doctors decision. All of the
sudden we were treated like the scum of the earth. The doctor there informed us
she would be on seizure meds before she left the hospital or they would take
action against us and take her away. They refused to contact our doctor in
Utah. We know what it's like to be at their mercy! It took our doctor a month
to wean her off of the meds again! To much power!!!!
Unfortunately, doctors think they are god themselves, the omnipotence
personified, they put themselves in altar and the rest of the poor human beings,
well, we just have to accept and adore them. I do believe this doctor gave that
diagnostic just because his own convenience/profit/whatever. When my kid was a
todler, he ate crayolas and got a very bad allergic reaction. I knew he needed
anti-allergics soon and tried to tell that to the doctors. They ran x-rays,
tests, etc to find out why my kid couldn't breath while I was telling them it
was an allergic reaction. Finally, I got mad, talked to the chief of ER and told
him he BETTER give those shots to my kid. He's going to turn 18 this month. After that experience, I always look for another opinion AND without
telling anything to the other doctor. I also found that IHC is a network of
cover-my-back doctors too.
To Grandma Anne,Unfortunately, some parents are incompetent and can't make
the correct decisions for their child. Sometimes the doctor really does know
best. (I don't include the Jensen family in this category.)
Recommendations for medical treatments are based on medical case histories and
studies, influenced by risks and rates of survival. Homeopathic treatments are
based on testimonials of successful results.I know the father. I
applaud the boy's continued health, but wonder about the motive and character of
the father, especially when it comes to the money being saught.
to "Steve's right": I would argue with your statement that "Their court filing
that claimed Parker would die within a year if he didn't get immediate
chemotherapy has been proven completely false."I suspect what they
actually said was that the overwhelming majority of people with Ewing's sarcoma
die in a year if untreated.I see your point but it is a little like
a kid's playing Russian roulette, then telling his parents that they were silly
to worry about him since he lived through it.
Justin, you haven't met many parents.
I am happy for this family and that their choice appears to have been inspired.
I think the doctor may have meant well, but the state's ability to interfere in
this case was excessive.However, I hope no one takes this as a
blanket license to ignore the advice of physicians. In general, they know what
they're doing. You should have a very good reason, such as inspiration or a
second opinion, to reject a doctor's advice.
I have worked with kids where parents have not gotten them the medical care they
have needed and it is sad to watch. I have also seen MANY times when a parent
can tell things are not right just because they are the parent and the doctors
have not listened to the parents because they are not medically trained. I
think there is a line here that was crossed by the medical profession. That
doesn't mean that there isn't a case down the line where the safety of a child
needs to be seriously looked at because a parent is unable to make an educated
decision for one reason or another. I am not sure what in the world happened
here but I feel very sorry for this family that they did not receive the respect
that all good parents deserve for knowing their child best, and of course
wanting what is best for their son. No one wanted their son to live as much as
Are the Jensen's able to take donation's to help fundtheir legal fight, I
as a parent am very interested in seeing them win something. If its only an
apology. I also hope they can recoup their legal fees that they have as
wel, at the very least their son is alive,and doing well. Way to be a great
parents should be the name of the book.
I find it far more plausible that a doctor would try to force a patient into
treatment for the sake of a study to be published on the suspected condition,
than a parent would deny genuine needed care for a children.
It is easy to pile on the Doctors, I was in a situation where we were given two
options for surgery on our child, one at PCMC and one out of state. We elected
for the one in state, the physicians strong armed us and sent us out of state
for a better surgery. The reason we didn't want to go out of state was over
concern that our child would not make the trip physically. Still the lesson
learned was the Doc's did know best and in our case their ego's got the job
done. We were thrilled with the results, but we were lied to about our options
initially. The problem is that it is usually the decision of one or two,
parents should seek multiple opinions.
I also applaud the Jensens for their efforts to strengthen the parental rights
of this state and I am excited that they will get their day in court - Whaooo
for them!It makes me happy to see that we can turn the dictator
fifedom back so that we as parents can have the rights to take care of our own
Whatever the state or PCMC or the doctors say, one thing is true: Their court
filing that claimed Parker would die within a year if he didn't get immediate
chemotherapy has been proven completely false.Parker's continued
good health is all the proof one needs that the DCFS lied in this case.
I applaud the Jensens for standing up for parental rights and parental choice.
I hope they prove that we CAN fight city hall!
A wake up call to medical and government egos. Time has proven them
wrong. Congratulations to courageous parents who prevailed. Time for the
medical and governmental egos to pay up.
There's enough evidence coming out in support of "alternative" medicine lately,
that conforming completely and unquestioningly to "conventional" drug therapy
medicine might be more harmful than good. I applaud the Jensens for seeking
other opinions and informing themselves about Parker's condition and treatment,
rather than just accepting the insistant remedy offered by a single doctor.
Under the banner of 'protecting the children' our government has intruded on
parental rights and continue to do so through the education system and by laws
that make it harder to raise our children.The problem going to
continue to intensify as more and more calls to 'protect the children' come and
legislatures, fearing public backlash, simply go along with the crowd without
proper due diligence.
Enter comment I know the Jensens well, and I heard much of their story
from them. They were victims of a crazy scenario, which I too believe was
fueled by power hunger, over zealous "social services" and prestige driven
medical people. In the midst of all this, they catered a reception for a
family member, and several attendees told me it was the best food they'd had at
such an event! The Jensens needed to earn money for family survival.
So did Parker ever need any kind of chemotherapy or was it just a matter of
removing the lump surgically. If thats the case the state and doctor owe these
people money. I know of a women who was diagnosed with a later stage
of Breast cancer, she said that chemotherapy would not be an option. She went on
a raw food diet and eliminated her cancer. This was in 2000 and she has been
healty since.Every person I know that has had cancer that used
radiation and chemotherapy and have died. It had prolonged their suffering and
made them very ill.
Beyond the "he said, she said" differing stories, obviously Parker did not need
emergency chemotherapy. The medical and legal bureaucracy was out of control.
Giving government that much authority over our lives is a mistake.
I hope all turns out well for the Jensens. They have suffered the most
agregious interference into their role as parents. I can't image what it would
be like to have the State and the doctors decide that you were incompetant to
make decisions for your child. Parker sure seems to be doing better than all
the doctors said he would.