Atom Wave: American Medical Gestapo

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

American Medical Gestapo

Sorry folks, the Gestapo is here. You know, I really hate to break it to you, but America is no longer the land of the free! You only need to look as close as Sleepy Eye Minnesota to see how far we have come.
Let me introduce you to Brian and Colleen Hauser. They are farmers from southern Minnesota. Early this year in Sleepy Eye, 13 year old Brian Hauser went to see his family doctor complaining of shortness of breath. After his visit, he was referred to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, where he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and assigned six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Shortly after receiving just one chemo treatment, he gets very sick. Seeking a second opinion, Colleen takes him to the University of Minnesota hospital and the Mayo Clinic where she receives the same orders. Then in April, doctors inform Brown County officials that Colleen is neglecting Brian by not sending him for more treatments. Fast forward to May, and the judge orders Brian to resume chemo treatment. Brian and Colleen promise defiance, instead opting to practice alternative treatments in alignment with their religion. Today they are fugitives, likely hiding out under the radar in southern California or Mexico.
I say Godspeed to these unsung heroes! Regardless as to your views of cancer treatment, there is something sacred about your own life and body. If you can’t even control your own medical treatment, than is America really the land of the free anymore? When did we decide that some frakin judge and doctor know better for you than you do? How much longer will it be before you don’t have any choice at all? Show up for the treatment or report to jail. I sincerely hope that they never find them.


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