Some real estate judge is forcing Abraham, who has cancer of his lymph system, to re-enter chemotherapy against Abraham's will. Abraham researched which treatment he wanted and is choosing an alternate approach.
Our Neurology professor said it very well - something to the effect that physicians think patients in intense pain with fibromyalgia are faking it. Then our professor went on to say that if a person does not experience pain themselves, they will not believe it real.
Chemo is not fun at all - it may be effective for some cancers but if Abraham wants to choose a different path, by all means it is HIS CHOICE. Not some judge's.
Abraham - you're right - you absolutely should be in charge of your body and choose which treatment you feel is best for you - even if it is no treatment. It is your choice.
I am highly thankful for this family standing ground. Health is a personal choice that should be governed by the own individual or if under age, by the parents.
How can other individuals speak for the life of another? First Amendment? What about freedom of choice?
I think the real fact of the matter is not the choice by the family but the power of the American Medical Association. The AMA is pushing very very hard to make it difficult for naturopathic physicians to gain licensure. The AMA knows there is mounting pressure against current medical practices and alternative medicine is booming full speed ahead with people happily recovering from their ills.
I attend Bastyr University - the USA's most respected natural health university. I will be a ND end of June 2006 and I will face scrutiny my entire life by some medical professionals. That is fine.
I must say that ND's and MD's here in Seattle get along quite well. We work with oncologists all the time communicating back and forth about the patient and determining what is best. That is how medicine should be done - a teamwork effort. MD's for the surgeries and major drugs if needed and the ND's for supportive therapies and sometimes the only therapy if not cancer. By law, in WA state, ND's cannot diagnose cancer nor work on a cancer patient solely. Which is fine - I respect that.
I dont respect the court demanding Abraham to do something against his will on his own body.
Abraham - you're a good man. Stand tall and set a precedence. Be well and kick ass.
Support the new bill - tell your congress people about it.
Read and learn about the Access to Medical Treatment Act
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