21 May 2009

ENEMY OF THE STATE


WHILE EDITING MY FILM LET TRUTH BE THE BIAS in 1994, I was surrounded by people who tried desperately — and unsuccessfully —to exert their will over the contents of my first-ever film about health freedom. I was inundated by the musings of extremists on every side of the issue, and one of the quotes that people kept mailing me was supposedly written by Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.

The quote attributed to Rush was relatively unknown at the time, but has since become a rallying cry for those pursuing what I call “medical freedom of choice” in America. You can find it on hundreds of websites — but not in LET TRUTH BE THE BIAS.

"Unless we put Medical Freedom into the Constitution,” Rush is reported to have said, “the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship. . . restrict the art of healing to one class of men, and deny equal privilege to others. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a Republic.”

Rush was a Physician, writer, educator, and was also ‘the father of psychiatry’ in many ways. If it were true that he had spoken or written those words, it would have provided powerful fodder for my film. Imagine, one of the framers of the Constitution who had the foresight to include medical freedom alongside religious freedom!

So like any good journalist, I tried to verify the accuracy of the quote attributed to Rush. I looked in the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and finally, spoke with historian and author Alyn Brodsky, who had examined thousands of documents while researching his book "Benjamin Rush: Patriot and Physician." Brodsky assured me that he had seen nothing even remotely similar to the quote — and told me that it didn’t even sound like Rush, a man who was revered for using bloodletting, mercury and other elixirs as agents of “healing.” He researched it further, however, and months later concluded that the quote was not genuine.

Today, now more than ever, though, I wish Rush had spoken those words. And more importantly, I wish he had inserted those words into our Constitution or Bill of Rights.

For today, I'm commiserating the fact that a poor mother and her 13 year old son were forced to run away from home in Minnesota because the government was going to FORCE chemotherapy on the lad.

It's another sad day in the 'Home of the Free.'

We have allowed often corrupt and ill-educated people — from within corrupt and misguided entities like “Child Protection Services” to exert their will over free beings. . .over parents . . .and in truth, over us all. These are the same groups who decide to “protect” 50 percent of foster children by drugging them with mind-wasting anti-psychotic drugs, who often rip children from the arms of their loved ones, and who force their idealogy on millions of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

And now they’ve done so to Daniel Hauser.

Daniel, a 13-year old boy from Minnestota had the audacity to ‘say No to Chemo,’ for his Hodgkins. The “Child Protection” authorities forced his parents into court, where another clueless and spineless judge decided that Daniel must undergo chemotherapy to ‘save’ his life.

Today, now more than ever, I wish Rush had spoken those words.

His mother Colleen took off in the cool of a Minnesota night on Monday — and is now a fugitive from ‘justice.’ There is a nationwide manhunt for Daniel and his Mom, and the blogosphere is full of righteous people screaming “Child Abuse!” and “Throw the Parents in Jail!”

The Hauser's are now enemies of the state.

I love my country. But once more I am ashamed to live in a nation where we really believe that this is justice — that we have the RIGHT to make these decisions for others.

If Rush had written those words, this would not be relevant. Parents — and individuals — would be allowed to make their own personal health choices. Just as proponents of chemotherapy think alternative cures are quackery, I can guarantee you that proponents of alternative medicines — tens of millions of them — believe that chemo is quackery too.

But none of that matters now, evidently. A frightened 13 year old boy — and his equally frightened mother are on the lam, sent into hiding by the powerful forces of "child protection" services, big medicine — and their equally senseless judges. It is they who made the decision, not Colleen Hauser or Daniel. It is they who want to take a precious child away from his loving parents simply because he doesn’t want any more poison in his body.

You can disagree — or you can think the Hauser’s are crazy — but NO ONE should have the right to force medical treatment onto a 13-year-old boy — tied to a gurney like a criminal — against his will. THAT is a medical dictatorship.

Oh, how I wish Rush had spoken those words.

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9 Comments:

Blogger karri said...

Kevin,

Thank you for this well written story.

This incident is almost beyond my wildest dreams.
We in the community of HIV pseudo-science are used to seeing this kind of tyranny happen. But it definitely comes as a shock, not only to us, but to the rest of the world that has no idea this kind of thing goes on regularly when you "step out of line".
It almost leaves me speechless, and I'm not certain of how far the decline of America will fall due to this very tragic situation.

Thank you for staying on top of these high level criminal acts by our so-called leaders and rulers.

Sincerely,
Karri

2:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Kevin P. Miller said...

Karri:

By " wildest dreams.," I know you mean "nightmare." I will continue to write about this and plan on exposing more of these unconscionable acts.

In the meantime, I thank and honor YOU for all of your mighty works...and for your leadership.

4:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous Elizabeth Ely said...

Kevin,

I had been hearing about this story from Karri and then saw the report of the mother and son disappearance on CNN on my lunch hour yesterday. Something in me just snapped. I felt like this country I live in is a cage without escape. Worse, the biased coverage -- the assumptions flying by at 60 mph -- made me realize just how hypnotized and unreachable most Americans are. Our information is packaged like macaroni and cheese, and there's hardly a question asked.

I said to a friend last night, there's this story about how the Hausers put their faith in some kooky Native American remedy, and I don't know how effective this is at all -- but I do know that chemo has practically no evidence to recommend it, and if it's a hopeless case, why not let the kid live without pain?

I almost heard my friend growl. Can't you just feel the anger in this country? What a threat any mention of freedom is to some people!

Keep spreading the news, Kevin.

Beth

10:46 PM EDT  
Anonymous Gerald Lopez said...

Touche Kevin,

This happened to a boy in New Zealand too. The family had to escape to Mexico where the boy received "alternative" treatment, and died a year later.

Since Kennedy, the USA has poured billions of taxpayers dollars into the "fight" (why do they always call it a fight) against cancer. Yet the incidences go up, and the cure rates using "conventional" treatment have remained virtually the same.

Parents MAY need freedom of choice over their children, but certainly everyone NEEDS access to real information on the available options. And, shockingly, this access is not readily, offically available.

A possible scenario is for medical and natural practitioners to work together towards the best outcomes for their patients. Otherwise people reach out for alternative solutions on an ad hoc basis, reducing the chance of proper, comprehensive treatment.

Chemo and radio may have a place, but they seem a barbaric insult to the body, just as defoliation was an insult to the Indochinese countryside. Surgery is definitely an option in some advanced cases.

Oncologists don't seem to understand that tumours are NOT cancer - they are just EVIDENCE of cancer. Blowing a tumour away hasn't cured the cancer.

Certainly blowing the cancer away by destroying the body's immune system, and making a patient sick, losing their hair, etc ; is complete nonsense. This is stuff of the Dark Ages.

Many alternative practitioners see the absurdity in this approach; and could offer tremendous assistance in the management of severly ill patients. I'm not talking about "snake oil" assistance; but ancient as well as cutting-edge knowledge based on mind/body understanding, nutrition, and powerful herbs.

I'm talking about comprehensive treatment that boosts a patient's immunity, helps their digestion and nutritional status, supports their mental health, and maintains their dignity.

Such humane treatment is available right now - provided medical practitioners open their eyes; and are prepared to work collaboratively with quailifed natural health practitioners.

The Hauser case is due to ignorance - on the part of the legislators, of the judiciary, of the medical professionals.

People like you and I have to work even harder to get people to understand the real nature of health and to create a 21st century paradigm of healthcare.

Best regards,
Gerald Lopez
Auckland, New Zealand
www.Twitter.com/gezz_nz

12:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it the height of hypocrisy. Right now, in the state of Florida, a baby boy, 1 year old, needs an operation or he's going to die. The family are desperately trying to raise the money, i.e., the hospital is refusing to perform this operation (that will definitely save this child's life) unless the family pays money. Why are the hospital and doctor not being forced to provide this necessary, life-saving procedure on this baby? Why are they not being charged with negligent homicide?

There's no money in it for the pharmaceutical companies and the hospitals and Dr's if people explore alternative medicines and healing processes, so they vilify those, like the Hauser's, who dare to accept the natural way of things and live their lives according to natural principles and place more importance on quality of life, no matter how short, versus the almighty profit dollar for the medicine machine.

2:05 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well lots of people do die from chemo, some walk out of it. That's why I would'nt call it homicide.. They a right to there decision, and government should'nt be messing around with health affairs of such individual circumstances. It's the families decision as a whole, although when the kid is old enough and says it's his decision it is.. Although at this age I'd say it's the families.

9:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Catherine said...

Well said, Kevin! You know that me and my family can only add...AMEN!

9:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Elizabeth Ely said...

Interesting reference to Vietnam above. AIDS care, cancer care, all violent approaches to medicine always seemed to me like, "We had to destroy the village in order to save it." This isn't a coincidence; it's a connection to a way of thinking.

5:16 PM EDT  
Blogger perpetuawhimsica said...

I'd like to offer prayers for Daniel and Colleen Hauser. I'd like to see them free and protected from villification and I'd like to see Daniel free to choose what is best for his body. Highest Love and Divine Protection upon them.

7:39 PM EDT  

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