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Colorado Springs mom resumes son's chemo after doctors balk at marijuana treatment
10-09-2013, 05:54 AM #1
Hyperthermal Member
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Big Pharma, Big Medicine win again.

By Jakob Rodgers Updated: October 8, 2013 at 11:47 am • Published: October 8, 2013 | 6:55 am

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mom-...le/1507382

Facing the threat of a bitter court battle, a Colorado Springs mother on Monday resumed treating her 3-year-old son's cancer the traditional way: using chemotherapy.

Had she been left to choose, Sierra Riddle would have swapped those chemo-filled pills for a unique strain of medicinal marijuana grown near Divide.

"I'm not going to gamble with his life," Riddle said. "But at the same time, I don't think we should poison his body if he doesn't need it."

Children's Hospital doctors in Colorado Springs ordered the treatment, and the case was reported to the El Paso County Department of Human Services when Riddle refused. The case has raised the issue of parental rights when weighed against doctors' expertise - a debate that boils down to whether Landon Riddle's mother could scientifically prove her case in court, said F. Scott McCown, director of the University of Texas' Children's Rights Clinic. In other words, they have to side with research.

"You have to understand that parents have rights with regard to their children, but that children also have rights," McCown said. "Children aren't property of parents - parents can't do as they wish with regard to a child.

"And so at some point, the state has to intervene."

Doctors diagnosed Landon last fall with T-cell ALL leukemia and began him on an intensive regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, Riddle said. Though he went into remission about 45 days later, treatment protocol called for at least three years of chemotherapy to keep the disease from reappearing.

Nine months of treatments made him violently ill, his mother said, causing him to vomit 30 to 50 times a day. She moved from Utah to Colorado to seek alternative treatments and tried several remedies, including morphine and Oxycontin.

In May, Riddle tried something else.

She stopped a daily regimen of chemotherapy pills in favor of a strain of marijuana called Charlotte's Web - a variety grown and sold in Teller County that has gained national attention.

The strain features very little THC, the psychotropic agent in marijuana, but high amounts of CBD, which is believed to harness the plant's medicinal properties.

The difference was remarkable, Riddle said, adding that Landon remained in remission and the chemotherapy's side effects faded.

She planned to continue the marijuana supplements until a doctor at Children's Hospital objected and her case was reported to the El Paso County Department of Human Services.

The Colorado Children's Code outlines a parents' rights to care for their children as they see fit - a provision that often comes into play when a family's religious preference conflicts with medical practices, said Karen Logan, the El Paso County's child protection manager.

But social workers can become involved when life or safety is at risk, Logan said. She declined to specifically address Landon's case, citing department policy.

Children's Hospital officials also declined to comment on the case. In a statement, the hospital said an oncology group featured at its hospital boasts a survival rate or more than 90 percent in research trials treating Landon's type of leukemia.

In mediation overseen by El Paso County social workers, Riddle agreed to resume the chemotherapy in lieu of taking the case the court, saying she had "no choice."

She vowed to change her mind, though, should an oncologist agree to testify in favor of the marijuana treatment.

"They're not willing to work with me," she said.
10-09-2013, 07:51 AM #2
White Ribbon call me
Posts:9,779 Threads:371 Joined:Apr 2013
that is so retarded.. bleh.gif
10-09-2013, 10:44 AM #3
Accidental Stoner Member
Posts:8,819 Threads:70 Joined:Feb 2011
"medical strain" lmao.gif

Any good buds + little leaves will do.

Over here, some people are taking things into their own hands.
Cannabis oil production and distribution rings are popping up
waaay under the "authorities'" radar.

I personally happen to know a guy with terminal lung cancer,
who ought to be 6 ft under since some 18 months. His doctors
getting bloody scalps from scratching their heads. And he's not
the only one. Proud of my countrymen's initiative. Signs of folkly
soundness.

Here, it is not difficult at all and not dangerous just as long as
you keep live flames well away and the facility well ventilated.
Very doable at home:



10-09-2013, 02:47 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:42,612 Threads:1,469 Joined:Feb 2011
Oy sad2.gif
10-09-2013, 03:21 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:31,283 Threads:1,438 Joined:Feb 2011
The stigma persists. Herb bad, Chemo, morphine and Oxy good. sad2.gif what BS.

wonder.gif
10-09-2013, 03:49 PM #6
Wicked Oblivion Member
Posts:10,778 Threads:720 Joined:Oct 2012
Why are beautiful babies born doomed with cancer?

Why are there three year old children already dying from cancer?

Damn what a hideous terrible evil reality!

Yet it keeps happening again and gain and again...

Admit the horrible truth about the terrible answer to that unsettling question...

Without denial...without denial...

Its because their parents had defective cancerous genes...

Its because cancer and the misery and death it causes are big busine$$...

For certain groups of ruthless greed driven elites...



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