Issue 55: Brain Tumors and Childhood Vacinations
- Issue 55: Brain Tumors and Childhood Vacinations
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I urge everyone to click on the link below and read this web site,
even if you read no others......
"First do no harm"
"Primum non nocere"
We have created this website to tell our son's story and to share
with other parents the information we have found about pediatric
brain tumors and about childhood vaccinations. This information is
designed to help parents exercise informed consent and make
intelligent decisions regarding their child's health, especially when
their child has cancer. For my husband and I, this information
represents what we wished we had found when we feverishly searched
for information on pediatric brain tumors in the fall of 1998.
While we focus on cancer and chemotherapy, we also discuss
childhood vaccinations because there is substantial medical
literature to suggest a potential link between vaccines and the rise
of various cancers including brain tumors in children.
On August 10, 1998 at age two, our son Alexander Horwin was
diagnosed with the most common pediatric brain tumor,
medulloblastoma. After Alexander endured two brain surgeries my
husband and I located the best non-toxic therapy that had proven
successful in treating brain cancer. However, on September 21, 1998,
the FDA denied Alexander access to this potentially life-saving
The oncologists told us that without their "state-of-the-art"
chemotherapy, the cancer would soon return. We knew nothing of the
history, efficacy and actual danger of chemotherapy but instinctively
knew it was a poor choice for therapy. However, now that the FDA had
denied Alexander his best chance of survival using a non-toxic
therapy that had saved other children, we had no other treatment
options left. Reluctantly we started chemo on October 7, 1998. The
protocol was entitled CCG 9921 which consisted of intravenous
administration of four chemo drugs: vincristine, cisplatin,
cyclophosphamide (also called cytoxan), and VP16 (also called
etoposide). Alexander completed his third month of chemotherapy in
December 1998 and died on January 31, 1999. He was just two and a
half years old.
After our loving, bright, happy and handsome son passed away, we
wanted to know why. The doctors were unable to provide us with a
single lucid answer regarding any of the following questions. Why did
our son have cancer at the age of two? Where did it come from? Why is
this particular cancer in children increasing? Why did he die while
on chemotherapy and only one quarter of the way into the protocol?
Since both my husband and I had worked in the medical field we knew
where to look for answers. We spent a year reading everything that we
could find on the subject of cancer in children. We expended
thousands of hours pouring over medical literature, communicating
with doctors and scientists, and speaking to parents of children who
were permanently disabled or killed by vaccines, and parents of
children who were dead as a result of cancer or its treatment. This
research provided a number of insights.
For example, the so-called "state-of-the-art" chemo protocol that
the oncologists had administered to our son had proven its
ineffectiveness in pediatric brain tumors many years before. In fact,
in 1994, the exact same chemo drugs Alexander received in 1998 had
been administered to children the same age with the same brain tumor
(medulloblastoma) as Alexander. This experiment proved so
unsuccessful that tumors spread within five months and the
oncologists terminated the protocol. It was incredible to us to
discover that chemotherapy that had already proven so ineffective
that it required termination was being presented to parents as "state
of the art" years later. We were never informed about the failure of
this therapy. We also discovered that we weren't the only parents
being purposefully misinformed. Today, parents are still being misled
and children with brain cancer are still getting these same toxic
drugs that have proven their ineffectiveness in the past. But even if
you are informed that orthodox therapy does not work you still may
not have a choice. When we hesitated to bring Alexander in for chemo
the oncologists were already gearing up to take him from us by court
We have written to more than 30 Members of Congress about our
findings and have provided written testimony to congressional
hearings. (The documents are posted on this site.) By sharing our
son's lethal encounter with the medical industry, other parents can
take heed, learn and perhaps prevent the same horror from happening
to their child.
We encourage parents to exercise informed consent before agreeing
to any medical intervention for their child. Informed consent means
that you know and understand the truth about all of the risks and
benefits. This may require you to conduct your own research; read
books, medical articles, etc. One excellent resource is available on
the Internet: Medline includes over nine million citations of indexed
and searchable articles on hundreds of medical topics taken from the
world's best peer-reviewed medical journals. Another source of
information is the manufacturer's insert that comes packaged with
every single drug or vaccine. It's a good idea to read it before the
drug/vaccine is administered to your child.
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