Pray for Katie

Katie is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome.

Friday, September 30, 2005

KATIE TO RECEIVE CHEMO TREATMENTS AGAIN

CPS has apparently lied to, threatened, manipulated, brainwashed, and coercised Katie into receiving chemo treatments again against Katie's own voiced objection on television on September 19, 2005 to anymore chemo treatments. Katie said at that time that no matter what CPS did or say she would not change her mind. So what horrible things did CPS do to get her to submit?

CPS had shut off all communication and visitation between Katie and her parents with a court order since September 20, 2005. I am not a lawyer, but if you get someone to agree to something under threats, coercision, and falsehood, than that document or agreement is invalid. So I believe they are now treating Katie against her consent and that constitutes an assault and battery.

Of course they will counter with Katie is a minor and can't consent or refuse treatment. But if determined to be a mature minor Katie can consent or refuse treatment. CPS was presented with an offer by our attorney to determine if Katie was a mature minor and an offer for an alternative treatment acceptable to Katie. CPS has repeatedly told her "Katie you will die without this treatment." CPS brought in tons of friends to reinforce that statement. Talk about emotional abuse and stress! Putting a cancer patient through this and separating her from her parents and family has got to be the most inhuman horrible crime. This sure seems like a hate crime because of our religion or ethnic background.

The only persons who have the right to make medical decisions for Katie are her parents. That right was taken away by a court order with no real evidence or proof of any kind. Yes, courts can do that in an emergency situation where someone might die. This was never an emergency situation so the court was not justified in acting. The court acted on an inaccurate and misleading affidavit signed by CPS worker Linda Kim Garcia, which until proven in court is only heresay.

Meanwhile the damage that this has caused to Katie, both mentally and physically is tremendous and irrepairable. The stress and emotional trauma that this has caused to myself and Michele and the boys is immense. The expense is unimaginable and devastating to my family. It is no wonder everyone loses to CPS as no one can afford to defend themselves.

Edward

War on Cancer Is a Failure - Untreated Victims Live Four Times Longer

The New England Journal of Medicine Reports— War on Cancer Is a Failure: Despite $30 billion spent on research and treatments since 1970, cancer remains "undefeated," with a death rate not lower but 6% higher in 1997 than 1970, stated John C. Bailar III, M.D., Ph.D., and Heather L. Gornik, M.H.S., both of the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago in Illinois. "The war against cancer is far from over," stated Dr. Bailar. "The effect of new treatments for cancer on mortality has been largely disappointing."

"My studies have proved conclusively that untreated cancer victims live up to four times longer than treated individuals. If one has cancer and opts to do nothing at all, he will live longer and feel better than if he undergoes radiation, chemotherapy or surgery, other than when used in immediate life-threatening situations."---Prof Jones. (1956 Transactions of the N.Y. Academy of Medical Sciences, vol 6. There is a fifty page article by Hardin Jones of National Cancer Institute of Bethesda, Maryland. He surveyed global cancer of all types and compared the untreated and the treated, to conclude that the untreated outlives the treated, both in terms of quality and in terms of quantity. Secondly he said, "Cancer does not cure". Third he said "There is a physiological mechanism which finishes off an individual".)

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http://www.ghchealth.com/chemotherapy-quotes.html

The Truth About Chemotherapy and Radiation from Doctors

Success of most chemotherapy is appalling…There is no scientific evidence for its ability to extend in any appreciable way the lives of patients suffering from the most common organic cancer…chemotherapy for malignancies too advanced for surgery which accounts for 80% of all cancers is a scientific wasteland.”—Dr Ulrich Abel

75 percent of oncologists said if they had cancer they would not participate in chemotherapy trials due to its “ineffectiveness and its unacceptable toxicity. - Dr. Ulrich Abel.

Oncologist. John Robbins M.D.
• “Percentage of cancer patients whose lives are predictably saved by chemotherapy - 3%
• Conclusive evidence (majority of cancers) that chemotherapy has any positive influence on survival or quality of life - none.
• Percentage of oncologists who said if they had cancer they would not participate in Chemotherapy trials due to its “ineffectiveness and its unacceptable toxicity” - 75%
• Percentage of people with cancer in the U.S. who receive chemotherapy - 75%.

“Chemotherapy and radiation do not make the body well. They destroy, they do not heal. The hope of the doctor is that the cancer will be destroyed without destroying the entire patient. These therapies do kill cancer cells, but they kill a lot of good cells too including the cells of the immune system, the very system that one NEEDS to get well. If a cancer patient survives the treatment with enough immune system left intact, the patient may appear to get well at least temporarily, but he will have sustained major damage to his body and his immune system. How much better it is to nourish the immune system directly by the use of natural therapies to assist it in getting you well instead of destroying it by the use of these therapies. Then the immune system itself can kill the cancer cells without any side effects and heal your body at the same time.” Dr. Lorraine Day, M.D.

Dr. Day is an internationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon and best selling author was for 15 years on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine as Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She was also Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. In 1992, Dr. Day developed breast cancer, biopsy-proven, that become so severe it was eventually diagnosed as terminal. But she refused chemotherapy, radiation and mutilating surgery because of their dangerous side effects and chose, instead, to get well by a totally natural Ten Step Health Plan. She continues to be totally well and cancer-free a full twelve years later.

“I look upon cancer in the same way that I look upon heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, or even obesity, for that matter, in that by dramatically strengthening the body’s immune system through diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, the body can rid (24) itself of the cancer, just as it does in other degenerative diseases. Consequently, I wouldn’t have chemotherapy and radiation because I’m not interested in therapies that cripple the immune system, and, in my opinion, virtually ensure failure for the majority of cancer patients.” Dr Julian Whitaker, M.D.

“As a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.”— Alan Nixon, Ph.D., Past President, American Chemical Society.

The MD Anderson Comprehensive Cancer Center was sued in August 1998, for making unsubstantiated claims that it cures “well over 50% of people with cancer.” – Professor Emeritus Dr. Samuel Epstein

(Perhaps that is why M.D. Anderson won't quote a cure rate for Katie. They lied.)

How Chemotherapy Works and Why It Ultimately Fails

According to U.S. physician and author Dr. Cynthia Foster MD:
"Cytotoxic chemotherapy kills cancer cells by way of a certain mechanism called "First Order Kinetics." This simply means that the drug does not kill a constant number of cells, but a constant proportion of cells. So, for example, a certain drug will kill 1/2 of all the cancer cells, then 1/2 of what is left, and then 1/2 of that, and so on. So, we can see that not every cancer cell necessarily is going to be killed. This is important because chemotherapy is not going to kill every cancer cell in the body. The body has to kill the cancer cells that are left over after the chemotherapy is finished. This fact is well known by oncologists.

Now, how can cancer patients possibly fight even a few cancer cells when their immune systems have been disabled and this is yet another stress on the body, and they're bleeding because they have hardly any platelets left from the toxic effects of the chemotherapy? This is usually why, when chemotherapy is stopped, the cancer grows again and gets out of control. We have now created a vicious cycle, where doctors are trying to kill the cancer cells, and the patient is not able to fight the rest, so the doctors have to give the chemotherapy again, and then the patient can't fight the rest of the cancer cell, and then the doctors give the chemotherapy again, and so on."

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Parents Fighting State Over Girl's Care Want New Judge

09/28/2005
By LYNN BREZOSKY / Associated Press
An Agua Dulce couple fighting the state over their daughter's cancer care wants the judge who cut off family contact removed because of questions about his impartiality after he visited the girl in the hospital.
Corpus Christi Juvenile Court Judge Carl Lewis signed the order cutting off the contact from his hospital bed on Sept. 20, the day after a heart condition interrupted an emergency hearing in the case. Before he took ill, he said his visit with Katie Wernecke at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston convinced him her parents were influencing her to refuse care.
Katie, 13, stalled high-dose chemotherapy for her Hodgkin's disease by ripping out catheters and refusing to cooperate with nurses and doctors. Her father, Edward Wernecke, has said the treatment is extremely dangerous and could be more harmful than helpful.
Attorney James A. Pikl filed a motion Monday seeking the judge's recusal or disqualification. The motion contends that Lewis' private visit with Katie was improper and put his impartiality in question.
"If we are going to allow judges to conduct their own "investigation" into the merits of cases they are adjudicating and then still remain as judge of the case, then our system of law requiring a fair, impartial judiciary will become a joke," the motion says.
The 13th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request on Tuesday to to overturn Lewis' order.
Ed Wernecke said the judge's decision to cut the contact was "cruel" and Katie had made up her own mind about treatment.
"She knows that there's other alternatives they could be choosing," he said, citing weaker chemotherapy and high-dose vitamin C.
"The hearing was never completed," he added. "On the day of the hearing there was no testimony. ... They have to have evidence of us interfering or doing something, and we're not allowed ever to testify."
A flurry of motions, expanding legal team and "collateral" approach caused attorney Daniel Horne to withdraw from the case.
"I believe the Werneckes have a right to have their daughter home and make the decisions, but they want to look at in terms of a collateral attack on it and I was looking at it in terms of the merits," he said. "The strangest irony in all this is that everybody really, really does want to do the best for Katie. We certainly don't want to be legally right and then Katie dies."
He said family court code may have allowed the judge's visit because Linda Rhodes-Schauer, Katie's court-appointed attorney, requested it.
Thomas Stuckey, representing Nueces County, said he hoped to file a response to the recusal motion by Friday. Katie was removed from her parents in June after a doctor told social workers the family was refusing medical treatment and endangering her life. She has been with a foster family in Houston.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Werneckes want Judge Lewis removed from case

Attorney has filed motion to that end on couple's behalf
by Kathryn Garcia
Caller Times

An attorney for the parents of 13 year old cancer patient Katie Wernecke has filed a motion requesting that Juvenile Judge Carl Lewis step aside as judge in Katie's custody case.
Mc Kinney attorney James Pikl, who represents Katie's parents, Edward and Michele Werncke, state in a motion filed Tuesday that Lewis' Sept 16 visit to Katie at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston was inappropriate because it was conducted alone without court officials. The motion says that Lewis no longer can be impartial.
"We want justice served, and for them to return Katie to us," said Edward Wernecke.
Assistant District Attorney Tom Stuckey is working to file the state's responses to the Wernecke's motions by the end of the week.
Stuckey said Lewis'conduct is not illegal when a visit has been requested. Katie's attorney Linda Schauer requested Lewis and Katie meet earlier this month, Stuckey said.
"I think Judge Lewis is doing the best job he can." Stuckey said. "He spent a lot of time discussing the case and talking to Katie."
Pickl, who couldn't be reached for comment, also filed a motion Friday requesting that an order limiting contact between Katie and her parents be dismissed, alleging Lewis' health condition hindered his decision making abilities. Lewis was recoveing from open-heart surgery last week when he signed an order barring Katie's father Edward Wernecke from all communication with Katie and limiting Katie's mother Michele Wernecke to supervised visits.
That motion was denied Monday by the 13th District Court of Appeals......

Corpus Christi Caller Times Wednesday September 28, 2005

STRESS AND CANCER

Few events are as stressful as a diagnosis of cancer. As the stress level increases, the outpouring of the adrenal cortex hormone (cortisol) also increases. Women with breast cancer who had abnormal cortisol rhythms survived an average of 3.2 years, while those with normal rhythms survived an average of 4.5 years (more than a year longer). The difference in survival times began to emerge about 1 year after the cortisol testing and continued for at least 6 additional years (Richter 2000).
Animal studies, mostly involving rats, demonstrated stress as a causal factor in cancer. The onset of cancer appears similarly allied in humans, with the immune system highly responsive to emotional pitfalls. It is well established that when the individual is emotionally challenged, cancer has a significant advantage (Levy et al. 1987).
Psychobiologist Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D., has been working for the past decade on stress, tumor development, and the activity of NK cells (Ben-Eliyahu et al. 2000). Considering all immune system cells, NK cells show the strongest activity in preventing metastasis and the strongest response to stress. Even short-term stress decreases NK cell activity in laboratory animals, significantly increasing the risk of certain types of cancer and metastasis. Gender plays a significant role in the NK cell response to stress, with men more adversely affected than women (Irwin 2000). The stress of abdominal surgery promotes the growth of cancerous tumors in rats, a sequence thought orchestrated by NK cell suppression (Ben-Eliyahu et al. 1999).
High levels of neuropeptide-gamma are observed in the bloodstream of depressed individuals, an elevation synonymous with immune suppression (Ader et al. 1981; Scanlan et al. 2001). Macrophages (pathogen scavengers) have receptor sites that attract endorphins (mood enhancers with analgesic traits). With the right emotional programming, white blood cells swim through the bloodstream with determination; conversely, under stress, immune competence falters, and the immune attack becomes lethargic.
Breast cancer patients with the most anxiety had a weaker immune response and were less equipped to fight the disease. The following stress-associated situations and personality types are associated with breast cancer: (1) the use of denial or repression as a coping strategy, (2) an experience of separation or loss, (3) a history of stressful life experiences, (4) a tendency toward melancholy and hopelessness (this trait has, since antiquity, been associated with uterine and breast cancers), and (5) a personality type characterized by conflict avoidance. It is theorized that the genes that cause one to avoid conflict are the same genes that increase susceptibility to cancer (Goodkin et al. 1986; Darmon 1993).
Also, psychological stress induces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-10 (Maes et al. 2000). Please refer to the protocol Cancer: Gene Therapies, Stem Cells, Telomeres, and Cytokines for a full discussion regarding pro-inflammatory cytokine's role in malignancies.
The effect of chronic stress on the immune system of 116 recently treated breast cancer patients found (reproducibly) that stress levels significantly predicted (1) lower NK cell activity, (2) diminished response of NK cells to interferon-gamma, and (3) decreased proliferation of lymphocytes, white blood cells considered the army of the immune system (Andersen et al. 1998). Oncologists often suggest stress management, such as meditation, yoga and breathing exercises, guided imagery, or spirituality, to help bring about calm.
Because the cells responsible for cancer surveillance work best in an environment favoring confidence and calm, it is important that the message springing from our thoughts and transmitted to cells is commensurate with healing. Fright, pessimism, and melancholy send uncertain instructions and the cells respond with a feeble effort. The enduring message (fear or assurance, despair or hopefulness, laughter or tears) reflects our hour-to-hour psyche and sets the tone for health victories or failures. Expect little more from your body than the quality of your thoughts at this very moment: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7).

Comment: CPS has put Katie and her whole family through severe stress and emotional trauma. CPS continues to brainwash, coercise, bribe and force Katie into treatments against her will. Katie has publicly stated she did not want any more treatments. (See blog below). The Wernecke's are powerless to stop them. God will take care of these people who interfere. Look what happened to Judge Lewis. Don't mess with God's children. You were warned!

From an email by J. E.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Are They Causing Us Cancer By Creating Stress?

FROM AN EMAIL:

The document is almost too painful to read, the evil so palpable, the bullying of the parents, and what is worse, the child by the entire medical system. And these are the people who claim that cancer is caused by stress! They are now doing their utmost to CAUSE cancer by placing the child and the parents under utmost stress, threatening permanent separation, pressuring the child without recourse or communications with her parents.

Howard S.

Monday, September 26, 2005

That's What a Mom is For

"Through the years she held your hand and helped you as you dreamed and planned, she never failed to understand...And if you ask her why, she'll say, "That's what a mom is for." Through the years she's always there with a special smile that says "I care." Her heart is full of love to share...And if you ask her why, she'll say, "That's what a mom is for." Through the years while you have grown, your love for her may not have shown, but all the while she's always known...And if you ask her how, she'll say, "That's what a mom is for."" (c Hallmark)

Michele

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Not Incompetent To Consent To An Abortion But Can't Refuse Medical Treatment?

FROM AN EMAIL:
"We also found out Friday about 3 pm that there was an Order Appointing Co-Guardian Ad Litem for Katie Wernecke to " represent the best interests of the child. "

The appointment of a guardian over Katie probably means that legally, Katie is considered incompetent to refuse medical treatment, so the guardian is appointed to 'consent' to treatment; it is a measure to force unwanted medical treatment against a person's expressly stated wishes. I don't have any formal legal training, but this is the way I see this action, because I had the same thing happen to me. It can also be used to withhold desired treatment. Technically, the judge and the cps workers cannot formally 'consent' to treatment, only a guardian if it is to be forced.

I see this action as a very egregious abuse of the informed consent laws, and a form of identity theft. Katie would not be considered incompetent to consent to an abortion, but she is considered incompetent to refuse a procedure that will cause sterility.

Stop CPS Eugenics!
Katie's Body is NOT State Property!

Why haven't you posted anything since Sunday? Have you been put on a gag order?
(We had hard drive failure on one computer and a virus locking up our other computer. Ed)

Laura S. Sept 22, 2005

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Worried About Katie

We can't call, phone, or email Katie. With Hurricane Rita and Houston being evacuated, Katie hopefully left for parts unknown with her foster parents. Nobody informed us as to where she would be going. CPS could have at least informed us of that, and someone could have informed us that she is at least safe and ok. We should have a right to know that even if we can't talk to her. I am very stressed out and worrying about her and I am sure she is worried about us and her family. I cry thinking about it. How horrible. What CPS and the Judge has done is so wrong, but I am abiding by the court order. Getting put in jail for disobeying it would not help us any. It just tears me up inside. What has America become? I believe these hurricanes are part of God's punishment on this nation.

Michele

Friday, September 23, 2005

BILLBOARDS FOR KATIE APPEAR



Billboards like this are appearing all over the Coastal Bend. I saw two in Kingsville, two in Robstown, two in Alice, and one in Corpus Christi, Tx on IH37 north.

Please call the Governor and demand a full investigation by an impartial committee into the Katie Wernecke case and the abuse of CPS power. Please go to the website www.saveakid.us and give a generous donation to help out. Do these two things now! Don't think that someone else will do it. They won't. Let's get Katie home and then pass new legislation so this can't happen to your family and your kids. Parents must speak out now!

Do you want the state deciding what kind of medical treatments your kids can receive? Will you be afraid of asking for a second opinion for your child in the future? Do you think it is right for the state to give a treatment that would totally sterilize a child? Will you no longer be free to choose alternative cancer treatments for your children? If you take no action than you have answered YES to all of the questions above.

Thanks to Tony Giorgio and the Compassion Children's Foundation for providing the billboards.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

From an Email: God's Warning to Judge Lewis

From Our Email:

Maybe Judge Lewis should consider his heart trouble a warning from God to release Katie to her parents. I think God is trying to tell Judge Lewis to soften his heart and use his heart in deciding such issues involving children. God is showing Lewis that he needs his family at times like this, just as Katie needs her family now. Cutting off contact is so cruel. This was an emergency so someone else is making the Judge's medical decisions, just like Katie. This was a major medical decision and would Judge Lewis want the state making his medical decision or delaying treatment for him. Well that is what I see him doing in Katie's case. The parents are best qualified to make these medical decisions for Katie. I hope you can see the lesson in this Judge Lewis and take it to heart. I hope you recover quickly. Don't mess with God's children.

Joe D.

Judge Lewis mending after surgery for torn aorta


Lewis mending after surgery for torn aorta
Huerta will fill in while he recovers


By Kathryn Garcia Caller-Times September 22, 2005

Juvenile Judge Carl Lewis is recuperating today at Corpus Christi Medical Center-Doctors Regional after undergoing open-heart surgery to correct a tear in his aorta, said juvenile court manager Lilly Fanning. "He's already sitting up, eating and talking," Fanning said. "He's doing a hundred percent better."
In Lewis' absence, former 319th District Judge Martha Huerta will oversee the caseload for County Court-at-Law No. 5, which includes all cases dealing with minor children and children in the care of Child Protective Services, Fanning said.
Huerta will preside over juvenile court cases until Lewis' return, Fanning said. It is unknown when Lewis will return, Fanning said. Huerta left the 319th district court after being defeated by Tom Greenwell in a 2002 election. Since then, Huerta has sat in for other judges and served as a magistrate court judge.
Lewis was admitted to the hospital Monday after recessing an emergency hearing to determine whether 13-year-old cancer patient Katie Wernecke would have continued contact with her parents. During the emergency hearing, Lewis began sweating, rubbing his forehead. He declared a 5minute recess from which he did not return.
Lewis signed an order late Tuesday afternoon from his hospital room that barred Katie's father Edward Wernecke from all communication with Katie and limiting contact with her mother Michele Wernecke to only supervised visits.
Lewis called the hearing after visiting Katie at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where she is being treated for her Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes.
A tear in the aorta, the largest artery in the body, can be fatal if not treated immediately. Symptoms include a sudden tearing pain in the chest and the back between the shoulder blades.
Contact Kathryn Garcia at 886-3792 Copyright 2005, Caller.com. All Rights Reserved.

CALLER TIMES - Wernecke: Katie is making own decisions

Wernecke: Katie is making own decisions
State hopes order limiting contact with her parents will sway actions

By KATHYRN GARCIA Caller-Times -September 22, 2005

With the recent order limiting contact between 13-year-old cancer patient Katie Wernecke and her parents, state officials hope they can persuade Katie to stop resisting the treatment that could save her life.

Katie's custody will be determined at a permanency hearing scheduled for November, at which time Juvenile Judge Carl Lewis, or another judge, could decide to terminate the Wernecke's parental rights, said Child Protective Services spokesman Aaron Reed. "At that point, we'll have to make a decision as to what the child's plan is either for reunification with her parents or termination of parental rights or continued custody," Reed said.

Katie's father, Edward Wernecke, said she is making her own decisions about treatment and that he is worried he would lose custody of his daughter and never see her again.

While recovering from open-heart surgery Tuesday, Juvenile Judge Carl Lewis signed an order preventing Katie's father from any communication with his daughter and limiting contact with Katie's mother, Michele Wernecke, to only supervised visits. "I am convinced now that they are actively preventing the treatment from occurring through their contact with their daughter," Lewis said during an emergency hearing he called Monday after visiting Katie at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

As of Wednesday morning, Katie had continued to resist a prescribed treatment of high-dose chemotherapy followed by radiation to treat Katie's Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes, Reed said. Katie had been trying to pull catheters from her arms, disobeying doctor's orders and refusing to bathe. "My fear is that she continues to refuse treatment, that at some point the judge will decide that there's literally nothing we can do, and she'll go home to her parents, and she very well could die," Reed said.

Katie has been in state custody since June 4 after her parents refused radiation treatments for her disease. Katie's doctors recommend she undergo high-dose chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy, which should kill the tumor. The treatment also will weaken her immune system, requiring her to remain in isolation for several weeks. When Katie was first diagnosed with cancer, she had a 90 percent chance of survival. Now her chances have reduced considerably, Reed said.

Edward said he and his wife are heartbroken and are not encouraging Katie to resist the treatment. Katie's cell phone and computer have been taken away, Edward said. "This is Katie's choice, not mine and not Michele's," Edward said in a previous interview.

Contact Kathryn Garcia at 886-3792 Copyright 2005, Caller.com. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Important Information Withheld by Attorneys

On Wednesday Sept 21, I asked Daniel Horne if I could pick up his copy of my case files for safekeeping in case hurricance Rita hit Corpus Christi. Their office is a block off the bay side. Withing those files of Daniel Horne I saw a FED EX envelope addressed to Luis Corona and dated June 14, 2005. This was an overnight package and arrived on June 15, 2005, the first day of our two day very important adversary hearing. Withing the package was a letter to Mr Corona and one to Michele and Edward Werncke and a video tape by Dr. Lorraine Day, M.D. titled "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore!" This is the most eye opening tape on cancer and the cancer industry I have ever seen. You can call 1-800-556-4846 to order your own copy. As a physican who developed breast cancer herself, Dr. Lorraine Day was well aware that physicans are more afraid of cancer than patients are, because doctors know that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are not the answer to cancer. She tells you the dangers of chemotherapy and radiation and why cancer is Big Business. She tells you all the side effects of chemotherapy and how it also leads to leukemia. Dr. Days tells you that radiation used to treat cancer causes other cancers. She tells you who controls the cancer industry, the FDA, and the American Cancer Society. She tells you who controls what the media tells you about cancer treatments. Dr. Day tells you the causes of cancer and how you can reverse them and get well, just like she did, without chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If we had shown her video tape at the hearing the outcome could have been much different. Here was a doctor speaking against chemo and radiation treatments, and was living proof that alternative treatments can cure cancer. If you have cancer get this video and the rest of her information and check out alternative cures.

Also in the envelope was reprints from four books. The Calcium Factorby Robert Barefoot and Carl J. Reich, M.D.(ISBN 0-9633703-2-4) and Water for Health, for Healing, for Lifeby F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. (ISBN 0-446-69074-0) are two of the books. The book on water states: "Because they are growing, children are constantly and naturally dehydrated. ...at a select cancer conference...I scientifically explained why chronic unintentional dehydration is in my view, the primary cause of pain and disease in the human body, including cancer...dehydration causes DNA damage in the cell nucleus...immune system suppression...causes the creation of new chemical pathways...Cancer formation is the outcome....in these cells the protein kinase C of normal cells gets converted to protein kinase M, which is autonomous and unstoppable smaller enzyme that continues to stimulate cell production without limitations...That is why cancer cells develop bulky masses and lumps..." The Calcium Factor book states:" The early work of Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg, some seventy-five years ago, (Cause and Prevention of Cancer: Biochem, Zeits, 152:514-520, 1924), showed clearly that cancer was associated with anaerobic (deficiency of oxygen) conditions, resulting in fermentation and a marked drop in the pH of the cell. (Low pH Hyperthermia Cancer Therapy: Cancer Chemotherapy Pharmocology 4; 137-145, 1980) Moreover, the production of mutation receptors cannot occur with the pH of the cell in the healthy calcium buffered 7.4 to 6.6 range, a range which assures the breakdown of glucose into the A, C, G and T nucleotide radicals that promote healthy DNA synthesis....In the absence of oxygen within the acidic intracellular fluids, the glucose undergoes fermentation into lactic acid, causing the pH of the cell to drop even further, thereby inhibiting the production of A, C, G and T nucleotides that allow for normal DNA synthesis...setting the scene for the abnormal replication of DNA to trigger cancer...by using these minerals to raise the pH to a pH of 8.5, the cancer cells would die while the healthy cells would thrive."

The other two books are The Cancer Industry (ISBN 1-881025-09-8) and Questioning Chemotherapy (ISBN 1-881025-25-X) both by Ralph W. Moss, PhD. Ralph Moss once worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering so he is an expert. On the cover of The Cancer Industry is a quote by Linus Pauling : " Everyone should know that the 'war on cancer' is largely a fraud." Dr. Moss says " the orthodox strategy of early detection and early treatment with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy proved ineffective." "Third among the so-called proven methods of treating cancer is toxic chemotherapy; the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. ...Thus chemotherapy poisons many normal tissues as well- especially the rapidly dividing cells of the bone marrow, intestinal wall, and the hair follicles. The bone marrow is the foundation of the immune system, which seems to serve the dual function of preventing infections and combating the spread of cancer. The use of chemotherapy is often accompanied by destruction of the immune system. Chemotherapy often brings in its train a host of blood deficiency diseases such as leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and aplastic anemia. These in turn give rise to massive uncontrollable infections." In Questioning Chemotherapy, Ralph Moss says chemotherapy can cause cancer. "Perhaps the stangest thing about chemotherapy is that many of these drus themselves carcinogenic. This may seem astonishing to the average reader-- that caner-fighting drugs themselves cause cancer. Yet this is an undeniable fact." "The magnitude of these risks suggest that the drugs are causally related to leukemia," NCI epidemiologists cautiously concluded." Dr. Moss continues: "By combining various forms of chemotherapy, and then mixing these with radiotherapy, doctors further increase the risk. Even Dr. DeVita's orthodox textbook, Cancer:Principles and Practice of Oncology, concludes that "chemotherapy combinations can significantly rasie the risk of secondary tumors, especially nonlymphocytic leukemias. " ...."Nitrogen mustard, vincristine, prednisone, and procarbazine for the treatment of Hodgkin's disease yield leukemia rates up to 17 percent...Radiation further increases the risk of leukemia." "Accelerating the cancer. These agents also can cause the formation of drug-resistant cells. They can thus paradoxically enhance the malignancy of the tumor..."

That is a short but brief summary of the materials my attorneys had at their disposal and chose not to use. Had they at least given the package to me on the 15th we could have at least shown the video by Dr. Day in court on June 16th. It would have been very helpful. The video is over two hours long and full of information. I did not see these materials until today. Thanks to Mrs Sharon R. for sending the materials.

Edward

CPS HAS FREE REIGN TO CONTINUE PRESSURING KATIE TO SUBMIT

Katie said on NBC news that she is making her own decisions and no matter what CPS does or says she will not submit to the treatments.

CPS is the one pressuring Katie into submitting to these treatments. Even the foster parents are pressuring Katie into submitting to treatment. CPS has even contacted and used all of Katie's friends and half-sister to coercise her into submitting to the High Dose chemo treatments. Even Judge Lewis went up to Houston to talk her into the treatments. Katie told him she did not want the High Dose chemo and wasn't going to do it. We found out that when Katie was talking to the Judge she broke down crying. Maybe Judge Lewis enterpreted that wrong. The pressure has been too much on Katie and all of this pressure is coming from CPS, the foster parents, and Judge Lewis. They are telling her she will die without the treatments. This is classic brainwashing and coersion. And on top of all that they have the gual to blame it on the parents and cut off all contact so that their plan may be successful. They take Katie's cell phone away and her computer too. That way she doesn't even have contact with her attorney Linda Schauer. Now, Linda is obligated as her attorney to do what Katie wants, which is to be released to her parents and have them make medical decisions with and for her. Behind the scenes and in court Linda works with CPS to see that Katie gets the recommended treatments. She is even in favor of taking away parental rights if that is what it takes to get Katie the treatment. Yet, she knows Katie doesn't want the treatment. There is a conflict of interest and duty to the client here and Linda Rhodes Schauer should step down as Katie's attorney. The Guardian Ad Litem is the one that does "what is in the best interest of the child" not the Attorney Ad Litem, which Linda is. This mental and emotional abuse of Katie, a cancer patient, is just so wrong. As parents we are being deprived of precious time with Katie that no amount of money could ever repay. As a patient the state is putting Katie's life at risk by continuing to hold her when she publically stated on television that she did not want the treatments and would not submit to them and that this was her own decison. Return her to her parents and we will see that she gets appropiate treatment for her cancer that is not dangerous and risky as the proposed treatment. Katie's last PET scan showed she had no disease and no new active cancer. So there is time to try alternative treatments. If it doesn't work we can always return to chemo and radiation treatments.

We believe the intervening of CPS, the stress put on Katie, and the delays caused by CPS caused the cancer to return back in June. CPS and M. D. Anderson did nothing for 40 days then. Now CPS is doing the same thing. CPS already signed the papers to do the treatment. Katie refused to submit to the treatment. Now they have done nothing for 3 weeks and they want you to again believe that it is the parent's fault. CPS has had control of the situation from day 1 and complete rights to do all medical treatments. Even though we were never guilty of medical neglect. Our injuction to stop treatment was never granted. The court hearings never delayed any treatments they choose. Also, they have had full medical control of my boys since June 1, and we have asked them to fix Jonathan's teeth since June 10th and now it has been more than 3 months and his teeth are not fixed and he is in pain and suffering. In fact they destroyed the relationship we had with our own family dentist and now we can't get care at all. That is what happens when the state steps in and thinks they can do a better job than the parents. Return the control of our children back to us.

Edward

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Judge Lewis has a heart attack and open heart surgery.

I just learned that Judge Lewis had a heart attack yesterday after the hearing and had open heart surgery that evening and night. That is why the hearing never concluded. I am praying for his full recovery.

Edward

Judge Lewis Restricts All Contact and Communication With Katie

From his bed in the hospital Judge Lewis apparently signed an order about 4pm Tuesday afternoon that barred Katie's father, Edward, from all communication and contact with Katie, and barring all communication with Katie's mother Michele, and limiting contact with her mother to only CPS supervised visits. Futher, Michele's access with Katie is to be terminated if she does not encourage Katie in writing to comply with the treatment plan. Katie's cell phone and computer are also to be taken away.

The order states:

"The court finds that evidence exists to indicate that Edward and Michele Wernecke have actively prevented Katie's treatment from occuring through their contact with their daughter. The Court finds that Edward and Michele Wernecke have placed extreme pressure on Katie to not comply with the treatment plan devised for treatment of her cancer."

Now I want to know, what evidence? There was no evidence presented at this hearing. Edward and Michele did not testify at this hearing, nor have they ever been allowed to speak (except on June 15 hearing). The hearing was never concluded because Judge Lewis had a heart attack. So how can the Judge rule on the evidence when there isn't any? Is the Judge ruling as a dictator from the bench? That is not the way our courts are supposed to function. The Judge spoke to Katie privately in Houston. The Judge spoke to the doctors privately. Should not the attorneys from each side been present? Is the Judge now siding with CPS and not judging on the facts and evidence in the case?

J.E.

Monday, September 19, 2005

KATIE SPEAKS OUT ON CHANNEL 6 NEWS

In a phone interview with Channel 6 News (NBC) at 10pm today:

Katie said she has no plans to give into M. D. Anderson or CPS.

Katie Wernecke said: "No matter what you say or what you do, I am not going to do the chemo treatment. This is my choice and my body. I understand what it can do to me, and I know there's like other ways its can be treated, which they're not giving me." Katie told us over the phone that her parents are encouraging her to accept the treatments.

Hearing on Monday September 19th

Juvenile Judge Carl Lewis, at an emergency hearing at 11:30 am on Mondy threatened to bar the parents of Katie Wernecke from all contact with her. Judge Lewis appointed a Ms Ranley as Co-Guardian Ad Litem for Katie. ( She is a cancer patient herself.) Daniel Horne reported that Cindy Swartz of John Hopkins had refused to provide a second opinion after having been sent all the medical records. Linda Schauer asked that her Motion to Let Katie Return Home to be with her parents be heard. The Judge said he wasn't going to listen to anything else in this case.

Lewis called the hearing after visiting Katie Friday at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (Katie is not receiving treatments now, but goes to school in the hospital. ) Judge Lewis said " Her treatment has not progressed. There is no evidence that there are any alternatives." "After having met with her, I believe that it is in the child's best interest to issue orders to limit and perhaps prohibit access to her parents," Lewis said. " I am convinced now that they are actively preventing the treatment from occuring through their contact with their daughter, and it's more pressure than a 13 year-old can bear." The Judge said to our attorneys: "Talk to your clients and encourage the parents to cooperate." Judge Lewis said he was placing the case on Docket Control to terminate the rights of the parents. (We would lose all of our four kids.)

Katie has been refusing the high-dose chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin's disease, said her lawyer Linda Schauer, who added she doesn't think Katie will agree to the treatment even if she is cut off from contact with her parents. During his visit to Houston, Lewis said he encouraged Katie to receive the treatment. Lewis did not elaborae on Katie's response but said Katie wanted a guarantee that the treatment would be successful. Lewis said he told her that "when it comes to human life there is no guarantee." Lewis said he also met with the doctors of Katie.

Katie's mother, Michele, shed tears throughout the hearing. Edward was quite, but appeared to be praying at one time. The hearing was recessed after Lewis suddenly became ill and was not rescheduled as of late Monday.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

JUDGE VISITS KATIE - HEARING ON MONDAY

Judge Carl Lewis visited Katie in Houston on Friday. He also meet with the doctors. We don't know the details. We do know Katie told the Judge she didn't want the treatment and wasn't going to do it.

We also found out Friday about 3 pm that there was an Order Appointing Co-Guardian Ad Litem for Katie Wernecke to " represent the best interests of the child. " The court appointed Lauren Ranley.

I was told there was called an emergency hearing at the County Court of Law #5 on Monday at 11:30 am. There wasn't any written documentation furnished to us so we have no idea what this hearing is about or how to prepare for it. Linda Schauer hasn't made any motion to return Katie to her parents, as Katie requested, as of late Friday. (See Katie's Letter of Sept 15 post.)

Edward

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Proof Katie is Being Brainwashed

FROM AN EMAIL:

Dear Wernecke family,

Having followed the terrible saga of your family for the past few months, I have been amazed and horrified at the shear mindless brutality exhibited by the state towards Katie and your entire family. What is even more disturbing is that they have been instigating numerous well known and highly effective techniques of brainwashing and social control on Katie.

One can only imagine the motives of Child Protective Services, they must be terrified at the growing fury of public outrage towards them, and will stop at nothing to try and publicly prove their point by destroying Katie and your entire family (per the recent attack on your marriage by “Rev.” Moore) . As one of Katie’s numerous foster parents said in a previous post on your Blog “I firmly believe PRIDE is an issue on behalf of KIM GARCIA the CPS worker. I think she has overstepped her boundaries and is too prideful to admit it. I believe she would rather sacrifice Katie and her family instead of admitting she was wrong. What a pity that someone would sacrifice a child to save face.”

This short description of the process of Brainwashing comes from Dr. Margaret Singer professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and the acknowledged leading authority in the world on mind control. With additional points by Richard J. Ofshe, Ph.d and Dr. Robert J. Lifton.

1. The reliance on intense interpersonal and psychological attack to destabilize an individual's sense of self to promote compliance. Create a sense of powerlessness, covert fear, and dependency. Initiate a feeling of helplessness in attempting to deal with the impersonal machinery of control. (per CIA Report)

2. Establish control over the person's social environment, time and sources of social support by a system of often-excessive rewards and punishments. Social isolation is promoted. Contact with family and friends is abridged, as is contact with persons who do not share group-approved attitudes. All communication with outside world is limited, either being strictly filtered or completely cut off.

Isolation from the ideas, examples and distractions of the outside world turns the individuals attention to the only remaining form of stimulation, which is the ideology that is being inculcated in them. (Lifton)

Note: Recent attempts by CPS to cut off ALL communication with family. Contacted limited: “CPS said we could visit with Katie only from 12 noon to 1 pm. They gave us exactly one hour.” (Blog entry 9/15)

3. Aura of sacred science - (Lifton) The beliefs and regulations of the group are framed as perfect, absolute and non-negotiable. The dogma of the group is presented as scientifically correct or otherwise unquestionable. Rules and processes are therefore to be followed without question, and any transgression is a sin and hence requires atonement or other forms of punishment, as does consideration of any alternative viewpoints. Put forth a closed system of logic; allow no real input or criticism.

Note: Doctors at M.D. Anderson are portrayed as infallibly and unquestionable in their authority. No second opinions are allowed.

4. Prohibit disconfirming information and non supporting opinions in group communication. Rules exist about permissible topics to discuss with outsiders. Communication is highly controlled. The use of an organized peer group.

"If successfully accomplished, communication control eliminates a person's ability safely to express criticisms or to share private doubts and reservations. " (Ofshe)

Note: Katie’s Pastors and friends recruited to pressure conformity. “CPS has also contacted my X and Katie's half-sister and convinced them that Katie will die without this treatment and have called them to come visit and to convince Katie. They have also used her best friend at her school to convince her. We are told we cannot talk to Katie about her medical treatments. “ (Blog entry 9/13)

5. Create strong aversive emotional arousals, create a sense of powerlessness in the subject by use of nonphysical punishments such as intense humiliation, loss of privilege, social isolation, social status changes, intense guilt, anxiety, manipulation and other techniques.

Note: They have inflicted Katie with EVERY above mentioned point!

6. Intimidate the person with the force of group-sanctioned secular psychological threats. For example, it may be suggested or implied that failure to adopt the approved attitude, belief or consequent behavior will lead to severe punishment or dire consequences such as physical illness. These tactics of psychological force are applied to such a severe degree that the individual's capacity to make informed or free choices becomes inhibited.

Note: Statements from CPS. “You will die if you don’t accept this treatment”!

7. Breaking point - (lifton) The constant assault on identity, guilt and self-betrayal eventually leads to them breaking down, much as the manner of the 'nervous breakdown' that people experience for other reasons. They may cry inconsolably, have convulsive fits and fall into deep depression.

To reduce resistance and to motivate behavior change, thought-reform procedures rely on psychological stressors, induction of high degrees of emotional distress, and on other intrinsically dangerous influence techniques (Heide and Borkovec 1983).

Note: Recent reports by Katie’s parents - “Katie has been under supreme pressure from CPS's emotional and mental abuses. She was totally stressed out and very depressed”. (Blog entry 9/15)

8. Leniency - (Lifton) Just at the point when the person is fearing annihilation of the self, they are offered a small kindness, a brief respite from the assault on their identity. In those moments of light amongst the darkness, they may well feel a deep sense of gratitude, even though it is their torturer who is offering the 'kindness'.

Note: “Now Keith and Debbie Moore, the pastor from Agua Dulce Baptist Church could visit Katie and take her to the Astros baseball game and other places, and bribe her with things, for about an 8 hour visit. The Moore's were there at the request of CPS to convince, brainwash, and bribe Katie into agreeing to do the High Dose chemo treatments. (Blog entry 9/15).

How does “Rev.” Moore reconcile his alleged Christian beliefs with his participation in the deliberate brainwashing and torture of a child?

9. Final confession and rebirth - (Lifton) Faced with the stark contrast of the pain of the past with the rosy glow of the future that the new ideology presents, the person sheds any the final allegiance to the old ideology, confessing any remaining deep secrets, and takes on the full mantle of the new ideology. This progress is accelerated as the new ideology is portrayed as harmonious and ideally suited to the person's needs. Collegiality and calm replaces pain and punishment.

Note: This is the next and final objective in Katie’s “re-education“. Turning her against her parents and unconditional acceptance of any form of “treatment” CPS wants. If she does so, you can be assured there will be a public announcement and extensive P.R. campaign to follow.

Singer: Coercive Psychological Systems are Harmful - “Coercive psychological systems violate our most fundamental concepts of basic human rights. They violate rights of individuals that are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and affirmed by many declarations of principle worldwide.”

“By confusing, intimidating and silencing their victims, those who profit from these systems evade exposure and prosecution for actions recognized as harmful and which are illegal in most countries such as: fraud, false imprisonment, undue influence, involuntary servitude, intentional infliction of emotional distress, outrageous conduct and other tortuous acts.”

Both CPS and M.D. Anderson have deployed professional psychologists to “counsel” Katie, and may in fact have organized this campaign. The obvious fact that they are using these well known techniques in a point-by-point manner is undeniable.

These techniques are NEVER utilized in a benevolent manner. The total objective is the complete destruction of the subject individual, physically, psychologically and spiritually. There can be no mock claims of doing it in the “Best Interest of the Child”.

It is also important to realize that Brainwashing is defined as torture and a war crime, and prohibited under Article 11 of the Geneva Convention. If Katie were a P.O.W., every individual involved in her “care” from DA Thomas Stuckey to the lowliest dog at CPS would be facing a War Crimes Tribunal.

signed by D.T.

No Guarantees For Katie Either Way

FROM AN EMAIL:
There are no guarantees for Katie, no guarantees that her parents'
decisions will prolong her life and in the same turn no guarantees that
CPS' decisions will prolong her life. And since there are no guarantees
one way or the other, we as a society should place our precious children
where they belong, with their very own family who loves them more than
anyone else can. There should be no debate here. The more we allow
others to abuse their authority, the more feedoms we will loose. The
story of Missy proves that patients die at the hands of doctors. I am
not against doctors. I believe they save many lives but I do believe
there is an abuse of power here and all Americans are loosing their
freedoms. The very same people that would support agencies taking away children are the same people that support abortion. There is irony
here. It is okay to murder a baby in the womb but once a baby is born,
there are some that would dearly loved to have control over children
other than the parents.

DLGDMG

WHO REALLY REPRESENTS THE CHILDREN ?

The court appoints an attorney called an ad litem and a CASA rep for children involved in family disputes. The attorney appointed by the court is supposed to do what the child wants or instructs the attorney to do. The CASA rep is supposed to do what is in the "best interest of the child." The problem is it rarely works out that way because these people are working with CPS. CPS is supposed to allow contact with the CPS worker on Katie's case and that worker is supposed to contact the attorney or CASA rep on Katie's behalf. However, CPS has failed to provide Katie with phone numbers for Stella Klein, her CPS worker. That way Katie has no way to complain of foster care or get legal help. Her attorney, Linda Schauer, has provided no addresses or phone numbers for Katie to contact her. Yet, she is supposed to be representing Katie and what Katie wants. She has an obligation to do so, or she should step down from the case. Because Linda was not advocating Katie's position, Katie tried hiring her own attorney, one that would actively fight for what she wants, and the court refused to accept him as legal council on her behalf. Sure seems like the ad litem and CASA reps are there to just rubber stamp CPS. It that is true and it looks that way in our case than it is a sad day for children everywhere and a travesty for justice and liberty and our legal system.

Edward

Friday, September 16, 2005

I feel a lot like Job in the Bible - Michele

I feel a lot like Job in the Bible. Of course my sufferings don't begin to compare with all Job went through. I did lose my family but only temporary. Katie still remains gone. My whole world has been turned upside down. I can relate well with Job and the part of Job's so-called friends. Nobody can really know how I feel or how Katie feels unless they have been in our shoes; unless they have experienced it themselves. So if you've been there and want to talk to me my email is michelew@awesomenet.net . Can't promise I can answer them all but I will read them all.

I've learned that I can't change everything and that if I trust in God and pray he will work it out. I have seen many answers to my prayers. The reasons may not be clear to us now, but there is a greater purpose being worked out.

ps:

We could really use some financial help. Please go to http://www.saveakid.us and give a donation to help with Katie's medical and legal expenses. We need a 1000 people to give $5 or $10 each. Won't you please help Katie get back home.

Michele Wernecke

Thursday, September 15, 2005

LETTER FROM KATIE TO HER ATTORNEY

September 15, 2005

Ms. Linda J. Rhodes-Schauer
615 North Upper Broadway, Suite 2000
Corpus Christi, Texas 78477

Dear Ms. Schauer:

I want to go home to my family and I want to get out of foster care. I am asking you to please file a written request with Judge Lewis to let me go home. Please make this request right now and try to get the judge to decide as soon as possible. I have asked my dad to send this letter to you and to the others listed below.

Thank you.



Katie Wernecke


c. Annette Sultemeier
CASA
413 N. Tancahua Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

New Photos of Katie Taken 9/15/2005



New photos of Katie taken during our one hour visit on 9/15/2005 at M. D. Anderson. Katie attends school daily in M.D. Anderson hospital even though she is an outpatient. She has a very good spanish teacher. Katie seems to be picking it up quite well. Already writing full basic sentences in just two weeks. She is just so super bright. She is mature and intelligent enough to be making her own medical decisions. She doesn't need a guardian to speak for her.

CPS LET US VISIT WITH KATIE FOR ONE HOUR

Katie has been under supreme pressure from CPS's emotional and mental abuses. She was totally stressed out and very depressed. We knew we had to see her now before it was too late. Edward and I (Michele) flew to Houston today to visit with Katie. CPS said we could visit with Katie only from 12 noon to 1 pm. They gave us exactly one hour. So we had lunch with her in the Hospital cafeteria. Our return flight was not until 3:55 pm so it would have been nice to have had more time. And it cost us over $500 to fly up there and take a cab to the hospital.

Now Keith and Debbie Moore, the pastor from Agua Dulce Baptist Church could visit Katie and take her to the Astros baseball game and and other places, and bribe her with things, for about an 8 hour visit. The Moore's were there at the request of CPS to convince, brainwash, and bribe Katie into agreeing to do the High Dose chemo treatments. Katie has refused this treatment of her own free will. Debbie Moore even came to talk to me at work to convince me and even told me to leave my husband. Because of CPS, I don't have any choice in the matter. I have a good husband, that doesn't drink, smoke, or abuse me, and he is good to me and the kids. He doesn't spend all day watching sports and he is there when I need him. I didn't see anyone come to my aid from Agua Dulce Baptist Church when I needed help or even offer to babysit when I had to be in court. Why would I want to leave him and what business is it for a pastor's wife to be convincing anyone to divorce. They are supposed to be in the business of saving marriages. They have no business interfering with a medical decision normally between parents and their child. Katie was really hurt and depressed after their visit. It was wrong to betray Katie's friendship with them and for them not to be supportive of Katie. Keith and Debbie Moore are wolves in sheep's clothing. The Bible says by their fruits you should know them!

Michele

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

MODERN DAY JUDAS?

COMMENTS FROM THE BLOG

J. Knox said...
"Now they have gone so far as to bring in Keith and Debbie Moore, the pastor from Agua Dulce Baptist Church, to convince her and bribe her into submitting to this treatment."Evil beyond words, truly a modern-day Judas if there ever was one. A Shepherd who hands a sheep over to be slaughtered.
2:27 PM

CPS Speaks With Forked Tongue (Indian for CPS Lies)

FROM COMMENTS ON THE BLOG

The final part that chilled me on reading the posts here, as well as the newspaper articles about the Sept. 6th hearing was the complete difference in CPS's statements to the press and what they were seeking in the courtroom. "We are trying to keep cmmunication lines open with all parties concerned." was what the CPS representative said to the media. Yet in the courtroom they were trying to cut off ALL communication between Katie and her parents. They have even pulled the old trick of keeping vitally needed records from the Werneckes until the last minute, so that the Werneckes would not have time to have them reviewed by outside sources before the court date. Why, if Katie is so desperately in need of these treatments, are they so afraid of getting an outside opinion? If it is that desperate, surely the outside opinion would agree or at least have very similar recommendations(slightly different drug combo, etc). The state will likely NEVER relenquish their hold on Katie. They will put every obstacle they can in the Wernecke's way so that they can't get her back. They do this to many people. Once they have the child they will do everything in the world to keep them. They set up meeting that the parents must attend on days when it is impossible for the parents to get away, or as in this case for days after they are scheduled to return to their home. If the parents doesn't figure out how to get to the meeting, they say they are not following the courts orders. This is wrong.

Part of Katie's objections also rest on the fact that this treatment will sterilize her. She has said multiple times that somewhere in the future she would wants to have natural children. This would prevent that, but no one is listening, except her parents. Ironically, if she were pregnant and trying to get rid of the baby her "reproductive rights" would be protected based on multiple court decisions. Is this not also a situation of her "reproductive rights" since she is choosing to leave the door open to have children in the future? Is that the difference? Do "reproductive rights" only apply in the case of abortion, or do they extend to having children as well?

signed by: h-friend

CPS HAS STOLEN 4 MONTHS OF KATIE'S LIFE

CPS has stolen 4 months of Katie's precious life from her parents. In our previous story Missy only lived 19 months from the diagnosis of her disease. She could have lived that long without any treatments. This is the 9th month from Katie's diagnosis. We don't know how long Katie has. That is in God's hand. But every day with a cancer patient is precious time. And we have lost much precious time with our daughter Katie and the boys even more time.

CPS has put Katie through severe emotional and mental trauma. That is child abuse! They separated her from her parents and her brothers and placed her in homes with total strangers while she is battling cancer. They took away the love and hope she would have received from her family.

CPS is using gestapo tactics to get Katie to submit to this High-Dose chemo. Katie has said of her own free will that she does not want this High-Dose chemo. M.D. Anderson hassused there own phycologist to talk to Katie. CPS brought in there own phycologist to talk to Katie. CPS has lied to her repeatedly. They are telling her she will die if she doesn't do this chemo. They are brainwashing her. They have tried to shut off all communication with her parents. Now they have gone so far as to bring in Keith and Debbie Moore, the pastor from Agua Dulce Baptist Church, to convince her and bribe her into submitting to this treatment. Shame on you two. You know nothing of Katie's condition and you believe CPS lies. You of all people should understand that Katie is best cared for by her parents during this time and that they should be making these medical decisions. CPS has also contacted my X and Katie's half-sister and convinced them that Katie will die without this treatment and have called them to come visit and to convince Katie. They have also used her best friend at her school to convince her. None of these people are qualifed to help Katie make medical decisions in her life nor do they know the medical information we know or that Katie knows. Yet, we are told we cannot talk to Katie about her medical treatments. Well, if Katie dies from this treatment you will know you had your part in her death. I hope you can answer to God for that. Leave Katie alone.

I want to know who will take the responsibility for Katie's future health problems or death caused by these treatments? Before this treatment is done I want someone to sign a paper saying they are responsible for all future medical bills or the death of Katie caused by these treatments received in state care. Will M.D. Anderson be responsible? Doctors are supposed to make recommendations not force treatments on patients or a child. Will CPS be responsible? How about you, Stella Klein? You readily sign every consent form the doctors ask you to. How about you Mr. Thomas Stuckey, assistant county attorney, who continues to insist Katie stays in state care even though she has refused treatment and we are at an impass? Will Judge Lewis? Will the state? In our care, we the parents, take that responsibility. This is not a simple life saving procedure. These treatments cause injury to the body and even new cancers and a multitude of future health problems. Who will stand up and take that responsibility for the state? If you won't take that responsibility then give Katie back and get out of our lives.

Edward

Monday, September 12, 2005

Missy's Story A Lot Like Katie's

Missy's Story is a lot like Katie Wernecke's. Katie was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma nodular sclerosis Stage II B, bulky disease. Missy had a lesser Stage I B. Remember how every doctor said the radiation treatments would kill the roots of Katie's tumor and she would be cured. Well Missy had the radiation treatments and it didn't cure her disease. It still came back. Now they want to do High-Dose chemo. Well they did High-Dose chemo on Missy and a stem cell transplant and she died. Just 15 days after transplant Missy died of pneumonia. Do you understand what that means. Missy did High-Dose chemo. She would remain in the hospital for about 4 weeks thereafter in an isolation ward to prevent any infections. She would be given antibotics to prevent infection while in the hospital. Missy got pneumonia while in the hospital and on antibotics! Missy died while in the hospital! How tragic! We don't won't Katie to die in the arms of strangers. Now understand this. Dr. Hayes-Jordon carelessly removed Katie's thymus gland saying "she didn't need it." Well the thymus gland is necessary for producing hormones that activate the immune system and producing the T cells that fight cancer. Katie may never have an immune system again if they do High-Dose chemo and wipe her immune system out. She may not be able to rebuild an immune sytem without the thymus gland. So any simple bacteria could kill her. Also remember that Katie had mycoplasma pneumonia that damaged one lung and Dr. Hayes-Jordon deflated and damaged the other lung at the removal of the thymus gland. Katies's counts are down and now they want to do the High Dose chemo. This could happen to Katie and she could die just like Missy. There is no emergency as the cancer is currently dead again. Statistics on Hodgkin's cure rates lie! They never count anyone who dies during the treatments. They never count anyone who dies of something else during the time of their Hodgkin's. So Missy's death is never counted in their statistics because she died during treatment and because she died of pneumonia. That is how the doctors make their success rate with cancer look so good. That is how they make it look like the treatments were successful when they were not. The actual cure rate on all cancers is about 3 %. Missy's Story shows our concerns and fears are real.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Missy's Story

by Palmettostateroots
In late September of 2002, Melissa Leigh Sutton, age 24, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She had been sick, on and off, since the beginning of the year. Various doctors had told her: flu, bronchitis, allergies, bad cold, etc.
She began to lose weight, eventually about 40 pounds in all. She had itching, fevers, and drenching night sweats. One doctor even said to her that he'd think she might have cancer, but she was "too young." He sent her on her way with another of what would turn out to be a series of prescriptions for antibiotics. Another physician accused her of being on drugs because of her weight loss. All of them were wrong. One would think that such a disease as cancer would be quite obvious to a physician. It wasn't. Only about 7,000 cases of Hodgkin's Lymphoma occur in the United States each year.
Missy had to get sicker and sicker before she finally got sick enough for someone to figure out why. There are Hodgkin's patients who go even longer than Missy did, being repeatedly mis-diagnosed. It's a shame, but it happens and seems to happen especially to undiagnosed Hodgkin's patients, maybe because most of them are so young, and healthy otherwise. From contact with other Hodgkin's patients, Missy's story of mis-diagnosis is not unusual. Hodgkin's Disease is quite rare. The location of Missy's tumor, behind her breast bone, made it impossible for the physicians to see or feel.
On Monday, September 23, 2002, Missy began to run a high fever and decided to go to the emergency room of Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. She told the emergency room doctor that she kept getting sick, to please find out what was wrong with her. An x-ray and then a CT scan were done and finally someone in the medical profession realized that Missy needed some real help, not just another prescription for antibiotics.
The next morning Missy underwent a biopsy in order to determine what was causing the softball size mass shown by the CT scan. This turned out to be major surgery. The surgeons said that from her symptoms, it appeared that she was suffering from some type of lymphoma. Lab results of the biopsy would acertain what was causing the mass.
Missy's first visit with her first oncologist, Dr. McCormick, was in mid October. (They gave her a little time to recover from the biopsy.) This was when we found out that the diagnosis was definitely Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Her diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma nodular sclerosis Stage I B, bulky disease. We felt relief once we knew. I had looked up information on lymphoma and found out that Hodgkin's is more treatable than non-Hodgkin's. Dr. McCormick assured us that Missy could be cured because Hodgkin's is so treatable.
On October 18, 2002 Missy received her first ABVD chemo treatment. Missy endured 6 cycles of ABVD chemo treatments, 12 individual treatments in all. (A cycle of ABVD chemotherapy is 4 weeks and consists of 2 treatments of chemo, 2 weeks apart, unless the patient's white count drops and treatment has to be delayed.)
Her last ABVD treatment was on Friday, April 11, 2003. Prior to her last treatment, Dr. McCormick had discussed with Missy the option of whether to do radiation treatments or not. Missy chose to have radiation. She said, "I don't want to be sitting here [on this examining table] again a year from now."
The radiation treatments began on May 21 and ended on June 18, 2003. Missy celebrated her 25th birthday on June 6, during the time of her radiation treatments. She had 20 treatments in all. Before and during her radiation treatments, she worked out at the YMCA in Rome. At first, she could hardly move the treadmill. Before long, she was doing 2 miles a day on a treadmill and swimming in the Y pool. Things appeared to be fine during her checkup. Missy was excited about getting well and having her life get back to normal. She finally had the energy to do the things that she missed doing for so many months.
As she had planned throughout her chemo treatments, Missy enrolled at Coosa Valley Tech in Rome and started the Fall semester in September 2003, a year past her diagnosis. She planned to get on with her life by pursuing a degree in nursing. She would ease back into school life, by taking only 2 classes at first, anatomy and psychology. She really enjoyed her classes and making new friendships at school, but before long, she began to notice symptoms that later, as she looked back, were signs of the Hodgkin's rearing its ugly head again. She had some off and on fevers, a skin infection, and some pain in her side.
On October 6, she saw Dr. McCormick and told him about her concerns. He told her, "Let's not jump to conclusions. We'll do some tests." For three days, she had tests done. On October 10, when she saw Dr. McCormick again, he had bad news. The Hodgkin's was back. Maybe it had never been gone. He called it "progressive disease." He said that she would need a bone marrow transplant because she had gone through the standard treatment, plus radiation, and the disease had not been stopped.
He advised that she go to a medical university hospital setting and that she return home to South Carolina. Missy choose the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston, to be nearer her maternal family in her hometown of Sumter, South Carolina and because MUSC is a major cancer center with a good reputation. They have been doing bone marrow transplants since 1987.
When folks would find out about Missy's illness, many would say something about Hodgkin's being a "good cancer" to have. Many people say that if you are going to get cancer, you're lucky if it's Hodgkin's. The treatments aren't a piece of cake, but the cure rate for Hodgkin's is high, especially for those diagnosed at Stage I B as Missy was. I suppose that people figure that if you have cancer, Hodgkin's is the one to have because it is treatable. About 85% of the 7,000 or so folks diagnosed with Hodgkin's in the United States each year are "cured." Missy was in the 15% group of folks who need more aggressive treatment. She turned out to be part of an even smaller percentage of Hodgkin's patients needing a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
What everyone needs to understand is that every cancer diagnosis is difficult, physically and emotionally. There is nothing, nothing at all lucky about having any cancer. When you say to a Hodgkin's patient, "You're lucky that you have Hodgkin's," it's not something that they need or want to hear. When someone is diagnosed with a life threatening disease, their whole life changes, as well as the lives of everyone who loves them. Afterwards you, your family, and the friends who stick by you, always think in terms of before the cancer, during the cancer, and how things will be after the cancer. Once it was determined that Missy's disease was progressive, she was Stage III B. The only choice was to have a transplant. She wasn't "lucky" to have Hodgkin's.
Missy's first visit with her new doctor, Dr. Robert K. Stuart, was on October 28, 2003. Before lunch that day, he had admitted her to the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. Initially, Missy's autologous (self donated) stem cell transplant was planned for early January of 2004. Missy became sick with pneumonia and the transplant was delayed and planned again for February. Missy became sick with pneumonia and c. dif. and ended up spending 22 days of the 28 days in February in the hospital, 4 of those days in ICU. Next, the transplant was planned for March. Yet another setback occurred, a bacterial infection this time. Finally, the high dose chemo treatments began in April and Missy's stem cell transplant took place on May 4, 2004.
On May 19, 2004 at 7:35 A.M., just 15 days after transplant, we lost our beloved Missy to pneumonia. She would have been 26 years old in just 18 days. Battle scarred and valiant, she gently left this world on a beautiful spring morning at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Our Carolina Girl turned Hodgkin's Warrior, flew from our lives to become our Carolina Angel.
My daughter, Melissa Leigh Sutton, Missy battled Hodgkins Lymphoma for 19 months. http://www.palmettostateroots.org/missy

High Dose Chemo with Stem Cell No Clear Benefit

High-Dose Chemotherapy with Stem Cell Transplantation: Still No Clear Benefit

Found at the National Cancer Institute Web Site on Clinical Trials

(Notice this is on breat cancer but we are dealing with a cancer of the lymph nodes which is similiar to Hodgkin's.)

(NOTE: The study concludes that High Dose chemo is not clearly better than standard chemotherapy which is less toxic and less expensive.)


Summary
Two studies examined the benefits of high-dose chemotherapy with stem-cell transplantation for women at high risk of a breast cancer relapse. In both studies, a subgroup of women who underwent the experimental procedure experienced a significant delay in recurrence compared to women who received standard therapy, but they did not ultimately live any longer. While these studies reaffirm conventional treatment as the standard of care for high-risk breast cancer, they do provide a rationale for further research to refine the technique and determine whether a subset of women might benefit from the high-dose approach.

Source
The New England Journal of Medicine, July 3, 2003.

Background
Women with high-risk breast cancer have a strong chance of relapsing and dying from their disease within 10 years. (High-risk breast cancer is generally defined as having cancer in four or more axillary lymph nodes.) Researchers have been investigating whether higher doses of chemotherapy drugs can do a better job of preventing or delaying the spread or return of breast cancer in these patients.

However, high-dose chemotherapy damages the bone marrow, which is then no longer able to produce needed blood cells. In the two studies highlighted here, researchers also performed stem cell transplantation to help repair the damage. Stem cells are able to become fully mature red blood cells.

Study 1 (Netherlands Cancer Institute)
The 885 patients in this phase III clinical trial consisted of women younger than 56 who had surgery for breast cancer, at least four cancer-positive axillary lymph nodes, and no cancer beyond the lymph nodes. Patients were randomly assigned either to receive the standard treatment (chemotherapy every three weeks for five courses, followed by radiation therapy and tamoxifen) or the same treatment but with the fifth course consisting of high-dose chemotherapy and stem-cell transplantation. The study was led by Sjoerd Rodenhuis, M.D., of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.

Study 1 Results (see the journal abstract)
After a median follow-up time of 57 months, the five-year, relapse-free survival rates for all patients were 59 percent for the conventional treatment group and 65 percent for the high-dose chemotherapy and stem-cell transplantation group. However, this difference was not statistically significant – that is, it could have occurred by chance.

The researchers took a closer look at two subgroups: women with four-to-nine cancer-positive axillary nodes, and women with 10 or more positive nodes. Only women with 10 or more positive nodes had significantly improved relapse-free survival: 51 percent of the subgroup treated conventionally survived without a recurrence for five years, compared to 61 percent of the experimentally treated subgroup.

However, overall survival rates for all patients, as well as for both subgroups, were not significantly improved for those receiving high-dose therapy with stem-cell transplantation.

The authors concluded that while the results should be “interpreted with caution,” they do justify future studies in which the experimental procedure itself can be refined and researchers can select patients who may be most likely to benefit.

Study 2 (U.S. Intergroup Study)
This phase III trial consisted of 511 women no older than 60 (median age: 44) whose breast cancer had spread to at least 10 axillary lymph nodes but not beyond the lymph nodes. After surgery, the women were randomly assigned to receive six courses of standard chemotherapy or the same treatment followed by high-dose chemotherapy with stem-cell transplantation. The study was led by Martin S. Tallman, M.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill.

Study 2 Results (see the journal abstract)
After a median follow-up of 73 months, 55 percent of the experimental group had survived without a recurrence of their breast cancer, compared to 48 percent of the conventional group. This difference, however, was not statistically significant.

But when the researchers looked at the data for the 417 patients who met the trial’s strictest eligibility criteria, they found that relapse-free survival rates were significantly higher in the experimental group compared to those in the conventional group: 55 percent compared to 45 percent.

Nonetheless, overall survival rates between the two groups were not significantly different: 58 percent for the experimental group versus 62 percent for the conventional group. In addition, among those who received the high-dose chemotherapy treatment, nine died as a result of transplantation complications and nine developed preleukemia or acute myeloid leukemia.

According to the authors, these results suggest that conventional therapy for high-risk breast cancer patients should remain the standard of care.

Limitations
Jeffrey Abrams, M.D., coordinator of the NCI-sponsored U.S. Intergroup Study trial, comments that “based on the evidence from these two studies, high-dose chemotherapy with stem-cell transplantation for women with high-risk breast cancer remains an investigational treatment that should be limited to carefully controlled clinical trials.”

While attempts to refine and improve high-dose treatments are worthy of further research, he says, all the studies to date indicate that this approach is not clearly better than standard-dose chemotherapy regimens, which are less toxic and less expensive.

In an editorial accompanying the two articles, Gerald Elfenbein, M.D., concluded that “high-dose chemotherapy should best be viewed as a launching pad from which to explore new methods of post-transplantation therapy to reduce the probability of relapse."



Glossary Terms
acute myeloid leukemia (MY-eh-loyd loo-KEE-mee-a)
AML. A quickly progressing disease in which too many immature white blood cells (not lymphocytes) are found in the blood and bone marrow. Also called acute myelogenous leukemia or acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.

NOTE: Hodgkin's High Dose Chemo patients often get this too.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Update on Katie

Why all this fuss over the cancer treatment for Katie? Well doctors are not always right and they should welcome second and third opinions, but they do not. Was Dr. Alter right back in June saying Katie would die if she did not get the radiation treatments in 10 days? No! In fact M.D. Anderson did no treatments to Katie for 40 days. Just more tests. Are we going to let her die without treatment? No. We are loving and caring parents and only want the best treatment for our daughter Katie. Unfortunately, that choice was taken away from us by CPS and the State of Texas.

What did we do wrong? We asked a doctor for a second opinion. Two days later they called in CPS. We needed a third opinion when these two doctors did not agree. Oh, yeah, that was never brought out in the media. By the way we only got two opinions. The court and press said 5 doctors said she needs radiation. Not so, three of these doctors were radiologists. What would a radiologist recommend? Why of course radiology. What would a Bone Marrow Transplant Doctor recommend? Why of course a bone marrow transplant. What does an oncologist recommend first? Why chemotherapy of course. It's all about the money. Why did Dr. Alter lie that we had to see Dr. Garlitos because he was a Pediatric Radiologist, when he wasn't, yet was refusing to make the referral to Dr. Voorhees. It's the money and kickbacks. Yet the M.D. Anderson Radiologist was ok, but she had the same degree as Dr. Voorhees. To Dr. Voorhees credit he was the only doctor in the group that took the time to explain the radiation treatments to us and the potential side effects. To the rest of the doctors Katie's life was not important enough to sit down and really explain and answer all our questions. It takes too much time.

Did we delay treatments? No, any delays were Dr. Alters, we delayed things only two days. The rest of the delay was caused by CPS interferring with our basic rights as parents. We never refused any medical treatments. We would have kept searching for the right answers by going to other doctors. Only when we totally refuse medical treatments for Katie should CPS have stepped in and took her. CPS is wrong in this case and overstepped their bounds. These is not a simple live saving procedure that they could give the child and hand her back to the parents. These procedures also carry great risk and cause harm to the child too. Causing harm is child abuse and medical neglect too.

These treatments are not an instant cure where you can go home and its over. Hodgkin's is a long term disease. You have it the rest of your life. It generally responds to treatment but it almost always comes back in 6 to 12 months and sometimes maybe 2 years. Katie has gotten hundreds of emails and many of these tell her of the problems of chemo and radiation. Many of these people say if they had to do it over again they would not do the radiation, chemotherapy or High Dose Chemo. Most were chronically sick afterwards. Sometimes it is the quality of life that matters most especially to a young girl.

Nobody is telling the public the affects this High Dose Chemo treatment is going to have on her now and in the future. It will damage the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. There is a 1 in 10 chance she can die from the treatment alone. Her right lung was damaged by pneumonia when she got the cancer back in January. Her left lung was damaged from the biopsy surgery. She can easily get a respiratory infection that can kill her after the High Dose Chemo while she waits for her body to recover in isolation. Her immune system is wiped out. Remember too, that Dr. Hayes-Jordon carelessly removed 90% of Katie's thymus gland. Will Katie be able to restore her immune system after High Dose Chemo? The tymus gland produces T cells that are the main fighters of cancer and also produces hormones that activate the rest of the immune functions. In a study in Blood 46 out of 119 people died within 4 years after High Dose Chemo. There is also an increased risk of getting Leukemia after this treatment. So it is not a simple decision, but a very serious one. You see.

Katie has a small area of dead tumor remaining about 1 inch by 2 inches long. Her lungs, heart, and kidneys and liver are all ok now. What they want to do, I guess is to kill any possible remaining cancer cells that might grow back, but is damaging the rest of her body necessary? After this is done they want to do radiation to do the same thing. And this radiation would be done from the upper neck to the diaphram and shoulder to shoulder, in other words the whole chest. Again, it is overkill damaging organs of the heart, lungs, and thyroid. Is this justified when they could just treat the 1 x 2 inch tumor area? Or simply cut out the remaining tumor. One doctor defined IFRT(involved field radiation therapy) as doing just the current tumor area and a small margin around the tumor. That is far different from what M.D. Anderson wants to do.

When the cancer is dead as it is now wouldn't it be better to build up the immune system and the body systems and let them take over destroying the cancer cells? Everyone has cancer cells in their body formed everyday and yet when the immune system functions properly these cells are destroyed daily and most of us never get cancer. Why continue to destroy the body and the immune system with chemotherapy and radiation to the point where recovery is impossible. These are just basic biological, metabolism, and nutritional concepts that doctors seem to have little training in. We want real answers to the hard questions.

Edward

Friday, September 09, 2005

A STAND OFF

Katie continues to refuse the High-Dose Chemo treatment.

At the court hearing on Friday:

Katie is described as depressed, not cooperative, late for school, etc. That is not the Katie that we know. She is always cooperative and never late for school. She loves school. CPS is requesting the parents help in getting her to respond. At the last hearing on Wednesday CPS was requesting that all communication between Katie and the parents be shut off. And now they need our help! Well, CPS caused this situation. Michele did call Katie and talked to her and got her up for school.

CPS wanted to continue to hold Katie until she gives in and does the treatment.
Judge questions CPS as to how long - a month? And what if she doesn't give in?
Daniel Horne asked for time to wait for results of the 2nd opinion. Information is in the hand of Dr. Cindy Swartz at John Hopkins.
Judge reponds: If you didn't have them today that's it.

Actually M.D. Anderson and CPS have conspired to delay providing any of the medical records and pathology. As of the court hearing on Wednesday we still did not have the PET images and the PET report. What do they have to hide?

PET report just received by fax on Friday at 2:50 PM. PET scan was completed on 8/25/05 over two weeks ago. Michele even requested this report at the hospital and was denied.

PET REPORT: IMPRESSION: Decrease in size and metabolic activity of the anterior mediastinal soft tissue consistent with response to therapy. No disease is identified.

CPS continues to insist that Katie will die without this treatment immediately, and it appears from the PET scan that the cancer is dead.

Judge speaks to Katie by phone in his chambers.

Attorneys for all sides then meet in Judges chamber in private.

When they return Judge says: He has spoke to Katie and he will personally go to Houston and talk to her and meet with the doctors in the next week. He said Katie will remain in the custody of CPS and that if Horne got a second opinion this court could meet at that time to discuss that information. Otherwise next hearing is a permancy hearing in November.

End of court hearing.

Meanwhile CPS continues to put great pressure and stress on Katie to submit to the treatments.

Katie has told us she has heard what her doctors said in the conference, looked it up on the internet, and read that other people regretted doing it in her emails, and that they are now suffering physically and from secondary cancers, in making up her own mind that she doesn't want this High-Dose Chemo. As Katie has said from the beginning "It is my body and my life."

This is a decision that Katie has a right to make and I respect her for that. There are alternative treatments available, and less dangerous, if the doctors would be honest.

Meanwhile everything has come to a halt. If they had left Katie in our care we would have already found the best treatment and had it done and Katie would have been home with us throughout it. CPS interference caused the delays in getting and continuing treatment and may have caused the cancer to return. M.D. Anderson wasted 40 days of my daughters life with us in just getting an evaluation. They said at that time she would die if she didn't get the radiation treatments too. Well they didn't do the radiation and Katie didn't die. She remains quite healthy except for the side effects of the current chemotherapy. When the state gets into your life they just screw everything up. Why don't they just bow out and let us deal with it. They have stolen nearly four months of precious time with our daughter Katie!

And now M.D. Anderson is not even monitoring my daughters blood counts and chemistry. They have removed her stem cells. Her counts were very low, and that leaves her open to a life threatening infection, and they are not testing them. The foster parents are also being careless with Katie at this time as they dragged her along to a football game for the other child in the home. With her stem cells removed and her blood counts low Katie is not to be around a crowd of people who could make her sick and put her in the hospital with a deadly infection. Only the parents care enough to see to her needs properly. She's just a paycheck to the foster parents.

The CASA rep did not recommend that Katie be returned home in court because we have 2 children that go to public schools and might bring some germs home. But here Katie is at a football game with thousands of people. Her 3 brothers would do more to brighten her day and get her mind off her cancer than a thousand strangers.

Edward Wernecke

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A DOCTOR SPEAKS OUT

Dear Katie,

I am a medical doctor board certified in diagnostic radiology and have been practicing medicine for 30 years now. Chemotherapy and radiation were employed in 1975 with the same devastating results as today--very little has changed. I wondered then why someone would continue to do the same thing over and over again with negative results always hoping that the results would be different each time. They never were and never will be--this is the mark of an insane person. I decided way back then that a vacation to your resort of choice with your drug of choice was much better than medical treatment. That opinion didn't change until about 3 years ago when I started taking a serious look at what other medical practitioners, including MD's, were doing with cancer. My outlook now is completely changed and cancer is something I no longer fear. There are many things I do now that I didn't know you could do that make your body almost completely resistant to the development of cancer. All of the treatments I know of target biochemical differences between cancer cells and normal cells ( I know of at least 8). The treatments are non toxic to you but deadly to your cancer. In fact I recommend that a large tumor be removed surgically because these non-toxic treatments can kill so much of a tumor so quickly that the body gets toxic from trying to dispose of all of the dead tissue at once. All of these cancer treatments require a complete change of diet that some people cannot do. If a healthy person doesn't adopt most of these anyway he will eventually get cancer as 1 in 2 get cancer today sometime in their lifetime.

The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said "First do no harm". Your doctors have forgotten this and even seem to have lost their humanity. The history of medicine is full of treatments that today would be considered crazy and funny, but heads of state got these treatments and they were administered by the best physicians of the time and of course they promptly died usually in much more agony than had nothing been done. Just in my 30 years there are many "scientifically proven treatments and medical facts" that have been abandoned because they of course didn't work and later were proven wrong. Your doctors actually think they are gods mainly because society perceives of them as so. If you don't live through the treatment then your death is not counted as a failure so it doesn't affect the statistics that they lie to you with before treatment. A success to them is a person that lives five years. You could be paralyzed and comatose but alive and considered a success. In fact allopathic medicine has a 3% success rate with cancer and most of these come from cancers of the testicles, placenta (choriocarcinoma), and acute childhood leukemia. I might take surgery for the first one but never chemo or radiation.
Every time they pass their CT scanner over you, the part X-rayed gets 5-25 rads (6.5 avg. in La. according to the state physicist). 6.5 rads is what a Japanese person received at either Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, in a tile roofed house 1.5 miles from ground zero. This does not count the fallout that comes later but is the gamma ray, and high energy neutrons, received from the blast itself. To give another comparison, one CT scan of the chest gives radiation equivalent of 400 chest x-rays. If you are female your breasts get the equivalent of 32 single view mammograms or 16 years of screening mammography. This all occurs in less than 5 seconds in the scanner. I would be very surprised if your doctors have even a clue as to any of this. Very few radiologists even know this because they're too busy making money, and their conscience might bother them if they learned it.

Dr. Gonzales, who studied Dr. Kelley's high cure rate for pancreatic cancer, was so impressed he now treats people with basically the same treatment in New York. He was affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer hospital in New York when he did the study. Dr. Ralph Moss and Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura were fired from MSK when they called their own press conference to set the record straight on laetrile in the 80's. The hospitals official word was that it was useless, Dr. Sugiura stated it was one of the most effective compounds he had worked with. You can get this for free in apple seeds, peach pits, and many other fruits and nuts. It's not patentable and no money today is funded except to find patentable drugs to treat cancer--its all about the money and nothing about you or me. Actually they don't want a cure for cancer or any disease because billion dollar industries are built up around these and the money is what is important to them. Your doctors are probably totally ignorant of all of this because like me , I believed that modern medicine was ethical and if a cure was known we would be the first to hear of it. I realize now how naive I was. Some day the doctors treating you may learn this and will think back with sadness about you and many others they treated. Some may even commit suicide. This same theme permeates every aspect of medicine today and results in symptomatic treatment of everything. A real doctor wants to know the cause of the symptom and do away with the cause which also does away with the symptom.

The cause of heart disease, the atherosclerotic type, was discovered in the early 50's. The prime cause of cancer was proposed in 1924 by a two time Nobel laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg, and concurred at a meeting of Nobel laureates in Germany in 1969. Biochemists in the last two years have pretty well nailed down the cause of the type II diabetes epidemic which is directly related to the processed food industry but no news media ever prints these stories. The scientific papers are published but not in any journal a doctor would read. The majority of doctors don't even know that their statin drugs are the major cause of the current heart failure epidemic in this country and are the direct cause of the increased hemorrhagic strokes occurring today.

You can be cured of Hodgkin's disease without chemo or radiation. I personally wouldn't consider the treatment if I had the disease. Your parents may not know what I have told you and they may only know that you are being slowly killed by the treatment, which is reason enough in itself to get you out of there. If they had a clue as to the success you may have with alternative treatments they would have kidnapped you out of there by now. I know many MD's and PhD's who can expound on what I have said and many will go to court and testify as expert witnesses to the effectiveness of these treatments. I only believe them myself because I understand the biochemical explanations for why they work and I have seen too many testimonials and personal witnesses to their effect. Using the information I learned I cured a skin cancer on myself by applying a concentrated solution of a substance you can buy at any drug store or Wal-Mart or anywhere. I've had five other people do the same thing in my town. This same substance when given IV has cured many patients especially ones with kidney cancer. When I say cured, I mean the person dies 10 years later at 90 from something else and autopsy reveals no evidence of recurrent cancer. One thing you must know and apparently your doctors don't is that a tumor is sometimes over 90% normal tissue only there providing support for the cancer. When you cure a cancer the tumor will never completely disappear simply because cancer cells are not the whole tumor. Its scary to have doctors with poisons in their syringes who don't even understand this simple fact. My skin cancer was an exception to this because it completely dried up and fell off like a scab, but most internal cancer leave behind some residual tissue that is seen on follow up CT's. One of the letters said your doctors had six negative biopsies but still what to kill you with high dose chemotherapy. I even read that your parents are having trouble getting the original slides to be reviewed by other doctors to confirm the original diagnosis. If these facts are true, then you have some very insecure doctors taking care of you. I would welcome the review myself but when you regard yourself as God then I guess the review would seem useless. My cure for skin cancer is posted on many free web sites and as far as I could search I could not find any one else who was aware of it. An individual e-mailed me that he had used another common substance with the same results. He is probably right because the substance he used is common
to many alternative cancer treatments. I'm sure others will be found that will do the same thing. It's just that no money is spent by the government or pharmaceuticals to find unpatentable treatments for anything. If a cure for anything is found it is actively suppressed unless it is a patentable drug. The love of money is the common denominator of too much of conventional medicine today. Emergency and trauma care to me are the only branches of medicine today that do more good than harm.

I hope this e-mail get to you and your parents. Don't put it on the web site with my name because then I will have to deal with the FDA and state medical board. Although I have not broken any laws, I am just giving you my opinion and not advising you to do any more than read it and use it however to make a decision. I have not filtered out any scary words because I want you and your parents to understand what you are dealing with. I do not treat cancer patients myself and I have nothing for sale. I can help you though find those who do. I am exercising my right to freedom of speech. I am not advising you to do any particular thing, I only am giving you my opinion. I realize there are few people who can go against the collective wisdom of conventional medicine. You, however, seem to have that ability.

I can sleep now with a clear conscience.

W.W. MD