District judge allows alternative therapies for 13 year old

There’s been a remarkable breakthrough in the Katie Wernecke case.

Katie is the 13-year-old cancer patient who was taken from her parents by Texas Child Protection Services (TCPS) in order to force her to accept a cancer treatment that neither she nor her parents wanted her to have.

Last month, in the e-Alert “Heart of Texas” (10/17/05), I told you how the Texas Supreme Court had overturned an absurd lower court ruling that prohibited Katie’s father from visiting her. Now a district judge has said he’ll allow the Wernecke’s to take their daughter to Kansas to investigate an intravenous vitamin C cancer therapy.

This victory is a partial vindication for the Wernecke’s. Last June, after Katie had undergone several successful rounds of chemotherapy, her doctor said Katie should have radiation treatment as a precaution. The Wernecke’s – naively believing they had a say in the matter – told the doctor they would forgo the radiation because of the severe side effects. They wanted to look into alternative therapies.

Little did they know they’d be treated like abusive parents for their efforts to enhance their daughter’s health.

The doctor informed TCPS that the Wernecke’s were endangering their daughter, and TCPS officials removed Katie to a foster home where she spent the summer and early fall with very limited contact with her parents.

Now – months later – Katie and her parents will resume the course they wanted to take all along.

In the e-Alert “Cold Case” (9/22/05), I told you about a vitamin C study from scientists at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). When 10 types of cancer cells and four types of normal cells were exposed to a vitamin C dose of less than four millimoles (easily obtainable intravenously), in five of the cancer cell types, about half of the cells were either killed or apoptosis (cellsuicide) occurred. Also, C exposure almost completely halted the growth of surviving cells, but normal cells were unaffected.