From a Mother in Montreal
8 Feb. 2000
Below is the public statement that the mother has released for her
press conference on Feb. 8.
I am here before you and you can not see my face because there is a law
preventing me from divulging my identity to protect my children. I will
therefore be referred to as Jane Doe and my children as Child A and child
B. I tested HIV positive more then 14 years ago and have repeatedly tested
positive but I have remained healthy by living a simple healthy lifestyle
and taking no drugs whatsoever. Both of my children are also HIV positive
and have been healthy since birth until the HIV specialist started treating
Since the birth of my first child, I have been harassed by the medical
establishment through the Director of Youth Protection. I almost had my
baby taken away at birth because I wanted to breast-feed him. I repeatedly
refused to treat my children with HIV drugs and questioned the validity of
the treatment. DYP intervened in 1993, when AZT in monotherapy was in
use. I asked to choose my own doctor, and found one with a degree in
medicine and homeopathy. DYP closed their file after a month. In 1994, I
exiled myself from Canada for two years with child A after I was threatened
by my homeopathic doctor that if I do not consult doctor X, he would call
DYP. The medical establishment was investigating all his files accusing him
of using the Medicare card to provide homeopathic treatment to its
patients. He wanted to get rid of me.
In 97, I was forced by DYP to see doctor X for the first time. I questioned
the validity of the treatment he was proposing which is why doctor X had
the Director of Youth Protection involved in Mai of 99 when my father
brought child A in the hospital for an ear infection.
When DYP intervened, I told them that I did not trust doctor X and did not
want to consult him. I thought I had the right to choose a doctor I trust
for my children. DYP responded that since my children are HIV positive, I
have to see an HIV specialist. So I asked DYP to change hospitals to
another at five minutes walking distance from my home. That right was also
denied by DYP on the grounds that DYP deals with this hospital. I asked
DYP, when would they close my case? They responded that they would not
close it after at least a year or more. So I had to visit that hospital
once a month to have my children examined by doctor X and each time I
went, I was pressured into giving those drugs to my kids. Doctor X
repeatedly told me that my children and I would die, if we do not go on
the treatment. In fact he put me on my deathbed in July of 1999 based on
two tests. I am still alive and well today despite the tremendous stress I
had to endure.
In July of 99, my children were taken away from me as I attempted to leave
Canada to get them away from DYP's intervention. I was appointed a legal
aid lawyer to defend me and consulted him ten minutes before the trial.
In a twenty-minute court proceeding, my parental rights were terminated
temporarily until another court date where the decision would be definite.
My children were placed with my parents who right away were given a
prescription for a combination of three powerful and toxic antiviral drugs,
known as HAART. My parents refused to give the treatment to my children
but agreed to give only Septra (a powerful antibiotic used as a
prophilaxis, to be given daily for life to HIV positive people). My
parents also questioned its efficacy and safety.
After these events, I was determined to find a lawyer interested in my case
to defend me. I asked the AIDS legal defense fund but they did not want
to take my case, they are probably funded by the pharmaceutical industry.
Then I found by accident the virusmyth.com web site. I was overwhelmed
with joy to find out I was not alone, within the medical community there
are dissenting views and I emailed the International Coalition for Medical
Justice who right away accepted to pay for my legal expenses and provide
me with expert witnesses.
I contacted DYP right away to inform them that I would bring experts in
court to prove that I am justified in refusing the treatment. I warned
them about its toxicity and the dissenting view about AIDS in the medical
community. I asked to have at least 4 days in court to present these
experts. Unfortunately, they did not take me seriously and DYP was
planning in expediting me in half a day in court. They were asking the
judge that my children be placed in a foster home for two years in order
for them to start treatment.
In October of 99, my new lawyer asked for a new trial date to permit me to
present my experts. The judge granted our request but it is with horror
and dismay that we then heard doctor X testify in court that it was urgent
that the treatment starts on my children. That the treatment had been
delayed since 1997, exposing my children to opportunistic infections and
since my parents are old and ambivalent about the treatment, it is better
for my children to be placed in a foster home so they can proceed in
treating them freely. The judge agreed.
DYP then signed the authorization to start treatment despite the repeated
warnings of my parents and myself. They did not have the decency to wait to
hear what my experts had to say. So my children were placed in a foster
home, child A had to change school and missed two weeks. My children have
been subjected to a traumatizing experience by the very agency that is
supposed to protect them.
ICMJ has spent more than $50,000 to defend me. We brought experts from
Germany, New York and California who testified that the FDA has approved
the treatment but there have been no placebo trials to prove its benefits
or safety. For HAART, the placebo trial consisted in comparing patients
on HAART and patients on AZT. Since there has been an admission by the
HIV establishment that AZT in monotherapy is not good, that there have
been a lot of deaths related to the use of AZT, this trial cannot be
One of my experts also testified that the HIV tests are highly inaccurate,
that the test was intended to screen the blood supply to detect HIV not to
test humans. He also presented the judge with the pamphlets found in HIV
test kits where it is written that this test is not intended to detect the
presence or absence of HIV-1 or HIV-2 in human blood. He also testified
that there is more than 60 documented factors other then HIV that can make
an HIV test react positive. As far as I am concerned, I consider my
children and I to be false positive. This test should be out-lawed.
Furthermore, there are increasing warnings about HAART in medical journals
stating that the treatment is failing and is too toxic. So why is doctor X
insisting that my children go on these obsolete drugs to the point of
having them taken away by DYP from my home and my parent's home? According
to the HIV establishment's theory, the patient has to take the doses
religiously otherwise the virus will become resistant to the drugs;
therefore opening an excuse for the doctors when the treatment fails,
blaming the patient. Due to that theory, my children have to take 10 doses
a day of highly toxic drugs, seven days a week for the rest of their
little lives and if they vomit a dose; they have to take another dose
right away. This is torture, not health care.
My lawyers and I spent 4 more days in court trying to convince a judge to
stop this treatment. The judge decided to put my children back with my
parents on the condition that they continue the treatment, and obey any
directives that doctor X gives them. But he has provided us with an opening
to review his judgement if necessary. The opportunity happened last week
when child A complained of pain in the kidneys and was admitted again in
the hospital with an inflamed kidney, yet they have continued to give him
HAART and are blaming his inflamed kidney on a viral infection. Medical
literature makes it clear that at least two of the drugs my children are
taking are known to crystallize in the kidneys and cause kidney stones.
My expert witnesses predicted this side effect of the drugs.
My parents are complying with the court order for fear of having their
grandchildren taken away again. What happened to me can happen to any
parent in Canada. A single doctor has the power of ruining the life of an
entire family by imposing a treatment he juges to be indispensable through
the aid of the government. The government has at its disposition all the
money available versus the parent who will be ruined by legal expenses to
defend his child. This is medical fascism within a democratic society.
Parents who use alternative medicines, beware!
I think it is the parent's decision to give or not a treatment. The parent
is in the best position to make such a decision, not an overworked social
worker or a doctor that profits by selling drugs to its patients. Medicine
is behaving as a religion and imposes its dictature to the population
through massive propaganda and the law.
The scenario I predict will happen, if the treatment continues, is that my
children are going to be cancerised by those toxic drugs to the point of no
return. Doctor X will than write AIDS as the cause of death and blame me
for killing my children because I delayed the treatment.
If DYP had not violated: My civil rights to choose a doctor I
trust for my children, and my civil right not to be harassed for a
handicap, I would not be here today before you today.
Who is paying for all this unwanted medical treatment? The Canadian taxpayer.
This law preventing me from divulging my identity is protecting DYP not the
children. They can do whatever they want without the public knowing. In
fact, DYP has protected the interests of the pharmaceutical companies not
the interests of my children. Are they also on the pharmaceutical
I am hoping that by telling my story, people will realize the absurdity and
cruelty of my situation and reach out to help me. I also know that there
are many other HIV positive mothers who do not want to take drugs, I do
not want them to have to go through the agony, horror and heartbreak that
I have suffered.
The following arrived shortly after the above by email:
Tonight I called my parent's place and I got my father. He was screaming in
the phone that Ismael is pissing him off because he does not want to take
his medication. I begged my father to skip a doze, the treatment is making
him sick. He said that Ismael is as hard headed as me and he hang up. I
started to cry profusely. It is my son's birthday today...