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Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Politicians, Governments, Medical Associations


My wife Briggs would still be alive if not for all the harm that was done to her during her treatment.  We'd begun turning around her cancer ourselves when I lost her to medical errors in what was meant to be a short emergency hospital stay. I wrote a book about her cancer journey, "Briggs: Love, Cancer, and the Medical Profession".  A recent study in the British Medical Journal confirmed one of my chapter titles, that medical errors are still the third leading cause of death in the U.S. I took the photo above very early in the morning.  Briggs was there for a revision surgery.  The previous operation had failed because a premier surgeon at one of the foremost cancer centres in Manhattan, if not the world, hadn't followed what I later discovered was standard procedure.  But all Briggs cared about was that a nurse had just given her a warmed blanket.   A retired nurse wrote in a review of the book, "We need this type of information long before something happens because in the throes of it one becomes so drained they cannot decide which way to go!!"  A doctor called it "a major eye opener," messaging me separately to say it's overturned his approach and telling me about saving a boy's life by intervening with a colleague. I quote a Harvard professor's estimate that between 90 and 99 percent of side effects go unreported.  The FDA relies on those reports to determine the ongoing safety of a drug once it's on the market.  The side effects of an anti-anemia drug Briggs was given just one time put her in the hospital for 30 days.  I later found there'd been a Congressional hearing on the safety of it.  Briggs had almost died even after the paramedics came. I cite a study co-funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, led by the University of California, San Francisco.  Depending on the facility, it found that CT scans can deliver a massive 13 times their already-high base radiation. There are dozens more examples in the book.  Another reader wrote, "My own experience, and the unflinching witness of Paul Sanderson's enraging, moving, generous tribute to his wife, communicate that damage comes far more easily than healing when principles and intentions become distorted…So, read this book as a warning, as an opportunity, as a privilege." Susan Sarandon writes, "He's giving us the tools to avoid the 'died of complications from' in too many patients' obituaries at the same time as setting out to usher in a new era in cancer twenty years ahead of time. Let's join him in the fight." Please join me in calling for a new era in medical care and treatment, including by extension the pharmaceutical industry.  We need standardized procedures that among other things curb the profit motive; a new approach to the approval and dispensing of drugs; far more analysis of their effectiveness and safety compared with well-documented natural alternatives; patients and caregivers being given crucial, comprehensive information, including conflicts of interest; the list goes on and on. From the medical professionals' side, that includes eliminating the exhaustion factor due to overlong shifts routinely worked in hospitals and addressing such issues as in a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  With the U.S.'s multiple insurer system, it found that for every hour physicians see patients, they need to spend almost two additional hours on paperwork.  I've written a new article about the 250,000 Americans a year dying from medical errors, with more on Briggs's journey: I Didn’t Think One Person Had This Many Tears.  At the end, I ask patients and caregivers to use #ThisManyTears and the link to the article to add their stories on social media.  This petition is meant to begin the conversation in earnest. Paul

Paul Sanderson
551 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration, President of the United States

Approve Hyperbaric Oxygen for Off-Label Conditions (CP, Autism, TBI, PTSD, etc.)

Hi! My name is Christian Huber, and I have mild cerebral palsy. I am 18 years old, and I have written a petition! Would you please take the time to read, sign, and share it if you support it? It would help me, and so many others with brain injuries! :) Agreement in Which Petition Signer Abides By: If you sign this petition, you agree: That the FDA should approve hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for individuals with cerebral palsy and other off-label conditions That insurance companies should pay for unlimited amounts of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions so that patients living with off-label conditions can completely heal and receive all treatments free of charge __________________________________________________________________ UPDATE (10/29/2017): Eden Carlson and her family were featured on Megyn Kelly Today for her miraculous almost complete reversal of brain damage! :)  Please, FDA, approve this treatment for little girls like Eden! To see the show segment, click this link:  To view Eden Carlson's case report published by Dr. Paul G. Harch, one of the leading experts in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, click this link:;year=2017;volume=7;issue=2;spage=144;epage=149;aulast=Harch  To donate to the Eden Fund, click this link: To join the "Eden's Miracles" public Facebook group, click this link: To view the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation's Facebook page, click this link: (This is the company that sponsors the "Eden Fund" initiative). In the segment, Megyn Kelly mentioned that Duke University is studying hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  Taking into account what NBC Medical Contributor Dr. Natalie Azar said regarding HBOT research, I'm looking forward to seeing the results of (hopefully!) a randomized, double-blind controlled trial from Duke University supporting the use of HBOT in brain injury.  Although, it's not really necessary for them to study this therapy more since there are "...1000+ articles of HBOT efficacy in 50+ peer reviewed journals" (David Freels).  But, if yet another study is what it takes for the FDA to approve HBOT, I'm all for it! Resource Used for this Update:  _________________________________________________________________ Part 1 of Description (My Story): “I have officially diagnosed your son with mild cerebral palsy,” said the doctor.  At that very moment, my life changed, and so did my parents’ lives.  Because I shared my mother’s womb with my identical twin who died, I was born two months prematurely on October 8, 1999.  As a result, my lungs weren’t fully developed, and I didn’t take one necessary breath when I was supposed to, and my brain suffered because of that loss of oxygen. My parents were unaware at that moment of how important that one breath of oxygen would be to my developing brain, and they would have no idea how it would affect me in the future.  Although mild, my cerebral palsy is a life-altering developmental disability[1] that has affected me since the day I was born. Fast forward 18 years from the day I was born, and my brain still hasn’t changed.  I still need assistance with skills that are considered to be easy to other people, such as finding something in the house, getting a knot out of my shoe, or doing any other life skill or activity that you could think of.  I currently take occupational therapy (OT) to work on those skills, and activities such as cooking corn muffins and making orzo salad.  One of my occupational therapists actually showed me how to wash my mom’s car, since that counts as a life skill, too!  He even said to me one time: “Everything’s OT,” meaning that every life skill I do, whether it’s washing a car or making a meal, is considered a part of occupational therapy. In addition to taking occupational therapy, I also currently take physical therapy so that I can loosen and strengthen my spastic leg muscles, improve my balance and coordination, run around the neighborhood, play basketball, and jump rope.  Even though these therapies are fun, sometimes I think that they aren't really helping, since I still wake up each morning with tight muscles and a brain that doesn't always work the way it should. Now that I am getting older, however, I am entering the transition phase from high school to college and the workplace.  As a result, in two years I will no longer be in school with occupational and physical therapy.  Although my parents love me very much, I can feel tension and the sense of urgency between my parents and I.  My dad sometimes mentions my age when I can’t do something by saying: “You’re 17 years old, you should know how to do this by now!”  I feel as if he sometimes doesn’t know how to take a deep breath, and calmly explain to me how to do something in a step by step way.  My mom is also getting nervous about my lack of life skills, despite my academic abilities.  She said to me just recently, “We are going to stay at home and work on life skills all summer.”  I would love to work on life skills all summer, but I need to heal my brain so that I can learn and grasp life skills quickly and easily.  Before I can pursue a neurological healing journey, however, I need the FDA to approve a treatment that has been proven to work: hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and I need all of you to sign my petition. References (Part 1):[1] Surabian SR. Developmental disabilities: epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and autism. Journal of the California Dental Association. Published June 29, 2001. Accessed March 15, 2017. [3] TBI Therapy – Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. Accessed March 15, 2017. ________________________________________________________________ Part 2 of Description (Collet Study Fraud): Another reason why I created this petition was so that the Collet Study could be publicized as a fraud.  Read more about it below: Even though medical professionals say that cerebral palsy is incurable,[2] other doctors and medical centers claim that the contrary is true. One website that I visited, Colorado Hyperbarics Center, had an especially intriguing quote on it; one that made me just a tad bit angry inside. It said: “If HBOT could be delivered at the time of the initial insult, much of the damage could be minimized.[3] Unfortunately, clinical practice has not yet caught up to science and so it is extremely rare for a baby to receive HBOT at the time of a suspected birth injury.” The oxygen clinic also mentioned how virtually every abnormality that cerebral palsy is known for can be reversed, and how “It is no longer a question of whether HBOT is effective for CP, but whether a child has access to and reimbursement for HBOT.”[3] The information in that quote is very powerful, however some HBOT skeptics will do everything they can to disprove this treatment, including citing the famous randomized, double-blind study published in the Lancet in 2001 by Dr. Jean Paul Collet. Critics of the treatment say that because the official interpretation of the study claims that HBOT did not improve the condition of children with CP, HBOT should not be considered a viable treatment for cerebral palsy. However, Drs. Paul Harch, Michael Uszler and Pierre Marois all presented the facts about HBOT when they testified in court on August 9, 2006. The "petitioner" in the court case wanted Georgia Medicaid to reimburse him for treatments. Despite opposition, the testimonies of Drs. Harch, Uszler, and Marois all provided sufficient evidence to prove that HBOT can treat CP, and the judge ruled in favor of the petitioner. Georgia Medicaid is now required to reimburse in such cases.[4] Read more about the court case in citation [4]. One of the “principal co-authors” in the study, Dr. Pierre Marois, indicated during the court case mentioned above that Collet did not follow the recommended protocol for the study. This is because Collet did not include a control group (a group that did not receive treatment), along with the one group that received HBOT 1.75 times normal pressure at sea level, and another group that received air at 1.3 times normal pressure. Dr. Marois said that the physicians involved in the study knew that “…the improvements measured in this study were more impressive than all those measured with recognized therapies. Experience taught us there had never been that level of improvement in CP children prior to the study and it was dishonest to conclude it was attributable solely to a participation effect.” [5] Dr. Marois eventually goes on to say that even though he and other physicians involved in this study wanted to interpret the results of the study, “…Collet who had no knowledge or experience with HBOT or CP decided to interpret the results by himself. His conclusion was that the improvement was a placebo effect, an ironic finding since there was no true placebo group.” Dr. Marois says that “there was a big dispute over his interpretation of the results.” Dr. Collet, despite having a dispute with his colleagues, decided to send the article to the Lancet for publication, as long as all references to the word placebo were removed. Even after all the above evidence was provided in court to confirm Collet’s medical fraud, Dr. Marois drops a bombshell by saying: “Even when the article was published, Collet and the FRSQ, in the official governmental communiqués, falsified the title and the conclusion of the article to make everyone believe that the results of the study showed that the improvements were secondary to placebo effect. In fact, we have all the evidence to show that the improvements were the effect of both treatments administered with lower pressures.” [5] Wow. This just proves that hyperbaric oxygen works, and the critics of this therapy need to stop citing this fraudulent study to support their views. Aside from the court case, Dr. Collet has expressed during his speech at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy in Quebec City, Canada on May 2, 2003 that (extra words such as “is” are removed for clarity): "...the hyperbaric center is in fact not a good practice because there was no regulation, and I wanted to prevent them to practice.” [6] Why does everyone believe that Collet’s study is credible, when he himself admitted that his primary goal during this study was to prevent hyperbaric oxygen clinics from practicing? In conclusion, the evidence above from the Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Dr. Pierre Marois all prove that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective for the treatment of cerebral palsy. It can also treat many conditions, including: autism, migraines, cancer, dementia, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and more. I, and others need to experience the healing benefits of this scientifically proven treatment! Let’s rally together in support of this therapy so that the FDA can approve hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of cerebral palsy and other off-label conditions! Also, let's demand that Dr. Collet edit his fraudulent study to promote the truth about hyperbaric oxygen and cerebral palsy (CP)! References (Part 2):[2] Cure. Accessed March 15, 2017. [3] TBI Therapy – Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. Accessed March 15, 2017. [4]: "Collet / FRSQ case of medical fraud against children with Cerebral Palsy." Collet / FRSQ case of medical fraud against children with Cerebral Palsy. Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017. [5]: "Direct Testimony of Pierre Marois, M.D." Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017. [6]: Collet, Dr. Jean-Paul. "May 2nd, 2003 - Transcripts from Jean-Paul Collet's talk in Quebec." Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 2 May 2003. Web. 10 Apr. 2017. After reading Parts 1 and 2 of my Description, please see below for external resources relating to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. ___________________________________________________________________ External Resources: Conditions for HBOT (long list that I found!): Collet Study Fraud from the Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Georgia Medicaid Court Decision (in which father David Freels and his brain-injured son got reimbursed for HBOT treatment): Direct Testimony of Pierre Marois, M.D during Georgia Medicaid Court Decision: David Freels (father of son with brain injury who was reimbursed by Medicaid for HBOT): Medicaid for Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) Yahoo Group: Mums National Parent-to-Parent Network (HBOT advocacy group): Chamber of Hope providing free HBOT in Florida to families: AND Nano-devices that cross blood-brain barrier open door to treatment of cerebral palsy, other neurologic disorders (scientific study): (Oxygen could be placed inside these dendrimers to cross blood brain barrier as an alternative to hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapy)  

Christian Huber
3,377 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Sean M. Lynn, David P. Sokola, W. Charles Paradee

Support Medical Marijuana Cultivation for Patients in Delaware

  I am asking that Delaware Code Title 16 Chapter 49a be amended to allow personal cultivation for Medical Marijuana Patients and qualified caregivers. Patients prescribed marijuana suffer from a number of debilitating conditions, leaving most out of work and to rely on meager resources such as disability, making it nearly impossible to afford their medicine at roughly $400 dollars an ounce. Cultivation reduces the cost drastically. By legalizing cultivation, the quality of these patients lives will improve. A majority of medical marijuana states allow cultivation; fourteen in fact. Isn't it time Delaware allowed Medical Marijuana Patients the right to cultivate for personal use? By signing this petition you support the following proposal to amend Title 16 Chapter 49a:  Amendment of Delaware Code Title 16 Chapter 49a to include Personal Cultivation of Cannabis     We believe the right to cultivate is an individual liberty, and personal responsibility issue because of basic property rights. We cannot allow a regulatory mechanism that limits the rights of a patient to possess marijuana in any form, whether that be in the form of oil, plants, etc. Further, it is an issue of free markets as any regulatory mechanism that artificially restricts who can cultivate a plant necessarily limits who can participate in the market. A system like that would clearly favor the wealthy and well connected. The same holds for regulatory systems that restrict individuals from growing marijuana while allowing businesses to. Criminalizing medical cultivation of cannabis is an arbitrary prohibition that has no basis in public safety.  BE IT AMENDED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that: Terminology- Mature Plant – over one foot tall or wide. Seedling- a plant under one foot tall or wide. 1.) The possession by a Medical Marijuana Card Holder or the designated caregiver of no more than six mature marijuana plants, eighteen seedlings and up to twenty-four ounces of useable marijuana harvested from lawfully grown plants is not a violation to Delaware state law provided:   (i) The plants are grown and possessed only within the premises of the housing unit which the person resides;   (ii) The useable marijuana has been harvested from plants lawfully grown on the premises of the housing unit which the person resides and is not removed from the premises in amounts exceeding an ounce.  2.) Does not apply to marijuana plants or useable marijuana possessed at a location other than the premises of the housing unit in which the plants were lawfully grown.     

487 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to this in not endorsed by the American college of Veterinary Botanical Medicine

Veterinarians (AVMA/ABVS) - Recognize and lnclude Lay Herbalists in New Vet Specialty

 A petition for herbal medicine to be officially recognized as a specialty in veterinary medicine has cleared the first hurdle: recognition by officials at the American Board of Veterinary Specialists. Now, they wait for comments from veterinarians and from the public. If enough people let them know how important this kind of medicine is, then herbal medicine will become recognized as a valid part of veterinary medicine. You have until September 1 to send your comments. SADLY, WE HERE AT  AHFC-CA**  (Animal Healthcare Freedom of Choice - CA) know too well that qualified, trained, non-licensed lay herbalists will be FROZEN OUT of the process of creating a new specialty by organized licensed veterinary interests.  We know that traditional herbalists will be OUTLAWED by state veterinary boards and FORBIDDEN to work with animals - even when properly trained and qualified in animal herbalism. Please help us put the ABVS and the AVMA on notice that CONSUMERS of veterinary medical services, strongly support that  the knowledge and experience of practicing traditional animal herbalists be respected, included and utilized as practitioners and teachers in the process of growing holistic herbalism for all our animals. You have until September 1, 2017 to let them know how important this is to you. You can SlGN and SHARE this petition You can EMAlL Mr. David Banasiak at   or SEND him a letter at 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL, 60173. You can call Mr. Banasiak at  Phone: 847.925.8070, ext. 6677 Toll Free: 800.248.2862, ext. 6677 Fax: 847.285.5732 To see the request for public comment click To see the whole 363 page petition submitted to the ABVS, click **AHFC-CA is a Facebook group working towards Animal Healthcare Freedom of Choice  

carrie calay
867 supporters