Father Who Let His Child Die of Meningitis is Once Again Promoting Harmful Alternative Medicine

Remember David Stephan and his wife Collet Stephan?

They’re the Canadians who received four months in jail and three months of house arrest, respectively, as punishment for allowing their baby to die from meningitis by treating him with maple syrup and hot peppers instead of the vaccine that could have actually helped.

They served their time last year… but if you thought they had learned their lesson, you’d be wrong. David Stephan is already back on the road telling people all about the health benefits of alternative medicine, doing whatever he can to make sure other kids suffer just like his own.

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The Alberta father found guilty with this wife of “failing to provide the necessaries of life” to their 18-month-old son Ezekiel appeared Tuesday at an alternative health store in Prince George, B.C., to promote a nutritional supplement claimed to treat mental illness.

“Come listen to David Stephan talk about how his family members suffered from mental illness and were made well,” read a flyer promoting the appearance at Ave Maria Specialties. The store calls itself the largest health food store in northern British Columbia and promises “healthy products for mind, body and soul.”

Needless to say, nutritional supplements will not help you with mental illness.

This is why harsher sentences are necessary for parents who let their children die from preventable diseases. Stephan got a slap on the wrist, he knows it, and that’s why he’s already pushing the same kind of uncritical thinking on other gullible people. He had no remorse. Now others will suffer.

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