David and Collet Stephan are a Mormon couple who owns a nutrition supplement company. They also attempted to cure their son, Ezekiel, of meningitis with home remedies instead of medicine.
When their son first became sick, they only fed him olive leaf extract, whey protein, water with maple syrup and juice with frozen berries. They fed him that for two weeks and when that didn’t work, they fed the child a mix of apple cider vinegar, horseradish root, hot peppers, onion, garlic and ginger root.
The boy was airlifted to a hospital when he stopped breathing. Five days later, doctors removed him off of life support.
This is heartbreaking and absolutely infuriating. It’s one thing to be completely ignorant of science. It’s another thing to be so anti-science that you kill your own son. But sadly, the story gets even worse.
David and Collet Stephan’s nutrition company was under fire by Health Canada for selling a product called Empowerplus, which they claim cures many mental disorders including bipolar disorder. They tried to give this product to their dying son as well. Not only has their incompetence killed one person, but they are spreading harmful misinformation to their customers as well!
David Stephan claims that the government is only prosecuting them to be able to force parents to vaccinate their children. It’s so sad that the parents can’t even take responsibility for what they did wrong. If the couple is convicted they could go to prison for 5 years and lose custody of their other children. I hope justice is served and their other children find a safer place to live.
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