A heated debate broke out in a Prince George health foods store last night. A man convicted in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life for his 19-month-old son, Ezekiel, was in Prince George promoting a controversial health supplement.
Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis. David Stephan and his wife, Collet, increased a health supplement dosage for Ezekiel when he became ill with what they assumed was the flu. They thought the illness had run its course until Ezekiel’s condition took a turn for the worst. “Had I felt that my child was sick enough that he actually required medical intervention, I am not going to withhold that help,” says Stephan. “I am not an infectious disease expert. Antibiotics do have a place.”
Stephan made a presentation on Truehealth supplements at Ave Maria Gifts & Health Foods. “What we are promoting is supplements that have substantially helped a lot of people with mental health conditions.”
One person who attended the presentation has concerns about whether Stephan is qualified to be providing medical advice. “This is not alternative medicine, this is quackery,” says John Moxin. “If it prevents a single person who is suffering from any kind of mental illness from getting real treatment from a real doctor, from somebody who is actually studied; and is willing to say they are wrong once in a while because that is what the science says, then real harm has been done.”
Stephan is used to the criticism and continues to believe in the product. “My plans are to continue on helping people in a substantial way.”