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Insulin Therapy Vs Power Of Prayer

I was skimming over JDRF groups in the States last night, when I came across the story of Larry and Lucky Parker. Most people who were alive in the 70’s and old enough to comprehend the tragedy that occurred concerning the Parker’s decision to withhold their son’s lifesaving insulin injections,resulting in his death were eager to watch the 1988 interpretation of the contoversy that surrounded the Parker’s, their church and the events following the death of their son in a Steve Gyllenhaal film, Promised A Miracle.

I read a lot about the Parker’s last night. They were a decent. church going family, who had tremendous faith and belief in the miracles that God had performed within their own congregation. When they were approached by a healer who convinced them that the life saving properties of Western Medicine would and could be superceded by the power of prayer, they considered withdrawing his medication, and were encouraged by the congregation to believe in the miracles that only God could perform. Their son, who suffered from “severe” Type 1 Diabetes was dependent on the life-giving insulin shots his parents gave him daily.

That was until they deprived him of his insulin requirements completely, putting all of their belief in their congregation’s desire for prayer to cure the Parker’s son of the “devil’s interference.”

His hyperglycaemic halluncinations were blamed on “the devil” or “evil forces”, trying to scare them back into commencing insulin therapy to correct their son’s rapidly deteriorating condition. Still. they did not relent and their faith remained stronger than ever.

Three days later, Larry and Lucky’s son died.

The Parker’s sent out media releases and asked for prayer groups from all over the world to pray for the resurrection of their son. (According to the evangelist, he would “rise” four days after death, diabetes free.)

Naturally, he didn’t.

The Parker’s were so overwhelmed with what they had done, and it wasn’t long before the police were called into the whole debacle. They were charged and sentenced with involuntary manslaughter.

After reading many viewer’s comments. I found myself searching for as much information as I could regarding the Parker’s.

I checked on EBay Australia, and there was 1 tattered copy of the film available. I bought it-I just want to watch it once to see how the devout faith of one Californian family crashed and burned into nothing short of devastation and heartbreak.

There is also a book available by Larry Parker called “We Let Our Son Die.” In due time I will order it and read his reasonings behind allowing a “healer” to convince him to stop his son’s life saving medication.

I guess I just wanted to put my 5 cents worth in. I can’t judge the Parker’s decision, because I don’t know the entire story or all the facts behind their choice, however, I am imploring parent’s in the world today who have a child with Type 1 Diabetes to NEVER, EVER stop your child’s injections or insulin therapy.. Even when they are sick and not eating, people with diabetes STILL require insulin to stay alive. It is a hormone that is essential to LIVE.

Two arrests were made in April this year concerning the parents’ of a child with Type 1 Diabetes decision to cease insulin injections, resulting in her death. These parents, too, were giving the power of prayer a chance to cure their child of Type 1 Diabetes.

As wonderful as it is to have faith, and knowing how much comfort it brings so many people across the world, your child WILL DIE if you stop their medication. Even though insulin is not a cure, you might like to stop and thank your God for the gift of man made insulin. It is what keeps our children and every person with Type 1 Diabetes alive and able to grow into healthy, strong adults. It’s the ONLY way. There are NO exceptions or alternatives.

Stopping your child’s insulin will end in tragedy and disaster.

Without their daily insulin, they WILL eventually become unconsious, they WILL eventually lapse into a coma, and they WILL die.

As much as we create awareness and inform our politicians that “insulin is not a cure”, it’s a blessed miracle that we have the ability to keep our children alive and healthy as a result of daily insulin injections.


If you want to test God through the power of prayer,keep praying for the cure that our all too-patient, beautiful children deserve.

Posts about Lucky and Larry Parker written by Kate

`Promised a Miracle’ one-sided. Drama targets nonmedical healing

Promised a Miracle CBS, Thursday, 9-11 p.m. Drama based on the book “We Let Our Son Die,” by Larry Parker. Starring Rosanna Arquette, Judge Reinhold, Tom Bower. For its first few minutes, “Promised a Miracle” comes off like many another TV film. Larry and “Lucky” Parker, with their young son Wesley and his two sisters, are sympathetic and attractive figures. Their home and community life is full of convincing human detail. And meanwhile these words have appeared on screen: “The following is based on a true story which occurred in 1973.”

But unsuspecting viewers looking for a factually based yet neutral program are in for an unpleasant surprise. It quickly proves to be a loaded production that skillfully manipulates a tragic story to deliver this one-sided message: Reliance on nonmedical means for healing is a dangerously deluded practice with potentially fatal results.

To drive home its point, “Promised” presents excruciating scenes of Wes’s illness and death, after he stops taking the insulin he relies on for treatment of diabetes and turns to a form of faith healing. The family feels at first that Wes has been cured. After a relapse, they continue to reject medical means – with Wes’s own consent. Eventually the couple is convicted of manslaughter and placed on probation.

Although mention of a specific sect is avoided, the Parkers are followers of a generic evangelical or fundamentalist church whose members form prayer circles and recite Bible verses in unison to obtain healing. By the time “Promised” is over, it has implicitly extended its attack to other forms of nonmedical spiritual reliance for healing. In fact, a message is flashed on screen at the end reading: “Unfortunately, tragedies like the Parkers’ still occur.”

The program taps this topical interest in an often misrepresented subject for viewer interest. It reduces basic reasoning by its characters to clich’es, making their actions seem a conspiracy against common sense.

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A range of dramatic devices is used to suggest the fateful consequences of the family’s “mistake,” with help of a talented cast and well-paced direction. The film shrewdly weaves these warnings – step by step – into the fabric of the story.

Jobless and troubled by Wes’s medical dependency, Larry, for instance, is portrayed as an easy mark when friends press him to turn to God for help. The arrival of the authorities after Wes’s death is like a grim reckoning, as if reality was being reintroduced. When the law steps in, a pastor turns his back on the Parkers – message: You can’t rely on such people for help.

And when Lucky finally gives up her belief, it’s an explosion of repressed anguish – the emotional equivalent of withdrawal symptoms. The film is saying, “Here’s how psychologically wrenching it is when you finally return to your senses.”

Ultimately the Parkers, who seem a sincere and well-meaning couple at first, are portrayed as detached from reality, talking matter-of-factly about the resurrection they expect to occur at their son’s funeral service. After Wes’s death, Larry wears a beatific smile and spray-paints Wes’s bike while casually remarking, “Been promising the poor kid I’d do this for six months.”

By this time, any subtleties of purpose have been dropped. Messages are delivered through axioms placed in the dialogue. Near the end, for example, a chastened Larry says, “We believe God heals in many ways, including medicine,” and a bit later refers to having “a new kind of faith. Better. Wiser.”

The format used is not strictly “docu-drama,” which attempts to re-create the feeling of actual documentary footage. But the film does take advantage of viewers’ trust by stressing factualness of plot while remaining dramatically free to distort public perception any way it wishes. And in this case, the dramatic intent is clearly not to explore the issue with viewers, but to alarm them.

Promised a Miracle CBS, Thursday, 9-11 p.m. Drama based on the book “We Let Our Son Die,” by Larry Parker. Starring Rosanna Arquette, Judge Reinh ]]>