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Dominik's Mother—
Still Fighting For The Truth

Dominik's parents, Anke and Josef Feld

This speech was presented by Anke Feld in Cologne, Germany on March 16 and in Berlin, Germany on March 18.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,

It isn’t easy for me to be here before you today to give a brief account once again of everything that has happened to us. However, as people call us constantly to ask us what really happened, people who want to know our opinion of Dr. Rath and cellular medicine, and who analyze the reports that appear in the media, we have started to tell of our experiences and the true story about our Dominik on the Internet, in Rath International and also in the new Gesundheits-RATH-Geber. This is one of the only forums where this is possible. For example, we wanted to make things clear in our local paper, but the Rhein-Zeitung told us that the Feld family didn’t want to publish any thing from the Feld family. They told me that of course they would print things about us, Dr. Rath and cellular medicine, but not something coming directly from us.

The most common question we are asked is what we think of Dr. Rath and cellular medicine. The answer is very simple: we are very grateful. We are grateful that there are people like Dr. Rath and the members of his team and the Health Alliance, who, despite the public slander, continue in their work and use their experience to help those in need.

But today, I would also like to ask you a question: What would you think of a person who, through their research, generosity and friendship, helps one of your children back to health? Many months ago, Dominik said in Mainz, of his own free will, ‘since I have been taking Dr. Rath’s vitamins, I feel much better.’


Dominik's passing was as dramatic an event as the past two years of his short life. The fight between an outmoded and inhuman form of treatment – chemotherapy – and the breakthrough of a treatment with no side effects – Cellular Medicine – accompanied Dominik to his death.

But this could not stop there. A child as living proof that cellular medicine is in the right? This would not benefit the medicine on which the pharmaceutical industry depends; they would never have left him alone. Can you imagine what this meant for us on a daily basis? In each check-up, each tomograph and each radiograph, we had to really think whether or not we would be able to find someone somewhere who would give us an unbiased opinion of the results. The medical profession immediately took on board the bad omens given by Prof. Jürgens in Münster, who was horrified that in March last year we were to regain custody over Dominik. He addressed the District Attorney and said, ‘if this child dies, an autopsy must be carried out on his body.’

Dominik could have had a car accident and they would still have said that our son had died of cancer. Our son was secondary in importance some time ago. The interest lay in showing the world that Dr. Rath was wrong and that the results of his research are false. The controversy had little to do with Dominik.

And that is how fear became our ever-present companion. What would happen if Dominik grew ill? We learned of the consequences in a terrible way. Dominik was hit on his right temple with a ball while playing football. An accident which, if he hadn’t had chemotherapy, wouldn’t have had such serious consequences: with chemo, the blood vessels become porous as a result of the toxic substances that have been administered and bruises form in areas where they would normally not appear if the substance had not been administered. And that is what happened to Dominik’s temple. The blood haemorrhage was so big that it had to be removed in emergency surgery.

Our son had once again fallen into the hands of clinics. We almost knew what would happen next. The surgeon in charge of the treatment said at first, and before witnesses, that it was a ‘bruise the size of a chestnut’. However, the report sent to the hospital at Kirchen spoke of a tumour the size of a chestnut (osteosarcoma). And that is how the debate reappeared in the press about our son’s supposed cancer. From Münster, rumours spread to the press saying that our son was covered with metastasis.

During the operation to remove the bruise, a portion of osseous material was extracted which, six weeks later and once the brain pressure had ceased, was to be replaced. So, Dominik had to go back to the clinic. That was the beginning of the worst part: after the pre-operative examination, they told us that, basing their opinion on a computerized tomograph, Dominik had a tumour in his head the size of a fist. We were horrified and wanted to speak with the surgeon who was treating our son immediately. However, it was not possible. He had nothing to say to us.

Three days later, we had to go back to the clinic for the operation. One day before the operation, we received a call from the surgeon. He told us that he had gone over the images again, carefully, ‘it’s an oedema. It’s not what you’ve been told. The boy doesn’t have a malignant tumour. If Dominik feels well, we can postpone the operation, because oedemas often disappear of their own accord. If not, we’ll treat the problem.’

But once again, everything turned out not as expected: Dominik had to receive emergency surgery again, and again they told us of a tumour the size of a fist. The pathological results said ‘osteosarcoma’. The surgeon we had spoken to previously was on holiday at the time. As there was no one else around in whom we could trust, we requested a tissue analysis, which we received after lots of pressure. We took the material to be analysed in a laboratory where nobody had heard of Dominik and his illness. The results of the analysis were conclusive: there was no osteosarcoma.

For us, it is very clear: Dominik did not die of cancer. He died as a result of the numerous clinical and medical errors and the negligence with which our son was treated in the different hospitals. For example, no preventive measures were adopted to avoid the infections that often occur after artificial ventilation. A study performed in 17 countries shows that after 48 hours of artificial ventilation, the risk of infection increases greatly. Dominik received artificial ventilation for 120 hours, more than twice the hours mentioned in the study.

When they woke Dominik from the artificial coma, he could move every part of his body. The doctors were very surprised by this. They were certain that he would be paralysed and that he would not even be able to speak. However, Dominik looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, ‘they’ve done this in my head to get at you; they want to destroy you; finish you off.’ I couldn’t believe my ears; what had he found out?

"Our son died as a result of the
ignorance of many doctors"

Our son died as a result of the ignorance of many doctors. He died because they blindly believed that he had cancer, despite the fact that the pathological results said the opposite, ‘there is no malignance in the lungs.’ That is what the analyses said.

Dominik had serious pneumonia with pleural effusion, but nobody treated that problem. The necessary examinations were not made. He was even deprived of vital treatment. He received human albumin and blood after a lot of insistence, but even then, he was only given a little amount. Neither was he given high doses of vitamin C. When we finally asked, the head of the paediatrics service at Kirchen told us that high doses of vitamin C were toxic and that he disagreed with it being administered intravenously for ethical reasons.

Ethical reasons? Where were the ethical reasons when he tried by force to convince Dominik that he was in great pain, even though our son had always said that it was not true? Time and again, he said to him, ‘you’re in great pain, aren’t you Dominik?’ Until our son asked us, very confused, ‘Mum, why do I have to be in pain?

But, things got even worse. As Dominik would not accept the story of being in pain, they sent him a priest to frighten our poor son. The priest was to tell Dominik that he was going to die the next day. Thank God the priest could not believe the incredible proposal and refused to do what the doctors asked him. He was so shocked by the request that he took notes of the conversations and wrote down the dates.

During this period, the only thing Dominik wanted to do was go home. He was always saying, ‘I want to leave here. I want us to go to another country. Nobody here wants to help me. I have a bad lung, but it isn’t cancer. Mum, you have to tell the doctors again.’ But they would hear nothing of it. They had been speaking of terminal cancer for a long time and they wanted to give him morphine and stop the supposed pain our son didn’t feel.

When they realized that their tactic of wearing him down wasn’t working, the doctors tried again by going to the family courts to take away our custody over Dominik again. This time, supposedly, it was the evangelist minister who suggested to the doctors the idea of reporting us to the courts of Betzdorf. However, this pastor had never seen either Dominik or us, his parents. How could he have formed that idea of us and be capable of giving such advice, despite the fact that he knew nothing about us?

Things got more and more gruesome. Why were the doctors suddenly so interested in giving Dominik morphine? Anyone who knows a little about how morphine works will know that it has a deeply sedative effect on the patient and that it can even be fatal. Perhaps that’s why at the end of August 2004 they wanted to take away our custody, so that with the consent of the court they could give Dominik morphine without it being necessary.

Dominik neither needed nor wanted morphine. All he wanted was to go home. The doctor told him time and again, ‘tomorrow, you can go home tomorrow.’ However, this was nothing more than a particularly cruel delaying tactic, because there was no way they wanted to let him go home. Only after great pressure from us and our lawyer, and thanks to the help of our friends, could we get Dominik out of the hospital one night, at around 9.30. But our poor child couldn’t go home and he was taken to another clinic. Before we left, we had to give the exact information about the clinic.

"He refused to continue treating
Dominik and gave us 24 hours
to leave his clinic"

The doctor at that last clinic in Germany was surprised at the condition of our son, as well as the negligence of not providing assistance committed by the hospital at Kirchen. He even wanted to report the fact to the District Attorney of Koblenz. Then he sent us a journalist from the Bild newspaper. He said that a written record had to be made of everything we had been through. He also told us that we could trust that gentleman, since he was a friend of his and the godfather of his children.

However, we weren’t so sure and we told him nothing. But the doctor broke his obligation to patient confidentiality and allowed copies to be made of Dominik’s radiographs and suddenly, he changed completely. He became another person. He, who also worked with high doses of vitamins and with the combinations of essential nutrients of Dr. Rath, now spoke in a completely different tone. He, who a few days earlier did not believe there was a malignant tumour in the lung and who had seen the diagnosis of the pathologists, which said there was no malignance in the cellular tissue, suddenly wanted to convince us that the boy had a malignant tumour. Finally, he even refused to continue treating Dominik and gave us 24 hours to leave his clinic.

When we started to consider the possibility of treating Dominik at home with the help of a support nurse, we received the next unpleasant surprise: the nurse had changed his opinion and told us that from now on the decisions on what would happen would be taken from over his head. But what did all this mean? If the doctors believed that there was no hope for our child, why couldn’t they send him home? Why was he forced to go to a hospice?

Now, we only had one option. For some time, Dominik had been telling us that he didn’t think he could receive help in Germany. ‘Please take me to another country. Nobody wants to help me here,’ he told us continually. So we went abroad, like Dominik wanted.

But that step had its consequences. The nurse reported us and said that we had abandoned the clinic without medical advice. All this was nothing more than a tactic to get Dominik back under his control. This conclusion is the result of how they threw us out of the last clinic. In any case, on 17 September, the nurse tried again to get our custody removed, but we were on our way to Mexico with medical assistance.

Even so, they continued trying to get Dominik. They weren’t satisfied with the fact that our lawyer knew where we were and the circumstances we were in. No. According to German law, we had to inform the judge, the Department of Minors and the nurse of our place of residence. And in these circumstances, how can a boy of 9 years get the peace and quiet he needs to get well? Everyone knows that it is impossible to recover from a serious illness without rest. The operations, the infections and all the other external circumstances had left their mark on our child. Dominik was very affected by them. His psyche was conscientiously destroyed in order to take away his will to live. And they even managed to spread doubts in the minds of the Mexican doctors, providing them with false information in their own country, which meant that even there Dominik’s treatment was very limited. We finally found all this out thanks to the documentation at the clinic. Although, through these reports we also realized that the doctors were completely convinced that Dominik could not be suffering from terminal bone cancer since osteosarcoma is extremely painful and that was not compatible with Dominik’s condition because he was in no pain.

"'He is a special child,' is what the doctors and nurses said in Mexico."

‘He is a special child,’ is what the doctors and nurses said in Mexico. Many patients, nurses and doctors thought highly of him, liked him and loved him. A small group of patients came to him and played music with him – Dominik liked music more than anything. And they all sang Mexican carols in autumn.

When he could, Dominik sat on the beach, where, for a few moments, he managed to forget his homesickness. He missed his brothers and his friends. Even his father couldn’t visit him. It was very difficult for both of them. Only his good friend Dr. Rath could go to Mexico to visit him. For hours he would take Dominik in his arms at night. He’ll never be able to forget that.

‘If when you go home, I get ill again, who’s going to help me?’, he asked on one occasion while staring into the horizon. No. He didn’t want to go through all that again. He had no strength left. Dominik had had to change his identity to be able to live without any problems.

During that time, he constantly said that he had something in his lungs and that something was happening to him there. Finally, although too late, the doctors listened to him. But Dominik was tired. He had waited so long; he had been through so much that he couldn’t go any further. A boy with a great will to live was now physically and mentally broken. All he wanted to do was go home. And the way he said it frightened me, so I asked him, ‘and when you say you want to go home, who else is there?’ ‘The Saviour,’ was all he said.

Dominik went home on All Saints’ Day.

For his father and his brothers, who were far away, it was extremely sad. As we wanted to say farewell in peace, we decided to celebrate the requiem mass and the funeral in private. But, even though he was dead, they weren’t going to leave Dominik alone. On the Monday, the day of the burial, we received a call from the Betzdorf police in the morning, telling us that they had to take possession of Dominik’s body to perform an autopsy.

From that moment on, we had the press outside our door everyday. Even when we were still in Mexico, cruel stories and false news were being spread about the clinic and about us. Now the attacks were more violent and hurtful. Of course, no proof was ever found that those cruel comments were true. There couldn’t be any because none of it was. But when they can’t find proof, journalists turn to the last resort: moral assassination. Only one journalist sent us his condolences and placed himself at our disposal. Thank you very much for being different from the rest of your colleagues. Thank you.

They did not allow the participation of independent lawyers and doctors in the autopsy. Why? The only option we had was to request a second autopsy by independent pathologists, lawyers and doctors. It was very difficult to take that decision, as it probably would be for most parents, but it was the right thing to do.

The University Clinic of Koblenz, which had been commissioned with the autopsy by the District Attorney, needed two months to perform their work. In our file, it states that the DA asked for the results and they replied saying that these things could not be done so quickly and they also needed all of Dominik’s medical file to be able to value the autopsy. But why does a doctor need a patient’s file if they have to issue an opinion based on their own visual inspection and their own analyses. We were astonished to find this and other things in our file.

The second autopsy showed that Dominik had not died from cancer but from acute cardiac failure. However, even today many questions remain unanswered. For example, the pathologists at the University Clinic of Mainz removed the large clot of fibrin and the collapsed lung, but they did not put it back. When the second autopsy was performed, these two things were missing and to date, it has not been possible to examine them. Why?

Despite the terrible experiences of the last months, we think it is time to say thank you. Thanks to you Dr. Rath, for being there with us; Dominik will never forget you. Now he has a lawyer in heaven. Also, thanks to Dr. Niedzwiecki for the invaluable help she gave us in Mexico. Please pass on our thanks to Drs. Vadim and Stella and to all the team at Santa Clara.

"Thanks to you, Dr. Rath, for being there with us; Dominik will never forget you."

We would also like to thank all the doctors in whom Dominik trusted, all the professionals who wanted to help him and who looked after him as best they could. Thank you. For you, your profession is still a vocation. Above all, thanks to you Dr. Baumgardt in Munich for saving Dominik’s leg, and to you Dr. Hadrich for your great help during the journey to Mexico and during our stay there.

Also, thanks to all the people who were with Dominik and me in Mexico, people who were complete strangers and who were at our service at all times and became our friends. Thanks to Harald, Karin, Mira and Helen. Thanks to all the people who have supported us and continue to show their support in their letters, prayers and other forms of help. Dominik now rests in peace. We are the ones who suffer and still can’t understand the reality of everything we have been through. We miss him so much. He had so many plans…

We would like to continue our informative role and collaborate in telling the truth about cellular medicine and help people to be more aware of their own health. The truth constantly appears before our eyes and is an absolute outrage.

But this must not blind us at the present, for there is still a lot to be done. The powerful pharmaceutical groups exercise a dictatorial power in all areas of our lives. Everything fits perfectly; there are absolutely no loose ends. But does the State not have the obligation to help the weakest, especially children? Shouldn’t it protect us from the arbitrary actions of the strong? How can it force a child to be subjected to experimental treatment with chemotherapy as set forth by the Supreme Federal Court in 1993 and which, according to the magazine Spiegel, is of no use whatsoever? Why is not possible to choose from all the scientifically based alternatives? Why, in our country in particular, is it not possible to opt for cellular medicine?

Recently, the Federal Office of Statistics has re-confirmed that one out of every four Germans dies from cancer. We know that chemotherapy does not cure it, and that it can even cause more cancer. We must ensure that this knowledge and the consequences are made public. The task is not easy, but we think it is worth the effort. Together, in collaboration with doctors who are aware of their responsibility, with objective researchers and health professionals open to new alternatives and, of course, with God’s help, we shall find a road that throws light on the truth. We are on the side of truth, even though we have to constantly face harsh setbacks. And as they say in our country, ‘lies gallop along, but truth moves forward one step at a time and in the end, it reaches its objective in time.’


Dominik's passing was as dramatic an event as the past two years of his short life. The fight between an outmoded and inhuman form of treatment – chemotherapy – and the breakthrough of a treatment with no side effects – Cellular Medicine – accompanied Dominik to his death.