Dear Dr. Bonnie Henry, Hon. Jennifer Whiteside, and the 60 B.C. school districts,
As a group of concerned parents we are writing to counter the pressure you may be feeling from other groups across the province. Since March, we have watched our children suffer. We want this “new normal” to end now. Our children need to return to what makes them children: play, touch, interaction, sports, and learning facial cues, and the myriad of other experiences that make mentally healthy adults. They need to know they are safe and not secret “spreaders” of some possible illness.
In addition, we feel strongly that the mandates the schools have put in place around COVID-19 are harming our children and we want them to end. The schools themselves have put these mandates in place under the incorrect guise that they were “made” to follow certain rules. Everything has been a “suggestion”, and therefore schools have the right to reject these “suggestions”.
Children are much more likely to die in a car accident, or biking to school, than from COVID-19. We need to stop traumatizing children by creating a generation of hypochondriacs that believe they can "kill grandma" just by being alive.
Many parents have watched their children struggle and suffer depression due to on-line or remote learning, loss of physical touch from peers, and loss of sports, concerts, festivals, proms, and dances. Our children have also suffered psychologically due to a fear of other humans, a lack of purpose, a loss of identity when masked, health issues from masks, headaches from cleaning chemicals, and bullying from not wearing masks. Others suffer at the hands of abusive parents, whose actions would normally have been noticed by a teacher and reported. Tragically, some children have even taken their own lives due to the impacts COVID-19 restrictions have had on their lives.
As parents, we do NOT want our HEALTHY children and their siblings to have to stay home from school simply because they have been in the vicinity of another human who tested positive. We do not want our children to be forced to wear a mask. We do not want our children to become sicker through massive exposure to chemicals, while simultaneously not being exposed to normal pathogens that help build their immune systems. We reject the “new normal”. We request your immediate action to protect our children.
The following studies present the harmful effects of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs) which are ubiquitously used in disinfecting agents:
This study shows neural tube defects in baby rodents caused by disinfectants. Mice with ambient exposure showed the same level of reproductive toxicity as those fed the QACs. There were increased placental abnormalities and late gestation fetal deaths. The study also found that the neural tube defects could last two generations, even after exposure to the QACs had stopped. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5905424/
This study of nurses exposed to QACs, found a reduction in reproductive potential. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5840865/
Together these studies provide ample evidence that should have raised an alarm to the use of QACs by humans. This evidence demonstrates that the use of QACs to disinfect human environments should cease.
Why is this important?
MASKS - No long-term studies have been done to evaluate the safety of children wearing masks. So far globally, five children have died while wearing masks. We are shocked that the schools have bought into the wearing of non-medical masks. When wearing a mask, children will touch their faces more than they normally would. The warm, moist environment around the mouth, and the constant face touching will create a breading ground for bacteria. Many bacteria that we breath out are harmless unless they are allowed to accumulate. Teachers in Ontario report that they are starting to show mask-related symptoms and illnesses. These include headaches, nausea, vertigo, skin rashes, and staph infections. Dentists have discovered a negative effect of masks called “mask mouth”. (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mask-mouth-dentists-warn-prolonged-use-of-masks-leading-to-poor-oral-hygiene)
There are no double blind studies showing masks stop the spread of any virus. In fact, there are numerous studies that show the opposite. This is especially true since untrained people have no idea how to wear a mask safely. In hospitals, masks are specifically fitted to the wearer and training is provided regarding proper use. The masks are also removed and disposed of when moist. There are also no studies to show that a droplet carrying a virus will have a high enough viral load to multiply and cause illness when it reaches another person. Other studies show that wearing a mask traps your viral load, since you cannot properly expel your own air, making you more susceptible to COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses. Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD is a Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist with a PhD in Pharmacology. She says the following about masks and their effects on human brains: “For children and adolescents, masks are an absolute no-no. Children and adolescents have an extremely active and adaptive immune system and they need a constant interaction with the microbiome of the Earth. Their brain is also incredibly active, as it is has so much to learn. The child’s brain, or the youth’s brain is thirsting for oxygen. The more metabolically active the organ is, the more oxygen it requires. In children and adolescents every organ is metabolically active.
To deprive a child’s or an adolescent’s brain from oxygen, or to restrict it in any way, is not only dangerous to their health, it is absolutely criminal. Oxygen deficiency inhibits the development of the brain, and the damage that has taken place as a result CANNOT BE REVERSED.(her emphasis)” The full article can be read at the link below:
It is shocking that schools are making our kids and teachers wear disposable masks made from polypropylene, a known endocrine disrupter, which Health Canada calls a toxin. How can parents buy their kids BPA free water bottles, but then allow them to breath in polypropylene? In addition, the majority of cloth masks are made in China; a country that has extremely lax regulatory bodies around pesticide use. These include Formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals used on cotton, rayon, and polyester fabrics which are often used in cloth masks. Who is liable if our children get sick from wearing masks?
CLEANING AGENTS - Our children are being exposed to larger amounts of chemicals than in previous years. Schools are cleaning with chemical disinfectant multiple times a day, asking children to USE the sprays, and making children use hand sanitizer frequently (when we know Health Canada keeps recalling brands). This is causing a potential breeding ground for super bugs. This is is quite a disturbing experiment on our children. Below is the ingredient list for the cleaner used at one local public school:
Chemical Names: Dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride, Tetrasodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate , Alcohols, Ethanol, Fragrance Mixture(https://www.dustbane.ca/products/vangard)
The Dimethylbenzul ammonium chloride is one of the QACs that were shown to affect the reproductive health in mice in the peer reveiwed article we discussed above.
MENTAL HEALTH- We do not want our children to participate in a global experiment with their mental, and physical health. On September 1, 2020, Children First Canada released a report called “Raising Canada 2020”. The report documents how Canadian children have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings reveal that many of the top threats to childhood, including mental illness, food insecurity, child abuse, physical inactivity and poverty, are increasing, or are in danger of increasing, because of the pandemic. “Since the outset of the pandemic, we have been worried that children were being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Early indicators from this report suggest that children’s health is in jeopardy. How the government chooses to respond will change the trajectory of children’s lives,” said Sara Austin, founder and CEO of Children First Canada. ”The report can be read at the link below: https://childrenfirstcanada.org/news/2020/9/1/child-advocates-ring-the-alarm-as-new-report-highlights-unprecedented-impact-of-covid-19 (Via CBS News)
In this video, Pam Seatle reports how kids are now at a higher risk of poverty, violence, and poor mental health due to the indirect effects of this pandemic. https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2020/09/01/covid-19-impacting-mental-health-of-canadian-children/
Other health professionals are also raising the alarm about children’s mental health.
“We see kids every day, telling us they’re struggling. They wish they can go back to their normal lives.” - Dr. Kia Carter, medical director of psychiatry, Cook Children’s. (reported by CBS news)