Reclaiming Health Freedom: The David and Collet Story of Courage

By Rosanne Lindsay, Naturopath

Canadians David Stephan and his wife Collet are in court for the second time defending their rights as parents against the Crown of Canada. After their first case was thrown out in May 2018, the Crown chose to pursue David and his family as the example to set a precedent against parents who favor natural medicine over conventional allopathic medicine. During an October 2018 preliminary hearing, the Stephans learned that their case could set a precedent to make all Canadian parents liable for failing to vaccinate if a negative health outcome was “vaccine-preventable.” So far, the Crown has failed to make its case. For a summary of earlier challenges the Stephans have endured, go here.

Defending himself in court, David is raising money for expenses on a Gofundme page, where he shares his story:

It all began over 7 years ago, when our 18 month old son, Ezekiel, came down with the croup. Within less than a week he was over it. Returning back to our normal activities … 2 days later, it appeared that he was getting sick again, but this time with what appeared to be the flu. Over the next 5 days, the low lying symptoms waxed and waned with Ezekiel never presenting with any of the severe or alarming symptoms such as a fever or vomiting. … By day 6, March 12th, 2012, a nurse who had spent the previous 9 years of her career in the emergency room, who was also Collet’s birth attendant, came to check on Collet who was four and half months pregnant, as well as to give her opinion on whether or not it would be of any value to bring Ezekiel to the hospital. After thoroughly checking his vitals and listening to his breathing with a stethoscope … her recommendation was to get him some electrolytes and that we would likely be turned away if we were to bring him to the hospital. Unfortunately, the nurse made mention of the fact that she had encountered a case of meningitis in the emergency room a few weeks prior and that maybe we would want to look into that. Sadly, this suggestion would soon become the basis for a massive coverup for criminal negligence resulting in death.

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The First Trial

The coverup of Ezekiel’s death by Alberta Health Services began when hospital staff leveled allegations against David and Collet for being “negligent parents.” In February of 2013, 11 months after the death of Ezekiel, David and Collet were charged with “failing to provide the necessaries of life,” which would make them liable for up to 5 years in jail.

In a blatant disregard for the law, the Crown attempted to alter the laws in order to convict David and Collet. David spent some time in solitary confinement before his family hired an investigative team to uncover evidence hidden during the trial. Based on this evidence, in 2016, the Stephans appealed the verdicts to the Supreme Court. In May of 2018, a panel of seven Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled in favor of David and Collet, concluding that the initial judge erred in law, resulting in a WRONGFUL CONVICTION. On May 15th David’s case was thrown out, with the seven judges ordering a retrial.

The Second Trial

Not only does the order require David and Collet to re-live attacks to their character, it also requires them to raise money to retry the case. This time David has chosen to go without legal representation. Now, David is speaking in his own defense. Learn the details here.  As the case reaches its conclusion, former Alberta chief medical examiner, Dr. Anny Sauvageau will be the final defense witness. Her critical testimony during the first trial countered the prosecution, showing evidence that Ezekiel’s death of hypoxic brain injury was due to what she described as “medical misadventure.” Another positive sign? An August 29th, 2019 article in the Lethbridge Herald suggests a cover-up and criminal negligence on behalf of the hospital.

Along this journey, David and Collet have had to endure the nightmare of losing their young son, Ezekiel. They have also had to witness the blatant fraud, deception, and negligence of the medical establishment and the lengths that it, and the Canadian court system, will go to fulfill an agenda. The agenda?  Criminalize loving parents to replace the role of parenting by government.

Overcoming the Odds

For the Stephans, what has become a life sentence in seeking strength, has also provided a life lesson in finding truth. David Stephan’s message is this:

Throughout the past few years I have come to see the truth in the words of Yahshua when he stated “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”For it is the love of money that competes with our natural love for humanity. It is this love of money that corrupts our perspective of others around us from being viewed as divine creations of a loving God…. who’s needs and rights are equal to those of ourselves… to becoming objects for our exploitation to further our self-serving agendas.

It is my prayer that we come to love our God, and in doing so, that we come to see who we are in God. That we see that we are all truly divine creations, more valuable than all of the money and power that this world has to offer. Worthy of all love, regardless of our short comings. May we no longer be deceived by the messages of hatred that are used to manipulate us into fulfilling others destructive agendas.

The saga playing out is seen in the Biblical account of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), which is a lesson of courage, faith, and overcoming odds that seem impossible. Like the David of the Bible story, who came in the name of The Lord Almighty, and killed the giant Goliath with only a rock to his head, using a sling, David and Collet are not easily intimidated by the unjust laws of men.

The Stephans represent a microcosm of a greater attack against humanity and health freedom. As they stand up for the rights of parents everywhere, David has become a reporter and journalist on social media to balance the lies told in the mainstream media. As their story plays out on the world stage, it represents a beta test for the next phase of humanity. If Health Canada achieves its goal to remove parents from the family equation and force medical (vaccine) mandates, then the rest of the world could follow under a global mandate. Medical tyranny on this level resembles Marxism and portends a return to the Dark Ages.

“considers the state as the great organism in which must be realized juridical, moral and political freedom and where the individual citizen, in obeying the laws of the state only obeys the natural laws of his own reason, of human reason.” Karl Marx, Rheinische ZeitungMay 1842


This full-out attack against the Stephans began decades earlier when the Health Canada attempted to close down David’s father’s natural supplement company, TRUEHOPE. TRUEHOPE promotes natural solutions for mental illness that result in thousands of individuals becoming medication-free to achieve a greater quality of life. The company suffered viscous attacks by Health Canada after being raided in 2003. A decade-long battle resulted in a court victory for the Stephans, although intimidation by the Crown continues to this day.

Ironically, it was a nutritional supplementation program developed by Anthony Stephan that saved David’s brother, Joseph, from the symptoms of lithium prescribed for Bipolar Disorder after the death of their mother. Their website states:

The results were dramatic and immediate. Within four days he was off the lithium; within two weeks, his mood and emotional control improved immensely. In the years since, he has maintained his well being and has had no recurring symptoms

How the State Dictates Rights

Is there any hope of true health freedom under government statutes? No government can grant rights because individual rights are inborn. Government, therefore, can only grant privileges, similar to a driver’s license, which can be revoked at the whim of the State, under its statutes.

The State sets the rules that are not only unconstitutional but also go undisclosed to its citizens. All licenses, including a marriage license is a contract with the State. However, under a true contract, all parties must become aware of the terms and conditions. Without disclosure, a marriage license contract with the State is as a contract of adhesion, a contract between two disparate, unequal parties.

According to Virgil Cooper, who wrote An Enlightening Conversation with a Marriage License Bureau:

The marriage license as we know it didn’t come into existence until after the Civil War and didn’t become standard practice in all the states until after 1900, becoming firmly established by 1920. In effect, the states or governments appropriated or usurped control of marriages in secular form and in the process declared Common Law applicable to marriages “abrogated.”

It is “very important to understand is that children born to the marriage are considered by law as “the contract bearing fruit” – meaning the children primarily belong to the State, even though the law never comes out and says so in so many words. It is vitally important for parents to understand two doctrines that became established in the United States during the 1930s. The first is the Doctrine of Parens Patriae. The second is the Doctrine of  “In Loco Parentis.”

A marriage contract with the State is a secular contract that is solemnized either by a state official or a minister of religion, “deputized” by the State to perform the marriage ceremony. Such an act usurps marriage as a religious covenant or bond between God and a man and a woman.

Remember, it is a ‘privilege’ to be regulated by statutes. All statutes are business licenses under commerce. This includes all related statutes, and all court cases as they are ruled on by the courts, and all statutes and regulations into the future in the years following the commencement of the marriage.

In defending himself, David demonstrates that people are sovereign beings, powerful without representation. Each holds inherent rights and liberties that are granted through the Creator by virtue of birth. As sovereign beings we abide by a hierarchy of laws under Nature. Natural Law applies to each human as body, mind, soul, and spirit, to do no harm.

A New Paradigm

Individuals must know who they are in order to reclaim true health freedom. Are you born of the State or of Spirit? Does your body belong to the State or is your body your property? What about your children? In going back to his roots, David preserves his sovereignty, even as he faces an administrative judge in a system of privileges.

Just as one president does not represent everyone in a nation, no man or woman can truly represent another. Each man is a Being unto himself and must, therefore, face each challenge from new way of thinking and a new way of being. People have been duped into giving up their power to authorities for too long. Once humanity understands how the current paradigm is used against their better interest, everything changes. The business relationship with government continues in our lives only because we allow it. Statutes are codes that shield the whole truth. Therefore, a new paradigm of true health freedom must include unveiling the truth, standing your ground, and living in authenticity.

To contribute to David and Collet’s expenses, go to their Gofundme page.

Rosanne Lindsay is a writer, blogger, and Naturopathic healer. She is the author of two books, The Nature of Healing: Heal the Body, Heal the Planet, and her story of thyroid disease reversal: Free Your Voice, Heal Your Thyroid, Reverse Thyroid Disease Naturally. Find her at Nature of Healing on Facebook. Consult with Rosanne to create a custom healing plan via Skype or Zoom or phone. Contact her at And subscribe to her blog for updates at

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