So that’s what they mean by “falling upwards”

Hello, Calgary. I hear you’re having a holistic medicine convention with a famous speaker.

David Stephan is listed as one of the presenters for the “Body Soul & Spirit Expo,” which bills itself as a “holistic lifestyle show” that showcases products, services and resources for “growth, wholeness and self-understanding.”

According to the show’s website, Stephan will speak about how to achieve brain and thyroid health during a session on Friday. He runs a natural supplement business called Truehope Nutritional Support.

He’s being brought in as an expert on brain health? But…but…

In 2016, Stephan and his wife were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel. During the trial, the court heard the couple tried to treat their son’s bacterial meningitis with natural remedies such as, garlic, onion and horseradish instead of taking him to a doctor. Ezekiel died in 2012.

Stephan was sentenced to four months in prison and his wife was given three months of house arrest.

Dang. When trying to decide which of my three kids to murder in order to get these speaking gigs, should I ask for volunteers, or just have them draw straws?


  1. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Stepping on his own kid’s corpse to reach for his dreams. Inspiring.

  2. mrshinyandnew says

    This guy is plainly delusional. He still maintains that he did nothing wrong. I’m a little dismayed that he was in prison for such a short time.

  3. says

    I could see if, as part of a sentence reduction arrangement, he was required by a court to do talks about “how home remedies can sometimes kill.” But that this is not.

  4. rayceeya says

    In this case I always say Futurama did it best.

    “I’ve got a degree in homeopathic medicine”

    At witch point he gets nailed with the fire hose.

  5. zenarr says

    Unfortunately, having completed his prison sentence the man is free to spout his nonsense wherever he likes. And it looks like these organizations are stupid enough to pay him to speak. Maybe they’re hoping the controversy will draw crowds?

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    Hmmm – Trump’s Surgeon General, confirmed by the Senate 8 months ago, seems due for replacement by now…

  7. Dean says

    Even better, his presence was so toxic a major sponsor (and others) pulled their sponsorship, and future festivals might not even go ahead.

  8. jrkrideau says

    @ 8 Dean

    I thought that last news piece was old news. CTV is recycling items now?

  9. bryanfeir says

    @Dean, jrkrideau:
    The last news piece IS old news. The one PZ linked to is from today, and refers to the ‘Body Soul & Spirit Expo’, not the ‘Health and Wellness Expo’ that he was kicked out from back in February.

  10. bryanfeir says

    For that matter, the piece PZ linked to actually mentions the previous event in the last paragraph.

  11. Dean says

    Oh! My bad. I saw another article linked on that same page so assumed it was talking about the same thing.

  12. says

    @ Dean and jkrideau

    Here’s a new article talking about him being dropped from this expo

    On Monday, expo promoter Chandler Armstrong said Stephan’s legal issues were entirely separate from the event, adding we don’t see ourselves qualified in any way to make judgements on the southern Alberta father.

    He should have stopped at “we don’t see ourselves qualified in any way…”

  13. Hairhead, Still Learning at 59 says

    Me: Why did you hire this guy?
    Chandler: He espouses our philosophy!
    Me: He murdered his child!
    Chandler: Oh, that’s just an opinion.
    Me: No it’s not. It’s been settled in a court of law. Which found that he murdered his child through neglect.
    Chandler: I couldn’t possibly–
    Me: — And he went to jail, and everything! This is a matter of FACT!
    Chandler: “We don’t see ourselves qualified in any way to make judgements”
    Me: (looks around for baseball bat)

  14. bramhengeveld says

    Oh yes, let some goon mess with your thyroid health. Let me tell you that your thyroid is not something you want to mess with. Take my word for it. Or my two hospital admissions. Or the fact that a thyrotoxic crisis has a mortality rate of 20 to 50%. It is rare, but it shows that it matters.
    Once again one asks oneself: what the fuck is wrong with these organisers?

  15. blf says

    Once again one asks oneself: what the fuck is wrong with these organisers?

    Follow the money…