Pros and Cons of Euthanasia: Haven’t You Lived Long Enough?

Wow……… 78 million Baby Boomers going on Social Security and Medicare.

Pratchett Death in Discworld

Pratchett Death in Discworld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s a lot of people the government has to take care of and we are heading toward 20 Trillion Dollars in debt. Can anyone really comprehend that? I mean it may as well be Monopoly money. Soooo……..what is the United States to do? I have it…… a very simple solution. How much would be saved if we have a cut off? We could suggest to those over the age of blah blah blah to consider leaving this world early. After all it would be the best thing to do, the unselfish thing to do. I mean haven’t they had their lives. Let the next generation enjoy their lives. Haven’t they lived long enough?  What’d ya think?    

The Culture of Death is Growing

English: The Kaschenists' poster.

English: The Kaschenists’ poster. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helping the terminally ill end their lives is gaining traction. Assisted suicide is now legal in 5 states; Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana and New Mexico and other states are considering legalizing assisted suicide.

More and more articles are being written encouraging starvation and dehydration on our elderly especially those with dementia. Even though the elderly patient begs for water and something to eat causes agony of parched lips and organs drying. I call it being “Dried to Death”.

My mother died 7 years ago and she did not have a choice, she was starved and dehydrated, which is a horrible way to die. She is gone and hopefully she is in a better place, but I’m still here and the memory of her last day will torment me the rest of my life.

Robert Latimer murdered his 12-year-old daughter who was disabled by cerebral palsy. He asphyxiated his daughter to death. His reason…..he felt his daughter was suffering and did not have a good quality of life. The question is who was he to decide someone’s quality of life even though she was his daughter. If this behavior is accepted then a disabled person should be in fear of their life. So what qualifies as not a good quality of life; blindness, crippled, deaf, mental disease. Where does it stop.

Self-perceived quality-of-life scale

Self-perceived quality-of-life scale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The idea of choice at the end of life or for that matter during life is extremely appealing. But choice could develop into no choice.

Pills are the Killer

Various pills

Various pills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are being over-drugged! Why 

In many cases sons and daughters have thought they lost their mother or father to dementia. Instead they were being over medicated.

Over and over the elderly are on very strong antipsychotic drugs. In many cases this only makes the patient worse.

Nursing homes and hospitals want their elderly patients drugged until they are lethargic and easy to handle. Anti psychotic drugs are given to prevent the agitation, combative behavior and out bursts of dementia patients.

Sales of antipsychotic drugs have soared with up to 14 billion dollars a year. Many of these drugs carry a warning label of an increased risk of death. Still the doctors keep prescribing these very dangerous medications.

As Dr. Gary S. Moak, president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has said “Our health care system isn’t set up to address the mental, emotional and behavioral problems of the elderly”.

It’s not just the elderly that’s being over-drugged. Younger people are taking an average of 5 pills a day. I have several friends that take a pill to wake up, a pain pill, a water pill, a blood pressure pill, 2 pills for depression/anxiety (one to help the other), and a pill to sleep at night.

You can imagine they stumble through life. They truly believe their life is enhanced with all this medication. I bet they could get rid of at least half these pills with the right diet, exercise and attitude.

We have become a drugged nation. The slightest little pain and we run to the medicine cabinet.

Have you seen the commercials on TV for all the drugs. There are drugs for your stomach, allergies, acid reflux or depression. They list all the benefits, but then warn you that you could get sick, vomit, diarrhea, have headaches and even death. Really? That last warning would be enough to scare me.

I don’t take drugs and my mother at 92 did not take but a couple of pills each day until she went into the hospital where they gave her a cocktail made up of Depakote, Namenda, Lorazepam, Haldol, and  Trazadone. Her little body couldn’t take this poison and she went into a semi-vegetative state. When I spoke to the doctor about  “the cocktail”, his response was “well everyone aged 80 and above take at least 12 drugs a day”. And we trust these guys with our lives.

It has reached a point where doctors don’t know what else to do but prescribe medication.

For your own health and safety, be aware of the drugs you are taking and why. And could there be a more natural alternative.

To be continued…………………………………………………Selah, Elaine

 

 

 

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What Is Passive Euthanasia?



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anatomy-71732_640It wasn’t that my mother died, everyone who lives on this planet dies. It was the way she died.

 

A simple procedure to adjust her medication and a hospital stay of two days turned into a night-mare of more than 2 weeks with my mother being over medicated and then starved and dehydrated until she died.

It’s called “Passive Euthanasia“. Withholding necessary means to stay alive like food and water and allowing the person to pass away right before their eyes and it’s being done all the time with our elderly.

It’s not the death itself that is so bad but the procedure of starving and dehydrating. A tray of food and liquid (water or other beverage) is placed in front of the elderly patient. If they can sit up and eat the food and drink the water well all fine and good but if not, it’s their choice and the medical professionals shrug their shoulder and exclaim “Oh well, they must want to die”.

What’s not revealed is the agonizing road to death; the dehydration and starvation. They (the medical professionals) will tell you it’s a peaceful, painless death. Really? My response is “then you try it. You go without food and water for a couple of days and tell me how peaceful you feel.”

In the new “Obama Care Law” there are those that claim there are “death panels“. I’ve got news for you, those “death panels” are already here and have been for some time.

About 40 years  ago or more the medical profession began to change. Doctors began to take it upon themselves to determine who lives and who dies especially among the elderly. If an elderly patient is alone and on Medicaid …….watch out, they don’t have long for this world.

Even though my mother had me and was not alone, the attitude of the nursing home and hospital changed when they discovered I did not have Medical Power of Attorney or Power of Guardianship over my mother. They knew they had power to do whatever they wanted and I was helpless.

Why would they do this to our elderly or to anyone for that matter you might ask? For several reasons. The first being money (oh hurry up and die so we can harvest your organs). Follow the money, it usually takes you to a place that answers your questions. The second would be to cover up a mistake, like in my mothers case. This happens often because of the doctor’s insurance being so high and even though mistakes are made, its human nature, the doctor cannot afford to admit to one. And the third reason is to satisfy an egomaniacal doctor who enjoys having the power of life and death.

My mother is in a better place but I’m still here and I am reminded of the memory of her horrific last days in a hospital surrounded by cold calculating people. Beware that this does not happen to one of your loved ones or even to you.

To be continued……………………….

Selah, Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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