Best ever on physician assisted dying (PAD)

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Blog with 0 Comments

Mother Jones magazine may not be the place you’d expect to go to learn about California’s new law on PAD, but it is not only a good place to go, it is the best place. The title is: “My Right to Die – Assisted Suicide, my family, and me”: The link is: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/assisted-suicide-legalization-california-kevin-drum Kevin Drum […]

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Never Put Me in a Nursing Home

Written by on November 12, 2015 in Blog with 0 Comments

Dear Friends, I’ve not blogged for many months, and I apologize.  There were many reasons which I will spare you.  But I’ve made a commitment to start blogging again.  Not twice every week, or even once; no preset goals.  When I find something worth a comment, I will post it. I will be counting on […]

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They Did It Right

They Did It Right

Written by on December 3, 2014 in Blog with 3 Comments

How to do end-of-life right

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Bride with Cancer Will Die on Her Own Terms

Bride with Cancer Will Die on Her Own Terms

Written by on October 22, 2014 in Blog with 2 Comments

Brittany Maynard, featured last week by CNN, and this week by Charlie Rose on CBS, has been told by her doctors that she likely has only six months to live. Yet her doctors proposed full brain radiation. This means her hair would have been singed off and her scalp burned, and more. After months of research into the side effects of treatment and the course of her disease, she came to the conclusion that “There is no treatment that would save my life, and the recommended treatments would have destroyed the time I had left.” Because she is young, her body would probably live long after her mind was gone, a major factor in her decision.

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Non-Violent Ways To End Life

Non-Violent Ways To End Life

Written by on October 5, 2014 in Blog with 10 Comments

Hemlock. Self-Strangulation. Carbon monoxide. Cyanide. Plastic Bag with Sedative. These are just some of the non-violent ways people have sought an end to their lives.

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CHOOSING TO DIE AT 75

CHOOSING TO DIE AT 75

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Blog with 1 Comment

A leading bioethicist chooses not to live past age 75.  Yet he refuses self-deliverance after 75. Both choices seem strange to me.   What is your reaction? Ezekiel Emanuel* says that while his death would be a “loss,” it would also be a “gain.” In his view, living too long “renders many of us, if not […]

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Seeking Death While Not Terminally Ill

Seeking Death While Not Terminally Ill

Written by on September 21, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

More often than you would suppose, elderly people seek to die even though they are not terminally ill. Does the right to die include such people?   If so, is there a way to achieve it? This was the topic at the conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies held in Chicago this […]

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Disabled Picket Old People!

Disabled Picket Old People!

Written by on September 20, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Here in Chicago, the World Federation of Right to Die Societies is in its second day of being picketed by members of the “Not Dead Yet” disabled persons organization.   These people seem to think we are out to do them in.   “We” are mostly people over 70, many of us, perhaps a majority, are over 80.  (Next […]

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Overmedicating the Elderly

Overmedicating the Elderly

Written by on September 19, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

A panel of geriatricians has deemed most of the medications studied to be “never appropriate” for advanced dementia (with palliative care).

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Missing Conversations – Broken Medical System

Missing Conversations – Broken Medical System

Written by on September 14, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Some Doctors Don’t Get it and the Medical System is Broken. Here is a sample of both, from the NY Times. A cancer patient is near the end.  The man’s oncologist for ten years agrees further treatment would be futile and hospice and palliative care are next.  But that evening in rides the cavalry, the […]

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