Monday, March 14, 2005

Life unworthy of life...

That was how the Nazis put it. The progressive Eugenics movement from the Left in America did not disappear after Nazism, it was far too much of a broad based movement for that. Instead, eugenics seems to have been exchanged for euthanasia based on the same pattern of principles. Sometimes one must wonder at a repeating pattern of transphysical principles...but that is another issue. Euthanasia is in the news now because of one high profile case, although starving and dehydrating people to death is legal in all fifty states. It is not as if every story gets reported as the case of Terri Schiavo has been.

"As she slowly dehydrated, Marjorie began to ask the staff for food. “She was saying things like, ‘Please feed me.. . . I’m hungry. I’m thirsty, and I want food,” says attorney William F. Stone, who briefly represented Marjorie as a court-appointed guardian.’ In response to her pleas, members of the nursing staff surreptitiously gave her small amounts of food and water. One eventually blew the whistle on the death watch, leading to a state investigation and a brief restraining order requiring that Marjorie Nighbert be nourished.

. . . .the judge decided to allow the dehy dration to be completed, apparently on the bizarre theory that Marjorie was not competent when she requested the “medical treatment” of food and water. Nighbert died on April 6, 1995.

The dehydration bandwagon usually runs smoothly. . . ."
(Culture of Death: The Assault on
Medical Ethics in America
By Wesley J. Smith :71)

It is important to remember if you talk with your spouse about this issue exactly what you are talking about. Many people will say something like, "Oh, just let me die if that happens!" But do you want to be starved and dehydrated to death? Maybe you should be more specific, for the experts in their white lab coats may not work the way that you may think they do. They have proven themselves willing to kill for "society" and socialism in the past. They even do so currently in the abortion industry. The beady little eyes of some cold toads are cold, so very cold indeed! They will render their verdicts and decide what life is worth, and so what life is worthy of life. So it seems that PVS (Persistent Vegitative State) is now to be blurred into cognitive disability. If history is any measure cognitive disability will be blurred into some other medical diagnosis. Although I expect it will not be racial, as it was in the past.

This issue is so broad that there are many tangents to go on. Instead, here are some tangible facts about what you are saying when you put yourself in the hands of the cold toads, the "scientific" experts who render their verdicts by seeking a lack of judgment.

“A recent article on palliative medicine makes all too clear what this suffering entails:

Confusion and restlessness; dry mouth, impaired speech, thirst, increased risk of bedsores, circulatory failure, renal failure,.., cardiac arrest,... confusion, constipation, nausea, myoclonus [uncontrollable muscle spasms], seizures.

Dr. William Burke, a professor of neurology at St. Louis Univer sity Medical Center, has summarized the suffering caused by dehydration in conscious, nondying people in even blunter terms:

A conscious person would feel it just as you or I would. They will go into seizures. Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the dryness of the mucus membranes and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. They feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imagine going one day without a glass of water! Death by dehydration takes ten to fourteen days. It is an extremely agonizing death.

Even Dr. Cranford admitted during the trial that the lips, eyes, and tongue of a person being dehydrated “get extremely dry,” but claimed it is rare for them to crack and bleed, while acknowledging that “anything that is dry for a long period of time may crack. And anything that may crack may bleed.” He also testified that it is rare for dehydrating patients to go into seizures. Still, Cranford’s description of the dehydration process, which he testified usually takes between ten and fourteen days but in some cases up to twenty-one, reveals its awfulness:

After seven to nine days [commencing dehydration] they begin to lose all fluids in the body, a lot of fluids in the body. And their blood pressure starts to go down.

When their blood pressure goes down, their heart rate goes up. Their respiration may increase and then the patient experiences what’s called a mammalian’s diver’s reflex where the blood is shunted to the central part of the body from the periphery of the body. So, that usually two to three days prior to death, sometimes four days, the hands and the feet become extremely cold. They become mottled. That is you look at the hands and they have a bluish appearance.

And the mouth dries a great deal, and the eyes dry a great deal and other parts of the body become mottled. And that is because the blood is now so low in the system it’s shunted to the heart and other visceral organs and away from the periphery of the body. Proponents of dehydration claim that these symptoms can be pallated by the proper use of eye drops and ice chips for dryness, and morphine for pain; Cranford also testified that he sometimes puts his dehydrating patients into a coma. But theirs is a circular, not to mention deeply ironic, argument. The patient would not require strong drugs to palliate suffering except for being denied the basic humane provision of food and water.

And do attempts at palliation really control the suffering? In Robert Wendland’s case, Dr. Cranford testified that the amount of morphine he would be given would be “arbitrary” because it would “be hard to tell whether he’s suffering or not,” due to Robert’s inability to communicate effectively. If that is true for Robert Wendland, it is also true for other conscious, cognitively disabled people who are dehydrated in nursing homes and hospitals throughout this country.”
(Culture of Death: The Assault on
Medical Ethics in America
By Wesley J. Smith :77-78)

Actually, this issue is probably worth a few tangents and maybe a parable or two.

America...the beautiful? For such a beautiful people the technocratic barbarians of the American Empire can make, will make us!


Sue Bob said...

My God!! I hadn't heard of Marjorie's case. How totally disheartening.

John Schroeder said...

Thank you for leaving the comment and putting up this post. I have added additional comments here

mynym said...

I'm glad there is at least some movement on this.

Even if you put some issues aside, like the intrinsic value of life vs. more utlitarian views, there is still a difference between starving and dehydrating a cognitively disabled person and a person in PVS. (Those who supposedly do not feel anything.)

And even there, in the instance of PVS, there are cases where recovery takes place.

Thanks for writing, I'm not sure it will make a difference though, there seem to be too many proto-Nazis in the American Judiciary.

mynym said...

The husband,
"It's really uncomprehensible ... for a governor to come into this without any education on the subject and push his personal views..."
BlogotionalPersonal? Oh, they are just so downright imposing, such personal views!

Is it not only his personal view that anything is a personal view? It's curious, that a certain type of nitwit always seems to talk like that, as if they have knowledge/wit.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for pointing me to this article. How horrifying about Marjorie.