(Natural News) Should a doctor be allowed to give an adult who is terminally ill and has fewer than six months to live a medication that will allow them to die peacefully in their sleep if they request it?
After opposing assisted death officially since 1996, the Massachusetts Medical Society has now become neutral on the issue, paving the way for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow assisted death as lawmakers there consider a bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide. With the Death with Dignity Act, Oregon became the first state to allow it in 1994, and it was followed by Colorado, Vermont, California, Washington and Montana.
It’s something that has doctors divided. Some believe it is a compassionate act, while others see it as a violation of the part of the Hippocratic Oath that says: “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan.”
While those who have seen terminally ill loved ones suffer greatly and die slowly say they wouldn’t wish that fate on anyone, there are also many people who believe that we have no right to decide when is the right time for another person or even ourselves to die.
Could some people be encouraged to request medically-assisted suicide?
One Massachusetts palliative care physician, Dr. Laura Petrillo, told the Daily Mail that she is concerned that any doctor could write such a prescription – for example, dental surgeons – without having the proper health training to thoroughly grasp end-of-life issues. She’s also concerned that doctors or hospitals that can’t handle rare illnesses might use it as a quick solution to deal with the patient. In addition, insurance companies might see it as a cheaper option than providing care, which means people could be encouraged to end their lives for financial reasons.
It’s a very unsettling thought to imagine that people could be steered toward dying earlier than nature intended, especially specific groups like those who are poor, in a way that is dangerously similar to the eugenics programs of Nazi Germany. From here, is it that far of a leap to imagine that the disabled and mentally ill might be encouraged to end their lives?
On the other side of the debate, a retired physician with terminal prostate cancer, Dr. Roger Kligler, is in favor of medically assisted death so that he and others can die peacefully. He says that a lethal prescription allows people to fall asleep within five minutes and then die peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones within half an hour. This is in contrast to palliative sedation, which entails giving people a morphine drip until they are unconscious and then stopping their food and medication to allow them to die sooner, which can take days or weeks and is usually done in a hospital.
And what about those people on the brink of death who have made miraculous comebacks? There are countless stories of such recoveries taking place. For example, there have been a lot of stories emerging recently of people who were given just months to live by doctors turning their fate around with alternative remedies like cannabis oil, who are now thriving as a result.
When a doctor says someone has six months to live – the amount of time specified in the Massachusetts bill and many others – they are making an educated guess at best. No one can say for certain when that person will die or that something won’t happen in the meantime that could prolong their life. While most of us don’t wish pain and suffering upon other people, passing laws that are open to abuse that could see people dying needlessly – or simply because they are considered “inferior” in our society – is very dangerous.
Jake Honig, a seven-year-old boy who died last January due to a rare bone cancer, seems to have moved the governor to make this particular decision. Jake, who received the nickname “Jake the Tank” because of the strength he showed during a five-year battle with bone cancer, was in remission for three years. However, his cancer came back, and he passed away last month.
The Honig family was hoping that changes would soon be made to current medical marijuana laws. They were also imploring their community to send letters to lawmakers so that Jake could have had easier access to the medication that helped him deal with his cancer.
Two days after Jake’s death, his parents, Mike and Janet, and Gianna, his six-year-old sister, stood beside Governor Murphy as he signed the executive order. The Honig family were holding a photo of Jake during the signing.
Phil Murphy was sworn in as the governor of the state last January, and he invited Jake’s family, who came in from Howell, New Jersey, to attend the press conference and the signing.
Governor Murphy authorized the 60-day review of the state’s current medical marijuana program in the hopes of removing any obstacles that prevented patients from having “better access to medical marijuana.”
Two areas will be covered in the review that were included to honor Jake: first is the permission to purchase more than the two-ounce limit and the sale of marijuana “in oil form for easy dosing.”
The governor is also considering the home delivery and the addition of licensed dispensaries in New Jersey. Governor Murphy said, “We will not deny people compassionate care any longer.”
He added, “For eight years, medical marijuana has been difficult to access in New Jersey. Today, we’re turning the page. A fairer New Jersey means expanding access to medical marijuana for patients in need.”
New Jersey is one of the 29 states in the country that allows medical marijuana. However, the state limits marijuana prescriptions to those who have “certain state-approved conditions.” This means thousands are unable to take part in the program. Meanwhile, the 15,000 people who benefit from it can only go to five dispensaries in New Jersey.
Last year, Jake was sent home on hospice in December with six drugs that included anti-nausea medication, oxycodone, and morphine. Mike and Janet discovered that medical marijuana proved to be effective when it came to Jake’s symptoms. The young boy didn’t experience any “harsh side effects” as he did with the other drugs.
The cannabis helped give Jake some comfort before his death. It increased his appetite, and the cannabis also enabled Jake to stop taking a couple of his “harsher medications.” But since the marijuana was not available in oil-form, Jake’s parents had to heat it up each night to extract the oils. (Related: Marijuana cannabinoids – oral and transdermal methods.)
Governor Murphy shared, “We cannot turn a deaf ear to our veterans, the families of children facing terminal illness, or to any of the other countless New Jerseyans who only wish to be treated like people, and not criminals.”
Although Jake is no longer here to see the law executed, his family remains hopeful that other individuals with medical conditions can benefit from the new laws after they are put in place. Mike and Janet posted on Facebook, “Change is happening fast, and Jake has our commitment to continue his legacy of inspiring people.”
As the Hollywood fifth column persists in acting as the Pentagon and State Department’s public relations bureau, glorifying terrorists against Syria, yet another fraudumentary supporting the death squad Helmets has been nominated for an Oscar. Previous hoaxes have all won awards, but they were mini-frauds. The current nominee, The Last Men in Aleppo, is a full length feature. It is suitable for a voyeuristic audience stuck in arrested development of comic book heroes. Its title — perhaps subconsciously — erases women (invisible under terrorist occupation, as they are literally caged, tortured, imprisoned, or used as sex slaves), and obliterates the existence of men in the post liberated city.
This author remains enraged at the arrogance of the backers of phony first responders. Despite the tens of millions in funding from the US, UK, and other EU countries, omitted from the expensive choreography, are the foundations of emergency care: Stethoscope, spinal precautions and related orthotics, and CPR. It is an abomination that only one organization of actual health care providers has raised its voice in condemnation of these malignant fakes — an abomination worsened when the legitimate organization was intentionally sabotaged by a tenuous ‘progressive veterans’ website (filled with lies and mis-quotes).
SyriaNews has previously, massively documented the atrocities of the CIA and MI-6 armed and funded death squad Helmets, we shall offer a photographic tutorial. Many are from the White Helmets/al Nusra snuff video of 4 April 2017, taken in Khan Sheikhoun. Despite Nusra being on the US terrorist list, and considered a terrorist organization by the UN and most European countries, Nusra’s word was made gospel by the war pimping, deep state msm.
This is fraudumentarian Fayyad, sporting his $200 coif. He claims to have been incarcerated and double-tortured (no end to the bathos), despite showing no signs of damage, such as a limp, a mangled arm, some post-double-torture permanent disfigurement. He has stated that the organ trading death squad Helmets made him “believe in humanity.” Apparently the savages also make him believe in the neo-McCarthy witch hunts (or, preemptive sour grapes).
Last year, Raed al Saleh, cell phone salesman cum fake first responder without a stethoscope, was listed in Time‘s most influential people (perhaps the Luces’ penchant for LSD is permanently mandated for its publishers?).
The point man for the Khan Sheikhoun GB hoax was a British illegal, previously indicted on terrorism charges, and whose medical license was permanently revoked. These facts were omitted by the msm that continues to cheer the Nusra death squads as humanitarians.
Here, the death squad Helmets stand on the corpses of Syrian Arab Army soldiers, whom they murdered, and whose boots they stole. This is what the monsters of Congress support when they hashtag Save Daraa.
This clip was prominently featured by international media. From Khan Sheikhoun, in a stolen home used as a fake hospital, some idiot is faking bagging a half-naked child. One does not smother with a hand, the face of a patient in respiratory distress, nor does one bag a patient in the position where gravity forces one lung to lean on another.
Again, the fact of gravity is ignored, in this White Helmets clip in Khan Sheikhoun. Real froth could not defy the gravity thing.
This picture/scene from the alleged chemical attack in Syria yesterday was clearly set up and deliberately and perversely modeled not only as a orgy, but also morbid, macabre pedophilia-cum-horror — by someone well versed in art and tradition of Western classical painting. This photo has also been very popular with all the established fellow travelers and bedfellows of al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria. This is, indeed, true war porn. A psy-op served to the public in order to whitewash and promote al Qaeda or the genocidal war on Syria via al Qaeda proxy.
The girl, above, was tossed into a van with a half-naked boy.
Compare the manhandling of children by the humanitarian death squad Helmets, to the sweetness of Shahd, a little girl treated for wounds when the friends of the Helmets blew up buses in al Rashidin.
The White Helmets were not all on the same page, though. Though GB is transdermal and pneumonic, it is not a blistering agent. Perhaps this half-naked boy missed the casting call for the BBC’s zombie apocalypse show.
This part of the video clip is also misplaced — though it always is fascinating to see those reputedly to have been pulled from the rubble of buildings, able to immediately walk independently.
The original video of the ghastly carnage in Khan Sheikhoun, on 4 April, was taken by, and uploaded, by the White Helmets. It is possible that SAMS demanded its removal, as it showed brutality, torture of children, and death. GB was the hoax. There was no chlorine, no mustard gas. The agonizing deaths shown in the death squad Helmets video pointed to the fast acting poison, dubbed Sunnah2 by terrorists in a makeshift lab in Erdoganstan. That poison was demonstrated on a rabbit, 21 December 2012, and the FSA savages threatened to unleash it against the Syrian people. On 4 April 2017, they did.
It is even harder to believe that the great drainer of swamps, President Donald J. Trump, followed fake news! CNN, followed the lies of an illegal in Syria, to bomb Syrian Arab Army soldiers — and nobody noticed. Few also noticed “Mad Dog” Mattis’ recent acknowledgment that there was no evidence of chemical weapons use in Khan Sheikhoun.
The week before the horrors committed against mostly Syrian children, in Khan Sheikhoun, 250 civilians had been kidnapped from the nearby villages of Majal and Khattab.
On 9 February, journalist Vanessa Beeley, who has done ground-breaking investigative work on the White Helmets, uploaded a video to YouTube. Syrian children have been herded into a van. One girl sits inside, already painted in gray dust, with fake blood splashed about. A boy gets out of the van and is forced back in. A woman screams for her child.
Have these children been kidnapped, to be made into corpses by the White Helmets’ next snuff movie?
Will these savages receive the Oscar, for their slaughter?
It appears that Gurgle is also censoring the website, Clarity of Signal in its search engine (which it has done to SyriaNews). It contains massive photographic evidence of the weaponized death squad Helmets.
Mara Howell was in pain, the type of pain so severe it found her bedridden in a hospital at 33 years old. Cancer was killing her.
Mara’s mother, Marilyn Howell, recalls her daughter’s struggles in a memoir published for MAPS:
“However much courage Mara had, the waves of illness that washed over her were unrelenting. Diligent exercise didn’t make her stronger, an antidepressant didn’t make her happier.”
Cannabis had provided temporary ease for Mara, but nothing substantial enough to make her situation bearable.
Being a mind-body educator, Mara’s mother suspected that her daughter’s pain was perhaps connected to something less tangible than what Western medicine was willing to accept. It was deeper than the physical.
Working with Mara’s nurse, Marilyn eventually discovered an alternative treatment option for her daughter: Psychedelic therapy.
Psychedelics helped Mara find peace in the final days before her death. What happens during the experience that helps people come to terms with their imminent passing?
Mara had heard about the use of psychedelics before from Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book The Doors of Perception, wherein Huxley described using LSD to subdue his own suffering from terminal cancer. In his final moments, Huxley was injected with a strong dose of LSD by his wife, who recorded the experience in her book The Timeless Moment.
Marilyn was aware of the theraputic applications of such drugs as MDMA and LSD from her youth, before the Controlled Substances Act had its strong grasp on psychedelic research decades ago. During the 1980’s, Marilyn recalled how MDMA assisted therapy was a popular treatment for anxiety, depression and PTSD symptoms (In recent years, the FDA has even allowed for a limited amount of research in this field once again).
Thankfully, Mara’s nurse was able to track down a qualified psychiatrist who had just worked on MDMA-assisted therapy research at McLean Hospital. He travelled to Mara’s bedside and administered a controlled dose of MDMA in a guided session. Remarkably, Mara’s pain vanished during the session,
“He came and did a guided session with [Mara] with MDMA, and Marilyn did it with her,” Joyce (Mara’s nurse) said. “They reported that she was pain free during that time. I think [she] died pain free a few days after that.”
In her final days of life, Mara underwent carefully supervised psychotherapy sessions under the influence of MDMA, LSD and psilocybin “magic” mushrooms. The treatments eased her pain, and she was able to get out of bed to take walks in a nearby park. The drugs also helped Mara reach a deep sense of acceptance of her imminent death.
Mara’s hospice care worker, Vassallo, was blown away by the results of the therapy,
“[For Mara] it was just always about pain, pain, pain, pain, pain, pain, no matter what we did,” Vassallo said. “And we did a lot … to try to control her pain, and really nothing worked. My theory is that the pain –– I don’t think it was conscience, but it was on the subconscious level –– [Mara] needed to have the pain, because if everyone was focused on the pain, that kept everyone unfocused on the fact that this 32-year-old was dying.”
Vassallo said that psychedelics seemed to open Mara up to a new reality that provided imminent peace during her final days.
Although limited, there have been successful applications of psychedelic therapy during studies in recent years.
Last year a study concluded that LSD-assisted psychotherapy is effective in easing anxiety in dying patients. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study was sponsored by MAPS and conducted by Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser and his colleagues.
They tracked 12 people who were in the process of dying, primarily due to terminal illness, as they attended LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions. All but one of the participants had never taken LSD prior to participating in the study. An Austrian participant named Peter described the experience as follows:
“My LSD experience brought back some lost emotions and ability to trust, lots of psychological insights, and a timeless moment when the universe didn’t seem like a trap, but like a revelation of utter beauty.”
Charles Grob, a psychiatrist and researcher at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, completed a study in 2008 that showed the ability of psilocybin (the active component in psychedelic mushrooms) to ease fear of death in 12 end-stage cancer patients. The study results, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2011, concluded that the treatment could be done safely and successfully reduced all subjects’ anxiety and depression about impending death.
Research involving ayahuasca has also turned out encouraging data showing its ability to reduce psychological traumas and anxieties, and several studies involving MDMA-assisted psychotherapyhave shown it to be statistically significant in reducing anxiety and PTSD symptoms in study participants. To date, clinical trials looking specifically at psychedelics for the end of life are limited, but determined researchers continue to delve into the potentials of various substances.
What Does The Future Hold For Psychedelic Therapy?
Mara’s story is yet another example of the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. If utilized properly, psychedelics can serve as an immensely accelerated means of healing deeply-rooted trauma and anxiety. One of the most exciting factors within this field of research is that it still yields so much potential, as we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what psychedelics have to offer. If studies keep producing promising results, we could very well be seeing some major changes within psychedelic legislation very soon.
What are you thoughts on psychedelic intervention in easing the dying process?
Nikola Tesla once said that, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
Fast forward to today, and we now have hundreds of notable world-renowned scientists studying “non-material” science. Science the birth of quantum mechanics, the mysteries of consciousness have been at the forefront of scientific study, and we now know today that consciousness plays a crucial part, in several different ways, when it comes to perceiving what we call our physical material world.
Most of our founding fathers of science, especially physics, were all spiritual mystics. Max Plack, a physicist who originated quantum theory, regarded consciousness as “fundamental,” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” He said that “we cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
Eugene Wigner, a physicist and mathematician told the world that “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”
With all of this being said, there is still a resistance to the new discoveries that non-material science is making, especially when it comes to topics on the umbrella of parapsychology, like telepathy, remote viewing (which was used by the US government for intelligence purposes for 25 years), for example, near death experiences (NDE’s) and much more.
Here is a video of CIA contracted Physicist Russel Targ sharing everything he knows about ESP.
“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.”
– (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)
This is, again, perhaps why so many scientists are coming together to create awareness about this and emphasize some very important points about non-material science.
Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) are one area of study under parapsychology and non-material science. What happens when we die? Does some aspect of us survive death? Some non-material aspect, like consciousness, for example? Does consciousness originate in the brain, or is it a receiver of it?
It’s been the topic of discussion in philosophy and theology for years, and in the 20th century it has become the subject of scientific research. One of the people responsible for starting this initiative was Ian Stevenson, who, as the Chair of University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatry, in 1967, created a research unit within the department to study if anything of the human personality survives after death.
His research investigated multiple hundreds of children to claimed to recall past lives and there are many examples. These children are able to give remarkable details about their past lives, and in some cases include describing how they died, locating past family members of who they used to be that are still living, and more details that would otherwise be impossible to describe.
You can see some specific examples in an article we’ve previously published, linked below:
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Here is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the “fathers” of near death studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neuro-behavioral Science at UVA. In the video he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity), but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this – where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible to describe.
Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists to comprehend, and as a result of it being non material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.
To access some of the published research in this area, you can refer to this article.
Below is a lecture that was filmed at the UVA by the medical department. It features Jim B. Tucker Bruce Greyson Edward F. Kelly J. Kim Penberthy, from the Division of Perceptual Studies.
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It’s interesting because as far back as 1999, statistics professor Jessica Utts at UC Irvine, published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helping to prevent heart attacks. Utts also showed that these results are much stronger than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example.
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