is a long, smooth-sounding word, and it conceals its danger as
long, smooth words do, but the danger is there, nevertheless.
~ Pearl S. Buck
German: “But we didn’t think it would go that far.”
American judge: “It went that far the very first time you
condemned an innocent human being.”
~ Conversation in the American motion picture Judgment at Nuremburg.
the Soviet gulag to the Nazi concentration camps and the killing
fields of Cambodia, history teaches that granting the state legal
authority to kill innocent individuals has dreadful consequences.”
~ Pete Du Pont, former Delaware governor
My dear mother
died on July 19, 1994. She had Alzheimer’s, but her death
was hurried along because she was deprived of food and water. My
baby sister had medical power of attorney and was convinced by the
nursing home physicians that mother would feel no pain. When I found
out, I called the nursing home in Illinois and spoke to the medical
director. I told him I did not want my mother starved and dehydrated
to death. He told me she wouldn’t feel anything. He never
said she was receiving any pain medication. I responded that there
wasn’t much difference between what he was doing to my mother
and what was done by the Nazis to concentration camp prisoners.
He answered that my mother could feel nothing because she didn’t
have her brain function any longer. Of course, being starved and
dehydrated doesn’t help with brain function of prisoners either.
I hung up and wept bitter tears. Momma died three days later. I
later found out that what was done to my mother had been common
practice for several decades. My mother did not deserve this end.
Hydration would have kept her body comfortable until God took her
This is called
“Passive Euthanasia.” Euthanasia is Greek for “good
death,” but there is nothing good about dying from a lack
of hydration. Passive Euthanasia is all
too common in America today. It is hastening the death of a
person by altering some form of support and letting nature take
its course. Examples include such things as turning off respirators,
halting medications, discontinuing food and water thus allowing
a person to dehydrate or starve to death, or failure to resuscitate.
also includes giving a patient large doses of morphine to control
pain, in spite of the likelihood that the painkiller will suppress
respiration and cause death earlier than it otherwise would have
happened. Such doses of painkillers have a dual effect of relieving
pain and hastening death. Administering such medication is regarded
as ethical in most political jurisdictions and by most medical societies,
including the special “cocktail” given by Hospice employees.
are performed on terminally ill, suffering persons so that natural
death will occur sooner. They are also commonly performed on persons
in a persistent vegetative state; for example, individuals with
massive brain damage or in a coma from which they likely will not
slope of murdering the vegetative or terminally ill started in l935
in Britain, in l938 in the US, and in l980 in Canada. The British
and American groups were very small and insignificant for the next
two decades. It became bigger and more vocal after the hugely-publicized
Ann Quinlan “right-to-die” case in New Jersey in
l976, which revealed to the public the extent of modern medical
technology to extend life indefinitely in a persistent vegetative
polls show average support of 60 percent in the USA, 74 percent
in Canada, and 80 percent in Britain. When actually voting in official
ballot measures, the support has been 46 percent in Washington State
(l991), 46 percent in California (l992), and 51 percent in Oregon
(1994), which now has legalized assisted suicide. As for physicians,
numerous opinion polls indicate that half the medical profession
would like to see it made law. It also appears that about 15 percent
of physicians already practice it on what they believe are justifiable
occasions. Some leaderships of the professional medical associations
remain adamantly opposed, but they seem to be declining rapidly.
Those who object
to euthanasia are the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, as well
as fundamentalist protestant denominations. Killing an innocent
is a crime against the 6th commandment, “Thou shalt not murder.”
This commandment forbids the killing of the innocent, not the killing
of the guilty, which can be sometimes ordered by the state for the
common good. This is clear in the Old testament where Moses also
gave laws to kill the guilty, and in the doctrine of the above mentioned
churches. Euthanasia is a crime against the same commandment, just
as is abortion. They are both murder.
have told me about deaths in their family and what has happened
with hospital employees and Hospice care. My mother’s experience
was in an Alzheimer’s nursing home. Their stories are going
to become more common with Obama Care. Here is the American physician’s
original Hippocratic Oath. (Russian and Islamic physicians take
Original Oath of Hippocrates
SWEAR by Apollo the physician and Asclepius,(the
Greek god of medicine and healing) and Hygieia,
(daughter of the god of medicine, Asclepius,
and the goddess/personification of health) and Panaceia,
(another daughter and goddess of Universal remedy) and all the
gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill
according to my ability and judgment, this Oath and this covenant.
To hold him who has taught me this Art as equal to me as my parents,
and to live my life in partnership, and if he is in need of money,
to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal
to my brother in male lineage and to teach them this art, if they
desire to learn it, without fee and covenant, to give a share
of the precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning
to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to
pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according
to the medical law, but to no one else. I will apply dietetic
measures for the benefit of the sick, according to my ability
and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I
will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor
will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not
give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness, I
will guard my life and my Art. I will not use the knife,
not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of
such men as are engaged in this work. Whatever houses I may visit,
I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all
internal injustice, of all mischief, and in particular of sexual
relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.
What I may see or hear, in the course of treatment or even outside
the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account
one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things
shameful to be spoken about. If I fulfill this oath and do not
violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice
of the art, being honored with fame among all men for all time
to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite
be my lot.”
one does not have to swear allegiance to a Greek polytheistic deity,
but swearing the oath to a personal God is a tie that binds. The
rest of the oath is pretty clear. Of special import is the portion
I highlighted. Sadly today, our medical personnel have decided to
speed death along rather than giving aid and comfort to the sick
and suffering. They’ve become the “god” who decides
life and death. I fear this practice on the sick and elderly will
accelerate in the coming years, no, actually I know it will accelerate.
For 40 years we have murdered the most innocent, America’s
unborn babies. When I wrote the article, The
Culture of Death, I said I would write another article regarding
after-birth abortion proponents and their plans. I couldn’t
bring myself to face the research I’d collected to write that
article. The truth of our death culture is often more than I can
bear especially with the babies. The elderly in our country have
been the targets for decades as well. Instead of being cherished
and honored, they are being treated as “useless eaters”
that should quickly die. We need to know what to expect, what to
alert our loved ones to watch for, and what to tell them we want
at the end of our lives.
In 1993, Dr.
Reed Bell wrote the book, Prescription
Death: Compassionate Killers in the Medical Profession.
He discussed the changes that had taken place in European countries
over the previous 25 years. These changes are now happening in America
at an exponential speed. Our culture has changed from a basic Judeo-Christian
ethos and ethic to the prevailing secular humanist ethic and ethos.
We have moved from a sanctity-of-life ethic to a “quality-of-life”
ethic. Since 1973, we have accepted the right of women to kill their
unborn babies for any reason at all because it’s a woman’s
“right to choose,” and now, with Obama Care, we are
moving rapidly to condoning suicide and the “right-to-die.”
One of the
most frightening aspects of the euthanasia movement is called crypthanasia,
(active euthanasia on sick people without their knowledge). A typical
case might be an older person who has suffered a heart attack and
is in the emergency room. His problem could be ameliorated with
a pace maker, but because of his age and the cost of care, he is
denied treatment and is allowed to die, or even assisted in dying
(murdered)–by a physician who has decided he is not worth
saving. This is done without the patient’s or his family’s
knowledge or consent. The Judeo-Christian ethic has moved to a quality-of-life
ethic and eventually moves to a “compassionate killing”
of patients and the “duty-to-die.” Once we’ve
accepted the notion there is a “right-to-die,” it doesn’t
take much rationalizing to accept the idea that there may also be
a “duty-to-die” and that our medical profession has
an obligation to help people along in the dying process–even
against their will.
Handbook is clear throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Clearly,
life is a gift, and only God Himself has the right to choose when
our lives on earth come to an end. Human beings are not animals
but unique beings made “in the image of God” (Gen 1:26-28).
God says, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13), and
“CHOOSE LIFE” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Life is a gift
from God and the moment of death is God’s prerogative. “Seeing
his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee,
thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; ” (Job
thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the
heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and
a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Eccl 3:1-2).
injury at the end of life can cause suffering that can be trying
on the family as well. Yet, again, God says, “Do not be afraid
of what you are about to suffer … Be thou faithful unto death,
and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev 2:10).
God can heal
even the hopeless cases. “…heal the sick, cleanse the
lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received,
freely give” (Matt 10:8). “For with God, nothing shall
be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
of us fighting the onslaught of Communism in our beloved country
are baby boomers. We are the ones the Communists in our governments
want to eliminate next, most likely through Obama Care, which is
a huge tentacle of UN Agenda 21′s population reduction plans.
I’ve had several phone calls from friends whose family members
have died in hospital or with hospice. The effort by medical care
givers to speed the last breath of the dying is obvious in many
“Where is the Church?” This is a question I’m
often asked by those of you who read my articles. We’ll look
at the church in an article to follow this one.
Hospital Model Is Future of Obamacare
total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline
from present levels, would be ideal.” ~ Audubon
magazine, interview with Ted Turner, 1996
is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population,
we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing
to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.”" ~ Jacques Cousteau
in an interview with the UNESCO Courier for November 1991
In 1982, I
lived in Ellettsville, Indiana, a suburb of Bloomington. At that
time I was working as a receptionist for a dermatologist. Across
the street from the doctor’s office was the hospital where
“Baby Doe” was born with Down’s syndrome. The
baby also had an obstruction in the esophagus that prevented normal
eating. The tracheo-esophageal fistula was easily treated, but both
the parents and the physician agreed to allow the baby to die of
starvation. The courts granted the parents and physician the “blessing”
of doing this to the infant. Public outrage ensued. Health and Human
Services under President Reagan drew up guidelines against federally
funded health care facilities allowing handicapped infants to die.
Other organizations fought this ruling and the courts struck it
down as the government being too invasive into the medical profession.
Oh, but they should see the invasiveness today with Obama Care!
In the United
Kingdom’s National Health Service, when the doctor decides
the patient’s condition is beyond treatable, the patient is
put on the “Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient.”
(LPC) Many have been sounding the alarm for years that this has
led to massive euthanasia of elderly patients. Nearly 30% of the
people who die in UK hospitals every year are
Outcast states the following:
by the Daily Mail that newborn babies are also being
put on “end-of-life” plans on the LCP:
has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in
the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. Writing in a leading
medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take
an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller
and shrunken.’ The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally
ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an
independent inquiry ordered by ministers. The investigation,
which will include child patients, will look at whether cash
payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced
doctors’ decisions. Medical critics of the LCP insist it is
impossible to say when a patient will die, and as a result the
LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is
a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the
This is what
we will be seeing with Obama Care if it is not totally destroyed.
It doesn’t need tinkering or “fixing.” It needs
to be euthanized totally.
What I described
above is already happening in our hospitals because of creeping
Obama Care. Euthanasia is pushed on the families of the dying by
physicians and care givers. Living wills are forced on everyone
and you are constantly asked by physicians and hospital personnel
if you have a living will. Do you realize how huge it would have
to be to cover every circumstance that could happen? The goal is
population reduction. The elite want us dead.
One must remember,
we had the finest healthcare in the world until the federal legislature
started passing laws that forced the cost of healthcare to rise
exponentially. Why? Many reasons, including additional federally
required paperwork for every patient, but mostly because those who
could afford to pay for insurance and healthcare were now also paying
for those who did not pay for it, including illegal immigrants.
of the hospitals on the southern border have closed because of bankruptcy.
Dialectic has been in play here to cause the desired synthesis
resulting in Obama Care, and the complete government control of
our entire medical industry.
Late last year
my good friend’s mother passed away. She was a lovely, dear
sweet Christian lady, and I loved talking to her. She had been in
pain for several years and yearned to go home to Jesus. Her daughter
told me what happened after her mother suffered several strokes
at the same time. Here is what transpired.
Late one night,
Jean suffered up to twelve massive strokes. The 911 ambulance took
her to Geisinger Hospital (Geisinger Health System in rural Pennsylvania).
The emergency room doctors admitted her to the hospital with IV
fluids. That afternoon, the staff wanted to talk to Jean’s
family about moving her to Hospice.
Jean was initially
being hydrated, but without the family’s knowledge, the IV
was removed that night. When the older daughter found out, she demanded
the hydration be continued. The IV was put back in Jean. The family
also preferred Jean remain in the hospital, but they were told that
was not going to happen. Geisinger does not want the death statistics
on their records.
were bombarded by the nurses and hospital staff to remove the fluid
IVs and get her to a nursing home. They told them that was why there
was a respiratory “death rattle,” because of continually
being hydrated. This was a total lie inasmuch as people not on hydration
have the same respiratory sounds prior to death. Jean’s husband
is a pastor and has attended many church members during their last
hours, so he knew they were not telling the truth. Remember, dehydration
is a painful way to die.
older daughter told the nurses her mother was responding, but the
nurses said she couldn’t be. The girls both knew she was responsive.
When her younger daughter said to Jean, “Mom, if you want
some water, open your mouth.” Jean smiled and opened her mouth.
Also, Jean and her husband had a private joke from their early married
days and when he talked to her about it, a big smile would spread
across her face.
inability to speak, she was communicating with her family. But when
the doctor came in and was told Jean was communicating with them,
the doctor sarcastically said, “Show me what she can do!”
told him that her mother gets excited when we talk about heaven
and the doctor answered, “Not that! Tell her to open her mouth.”
Jean responded to the doctor and opened her mouth. Then he said,
“Tell her to wiggle her toe.” Jean wiggled her toe.
The doctor realized Jean could hear him and ushered the family into
Three of the
doctors tried to push the family to move her to a nursing home or
Hospice. However, under Medicare, the nursing homes apparently aren’t
covered for “comfort care,” which is to simply keep
you comfortable until you die. They would have had to pay for comfort
care, because Jean didn’t need any skilled nursing. Those
who believe they have nursing home care under Medicare, may be surprised
to learn that they are not covered unless they need “skilled
nursing care,” not just “comfort care” in your
to remove hydration from Jean continued. The staff kept telling
the family they were prolonging her life unnecessarily. The doctor
was allowing 500 ml. every other day all dumped at once into her
now subcutaneous button (IV was removed and this port installed).
This amount is nothing in hydration. The doctor had ordered only
two cups of water every other day. Obviously, the staff was trying
to keep liquid to a bare minimum. Jean’s daughters knew this
because Jean’s lips were dry and cracked and she wanted water.
told the doctor to do it every day and to double the quantity because
they understood the hospital was withholding hydration to make her
die faster. Actually it’s “Kill
Grandma, get a bonus.” This is explained as a new cost-saving
measure that drastically reduces return hospital visits by the elderly,
because dead people don’t return to the hospital, of course,
and the faster they die, the less cost.
was forcing them to take Jean to either a nursing home which couldn’t
give Jean IV care, or to Hospice. Thankfully Hospice had a room
open up and it was only a mile from the hospital.
excellent care of Jean and she remained hydrated. The Hospice workers
brought in fresh flowers, sat with Jean and stayed three and four
hours over their shifts to be with her until she passed. They dressed
her in a pretty lacy feminine nightgown and had lovely sheets on
her bed. She was given no special pain cocktails and died peacefully
with her family at her side. The hydration did not prolong her life,
but it did make her last few days at least comfortable.
is the Geisinger Model Obama Praises?
that the Geisinger
Hospital Jean was in is considered a model
for Obama Care by the President. Obama
actually desires all American hospitals to follow the Geisinger
model. So, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.
Long Goodbye, by Joe Klein,
hospital is the mother ship of an extensive network of medical
practitioners tending to 2.6 million patients in 44 mostly rural
Pennsylvania counties. It was founded in 1915 by a widow named
Abigail Geisinger and first directed by Harold Foss, a surgeon
who had been an assistant to the famed Mayo brothers. Like the
Mayo Clinic, it employed a team approach, with doctors paid as
employees rather than independent operators cooperating on patient
care. “It’s like hiring a general contractor to supervise
the renovation of your house,” says Henry J. Aaron, a health
expert at the Brookings
Institute.” (Another nasty leftist think tank funded
by Rockefeller and Ford Foundations).
model, which is the emerging term of art for places like Mayo and
Geisinger, became a pioneer in computerization of medical records
and analyzing those records. Geisinger’s Proven Health
Navigator enrolls patients who are overseen electronically by
case managers. The elderly are even contacted in their homes by
these case manager nurses to see if they’re taking their medication,
eating the right things, keeping their doctor appointments, and
even weighing themselves (on Bluetooth scales that send the results
to the Geisinger computers). This way Geisinger can decide when
“end-of-life” care should commence, or lack of life-giving
care should end. Doesn’t this make you feel all warm and fuzzy
that a government approved health care facility will be watching
over you this closely, and when you step on a scale, the numbers
will go to the watchdog!
paid salaries and “outcome-based performance” bonuses
rather than by the services they perform. In fact, Joe Klein’s
article states that organizations who embrace these “outcome-based”
death panel systems actually receive cash bonuses from the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) savings plan, when they
save more money by pulling the plug on granny! Much of the savings
projected for Obama Care would come from a broader application of
this Mayo/Geisinger model.
these doctors receive depends upon how well they adhere to common
procedures. The Geisinger program, marketed as ProvenCare, eliminates
the physician “guesswork,” or “variability,”
by requiring every employee to follow an agreed-upon set of best
practices. They achieve these goals through standardization. Science
based protocols are “hard-wired” into the process. In
other words, for most procedures, one size fits all. This is “cookbook
rate the doctor’s performance, and since doctors are not always
the most sociable human beings, Geisinger trains them in a bedside-manner
orientation program called, “Patients 101.” This schools
them in basic procedures with members of the patient’s family.
Of course this is important in gaining the family’s trust.
Klein states in his article, “This sort of training
is especially important in a system in which doctors sometimes must
try to deny care requested by patients or their families that is
deemed unnecessary.” The time spent to train physicians
in developing a deeper level of patient trust and satisfaction comes
in handy when they talk the family into denying food and hydration
in order to save those dollars for the better of American health
care costs. In this manner, physicians are even able to convince
the family that any resuscitation efforts should be stopped and
DNR’s (Do Not Resuscitate) should be placed in the patient’s
employee physicians tell the patient’s family that dehydration
and starvation is not painful. In fact, in Klein’s article,
a fee-for-service physician like we’ve always been used to
in America would hydrate Klein’s father who was in kidney
failure. The Geisinger physicians’ attitude is that the patient
would be back to the hospital in just a month or six weeks, so let
him die. The physician said, “Renal failure is a good way
to go. You just go to sleep.” I often wonder how many of these
physicians have actually watched these patients they condemn to
Most of today’s
doctors, including some of mine, don’t like the Mayo-Geisinger
way of doing business. They say, “We don’t want to be
robots run by your computers.” Well they shouldn’t be,
but Obama Care may force all of them into this new health care model,
resulting of course in euthanasia and rationing of care.
This is the
Geisinger model of health care, being promoted by the liberal rags
such as Time magazine and Newsweek who are fully promoting
Obama Care, not just for cost savings, but for quicker population
reduction of the elderly baby boomers. Time Magazine’s article,
“How to Die,” promotes
death panels, killing
the elderly to save money (and earning those CMS bonuses!),
and even yanking feeding tubes out of your own dying parents! Newsweek’s
Case for Killing Granny,” discusses how curbing excessive
end-of-life care is good for America!
& Palliative Care
of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first
and only legitimate object of good government. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Here is a story
told to me by a dear pro-life friend about the passing of her grandfather-in-law.
I’ve heard similar stories many times.
breaking his hip and getting a replacement at age 92, he was sent
home with Hospice. For approx two weeks, Hospice told the family
he was to have no water or food, not even ice, even though his
85 year old girlfriend snuck him ice. He would take it. He was
cognitive and looked at you and still was laughing at our jokes.
My husband used to always pray and read the Bible when he visited.
If his grandfather even thought my husband was going to leave
without a prayer, he would request him to pray for him.
before he was murdered, my husband went to sing hymns to him and
his grandfather looked at him and tried to speak, but his mouth
was so dry he couldn’t. Grandfather’s daughters were
instructed to give him pain meds every two hours, a cocktail of
morphine, Benadryl and another one which is a respiratory suppressant.
The day before his death, I was massaging the back of his neck
and head which rigidity had already begun to set in, he RESPONDED
to my touch. The next day, Christmas Eve morning we were with
him. When we got there he GRUNTED at my husband as if to say,
pray for me! My husband did. Grandfather has just received his
“pain” medicine 20 minutes before, and the hospice
nurse gave him another syringe. I pulled my husband into the bathroom
and told him that she had just finished him off and he’d
be dead in ten minutes, Twelve minutes later, he was gone. I watched
this man who did not want to die, suffer from thirst and hunger.
I watched him be murdered by Hospice as his ignorant family stood
by and allowed it.”
The above story
is all too common in today’s society, whether it be in a hospital,
nursing home, Hospice care facility, or the home of the individual.
Hospice did not start out like this and was never intended to be
a passive euthanasia or pro-euthanasia organization.
There are three
individuals who have had the greatest impact on end-of-life care
in America: Physician Dame Cicely Saunders; Dean of Nursing (at
Yale) Florence Wald, RN, MN; and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, MD.
of Hospice, Dame Cicely Saunders, would never have allowed the inhuman
treatment of my friend’s relative. Her Hospice care was guided
by her Christian faith and by God’s Word.
Cicely Saunders and St. Christopher’s Hospice
be extremely beneficial in the care of terminal patients, and as
I reported in Part 2 of this series, they were wonderful to my friend’s
mother. Today however, there are many Hospice organizations. This
pioneering woman, physician Dame Cicely Saunders, opened the first
modern hospice in a residential suburb of London in 1967. Today,
St. Christopher’s Hospice welcomes around 4,000 visitors annually
and more than 50,000 health care professionals from all over the
world visit and train there. Dame Cicely believed in a service
that helps those at the end of the life by relieving their sufferings
but which would not hasten death in any manner.
set out in 1938 to study politics, philosophy, and economics at
Anne’s College, Oxford
University. In 1940, she left to become a student nurse at the
Nightingale Training School of London’s St.
As a student
nurse during WWII, she had witnessed terrible pain and suffering.
She came to believe three things were important in passing from
this world. She felt strongly that people needed relief from physical
pain, they needed help with the psychological and spiritual pain
of death, and they needed to preserve their dignity.
In 1948, she
fell in love with a patient, David Tasma, a Polish-Jewish refugee
who, having escaped from the Warsaw ghetto, was dying of cancer.
He left her 500 pounds to be what he called, “a window in
your home.” (Today this would be about $740.00. I don’t
know what the exchange would be in 1948.) That act, which helped
germinate the idea that became St Christopher’s, is remembered
by a plain sheet of glass in the entrance to the hospice.
As a result
of their conversations and his gift of love, Saunders discovered
her mission: to ease all kinds of end-of-life pain. In a 2002 interview
for The Daily Telegraph of London, she said, “I didn’t
set out to change the world; I set out to do something about pain.”
Saunders’ work was a “personal calling, underpinned by a powerful
religious commitment,” wrote David Clark, an English medical school
professor of palliative
care and Saunders’ biographer.
years in nursing, she went into training for social work. During
this time, she vacationed with some Christians, and went through
a conversion experience. In the late 1940s, Saunders was working
part-time at St Luke’s Home for the Dying Poor in Bayswater.
This position was one of the reasons which led her to begin studying
in 1951 at St
Thomas’s Hospital Medical School to become a physician.
her mission, she volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London,
where she remained for seven years and researched pain control.
It was while there that she met a second Pole, Antoni Michniewicz,
a patient with whom she fell in love. His death, in 1960, coincided
with the death of Saunders’ father, and another friend, and
put her into what she later called a state of “pathological
grieving.” She had already decided to set up her own hospice
focused on cancer patients, and said that Michniewicz’s death
had shown her that “as the body becomes weaker, so the spirit
patients at St. Joseph’s were perceived as beyond help, the
nuns didn’t stick to pain control guidelines. Saunders learned to
administer morphine before pain appeared, thus staying ahead of
the pain. This would later influence her ideas about pain management
and treatment. Saunders conceived of giving patients a regular pain
control schedule, which, in her words, “was like waving a wand over
friend advised Saunders that if she were dedicated to pain management
and caring for the terminally ill, people wouldn’t listen to a nurse.
So, at the age of 33, at a time when there were few women doctors,
she studied to be a physician. When she earned her medical degree
in 1957 she became the first modern doctor to devote her career
to dying patients. Antoni Michniewicz had inspired her to name her
own hospice for people in the final stage of life’s journey. He
suggested she name it after the patron saint of travelers, St. Christopher.
It would take her another ten years to open St. Christopher’s Hospice,
the world’s first modern hospice, and she’d spend more than
50 years trying to humanize the dying experience for patients and
claimed that after 11 years of thinking about the project, she had
drawn up a comprehensive blueprint and sought finance after reading
Psalm 37:5, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.” Saunders was dedicated to
improving care for the dying and their families. She recognized
the value in a person’s life up till the very end, and her
vision of end-of-life care is what was so inspiring to many Americans
who came to embrace the new way of caring for the dying. One of
her legacies is the change in pain management. Saunders questioned
practitioners’ fears that their dying patients would become
addicted to medications. Rather than respond to pain with intermittent
sedation, Saunders’ novel method of pain control provided a steady
state in which a dying patient could remain conscious and maintain
a good quality of life.
also instrumental in the history of UK medical ethics. She gave
one of the first London Medical Group (LMG) lectures on the subject
of pain, developing the talk into ‘The nature and Management
of Terminal pain‘ by 1972. This talk went on to be one
of the most often repeated and requested lectures of the LMG and
other such Medical Groups that sprung up around Great Britain where
it was often given as their inaugural lecture. Her talk on the care
of the dying patient was printed by the LMG in its series “Documentation
in Medical Ethics,” a forerunner of the “Journal
of Medical Ethics.”
of Hospice was an Englishwoman who had a huge impact on our world.
Yet, her philosophy was simple. As she said to patients, “You matter
because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.”
Dame Cicely died of cancer at the age of 87 in 2005, at St
Christopher’s Hospice, the hospice she herself had founded.
have enthusiastically accepted hospice as it was envisioned and
practiced by Dame Cicely Saunders: a service that relieves suffering
at the end-of-life but does not hasten death in any manner.
of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
are at any given moment living the totality of everything….The
vibrational oscillation of nature is quickening….Just remember
that you are God, and act accordingly.” ~ Shirley Maclaine
shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall
shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect. ~ Matthew 24:24, KJV
same time period when Dame Cicely Saunders developed the basic tenets
of Hospice philosophy, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross published results from
her groundbreaking studies of dying patients. Her books about the
psychological stages of response to catastrophe and her lectures
to health professionals helped to pave the way for the development
and acceptance of hospice programs in the United States. In her
Death and Dying she identified five stages of grief – denial,
anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance. Time Magazine remarked
of the book, “It has brought death out of darkness.” The topic and
study of death (thanatology)
had been avoided by many physicians, and the book quickly became
a standard text for professionals who work with terminally ill patients.
a Swiss-born American psychiatrist, pioneered the concept of providing
psychological counseling to the dying. Hospice care has subsequently
been established as an alternative to hospital care for the terminally
ill, and there has been more emphasis on counseling for families
of dying patients. However, Hospice has not been the American panacea
for dying patients which was envisioned in England by Dame Cicely
was one of three triplet girls born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1926.
Though she weighed only 2 pounds at birth, she credited her survival
to her mother’s attention and love. She witnessed two deaths
as a child that made a lasting impression upon her, and brought
her to the realization that death was a part of life. Elisabeth’s
experiences in Poland, during WWII, as well as her visit to Majdanek
Concentration Camp, as a volunteer relief worker, changed
her life forever. She decided to spend her life healing others.
In 1957, Kubler
graduated from the University
of Zurich School of Medicine. In 1958, she married Emanuel Robert
Ross, an American doctor she met in medical school. They moved to
New York for internships at Long Island’s Glen Cove Community
Hospital. Kubler-Ross then completed a three-year residency in psychiatry
State Hospital and trained for a year at Montefiore
Hospital in the Bronx.
second child was born in 1965, they moved to Chicago, where she
became an assistant professor of psychiatry at Billings
Hospital, affiliated with the University of Chicago. There,
she began to focus on the psychological treatment of terminally
ill patients suffering from anxiety. She found that many health
professionals preferred to avoid discussing death with them, leaving
patients facing death alone. Most health professionals are trained
to heal and treat disease, and are not trained in helping their
patients face death. Elisabeth led numerous seminars on death and
dying with care givers, doctors, nurses, ministers and others. In
her 1969 book, Kubler-Ross calls the belief in life after death
“a form of denial.” Later, her views shifted dramatically,
not to orthodox Christianity, but to new age philosophy. Finally,
at the age of forty-six, she quit that post to do research on what
death is like and to conduct weeklong workshops on life, death,
and the transition to afterlife.
research had convinced her that there certainly was an afterlife.
She was enamored by stories of near-death experiences (NDE’s)
and experienced her first apparition about this time. Elisabeth
claims that a former patient of hers appeared to her when she was
thinking of giving up her work. The woman, Mrs. Schwartz, got into
an elevator with her and accompanied her to her office where she
told her not to give up her work on death and dying. Kubler-Ross
that she must be hallucinating because the woman, Mrs. Schwartz,
had died ten months earlier. But when she asked her to write the
date and sign a note the woman
did so before disappearing.
As a result,
Elisabeth concluded that death does not exist in its traditional
definition; rather it occurs in four distinct phases: (1) floating
out of one’s body like a butterfly leaving its cocoon, assuming
an ethereal shape, experiencing a wholeness, and knowing what is
going on around oneself; (2) taking on a state of spirit and energy,
not being alone, and meeting a guardian angel or guide; (3) entering
a tunnel or transitional gate and feeling a light radiating intense
warmth, energy, spirit, and overwhelming love; and (4) being in
the presence of the Highest Source and undergoing a life review.
brought a following of New Age spiritual seekers but cost Kubler-Ross
much of her credibility in mainstream medical and academic circles.
Elisabeth came to believe in parapsychology
and out-of-body (OBE) experiences. According to parapsychologists,
there are different types of OBE’s. Reciprocal
apparitions of the living are those in which experients (those
experiencing the OBE) and agents see each other. “Bilocation”
is a person’s ability to be in two places at the same time. The
agent’s appearance is called a double. These events may be spontaneous,
intentional and drug or electronically induced. NDEs, are those
in which people, declared physically dead, leave the body, observe
what’s happening, return to the body, and describe the experience.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was one of the major pioneers in this phenomenon.
In previous centuries, when psychic phenomena were called the “occult,”
OBEs were called astral
In 1875, occultist,
Helena Blavatsky established the Theosophical
Society to study Eastern religions and science. She based her
teachings on what she learned from sojourns in Asia. According to
Theosophists, human aren’t entities of their physical bodies, but
are theorized to be complex creatures of many ones. There’s an astral
body that’s thought to be a replica of the physical one. The concept
of an astral body was related to OBEs when paranormal phenomena
were called the occult. It was postulated that the astral body,
attached to the physical one by a silver cord that traveled. It
was believed that, if cords broke, experiments would die.
At about this
time, Kubler-Ross became convinced of the reality of her own “spiritual
guides” and she eventually moved to California in early
1976 to pursue these beliefs. There, she founded a healing center
near Escondido (eventually called Shanti Nilaya, a Sanskrit phrase
that she understood to mean “the final home of peace.”)
It was envisioned by her as the first of a worldwide network of
retreats affirming “survival of the spirit after death in
the form a living entity.” Shanti Nilaya was where she could
have a base for her workshops, explore out-of-body experiences,
and develop a new lecture entitled “Death and Life after Death.”
In 1976, Elisabeth
an unfortunate experience with a charlatan, Jay Barham, and
his wife, Marti. Barham ran a San Diego based church called the
“Facet of Divinity, ” where he encouraged members to
engage in sexual relations with the “spirits.” Link
Elisabeth participated with the Barhams at gatherings where they,
as mediums, or channelers, claimed to materialize spirit guides
into human form. (When researching all of this, my mind kept jumping
to Shirley Maclaine and her firm belief in these same new age teachings.)
Kubler-Ross’s reputation was severely tarnished when, in l979,
Jay Barham had sexually seduced a number of females, including,
allegedly, an underage girl. (Spirit Channeling.
The idea behind this is to allow the spirits to overtake one’s
body and speak through them. This teaching is prevalent in the new
age movement. This is where the occult really begins to enter New
Age practice, eventually leading to other routines such as trances
and clairvoyance.) I urge you to read this short article, “Sex,
Visitors from the Grave, Psychic Healing: Kubler-Ross is a Public
Storm Center Again,” to understand Elisabeth’s
endorsement of the New Age and Barham’s supposed ability to
heal the sick and conjure up materialized spirits, which he calls
this, from Robert
Yahnke (The Gerontologist, 2005, v. 45, 426-428), reviewing
a film on Kubler-Ross:
film is admirably honest about the strange relationship Kubler-Ross
developed with a spiritualist charlatan that led to the closing
of Shanti Nilaya, the center she founded in California. It is
common knowledge in the “death and dying” community
that in a dark room the charlatan embodied the spirits of dead
husbands and suggested he have sex with their widows. Kubler-Ross’s
sister tells how she tried to dissuade Kubler-Ross. She calls
channeling spirits “hocus pocus” and “hogwash.”
Chaplain Imara says that what happened in those séances was transparently
also this observation of interest from Yahnke:
five-stage theory of dying has been largely discarded by scholars
and practitioners. The theory could neither be empirically validated
nor did it prove useful in making care plans for hospice patients.
Her later writings were largely restatements of her first book
or were claims about spiritual realities, especially life after
death, that rested on faith, not science.”
In 1990, Elisabeth
moved to Virginia and bought a 300 acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley.
She founded the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center on the property. She
planned to adopt AIDs infected babies and bring them to her Center.
However, this was met with great hostility. She suffered a series
of break-ins at the Center, and her home and all her possessions
were burned in a suspicious fire. Her son convinced her to move
to Arizona and this is where her Foundation
is today. Shortly after her move, she suffered a debilitating and
paralyzing stroke. She continued to believe in the afterlife and
spirit guides, and said her belief in reincarnation
initially inspired her opposition to euthanasia. (Reincarnation.
The meaning behind this word is “again in flash.” New
Agers believe that they will continue to be reincarnated until they
have the right “karma” or have lived correctly. It is
only at this point that they find their perfect peace.)
In her autobiography,
Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying (1997), Kubler-Ross
said she was enduring a “miserable” life resulting from
pain and the limitations of her paralysis. Although she was “anxious
to graduate” she remained opposed to efforts to foreshorten
life (p. 280). Instead, she asserted that “our only purpose
in life is growth” and that her task in these circumstances
was to learn patience even as she was totally dependent on others
for care (p. 281).
In a 1997 interview,
she stated, “My only regret is that for 40 years I spoke
of a good God who helps people, who knows what you need and how
all you have to do is ask for it. Well, that’s baloney. I
want to tell the world that it’s a bunch of bull. Don’t
believe a word of it.”
opposed physician assisted suicide, and detested the likes of Jack
Kevorkian, she apparently changed her mind on suicide as a legitimate
option. She died August 24, 2004.
Kubler-Ross’s path in life never attained the peace and understanding
of the Christian doctor and original Hospice founder, Dame Cicely
The next article
in this series will focus on agnostic and pro-euthanasia American
Hospice founder, Florence Wald, RN, MN, former Dean of Nursing at
Ideology Of American Hospice Founder Florence Wald
we must be wary of those who are too willing to end the lives of
the elderly and the ill. If we ever decide that a poor quality of
life justifies ending that life, we have taken a step down a slippery
slope that places all of us in danger. There is a difference between
allowing nature to take its course and actively assisting death.
The call for euthanasia surfaces in our society periodically, as
it is doing now under the guise of “death with dignity”
or assisted suicide. Euthanasia is a concept, it seems to me, that
is in direct conflict with a religious and ethical tradition in
which the human race is presented with ” a blessing and a
curse, life and death,” and we are instructed ‘…therefore,
to choose life.” I believe ‘euthanasia’ lies outside
the commonly held life-centered values of the West and cannot be
allowed without incurring great social and personal tragedy. This
is not merely an intellectual conundrum. This issue involves actual
human beings at risk…”
~ C. Everett Koop, M.D., taken from the book KOOP, The
Memoirs of America’s Family Doctor by C. Everett Koop,
M.D., Random House, 1991, Florence Wald and American Hospice
is the most famous leader of the modern American hospice movement.
She was born Florence Sophie Schorske in New York on April 19, 1917.
She received a B.A. from Mount
Holyoke College in 1938 and an M.N. from Yale
School of Nursing in 1941. She received a second master’s
degree from Yale University in mental health nursing in 1956, and
became an instructor at the school’s nursing program. In 1959,
she became Dean of Yale’s School of Nursing. The Yale School
of Nursing was founded in 1923 with funding from the Rockefeller
entrance into hospice came about after she attended a 1963 lecture
at Yale by Dr. Cicely Saunders, founder of St. Christopher’s
Hospice in London. Saunders’ lecture emphasized minimizing
pain in terminal cancer patients so that they could focus on their
relationships and prepare for death. Wald immediately began reshaping
the nursing school curriculum to put more focus on patients and
their families and to emphasize care of the dying. Feeling further
effort was required, Wald resigned as dean and went to London to
study at St. Christopher’s. Upon her return, she organized
the first U.S. hospice in Branford in 1971. Connecticut Hospice,
which began by offering in-home care but eventually built its own
inpatient facility, became a model for hospice care here and abroad.
an agnostic and secular humanist, was an open advocate of euthanasia
and assisted suicide, while Saunders, a devout Christian, opposed
the practice and believed hospice made it unnecessary.
and influential as Florence Wald was, she sharply disagreed with
Dame Cicely Saunders’ life-affirming approach to end-of-life
care and said: “I know that I differ from Cicely Saunders,
who is very much against assisted suicide. I disagree with her view
on the basis that there are cases in which either the pain or the
debilitation the patient is experiencing is more than can be borne,
whether it be economically, physically, emotionally, or socially.
For this reason, I feel a range of options should be available to
the patient, and this should include assisted suicide.”
So, is Wald
saying assisted suicide should be made available for society’s
economic needs? Or perhaps she’s referring to the family’s
inheritance? Economic because it costs the family too much or the
health care system too much? Social reasons because a dying family
member is a stressful situation on the family?
pro-euthanasia type of hospice is what is being delivered in many
parts of this country, though many hospice professionals will strongly
deny that. Those who do remain faithful to Dr. Saunders life-affirming
vision, who relieve the suffering of the dying until a natural death
occurs in its own timing, will say they do not hasten death. Those
who do hasten death will say the same. The public often has no way
of knowing which type of hospice their loved one will experience.
leaders have spoken out against euthanasia and assisted suicide,
and the whole American hospice movement has rapidly expanded since
its inception. In 1983, Congress required Medicare to pay for hospice
care, which put the treatment in mainstream medical practice. According
to the Center for Nursing Advocacy, in 2010 over 5,100 hospice programs
served nearly 1.6 million patients a year in the United States.
once a grass-roots, home-based model of end-of-life care, but is
now part and parcel of corporate medicine. In 2005, for-profit organizations
accounted for half of all hospices, and they charted profits of
about 12 percent from 2001 to 2005, according
to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).
remain true to the Cicely Saunders’ life-affirming mission
will not hesitate to proclaim the sanctity of life, while they intervene
to relieve suffering at the end-of-life. Those for-profit and volunteer
hospices that are willing to hasten death normally do not speak
about the sanctity of life, and they do not teach their staff to
never impose death. In fact, their training results in quite the
opposite. The hospice industry has marketed itself as this “compassionate
thing” that exists all over the country and is filled with
angelic staff who care and work the kind of wonders Dame Saunders
There are thousands
of stories of wonderful care received from hospices and how the
patient and the family have benefited. There are also thousands
of stories of patients being put to an early death by overdosing
with pain cocktails or by dehydration and starvation. There has
been a very slick, sophisticated and well-financed campaign to completely
twist the positive contributions of hospice into something the public
would never openly accept.
To be perfectly
clear, water and sustenance are not heroic efforts to keep the
dying alive. This is keeping the patient comfortable. When sustenance
cannot be delivered, at least hydration can be given to keep the
body comfortable. However, there comes a point where the patient’s
body shuts down, and neither food nor water are desired or taken
and death is imminent.
Care and Terminal Sedation
care is not exclusively practiced in a hospice. It is the specialization
in the field of medicine which relieves the distressing symptoms
of any serious illness at any stage of life, whether terminally
ill or not. The World
Health Organization states that:
care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients
and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening
illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means
of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment
of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
palliative care is used by a majority of hospices today. This often
involves permanently sedating the patient, allowing the patient
to dehydrate and die. It looks outwardly peaceful as the patient
is made to sleep in a medically-induced coma, but the patient’s
death is the result. Terminally-sedating the patient is something
that can be done in hospice that doesn’t outwardly appear
like euthanasia where a lethal agent is given. (Morphine is the
potent opiate which directly effects the central nervous system.
It has neurotoxic effects on the brain. Overdoses lead to asphyxia
and respiratory depression. It slows metabolism, causes incontinence,
and has acute and chronic effects on the endocrine system, blood,
the heart and lungs. The hospice “cocktail” usually
consists of Ativan,
It also doesn’t outwardly appear like assisted suicide where
a patient takes a lethal medication prescribed by a physician. Terminal
sedation is more subtle and deceptive. This is what happened to
my friend’s relative who I told about in Part 3. The man wanted
to be with his family, but food and water was denied by hospice.
(Yes, there are hospices that refuse to give any food or water and
you must sign on to that when they are hired.) The sedating “cocktails”
were given to the point where respiratory function was decreased
enough to cause early death.
medicine is commonly used by hospice to relieve many symptoms of
the dying patient. It is precise and tuned especially for each patient’s
illness. However, there are facilities wherein every patient is
sedated because all the patients are “agitated.” It
is a perversion of hospice as well as palliative care. It is a deliberate
railroading of patients to an imposed death, a hastened death through
“palliative” or “terminal” sedation.
to many, terminal, palliative or “total” sedation is
so commonly used today to hasten death (a method of stealth euthanasia)
that it is defined by the pro-euthanasia Compassion and Choice’s
to Go Resource Guide” glossary. They define it as:
continuous administration of medication to relieve severe, intractable
symptoms that cannot be controlled while keeping the patient conscious.
This treatment renders the patient unconscious and relieves suffering
by inducing an artificial coma. The unconscious state is maintained
until death occurs.”
it is used way too often on patients who are not having severe,
intractable symptoms that cannot be controlled while they are conscious.
Patients Alliance states, “In many cases, the Adult
Protective Service system is even used to intimidate those who truly
care about the patient and object to clinically unnecessary or harmful
interventions. These can be as common as giving morphine when there
is no pain, sedating a patient who is not agitated, depriving the
patient of needed medications when they are still benefiting from
them or not providing food and fluids as needed when they patient
is still benefiting from them. We have received many calls from
families who tell us the hospice falsely accused them of being a
threat to their own loved one and called APS when they voiced their
objections to the death-protocols being implemented at the hospice.
So we have those who truly care about the patient being accused
of being a threat, and those who hasten death in charge of the agency
entrusted to care for the patient!”
Society and Hospice
of the sanctity of life simply do not know how deep this all goes
and how successful the heirs of the original Euthanasia Society
of America have been in our nation. They do not know how
the Euthanasia Society is connected with the largest segment of
the hospice industry in America, and when some have finally
understood it, they have been shocked. Most of those who affirm
the sanctity of life view hospice as the rightful alternative to
euthanasia and assisted suicide. Sadly, this is becoming a rarity.
hospice organization in our nation is the successor organization
to the Euthanasia Society of America. According to the most prominent
hospice leaders in the world, many hospices in the United States
today have no reservations about hastening death through “terminal
sedation,” or “palliative sedation.” Federal
regulations governing hospice are far fewer in number than those
protecting patients in nursing homes or hospitals, or that state
agencies inspect hospices less frequently than nursing homes or
hospitals. Some hospices may go years without being inspected at
all. Because of the HIPAA
privacy regulations, nobody interested in researching what is actually
going on in hospice can get access to the data, so hospices that
have an agenda can act without any outside interference or supervision.
Cicely Saunders, a majority of leaders at the top of today’s
hospice certainly look nothing like the sanctity-of-life hospice
Dr. Saunders founded, yet they pretend to be. They are what we call
utilitarians, interested in the profits, and expansion of their
influence and business. The leaders at the top of the National
Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (“NHPCO”)
are the Euthanasia Society of America’s heirs and benefactors
philosophically. The NHPCO is legally and corporately the final
successor organization of the Euthanasia Society in the very strictest
sense of the terms.
Society of America successors, especially in hospice, are now proceeding
with their plan to implement stealth euthanasia for citizens whose
“quality of life” is deemed “unworthy of life.”
The elderly and severely disabled are the targets, which feeds right
into Obama Care. They don’t and won’t have to be the
“very” elderly or “very” disabled. With
Obama Care it will be the “not-so-elderly” (even 60
years old) or disabled, being placed in hospice and dying shortly
thereafter, even though they had no terminal illness at all. Others
warned about these developments:
an era of cost control and managed care, patients with lingering
illnesses may be branded an economic liability, and decisions
to encourage death can be driven by cost. As Acting U.S. Solicitor
General Walter Dellinger warned in urging the Supreme Court to
uphold laws against assisted suicide: “The least costly
treatment for any illness is lethal medication.”
Here is the
succession of name changes the Euthanasia Society of America has
gone through. It is from Ron Panzer’s book, Stealth
Euthanasia, Health Care Tyranny in America.
who work with the elderly and dying have contacted me with first
hand stories of what they’ve seen with hospice care. Others
have been family members who have witnessed the lack-of-care in
nursing homes and hospitals, as well as the euthanasia tactics of
many hospice care givers. Still, some have been treated to wonderful
care, the sanctity-of-life treatment Dame Cicely Saunders wanted
for all of us who will eventually face death.
Medicare/Medicaid, Hospice & The Euthanasia Society
order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people
per day.” Dr. Jacques Cousteau
Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced
resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”
-Professor Maurice King
been a cancer doctor for over 30 years, and I think the proper role
for a doctor is to take care of the patient. Assisted suicide should
not be in the realm of medicine.” ~ Dr. Kenneth Stevens
The first living
will was conceived in 1967 by Luis Kutner, a human-rights lawyer
in Chicago, and cofounder of the pro-abortion
in conjunction with the Euthanasia Society of America. The living
wills were distributed by the Euthanasia
musings about death anticipated the day when medicine would cross
the line from prolonging life to prolonging dying. In 1967, he wrote
his first ”living will,” a document that allows a person
to specify under what conditions life-support systems should be
discontinued. In 1930 Mr. Kutner helped found an American chapter
of the Euthanasia Society, modeled after an English counterpart
that included, playwright and eugenic extremist, George
Bernard Shaw and Julian
Huxley (the first Director-General of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a member of the
The idea did
not catch on, but in 1938 the Rev.
Charles Potter founded the Society for the Right to Die.
In April, 1984, a team of prominent doctors published in the New
England Journal of Medicine a set of guidelines for treatment of
gravely ill patients, concluding it was ethical to withhold
nutrition and even medicine if it only prolonged a painful death.
who doubts that the Living Will, which is urged upon all Americans,
comes from the Euthanasia Society can read the main article proposing
its adoption written by attorney, Luis Kutner in 1969 entitled,
“Due Process of Euthanasia: The Living Will, A Proposal,”
[Indiana Law Journal v.
44, 1969, p. 549] The Living Will was written to create a due process
of euthanasia. In addition, in 1970, the Euthanasia Society of America
distributed 60,000 living wills. They knew where
they were leading American society, but the misguided, trusting
Americans couldn’t see it.
intention in creating the Living Will was to provide a way that
governmental authorities could allow a form of euthanasia. The living
wills were “sold”
to the public as patients determining what type of care they would
or would not want, but their main effect is to limit care that might
allow them to live longer, an incremental step
toward open euthanasia. The euthanasia-supporting organizations
gave us the Advance Directives and the Living
Wills, and now we have the P.O.L.S.T. forms (Physician
Orders for [Limiting] Life-Sustaining Treatment) which are spreading
across the country.
the public today never thinks they are agreeing to “euthanasia”
when they make out a living will, the effect of filling one out
can interfere with getting treatment if you change your mind and
want care. For example, some physicians will “write off”
patients who have a Do-Not-Resuscitate order or a Living Will and
simply provide “comfort care” while refusing to treat
easily-treated problems. The result is ultimately death for the
If you are
having any form of surgery, one of the first questions you’ll
be asked is if you have a “living will.” If you do,
I’d suggest you destroy it. If you don’t, then congratulations,
you’re one of the few who have refused to be brainwashed into
providing a way for the medical industry to deny you care, and perhaps
bring about your early demise.
Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590)
has already modified how Medicare will be run. Under Section 3021,
“Establishment of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation,”
the Secretary of Health and Human Services “shall adjust the
payments made to an eligible safety net hospital system or network
from a fee-for-service payment structure to a global
capitated payment model.” [H.R.3590 p.205] Going
from a Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement system that pays fees
for each service provided, to a system that has a cap on
payments made for all services provided to a patient is one
of the most significant changes to Medicare ever made and will certainly
result in drastic changes. In Part
2 of this series I told about the Geisinger Hospital programs
President Obama has praised. They have already moved away from the
medical standard of fee-for-service.
have to change what tests, surgeries and treatments they provide
if they know the amount they will be paid is capped for each patient
they serve! This certainly will result in more people dying for
lack of care, or needed life-saving surgeries, or even for surgeries
like knee or hip replacements.
to Medicare/Medicaid are not being seen by the majority of the public,
nor are they being reported by the controlled media. These changes
are also being made to all health care. We are quickly moving from
a sanctity-of-life society to one that closely resembles Hitler’s
eugenics program, targeting the elderly and disabled for early death.
The changes aren’t for efficiency, they’re for something
Those of us
on Medicare or Medicaid are already experiencing the decisions made
by unelected bureaucrats in D.C. (Remember, in
older dictionaries, “Soviet” is defined as unelected
councils.) America’s seniors are stuck with Medicare even
though in 1965 when it became law, it was a “voluntary”
program. Lyndon Johnson pressured all private health insurers to
cancel all policies available to seniors. And get this, if a senior
wants to opt-out of Medicare they have to give up
their Social Security, even though we’ve paid into it all
our lives. Only the very wealthy (think politicians) can opt out.
Medicare is a monster program that has NEVER been run efficiently
and has been crippled
by fraud from day one, and is in enormous debt.
parties are silently promoting the stealth euthanasia already begun
long ago in America. The past generous benefits of Medicare are
to be phased out to make the program more “efficient.”
The politicians tell us there is no rationing of care, and truly
there are no “formal” death panels. However, they have
set in motion the processes that reduce reimbursement under the
guise of “limiting expenditures,” or “keeping
costs down,” and these processes will result in rationed care.
The HMOs, and private health insurance companies will make decisions
knowingly resulting in denied tests, denied treatments, and certain
death in many cases. When the federal government completely takes
over health care, test and treatment denials will be the equivalent
of death for many.
creates several methods which are likely to result in rationed care.
Payment Advisory Board” (IPAB) is allegedly not allowed
to make recommendations that result in rationing, but it can and
will exert pressure on providers by reducing how much they get paid
to provide a service. It’s all about our money folks.
Media states, “The IPAB would consist of 15 members
appointed by the president (and confirmed by the Senate), empowered
to decide what medical tests and procedures Medicare would cover
and how much it would pay providers. However, giving this power
to the IPAB would put tremendous medical decision-making
in the hands of unelected officials with minimal accountability.
We’ve already seen a foretaste of this when a federal government
medical panel attempted to save money by restricting
screening mammography to women over age 50, even though decades
of medical research has shown clear benefits to starting annual
mammograms at age 40.”Although the Obama administration stated
that the IPAB would not ration medical care, its power to set payments
to doctors and hospitals would give it de facto rationing power.
Once the feds
take over management of the entire health care system, (as in Medicare
and Medicaid), it will have control over how care is delivered,
what care is available, and who receives the care…. or not.
It controls how much providers are paid…the very reason physicians
are being driven from the field! According to the Association of
American Medical Colleges, America will face a shortage of more
than 90,000 doctors in 10 years. With the growing population of
baby boomers and the shortage of doctors, anyone with a brain can
see what will happen. The Agenda 21 planners will eliminate a good
many of us just because we can no longer receive lifesaving care.
of both stripes are promoting palliative and hospice care as the
destination for us all. There is no need for the “death panel.”
Rationed care will result in early death for the elderly, ill, and
of The Lifetree
Organization tells us, “Thanks to Big Death –
a collection of heavily funded non-profit hospice and palliative
care groups – the line between palliative care (pain relief;
symptom management) and imposed death has become blurred.”
were more than twice as many Medicare hospice patients in 2008 than
in 1998.” — Hospice
Data 1998-2008 – Centers for Medicare Services. With the
number of patients, i.e., “customers,” increasing by
10% every year, without fail, the Corporate Hospice industry will
grow exponentially. “Expenditures for the Medicare hospice
benefit have increased approximately $1 billion per year. In fiscal
year (CY) 1998, expenditures for the Medicare hospice benefit were
$2.2 billion, while in CY 2008, expenditures for the Medicare hospice
benefit were $11.2 billion.” (Source: Health Care Information
System (HCIS)].” — Hospice Data 1998-2008 – Centers
for Medicare Services).
In 2009, only
about 40% of hospice patients were cancer patients. However, in
the 1980s, almost all of them were! Patients are now being shunted
into hospice because they are elderly, some may be weak, others
with minor non-Alzheimer’s forgetfulness, and not always with
terminal diseases. Sometimes the elderly are not receiving proper
care, either by family or in nursing homes and become frail and
weak. Then they are shunted into hospice. The plan is for 100% of
Americans to die in Hospice. The cost for acute care is much too
high to be “sustainable,” according to our government.
Some private insurers are creating “Advanced Illness”
programs where patients are admitted for care by a hospice agency
even though they are not expected to die within six months. This
appears to be a move to save money by having patients die sooner
with fewer or no hospitalizations, thereby saving the private insurance
company (and the government) significant expenditures and increasing
What used to
be a strictly volunteer program for the dying patient is now very
big business. The CEO of the largest nonprofit hospice in the country,
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast,
is Mary Labyak, and she has told her staff, “We’ve
got to corner the market.” This is corporate mentality,
and it’s all about money, not caring for the patients at end-of-life.
Labyak’s salary in 2009 was $320,347. Labyak is regularly
placed on the board of directors of the nation’s largest hospice
lobbying group, the National Hospice
and Palliative Care Organization.
of Michigan, Inc., the second largest nonprofit hospice
in the U.S., reports it paid $447,008 in 2009 to its CEO, Dorothy
of the Western Reserve, Inc., the third largest nonprofit
hospice in the U.S., reports it paid $323,740 in 2008 to its CEO,
The top level
policymakers, most of them unelected, have decided
that people will die in hospice or palliative care units, and that
they will be pushed into hospice through a wide variety of means.
Researchers at Duke University found that hospice reduced Medicare
costs in 2009 at about $3.6 billion. With the baby boomers aging,
imagine the increase in “cost savings” for the government
as hospice doubles in the years to come.
most prominent hospice physicians (such as Joanne
Lynn, MD and Ira
Byock, MD) are proponents of terminal sedation to hasten death.
Willard Gaylin, MD, co-founder of the Hastings
Center is a proponent of euthanasia who applauds the efforts
to expand the definition of “death” in order to overcome
obstacles to legally performing euthanasia. Gaylin is widely accepted
in the mainstream media and policymaking circles, and the Hastings
Center is one of the organizations that has most influenced the
modern American hospice industry to betray its original mission
to care, not kill.
are hurried along toward death, the savings skyrocket. Obama Care’s
cost savings will come from the baby boomers being euthanized quickly
rather than being treated for illnesses, chronic or otherwise, at
the end of their lives. Not only is this part of the United Nations
Agenda 21 plan of population reduction, but this will rid America
of those who still remember what this country was founded on and
our God given rights. We are considered “useless eaters.”
The plan is a fait accompli.
Policy Makers & Those Who Fund It
(1901), described the coming “world state” where there
would be “the merciful obliteration of “weak and silly
and pointless” people.
Hugh Benson’s, Lord
of the World (1907), he said there would be Ministers of
Euthanasia (like Jack Kevorkian) in 1998 under American Socialism.
(A few years later, but I believe we’re there.)
Emanuel, MD, who our President appointed Health Advisor, promotes
Lives System” that is being implemented to ration care.
(Dr. Emanuel makes a clear choice: “When implemented, the
“complete lives system” produces a priority curve on
which individuals aged roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial
chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get changes that
Berwick, who our President appointed administrator of the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is a strong proponent of
Effectiveness Research” which will also be used to ration
care. (In the United Kingdom, rather than focusing on the individual
needs of patients, the National Health Service (NHS) uses comparative
and cost-effectiveness information to limit options as a
budgetary tool.) There is little doubt the same will happen in the
Under the new
Care Organizations” are set up which will force very aggressive
rationing practices by medical groups. (The health-care law calls
for paying providers for the services they use and for rewarding
them for any savings, initially in the Medicare program.)
Sunstein, who our President appointed “Regulatory Czar,”
(and who thankfully resigned) states that unless you specifically
record your wish not to donate organs, doctors should be
able to harvest your organs (should you be declared “brain
dead”) for donation on the basis of “presumed consent,”
even if you never actually give consent. He also has stated that
an economic crisis can be “used
to usher socialism into the United States.”
Holdren as “Science Czar.” Holdren is the co-author
of the 1977 book, Ecoscience
that promotes ideas like forced sterilizations and abortions to
limit population growth, compelling single mothers to give up their
children to others, putting chemicals in water supplies to prevent
births, and a planetary world government that would implement these
ideas for the good of the world.
MD, has stated,
“services provided to individuals who are irreversibly
prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not
basic and should not be guaranteed.” These are
the people in society who Emanuel considers “useless eaters.”
They are no longer productive, and therefore, these vulnerable citizens
This is not
surprising since Dr. Emanuel is a fellow at the Hastings
Center … the same Hastings Center co-founded by the euthanasia
proponent, Willard Gaylin, MD … the same Hastings Center whose
other co-founder, Daniel Callahan, explained in 1983 that taking
all food and fluid away from vulnerable patients was probably the
only way to make sure certain patients actually die (without legalization
of euthanasia in America). This is the same Hastings Center that
has worked side-by-side with hospice industry leaders to transform
hospice and palliative care into the practical laboratory where
its utilitarian, pro-euthanasia ideas are implemented, practices
we now know as stealth euthanasia and direct euthanasia. Link
on Death in America, financed by billionaire George
Soros and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation poured more than
$200 million over the last decade into end-of-life programs and
Wood Johnson II built the family firm of Johnson
& Johnson into the world’s largest health products
maker. He died in 1968. He established the foundation at his death
with 10,204,377 shares of the company’s stock. The Robert
Woods Johnson Foundation has given the Hemlock/Partnership for
Caring and Last Acts merger, now known as Last Acts
Partnership, over $1 million. According to the foundation, a
longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood and euthanasia, Last
Acts was the launching pad for an $11.25 million grant to “elevate
awareness” and “inspire improvements” on end of
life health care. The Johnson Foundation stated, “The program
works at a number of clinical sites to encourage doctors to introduce
palliative care earlier in patients’ diagnoses and to change
the culture of medical institutions, which often focus exclusively
on cure.” In other words, promote euthanasia, but do it deceptively.
The Soros project
plans to act as a resource center to encourage other donors to support
death-and-dying causes. Robert Woods Johnson Foundation is still
making grants and supporting the work to change how Americans think
about dying and how they die. They are funding the National Hospice
& Palliative Care Organization’s “Caring Connections”
program. The leaders at the top of the National
Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (“NHPCO”)
are the Euthanasia Society of America’s heirs and benefactors
philosophically. The NHPCO is legally and corporately the final
successor organization of the Euthanasia Society in the very strictest
sense of the terms.
World Federation of Right To Die Societies (which “consists
of 44 right to die organizations from 25 countries), states
that it “strongly believes the manner and time of dying should
be left to the decision of the individual, … and that the
voluntarily expressed will of individuals, … should be respected
by all concerned as an expression of intrinsic human rights.”
The list includes many well-known pro-euthanasia organization names,
Death with Dignity,
Choice in Dying, Final
prominently in the successor organizations of the Euthanasia
Society of America is none other than the familiar hospice organization,
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization! Why shouldn’t
it be? The NHPCO commonly gives out living wills, and advance directives.
article exposes George Soros’ Social Agenda for America. His
puppet, Barack Obama, is doing his bidding with the passage of The
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act!
Research Center’s article, “George
Soros’ Social Agenda for America,”
Soros’ policy interests appear quixotic. Euthanasia, like
drug use, has little public support, and Americans look at public
policy proposals to make it lawful with reactions ranging from skepticism
to revulsion. Soros, however, approaches the popular reaction as
an opportunity for public education. His grant making in this area
is a form of national tutoring that he no doubt expects will eventually
have a long-term impact–reaching even to rulings of the U.S.
In a November
1994 lecture at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York
City, Soros revealed one motive for his interest: “Voters
in Oregon just approved a law that makes it the first state to lift
the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide. As the
son of a mother who was a member of the Hemlock Society …
I cannot but approve.” Founded in 1980, the Hemlock
Society is a nonprofit group that advocates the right of the terminally-ill
to commit suicide and calls for passage of laws permitting physician-assisted
Soros began giving money to start the “Project on Death in
America” (PDIA), whose purpose is “to understand and
transform the culture and experience of dying and bereavement through
funding initiatives in research, scholarship, the humanities, and
the arts, and to foster innovations in the provision of care, public
education, professional education, and public policy.” OSI
(Soros’ Open Society Institute) remains a strong supporter
of PDIA; in 2000 the foundation contributed a three-year $15 million
grant to sustain its mission.
goal is to transform American attitudes toward death by changing
public attitudes about physician-assisted suicide.
backing has helped drug legalization proponents gain a new respectability,
and he aims to do the same for supporters of euthanasia. PDIA’s
large annual budget $5 million has helped it achieve
prominence. PDIA director Kathleen
M. Foley has testified before Congress on physician-assisted
suicide, and PDIA-linked physician Susan
Block, MD, a psychiatrist with the Dana Farber Cancer
Institute in Boston, last year argued in the pages of the New England
Journal of Medicine that “physician-assisted death may be
an acceptable option of last resort.”
At a conference
funded by PDIA, Dr. Robert Twyncross of Oxford University, lectured
participants about America’s medical system. Twyncross lamented
that U.S. medicine was “hell-bent on defying death
as if that were wrong and referred favorably to Britain’s
socialist health system.
OSI also made grants to the Death with Dignity National Center ($100,000)
and the Oregon Death with Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center
($75,000). National Death with Dignity describes itself as “the
premier educational organization dedicated to discussing physician
aid in dying openly, seriously, and with intellectual rigor.”
The Oregon group works to make the state the first to allow “terminally
ill individuals meeting stringent safeguards to hasten their own
deaths.” Founded in 1993, it would make it legal for ailing
people to obtain lethal drug prescriptions. Another Oregon-based
group, the Compassion in Dying Federation of America (CDFA), has
received OSI funding $150,000 in 1998 and $125,000 in 1999.
CDFA supports “aid-in-dying for terminally ill, mentally competent
adults” and claims “assurance of a humane death enhances
the celebration of life.”
PDIA made grants totaling $5,105,000 to groups concerned with what’s
called “end of life” assistance for ailing people, such
as palliative care for the terminally ill elderly. Other programs
such as the PDIA “Social Work Leadership Development Awards”
aim to increase the prestige of social workers committed to “end
of life care” and help make them “mentors” and
“role models” for a new generation of social workers.
The World Health
Organization (W.H.O.) and George Soros are tightly intertwined.
Kathleen M. Foley, MD is the medical director of the International
Palliative Care Initiative of Soros’s Open Society Foundations
Public Health Program. They are working to advance palliative care
globally, but not the palliative care of those who respect life.
Instead, this is “palliative sedation,” as described
in Part 5. The George
Soros-funded group, together with Robert Woods Johnson Foundation,
financed much of the extreme changes in end-of-life care through
the 1990s and up to the present time. The booklet, “The
Solid Facts, Palliative Care,” edited by Elizabeth Davies
and Irene Higginson, and distributed by W.H.O., was supported by
Foundation with collaboration of the Soros-funded Open
Society Institute! Other members of WHO’s palliative care
leadership team include, among others, Joanne
Wickham, PhD, Executive Director of the Life Tree Organization,
encourages us to look back to a June, 1997 NY Times story
to get a better description of what Lynn believes about total sedation
and withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment.
In the June,
1997 NY Times article, “Passive
Euthanasia in Hospitals Is the Norm, Doctors Say,”
Joanne Lynn stated, “When a patient is ready
to die, I can stop nutrition and hydration. I can stop insulin and
ventilation. I can sedate them.”
Dr. Lynn represents
very mainstream medical thought in America today.
Dr. Lynn would
have survived quite well with Dr. Mengele’s experiments in
Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camps. She does not condemn medical
killing via withholding food and hydration along with palliative
recently was a consultant to the administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services. This should thrill us all that a
woman who believes she has the right to murder her elderly and dying
patients was a consultant to Medicare and Medicaid! Doesn’t
that give you a tingle up the leg!
has also been a senior researcher at the Rand Corporation. Link
In my article, Mind
Control and Smart Growth, I explained how smart growth facilitators’
attain their pre-determined outcome via their use of the evil Rand
Corporation’s mind-control Delphi Technique. RAND developed
the Delphi method in the 1950s for the U.S. Department of Defense.
It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during
the cold war.
T4″ was the name given to the euthanasia program used in Germany
during Hitler’s reign of terror. T4 is the abbreviation of
the address in Berlin where it was concocted, Tiergartenstrabe 4.
“The euthanasia decree was written on Hitler’s stationary,
dated, September 1, 1939. It stated, “Reich Leader Bouhler
and Dr. Brandt are charged with the responsibility for expanding
the authority of physicians, to be designated by name, to the end
that patients considered incurable according to the best available
human judgment of their state of health, can be granted a mercy
death.” Dr. Brandt was Hitler’s personal physician.
In order to
garner support from the public in 1938, a poster was produced, showing
a handicapped individual sitting in a chair with the words, “60,000
Reichmarks is what this person suffering from hereditary defects
costs the people’s community during his lifetime. Comrade,
that is your money too.”
The same type
of euthanasia program that took place under T4 is now taking place
in homes across America, but it’s all happening under the
radar. Pastor Joey Faust witnessed his aunt being put to death by
a morphine overdose administered by a hospice nurse. He has decided
to fight back. He exposes this terrible “hidden” evil
that has spread throughout America in a two
of the information in this series has come from two books, War
Against the Weak, by Edwin Black, and Ron Panzer’s,
Euthanasia: Health Care Tyranny in America.” It is
by far, the best expose of what is happening to our elderly and
why. I quoted from his documentation quite liberally in this series
and am thankful for his efforts. For help in locating a hospice,
see Ron Panzer’s, Hospice
Patients Alliance website.
of Americans are asleep, and in 2015 when the final stages of Obama
Care kick in, the baby boomers will wonder what happened to them.
It is unfortunate that most Americans have not fought the destruction
of our once wonderful health care system.
behind the United Nations Agenda 21/Smart Growth/Sustainability
are hell bent on population reduction. Their plan is to eliminate
85% of the world’s population. We are murdering our babies
in the womb at the rate of 2,000 a day. In 40 years, 60 million
American babies have died at the hands of abortion providers. For
40 years we’ve also been killing our elderly with passive
and open euthanasia. It is obvious our elected representatives are
in on the whole agenda. In February, 2013, only 30 of the Republican
representatives in the House voted to defund Obama Care. The enemy
have been imposed upon us without the approval of most American
citizens. We are allowing the abandonment of sanctity-of-life values
that formed the very foundation of American life and the greatness
of our country. So many of our values are disappearing at an exponential
rate, faith in God, the traditional family, the value of work and
opportunity to fulfill your dreams, and most importantly, the truth
from the pulpits of America’s churches and synagogues.
There is, of
course, only one hope that always stands true, and that is our faith
in God. Those of us who love our country, and see the daily destruction
of this once great nation, need to be on our knees in repentance
for our nation and pleading for His mercy.
from Freedom Outpost with
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