Published: 13 years ago
Re: Doctors milk dying cancer patients for every last dollar
Tony, that's true to a certain extent. What isn't included in that
article is the fact that all a patient has to do is to refuse treatment.
It's that simple. The main proponents of continuing "hopeless"
treatments - are family members and relatives. They are the ones who
refuse to let go of the terminally ill patient. I've seen it several
times. I have a living will and it is very specific about not continuing
treatment if in a doctor's opinion it would do not good. (I do not want to
be on life support. Period. My kids and grandkids know that yet I'm
not convinced I can get them to keep their noses out of it.)
For all the diatribe in your posted article they do not mention those whose
lives are saved through chemo as it is applied to "hopeless"
cases. One case in point is that of Greg Anderson who as a smoker
got cancer in one lung and had it removed (total lung, not just a lobe), didn't
quit smoking (talk about a death wish) and got cancer in the other lung
too. He was given 30 days to live and opted for
chemotherapy. That was in about 1988 and last I heard he was still alive
and very healthy - he even quit smoking. He has written several books on
cancer survival. If doctors quit throwing chemotherapy at hopeless cases,
many people like Anderson would not be alive today.
One other thing is that - death isn't a big deal. It's merely a
transition. If you fear it, you will be drawn to it one way or
another. The guy at the site below mentions Freud but Karl Menninger in
"Man Against Himself" said that we all have a death wish.
It's something that nobody wants to look at when they are very ill because they
"think" that they want to live, yet many are deliberately killing
YOUTHFUL AGING: SECRET OF THE FOUNTAIN©
HOW LONG DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?
One of Sigmund Freud's most accurate and startling discoveries about the human
psyche was the pervasiveness of the ''death wish.'' Eric Berne took this idea
further with his concept that we set the age and cause of death at an early age.
For over 10 years before his death, he told colleagues that his life contract
called for him to die at age of 60 of a heart attack. And he did just that!
Elvis Pressley apparently believed that he would die at age 42, the age at which
his mother died. And he fulfilled his expectation.
In working with over 30,000 chronically ill patients, I
observed depression and poor self-esteem at the root of most problems. I
was shocked, in 2002, to hear from ordinary audiences ''Oh, no'' when I began
discussing my concept of living healthily to age 140.
Clinically, we know that at least 40% of Americans are depressed enough to
need therapy; I now suspect that another 40% are at lest depressed enough that
Freud's idea of a ''death wish'' is alive and well.
While these concepts may not appeal to those with few emotional reserves, or to
those who have set a life contract to die early, I believe that significant
numbers of energetic, enthusiastic individuals are ready to redefine old age,
providing a new concept of longevity. These may live healthily to a minimum of
100 years, some to 120. And if they embrace the essential activities encouraged
by my research, they may live healthily 120 to 160 years, just by adding a few
simple activities. These individuals may truly set the stage for Homo Noeticus,
as defined by Caroline Myss. They will not consider themselves elderly until at
lest 120 years of age.
There are on the internet several ''games'' and tests of longevity, some by
insurance companies. According to one of these, my life expectancy is 100, while
another gives me 116 years. At least that one is approaching my belief!
Consider the current life expectancy in the U.S. of an average of 76.9 years.