Western doctors now euthanize patients as a ‘treatment’ for depression and psychiatric conditions

Natural News

Claiming that she has wanted to die ever since childhood, a 24-year-old Belgian woman thinks that suicide is the only answer. This summer, she is getting help from her psychiatrist. The suicidal Belgian woman is about to receive, in her mind, the ultimate treatment for her psychological condition.

No, the psychiatrist isn’t going to help the woman cope with the voices in her head and the traumatic experiences she may be dealing with.

No, the psychiatrist isn’t going to help the woman conquer the conflict in her head to help her live a life of purpose.

Instead, the psychiatrist is encouraging Laura to end it all. The psychiatrist is giving Laura the option to end her life by euthanasia. This is how insane Western medicine and psychiatry has become. Doctors are now dishonorably viewing euthanasia as a “treatment” for depression and psychiatric conditions. People who feel they were born to take their own life are being accepted for who they are and allowed to commit suicide in a hospital setting.

Doctors now assisting suicidal patients to kill themselves

The assisted suicide case of the healthy 24-year-old Belgium woman is told in a book Libera Me by Lieve Thienpont. Thienpont is the psychiatrist who is making a way for the healthy 24-year-old Laura to end her life through euthanasia. Laura, who appears normal, who enjoys theater, coffee and the company of good friends, says she has wanted to die since childhood. “Life, that’s not for me,” she says. Thienpont accepts the woman’s plea to die and is making a way for her to end her precious life this summer.

All treatment and care are being thrown away. All hope is lost. Laura’s life will not be preserved. Psychiatrists are agreeing that it is too late, that it’s time to let this woman decide to die. Laura will join a new wave of psychiatric patients who are legally being assisted to kill themselves. She will be given the “treatment” of euthanasia as psychiatrists accept her for who she was born to be.

Of course, this is not who Laura was born to be, even though she claims she has wanted to die since childhood. As doctors validate her reasons to die and go along with the voices in her head, they have become the monsters telling her that it’s okay to pull the trigger on life.

Assisted medical suicide growing around the world
The case is not unique. A healthy 64-year-old Belgian woman named Godelieva De Troyer was put down through euthanasia because she was living with depression. A 44-year-old woman known as Ann G. was euthanized when psychiatrists declared that her psychological pain could not be overcome. (She was sexually exploited by a previous psychiatrist who was treating her for anorexia.) Deemed a hopeless case with no chance of recovery, psychiatrists agreed with Ann that she should end her life.

There are now 50 to 60 cases of euthanasia for psychiatric patients in Belgium each year. In the Netherlands, federal laws permit euthanasia for psychiatric reasons too. Ninety-seven dementia patients were put down this way in 2013, and another 42 were allowed euthanasia for psychiatric reasons. Canada is heading in the same direction. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled on February 6 that patients can assist their own death if they are experiencing physical or psychological pain.
All three countries now allow assisted suicide based on personal subjective reasoning.

Western medicine has become so separated from mind, body and spiritual wellness that it now resorts to catering to patients’ death wishes. In a way, psychiatrists are now holding the hand of their patient and saying, yes, go ahead and kill yourself. If you feel the pain is too much to overcome, we’ll help you pull the trigger.




Obama Admin Wants Medicare Doctors To Talk About Death With Patients


by Tami Luhby

The Obama administration wants to pay Medicare doctors who talk to their patients about death.

This highly controversial proposal to foster end-of-life planning discussions — which Sarah Palin and Republican lawmakers decried as creating “death panels” in 2009 — would pay doctors to have 30-minute meetings with patients and family members to discuss so-called advance directives. This includes specifying the patient’s wishes concerning medical care and life support measures and designating a health care proxy if the patient is unable to make decisions.

“Today’s proposal supports individuals and families who wish to have the opportunity to discuss advance care planning with their physician and care team, as part of coordinated, patient- and family-centered care,” Dr. Patrick Conway, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ principal deputy administrator, said Wednesday.

About 4 in 10 Americans ages 65 and older lack written instructions for their end-of-life treatment, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This can leave family members and doctors scrambling to figure out what the patient would want.

Currently, Medicare — which provides coverage for about 54 million people — only covers such discussions in certain circumstances. The administration has tried several times to revise the rules to facilitate end-of-life planning, only to encounter severe backlash. The issue sparked a furor in 2009 when former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Obama of wanting to set up panels of doctors that would ration care when patients are near death as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama defended the proposal at the time, saying he was not trying to “pull the plug on Grandma,” but it was subsequently removed from the health reform law.

The American Medical Association, which has strongly backed expanding end-of-life discussions, applauded the proposal.
“This issue has been mischaracterized in the past and it is time to facilitate patient choices about advance care planning decisions,” said Dr. Andrew Gurman, the association’s president-elect.

The proposed rule is now open to comment. A final decision will be issued by November 1.

Psychiatric Patients Euthanized in the Netherlands

National Review Online

by Wesley J. Smith

Rick Santorum got into trouble a few months ago for making some pointed criticisms of euthanasia in the Netherlands. As I pointed out at the time, his details were somewhat off, but the substance of his critique was spot on. Simply stated, euthanasia has taken Dutch medical ethics off a vertical moral cliff, to the point that psychiatric patients are sometimes terminated by their doctors or psychiatrists.

Latest example: According to Dutch media, thirteen psychiatric patients were assisted in suicide last year. From the DutchNews story:

A total of 13 psychiatric patients were helped to end their life last year, compared with just two in 2010, according to new figures from the regional euthanasia monitoring groups. Euthanasia among people in the early stages of dementia also rose last year to 49 cases, double that of 2010. The figures are in line with a general upward trend. The total number of euthanasia cases rose 18% last year to 3,695 and the number of cases has doubled since 2006, the report said.

Don’t expect the media to care. When they reference Dutch euthanasia, readers/viewers are always assured that medicalized killing is tightly controlled under “strict conditions,” as the story quoted above does–even as it cites the euthanasias of psychiatric and dementia patients!

Belgium has also legalized euthanasia, and a medical journal reported one psychiatric patient (as well as several disabled patients) euthanized and then subjected to consensual organ harvesting. The Swiss allow suicide clinics and its Supreme Court established a right to assisted suicide for the mentally ill.

Here’s the moral of the story: Once a society agrees that some suicides are good, the categories of the killable never stops expanding.

Top doctor’s chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year

Daily Mail

NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.

It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.
It can include withdrawal of treatment – including the provision of water and nourishment by tube – and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours.

There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Professor Pullicino claimed that far too often elderly patients who could live longer are placed on the LCP and it had now become an ‘assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway’.

He cited ‘pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients’ as factors.

Professor Pullicino revealed he had personally intervened to take a patient off the LCP who went on to be successfully treated.

He said this showed that claims they had hours or days left are ‘palpably false’.

In the example he revealed a 71-year-old who was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia and epilepsy was put on the LCP by a covering doctor on a weekend shift.

Professor Pullicino said he had returned to work after a weekend to find the patient unresponsive and his family upset because they had not agreed to place him on the LCP.

‘I removed the patient from the LCP despite significant resistance,’ he said.

‘His seizures came under control and four weeks later he was discharged home to his family,’ he said.

Professor Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, was speaking to the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

He said: ‘The lack of evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway makes it an assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway.

‘Very likely many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP.‘Patients are frequently put on the pathway without a proper analysis of their condition. ‘Predicting death in a time frame of three to four days, or even at any other specific time, is not possible scientifically.

This determination in the LCP leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. The personal views of the physician or other medical team members of perceived quality of life or low likelihood of a good outcome are probably central in putting a patient on the LCP.’
He added: ‘If we accept the Liverpool Care Pathway we accept that euthanasia is part of the standard way of dying as it is now associated with 29 per cent of NHS deaths.’

The LCP was developed in the North West during the 1990s and recommended to hospitals by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in 2004.

Medical criticisms of the Liverpool Care Pathway were voiced nearly three years ago.

Experts including Peter Millard, emeritus professor of geriatrics at the University of London, and Dr Peter Hargreaves, palliative care consultant at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, Surrey, warned of ‘backdoor euthanasia’ and the risk that economic factors were being brought into the treatment of vulnerable patients.

In the example of the 71-year-old, Professor Pullicino revealed he had given the patient another 14 months of life by demanding the man be removed from the LCP.

Professor Pullicino said the patient was an Italian who spoke poor English, but was living with a ‘supportive wife and daughter’. He had a history of cerebral haemorrhage and subsequent seizures.

Professor Pullicino said: ‘I found him deeply unresponsive on a Monday morning and was told he had been put on the LCP. He was on morphine via a syringe driver.’ He added: ‘I removed the patient from the LCP despite significant resistance.’
The patient’s extra 14 months of life came at considerable cost to the NHS and the taxpayer, Professor Pullicino indicated.
He said he needed extensive support with wheelchair, ramps and nursing.

After 14 months the patient was admitted to a different hospital with pneumonia and put on the LCP. The man died five hours later.

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘The Liverpool Care Pathway is not euthanasia and we do not recognise these figures. The pathway is recommended by NICE and has overwhelming support from clinicians – at home and abroad – including the Royal College of Physicians.

‘A patient’s condition is monitored at least every four hours and, if a patient improves, they are taken off the Liverpool Care Pathway and given whatever treatments best suit their new needs.’