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CHN   ARTICLES BY AUTHORS  Topics from authors include issues surrounding the modern euthanasia movement; brain death, PVS, coma,  assisted suicide, & mercy killing; as well as those who share with readers how they live with their disability.  Please visit CHN's The Book & Video Shelf for list of other authors that may not be listed on this page.

 

CHERYL ECKSTEIN Founder President CHN 

Cheryl Eckstein's Personal  Photographs

GERARD DALY, PhD Contributing Editor 

DR. PAUL BRYNE

DR. GILLIAN CRAIG

DR KARL GUNNING

STEVEN HAWKINGS

DR HERBERT HENDIN

  DAVID JAYNE

DR LEON KASS

MARK PICKUP  

 DR PHILIP NEY 

DR ROBERT PANKRATZ

 WESLEY J SMITH

NANCY VALKO RN 

BIOGRAPHY

 

 


 

Vital distinctions in transplantation by Paul Bryne MD  "Everyone getting a driver's license ought to be informed of the truth about "brain death" and organ transplantation before answering the question "Do you want to be an organ donor?" After all, your life may well depend on your answer."

"Brain Death" is Not Death! By Paul Bryne MD

Understanding brain death criteria by Paul Byrne, MD

Vital Distinctions in Transplantation Organ and tissue donation by Paul Byrne, MD

ON UNDERSTANDING BRAIN DEATH: BY PAUL A. BYRNE, M.D. and RICHARD G. NILES, M.D.

BIO ON DR BRYNE

Consciousness in Congenitally Decorticate Children: "Developmental Vegetative State" as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.  Shewmon, Bryne, et al.,

► BOOKLET: LIFE, LIFE SUPPORT and DEATH Principles,Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Making Decisions to Protect and Preserve Life: Quotes from booklet:

Health care is concerned with life and should never have anything to do with hastening or causing death. . . . Each person is special, unique and unrepeatable. . . Excision of the heart or liver from a living human being causes death.  Therefore, it is immoral to remove an unpaired vital organ before death.  Moreover, it is currently not possible to successfully transplant an unpaired vital organ after death.  To satisfy a desire for transplantable organs, an ingenious method was devised to get around these realities: certain living comatose patients were simply defined as "brain dead." . . . We have been forced to accept brain-related criteria for death so that organ transplant teams can obtain vital organs in good physiological condition because an unpaired vital organ taken from a true corpse is not suitable for transplantation.

cite: LIFE, LIFE SUPPORT and DEATH Principles,Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Making Decisions to Protect and Preserve Life, (Second Revised Edition) by Paul A. Byrne M.D., FAAP, et al., American Life League Inc.

To request bulk orders of this important read for your organization, or for a single order,  e-mail mailto:bcarroll@all.org  or  mailto:jbrown@all.org  When you order, please mention you obtained this information from CHN, thank you.
 

see also BRAIN DEATH

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 Book Review by Dr Gerard Daly Challenging Medical Ethics 1 No Water- No Life: Hydration in the Dying   Compiled and edited by Dr Gillian Craig    

Challenging Medical Ethics Volume 2 ~ Patients in Danger; The Dark Side of Medical Ethics

RESPECT FOR LIFE A FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE


 

Book Review by Dr Gerard Daly Challenging Medical Ethics 1 No Water- No Life: Hydration in the Dying   Compiled and edited by Dr Gillian Craig  

Shooting the Messenger: Unpalatable Truths of Hospice Care  by Dr Gerard Daly

Hospices – A Trojan Horse For Covert Euthanasia? by Dr Gerard Daly 

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CHERYL ECKSTEIN Founder, President, Editor, CHN


History of euthanasia in Canada, Part I by Cheryl Eckstein, Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN:  For The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Euthanasia Symposium November 31 ~ December 1, 2007 Toronto Ontario, Canada: This is the long version of a talk I gave but with more information and links

Please note: This is a link to the very abbreviated version of my talk without links, but exactly as delivered in Toronto: History of euthanasia in Canada, Part I by Cheryl Eckstein, Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN:  For The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Euthanasia Symposium November 31 ~ December 1, 2007 Toronto Ontario, Canada

History of euthanasia in Canada, Part II by Cheryl Eckstein, Compassionate Healthcare Network CHN:  For The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's Euthanasia Symposium November 31 ~ December 1, 2007 Toronto Ontario, Canada: This page includes a CHRONOLOGY OF MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT BILLS and ad rem information with links. This is an important part of the history of euthanasia in Canada, but includes useful links to other 

CAN THERE EVER BE A RIGHT TO BE KILLED? by Cheryl Eckstein

DYING FOR RELIEF by Cheryl Eckstein

"ONE OF OUR CHILDREN IS DEAD" -  by Cheryl Eckstein 

COMMENTARY Should Robert Latimer receive mercy? -  by Cheryl Eckstein

TRACY LYNN LATIMER BETTER OFF DEAD? A BREACH OF COMPASSION By Cheryl Eckstein

"choice" "autonomy" "rights"  Can there ever be a right to be killed? by Cheryl Eckstein  Also addresses use of euphemisms

CHRONIC PAIN  ~ CHRONIC FATIGUE ~ PAIN ~ PAIN, PAIN, DO WE JUST "DEAL WITH IT?"  by Cheryl Eckstein

6 MINUTE SPEECH ~ (anti-euthanasia activist speaks out) by CHERYL ECKSTEIN; and PABLO, JUST ANOTHER LITTLE STORY

COMMENTARY ON THE TRACY LATIMER MURDER - "Who is the real Robert Latimer"? By Cheryl Eckstein

Victim of heinous crime, is attacked again. No remorse for killing his daughter by Cheryl Eckstein

Ribbon Campaign for Robert Latimer makes a mockery of the tragic death of Tracy Latimer, Op Ed., by Cheryl Eckstein

CANADIAN SUICIDE FACILITATOR — FOUNDER OF THE RIGHT TO DIE SOCIETY JOHN HOFSESS USES CANADA COUNCIL GRANT AND OTHER FUNDS IN EXCESS OF $23,000. TO FUND HIS RIGHT TO DIE ORGANIZATION.  C. Eckstein

CHN founder and president threatened with a lawsuit by a CBC producer for having used some of her footage in her presentation to Canadian Parliament.

HELP!  MY CHILD IS BEING MURDERED  Terri Schiavo: Annotated and compilations by Cheryl Eckstein  In a sworn testimony, Michael admitted that though he knew CPR he did not administer it -he found Terri lying face down and made no attempt to move her head to allow Terri to breathe easier. Michael made phone calls to other persons before dialing 911. "  Facts vs myth - lies and falsehood - Truth - Terri Schiavo was murdered....read the facts

AMY & MARIN by Cheryl Eckstein

Editor's Commentary:  Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover you have a beautiful heart.  John Nash - in a Beautiful Mind

REMOVING FOOD AND WATER: MY EASTER MESSAGE - 2005 BY CHERYL M ECKSTEIN

HARRY MIDDLETON They wanted his organs by Cheryl Eckstein, Editor, CHN  

Kill the pain, not the patient BMJ Comment by Cheryl Eckstein


These photographs are of personal nature only & completely unrelated to CHN's work

 Peanuts for Peanuts & friends, & other fascinating visitors to our yard  Photos of a very unusual Steller's Jay who comes right inside to our kitchen for treats, what fun!  Some very good links.

 Takoda Doc & Mook With Special Photo Tribute To Little Puss Photos of our felines & a photo tribute to a very special cat. Cat quotes & some really amazing and super fun links included - I'm partial to this page as well.

 My Visit to Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada Photos taken while I visited the Butterfly Garden

 A Tribute to my grand old Lady Little Puss Taking care of a geriatric cat is not difficult, nor is giving a cat who is very ill, palliative care;

information on Squamous cell carcinoma . . .

Cheryl's pics from around the yard Spring - 2007

The birth of our ponds new - in progress, August, 2007

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DR KARL GUNNING, Dutch physician and President of WFODWRHL in the Netherlands

                    PHOTOS of Dr Karl Gunning with Cheryl Eckstein, CHN from their visit & stay with the Ecksteins in October 1994.

Dutch physician Dr Karl Gunning is a moral compass who should be listened to seriously by his opponents and colleagues in the Netherlands who practice euthanasia.  We owe Dr Gunning our deepest debt of gratitude for his indefatigable drive to bring physicians throughout the world back to the morals and standard of the Hippocratic Oath.  Ed., CHN

Why Not Euthanasia by Karel F. Gunning   ". . .there remain many other cases of killing the patient which we would call euthanasia, and which are not called euthanasia, but which are called "normal medical practice" by the Dutch government."

Practice of Euthanasia in the Netherlands by Karel F. Gunning  ". . . we have to admit that euthanasia in the Netherlands is completely out of control."

Holland Guide to the World? Dr. K F Gunning MD

 

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"Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. He is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences."  And, he has also lived with ALS for over 40 years.

STEPHEN HAWKINGS SPEAKS ABOUT HIS LIFE WITH A.L.S.  "I am quite often asked: How do you feel about having ALS? The answer is, not a lot. I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many. " Click link to read full article. Steven has lived with ALS for over 40 years.  Consider the following:

ALS progresses at different rates in each individual. The average survival for someone affected by ALS is three to five years. A small percentage of people have a very slow progression and live 10-20 years with the illness at various levels of disability. Weakness of the bulbar and somatic muscles produces a decline in speech, swallowing, and limb strength and function. The ALS patient usually remains alert throughout the course of the illness and retains normal sensation, vision, and bowel function. . . Each ALS patient is unique in regard to the rate and characteristics of the progression of the disease. The Lois Insolia ALS Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, including an individualized treatment plan guided by the patient's personal preferences and wishes. Although the clinical progression can vary greatly, 50 percent of those diagnosed will succumb to the illness within five years of the onset of symptoms" Source The Les Turner ALS Foundation      See also David Jayne, below

LINK IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE -  This is a very touching one minute video that is a must see.  ALS is not an immediate death sentence - see also our page on Stephen Hawking and David Jayne
 


Lessons From the Dutch Experience Herbert Hendin, M.D.  An American psychiatrist who believes in "do no harm"

Euthanasia consultants or facilitators? By Herbert Hendin ~ Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College, and Medical Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, New York, USA

The Case Against Physician-Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care by Herbert Hendin, MD

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Oregon Tries the Dutch Way "Although the Oregon law requires counseling if the patient's doctor determines that he or she has a mental disorder or has his or her judgment impaired by depression, studies indicate that most doctors are not qualified to make such a determination"

See also CHN Book Shelf, for reviews on Hendin's published books.

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David Jayne has lived with ALS for 20 years.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, eventually destroying the motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to the body's muscles. Without the motor neurons, the brain can't tell the body's muscles what to do, so the muscles gradually waste away and movement is lost.  David Jayne wants to get one thing straight about ALS: "The decline into paralysis is nothing short of pure hell," he says. "Everything begins to fail, everything becomes a memory, including most friends. Many cannot cross the bridge from nondisabled to disabled with you. This disease overwhelms all that it touches." Jayne, 40, has lived with ALS since 1987.    See also Steven Hawking, above

DAVID JAYNE HAS A.L.S.,

Terri Schiavo: It's Not Just About Terri Any More by David Jayne.

DAVID JAYNE WANTS TO ALERT THOSE LIVING IN  HAWAII, CALIFORNIA, VIRGINIA OR THE ATLANTA AREA -  WHO NEED HELP FROM A  ' NON-INVASIVE  BRAIN  COMPUTER '  TO CONTACT HIM ...  
 

LINK click on link to read full story

Person of the Year  David Jayne: Unbound By Josie Byzek  "Medicare's homebound restriction robs people with disabilities who use home health services of the chance to participate freely in their communities. David Jayne, whose battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS) makes necessary such services, has become the leading advocate and spokesperson for exposing and changing this outdated policy that imprisons thousands in their own homes. In recognition of his tenacity and unswerving commitment to overturn Medicare's homebound restriction, New Mobility is proud to name David Jayne as our 2002 Person of the Year."  Read more...

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE -  This is a very touching one minute video that is a must see.  ALS is not an immediate death sentence - see also our page on Stephen Hawking and David Jayne
 

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Mark Pickup is a Canadian writer. His commentaries are widely published throughout North America. He is incurably ill and disabled with multiple sclerosis.

Mark Pickup is a much sought after speaker. His writings are both inspirational and motivational and have been widely published.   If blogs were being rated on scale of one to ten, I would rate his blog a perfect ten.  Anyone who struggles with their health will profit from reading his articles.  Mark speaks eloquently and softly from his heart and bravely asks and answers some of life's most difficult questions.  Like Rembrandt used his eyes and brush, Mark uses his eyes and then pens those visions down for us to read...and before our very eyes appear a vision of remarkable beauty that perhaps we have never thought of in the way Mark has.  Consider this example from a recent post wherein Mark gives us a most visual imprint.  He begins with a question:

"Have you ever wondered why God put his precious gift of life in such fragile packaging? If life is so sacred and precious - as the Scriptures proclaim - then why did God place it in bodies made of flesh and bones? Skin and flesh tear and bleed; bones and hearts break." 

At that point, I paused, I was visually stuck on his words "such fragile packaging" and the picture of the small child, with skin that can 'tear and bleed', and whose bones and heart can be broken. I read on, Mark asks another deep question,

"Why didn't God encase his precious gift of life in bodies as tough as granite with the human psyche safely guarded, as though behind some fortress? Such thoughts occasionally arise within me from a desire to protect loved ones from life's pains and sorrows. After all, there would be no need to wipe away tears if none are shed. But then, humans encased in bodies like granite, with hearts like stone, would be of no use to God or man. Granite is impenetrable. Hearts of stone would never ache, break or melt."

The above is a small snip from, Love will ultimately prevail  dated Wednesday, April 4, 2007  Both images below are from his blog.  Editor, CHN

  Love will ultimately prevail  

In Mark's own words:

. . .My priorities are faith family and sanctity of human life. I will dedicate whatever energies I have left to these things. I am now convinced that if a society does not embrace the sanctity dignity and equality of all human life (and North American society does not) then any barbarity is possible. A truly civilized society includes in its tender embrace every human life. This includes every child developing in the womb those people with mental or physical disabilities those with terminal conditions derelicts the old and people who are not wanted or even loved by anyone. Love is what defines enlightened and civilized society. But love needs the divine. The brotherhood of man needs the Fatherhood of God. Love without God becomes selective coersive and arbitrary -- turning lives of the weakest into hell on earth. . . .

Due to the high volume of articles by Mark Pickup, CHN is most pleased to refer you to his own blog and website, to visit and bookmark.  Editor, CHN

Human Life Matters

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Dr Ney has two web sites which we encourage readers to visit and bookmark  (Web page - Messengers2) (Mount Joy web page)

I have taken one of my favorite quotes from one of Dr Ney's articles:

People with Down Syndrome have a different view of life.  They seem to be able to detect the essential elements of life, and by their frankness and lack of social niceties they can cut through many formalities, disarm us from our prejudice and get to the heart of relationships.  Jean Vanier, taking a person with Down's Syndrome to a wide beach in France, asked him to draw a picture of joy in the sand.  This person responded, "the beach is not big enough."   Philip G. Ney, MD, FRANZCP, RPsych ,Marie A. Peeters, MD Eugenics and Down's Syndrome

For a number of articles republished on this site - go to

        A variety of articles taken from Messengers2, by  Philip C. Ney, MD, FRCP ©, MA, R Psych,

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The Sue Rodriguez Decision - Discussion and Concerns of A Primary Care Physician

Refuting the rhetoric by Robert Pankratz, MD

tPANKRATZ ROBERT, MD  Canadian Physicians for Life  Proceedings of the Senate Special Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

 


While CHN has provided a good number of Mr Smith's articles & books, we encourage you to visit & bookmark his blog, where he posts daily -

Wesley J Smith in his own words link to CHN page recording many of his books & articles

Disabling Assisted Suicide Why a deadly movement hasn't been contagious by Wesley J. Smith

A Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World 

Suing for the Right to Live   

Kass, in the Firing Line

The new grim reapers Practitioners of bioethics say who should live -- and who should die

Killing Isn't Medicine - Wesley J. Smith on Assisted Suicide on National Review Online (NRO) - May 1, 2002

Spinning Stem Cells

Defining Life Down

LICENSED TO KILL

Tube Feeding:  

Letter: Culture of Death -- Letter to the Editor

Excerpts from The betrayal of Hippocrates WorldNetDaily

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NANCY VALKO RN Articles and commentaries on medical ethics by Nancy Valko ~ watch for updates.

COMA "Awakenings: Coma Patients Can Recover"  by Nancy Valko RN

Can Steven Becker be Neglected to Death?  false picture of a motionless "man in a coma"   . . . "Is this where the "right to die" has brought us?"  (Valko)

Steven Becker and the Fight for the Soul of Catholic Health Care all rehabilitation efforts and most beneficial medications were also stopped, (including even antibiotics, which were now termed life-support) 'Valko' 

 A STUDY IN CONTRASTS: THE DEATHS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II AND TERRI SCHIAVO by Nancy Guilfoy Valko, RN "A year after his statement, Pope John Paul II answered all his critics most eloquently by his own death. And, just days before the Pope’s death, the death of Terri Schiavo showed the world the exact opposite of the Pope’s death- the ugly face of euthanasia."

The Culture of Death Who Will Decide When You Should Die

Sedated to Death? When "comfort care" becomes dangerous "terminal sedation" (TS)

LINKS TO OTHER ARTICLES BY NANCY VALKO RN

ARTICLES BY AT OTHER SITES, BY NANCY VALKO RN


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