It seems counterintuitive that doctors who are meant to aid mentally and physically ill patients would give the option of euthanasia to a patient that is either too young to understand their situation or those who are mentally unstable and are not in the proper mindset and do not fit the criteria to undertake this act.
In the country of Belgium, euthanasia has been legal since the year 2002, but has been prohibited for patients under the age of 18. Belgium is now the first country to lift all restrictions on the act and has even been opened up to children with disabilities.
The act gets abused in the country and to “pass a law like that which allows termination of life for minors with disabilities is unacceptable” says Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. He fears that the current practice instituted for Euthanasia has now simply become an easy way to cover-up medical errors.
Paul Saba of the Physicians for Social Justice has said people are already being euthanized simply because they are “tired of life” whish has already showed that despite the government and their assurances of setting a very strict criteria has not worked and is already being taken advantage of.
Professor Tom Mortier’s mother was euthanized in 2012 without any consent from the family simply because of her chronic depression and they were alerted by the hospital of this occurrence the day after it was carried out.
The Euthanasia situation in Belgium is out of control and it is only getting worse as time goes on.
Free Heroin to Battle Addiction
It seems counterintuitive that in order to solve a massive drug problem and get these drugs off the streets, that instead you set up a safezone where addicts can safely do their drugs without fear of being arrested or punished by law enforcement. What’s even worse is giving the worst addicts the best doses of heroin on the entire planet.
Downtown Eastside is a port town in Vancouver which has allowed for shipments of drugs to come in by boat which in turn has turned the whole town into an epicenter of drug usage in the city. In order to stem this problem, Vancouver has set up a safe zone where addicts can safely take their drugs without any fear of being arrested.
Heroin addicts that did not take the alternative to heroin in order to get clean have been given prescriptions to receiver their daily dosages of heroine instead in an effort to “solve the problem”. The basis of this method in order for it to work is a method called “harm reduction” which means if you give these people their doses of heroin every day to keep them docile and comfortable, they are less likely to end up dead or selling themselves sexually or in other manners in order to purchase drugs.
One of the 26 men taking part in this program has said that it has helped him hold down a job, stay calm, and not waste time trying to find a way to get his next fix. However, the man also said that he needs this free heroin or else he will potentially break into somebody’s car or even worse.
This program has been described by Allen Schauffler, a Pacific Northwest Correspondent, that the program is essentially a form of blackmail as it essentially tells these people there is no way to get you off heroin, so lets give you more so that you are the “least dangerous drug addict you can be” said Schauffler.
There are however, people who object to this in the city rankings, as essentially the city is, for a lack of a better term, “putting a bullet in their head”, but just in a much nicer way.
Surviving the Shower
It seems counterintuitive that bathing yourself by essentially taking a simple shower and keeping yourself clean would indirectly cause one of the leading causes of death in the elderly population of our nation, falling.
The life expectancy for a healthy American man in his 70s is about 90. In order to achieve that life expectancy, it would take near 5,500 showers in order to get to that point. Slipping in the shower is about as high as a 1 in 1,000 chance which would equate to becoming crippled 5 times before reaching the age of 90.
This has been brought to the attentions of many the importance of being attentive to hazards that are low risk but are encountered frequently.
The author of the article, Jared Diamond, proposed a situation living in the forests of New Guinea, that adopting the bad habit of sleepign under trees whose odds of falling on you are only 1 in 1,000, you will be dead in a few years. Ever since his experience Diamond has adopted this attitude of being cautious towards everything he does on a daily basis like taking a simple shower.
According to studies, we exaggerate the risks of events that are beyond our control and we severely underestimate the risks of things we can control over something as simple as paying attention when hopping in the shower. In other words, remain alert to your own possible mistakes in every situation you encounter in your life, especially simple tasks with seemingly very low risk.