pain

NICE Wants UK Docs to ^ Pain Control

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The UK’s rationing board, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) wants doctors to use more pain control. From the BBC story: NICE wants doctors in England and Wales to make more use of morphine and other strong opioids — the only adequate pain relief […]

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Tens of Millions Worldwide Have No Pain Control

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When I had the honor of interviewing the founder of hospice, Dame Cecily Saunders, for my book Culture of Death, at the end of our conversation, I asked the usual catchall question of whether there was anything else she wanted to say. She thought a […]

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Driven Nuts by “Suffering:” Professor Urges Animal Eugenics Aimed at Eradicating Predators

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The problem of suffering and what do to about it has occupied philosophers and religious thinkers since humans first created civilization. This concern has led to to the creation of great religions, such as Buddhism, and impelled some of us to astonishing acts of empathy […]

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Is There a “Fundamental Right” to Pain Control?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I am always uncomfortable when a new “fundamental right” is declared that nobody knew existed before. I mean if everything that is beneficial is a “right,” then eventually the concept itself will become watered down like inflation devalues currency. Or to put it another way, […]

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Proper Palliative Sedation Not Same as Assisted Suicide’s “Terminal Sedation”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The assisted suicide movement is ever about blurring vital distinctions and deconstructing crucial definitions. One target has been the proper pain control technique known as palliative sedation, a rarely required procedure in which patients near death are sedated to control pain or other symptoms such […]

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Assisted Suicide in Washington — Like Oregon, Not About Pain That Cannot be Controlled

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The first dehumanizing assisted suicide “statistics” from Washington are in, with 36 people reportedly overdosing themselves via lethally prescribed drugs in the first year. Washington voters were “sold” on assisted suicide, as is always the case, with the fear of being in pain that cannot […]

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