Assisted Dying 9: Pretoria judge approves the right to die with dignity, legally exercised in some American states, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and Belgium
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Breaching the evangelical Christian consensus, former archbishop, Lord Carey, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu have declared themselves to be in favour of assisted dying for the terminally ill and those in a situation of intractable, unbearable suffering.
In April this year, Judge Hans Fabricius of the Pretoria High Court found that terminally ill Robin Stransham-Ford (left) – who had approached the court to allow him to commit assisted suicide – had a constitutionally protected right to die with dignity. He ruled that a doctor could give the 65-year-old a lethal injection, saying:
“The medical doctor who accedes to the request of the applicant will not be acting unlawfully and therefore shall not be subject to prosecution”.
Robin Stransham-Ford (right) a member of the active Dignity SA, had lived his professional and athletic life to the full. Educated at Stonyhurst, he took a law degree at University College London, becoming a member of the Black Lawyers Association and Advocates for Transformation in South Africa. Lawyer, accountant, tax practitioner and a Chief Executive of a group of reinsurance brokers at Lloyds in the City of London, he served as a wartime commissioned army officer and completed the world’s longest triathlon from London to Paris and the world’s longest non-stop canoe race from Devizes to Westminster.
He had been suffering from prostate cancer and died of natural causes on the same day that the court granted him the right to end his life.
Will British sufferers ever have the opportunities available in some American states, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and Belgium?
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Is it a coincidence, that – as the use of glyphosate rises – so does the incidence of Parkinson’s disease, senile dementia, childhood autism, prostate cancer and many other conditions?
Glyphosate was first marketed in 1976 and its use has greatly increased since 1995, when it was first used with genetically engineered crops. GE crops absorb glyphosate through direct application, and from the soil. It cannot be washed off, is found in rivers, streams, air, rain and food (according to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information).
Note that most recording and research comes from American sources
Graphs of death rates for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and senile dementia have been plotted against glyphosate applications to U.S. corn and soy crops. Dr Swanson notes that the correlations are quite strong. American deaths due to Alzheimer’s have been rising since 1980, but there was a sharp spike in 1999.
Dr Swanson points out that correlation does not necessarily imply causation and there are now a host of other chemicals in our food and our environment.
Britain: an increasing number of cancers and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease and MS – and glyphosate in rivers and drinking water
In a new review paper written by Dr. Rosemary Mason (MB, ChB, FRCA) – medical doctor and naturalist – and submitted to the Scottish Parliament, glyphosate is shown to destroy both human health and biodiversity. She has compiled information from a global network of independent scientists, toxicologists, beekeepers, Industry, environmentalists, governments and regulators, noting that:
“UK has an increasing number of cancers and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease and MS. We have just had our drinking water analysed in Germany and we have glyphosate in it and in our rivers! Wales, like Scotland has epidemics of type 2 diabetes, obesity and autism”.
This water testing was a private initiative – in Scotland the water is not tested – see a FOI response to Graham White.
Dr Mason says: “We asked the Environment Agency why the most used herbicide and the most used insecticide isn’t being measured in groundwater and they said it wasn’t necessary”.
Though the presence of glyphosate in other British waters is also not tested for/recorded, Monsanto has commissioned a report on removal methods by Swindon-based Water Research Centre: WRc Ref: UC7374/14690-0 July 2007: WRC General Report – Roundup.
Her paper can be downloaded here: Glyphosate – Destructor of Human Health and Biodiversity
Dr Mason notes that agrochemical corporations wield tremendous control over the British and American governments and influence the formulation of pesticide regulations – effectively controlling human health and biodiversity. She presents a Cancer Research UK graph recording the incidence of prostate cancer in Britain; to the untutored eye the trajectory looks chillingly similar to the American graphs.
Lucrative symbiosis: agrochemicals damage, then Big Pharma treats
Rosemary Mason looks at one example of investment in the medical sector and political funding:
“Syngenta is one of several chemicals companies which market biotech seeds and pesticides; AstraZeneca, its parent company, manufactures six different anti-cancer drugs mainly aimed at breast and prostate cancer.
“AstraZeneca’s Oncology Website predicts: “Cancer claims over 7 million lives every year and the number continues to rise. Deaths are estimated to reach 12 million by 2030.”
“Michael Pragnell MA MBA, founder of Syngenta, was appointed a Trustee of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) in March 2010 and Chairman in November 2010. CRUK is donating £450 million/year to the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences – see the relevant government website, page 9. #
Dr. Nancy Swanson received her Ph.D. in physics from The Florida State University and then worked as a staff scientist for the United States Navy. She taught physics at Western Washington University and holds five U.S. patents. She is the author of over 30 scientific publications and two books on women in science. More detail here.
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