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09/01/2014

2014 United States Health Freedom Congress (Minnesota)

Come to Hamline University on September 26 and 27 for the 2014 Health Freedom Congress.


The 2014 United States Health Freedom Congress is the 9th national health freedom gathering hosted by NHFC.  This Congress will bring together over 40 health freedom organizations and their leaders from across the nation and numerous other leaders and general participants. Attendees will join and work together for two days. 


The first day, September 26, Voting Members of the Congress will reconvene the Congress formal circle for a limited time in the morning. This will be followed by a full day of activities with General Participants and Voting Members working closely together to discern ways to strengthen the health freedom movement. The daytime work will be followed by an evening workshop on social media entitled “Health Freedom Going Live.”


The second day, September 27, attendees will resume their work from 9:00am – 2:00pm. At 2:00pm the Health Freedom Congress will convene and participate in wrap-up. The Health Freedom Awards Banquet and Keynote speech by Barbara Loe Fisher will begin at 6:30pm Saturday evening.

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09/01/2014

California Law on Therapeutic Obstinacy & Non-Beneficial Treatment (Video)

UCLA has posted a video of my February 2014 talk for the UCLA Health Ethics Center:  ”California Law on Therapeutic Obstinacy & Non-Beneficial Treatment.”

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08/31/2014

Final Exit Network – 10 Year Anniversary

The Final Exit Network is ten years old this month.

FEN is an all-volunteer organization serving members in all 50 states who:

Are suffering from intolerable medical circumstances 
Are mentally competent
Want to end their lives
Meet FEN’s offic…

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08/31/2014

Minnesota’s New Medical Marijuana Law: Now What?

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08/30/2014

Religiously Affiliated ICU Patients Receive More Aggressive End-of-Life Care

A study just published in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Surgical Research finds that religiously affiliated intensive care unit patients receive more aggressive end-of-life care in the ICU. Yet this high-intensity care does not translate…

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08/29/2014

Jahi McMath Still Responding to Verbal Commands

Jahi McMath was declared dead both by multiple neurologists and by a California court in December 2013.  

Yet, just days ago her mother made the following announcement to the crowd at the New Beginnings Community Center’s summer gala event at the…

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08/28/2014

Providence Institute for Human Caring

Providence Health & Services is establishing the Providence Institute for Human Caring under the leadership of Dr. Ira Byock.  

Based at Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance, Calif., the new institute will support clinicians, patie…

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08/27/2014

Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy

My latest post over at the American Journal of Bioethics blog is now posted here:  ”Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and
Policy.”

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08/27/2014

Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy

by Thaddeus M. Pope, J.D., Ph.D.

The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”).  Not coincidentally, this summer, several other leading bioethics journals are also covering “brain death.”  (See recent and forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.)  I have myself contributed to a multi-article examination of the topic in the imminently forthcoming Journal of Clinical Ethics 25(3).

I am pleased to see all this attention focused on “brain death.”  It validates a decision I just made. …

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08/26/2014

Death: Why the Brain Matters (Video)

This spring, UCLA hosted a mini symposium titled “Death: Why the Brain Matters.”  Happily the video is now available.  The speakers were 

Alex Capron, Professor, Law and Medicine, USC
James Hynds, Senior Clinical Ethicist…

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