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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Next time we hear about the children starving to death

--posted by Tony Garcia on 3/23/2005

From now on when the left bitches about the starving children because of Bush's tax cuts, or the starving people in the sub-Saharan African areas, or the children who are starving because of poverty I will remind them of this fact. Starving to death is peaceful.
[S]tudies show that even patients who can speak and who have chosen to stop eating and drinking generally don't complain of thirst or hunger
Those kids won't suffer. You see, dehydration (the cause of people's hangovers after a couple of hours of dehydration--and those are so wonderful) is not that bad.
Dehydration leads to kidney failure. When the kidneys shut down, levels of certain substances in the blood rise. The person slips into a coma. At some point the biochemical changes in the blood become severe enough to impair the electrical system that controls the functioning of the heart, and the heart stops beating.
Finally, Dr. Russell Portenoy, chair of palliative care at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, says that starvation is
"It's usually quite a peaceful death. The person generally looks as if he or she is drifting off to sleep, and then dies."
Hmm, now that I know that I guess there really is no need to every feel bad for those starving kids around the country...it is a peaceful death. Better than 2nd hand smoke...or going to school in Red Lake High School.

(The cynacism never stops dripping.)


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