Organ Donation: A Modern ‘Sacred Cow’?

The Collective Quest For
A Medical “Magic Bullet” Series: Part II

  • Western Medicine of the past 80 to 100 years has been based on a narrow “scientific” model that sees the human body as a machine with separate parts to be treated independently.

  • The mind and body have been seen as separate independent entities, and emotions have often been ignored.

  • It has been based on The Collective Quest for a “Magic Bullet” instead of on the investigation of all the possible factors that cause the underlying imbalances that can result in “disease”.

THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF  The Collective Quest For A Medical “Magic Bullet” Series: Part I

Have We Created A ‘New Societal Construct’, A ‘New Normal’,
Over The Past 50 Years That Promotes Or Hopes For
The Death Of Some People To Ensure The Lives Of Others?

From ‘Organ Transplant and the Soul Explained’ By Hans Wilhelm

“…organ donation is something our society has accepted as positive and often as the only option to extend the life of a patient. People say, ‘After I’m dead I don’t care what happens to my body’ and they allow having their organs harvested.”

“Everybody has the right to his or her own choice when it comes to donating or receiving organs. Personally I see the issue differently and I believe that our lack of understanding of death and dying has caused this obsession to extend lives with donated organs.”

“Very few of us have asked the question of how this trend developed and how such a drastic operation affects the soul…”

What Can Happen To Our Soul
At The Moment Of An Organ Transplant Operation?

Up until the year 1968, the standard definition of death was Clinical Death, the current medical term for cessation of blood circulation and breathing. It occurs when the heart stops beating in a regular rhythm, a condition called Cardiac Arrest.

With the last breath the soul slowly seperates from the physical body, this can take minutes, hours and in rare cases even days. Finally the Information Cord, the Silver Cord that connects the soul with the body, is cut and the soul is free to go, free from the earthly body.

But this standard definition of death totally changed the minute Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant operation at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967.

That was a major embarrassment for the American and European medical establishment, and they had to catch up quickly. They knew that to perform a successful transplant they needed a donor body with a functioning respiration and heartbeat. So they quickly called a meeting at Harvard Medical in early 1968, where they decided that from now on the new legal standard for death in the legal and medical community would be Brain Death and patients classified as brain dead could have all their organs removed for organ donation, even if they are still breathing and their hearts are still beating. And since 1968, many other countries have followed the American standard.

But When The Brain Stops Functioning,
What If The Person Is Not Necessarily Dead?

Meet Eben Alexander MD: Thousands of people have had near-death experiences. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander ‘knew’ that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion — and in essence makes us human — shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open.

Dr. Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of His Story is that while his body lay in coma, he journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine Source of the Universe Itself.

Before he underwent this journey, Dr. Alexander’s could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in Heaven, God, or The Soul. This Story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary.

Dr. Eben Alexander’s tells his story in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. It clearly documents a case of the stopping of brain function not being death.

So what happens to a patient who is declared dead according to the Post-1968 standard of Brain Death? Because from that moment on, according Current Law related to The Medical Community, patients classified as Brain Dead can have all their organs removed for organ donation:


What If The Soul Now Witnesses Via The Information Cord, The Silver Cord,
The Terrible And Brutal Ripping Open Of The Body And Cutting Out Of Organs?!?!?!


Watch ‘Organ Transplant and the Soul Explained’:

What if to a certain degree the soul is now also connected to the organs that are transplanted into the new body? As the old body now no longer functions, what if the soul decides to join the body of the organ recipient? This may seem weird, but there are countless cases where organ recipients suddenly develop habits and skills they never had before.

The Medical Term For This Is Called Cell Memory,
But What If It’s More Than That? What If The Soul Lives With,
And Continues To Influence, The New Organ Recipient?

TO LEARN MORE GO TO A Change of Heart: A Memoir by Claire Sylvia

AND WATCH ‘Do Major Organs Have Self-Contained Brains?’

GO TO Everyone Dies for Himself Alone by Gabriele of Wurzburg


…Somewhere a person in failing health is waiting for the phone to ring. Also waiting are the members of a specially trained surgical team, ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Close at hand is one of those small ice chests you’ve seen in TV medical dramas. A segment of the medical industry is waiting for you to have a serious accident. They must get to the hospital fast, before your internal organs go stale… It’s the ugly side to organ donation its proponents don’t like to talk about…

Opinion makers… describe organ donation as a saintly act with no downside. The gift of life. Millions of reminders are mailed out with driver’s license renewals and tax forms. There are sign-up campaigns at banks and hospitals and consent forms attached to questionnaires you fill out at the emergency room before they treat the ankle you broke in Sunday’s softball game… you’re encouraged to think of yourself or your loved ones as “living on” through the organs you bequeath. Do a quick web search and you’ll find dozens of heartwarming sites telling “Tim’s story” or “Maggie’s story.” Most of these sites are sponsored by local Organ Procurement Organizations, or OPOs…

…Given the hype, it seems cold-blooded and cruel to question the process of organ donation. Who wouldn’t want to help some suffering child live simply by giving up organs you no longer need? Too bad it’s not as simple as that. Many of the rules of this game -— including the very definitions of life and death -— are written in fine print… So before you check that box, you might want to know just where the medical establishment draws the line between you, the critically injured patient, and you, the collection of spare body parts…

Though it’s not the kind of thing the medical establishment is eager to publicize, there has long been an arbitrariness to policies governing clinical determinations of death… The organs that are most susceptible to blood deprivation after death are the heart and the liver… You go without a pulse for two minutes in some hospitals, you’re dead. They take your organs. In other places, at two minutes, they’re still trying to revive you…

The reason for hushing up such facts is simple, says Stuart Youngner, Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Case Western Reserve University: “The OPOs are afraid that if we have these discussions publicly, it will slow down donations dramatically.”


Endeavor Freedom: Dangers Of Being An Organ Donor

…As hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and HMO’s try to find more areas from which to increase earnings, ethical questions such as – Should doctors be allowed to deny expensive medical procedures to the seriously ill and disabled in order to provide health coverage for the uninsured, should elderly patients be allowed to die to spare their families and communities the financial and emotional costs of expensive care, should doctors be allowed to kill and harvest the organs of people with cognitive and physical disabilities, or in permanent comas – are likely to come from an increasingly new field of scientists called bioethicists…. Bioethicists spend much of their time arguing with one another, beneath or, more accurately, above the public radar, in arcane academic journals, books, university symposia, and government-appointed commissions. This is no empty intellectual enterprise, but a project aimed at changing America. In the course of their arguments, bioethicists are arriving at a consensus about the course of our medical future, and they are slowly succeeding at transforming the laws of public health and the ethics of clinical medicine in their own image.

….danger to the public as a whole but especially for the aging and disability communities is that bioethics is instituting ‘Personhood Theory’ which unlike universal human equality does not automatically confer worth to newborn infants and people with disabilities. Most bioethicists consider fetuses, newborns, psychopaths, severely brain-damaged patients, and various demented patients as ‘non-persons’ due to their inability to question morality. They even call for ‘non-persons’ to be used… as subjects for organ harvest. John Harris, a prominent bioethicist claims, “Persons who want to live are wronged by being killed because they are thereby deprived of something they value. Nonpersons cannot be wronged in this way because death does not deprive them of something they can value. If they cannot wish to live, they cannot have that wish frustrated by being killed.”

… Bioethicists working for profit policy boards are giving advice which is quickly moving American society further and further away from an ethic of universal human equality and the Hippocratic oath of Do No Harm… has lead to theories’ which create divisions of us and them in an explicit hierarchy of bioethically determined human value…


RELATED: Organ Donation: A Communitarian Approach
Amitai Etzioni Founder and Director of ‘The Communitarian Network’

Abstract: Recently, various suggestions have been made to respond to the high and growing shortage of organs by paying for them. Because of the undesirable side effects of such an approach… a communitarian approach should be tried first. A communitarian approach to the problem of organ shortage entails changing the moral culture so that members of society will recognize that donating one’s organs, once they are no longer of use to the donor, is the moral (right) thing to do… It entails a moral dialogue, in which the public is engaged, leading to a change in what people expect from one another.

Among the devices that could help to change the moral culture are a public statement, endorsed by community members and leaders, that expresses the community sense that donation “is what a good person does”…

DOWNLOAD ‘Organ Donation: A Communitarian Approach’ AS PDF

Dick Teresi – The Wall Street Journal, April 2012

…what are you giving up when you check the donor box on your license? Your organs, of course — but much more. You’re also giving up your right to informed consent. Doctors don’t have to tell you or your relatives what they will do to your body during an organ harvest operation because you’ll be dead, with no legal rights.

The most likely donors are… patients who can be ruled dead based on brain-death criteria. But brain deaths are estimated to be just around 1% of the total. Everyone else dies from failure of the heart, circulation and breathing, which leads the organs to deteriorate quickly.

The current criteria on brain death were set by a Harvard Medical School committee in 1968, at a time when organ transplantation was making great strides…

The exam for brain death is simple. A doctor splashes ice water in your ears (to look for shivering in the eyes), pokes your eyes with a cotton swab and checks for any gag reflex, among other rudimentary tests. It takes less time than a standard eye exam. Finally, in what’s called the apnea test, the ventilator is disconnected to see if you can breathe unassisted. If not, you are brain dead….

Here’s the weird part. If you fail the apnea test, your respirator is reconnected. You will begin to breathe again, your heart pumping blood, keeping the organs fresh. Doctors like to say that, at this point, the “person” has departed the body. You will now be called a BHC, or beating-heart cadaver.

Still, you will have more in common biologically with a living person than with a person whose heart has stopped…

You might also be emitting brainwaves. Most people are surprised to learn that many people who are declared brain dead are never actually tested for higher-brain activity. The 1968 Harvard committee recommended that doctors use electroencephalography (EEG) to make sure the patient has flat brain waves. Today’s tests concentrate on the stalk-like brain stem, in charge of basics such as breathing, sleeping and waking. The EEG would alert doctors if the cortex, the thinking part of your brain, is still active.

But various researchers decided that this test was unnecessary, so it was eliminated from the mandatory criteria in 1971. They reasoned that, if the brain stem is dead, the higher centers of the brain are also probably dead.

But in at least two studies before the 1981 Uniform Determination of Death Act, some “brain-dead” patients were found to be emitting brain waves…


St. Joe’s “dead” patient awoke as docs prepared to remove organs
Syracuse NY: October 20, 2009

Doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center were about to remove organs for transplant from a woman they thought was dead. Then she opened her eyes. She was alive…

The state Health Department found St. Joe’s care of patient Colleen S. Burns in 2009 unacceptable…

A series of mistakes that began shortly after Burns arrived in the emergency room suffering from a drug overdose led to the near catastrophe, the investigations showed. A review by the state Health Department found:

  • Staff skipped a recommended treatment to prevent the drugs the patient took from being absorbed by her stomach and intestines.
  • Not enough testing was done to see if she was free of all drugs.
  • Not enough brain scans were performed.
  • Doctors ignored a nurse’s observations indicating Burns was not dead and her condition was improving.

Burns, 41, of North Syracuse, recovered from her overdose of Xanax, Benadryl and a muscle relaxant and was discharged from the hospital two weeks after the near-miss in the operating room. But 16 months later, in January 2011, she committed suicide, said her mother, Lucille Kuss.

Having her daughter mistaken as dead and nearly cut open at the hospital was a horrible experience for the family, Kuss said. The doctors never explained what went wrong, she said…


Now a law that assumes you’re an organ donor: Welsh Assembly bill
means body parts will be used unless person had already opted out

The UK Daily Mail, July 2013

Organs are to be taken from the dead and used for transplant without consent for the first time in Britain… it will be presumed a person has agreed to donate their organs unless they specifically opted out before they died. Doctors would be able to make use of the body parts even if it was against the family’s wishes.

The Welsh Assembly backed the move, a significant shift in the tradition of altruistic donation in the UK, despite opposition from churches and from within the Muslim and Jewish communities. The new law will come into force by 2015. It will apply to over-18s who die in Wales if they have lived there for more than 12 months…


Hospital Organ Donor Programs Push the Envelope
Health Leaders Media, March 2014

…Organ procurement and transplantation have always pushed the envelope. Those who work in this field seem to be constantly finding more creative ways to utilize organs and maximize their potential through science and strategy, and downright chutzpah. Where 10,794 patients received an organ from a deceased donor in 1988, nearly 23,000 got one or more in 2013, according to United Network for Organ Sharing Data.

So it isn’t surprising that the people who organize and perform transplants, …would always be thinking of safer, cheaper, more efficient ways to retrieve scarce donated organs…

After all, they deal with life and death every day. What’s to lose?…

That was the approach taken 13 years ago by Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) in St. Louis… MTS figured out a way to streamline the organ donation process so that brain-dead donors didn’t clog up precious hospital critical care units and surgical suites during organ recovery…

MTS found a way to transport brain-dead donors out of the hospital to a free-standing mini-surgical suite, keeping them alive until surgeons from recipient hospitals could arrive to retrieve the organs allocated to their patients. To date, organs from more than 1,100 brain-dead donors have been recovered there.

And because imitation is the biggest form of flattery, three other programs have started in other cities and two other programs in Chicago and Philadelphia are trying to do the same…

…Could we minimize some of the treatment modalities (that keep the donor breathing)? Was there a way to leverage technology?…

…the OPO was moving bone and tissue donors out of the hospital with no problem. Their hearts were no longer beating, and their lungs didn’t require ventilation. They could do the same thing with brain-dead donors by replicating the life-support the donors were getting in the hospital..

People in transplant… have a reputation for having kind of an innovative culture. We take some intelligent risks in the way we look at things… Would family members agree to let their loved ones leave the hospital to have organs recovered somewhere else rather than in the familiar surroundings of their hospital?…


Organ Recovery Centers Reduce Transplant Costs 37%
Health Leaders Media, March 2014

Pittsburgh’s organ procurement organization (OPO) plans to revolutionize the life-saving transplant process in western Pennsylvania, making it faster cheaper, and safer for medical transplant teams and organ recipients.

Here’s how it works: Staff members from the Center for Organ Recovery and Education will travel to any of 150 area hospitals where a donor has been declared brain-dead. If the family agrees, CORE workers will transport the body to a newly remodeled surgical facility northeast of the city. All the while, skilled teams will maintain the donor’s heart rhythm so the organs remain viable for transplant.

The donor’s organs will be removed in CORE’s surgical suites rather than in the originating hospital where organ recovery from brain-dead donors competes with surgeries on living patients for expensive operating room time and resources.

CORE is the fourth organ procurement organization to take this streamlined approach to the transplant process in the U.S…

“This is where the industry is going,” says Joe Weber, CORE’s chief financial officer. Adds Kurt Shutterly, CORE’s COO, “It’s better for the OPOs, better for the hospital, and better for the families.” Just on cost alone, there’s a huge advantage, he says. While a cardiothoracic workup costs $30,000 at a donor’s hospital, “we should be able to do that for a fraction of that cost.”

While the donor is kept breathing in CORE’s intensive care units, surgical teams from any of the five nearby transplant hospitals will zoom in. Then, at a precise, pre-set time multiple surgeons in one of the facility’s three surgical suites, will retrieve the organs. The surgeons will take them back to their respective transplant hospitals to be placed in waiting patients by other surgeons…

…families are spared the prolonged wait, often at the bedside of the deceased patient, until the surgery begins. They will say their goodbyes and go home once the brain-dead donor’s body leaves the hospital…


And Last But Not Least Is The Issue Of
Organ Trafficking & Harvesting

Sometimes referred to as “neo-cannibalism”, human organ trafficking brings in around $1.2 billion per year. This unpalatable trade thrives on the poverty of individuals from underdeveloped countries such as Peru, India, Turkey, Brazil and the Philippines. In exchange for a month’s worth of groceries for their families, they sell their organs to the highest bidders from the U.S., Canada, Japan and Italy.

44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep
New York Times, July 2009

A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn to Israel and Switzerland culminated in charges against 44 people on Thursday, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, the authorities said.

The case began with bank fraud charges against a member of an insular Syrian Jewish enclave centered in a seaside town. But when that man became a federal informant and posed as a crooked real estate developer offering cash bribes to obtain government approvals, it mushroomed into a political scandal that could rival any of the most explosive and sleazy episodes in New Jersey’s recent past.

It was replete with tales of the illegal sales of body parts; of furtive negotiations in diners, parking lots and boiler rooms; of nervous jokes about “patting down” a man who turned out to indeed be an informant; and, again and again, of the passing of cash — once in a box of Apple Jacks cereal stuffed with $97,000….

Butchers: The hidden truth about Israel’s kidney theft ring
Axis of Logic, Aug 2009

News accounts… have led the public to believe that the “donors” were both willing and compensated, and that this operation was purely private. But good evidence indicates that the matter is far, far more troubling….The kidneys were “donated” at gunpoint by unwilling victims… READ MORE ONLINE HERE   OR   DOWNLOAD AS PDF

Kosovo PM is head of human organ and arms ring,
Council of Europe reports

The Guardian, December 2010

Kosovo’s prime minister is the head of a “mafia-like” Albanian group responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs through eastern Europe, according to a Council of Europe inquiry report on organised crime.

Hashim Thaçi is identified as the boss of a network that began operating criminal rackets in the runup to the 1998-99 Kosovo war, and has held powerful sway over the country’s government since.

Figures from Thaçi’s inner circle are also accused of taking captives across the border into Albania after the war, where a number of Serbs are said to have been murdered for their kidneys, which were sold on the black market.

…Dick Marty, the human rights investigator behind the inquiry,… His report suggests Thaçi’s links with organised crime date back more than a decade, when those loyal to his Drenica group came to dominate the KLA, and seized control of “most of the illicit criminal enterprises” in which Kosovans were involved south of the border, in Albania…

While deploring Serb atrocities, Marty said the international community chose to ignore suspected war crimes by the KLA, “placing a premium instead on achieving some degree of short-term stability”…

The report, which states that it is not a criminal investigation and unable to pronounce judgments of guilt or innocence…

…finds the KLA did hold mostly Serb captives in a secret network of six detention facilities in northern Albania, and that Thaçi’s Drenica group “bear the greatest responsibility” for prisons and the fate of those held in them.

They include a “handful” of prisoners said to have been transferred to a makeshift prison just north of Tirana, where they were killed for their kidneys.

The report states: “As and when the transplant surgeons were confirmed to be in position and ready to operate, the captives were brought out of the ‘safe house’ individually, summarily executed by a KLA gunman, and their corpses transported swiftly to the operating clinic…”


Girl smuggled into Britain to have her ‘organs harvested’
UK Telegraph, October 2013

The unnamed girl was brought to the UK from Somalia with the intention of removing her organs and selling them on to those desperate for a transplant.

Child protection charities warned that the case was unlikely to be an isolated incident as traffickers were likely to have smuggled a group of children into the country…


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