Thursday, July 30, 2009

Did Michael Jackson's doctor KILL him?

What's clear is that Mikey's personal physician gave him a heavy anesthetic the night before he died. What isn't clear is whether he ever woke up in the morning. The drug in question (propofol) is quite dangerous and is usually only administered in hospitals, because it can cause breathing problems.

Granted, Mikey had issues. But he was not overweight or diabetic, and appeared in decent shape compared to other big stars. His sudden heart attack at 50 was unexpected, and now we know why. He might have lived another 20 years at least - had this douchebag with an MD not poisoned him!

(And don't even get me started on the cosmetic surgery that made him look like an alien. Some doctor did that to him, too.)

The physician's rule is "First, do no harm," and I wish every vocation had such noble priorities. But I find it strange to hear physician-scientists on the web constantly criticizing alternative medicine but never thinking to question the dangers of their own profession. Jackson's death is a reminder that medical technology is a double-edged sword. Physician, heal thyself!

4 comments:

Margo said...

Isn't it terrible? It's basically profiting off of the mentally ill (the plastic surgeons too). In LA, apparently it's quite common--Heath Ledger's was a similar situation. Someone even called my FIL for a 'scrip and when told he needed an appointment first, offered any amount of money upfront instead.

YZF said...

I wouldn't be so quick to assign blame. Michael Jackson had a long history of suspicious health... enough so that it became his catch-all excuse for all that plastic surgery.

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Samurai Scientist said...

@Margo,
It's basically profiting off of the mentally ill (the plastic surgeons too).

Yep. We always fault the wealthy and famous for their excesses, but there is a huge line of people trying to profit off of them constantly.

@YZF,
Michael Jackson had a long history of suspicious health... enough so that it became his catch-all excuse for all that plastic surgery.

Well, you know better than me, but I think his major health issue was some kind of skin condition (not heart). It's possible the propofol was meant to alleviate a serious health condition and help him sleep... but I suspect the drug killed him, not disease.

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