Child Obesity Factors Can Lead to Increased Suicide Attempts

There are many child obesity factors that can lead to increased suicide attempts in obese children. Obesity in children leads to kids having to deal with hazing, depression, bullying and lower self esteem. Every day they get put down and demeaned because of their weight, they get picked last in gym, kids avoid playing with them, and they have trouble fitting in. When you combine all of these factors, you get a suicide attempt.

Some parents may think that suicide is nothing to worry about, since they are under the false impression that suicide is not a big threat and is just a rare occurrence. Well they'd be wrong. Suicide is a major threat in this country. Every year more than 300,000 kids aged 15 to 24 attempt suicide. And there are also another 17,000 suicide attempts made by kids aged 10 to 14.

To put that in terms easier to comprehend. The 300,000 kids in the 15 to 24 group who attempted suicide, would make up the undergraduate student bodies of about 12 universities. While the 17,000 kids in the 10 to 14 group, would make up the student bodies of about 15 middle schools. And children suffering from childhood obesity are at a higher risk of trying suicide than their peers.

However, before the kids decide to attempt killing themselves, they will almost always give you warning signs about their future attempt to gauge your reaction. In fact 75% will even give you a verbal warning about their intention. It will not be as clear as "mom I'm going to try killing myself tomorrow", but afterwards, after your child is dead or hospitalized, you'll be able to look back and find the 1-2 sentences which could have helped you save the child's life. Unfortunately most parents will ignore the warning signs, and will just brush them off as "kids will be kids", which is absolutely the worst thing you can do, since it gives the child the green light by giving them the idea that no one would miss them if they were gone.

Hopefully this child obesity article opened your eyes about the risk of suicide in obese children. If you have an obese child, it's your responsibility to learn all the potential suicide warning signs so that you'll be able to notice when you child becomes suicidal and can intervene to safe their live.

Violent suicide and heart disease, the hidden death toll of methamphetamines

The death toll for methamphetamines has doubled in Australia between 2009 and 2015, according to new research revealing a staggering rate of deaths by heart disease and violent suicides among users. 

Overdose accounted for 43 per cent of methamphetamine-related deaths, found the analysis of 1649 deaths from the national Coronial Information System (NCIS). 


Methamphetamines deaths double in Australia

New research reveals a huge increase in the number of methamphetamine-related deaths between 2009 and 2015. Vision: Seven News

But the researchers found another 40 per cent of deaths linked to ice, speed and other stimulant drugs were from so-called “natural disease” or uncharacteristically violent methods of suicide.

The most common “natural disease” deaths (22 per cent of all meth-related mortality) were cardiac or cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to the study published Monday in the journal Addiction.

Lead author Professor Shane Darke at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) said the findings amounted to a major public health problem that would have a deleterious effect on the lives of young users, their families and the health system for decades to come. 

“Heart disease and stroke are just not known among young [meth] users, but the risk is real,” Professor Darke said.

“I am not so naive as to think that if we inform people about the risk of heart disease they will stop [using meth] tomorrow.

“But we have to start with knowledge. People can’t react to something they don’t know about.” 

Methamphetamines can significantly damage the hearts of people who already have heart problems, as well as young people with no history of heart disease.

Even small amounts of methamphetamine could trigger cardiac arrhythmia, the authors reported. 

Doctors should check their meth patients for cardiovascular issues, and ask young people his heart problems whether they use the substances, Professor Darke said. 

Violent, impulsive suicides 

Suicide accounted for just under one fifth of all methamphetamine-related deaths (18 per cent).

“That’s 300 preventable suicides,” said Professor Darke, who trawled through police reports, family statements, coroner’s reports and forensic evidence.

But the methods of suicide were most alarming, he said. 

Suicides among women in the general public were most commonly poisonings, but female meth users were hanging themselves.

“[These people] we often highly agitated and angry during the day and then later they just went out and killed themselves,” Professor Darke said.

“They look different to other suicides,” which often followed periods of withdrawal and loneliness, Professor Darke said. 

“They are very impulsive … to see women hanging themselves [at this rate] there is only one explanation. It’s the drug itself,” he said. 

Deadly overconfidence

A total of 245 deaths were from traumatic accidents, including 156 cases where the individual was driving a car or motorbike. 

“These people were driving erratically, or on the wrong side of the road, or overtaking in blind corners,” Professor Darke said.

The deaths did not include passengers or people in other motor vehicles who died in these crashes. 

“The impact extends far wider than simple the person in this study,” he said. 

There was a belief among meth users that the stimulants improved their reflexes, Professor Darke said.

“What it does is improves your risk of death.”

Others drowned, fell from heights or were pedestrian deaths. 

“That overconfidence [among meth users] needs to be addressed,” Professor Darke said. 

Homicide accounted for 25 meth-related deaths, but Professor Darke said this was an underestimation, considering links to methamphetamine use and murder were notoriously difficult to report. 

For every one methamphetamine-related death, the average years of potential life lost was 44 years. 

The mean age of people who died of methamphetamine-related deaths was 36.9, and 78.4 per cent were male.

“To see such large and significant increases in mortality rates over the study period indicates a major methamphetamine problem,” Professor Darke said. 

“Without increased awareness of the connection between methamphetamine use and cardiac and/or cardiovascular disease we could expect to see a significant increase in cases of this kind in the coming years,” Professor Darke said.

Clinical Director of Alcohol & Drug Services Professor Nadine Ezard.

Clinical director of St Vincent Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Services, Professor Nadine Ezard. Photo: Daniel Munoz

Overall substance use a public health imperative 

Clinical director at St Vincent Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Services Associate Professor Nadine Ezard said she was not convinced methamphetamine deaths alone were a major public health issue.

The number of deaths from accidental toxicity of methamphetamine was only 91 of the total 1649. Dr Ezard said it would be difficult to determine the role methamphetamine played in the other deaths amid multi-drug use, and other factors, including a history of heart disease.

“They may have had methamphetamine in their blood, but a whole lot of other things were going on,” Dr Ezard said.

The addiction specialist said methamphetamine deaths were still relatively rare compared to high mortality rates linked to risky drinking, smoking and opioid use.

But she said substance use overall was a major national public health problem that needed to be addressed. 

“We need a system in place to address this as a whole … early intervention is what is required.”

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MS patient reveals he may ‘defer’ assisted suicide to undergo stem cell therapy in Serbia (From HeraldScotland)

A SCOT with crippling multiple sclerosis who planned to end his life at a Swiss suicide clinic has revealed he is applying to undergo an experimental stem cell treatment abroad in a last ditch attempt to reverse his symptoms and prolong his life.

Colin Campbell, from Inverness, said he would postpone his appointment at the LifeCircle clinic in Basel, where he had expected to end his life on June 15, if he was accepted for the pioneering therapy by medical chain, Swiss Medica. A 12-day course at its facility in Belgrade, Serbia costs around £15-16,000 and floods patients with up to 300 million stem cells which have been shown to restore myelin – a fatty coating around nerve cells destroyed by multiple sclerosis – leading to improved brain function and mobility.

Several clinical trials worldwide are exploring stem cell therapy as a means of “pausing” the degeneration associated with MS, but it cannot cure the condition and the treatment is not available on the NHS or privately in Britain.

Former IT consultant Mr Campbell praised his “very kind” landlord, Robert More, for persuading him to try out the procedure.

Mr Campbell, 56, said: “Robert said ‘I don’t want you to die – you can go abroad and try this. If it works, great; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. There’s nothing to lose’. So I would say I’ve moved into a new territory where I’m a ‘deferred’ suicide, but not a cancelled suicide.

“I will hopefully get onto the treatment programme, but if not then June 15 goes ahead as planned. So I’m in a limbo situation. I’m still holding on to June 15 because I don’t want to knock that back and find that the time passes and I’m thinking ‘why didn’t I get out when I could?’. I’ve got no desire to spend another winter in the UK with MS – death would be preferable for me.

“That’s the thing about not having [voluntary assisted suicide] in Scotland though. If I could do it here I wouldn’t have to be too concerned about a date because it would be available to me whenever I choose, whereas when you have the travel to Switzerland and you’ve got a progressive illness you probably don’t want to plan it too far ahead because you might not be up to the journey.”

He added that MS patients were also let down because doctors did not routinely highlight the options for treatment outside the NHS.

He said: “It would be nice after a diagnosis if a neurologist would go through your options – if they said ‘look, you can’t get this on the NHS at the moment, but you can get this abroad’, but they don’t even have this discussion with you. You get nothing, and that’s the experience I hear from talking to other MS sufferers.”MS

Mr Campbell was a keen footballer, swimmer and tennis player before being diagnosed aged 34 with primary progressive MS, a rarer form of the disease which results in a steady deterioration without any periods of remission. He now relies on walking aids to move around his first-floor flat and a wheelchair outdoors.

He revealed his plan to end his life in Switzerland to the Herald’s sister paper, the Sunday Herald, in April as part of a campaign calling on MSPs to bring a new Bill on assisted dying to Holyrood. The proposed Bill would bring Scotland into line with Canada and parts of the US and Australia by allowing terminally ill people with less than six months to live the right to be prescribed a lethal dose of medication which they can then self-administer.

Mr More, who has rented a flat to Mr Campbell for three years, said: “He’s a decent man and, quite frankly, he was depressed with his condition and all he was getting was tea and sympathy. There’s nobody doing anything to really help him. Nobody is giving him options and in those situations there are always options.

“There was a 36-year-old woman that was at this [Swiss Medica] clinic and she went in in a wheelchair and when she came out her only complaint was she got tired after long walks. Stem cell therapy doesn’t offer a cure, but it might make his life better and that’s what I want for the man.”

Mr More said he felt compelled to help after his own experience 32 years ago when his youngest daughter was diagnosed with spina bifida and the family were told she would never walk again.

He said: “If someone tells me that I try to do something about it so I took her to the Peto Institute in Budapest. I took her there for four years running and when she came out she could walk. So just because people tell you it’s a death sentence, I don’t believe it. She’s alive and well – the Hungarians did a magnificent job with her.”

Mr Campbell said he had also been boosted after being contacted by a fellow MDS sufferer, Rona Tynan, who encouraged him to test out a mobility scooter after seeing reports about his plans to end his life.

He said: “This has given me some kind of optimism which I definitely didn’t have – so I owe that to Rona.”

Mrs Tynan said: “What alarmed me about Colin was, I felt he was more able than myself.”

Should Euthanasia-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Doctors or physicians are people whom we trust as they try their best to save and cure our lives with the execution of their knowledge and practice but euthanasia gives physicians an opportunity to play against the decision of God, in fact the voice of euthanasia provokes that patient is in trouble with no sign of life but nothing is ultimate then God, whether one agrees or not, past and present experiences shows that euthanasia promotes abuse. Dr. J Forest Witten warned that euthanasia will give physicians “the power of life and death over individuals who have committed no crime except that of becoming ill or being born, and might lead toward state tyranny and totalitarianism.”

An example of this very statement by Dr. J Forest Witten was seen in Pennsylvania, in 1947 when forty seven year old Ellen Haug admitted having killed her ailing seventy year old mother with an overdose of sleeping pills. Her plea was that she couldn’t bear her crying and misery and her excuse was that “if something had happened to her, what would have become of her mother?”. Ellen said that her mother had suffered too long and in fact Ellen herself was also on verge of end but euthanasia was not only vain of her problem as Ellen was not putting her mother out of misery but she was getting herself rid of a responsibility. Euthanasia disrupts not only life but also changes the complete pattern of life.

Likewise, Dutch government investigation of euthanasia came up with some alarming findings. In 1990, 1,030 Dutch patients were killed without their consent. Twenty-two thousand and five hundred deaths were caused due to withdrawal of support, 63% (14,175 patients) were denied medical treatment without their consent and twelve percent (1,701 patients) were mentally competent but were not consulted. These findings were widely publicized before the November 1991 referendum in Washington State and these findings contributed a lot to the defeat of the proposal of those who were in favor to legalize lethal injections and assisted suicide. Euthanasia, at the moment is illegal in most parts of the world. In Europe it is only legal in Netherlands and Belgium, provided certain conditions are met (Irish Counsel).

The actual physician’s role is to try his/her best to safe once life but to prescribe death for someone in order to release his/ herself from pain, it’s not fair and it should not be legal. The American Medical Association (AMA) is well known for their pro-abortion campaigns and funding. Now, AMA has initiated the Institute for Ethics, designed to educated physicians on alternative medical approaches rather than euthanasia. This shows that AMA realized baloney of euthanasia and ironically they are trying their best to minimize the use of euthanasia.

On the other hand authorization of euthanasia brought mass murders that took place in Germany during Second World War and left everlasting spots on society and all these murders were on account of euthanasia. In this war, over 100,000 people were killed in the Nazi’s euthanasia program. During the war doctors were responsible for two things firstly, they had to euthanize patients, and secondly they had to write strong reason why they euthanized these patients, in order to provide the evidence to their family members. Surprisingly, organizations such as the General Ambulance Service, Charitable Sick Transports, and the Charitable Foundation for Institutional Care transported patients to the six killing centers, where euthanasia was accomplished by poisonous injections or slow starvation in case of children’s (Humphry & Wicket, 1986). This incident shows that how badly euthanasia was treated in past and how people

Other than facts and figures which clearly state that euthanasia create abuse, various religions also prohibit euthanasia as this action is against God’s will. For instance, the Roman Catholic Church has its own opinion on Euthanasia. The Vatican’s 1980 Declaration on Euthanasia said in part “No one can make an attempt on the life of an innocent person without opposing God’s love for that person, without violating a fundamental right and therefore without committing a crime of the utmost sin.” It also says that “intentionally causing one’s own death, or suicide is therefore equally wrong as murder, such an action on the part of a person is to be considered as a rejection of God’s sovereignty and loving plan.” In Islam euthanasia is immoral and against God’s teachings. Basically, In Islam this life gives you an opportunity to spend your life on God’s will not for His rewards but only for His will and in essence of this philosophy if someone suffer a lot due to disease then more he will do patience and bear all these difficulties here then he/she will get high esteem as patience and endurance are highly regarded and rewarded values in Islam. Some verses from the Holy Quran regarding euthanasia Quran says that: “Those who patiently preserve will truly receive a reward without measure” (Quran 39:10) and “And bear in patience whatever (ill) may befall you: this, behold, is something to set one’s heart upon” (Quran 31:17). As, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) taught that “When the believer is afflicted with pain, even that of a prick of a thorn or more, God forgives his sins, and his wrong doings are discarded as a tree sheds off its leaves.” When means of preventing or alleviating pain fall short, this spiritual dimension can be very effectively called upon to support the patient who believes that accepting and standing unavoidable pain will be to his/her credit in the hereafter, the real and enduring life.

These religious believes shows that euthanasia should not be legal and all views regarding euthanasia should be permitted are contradictory to most religious beliefs as well as against God will and sanctity of life.

Conclusion:

Kant argued that people who commit suicide destroy their rationality in service to something else – pain. So suicide and asking for euthanasia do not show respect for our own rationality. In terms of relief and patient care we should not take part in God’s decision and will, as nobody knows the reason behind long and painful suffering for someone. Euthanasia should not be legalized because it gives right to end others life like in case of non-voluntary euthanasia, if any patient is unable to speak and can not express his/her feelings and it is quite possible he or she don’t want to end his/her own life. So, it is by no means a solution to human suffering and human rationality. Though euthanasia is a controversial subject, it is evident that it not only disrupts the normal human life, devalue human life as well as it is an act to play against the decision and will of God, which is even contrary to various religious believes.