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Helping patients to die well

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2656 (Published 24 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2656

Re: Helping patients to die well

Life is terminal, and death is its terminus. In my experience, death is often palliated or postponed if fresh fruits and vegetables are increased, and if toxins and addictions are discontinued, because both toxins and addictions interfere with metabolism and homeostasis. This means that medications should be minimized, and that alcohol, sweets, caffeine, and cola should be eliminated. Before we offer dire prognoses, let’s give Mother Nature a chance to accomplish what doctors can’t. (1) (2) (3)

(1) Mann, H. “Beware of Polypharmacy in the Elderly” http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/beware-polypharmacy-elderly
(2) Mann, H. “Hospital versus Hospice” http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/01/hospital-versus-hospice
(3) Mann, H. "Health & Homeostasis" http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/03/health-amp-homeostasis

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 April 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA