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Elderly man in Washington State kills wife, self over medical bills

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A 77-year-old man in Ferndale, Wash., killed his wife, then himself in an apparent murder-suicide because of medical costs he couldn’t pay. He called 911 saying, “I am going to shoot myself” and had written a note with  instructions for authorities. Deputies used a robot mounted camera to enter the house where they discovered the man lying next to his wife, age 76. Both were dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Detectives found several notes citing “severe ongoing medical problems with the wife” and “expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care...It is very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only option,” Sheriff Bill Elfo said. Two dogs found in the home were turned over to the humane society. 

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Most seniors in this country have to make decisions like these. Since a horrible experience dealing with cancer, mainstream medical and medicare, I have done everything I could to avoid our medical system. There will be no second cancer treatment for me. The most important thing I have done is to distance myself from the US industrial food system. By staying away from sugar and other GMOs, and sharply reducing my meat consumption, I am healing from the expensive chronic illnesses our medical/food system guarantees us.

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My youngest bro went through treatment for Hodgkin's cancer at age 30. Saw him shortly thereafter and he looked like a salamander, as far as his utter lack of hair. Without which, we all look like salamanders, as totally in line with our long distant ancestors.

He has long been in total remission, but added that he would never do it again. He used to throw up when his former wife drove him to the hospital, when he was about a mile away, to be "chemoed or nuked."

We absolutely need to advocate for death with dignity. click here I showed it to Guy McPherson who immediately replied, "I want one!" Though he is living happily now in New Zealand with his beautiful partner. Apologies to Guy if this is too much "sharing." But truly, I don't think any conscious person would give a sh*t.

Who in their right mind doesn't advocate for this? Not encouraging anyone, as it is truly a personal matter "in the end." Republicans are obsessed with life in the womb, but don't give two shits after "the egg has passed."

Had I to do my heart transplant again click here I would press hard for the will I had in my drawer, to never be on "artificial life support." It's been a good run since and I can't complain, but just sayin'.

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My experience with my mother's breast cancer taught me to see most doctors as professional liars. All through her ordeal, the doctor told her that she was cured. I buried her a year later. During my long battle with Black Mold Poisoning, I've had numerous doctors who lied to me.

The first one insisted I was suffering fro Whipple's Disease. The the

doctor took a year and a half to arrange the biopsy. If I had what she

told me I had, I'd have been dead six months before having the biopsy.

The next doctor told me I had an unknown cancer in an unknown location. My Primary Practitioner treated me with an antibiotic meant for yeast. It helped a little but he could not keep me on it for very long.

It had a lot of side effects, none of them were something I wanted to deal with.

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