Peaceful Pill Blog
September 6, 2020
Getting to know Sean Davison Podcast
I’ve known of Sean Davison a lot longer than I’ve known the man.
But the more I talk to him and listen, the more amazed I am at his goodwill towards the world.
When Sean says he had no choice but to help the three men in South Africa who he would later be found guilty of murdering, he really means it.
He says he could not walk away.
The same applies to the help he gave his mum, Dr Patricia Ferguson, who died in New Zealand in 2010.
Sean went home to spend precious time with Pat before she died.
She wanted to die at home and went on a hunger strike in the mistaken belief that this would be a reliable and peaceful way to bring an end to her suffering (from cancer). (She did not have the Peaceful Pill Handbook which was published in 2006 but banned in NZ in 2008).
However, Pat’s hunger strike failed and it was to Sean that she then turned for help.
Being a dutiful son, he did the right thing.
The only problem was that the right thing was not the lawful thing.
This was the beginning of Sean’s troubles with the law.
This week’s Doxit Podcast provides a roller-coaster ride through Sean’s recent years of right to die activism.
He is an accidental activist for sure, but then who of us is not?
During our interview, there were times when I wanted to shake the man and tell him that the problems of the world were not his to solve.
But he would have none of it.
I can say I got some comfort in his response to my question inquiring if he would do it all again.
He replied ‘my children need a father not a matyr’.
Thank goodness for fatherhood!
You are invited to listen to Sean Davison at Exit International’s Podcast website at Anchor.fm/doxit or wherever you get your podcast streams.
August 16, 2020
Sarco X Arrives with Oxygen Dropping to < 0.6% in 50 Seconds
After more than two years in development, Exit is pleased to say the latest version of the Sarco euthanasia capsule – Sarco X – has passed its final round of laboratory testing.
What does this mean you ask?
It means that Sarco is ready for use!
Sarco X is the 5th iteration of the Sarco concept.
The first 2 Sarcos were stainless steel test tanks. The first tests featured in the Vice Media documentary Time to Die.
The 3rd Sarco was a laser-cut wood feature mould. This was exhibited at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair in 2018.
The 4th Sarco was exhibited at Venice Design 2019 and is now on display at the Cube Design Museum in the Netherlands.
The 5th Sarco is the one that is destined for use in the context of a peaceful and reliable death, most likely in Switzerland.
The concept of Sarco is to create an oxygen-free environment where the person inside the capsule breathes normally, but in a hypoxic environment.
The hypoxia creates a euphoric feeling before the person loses consciousness and dies peacefully soon after.
The Sarco capsule replaces the Exit Bag.
Sarco supplants the yuk factor of a plastic bag with a beautiful 3D-printed enclosure that gives a nod towards future travel to a destination unknown.
The death that Sarco creates is extremely peaceful.
Another important factor of the Sarco is that it is moveable and can be transported to a location of one’s choosing: be it the mountains, a lake or a favourite view.
And while Sarco X is a single person capsule (and pet?), it will be possible in the future to design and print a couples’ model for those who want to go together.
As mentioned above, Sarco X is now complete and ready to be used. In order to reach this final completion stage, the capsule was subject to rigorous, repeated lab testing to ensure that the oxygen level within the capsule would plummet sufficiently and in a short enough time frame to ensure a peaceful and reliable death would result.
Philip Nitschke was pleased (and relieved) to establish that the level of oxygen within the capsule dropped from 21%* to < 0.6% within 50 seconds.
* The air we all breathe contains 21% oxygen.
Aesthetics & 3D Print
In conceptualising the Sarco, beauty and design were foremost considerations. As such, Sarco X reflects the profile of the human figure at rest. The plastic from which it has been printed is translucent in nature. Gentle mauve LED lighting strips create a welcome and comforting embrace.
The importance of 3D-printing the Sarco is to ensure its replication is legal. Exit has no plans to supply or sell the Sarco. Rather, the plans will be included in The Peaceful Pill eHandbook.
It is for the reader to take the plans to a 3D-printer in their local area and take it from there. It is their decision as to whether the Sarco is used as an oxygen health capsule or as a vehicle to an ‘imaginary heaven‘.
With Sarco now complete, Exit is commissioning a custom trailer to ensure that Sarco can truly be moved. Important features of the trailer are the low wheel base for easy access and the 360 degree rotating platform for view selection perfection.
Until the onset of COVID-19, Exit expected Sarco to be used in 2020. However with international travel now very difficult, it remains to be seen just when Sarco will be used for the first time.
More about Sarco is at Sarco.design
Listen to the Doxit Podcast on Sarco (16 Aug 2020)
April 19, 2020
Corona Virus is Personal
There is no denying, the Corona Virus is personal.
Not just because it has disrupted the ‘business’ of Exit with our workshops and chapter meetings cancelled and those of you who comprise our membership among the people most at risk due to age (and with age other health complaints).
But, taken together with the expected global recession, the team here at Exit is not really sure what to expect (but who is)?
Is membership of Exit a discretionary spend? Or is having an Exit Plan a vital insurance policy for the future? Because, in the age of Covid, who can be sure what is just around the corner?
But Corona is personal because the Exit team is scattered throughout the countries of the world.
We have team members in Spain, Ireland, France, Italy and Australia (and the US) who are all living through a prolonged compulsory lockdown.
The Dutch are doing much the same although the term in this country is ‘intelligent lockdown’. Nevertheless, the outcome is much the same.
Stay at home, wash your hands and save lives (yours and everyone else’s).
We have team members who have lost older relatives in nursing homes in northern Italy and another team member whose 60-something sister is infected.
It seems everyone knows someone who is effected.
All the while we try and stay optimistic, balancing the pessimism of scientific projections for the future, while recognising the enormous political and economic pressure that governments around the world are under.
Pressure to turn life, as we knew it pre-Covid, back on.
As one whose background is in the sciences, however, I have to admit I’m taking a realist approach to the future.
If I’m honest, I don’t know when the next Exit workshop will be conducted. I don’t know when I will next talk with Exit members face to face.
I don’t know when (or if) I’ll ever see my homeland of Australia and my hometown of Darwin again.
Meanwhile I’m doing what most people are doing: devising new ways of working, of getting the Exit message out and of ensuring that those people who want end of life options, have them in place.
To achieve this, we are working on:
- Livestream Exit workshops (3 x in June – August 2020)
- Weekly Podcasts (commencing 26 April)
- Ongoing monthly PPeH Updates
- Online PP Forums
- Life Member online video appointments (forthcoming)
I urge Exit members to stay with Exit during this difficult time.
Please continue to support the organisation financially, if you can.
We are one community. Our common goal of choice has not changed.
And take care.
Vale – John Prine
(October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020)
So if you’re walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare
As if you didn’t care, say, “Hello in there, hello.”
Hello In There
March 29, 2020
All About Chloroquine
STOP PRESS – Coming in June 2020 – PPeH Update on Chloroquine Phosphate & Hydroxychloroquine
As readers may have heard, Hydroxy-chloroquine and Chloroquine Phosphate (both anti-malarial drugs) have both been widely reported as possible treatments for COVID. This stems from their anti-viral properties.
Although their efficacy in fighting COVID is far from certain (despite what Donald Trump says), their role as a reliable end of life drug is beyond dispute.
Exit first included a Chapter about Chloroquine in the Peaceful Pill eHandbook back in 2015.
The Exit RPA test gives the drug an end of life rating of 72% with a 10/10 rating for availability.
The topic will be revisited in the April 2020 update to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook.
However, the attention Chloroquine has received because of the COVID epidemic has had two effects:
- It has become impossible to source. Pharmaceutical-grade tablets of Avloclor (Chloroquine) was previously available over the counter, at least in the UK. However, Avloclor is now impossible to purchase.
- The flood of publicity has drawn Exit’s attention to the use (and availability) of Chloroquine as an aquarium or fish tank additive to fight disease.
In the post-COVID world (we hope one exists), the use of Chloroquine in home fish tanks will make it exceptionally easy to obtain.
While it is impossible to predict what will happen with Chloroquine supplies as the COVID crisis deepens, if it is shown to be ineffective against the virus it will – presumably – return to pharmacies to be once again marketed as an antimalarial, and to pet store shelves as an effective treatment for ‘white spot’ in fish.
In the meantime, those who did not acquire this drug will have little opportunity to do so. Another end of life casualty of COVID-19!