Hospice Patients Alliance: Patient Advocates

What is Palliative Care?

by Ron Panzer
July 14, 2019

All of standard medical care that relieves symptoms that cause suffering could be considered genuine palliative care. Palliate means to make less severe, to lessen, to mitigate, and in this context, means to relieve suffering. Sometimes physical suffering cannot totally be eliminated but it can be made so much less that patients will say that it is manageable and they are comfortable (relatively). Nobody likes to suffer, and the merciful expression of our love is to relieve the suffering of others as best we can, and physical suffering can be relieved by various means: medications and treatments, various therapies, massage, distraction, music, simply being with the patient lovingly ... all of these things can relieve physical pain or suffering, and they can also relieve some of the anxiety and psychological distress that accompanies physical suffering of so many types.

Much of what has been called "traditional medical care" that managed distressing symptoms of chronic and acute medical conditions is now called "palliative care."

Palliative care is not only applicable to the end-of-life period where hospices provide care. Genuine palliative care means managing and relieving suffering at any stage of life from birth through death and it certainly never means hastening or manipulating death to occur through hundreds of means that exist when the standards of care that affirm and support life are violated. It never means medical killing.

Genuine palliative care or hospice care (palliative care applied at the end-of-life setting) never means removing food and water that can still be helpful to the patient. So long as a patient is able to take in fluid or food, it should still be provided just as any of us should have access to food and water. The provision of food and water is basic care and to remove it when the patient wants it and can benefit is to act with the intent to kill the patient and is truly evil and a violation of the standards of care of genuine palliative care or hospice care.

The tainted version of palliative care and hospice care mis-applies what occurs at the very, very end active phase of dying when a patient can neither eat or drink or refuses food and water because they are truly are dying. They intentionally remove food and water to cause death, rather than the nearness of death causing the inability to take in and utilize food and water. See the explanation of the active and pre-active phase of dying at "Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death" from our main page:

Genuine palliative care never means the removal of medications that are still effective in stabilizing a chronically-ill or even an acutely ill individual. Removal of medications that are helpful is just one of the means used to manufacture death and kill the patient is part of the death protocols used by the truly perverted and tainted hospice industry.

The tainting and perversion of what originally was a pro-life, life-affirming palliative care has now spread so that genuine palliative care and genuine application of palliative care at the end-of-life (hospice) is becoming harder and harder to find. For this reason, many people truly do not understand what real palliative care or real hospice care is about. In fact, many of those practicing in palliative care (non-hospice) or in hospices are mis-educated to believe that the perverted version is "real" palliative care or hospice care. Some of them really don't know the truth, while others are pro-euthanasia and are consciously abusing the opportunity given to serve and hastening death consciously.

Real palliative care can be understood by studying the texts that delineate exquisitely developed protocols that help physicians, nurses and others manage the very different manifestations of the various conditions and illnesses that afflict man. Genuine palliative care is intended to be the application of the best medical science and all other sciences have to offer in the quest to mercifully care for and lovingly support the life of the patient at any stage of their life. It is therefore, truly the opposite of what many are experiencing today in what is offered to the public as "palliative care."

Those who are more interested can find information about genuine palliative care at the Multiple Chronic Conditions Center at: www.multiplechronicconditions.org where much information is presented. They can also contact the founder & director, Kim Kuebler there directly. Kim is also the CEO Advanced Disease Concepts, LLC., Award winning author of 8 textbooks on chronic conditions and palliative care. Multiple appointments to Federal and state initiatives on pain, chronic conditions and palliative care. Clinician, educator, researcher and patient advocate.

The Multiple Chronic Conditions Center defines:

Palliative care [as] the science and practice of symptom management. Chronic conditions produce accompanying symptoms — poorly managed symptoms contribute to disease exacerbations and frequent hospitalizations. The use and implementation of palliative care in the person with Multiple Chronic Conditions, promotes optimal quality of life, improves physical functioning and a reduces costly care.

The Hospice Patients Alliance has a four part exposé of Ira Byock, MD and Wesley J. Smith, JD which explains the tainting of hospice and palliative care which is posted online at:
Four Part Wesley J Smith, JD/Ira Byock, MD Exposé:
(if you wish to share this 4 part exposé, here's the link to this spot):


  1. Time to Wake Up to the Realities of Hospice, Mr. Smith!
  2. Getting It Right (Contra Smith and Byock) - Part One
  3. The Call and the Counterfeit - Getting It Right (Contra Smith and Byock) - Part Two
  4. Remembering the Religious Foundation of Cicely Saunders' Hospice Mission

After reading the above, there would be no confusion as to what genuine palliative care or hospice care is and its counterfeit that is being imposed upon patients in many healthcare settings today. What is being promoted today in government circles and within the hospice and palliative industry in general is most often a perversion, and therefore one must rightly be suspicious of attempts to mainstream hospice to those who are not terminal but who suffer from chronic conditions. Non-hospice palliative care can still be very helpful, but patients and family members must be alert to detect any red flags that show hospice and ending-of-life tricks are intended to be used!

Those who wish to study more can also learn much by taking a look at textbooks such as: Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach, by Kim Kuebler, DNP (doctorate level pro-life nurse practitioner)


or Palliative Practices From A to Z for the Bedside Clinician (Second Edition)
by Peg Esper, MSN RN CS AOCN and Kim K. Kuebler, DNP


which also may be available in various medical or other libraries.

Real palliative care is a blessing, the merciful application of the very best we have to offer in the relief of human suffering. It is a disgrace that ethical care has been replaced by truly evil and life-damaging and ending acts. Those who enter hospice or palliative care units (in hospitals) today need to be vigilant to refuse medications that are not needed, and if the patients themselves are not able, their patient advocates, those with the medical power of attorney, or their guardians must do so for them.

There are many ways hospice and palliative care staff can hasten death without patients or their loved ones knowing. Any violation of any standard of care — any way of doing things that is not done properly — will tend toward a hastened, premature death. In other words, intended medical killing can occur in hundreds of ways and tragically, this is occurring throughout the healthcare system when the staff or administration decide that the patient's life has no meaning, that the patient would be better off dead, or if they decide that the patient is requiring too many services and costing "too much!"

Palliative care specialists in the community often may be called "pain management specialists," but it should be clear that these are non-hospice palliative care practitioners. There is a huge pressure placed upon elderly and disabled patients who enter the acute care hospital setting to later agree to enter hospice.

Patients are promised all sorts of services that often are not provided — most therapies required to be provided are not provided and visits by nurses or aides may be less frequent than promised, for example — If a patient is not terminal, it is preferable for them to be discharged to home health care and family members or patient advocates should inquire about this. Also, a patient has a right to refuse admission to hospice under federal law, however social workers, nurses, and physicians may "gang up" on the patient and family to coerce them or intimidate them into agreeing to a hospice admission.

A patient who is terminal needs good hospice services, but a patient who is chronically-ill with one or more chronic illnesses needs non-hospice palliative care or other supportive, life-affirming health care. Often, and sadly, we must fight to protect the patient's rights, but if we don't, many patients end up dead much sooner than a natural death in its own timing would occur. How do we know this? Physicians, surgeons, and nurses who work in acute care hospitals and hospices have told us many times.

It is urgent that the public awaken to what is happening in healthcare systems around the world. Utilitarian death-dealing practices are in place! Placement in hospice when it is not appropriate is just one step toward an early death if the hospice does not provide life-affirming care and does not respect the sanctity of life!

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