“Thinking of donating my body to medicine/science…”

Monday, 28 February 2011

THINKING OF DONATING MY BODY TO MEDICINE/SCIENCE. WILL THIS SEND ME TO HELL. I WANT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE LEARN THE WHYS AND HOWS OF THE BODY. IF THEY FIND A CURE FOR A DISEASE ON MY BODY WOULD THIS BE WRONG.. I NEED GUIDANCE BEFORE I SIGN THE PAPERS.

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Your body. There is no Heaven or Hell anywhere but on the Earth while we live. But that’s just what I say. I’m probably wrong. Let’s discuss expert documents, verified by every branch of studies going on 20 centuries.

The Bible—the Jewish half—is quite explicit that if you even have a tattoo or a piercing, you cannot be buried and if your body isn’t left over, you cannot be resurrected to meet God one day. As you can see, there are many contradictory messages in there on the matter.

So, if you’re orthodox of most any stripe, donating your body is a ticket to Hell. If you’re reformed or Protestant, it’s probably jake.

That said, getting your deteriorating guts splattered on the dash of a Ford is 10% of the “science” in “donating your body to ‘science.’” If having your sawed off hands and feet and genitals used like props by bored “researchers” troubles you, perhaps you could accept that cutting open a hog is a good enough effigy for next year’s crop of American quacks.

We say, why not donate! It’s not any worse than embalming after all.

Rough Research

At least 17,500 bodies are donated to science in the United States every year, according to a Register survey. These bodies are in addition to the 20,000 cadavers used each year by businesses to make products.

Most of the bodies donated to science follow a traditional path: to medical schools, where students dissect them, or to medical conferences, where physicians practice their skills on them.

But each year, at least 4,000 bodies become the subjects of wide-ranging experiments, the Register found. Bodies are crashed to test vehicle air bags, heads are dropped to test helmets, and arms are dropped to test snowboard wrist braces.

Ronald Campbell, William Heisel and Mark Katches, The Orange County Register, April 18, 2000
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jrowles

Re: “Thinking of donating my body to medicine/science…”

Part of my work at Science Care, sciencecare.com, a nationwide whole body donation program for medical research and education, has been educating the public about end-of-life donation options. What I found is that there seems to be a general sense of acceptance of organ donation in most religions as long as is for “the greater good.” If you are interested in viewing various religious viewpoints on organ and whole body donation, take a moment and review this document: http://www.sciencecare.com/pdf/Religious_Viewpoints.pdf.

One thing I will caution folks about is to make sure and do your research about whole body donation programs. We recommend only signing up with a program that holds to the highest quality and safety standards and, at the least, has been accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. You can see the full list of accredited non-transplant tissue banks on their website: www.aatb.org. This is really the only way to ensure that you are donating to a legitimate and ethical organization.

By jrowles on 7 March 2011 · 08:50
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