Purposeful Summary- Pinkmonkey


How my moms death changed my thinking on end of life care

This article written by Charles Ornstein talks in detail about Charles’s experience with his mother’s passing. As a medical reporter himself, he found how conflicting it can be when your own family is the patient. Ornstein speaks on his opinion of end-of-life care and how many doctors, appointments, extra-care, and money, above all, get put into it. But, when it came to his mother his feelings shifted. He was perplexed with the idea of not doing everything possible to beat her pessimistic odds which is exactly what he had criticized people before for doing in the past. In the end, his family decided to take their mother off of aggressive care, but he reached out to medical professionals wondering if the family had wasted money and resources trying. The response, surprising to Ornstein, was “no,” and that the US healthcare system has plenty of money to spare, and the important thing is that each and every family does what’s right for them and their patient.


Vancoover combats heroin by giving its addicts the best smack in the world

This article written by,”Bradley Campbell”,  expands on the counterintuitive idea that giving addicts drugs is actually safer. Vancoover is a port city meaning lots of drugs coming from the pacific, this makes it a hub for addicts. The city has tried different ways to make the addict rates go down but nothing is really making the difference. After trying different methods and research experiments experts extended a program to 26 heroin addicts. This program essentially was giving these addicts heroin for free however many times they needed it. This in return would stop them from breaking and entering cars and homes as well as harming themselves and others around them for their next fix. Most rehab facilities disagree with this methodology and claim they can help recover even the worst addicts. They also claim that this program is just a way of killing off the addicts in a nice way.

Do toms really help people?

In this article by,” Kiera Butler ” she acknowledges toms for their buy- one-give-one approach but exposes the faults in the program. A program such as toms was started to help developing countries, only sometimes it’s not really helpful. Resources cited expanded on the idea that we are flooding their areas with things they don’t need and making it harder for local businesses. As well as not providing things useful to the population, they are only target helping and not mass helping. Toms gives shoes to promote education because kids cant go to school barefoot, but they hand out their shoes in school meaning the kids who are receiving these shoes, must already have a pair. This article brings awareness to other buy-one-give-one companies who are doing great jobs at helping and providing resources that are actually necessary without hurting the already live market.

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1 Response to Purposeful Summary- Pinkmonkey

  1. davidbdale says:

    Good to see you’ve posted this, PinkMonkey. I’m delighted to see you catching up.


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