VSED: The Downsides of Fasting for Ending Life

What are the pros and cons of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking to end your life?

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  • NutritionFacts.org says:

    Please take care while watching these videos if this is a difficult topic for you.

  • Addy Hawaii says:


  • Sara says:

    I’m heartbroken for this. It feels wrong but also it doesn’t. What if I did do it years a go when I was really in a bad shape in my mind, i would’ve done it. But looking back now I’m glad I didn’t. How is this justified?

    • Rebecca Mouse says:

      I think they are talking about people with terminal illnesses that way beyond hope for recovery, like cancers that have spread to every system of the body, although I can’t imagine being a part of doing this to someone who is asking for food and water. If someone asks for food and water, I’m giving it to them.

  • Diane Ladico says:

    My dad was terminal. He’d decided to stop eating and drinking. The doctors worked on my mother to get her to persuade him to get a feeding tube. *That* was inhumane.

  • Dan Luther says:

    Damn. Life’s hard!

  • Lois Hauger says:

    Appreciation for covering a sensative topic with empathy and sound science ✌️

  • Spoudaois says:

    If the patient doesn’t want to eat when dying thats ok. Other animals hide and stop eating when they are dying.

  • SALVATl0N says:

    This is interesting information for dry fasting, which I think is probably not a good idea for people to do. But it supports the reasons why people do it. Seems pretty dangerous to me.

  • Kazzz says:

    I’m confused how not eating or drinking at all is not miserable

  • Bonnie Poole says:

    This is a really important topic. Would hospice teams be on board if the patient made a request for help and comfort care while withholding food and water?

  • alexa ivoire says:

    This is why you make the decision yourself, when you still can, because if you don’t your loved ones will be forced to make it for you. My father died of Alzheimer’s, and my mother had to give the order to deny him hydration and nutrition. It is cruel to put that burden on a loving relative. It is cruel to make the patient continue in a life they didn’t want to be that way. If I cannot be offered the same humane, painless death we afford a beloved pet, let me make my own choice while I am still competent.

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