FACT: FOOD IS ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE / FACT: WATER IS ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE
Food and water are ordinary means of sustaining life. In medical parlance food and water are called nutrition and hydration. Food and water/nutrition and hydration, it is all the same thing. Food and water are ordinary means of sustaining life and calling food and water nutrition and hydration does not make food and water extraordinary means of sustaining life. Using medical terminology does not change the fundamental reality: food and water/nutrition and hydration are ORDINARY means of sustaining life. Providing food and water/nutrition and hydration to a patient is ORDINARY CARE, not MEDICAL CARE even though medical personnel are required to artificially provide the infusion of them into the patient.
That is true even when food and water/nutrition and hydration are provided to a person my artificial means. The natural means of providing food and water is by means of fork or spoon or glass or cup to the mouth. When natural means of supplying food and water are no longer appropriate they can be supplied by artificial means such as an intravenous infusion of food and water in liquid form into a vein, or by intubation, that is, by inserting a tube into the esophagus or directly into the stomach through which food and water are inserted in the body of a patient. Artificially supplying food and water/nutrition and hydration by intravenous or intubation means does not change the fact that the food and water/nutrition and hydration being supplied remains ordinary means of sustaining life, they do not become extraordinary means simply because of the artificial way of introducing them into the body.
Everyone is obliged to use ordinary means of preserving their life. The only time food and water/nutrition and hydration should not be provided to a patient is when the body is unable to accept the food and water/nutrition and hydration. Such a situation may exist when the patient is unable to metabolize the food and is unable to process liquids through the kidneys.
Palliative care, which is supposed to be medical care that eases the suffering of a patient, can before a form of passive euthanasia when medical personnel stop providing food and water/nutrition and hydration to a patient. Stopping the ingestion of food and water/nutrition and hydration has the same effect on a patient as it has on ANY person, alive and well or sick. The effect of deprivation of water/hydration is death by thirst. The effect of deprivation of food/nutrition is death by starvation. Either form of death is horrible, involving great pain and stress. Alleviating the pain and stress by providing narcotics is immoral and criminal when the object is to kill the patient by dehydration and starvation.
Do not allow your loved ones, or yourself, to be deprived of food and water/nutrition and hydration. To do so is to commit either murder or suicide.