Michael Jackson is The Victim, Not the One on Trial

Many of us are hopelessly glued to our televisions engrossed in the trial. It is therefore urgent that we impress upon the reader that Michael Jackson is the victim. Michael Jackson is not the one who is on trial. We cannot afford to forget that. It is Dr. Conrad Murray who is being prosecuted. However, because he is not as exciting to talk about as Michael Jackson, there are certain media outlets confusing the public with misinformation…specifically HLN TV. Despite what sensational stories may be spoken on HLN (who simply needs better ratings), it was Michael Jackson that was killed. Again, Michael Jackson is the victim. The defense is leaning heavily on Michael being an addict; but don’t forget…Michael is not on trial, and the talk of addiction is only a diversion. We have to stay focused.

Addiction has nothing to do with this case, even though the concept has been forcefully thrust upon the public. One of the major mouth pieces, proclaiming Michaels addiction is Drew Pinsky.

Recently, Dr. Drew Pinksy, (of HLN) had an outburst, while interviewing the renowned Dr. Patrick Treacy. In Drew’s definition of addiction, he lost control, screeching wildly ‘There is a difference between dependency and addiction! Addiction actually changes the brain! Poor Pinsky had been challenged by the knowledge which was so eloquently exhibited by Dr. Patrick Treacy… who simply used the word dependency. Pinsky’s eruption was his one opportunity to demonstrate that he was plausibly informed. His effort proved ineffectual. Most of us discerned his self-doubt, and sympathize with him about his anxieties. Unfortunately, this article will refute his comments. We do hope it will not affect him with added adversity.  Pinsky used a statement from Michael, to prove that Michael was an addict on the same program.

In 1993 Michael Jackson issued a statement cancelling the rest of his “Dangerous Tour”

“The pressure resulting from false allegations coupled with the energy left to perform on the stage has left me exhausted and I have become dependent on pain killers. My friends and doctors advised me to seek professional guidance immediately in order to eliminate what has become an addiction.”

Michael Jackson

Please notice that Michael said he had become dependent, and then he said he had become addicted. This ambiguous statement does not prove that Michael was an addict, according to Drew’s own words. We can all reasonably say that Michael was dependent upon painkillers, however. It should also be noted that any change in the brain could have been found with a brain scan. We have not been made privy to such information, and Drew Pinsky has no way of proving that any such thing occurred. Hence, he is not able to diagnose Michael as an addict even if it was true.

It is ironic that since the appearance of Dr. Treacy on his show, Pinsky has not had another independent thinker on his program. He has since had unknowns who nod yes to his every word. This of course while discussing their opinion that Michael hired yes men. Pinsky who is an addict himself, knows that his recovery is based on honesty.  Despite all that he may say about being an addiction therapist, the most successful program for overcoming addiction remains the 12 steps. The following, which is in reference to dishonesty, is from Alcoholics Anonymous chapter 5, “How it Works”

 ” They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”

Pinsky, is not being honest in his harsh description of Michael Jackson, which is based solely on opinion. In addition, Pinsky shows every sign of being on a dry drunk. He is actually a recovering drug addict himself. This term is applicable to all addictions. The term originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, but is used in most treatment programs.

Focus Counseling Center/The Dry drunk Syndrome

The phrase “Dry Drunk” has two significant words for the addict. “Dry” simply refers to the fact that he/she abstains from using, whereas “Drunk” signifies a deeply pathological condition resulting from his/her use of chemicals in the past. Taken together, these words suggest intoxication without chemicals. Since intoxication comes from the Greek word of poison, “Dry Drunk” implies a state of mind and a mode of behavior that is poisonous to the addict’s well-being.

Obvious Traits

Grandiose Behavior is a common trait of the “Dry Drunk”. Grandiosity most often manifests itself through lack of insight and pomposity (pompous) in personal behavior. The person undergoing a “dry drunk” may exaggerate his own importance at the expense of others. He/she might overestimate their abilities, intelligence and judgment; or live beyond his/her means. In any case, their behavior is markedly unrealistic, and depending on circumstances, it can range from ridiculous to cruel. By referring everything in his/her self, the addict seems to be unaware of the needs and feelings of other people.

  • We were able to see this behavior in his response to Dr. Treacy…..

A Rigidly Judgmental outlook seems to accompany his/her grandiose behavior. “Judgmental” means that the addict is prone to make value judgments strikingly in appropriate evaluations usually in terms of “goodness” and “badness “. Since he/she is inclined to judge themselves rather harshly in regard to his/her drugging behavior, it is not unusual for others to detect in them deep feelings of personal unworthiness, but they can superficially disguise these feelings by submitting their family, relatives, friends, business associates, and employer to the same rigid system of evaluation that he/she s applying to his/her self. They justifiably feel that they are the least acceptable of critics. This alone is proof enough that their attitude is basically unrealistic, whether or not their judgment reflects some degree of truth.

  • Drew Pinsky’s program has no focus on Conrad Murray. He actually condemns Michael, presumes his addiction, and most recently he called him wacko Jacko…going as far back as his pet Bubbles.

http://www.focus.bm/dry_drunk.html

For an immeasurable time, researchers investigating drug abuse have provoked formidable misrepresentations and delusion s about the addiction. Scientists portrayed addicts as delinquents whose behavior proved to be immoral, substandard and deficient in character. The opinions of these people, which were promoted back in the 1930’s, created a twisted riposte to drug abuse. The picture of the addict as a ragged desperate individual, roaming the streets… willing to kill for a fix, was pressed into the mind of society, treating it as a moral failing. Sadly, it remains, and even exists in treatment centers. That may be why AA is an anonymous organization.

In 1965, as director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Screening Unit at San Francisco General Hospital, it was painfully obvious to me that most people, including physicians, considered alcoholics to be unworthy of medical attention. Medically shunned, they were considered incurable, or nearly so. In fact, we physicians who treated alcoholic people were often as despised as our patients. The barriers to appropriate treatment for alcoholism were numerous. Sadly, the rejection by society and mainstream medicine of people addicted to illicit drugs was even more severe.”

{Publication Information: Book Title: Understanding Drugs of Abuse: The Processes of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery. Contributors: Mim J. Landry – author. Publisher: American Psychiatric Press. Place of Publication: Washington, DC. Publication Year: 1994. Page Number: xi.}

More recently, we have come to realize that people can also develop addictions to behaviors, such as gambling, and even quite ordinary and necessary activities such as exercise and eating. What these activities have in common is that the person doing them finds them pleasurable in some way. There are also sex addictions.  Dr. Murray had 3 concubines, a wife, and frequented clubs for gentlemen. We could well say that Dr. Murray had his own addiction. He was so engrossed in his telephone calls to his women that he could not even come back to see about Michael. It may not have been a drug, but it was a different type of dependency and it hindered Murray from attending to Michael.

Drugs of abuse are chemical substances that employ a temperament change on the brain and which are proficient in creating addiction. They are abused because of the feelings they give the user. However, that is applicable to any addiction. In the case of Michael Jackson, the problem was the drugs did not produce a feeling. Michael Jackson did not use drugs recreationally. He used them solely for pain. Propofol does not meet the measure of a recreational drug,

“Propofol is a medication that was invented 20 to 25 years ago for anesthesia. It’s what we call a sedative hypnotic. It puts you to sleep; it makes you forget things,” says Dr. David Kloth, past president of American Society of Interventionism Pain Physicians and current president of Connecticut Pain Society. It’s used in the emergency room and during surgery for sedation. The drug is an ideal for anesthesia because it works quickly and leaves very little lingering effects when used correctly. “It comes on very quickly; it also wears off very quickly. If someone’s on a continuous drip, and you turn it off, in five or 10 minutes, they’re wide awake,” says Kloth.

Propofol is also extremely addictive. “It actually lights up in the addiction center in the same place that alcohol and morphine and even nicotine [do],” says Kloth. However, he adds that the benefit to addicts is few. “People abuse drugs to get high on them, [but] you don’t even enjoy the high. You wake up and say, ‘Oh, shoot I missed it.’ ” 

From: Newsweek/7-29-09 “What the Heck is Propofol? More Info On the Drug That May Have Killed Michael Jackson” http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/blogs/the-human-condition/2009/07/29/what-the-heck-is-propofol-more-info-on-the-drug-that-may-have-killed-michael-jackson.h

Having touched lightly on addition, we can move to the major matter at hand. That matter being that Dr. Murray’s part in what happened in that moment is far more significant than Michael stating that he needed help with his dependency on painkillers in 1993.

According to ABC News LA. , Dr. Conrad Murray confessed that he had given Michael propofol for sleep. In Murray’s attempt to get Michael to sleep, Dr. Conrad Murray gave Michael Jackson enough drugs to kill him. Murray said he had been treating Michael for insomnia for six weeks.

According to Murray, at 1:30 am he gave Michael 10mg’s of Valium. Michael remained awake, so he gave him Lorezpam via an intravenous injection. Murray told the police that MJ was still awake at 3:30 am, so he gave him 2mg of Midazolam. Nevertheless, Michael stayed awake. So, at 5:00am Murray gave him another 2mg’s of Midazolam. Murray says he gave him more drugs, then at 10:40 am he gave him 25 mg’s of propofol

He left Jackson, claiming that he had to relieve himself. However, his cell phone shows that he was on the phone for 47 minutes. We cannot say how much time he spent before he began to make phone calls.

On August 28, 2009 The Los Angeles coroner autopsy report concluded Michael Jackson’s death was indeed a homicide. . The only drugs in Michael Jacksons system were given to him by Conrad Murray, whom he trusted.

This determination was grounded in the fact that the cause of death was acute intoxication of propofol with the input of benzodiazepines, confirmed to be in Michael Jackson’s system. Henceforth, the anesthesia Propofol has been reported to have a deadly toxic effect when blended with the benzodiazepine classified sedative, lorazepam.

As a licensed physician Murray has substantial knowledge of the lethal contraindications which may transpire when the explicit tranquilizers are intermixed with one another.

Consequently, Murray, unquestionably did not possess authorization to dispense propofol. Murray is not an anesthesiologist; he lacks the ability to perform such a procedure outside a hospital setting without the proper instruments utilized. These would be such as an ekg machine to monitor his heart rhythm or an oximeter to measure the oxygen intake of patient. Obviously, the recommended paraphernalia for patient observation, accurate dosing and resuscitation was not present. The standard of caution for administering propofol was not met.

Murray spent a good amount of time on his cell phone, leaving Michael Jackson, who was reported to have not been breathing, completely unattended prior to asking Michael’s bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez to contact 911.

During the 911 call, it was proven that Murray was performing improper CPR on Michael, as per Alvarez, who stated Murray had given Michael CPR on a bed. How is it possible that an alleged cardiologist is unable to perform a basic CPR procedure properly, on hard, flat surface verses a mattress on a bed?

In The United States of America, poisoning someone with proper knowledge carries out a capital punishment sentence.

Autopsy results have shown that Jackson, the King of Pop, died at age 50 at his Los Angeles on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives.

As seen on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Raphael Gershon explain the deadly effects of Diprivan when administered at home without any (or inadequate) medical supervision.

Sky News HD

Murray did not tell the paramedic that he had given Michael Jackson propofol. Later it was revealed that he did not reveal that information to any of the UCLA doctors who worked to help Michael.

Jackson Paramedic: ‘No Mention Of Propofol’

A paramedic who tried to save Michael Jackson’s life has said the singer’s doctor failed to say he had given the star propofol – the anaesthetic which killed him.

The veteran paramedic said he found the star lying on the floor of his bedroom dressed in pyjamas and with a surgical cap on his head.

He described Jackson as “cool to the touch”, his eyes “were open and dry” and he had an IV in his leg.

Mr Senneff commented on the star’s stark physical appearance, saying he was “underweight” and seemed to be suffering from a “chronic illness”.

He went on to say Murray, a trained cardiologist, was behaving in a “frantic” way.

The paramedic said he asked Murray about Jackson’s underlying health condition but failed to get an immediate answer.

Mr Senneff said: “After prompting him a few times he responded and said there wasn’t one.

“He said, ‘Nothing. He has nothing’. Simply, that did not add up to me.”

See these pages from the autopsy, for a better understanding of what is being said in the trial.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/michael-jackson-autopsy-report?page=15

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/michael-jackson-autopsy-report?page=16

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/michael-jackson-autopsy-report?page=17

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/michael-jackson-autopsy-report?page=20

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/michael-jackson-autopsy-report?page=21

The bottom line is, we must remember that Michael is not the one on trial. In a court room, the judge will tell the jury to disregard irrelevant information.  Well, that is what we must do. We cannot let our minds be overcome with the fact that Kai Chase did not call 911…especially when Murray had a phone in his pocket. He had been on it talking to wayward women while Michael died. He could have called. Why didn’t he?

Addiction is the least important matter here. Just because a person is an addict does not mean they are worthless, with lives that have no significance. USA President Bush is an alcoholic. So was Betty Ford. President Obama has struggled with cigarettes. For all the psychology students…Sigmund Freud was addicted to cocaine. Are these worthless people? No. They are extraordinary people who needed help.

In the autopsy links we can actually see where the defense formed their case. Pay sepecial attention to the fact that it reads “Michael could not have done it himself”. So lets stay focused!   I will be on the air Monday through Friday from 3-4pm CST. Call in, and lets talk about it.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/a-place-in-your-heart

Rev. Dr. Catherine M. Gross/MJJ Justice Project, Inc.

  • In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there’s no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it’s books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it’s yours. That’s what I’ve always tried to remember.     Michael Joseph Jackson
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2 Responses to Michael Jackson is The Victim, Not the One on Trial

  1. No one could have said it better. Eloquently stated.

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  2. ameera says:

    I fully support Micheal and believe Murray is guilty as sin, but I also think that fans and those that support Michael need to step away from this black and white thinking.

    This “everyone who agrees with us is good and a supporter, everyone who disagrees on any subject whatsoever regarding Michael is bad and a hater.” thinking.

    Dr. Drew is doing his job. He is on HLN first and foremost, he’s a television personality who’s job is to draw people to watch the network and his show so take that needs to be taken into account.

    Why do we get mired in labels and name calling?

    Dr. Drew, no matter what ego issues he’s developed since he’s been on t.v. , has a passion to educate the world about addiction, celebrity worship and our addiction to it. He’s passionate about his “cause” which most people are. Michael was passionate about helping children and related everything to that cause. Dr. Drew relates everything to addiction and his cause. I don’t believe accusing him of being a dry drunk or trying to point the finger at him helps Micheal all. Dr. Drew makes valid, worthy points. Take the good and dismiss the parts you don’t like but there’s no reason to dismiss him in totality as if he doesn’t have anything worthy to say.

    The reason there is such an aversion to calling Michael an “addict” is because of the negative connotations that this label has developed over the years, which your article touches upon. It really, IMO, has nothing to do with whether Michael had a problem with drug dependency at all, which obviously he did.

    Michael obviously developed a dependency on medication to avoid pain. He admitted that. Addiction and dependency can co-exist. As your piece articulates, and I will reiterate, there is no shame in developing an addiction because most of us have addictions, even though many of us are loathe to admit it. Michael needed help. Michael had a number of emotional issues that he also spoke about all his life.

    Whatever issues had with pain meds is NOT the reason why he died.

    But the fact that he struggled with these issues makes him no less of a worthy person — actually it makes him human, and I believe it acknowledges his humanity if we just simply accept that he had this issue, amongst many issues, and allow the man to be a man and stop deifying him.

    Once a person develops a physical dependency to a drug it becomes a life long problem. There is no such thing as an ex-addict.

    A person with a drug dependency, which begins with a quest to alleviate physical pain that then becomes an addiction may want to distinguish themselves from the stigma of the “addict”, a person who is getting high to avoid “life”. But what is the addict avoiding? Pain! Emotional, physical, what difference does it make at the end of the day?

    The mind interprets the need and is indeed a part of the body. So if it is the physical body who “needs” the drug or the mind which tells the body that it “needs” the drug, what difference does it make?

    It is still a human being trying to feel better.

    Michael was a human being in pain, who wanted to sleep and was trying to feel better the best way he knew how. He needed help, but instead he found enablers and abusers. And it is those people who are responsible for his death.

    Addiction IS an important topic, and if this trial can bring to light the epidemic of prescription medication abuse in America, unethical doctors who abuse their patients and educate the public on the signs to look for in their loved ones who are struggling with these issues and need help, then that is a good thing.

    I know that the media loves to use Michael as a scapegoat and want to paint him as a worthless addict, but why don’t we step above their tactic and reaffirm the truth that addiction is a disease, and an issue that should be handled with love and compassion.

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