Re: Cryonics and organ donation

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 19:48:16 MDT

Randy Smith wrote:
> >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> >Reply-To:
> >To:
> >Subject: Re: Cryonics and organ donation
> >Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2000 14:24:00 -0400
> >
> >So what you are saying is that you don't currently have a protocol for
> >neurosuspension customers to simulataneously have their heads guillotined
> >and
> >suspended, while the rest of the organs get harvested? I think thats kind
> >of
> >short sighted, don't you think? What better way to pay for your suspension
> >than
> >off of auctioned off body parts? If you made this legal, suspension would
> >basically be free, so the perceived cost barrier (for those who don't think
> >of,
> >or don't want to have to keep paying on, a life insurance policy just for
> >the
> >suspension) is totally eliminated. Set this up as an accepted medical
> >procedure,
> >and it can simply be a non-cash transaction between an organ donor center
> >and
> >the donor. Donor centers might find it both profitable, and a good way to
> >diversify, to merge with a cryonic suspension organization.
> >
> Maybe it can be done. But it would surely take considerable time and money
> (for lawyers, etc.). Are you volunteering, then? :^)

What? I'm not a lawyer, and the money is already there: organ transplant
centers. They've got a gravy train going, but the latest kybosh by
congress on their plans to reorganize the organ donation system has
stymied the potential for growth on their organizations. Get them to pay
for the lobbying. Best of all, since they are 'real' doctors, getting
them to use cryonics as an ancillary income stream (as so many doctors
are doing now with alternative medicine that most of them 'know' doesn't
work, but they know their customers want and are willing to pay for)
will add public credibility to cryonics.

Mike Lorrey

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