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After researching the development and use of the helium self-deliverance method for five years as NuTech’s unofficial historian, I can assure readers of this blog of two things with certainty:
1. The “party balloon kit” helium tanks contain 100.00% helium, with no other gases.
2. Misstatements to the contrary have no basis whatsoever in fact, and no “adulterated” tank has ever been found or tested anywhere in the world, to the best of my research knowledge.

If the manufacturer (chiefly Worthington Industries, who sells the product worldwide) wanted to add any amount of other gas (such as oxygen or nitrogen) to the contents of the helium tank, it would have to be clearly marked on the packaging, for to adulterate the gas in any way without obvious labeling would be a violation of U.S. and foreign law.

No state or nation has ever been proven to have done so. None.

Let’s put this issue to rest. The “party balloon” helium kits contain 100% helium, period. For a complete description of the origin, development, and use of the “helium system” of self-deliverance, please see Chapter 6, “Robbing Death of Its Sting,” from my forthcoming book, “In Search of Gentle Death: The Fight for your Right to Die With Dignity,” which will be available for sale in late April 2012. The release date of the book will be announced here. — Richard N. Cote’ / dickcote@earthlink.net

(NuTech is short for New Technology in Self-Deliverance from a terminal illness. This nonprofit group developed the helium hood method.)

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Re: United States v. Sharlotte Hydorn
Victims Rights and Restitution Act

If you are one of those persons who recently received a ‘victim letter’ from the US Department of Justice in connection with Ms Sharlotte Hydorn, of California, who used to supply helium hood kits upon request, I suggest that you respond to it this way:

Say quite firmly (if that is your view) that you are not a “victim,” and you feel Sharlotte was providing a great public service. You should explain why you ordered an exit hood.

If your check was not cashed, you should make a point of saying that. You should urge that Sharlotte be given no fine and no sentence.

Sharlotte has agreed to plead guilty on March 15 to one charge of failing to submit a tax return. Her operation, GLADD, started in 2007, was closed down in May by an FBI raid.

If you live in the San Diego area, you might wish to attend the court hearing MARCH 15 at 1:30 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal.

This is our chance to show support for a gallant lady whose only fault (in my view) was to forget her tax liabilities in the crush to supply single-handedly the helium hood kits.
— Derek Humphry, Oregon

PS You can order the pamphlet “How to Make Your Own Helium Hood Kit’ at the ERGO Bookstore www.finalexit.org/ergo-store

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At least two-thirds of Canadians support assisted suicide, according to a Forum Research poll for the National Post.

The poll found 67 per cent of Canadians favor legalizing doctor-assisted suicide of terminally ill patients. In Ontario only 60 per cent of residents agreed.

The poll shows support is highest among men and respondents under the age of 65.

The survey comes as the B.C. Supreme Court considers the case of a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease, who is fighting for the right to end her life with a doctor’s help.

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End-of-year appeal by ERGO
I know everybody is currently asking you for money, and these are difficult times, but if you care about the right to choose to die please think of ERGO (Euthanasia Research & Guidance Org) in your gift-giving this month.
We are a tiny organization but still have weighty outgoings concerning technical support, computer and tax fees, telephone and postage expenses, utilities and so on.

Small though it is, ERGO reaches out to the world through its literature, two web sites, blog and the news list. We do media briefings and supply students with background information for their projects.

If you saw the prize-winning video documentary on HBO, “How To Die In Oregon” you will have noticed ERGO’s cameo appearance giving the historical background to the American modern right-to-die movement. News and context are what ERGO supplies.

ERGO, founded in l993, is a nonprofit, tax exempt, tax deductible organization. To make a gift, send check to ERGO, 24829 Norris Lane, Junction City, Oregon 97448.

Easier perhaps to make your contribution over the internet by going to www.finalexit.org/ergo-store and clicking in the bottom icon “Contribute to ERGO”

Thank you. Enjoy your holidays. — Derek Humphry, president
ergo@finalexit.org 8 December 2011

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A 91-year-old Californian woman has pleaded guilty to failing to file federal tax returns for her company that made and sold helium hood kits. They were intended for the terminally ill to bring their lives to a speedy end if they wished.

Sharlotte Hydorn admitted paying no tax on $66,717 (£42,775) of income in 2010. In a plea deal, she agreed to pay $26,000 in outstanding tax.

Federal agents found the kits when they raided the retired teacher’s home in El Cajon, near San Diego, in May. She used the name of GLADD.

Footnote: There is now nowhere else that these kits can be purchased. “How to make your own helium hood kit” instructions can be downloaded as a pdf for $5 from

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To view Derek Humphry’s opinion on Alzheimers Disease and the possibility of self-deliverance from it, visit this site on YouTube:


Four minutes long – “The Tragic Dilemma of Alzheimer’s”


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Various forms of medically assisted dying and/or assisted suicide for the terminally or hopelessly ill competent adult have been approved by 2011 in the following eleven states and nations. Each has its own rules and guidelines. All but Switzerland and Colombia forbid foreigners coming for this type of help to die.

Recent important research by Compassion and Choices and the Final Exit Network have uncovered assisted dying laws previously not understood in Hawaii and Georgia. (Albania’s law is obscure and disputed.)

1. Switzerland (l940)
2. Hawaii (1909, 2004)
3. Oregon (l994)
4. Georgia US (1994)
5. Colombia (l997)*
6. Albania (1999)
7. The Netherlands (2002) *
8. Belgium (2003) *
9. Luxembourg (2008) *
10. Washington (2008)
11. Montana (2009)

England & Wales 2010 – Continue Reading »

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Lawyers for the Final Exit Network argued before the state Supreme Court
on Monday that Georgia’s assisted suicide law is “irrational” because it
allows someone to assist in a suicide but not to publicly advertise or
offer that help, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

But Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Penny Penn argued
that the law was created in 1994 to target “public actors” such as Dr.
Jack Kevorkian, who died in June after overseeing the suicides of more
than 100 people, or the Final Exit Network, a volunteer organization
that helps guide people “who are suffering from intolerable medical
circumstances and want to end their lives.”

Penn said the law was not set up to punish close friends, family members
or clergy who help someone hasten their death.

Four members of the Final Exit Network are accused of helping a
58-year-old Forsyth County man commit suicide Continue Reading »

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By Robert Rivas, General Counsel, Final Exit Network, Tallahassee, Florida

ATLANTA, Georgia — Without fanfare, Georgia has become the fourth state in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide, the attorney general of Georgia disclosed in a brief before the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Until now, it had generally been thought — and has been repeatedly publicized — that physician-assisted suicide was legally allowed only in three states: Washington, Oregon, and Montana. The attorney general of Georgia’s interpretation of the Georgia law was disclosed Friday in a brief filed in an appeal involving four volunteers for Final Exit Network, a group charged with violating Georgia’s ban on “offering to assist in a suicide.”

In preparation for a hearing scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the attorney general, Samuel S. Olens, revealed his interpretation of the Georgia statute, which previously was thought to prohibit assistance in suicide.

The attorney general of the state now says the law prohibits assisted suicide only in a case where the suspect also “publicly” advertises, offers, or holds out that he will assist in a suicide. So long as a doctor does not make any public statement about his availability to participate in physician-assisted suicide, the doctor has not violated the law of Georgia by writing prescriptions for lethal doses of drugs to enable patients to decide to die at the time of their own choosing.

In arguing that the Georgia statute makes physician-assisted suicide legal so long as a doctor keeps the practice confidential, the attorney general wrote, “The statute leaves room for doctors and patients Continue Reading »

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Georgia’s highest court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself. The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear the arguments Monday, reports A.P.

The four were indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury in March 2010. They pleaded not guilty to charges that they tampered with evidence, violated anti-racketeering laws and helped the man kill himself.

They argue that Georgia’s statute on assisted suicide is unconstitutional because they say it violates their rights to free speech, equal protection and due process. The trial court rejected those arguments, ruling the statute constitutional.

The high court has agreed to hear their appeal prior to trial to determine whether the trial court erred in ruling the law constitutional.

In April, Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David Dickinson rejected a defense attorney’s free-speech challenge in the case of four members of the “Final Exit Network.”

The four members of the network were arrested in February 2009 after 58-year-old John Celmer’s death at his Cumming home, following an eight-month investigation by state authorities that included an undercover agent posing as someone seeking to commit suicide.

A grand jury in March 2010 indicted Dr. Lawrence Egbert, medical director and co-founder of the group; Ted Goodwin, the group’s former president; group member Claire Blehr; and regional coordinator Nicholas Alec Sheridan.

Georgia law makes it a felony for anyone who “publicly advertises, offers or holds himself or herself out as offering that he or she will intentionally and actively assist another person in the commission of suicide and commits any overt act to further that purpose.” It sets a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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