Organ transplant

Spiritualism is extremely supportive of donation of all organs.

Buddhist. Buddhists believe that organ and tissue donation is a matter of individual conscience and place high value on acts of compassion. The importance of letting loved ones know your wishes is stressed.

Catholicism. Catholics view organ/tissue donation as an sign of charity, love and self-sacrifice. Organ and tissue donation is morally and ethically acceptable. Pope Benedict XVI is a registered organ donor, calling it an “act of love.”

Islam. The religion of Islam strongly believes in the principle of saving human lives. According to A. Sachedina in Transplant Proceedings. “The majority of the Muslim scholars belonging to various schools of Islamic law have invoked the principle of priority of saving human life and have permitted the organ transplant as a necessity to procure that noble end.”

Jehovah’s Witness. According to Watch Tower Society, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe donation is a matter of individual decision. Jehovah’s Witnesses are often assumed to be against donation because of their opposition to blood transfusion. However, this merely means that all blood must be removed from organs and tissues before being transplanted.

Judaism. All four branches of Judaism support and encourage donation, According to Orthodox Rabbi Moses Tendler, “If one is in a position to donate an organ to save another’s life, it’s obligatory to do so, even if the donor never knows who the beneficiary will be. The basic principle of Jewish ethics, ‘the infinite worth of human being’ also includes donation of corneas, since eyesight restoration is considered a lifesaving operation.”

Lutheran. Lutherans passed a resolution in 1984 stating that donation contributes to the well being of humanity and can be “an expression of sacrificial love for a neighbor in need.” They call on “members to consider donating and to make any necessary family and legal arrangements, including the use of a signed donor card.”

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By Suzy Parker, homeopath

When you visit a homeopath, one of the things they will ask you about is your family hisotry, that is because we recognise that a person is a direct result of their parents grandparents etc. Many things are inherited, personality, eye/hair colour and of course health and physical weaknesses, these are called miasms.

This makes up a very important part of the picture that we build of a patient. It is recognised that when someone has a blood transfusion that they could be taking on the miasms of the donor, the same therefore, applies to organ transplant. It would be possible to’ inherit ‘ from the donor due to cellular memory.

There was a Channel 4 programme discussing the fact that the heart can ‘think’, here is an excerpt from a write up about the programme:

“Amazing new evidence has made heart specialists and researchers think again! It has been estimated that between 5-10% of recipents of donated hearts have had most unusual experiences, including taking on aspects of the lives, interests, tastes and passions of the unfortunate deceased heart donor!
Heart specialists who initially scoffed at this, blaming possible side-effects of anti-rejection drugs, are being forced to look more closely at the available evidence” (source: Mindshock: Transplanting Memories? Channel 4 television, UK, 26 June, 2006 at 10pm BST).

Channel 4′s own description of this programme (which your article writer carefully watched) says this:
“…In recent years several heart transplant recipients have reported unexpected side effects including experiencing memories, habits and desires they never had before. With studies showing that these are not isolated cases, ‘Transplanting Memories?’ meets patients searching to understand what has happened to them. The film follows organ recipients as they make contact with their donor families in an effort to understand their new found lease of life and features scientists who are pioneering research into the intelligence of the heart and the biochemical basis for memory in our cells. Is science’s understanding of how memory works quite as cut and dried as once thought?”