I present here a piece of news on the death of Michael Jackson, which has not been available, to corroborate the fact explored in much longer detail in my book published in Portuguese
Quando o erro médico é obedecer o paciente, available at www.amazon.com.br
The fact is that the real problem was not the propofol, but the singer’s benzodiazepine addiction, which led him throughout the years to search for more and more extreme treatments for his insomnia, when in fact he should have looked for a neurologist or a psychiatrist who could have weaned him off the lorazepam. Such a common problem. But an enormous sadness, as it is perfectly possible to treat, if at least the star could have looked for appropriate medical care.
Dr Paulo Bittencourt
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Michael Jackson’s death was caused by a combination of sedatives with the propofol, which Murray admitted in a police interview that he used to help Jackson sleep. The defense contends that Jackson swallowed eight lorazepam tablets, a claim based on testing of lorazepam levels in Jackson’s stomach contents. Shafer discredited the defense lab tests, saying a new test showed the equivalent of only “1/43rd of a tablet” of the sedative in the stomach. The level of lorazepam in Jackson’s blood was far higher than what would be expected based on the dosages Dr. Murray told detectives he gave Jackson in the hours before his death, Shafer said. Murray said he gave Michael Jackson a total of 4 milligrams of lorazepam in two separate doses starting 10 hours before his death. Toxicology results indicated that Jackson was given 40 milligrams — not four — in a series of 10 doses, he said.