You state you’re a Jehovah’s Witness but yet you refuse blood transfusions. You profess you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, but you have a history of alcoholism? So, the refusal of blood in your system is more harmful than the constant intake of alcohol?? Sounds to me to be quite hypocritical and you’re playing Russian roulette with your life! Here again (in MY opinion) is where we go wrong and remain in denial with our health. This also applies to emergency situations too – how is it when blood is all you need to survive and you refuse it? How is it that you’re really not a ‘practicing’ or devout Jehovah’s Witness but you participate in all sorts of other things in your life, but adamantly refuse blood?
Once again, we’re putting the professional medical staff in a real predicament and are giving them permission to make decisions on your behalf to somehow maintain some type of quality of life for you.
Heavy, long-term use of alcohol can really damage your body in many ways. it causes liver problems, pancreatic problems, cirrhosis, esophageal cancer and other cancers and a host of other diseases which, if these problems are left untreated over time, it can cause anemia (marked deficiency in red blood cells and hemoglobin).
Don’t know the statistics of people bringing about an early demise for themselves on this particular religious belief as it relates to health, but I’m sure it’s enormous.
Obviously I have more questions than answers on this one – but I do invite a constructive, intelligent conversation on this subject!