Our Will to Die show was one of our more controversial episodes. We had an extraordinarily frank conversation with Nagui Morcos, a man in his early fifties with Huntington's disease (HD). It's a neurodegenerative disorder that causes slurred speech and abnormal movements, loss of emotional control, incapacitation and premature death. HD is a genetic disorder. The offspring of patients with HD have a fifty percent chance of developing the disease themselves. Watching his own father die was a significant factor in Nagui's decision to choose the moment of his own death - before the disease makes him unable to do so himself.
This week, we feature your reaction to this show, as well as a conversation with physician and bioethicist Dr. Stephen Workman of Dalhousie University in Halifax.
We also talk up something called "overdiagnosis". Increasingly, doctors label you - not with diabetes or cancer, but with names like pre-diabetes and pre-cancer - when you feel perfectly fine and may never develop those and other dreaded diseases.
Physician Gilbert Welch says the problem is that patients are "overdiagnosed." And that's the title of a new book he's co-authored.
Tune in today at 11:30 am (3:30 pm NT) on CBC Radio One. Or, click below to listen to the show right now, or download the podcast: