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Dr. Robert Markman Gave Daughter Propofol, The Drug That Killed Michael Jackson

Dr. Robert Markman Gave Daughter Propofol, The Drug That Killed Michael Jackson

Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 12:52:33 in Los Angeles

“Actually, Murray had privileges to use propofol for sedation in his hospital practice placing stents in diseased coronary arteries. He also knew full well what the sound of a pulse oximeter was (i.e. lower tone, lower oxygen - danger, pay attention), yet purchased one without either a tone or an alarm. To complete the picture of criminal indifference, Murray gave Jackson propofol then left the room.

Since 1989, hundreds of millions of patients have safely received propofol because someone watched and monitored them. Murray guilty, propofol not.

According to Murray's attorney, Mike Flanagan, Murray did not start an IV when giving propofol to his cardioversion patients, just 'mainlined' it... meaning no venous access for additional medication if an emergency developed. Not even a first day intern would conduct himself in such an egregiously cavalier fashion.

Murray is a sociopath who did not believe 'the rules' applied to him & has no remorse for his actions, even to this day. His appeal should be denied.”
Dr. Robert Markman Gave Daughter Propofol, The Drug That Killed Michael Jackson

Dr. Robert Markman Gave Daughter Propofol, The Drug That Killed Michael Jackson

Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 16:13:51 in Los Angeles

“As a board certified anesthesiologist, I must object to the continued characterization 'propofol, the drug that killed Michael Jackson.'

Since its North American introduction, propofol has been safely given to hundreds of millions of patients because someone watched and monitored them.

Murray was found guilty because he neither watched nor monitored Jackson.

Cheryl Ankney Gippert on Mar 31, 2012 at 19:28:21

“I'm so glad you brought that up Dr. Friedberg. If Mr. Jackson had been watched and monitored it's likely he would still be with us.”
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Conrad Murray's Conviction Has Left Everyone Else Off the Hook

Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 11:16:10 in Crime

“Nu, Rabbi? Were there any other doctors @ Jackson's house the night he died? Were there any other drugs in Jackson's body aside from those prescribed or given by Conrad Murray? You are entitled to your opinions but you are wrong.”

MillieJ on Nov 14, 2011 at 01:38:10

“Barry, Michael's demise consisted of more than the events of "one night." It was a long, slow, torturous process that was years, even decades, in the making. That's the point the Rabbi is making.”

Seeker11 on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:20:13

“Why did Jackson need all those drugs? It wasn't Murray who addicted him. Like Elvis and Marilyn and Amy Winehouse and River Phoenix and thousands more this wasn't the first time.”
'60 Minute Man': A Playlist For The Late Great Andy Rooney

'60 Minute Man': A Playlist For The Late Great Andy Rooney

Commented Nov 5, 2011 at 13:35:20 in Media

“Sad to report the passing of commentator & all around grumpy (but great) guy, Andy Rooney.

Since hospital records are pretty hard to access, I guess we will never know if Andy's minor surgery was performed under general anesthesia &, if so, was there a brain monitor or not.

Based on the 25% usage of brain monitors in US hospitals, it is a statistical probability that Andy did not receive the benefit of a brain monitor &, hence, received too much anesthesia for his brain's requirement.

Also, those who might be inclined are invited to sign my petition on

Thank you for your interest & continued support.

The mind you save could be your own!”
Conrad Murray Trial: 'He Is Responsible For Every Drop Of Propofol'

Conrad Murray Trial: 'He Is Responsible For Every Drop Of Propofol'

Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 13:18:15 in Los Angeles

“Direct brain monitoring would have been the answer to avoid the arcane computer guesstimates by Dr. Shafer.

No anesthesiologist would dare give you a blood pressure drug & fail to measure your blood pressure.

Why do anesthesiologists still think it is acceptable to give you brain drugs (i.e. anesthetics) and NOT measure your brain response directly?

Dr. Barry Friedberg”
Conrad Murray Trial Won't Yield a Casey Anthony Verdict

Conrad Murray Trial Won't Yield a Casey Anthony Verdict

Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 09:48:08 in Crime

“Sociopaths like Murray tell lies as smoothly as they breathe air. They are very charming & convincing which is why they pose such a danger to the rest of society.

For 6 weeks, Murray had no difficulty with Jackson's propofol 'addiction.'

Only after he realized the huge amount of propofol he had secured for the concert tour was unlikely to last did Murray become 'concerned' about Jackson's alleged addiction.

It is more probably that Murray was far more concerned with fulfilling his contract to get the $150K/month that he became worried about making the propofol last by substituting lorazepam (Ativan) & midazolam (Versed) for the propofol.

Substituting benzos for propofol appears like a good idea. In fact, I tried 0, 2, & 4 mg midazolam before giving propofol to my elective cosmetic surgery patients between 1992-1997. Good idea but it doesn't work!

Even once gave as much as 40 mg Versed (in small incremental doses) to a tolerant patient (not unlike Jackson) but only succeeded in making her forget her first postoperative week. No effect on propofol consumption or wake up time.

Download 3 free letters that could save your life at

Read 'Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you MUST know before anesthesia.' All proceeds support a vital, non-profit, public education message.”
Michael Jackson Death: Summing Up The First Week Of The Conrad Murray Trial

Michael Jackson Death: Summing Up The First Week Of The Conrad Murray Trial

Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 10:09:23 in Los Angeles

“Sadly, Jackson had been dead for some time before Murray even returned to the bedroom. The adult brain @ body temperature, dies after only 3-5 minutes without oxygen.

Propofol is only lethal when breathing is not monitored & appropriate intervention does not occur when the oxygen levels begin to drop... long before cardiac arrest occurs.

By failing to monitor Jackson's breathing, Murray's 46 minute phone call allowed for many opportunities for that 3-5 minute interval to occur.

Everything Murray did after his return to the bedroom was calculated to make Murray appear like the conscientious physician he clearly is not.

Read 'Getting Over Going Under.' Jackson is only the most famous American to die from anesthesia over-medication.”
Michael Jackson Death: Summing Up The First Week Of The Conrad Murray Trial

Michael Jackson Death: Summing Up The First Week Of The Conrad Murray Trial

Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 12:24:14 in Los Angeles

“Leaving a sleep deprived, propofol-demanding Jackson in a room with propofol was like leaving a pyromaniac in a room with matches & failing to anticipate a match might get lit.

No judgment whatsoever.

FYI...there is no such thing as a lethal dose of propofol, even if Jackson somehow did open the crude infusion device to self-medicate.

The only lethal thing about propofol is its tendency to cause disruptions in the airway & breathing.

Many critically ill ICU patients receive propofol safely for days on end because they are being mechanically ventilated.

The only 'lethal' thing about propofol is the failure to watch & monitor the patient’s airway & breathing and intervene when appropriate.

Read the Michael Jackson chapter in 'Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you MUST know before anesthesia.’”
Attorneys for Jackson Doctor File Emergency Appeal

Attorneys for Jackson Doctor File Emergency Appeal

Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 17:21:49 in Crime

“Murray's public comments, "I gave Michael Jackson propofol," & "I left the room," undeniably incriminate Murray for patient abandonment. Any potential juror must already know of these remarks.

It was the reckless indifference to human life in Murray's failure to either watch or monitor Jackson that led to Jackson's predictable, avoidable death with the subsequent charge of involuntary manslaughter .

Read the Michael Jackson chapter in 'Getting Over Going Under.'”
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Dr. Conrad Murray Trial, a Bitter Pill to Swallow

Commented Jan 26, 2011 at 18:33:35 in Entertainment

“The central issues in the involuntary manslaughter case are clear and simple:
1) patient abandonment, 2) concealment of evidence, & 3) misrepresentation to the paramedics.

Murray's conduct was morally equivalent to a hit and run driver; i.e. a blatant attempt to escape personal responsibility for his actions

The potential issues of how much propofol or who gave it are nothing more than defense attorney tactics to create 'reasonable doubt.'

However, no amount of tactics can relieve Murray of his responsibility to have watched and monitored his patient.

The verdict should equally be clear & simple but the Jackson family will not get any real sense of justice if Murray loses his license and serves 4 years in jail.

If Michael's death can serve a greater social good by alerting the American public to the dangers of anesthesia over medication (delirium, dementia & death), then his death will not have been for nothing.

Download 3 free letters @ to help you avoid anesthesia over medication if you or a loved one need to go under for surgery.”

tofdel1 on Jan 28, 2011 at 14:54:30

“Thank you Dr. Friedburg

I hope you keep educating people about Propofol. I also agree that there must be some other "social good" that will come of this. Michael is one person that could attract that attention to a cause. Hopefully the media will see this.”

Cherubim on Jan 26, 2011 at 19:06:07

“Mr. Friedberg this might just be the best Huffington Post comment I have ever read.
By the way, I agree with what you have written.
Michael Jackson forever....”
Ryan Reynolds Says Scarlett Johansson 'Treated Him Badly': Report

Ryan Reynolds Says Scarlett Johansson 'Treated Him Badly': Report

Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 17:55:16 in Entertainment

“Reynolds got to bang the hottest babe in town & now he's crying about how she treated him. Give us a break, dude.
Bill Withers - use me:

Shaun Hensley on Dec 22, 2010 at 19:18:16

“That's pretty shallow, even by hollywood standards.”
The Psychological Factors Surrounding Cosmetic Surgery

The Psychological Factors Surrounding Cosmetic Surgery

Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 08:20:00 in Healthy Living

“Excellent piece. SAFE is also the acronym for short acting fast emerging anesthesia. Just entering the market is the book for the patient's survival guide for any surgery requiring anesthesia, 'Getting Over Going Under.' A quick but important read.”
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Oh, You Beautiful Doll: Plastic Surgery Risks and Rewards

Commented Mar 16, 2010 at 11:23:26 in Los Angeles

“Your anesthesiologist is unlikely to directly measure your brain with a brain monitor unless you demand it!

Download the FREE checklist of the 9 essential questions (& answers you must get) to enable yourself to become your own anesthesia safety advocate when you first discuss surgery with your surgeon.

The aging brain is more sensitive to the negative effects of anesthesia over medication that is routine without the use of a brain monitor.

Propofol (the 'P' in 'PK') is an anti-oxidant while general anesthetics are oxidizing agents that raise your C-reactive proteins, markers of inflammation.

Propofol ketamine (PK) intravenous sedation anesthesia has safely anesthetized ALL cosmetic procedures including tummy tucks and post-bariatric procedures.

You can get everything you want from PK anesthesia; i.e. you don't hear, feel or remember your surgery. Why would anyone want an oxidizing general anesthetic?

Since its conception in March 26, 1992, the SAFETY record of PK anesthesia includes:
NO pulmonary embolisms (deadly blood clots to the lungs),
NO patient deaths (like Donde West or Stephanie Kuleba),
NO cardiac arrests (or near death experiences like Tameka Foster),
NO negative pressure pulmonary edema or aspiration, NO 911 calls, and
NO hospital admissions for PONV or pain management

- NONE of those outcomes can proponents of general anesthesia claim.

FWIW, PK anesthesia has the lowest rate of PONV.

Disclaimer: Neither Dr. Friedberg nor Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation accept financial support from brain monitor makers.”
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Less Cash, More Plastic?

Commented Jun 26, 2009 at 20:46:50 in New York

“Very happy to read Dr. Aston is interested in 'today's modern anesthesia techniques' which most definitely include brain monitored PK anesthesia described for the past 8 years on
It would have been even nicer had his interest in 'modern anesthesia techniques' extended to the anesthesia chapter by Drs. Zelman & Geradini in Aston's 2009 'Aesthetic Plastic Surgery' textbook. Neither the subject of brain monitoring, modern anesthesia for at least the past decade, nor PK anesthesia recognized for at least the same period of time were referenced or mentioned.
Brain monitored PK anesthesia was the thrust of the 2007 book, 'Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery' from Cambridge University Press, inspired by the 2004 death of Olivia Goldsmith at MEETI.
On June 1, 2009, the Portuguese translation of 'Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery' went on sale in Brazil, the world's biggest market for cosmetic surgery.”