Michael Jackson, revered as a genius with unparalleled influence, was also a man with difficult medical problems that caused him much discomfort and pain. A source close to his family believes that Michael’s pain started after the Pepsi commercial incident where his hair caught on fire after a pyrotechnic light went off too soon. Aside from his recognized skin problem called vitiligo, there was also speculation about diagnoses of lupus, anorexia nervosa, and other psychiatric illnesses. Unfortunately the true extent of his illnesses may not ever be known to the public. The following video is actual footage of the Pepsi commercial incident inwhich Jackson’s hair caught on fire.

At the time of his death, his physician states that Michael had been experiencing insomnia for the prior 6 weeks, and that he therefore needed multiple anxiety medications to help him to sleep. Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping or staying asleep for greater than four weeks, can seriously effect a person’s daily activities due to associated daytime sleepiness and indeed causes significant frustration. Treatment includes pharmaceutical, behavioral therapy, and non-medical modalities (i.e. creating a schedule, increasing exercise, decreased caffeine/alcohol/tobacco intake, adjusting sleep environment). Medications include sedatives, antihistamines, antidepressants, and herbal remedies. The following is a short video that offers two simple tips that could help with insomnia.

On the day of his death, Michael was given propofol as well as multiple anti-anxiety medications. Propofol is a general anesthetic used to sedate patients during surgery or when breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. It is typically administered by a physician trained in anesthesia, requires monitoring once given, and is NOT used to treat insomnia. Side effects of this medication include low blood pressure and suppression of breathing. It can indeed be dangerous when used in combination with other medications. Michael’s physician was arguably guilty of improper prescribing of medications, regardless of how much suffering the King of Pop might have been experiencing.

Michael unfortunately serves as a very visible example of the damage that prescription substance abuse can cause. For problems like insomnia as well as chronic pain, the medications used are often addictive. Multiple other physicians that worked with Michael voiced concern over his misuse of drugs over the years. As he took these medications more regularly and at higher doses, his body most likely became more tolerant to their affect – and that’s why he needed more and more. For this reason, it is important that people who suffer from similar medical problems seek out non-medical and/or alternative forms of treatment in order to address the problem in a safe and appropriate manner. They should also seek out assistance from healthcare providers that have a strong sense of ethics and knowledge of appropriate treatments. We lost the King of Pop – but his legacy, both behind the mic and personally, will live on…

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  1. Cheska Ubet Conner via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I miss mj

  2. Elaine GodsProperty Walker via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    He died because they gave him anesthesia..and didn’t monitor him…there’s a difference between a sleep aide and anesthesia… 🙂

  3. Cherlynn Strong via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Yes Doctors a quick to prescribe meds. I have taken myself off pain meds because I will always be in pain but I don’t want to be medicated all the time.

  4. Joke Gansallo via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I think lack of supervision kill him., RIP MJ.

  5. Roger Duncan via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Yes, society has been conditioned to rely on prescription and over the counter meds to cure all. I don’t believe man made drugs are beneficial to curing what ails us. Man has yet to tap into his full ability to cure himself, I think if we allow it, the body will eventually cure itself. Have you ever noticed that a patient diagnosed with cancer does not usually get worse until the Dr. Gets their hands on them and cuts them open, that’s when the cancer spreads like wildfire.

  6. Gene Steele via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Even medication is administered in moderation & according to body weight & other medications already in the system. I think MJ had a bit of an addiction to meds. He’s not suffering any more! He’s at rest!

    To Shalena & everyone here: I love yall! Nuff said!!

  7. Roger Duncan via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Even Nicole Gene ? LMAO

  8. Gene Steele via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    LOLOL! Yes even Nicole, Sharon, Pat, Rochelle & on & on & on!!! LMAO!!!!!!

  9. Karen Wilson via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I am a witness I was on 3 BP medications, and my blood sugars had gotten to where the DR wanted me to check my blood sugars daily I refused. Started eating right, eating very little fried foods, sugar and salt walking I feel much better only take one BP med and fish oil.Outlook on life has improved as well

  10. Kaiece Bright via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm


  11. www.shalenadiva.com via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    @Elaine that’s how he was sleeping thru anesthesia.

  12. Felicia Imdoinme Konan via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I jus think~ who needs anesthesia every night just to get sleep?? Scary……..:(

  13. www.shalenadiva.com via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    @Felicia I agree…

  14. Patricia Holbert via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm


  15. www.shalenadiva.com via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Pat I agree. My mother said people can die from broken hearts

  16. Glenn Sonny Thompson via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    yes we as ppl depend to much on meds than trying to do it with pray and diet plus pray goes a long way making you feel less stress which helps a diet improve the brain and heart which improves life in all!!!!!!

  17. Rosevell White via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    To be the believer it a flat out cure. Anna Nicole,Cannadiate, Pleasantness….Sweet heart….

  18. Abel Lewis via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I can sleep on my own. I don’t need medication to help me sleep.

  19. Veronica Imblessedandhighlyfavored Crawley via Facebook on June 26, 2011 at 2:05 am

    i agree with patricia h. fact is we r celebrating his life’ not his death or how he died. MJ HAS HAD ENOUGH PUBLICITY .GOOD N BAD. N WE SAY RIP MJ. HOW CAN HE WHEN PPL R STILL PUTTING M ENERGY INTO H HE DIED RATHER THe GOOD HE DID. IM JUST my OPINON

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