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 Post subject: From Dr. Nick's Book!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:34 pm 
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EIN: The Silver book supposedly included your theory that Elvis may have died (was murdered) due to a karate chop. Please tell us about this.

Dr. Nick: I was surprised when I read Murray Silver’s book over how exaggerated he had made that. I had simply wondered when so many theories were flying around, if Elvis could have been killed by a karate chop. I never intended that to become the basis for a book. In context it was about the rumour that Elvis had two wills: one will where he left money to members of his family and entourage; another where he cut out those people and they received nothing.

Questions were being asked: “Who could profit from Elvis’s death at that time, and if he was murdered, how could it have been carried out?” The karate chop explanation was more of a question than a theory. Vernon Presley asked Dick Grob, head of Graceland security, to check out the theory for him because Vernon had been told David Stanley remarked that he had killed Elvis. I talk about these speculations in my book.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:36 pm 
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EIN: What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?

Dr. Nick: I hope the book challenges readers to think before they judge people: on what are they basing their judgments? Appearances can be deceiving, so people need to consider the source of a story and see if the person relating it has something to gain by his point of view. Are people allowing themselves to be used to spread someone’s else toxic agenda? The saddest part of Elvis’s story is the people he cared about most failed to understand him, misjudged him, and talked out so freely against him. Their disloyalty distorted his image, but they seemingly have no remorse for what they did for their personal gain and their publishers’ gain
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:38 pm 
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EIN: While you were Elvis’ doctor you were also his friend. As a friend what is it you remember most about Elvis?

Dr. Nick: His spirit of generosity that was evident in everything he did—he had a huge heart!

EIN: Dr. Nick, I read in an article that on one occasion you and Joe Esposito raided Elvis’ bedroom at Graceland and found three giant pharmacy-sized jars, each containing 1,000 high-dose Seconal, Dexedrine and Placidyl and even vials of pills hidden in the seams of the curtains. Is this true?

Dr. Nick: Yes. We were told some drugs were there, so we checked it out and found them. The bottles were sealed and did not have a doctor’s name on them. They looked as though they had come from a pharmacy. We disposed of the bottles and Elvis never asked about them, as far as I know.

EIN: Such an incident very clearly highlights the dependency problem Elvis had with his prescription medications and the lengths he would go to ensure he had a supply of the drugs he wanted. Were there other incidents like this one?

Dr. Nick: No the incident does not “very clearly highlight the dependency problem Elvis had with prescription medications or the length he would go to ensure he had a supply of drugs he wanted” unless that is what a person wants the incident to show. It simply means to me there were drugs found in Elvis’s bedroom that someone told us had come from California. I understand there were others in Elvis’s entourage who acquired prescription drugs for him and took them with him. Many in his entourage have admitted that in their own books. It certainly does not mean that Elvis intended to take all the pills himself. Elvis was in the hospital at the time we found the pills, and he didn’t have those drugs in his system when we tested for them.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:44 pm 
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EIN: What was your treatment plan for Elvis?

Dr. Nick: The plan differed depending on what Elvis’s medical needs were at the time. There were specific treatments for specific issues.

EIN: Was Elvis’ problem with drugs worse when he was in Vegas, on the road or at home?

Dr. Nick: You need to read the book to understand that Elvis had health problems not an ongoing drug addiction problem as your question implies. The book explains in detail what illnesses plagued Elvis when he was in different parts of the country. When he was at Graceland, Elvis took a minimum of medication because he had less stress.

EIN: In 1973, Elvis overdosed twice on barbiturates, initially while in Las Vegas and later in St. Louis. Were these the first times Elvis had overdosed?

Dr. Nick: Your information above about overdoses is inaccurate. If you read my book, you will find an explanation for what really happened. I don’t respond to stories of situations I did not witness first-hand.

EEIN: How did you respond to Elvis’ overdoses in 1973?

Dr. Nick: I didn’t treat Elvis for any overdoses in 1973. The term “overdose” is not how I would describe what Elvis experienced.

IN: Elvis was known to be very stubborn when he wanted something. How aware were you that he was obtaining prescription drugs from other doctors?

Dr. Nick: I was not aware of what was taking place in California or Nevada when other doctors were treating Elvis. What people need to realize is that there were several people in the entourage involved in the acquisition and use of prescription drugs who in order to defend themselves made it appear that Elvis was the only one using them.

If he had taken the amount of drugs he’s been accused of taking, he could never have performed the rigorous schedule he did. It’s totally unrealistic to believe those rumours and it stuns me that people can still be that stupid after all these years.


EIN: Did you ever speak to him about this?

Dr. Nick: Of course I spoke to him about telling me what medications he was taking from other doctors. I was concerned about drug interaction. I discuss in the book how challenging it was to treat Elvis, and other patients as well, during the drug-crazed 70’s. Unfortunately we doctors were not fully aware of the problems being caused from the use of some of the drugs we were prescribing at the time.

EIN: By 1976-77 Elvis was obviously in bad shape both physically and emotionally. As his doctor, what concerns did you have about his state of health?

Dr. Nick: I don’t know what you’ve previously read that you are basing your assessment on. People attempting to explain his sudden death have grossly exaggerated Elvis’s physical and emotional condition in his final months. My concerns were basically for his colon problems, unfortunately I had no way of knowing how serious his disease was because we did not have MRI’s or tests to assess his condition at that point in time.

EIN: Did you consider he could be risking death?

Dr. Nick: I had no evidence that Elvis was risking his death. I assume you are alluding to rumours that Elvis was a drug addict.

EIN: Dr. Nick, much is made of the fact that in 1977 you prescribed more than 10,000 doses of prescription medication for Elvis.

Dr. Nick: I explain the amount of medication I prescribed for Elvis and my philosophy for prescribing it thoroughly in my book for those who continue to be disturbed by it. There is a simply explanation: I wrote prescriptions in Elvis’s name for his entourage, his band and his production crew, whom I treated when we were on the road, so Elvis could pay for the medications for his employees. Those doses were not written for Elvis to take personally.

EIN: Is it known how many doses of prescription medication Elvis had in his possession when he died?

Dr. Nick: None that I know of. Elvis did not have access to the medication I prescribed for him. He was given his individual doses for whatever medical issues I was treating in envelopes that were handed to him at the specific time he needed to take them. Again, this is explained thoroughly in my book.

EIN: When Elvis died what were his major medical issues?

Dr. Nick: Intestinal problems basically from a diseased colon; hypertension; mild diabetes; Reiter’s Syndrome, which includes glaucoma, arthritis, muscular disease and urinary track symptoms; migraine headaches; and allergies, which caused sinus and throat problems. He also had adrenal deficiency that was the result of his acupuncture treatments in 1973. While his weight contributed to difficulty controlling his hypertension and diabetes, his weight was not consistent with what one would call obesity. I believe people will realize how much his weight problem and dietary issues have been exaggerated when they see the photos in my book of his performing through the years and up to his final performance.

EIN: Many things have been claimed about Elvis’ medical conditions around the time of his death. A number of people close to him have claimed he said he had bone cancer. Was this a medical issue for Elvis?

Dr. Nick: The bone cancer theory came from a doctor on the autopsy team, who thought there were signs of bone cancer evident at autopsy. After further tests were performed, and I explain this in my book, it was determined that Elvis did not have bone cancer.

EIN: The debate over how Elvis died has now raged for more than 30 years. Cardiac arrhythmia or polypharmacy?

Dr. Nick: Polypharmacy was a ridiculous conclusion reached by clinical pathologists that were not accustomed to giving a determination of death after an autopsy. I hope the doctors we interviewed for my book will put the polypharmacy rumour to rest. With all the information to the contrary available from independent forensic pathologists, it is mind bogging to me that people still cling to that silly polypharmacy myth.



EIN: Dr. Nick, do you believe Elvis’ large ingestion of prescription medications was a contributing cause of his death?

Dr. Nick: No. To my knowledge the amount of prescription medications Elvis took had nothing to do with his death. What he was taking was medically appropriate and did not lead to complications that caused his death. How can people still believe this crap after more than thirty years?

EIN: Since Elvis’ death there has been conflicting accounts of whether or not a cranial autopsy was performed on Elvis. What is the truth?

Dr. Nick: To my knowledge a complete autopsy of Elvis’s body took place. That included a cranial investigation.

EIN: Dr. Nick, with the benefit of that wonderful thing called hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently in your treatment of Elvis?

Dr. Nick: We tried to suggest different procedures on Elvis, but they were not medically acceptable in 1975, so no doctor could risk doing them. For more than 30 years I have studied about megacolon and the hereditary disease that plagued Elvis throughout his life and lead to his early death. Specialists I have talked with assured me we did the best we could with what we knew at that time.

EIN: Again with the benefit of hindsight do you believe Elvis’s death could have been prevented, and if yes, how?

Dr. Nick: Elvis’s death could not have been prevented in 1977. As one of the specialists we interviewed for my book put it, “He was a walking time bomb.” Nowadays there is a procedure that can correct a colon condition like Elvis’s. I hope when people who suffer as he did read this book, they will realize they don’t have to live with the condition and will get help. That possibility is one big reason I wanted my book written.


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 Post subject: Re: From Dr. Nick's Book!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:46 pm 
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EIN: What toll has the ongoing debate about your treatment of Elvis and his death taken on you and your family?

Dr. Nick: It has been frustrating but the worse part is not feeling that I have made a difference in clearing Elvis’s name. If I could do that, I would clear my own name as well. Most of all I would be giving something back to Elvis, who gave so much to me, and renewing my family’s faith in me. My family has been unbelievably strong and supportive. I could not have asked more from them. They never broke.



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 Post subject: Re: From Dr. Nick's Book!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:17 am 
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Interesting and revealing interview, thanks for posting, Rose-Lyn! For my part, it's good to read and know that Elvis did not have bone cancer as had been thought, it was hard enough knowing my beloved father passed away from cancer without thinking Elvis also had suffered the dreaded big-C too! So I'm relieved to know this and also that Dr Nick put straight much of the garbage we've had to endure about Elvis for so long!



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:19 pm 
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:hello: I know I never really Blamed Dr. Nick Directly on Elvis' Death, but I do feel that if Elvis did Listen to Dr. Nick. That Dr. Nick could have done a Little More to have been watching what the other Doctor's, and other People were doing Regarding Elvis' Health. But to give Dr. Nick Praise for Speaking up about like you said the Lies that aren't True, that have been said about Elvis.


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 Post subject: Re: From Dr. Nick's Book!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:31 pm 
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Thanks for posting the information from Dr. Nick's book-I too, am glad that he is telling all of these things now- It sure seems as if the guys/whomever/??? was hiding drugs in Elvis' room-he wouldn't have noticed, looked into the drapes etc; and I doubt even knew they were there-thus he didn't mention them "missing".
Several people/guys who had access to his room/home were dealing etc. and using as well, thus it would be likely they would think HIS room was a safe place to keep their stuff. And it would have been, Elvis wouldn't have suspected such a thing-his rooms were his sanctuary and everyone knew it. All most every thing Dr. Nick says about Elvis' colon etc: Elvis had mentioned to me, my sis in law and Suzy at various times when he was ill-or feeling really low over his health. I am so glad that finally one of those who was "there" is actually telling these things!
When our book came out (1979) it barely touched on them and I was called a "nut case" etc: and liar etc: among other things.... but here it is 32 years later...in print and not "my print" this time. Gosh, Elvis was right again, he said, "Time has a way of changing things" and boy, he sure knew what he was talking about!!! Kind of funny now that it's just about "all out in the open" -not laughing kind of funny; ironic I guess would be the word. I hope that a lot of people will read Dr. Nick's book and see and hear his interviews, maybe that will put some light on what really went on regarding Elvis' health. He was certainly right about there not being a way to fix the problem with his intestine-nothing that Elvis could live with-it would have required removal of nearly all of it-and that would have weakened him further since he wasn't strong health wise anyway. He was right in thinking he should say no way-and to worry that he wouldn't be able to continue doing performances etc: and making the money to support everything and everyone involved. Elvis just wanted to do the best he could for as long as he could... he said there's something I have to do...I think he was trying to pay off as much as he could, even to telling some of the people working for him on tours etc: to "save their money" to pay off their bills etc:... because he knew the end was coming up. It just makes me sick that those close to him like his ex wife etc:...still came out with the story of drug use etc:.... But then, Elvis let them think that rather than have them worrying about his health problems...he kept most of it to himself and didn't talk about it with those around him-especially his family members. Perhaps that is why he was talking to people who were not there, he could kind of let it out of his mind and not have to see their eyes etc; on a daily basis. He didn't want to worry those he had to work with...he had to be strong and invincible because he was the "machine" and their livelihood. God loved dearly, he let him do what he had to do and then he let him go home to leave that body---and he didn't die on stage. He feared that, he didn't want to scare or worry anyone, especially the kids who came to see him at almost every performance. True to his nature, he would want to protect them to his last day.
Well, enough from me! God bless Dr. Nick! I truly felt that he would never come out with it, and perhaps he just didn't know or perhaps he didn't really care. I kind of think it was a bit of all of that, but we have to remember he was dealing with the Col. as well. I don't think that the Col. cared one iota as long as "that man was on that stage tonight!" Of course, Elvis himself wanted to be on "that stage" as well. wjh


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 Post subject: Re: From Dr. Nick's Book!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:12 pm 
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:hello: I'm so Happy to Hear that out of Everyone that should Stand up for Elvis, at Least His Doctor knew what was going on around Elvis and Willing to say so. :love:



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:25 am 
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Right on, Rose-Lyn and Wanda! Thanks for sharing as always, Wanda! :) :D :hello: :love: :hug:



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