It will surprise you!
Did you know that if you become ill and you put yourself in the hands of 'mainstream' medical care and need to be admitted to hospital that the chances of you dying from an unrelated problem are high?
In fact, in the USA, deaths from 'iatrogenic' cause rank # 3 after Heart Diseases and Cancer!
Let me explain what 'iatrogenic' means. This is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS OUT OF CONTROL!
The facts you are about to read are purely symptoms of a system that is largely out of control. Out of control, thanks largely to the overbearing influence that the pharmaceutical industry has on mainstream medicine. Mainstream medicine has for some decades now placed more emphasis on medical intervention as opposed to primary care, prevention, and helping the body heal itself by natural methods.
The negative results of these policies which can never work are becoming more apparent each year. To determine how serious the problem is you need to consider some statistics. Ironically the most reliable statistics have been published in none other that the JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000.
The researcher who wrote the article is Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Now let's review what Dr Starfield has unearthed!
THE FACTS, There Are...
2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery.
7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals.
20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals.
80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals.
106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications.
These total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Well above motor vehicle accidents and violent crime.
One of the most sobering components of these statistics, although I don't find it surprising is that 106,000 of these deaths result from CORRECTLY prescribed medications. In other words the physicians were not to blame. They just administered the drugs as per the manufacturer's recommendations.
MORE DEATHS FROM LEGAL DRUGS THAN FROM ILLICIT ONES
Fascinating isn't it... when you consider that deaths from legal drugs far exceed deaths from illicit drugs and yet these deaths go virtually unnoticed and nobody makes a fuss!
Dr Starfield also warns that these figures only tell one part of the overall story.
They only relate to DEATHS from HOSPITALIZED patients.
They do NOT include non fatal adverse effects such as disability or discomfort.
Even if you make it through the hospitalization process you are not 'out of the woods'. Consider these further facts. 4% - 18% of patients experience further negative effects in outpatient settings resulting in the following:
116 million extra physician visits.
77 million extra prescriptions.
17 million emergency department visits.
8 million hospitalizations.
3 million long-term admissions.
199,000 additional deaths.
$77 billion in extra costs.
IS THIS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?
With human nature being as it is you can rest assured that the above 'official' figures are just the 'tip of the iceberg'. I have no doubt that for each 'official' iatrogenic death that there are others which are recorded as 'legitimate' deaths.
As an example... when a patient dies of a heart attack in hospital whilst being treated for something else its easy enough to dismiss it as 'bad luck' and write it off to the fact that the patient had a bad heart and that they just happened to be in hospital at the time when the heart attack occurred.
Is the hospital or physician going to tell the patient's family that perhaps some of the treatments the patient was having could have precipitated the heart 'event'? In these days of litigation I don't think so... if they can avoid it.
Avoid falling into the hands of hospitals and the 'health' system, because it can make you sick...OR EVEN KILL YOU!