Death by Medicine - According to a review study, more deaths are caused annually in the U.S. by medical treatment and diagnostic procedures than by heart disease or cancer.


Adverse Drug Reactions106,000$12 billionLazarou(1), Suh (49)
Medical error98,000$2 billionIOM(6)
Bedsores115,000$55 billionXakellis(7), Barczak (8)
Infection88,000$5 billionWeinstein(9), MMWR (10)
Malnutrition108,800-----------Nurses Coalition(11)
Outpatients199,000$77 billionStarfield(12), Weingart(112)
Unnecessary Procedures37,136$122 billionHCUP(3,13)
Surgery-Related32,000$9 billionAHRQ(85)
ANNUAL TOTAL783,936$282 billion 
Heart Disease699,697  

And these numbers are based on reported deaths, which suggests the true death toll from medical treatment is much higher.

Is American Medicine Working? Here is the reviewers' reply...

US health care spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2003...Considering this enormous expenditure, we should have the best medicine in the world. We should be preventing and reversing disease, and doing minimal harm. Careful and objective review, however, shows we are doing the opposite. Because of the extraordinarily narrow, technologically driven context in which contemporary medicine examines the human condition, we are completely missing the larger picture.

Medicine is not taking into consideration the following critically important aspects of a healthy human organism: (a) stress and how it adversely affects the immune system and life processes; (b) insufficient exercise; (c) excessive caloric intake; (d) highly processed and denatured foods grown in denatured and chemically damaged soil; and (e) exposure to tens of thousands of environmental toxins.

Instead of minimizing these disease-causing factors, we cause more illness through medical technology, diagnostic testing, overuse of medical and surgical procedures, and overuse of pharmaceutical drugs. The huge disservice of this therapeutic strategy is the result of little effort or money being spent on preventing disease.

Source - Death By Medicine - from Life Extension Foundation

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