Shocking statistical evidence cited by Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD and Dorothy Smith PhD in their recent paper Death by Medicine – October 2003, released by the Nutrition Institute of America.
“A DEFINITIVE REVIEW AND CLOSE READING OF MEDICAL PEER-REVIEW JOURNALS, AND GOVERNMENT HEALTH STATISTICS SHOWS THAT AMERICAN MEDICINE FREQUENTLY CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVING IN-HOSPITAL, ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS (ADR) TO PRESCRIBED MEDICINE IS 2.2 MILLION. DR. RICHARD BESSER, OF THE CDC, IN 1995, SAID THE NUMBER OF UNNECESSARY ANTIBIOTICS PRESCRIBED ANNUALLY FOR VIRAL INFECTIONS WAS 20 MILLION. DR. BESSER, IN 2003, NOW REFERS TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF UNNECESSARY ANTIBIOTICS. THE NUMBER OF UNNECESSARY MEDICAL AND SURGICAL PROCEDURES PERFORMED ANNUALLY IS 7.5 MILLION. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPOSED TO UNNECESSARY HOSPITALIZATION ANNUALLY IS 8.9 MILLION. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. THE 2001 HEART DISEASE ANNUAL DEATH RATE IS 699,697; THE ANNUAL CANCER DEATH RATE, 553,251.
Health Care expenditures in the US have reached 14% of the Gross National Product and a staggering $1.6 trillion in 2003. No wonder, one might be tempted to say. With such an appalling record of efficacy and such an unbelievable death rate for the treatments routinely administered, the current medical system can only be said to be in great need of deep reform.
Certainly it would appear more urgent to investigate the rationale, efficacy and relative cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical medicine than to legislate restrictive rules for supplements of vital nutrients, as most governments and some international organizations are doing in these times.
October 28, 2003
Deadly Medical Mistakes Exposed
New York, New York – New information has been presented showing the degree to which Americans have been subjected to injury and death by medical errors. The results of seven years of research reviewing thousands of studies conducted by the NIA now show that medical errors are the number one cause of death and injury in the United States.
ACCORDING TO THE NIA’S REPORT, over 784,000 people DIE ANNUALLY DUE TO MEDICAL MISTAKES. Comparatively, the 2001 annual death rate for heart disease was 699,697 and the annual death rate for cancer was 553,251.
Over 2.2 million people are injured every year by prescription drugs alone and over 20 million unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics are prescribed annually for viral infections. The report also shows that 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed every year and 8.9 million people are needlessly hospitalized annually. Based on the results of NIA’s report, it is evident that there is a pressing need for an overhaul of the entire American medical system.