The American Medical Association (AMA) admitted that the medical system was the third leading cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease and cancer. They used their own studies and published it in their own journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, in the July 26 th 2000 issue. They themselves said that they were the third leading cause of death. There is no study, no statistics, nothing to manipulate or play with. They, the AMA, said this themselves.
The number of people the medical system kills each year:
- Unnecessary surgery: 12,000
- Medication errors in hospitals: 7,000
- Other errors in hospitals: 20,000
- Infections in hospitals: 80,000
- Non-error, negative effects of drugs (drugs given correctly, taken correctly, but the unknown side effect was death!): 106,000
These add up to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!
What does the word “iatrogenic” mean? The word means “induced,” and this term has become defined as induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy; it is used especially for a complication of treatment.
Said another way, 225,000 people are killed by doctors and hospitals and what they do! These 225,000 deaths per year makes the medical system the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.
Between 4% and 18% of the time people go to the hospital and are not killed, they experience things like this;
- 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
We put up with these numbers because we think of these outcomes as a “casualty of war,” that these numbers are necessary for all the good that medicine does and for all the lives it supposedly saves; these outcomes are part of saving lives and making our health in America better.
This would be great, if that were actually true. If the medical symptoms and disease care system actually saved lives and produced better health for us. But do they?
Of 13 countries in a recent comparison, the United States ranks an average of 12th or almost the worst. This statistic was also published in the same article of JAMA.
Here are the actual numbers the medical system admitted to:
- 13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
- 13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
- 11th for post-neonatal mortality
- 13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
- 11th for life expectancy at one year for females, 12th for males
- 10th for life expectancy at 15 years for females, 12th for males
- 10th for life expectancy at 40 years for females, 9th for males
- 7th for life expectancy at 65 years for females, 7th for males
- 3rd for life expectancy at 80 years for females, 3rd for males
- 10th for age-adjusted mortality
The World Health Organization confirms this as well. They used data from more countries and ranked the United States as 15th among 25 industrialized countries.
There is a perception that the American public “behaves badly” by smoking, drinking and being violent. But if you look at the facts, it just isn’t true.
This is the ranking of the same 13 countries above, where we were second to last in health care results:
- Females who smoke ranges from 14% in Japan to 41% in Denmark; in the United States, it is 24%, the fifth best
- For males, the range is from 26% in Sweden to 61% in Japan; it is 28% in the United States, the third best
- The US ranks fifth best for alcoholic beverage consumption
- The US has relatively low consumption of animal fats (fifth lowest in men aged 55-64 years in 20 industrialized countries) and the third lowest average cholesterol concentrations among men aged 50 to 70 years
Even though we spend more money per capita on health care than every other country except Germany, and we have healthier lifestyles than people in most other countries, we still rank almost last with regards to our actual level of health.
Our medical system kills 225,000 people per year, and we still have almost the worst health of any industrialized nation. This goes to show the medical system does not give us health. Because they attempt to treat symptoms and disease does not mean that leaves you with health.
The number of deaths that the AMA said happens, 225,000 each year, are not worth the results we are getting for our health.
This is basically like Two Jumbo Jets crashing and killing everyone on board EVERY DAY. How long would you fly?
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