It's amazing how many people I run in to or see in my office that have a story of a medical mistake happening to them. I just finished up right now with a new patient that shared with me a horrendous story of a botched spinal tap. The doctor performing it literally told her as she was putting the needle in that she hadn't done one since medical school! Comforting right? Because of it, she had a number of health consequences. Unfortunately, this is becoming far too common.
According to statistics take from JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Care is actually the 3rd leading cause of death in this country! Accounting for over 250,000 deaths per year, these deaths are categorized as "Iatrogenic" deaths. According to JAMA;
-250,000 die every year
-20%-30% receive inappropriate or
-106,000 die from negative effects of drugs
(right drug, wrong effect)
-80,000 die from infections contracted in hospitals
-12,000 die due to unnecessary surgeries
-7,000 die from medicine errors (wrong drug)
-20,000 die due to other medical care errors
—B. Starfield, M.D., July 26, 2000. JAMA 284(4). pp483-485. With these statistics, no wonder more and more people are losing faith in the medical industry every day. With a cover story in Newsweek magazine, “No! The One Word that Can Save Your Life” by Sharon Begley (August 22, 2011). They said if you said No, to the majority of drugs and surgeries that you were presented throughout your life that you would be safer. Every drug has a side effect, whether you immediately notice it or not. Now Im not a drug hater by any means, they save lives everyday, but the majority of them were never mean't to be on for a long period of time. If you are on blood pressure or cholesterol lowering medications in you 40's, what's the next 25 years of your life going to look like? We are seeing the consequences that Statin drugs like Crestor are having on people's livers. The US is 5% of the world's population, yet we consume 73% of the world's drugs. Re read that last sentence, and let it sink in. Then we should be getting the best health results right? Since we take the most drugs? Not even close! According to the WHO, World Health Organization, we ranked #37 in healthcare, 34th in life expectancy, and 26th in infant mortality. If drugs made you health wouldn't the people who took the most drugs be the healthiest? It's the complete opposite! To learn more about approaching your health naturally contact our office in Dallas to schedule a free consultation.
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