One of my readers sent me a report by Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD, Dorothy Smith PhD.
It made very interesting reading and I’m going to provide you with a synopsis in this newsletter, in some cases I will produce extracts verbatim. In all cases, I shall avoid citing bibliography because this is a newsletter rather than a study.
Most men who contact me are already having some conventional medical treatment for their prostate or are considering having it. I usually provide very specific information about the success or failings of drugs prescribed for the prostate or treatments offered for the prostate.
This report goes much wider than that, and it highlights the immense failings of the conventional medical industry. Any other industry that had this degree of failure would simply not get away with it. They would be bankrupt. In the case of the medical industry, they make money hand over fist, despite their failures.
The content of this report is especially important for those men who believe that their doctor always knows best. You really need to be a bit cautious before you accept the advice of your Dr.
Iatrogenic deaths refer to those deaths that are caused by prescription drugs or medical treatments. A very high proportion of both drugs and treatments are actually unnecessary.
What is remarkable about this report is that never before have the complete statistics on the multiple causes of iatrogenesis been combined in one paper. Medical science amasses tens of thousands of papers annually– each one a tiny fragment of the whole picture.
To look at only one piece and try to understand the benefits and risks is to stand one inch away from an elephant and describe everything about it. You have to pull back to reveal the complete picture, such as has been done in this report.
Each specialty, each division of medicine, keeps their own records and data on morbidity and mortality like pieces of a puzzle. But the numbers and statistics were always hiding in plain sight. This report has now completed the painstaking work of reviewing thousands and thousands of studies. Finally, putting the puzzle together. The report came up with some disturbing answers.
At 14 percent of the Gross National Product, health care has spent $1.6 trillion in 2003. How much more do you think they have spent year after year? Considering this enormous expenditure, we should have the best medicine in the world. We should be reversing disease, preventing disease, and doing minimal harm.
However, careful and objective review shows the opposite. Because of the extraordinary narrow context of medical technology through which contemporary medicine examines the human condition, we are completely missing the full picture.
Conventional Medicine is not taking into consideration the following monumentally 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 actually 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 appropriated for preventing disease.
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.
Any medical procedure that is invasive and not necessary must be considered as part of the larger iatrogenic picture. Unfortunately, cause and effect go unmonitored, because it is not in the interests of conventional medicine to monitor those figures. The figures on unnecessary events represent people (?patients?) who are thrust into a dangerous healthcare system. They are helpless victims. Each one of these 16.4 million lives is being affected in a way that could have a fatal consequence. The phrase nosocomial refers to those infections that are specifically caused by entry into hospital. Simply entering a hospital could result in the following:
1. In 16.4 million people, 2.1% chance of a serious adverse drug reaction,1 (186,000)
2. In 16.4 million people, 5-6% chance of acquiring a nosocomial infection,9 (489,500)
3. In 16.4 million people, 4-36% chance of having an iatrogenic injury in hospital (medical error and adverse drug reactions),16 (1.78 million)
4. In 16.4 million people, 17% chance of a procedure error,40(1.3 million)
All the statistics above represent a one-year time span. Imagine the numbers over a ten-year period. Working with the most conservative figures from our statistics we project the following 10-year death rates.
The projected statistic of 7.8 million iatrogenic deaths in this report is more than all the casualties from wars that America has fought in its entire history. The projected figures for unnecessary medical events occurring over a 10- year period are also dramatic.
These projected figures show that a total of 164 million people, approximately 56% of the population of the United States, have been treated unnecessarily by the medical industry I in other words, nearly 50,000 people per day.
What does all this amount to? What is telling me is that this is confirmation in spades of my belief the man is better off avoiding conventional medicine altogether when it comes to prostate disease. My constant theme is that any man with any prostate disease is better to avoid his Dr and urologist and to concentrate on the natural, holistic and safe ways to heal oneself of disease. Such methods certainly do not guarantee success, but then neither does conventional medicine and it does harm, whereas natural does not.
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I wish you good health,