Deathby Medicine isan article written by Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio andDorothy Smith.
Over many years, these doctors compiled all the information ofthe harm conventional/western medicine can do into one article. Albeit thestatistics and scientific research that has been done on the cons ofconventional medicine, there has been no change to the current healthcaresystem which is in need of complete reform. Rather than having a healthcaresystem, what we have today is a disease care system. In the U.S., iatrogenic illness is theleading cause of death. Iatrogenic disease is a disease resulting fromtreatment or diagnostic procedures administered by a health care professional.
Annually, 783,936 people in the U.S. die of iatrogenesis but this number wouldbe exponentially larger if iatrogenic acts were always reported; only 5-20% areever reported.The cause of these iatrogenic diseases isnot completely the doctors, but it is the wealthy and powerful pharmaceuticaland medical technology companies. These industries advertise in medicaljournals, fund medical research, and give money to medical schools andhospitals. They inveigle doctors, professors, and researchers to support theirdrugs and technologies.
This causes very blurred lines for industry andacademic medicine and results in unethical medicine and conflict of interest.While much effort and money is put intoresearch on new drugs and technologies, very little is put into preventingdisease. The healthcare industry does not focus on the critical aspects of ahealthy human which are: stress and its affect on humans, inadequate exercise,high caloric intake, processed and denatured foods, and exposure to toxicity inthe environment. Rather than preventing these factors, the healthcare industrycauses further disease through overuse of pharmaceutical drugs and medicaltechnology.Prescription drugs are commonly used fortreatment with conventional medicine.
While these drugs do not always work,they cause a myriad of side effects. Annually, 2.2 million patients in the U.S.who are prescribed medication experience adverse drug reactions (ADRs).Pharmaceutical drugs with the worst side affects are selective serotoninreuptake inhibitors (antidepressants), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (overthe counter pain-relievers), and calcium channel blockers (for high bloodpressure). Antidepressant medications arecommercialized as amazing relief on television but the numerous side effectsare not presented as a huge concern.
There is a misunderstanding in whichpeople believe that the FDA reviews all advertisements for safety and efficacyand this has led many people to ask for prescriptionswith little to no uncertainty. Also, tens of millions of unnecessaryantibiotics are prescribed annually. 90% of upper respiratory tract infectionsare viral and should not be treated with antibiotics yet nearly 50% of the patientswith URTIs still receive antibiotics. When antibiotics are overused, deadlystrains of bacteria can develop and become drug-resistant. The reason for thisoveruse is again, because it is more profitable than nutraceuticals, which areproven to treat viral infections as well as boost immune-system function.Another specific concern is thechemotherapy approach to cancer.
No direct evidence shows that chemotherapyprolongs a patient’s life with advanced carcinoma cancer, yet it is still used.When it does not prevent metastases, higher dose chemotherapy is used, whichcauses even more damage to the patient and more gives profit to the business. Furthermore, x-rays are a huge profit tothe medical technology industry but are a huge harm to patients since radiationaccumulates and causes gene mutations. It is not the radiation alone that cando harm but when the patient has a poor diet, smokes, etc. they have a muchhigher risk.
Unnecessarysurgeries are also a rising problem in the healthcare industry. 7.5 millionunnecessary medical and surgical procedures are performed annually although itis difficult to calculate an accurate statistic when studying whether surgerieswere necessary. In conclusion, the healthcare system isextremely corrupt and it is in need of serious reform. The pharmaceutical andmedical technology industries have turned the medical industry into a hugeprofit-making business. The “healthcare” system we are in today is truly adisease care system, where the patient’s health is not the number one priority.