What you are about to read is a stunning compilation of facts that documents that those who seek to abolish consumer access to natural therapies are misleading the public. Over 700,000 Americans die each year at the hands of government-sanctioned medicine, while the FDA and other government agencies pretend to protect the public by harassing those who offer safe alternatives.
I will summarize just a brief overview of what the entire report entails and you can print it out for your own reviewing and researching as well where there are also tables and researched statistics. http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf
A definitive review of medical peer-reviewed journals and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently more than harm than good.
Each year approximately 2.2 million US hospital patients experience adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to prescribed medications, (1) In 1995, Dr. Richard Besser of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated the number of unnecessary antiobiotics prescribed annually for viral infections to be 20 million; in 2003, Dr. Besser spoke in terms of millions of unncessary antibiotics prescribed annually. (2.2a) approximately 7.5 million unncessary medical and surgical procedures are performed annually in the U.S. (3) while approximately 8.9 million Americans are hospitalized unnecessarily. (4)
1. Lazarou J. Pomeranz BH, Corey PN, Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients: a meta-analysis of prospective studies JAMA, 1998 Apr 15:279(15): 1200-5.
2. Rabin R. Caution about overuse of antiobiotics. Newsday September 18, 2003.
2a. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC antimicrobial resistance and antiobiotic resistance — general information. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/community/. Accessed December 13, 2003.
3. For calculations detail, see “Unnecessary Surgery.” Sources: HCUPnet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/hcupnet.htm. Accessed December 18, 2003. US Congressional House Subcommittee Oversight Investigation. Cost and Quality of Health Care: Unncessary Surgery. Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1976. Cited in McClelland GB, Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. Testimony to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Chiropractic Advisory Committee. March 25, 2003.
4. For calculations detail, see “Unnecessary Hospitalization.” Sources: HCUPnet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rockville, MD. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/hcupnet.htm/ Assessed December 18, 2003. Siu Al, Sonnenberg FA, Manning WG, et al. Inappropriate use of hospitals in a randomized trial of health insurance plans. N. Engl J Med. 1986 Nov. 13: 315(20): 1259-66. SiuAl, Manning WG, Benjamin B. Patient, provider and hospital characteristics associated with inappropriate hospitalization. Am J Public Health. 1990 Oct.:80(10): 1253-6. Eriksen BO, Kristiansen IS, Nord E. et al. The cost of inappropriate admissions: a study of health benefits and resource utlization in a department of internal medicine. J Intern Med. 1999 Oct:246(4):379-87.
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