I am not kidding. Traditional medicine as practiced in America has become distorted because of the legal system. Specifically, the propensity of the legal profession to sue at any provocation. The industry no longer even has the guts to police itself as a result.
Consider the study published in the Link Annals of Internal Medicine. It reports nearly half of all doctors do not report incompetent behavior amongst their peers.
As is true with everything, THE BURDEN IS ON YOU to care for yourself!
Rather than paraphrase consider the following lifted from a newsletter published by Jon Barron .
Death by doctor
As I first said in Miracle Doctors, some 10 years ago:
- The April 15, 1998 Journal of the American Medical Association reported that there are more than 2,000,000 drug "reactions" annually in the United States, and that more than 100,000 of those reactions are fatal. This makes prescription drugs the 4th leading cause of death in America. But the reality is actually much, much worse. These numbers do not include:
- Patients who are given the wrong drugs, or who are given those drugs at the wrong dosage or in the wrong combination.
- Patients who have fatal reactions to the drugs, but whose death is mistakenly (or deliberately) attributed to other causes.
- A patient who is prescribed a pain killer and dies from a heart attack. How is that recorded on the death certificate — reaction to the drug, or heart attack? Both are true, but only one is the truth.
Total up all the above numbers and add them to the aforementioned "official" count and you find that deaths from adverse reactions to drugs may number as high as 700,000 a year. (Actually, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler estimated in a speech given in 1993 that fewer than 1 percent of all doctors report injuries and deaths following the administration of prescription drugs — which, if true, would make 700,000 an incredibly conservative estimate.) Now, combine those 700,000 deaths with the number of people who die from misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment, secondary infections received in hospitals, or just plain physician error, and the startling fact you’re left with is that modern medicine, despite all the great things it may have accomplished, is arguably the single leading cause of death in the United States.
It is not a coincidence that time after time, when doctors go on strike, mortality rates drop dramatically in those cities or countries. In 1976, in Bogota, Columbia medical doctors went on strike for 52 days, with only emergency care available. The death rate dropped by 35%. Also, in 1976, in Los Angeles County, a similar doctors’ strike resulted in an 18% drop in mortality. As soon as the strike was over, the death rate went back to normal. A 50% decrease in mortality occurred in Israel in 1973 when there was a one month doctor’s strike — with similar results seen in doctor strikes in 1983 and 2000! This should not be surprising when you also note the Institute of Medicine’s report, To Err is Human, states that medical errors cause as many as 98,000 deaths each year in the United States alone — more than traffic accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. Right behind prescription drugs, medical error is the fifth leading cause of death.