Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fear the establishment

It appears that relying on federally funded and regulated emergency industries, in nearly all forms, is more dangerous than handling a problem on your own. This holds true with the medical field, for which a July 26, 2000 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association offers vivid statistics proving that "medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States." Written by Dr. Barbara Starfield of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the report states:
There are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications - these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).