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Pacific Health Center Better Health Update #47 - Monte Kline, Clinical
One of the most common causes of disease (if not the most common cause) is conventional medical doctors! Sad, but too often true. The medical term coined to describe this problem is iatrogenic disease, from the Greek "iatros" meaning physician and "genesis" meaning origin. Thus we have doctor-caused disease. Specifically, iatrogenic disease is defined as:
Any adverse reaction, either major or minor, to a medical or surgical treatment.
The late Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., while Chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee for the State of Illinois and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Illinois School of Medicine, wrote:
. . . the greatest danger to your health is the doctor who practices Modern Medicine. I believe that Modern Medicine's treatments for disease are seldom effective, and that they're often more dangerous than the diseases they're designed to treat . . . I believe that more than 90% of Modern Medicine could disappear from the face of the earth-doctors, hospital, drugs, and equipment-and the effect on our health would be immediate and beneficial.
DOCTORS ON STRIKE
Whenever medical doctors go on strike, a most interesting phenomenon occurs - death rates go down! In 1976 in Bogota, Columbia medical doctors went on strike for 52 days, with only emergency care available. The death rate dropped by 35%. 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!
HEALTH CARE CUTBACKS
Since the early 1980's we've heard a lot about the impact of "managed care" and health care cutbacks. Medical doctors and political liberals are screaming that people are dying for lack of services. Actually, just the opposite is true. Since the "downsizing" of conventional medical services in the 1980's, life expectancy has made a massive jump both in the U. S. and Canada. No drug therapy and surgical technique can be shown to have statistically increased the general life expectancy. No generation has had its life expectancy increased significantly since medical doctors began using chemical treatments. Researchers John and Sonja McKinlay found that medical intervention only accounted for 1 - 3.5% of the increase in the average lifespan in the U. S. since 1900.
Alternative cancer treatment authority, Dr. Ralph Moss, notes that a 1999 article in The Journal of The American Medical Association stated that prescription drugs kill over 100,000 people per year in U. S. hospitals. The F.D.A. noted that back in 1978 1.5 million Americans were hospitalized as a result of taking medical drugs. One in seven hospital beds is taken up by patients suffering from adverse drug reactions. The General Accounting Office stated that 51.5% of all drugs introduced between 1976 and 1985 had to be relabelled because of serious adverse reactions found after the marketing of these drugs - reactions like heart, liver or kidney failure, birth defects, blood disorders, respiratory arrest, seizures, and blindness.
DRUG COMPANY BRIBERY
Most people are not aware that drugs companies spend
thousands of dollars per year on each medical doctor "selling" them on using
their particular products. Drug companies hire "detail men" to visit physicians'
offices and give them drug samples. These salesmen, who are not doctors and have
no medical or pharmacological training, tell your medical doctor what drugs to
use for what problems. Drug companies start this process early by offering
medical students gifts, free trips to "conferences," and free "educational
material," which translated means propaganda on that drug company's products. In
Australia drug companies spend an average of $10,000 per year per physician
marketing their products. The result of all of this is a massive overprescribing
Pharmaceutical companies, by enlisting the aid of influential academic physicians, have gained control of the practice of medicine in the United States. They now set the standards of practice by hiring investigators to perform studies which establish the efficacy of their products or impugn that of their competitors. . .
HAZARDS OF HOSPITALIZATION
Hospitals are a hotbed of iatrogenic disease. Every
year two million people are admitted to hospitals with one health problem and
end up with another health problem! According to Dr. Mendelsohn these
doctor-caused illnesses kill as many as 20,000 people annually. A study in the
Southern Medical Journal reported that one in five patients admitted to a
university hospital acquires an iatrogenic disease, and one in thirty of these
lead to death. Of these iatrogenic deaths, half are complications of drug
therapy and 10% result from improper diagnostic procedures.
In the 1840's Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis directed a teaching
hospital in Vienna, where 75% of the women giving birth were dying of puerperal
fever. He observed that doctors went from dissecting cadavers to delivering
babies without washing their hands. Dr. Semmelweis made the "radical" policy
change of requiring doctors to wash their hands before delivery a baby. An
amazing thing happened - the mortality rate drop fifteen-fold. Unfortunately,
his arrogant colleagues couldn't see the connection, so they dismissed him and
ostracized him. The rejection ultimately drove Semmelweis to death in an insane
asylum - another great moment in the history of iatrogenic disease.
. . . the sanitary practices of the medical personnel
are often abominable and the hospital itself is probably the most germ-laden
facility in town.
Dr. Arthur Mannix, Jr. declared in an article in the New York State Journal of Medicine:
Errors in judgment or technique concerning either the anesthesia or the surgery, or a combination of the two, contribute to close to 50% of the deaths in the operating room.
I think what that translates to is that disease is only
responsible for 50% of the deaths on the operating table, while doctors are
responsible for the other 50% of deaths.
1. 20% of all surgery is unnecessary.
Another study showed that when a second specialist was
consulted, 18% of the time he disagreed with doing the surgery.
Doctors in general should be treated with about the
same degree of trust as used car salesmen.
1. Caveat emptor - "Let the buyer beware." Don't assume
your doctor knows everything, or that he or she necessarily knows what's best
for you. Use your doctor like your lawyer or CPA - someone to give you counsel
with you making the final decision.
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