Data released in the major publication of organized standard (allopathic) medicine makes it clear:
latrogenic – that is, “doctor-caused” – disease is the third leading cause of disease in the United States, trailing only cerebrovascular (“Stroke and heart”) disease and cancer.
The Journal of the American Medical Assn. (JAMA) made estimates ranging from 235,000 to 284,000 deaths per year due to doctor-related causes.
The figures were considered conservative in some circles and, in terms of side effects due to correctly prescribed legal drugs, somewhat lower than those earlier reported by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Critics of the report noted that the figures were derived from studies of hospitalized patients and address only deaths rather than disabilities and other side effects from medical errors.
The July 26 (JAMA, Vol. 284) account reports the following:
- 12,000 deaths from “unnecessary” surgeries per year,
- at least 7,000 medication errors in hospitals,
- 20,000 other kinds of hospital errors,
- some 80,000 infections picked up in hospitals,
- and 106,000 negative effects from drugs allegedly correctly prescribed and administered (earlier estimates in this area have been as high as 140,000).
Noted Joseph M. Marcola DO in Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (October 2000):
“These statistics prove very clearly that the system is just not
working. It is broken and in desperate need of repair.”
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