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∆ I Read An Article That Said That Medical Malpractice For 2013
Had Actually Grown To The Number 1 LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES.
I Can No Longer Find This Medical Article, Can Someone Say
COVER UP?..(Keep Reading Maybe I Will Find It)
If The Medical Institute Becomes The number one cause of death,
Well then they will be out of business.
I Will continue to search for that article and WILL post it here when I find it...
but in the meantime, they are saying MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IS THE
THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH.
"Uprooting the Leading Cause Of Death"
with Dr.Gregor; Excellent
Watch For The Entire Family.
Many More Americans Are Dying Each Year From Medical Errors!
According To a National Investigation Conducted By Hearst Newspaper And Television Journalist, About 200,000 People In America Die Each Year
From Preventable Medical Mistakes And Hospital Infections. "Dead By Mistake" reports That 98,000 Americans Die Each
Year From Preveentable Medical Errors, And Just As Many Die From Hospital Infections.
Preventable Medical Errors Kill And Seriously Injure Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans every Year...
Wait, I LITERALLY FOUND A SIMILIAR ARTICLE, Here It Goes..Ready For The Truth?
Nearly 250,000 Deaths From ONE Common Mistake:
Here's How to Protect Yourself
It's been seven years since I posted the comprehensive, footnoted research article,Death by Medicine, on this website.
Authored in two parts by Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD, and Dorothy Smith PhD,
it described in excruciating detail how the modern American medical system had
bumbled its way into becoming the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.
From medical errors to adverse drug reactions to unnecessary procedures, heart disease, cancer deaths and infant mortality, the authors took statistics straight from the most respected medical and scientific journals and investigative reports by the Institutes of Medicine (IOM), and showed that on the whole American medicine caused more harm than good.
The purpose of this was not to frighten you, but to help you make informed
choices about your health, and to provide you with the tools you need to take control of your own health
Seven years after the original article was written, an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine November 25, 2010 piqued my interest -- the researchers found that, despite efforts to improve patient safety in the past few years, the health care system hasn't changed much at all.
Instead, 18 percent of patients were harmed by medical care (some repeatedly)
and over 63 percent of the injuries could have been prevented. In nearly 2.5 percent of these cases,
the problems caused or contributed to a person's death. In another 3 percent, patients
suffered from permanent injury, while over 8 percent experienced life-threatening issues, such as severe bleeding during surgery.
In all there were over 25 injuries per 100 admissions!
Shocked, I decided to do some research of my own on the state of American
health care today.What I found is the grim picture that I'm sharing with you, as an update to the original Death by Medicine article.
Over 40,000 Mistakes EVERY Day!
Unfortunately, the NEJM article was just a reminder of something that the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study pointed out earlier this year.
HealthGrades has been studying the quality of care in the nation's hospitals since 1988.
This year they analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare patients' records from 2007 through 2009, and found that 1 in 9 patients developed a hospital-acquired infection.
The HealthGrades report said that "the incidence rate of medical harm occurring is estimated to be
over 40,000 each and EVERY day according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement."
Another study, in 2008, by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services,
also reported grave evidence that something is amiss in the hospital setting in America:
One in seven Medicare beneficiaries who is hospitalized will be harmed as a result of the medical care they receive in the hospital, the study said.
Authors of this study found that physician reviewers determined nearly half, or 44 percent
of the adverse and temporary harm events "were clearly or likely preventable."
The cost of these mistakes was estimated at $324 million in October alone. The mistakes equate to 3.5 percent of the Medicare budget.
Another study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this year, showed that sepsis and pneumonia caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 patients and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone. Both these infections are mostly preventable through better infection controls. The study also found that 20 percent of people who developed sepsis died; 11 percent of those who developed pneumonia died.
The authors noted that many hospital-acquired infections are super resistant to common antibiotics – and it's not just sepsis and pneumonia that they're talking about.
A different study in 2006 showed that "central-line-associated" bloodstream infections caused by catheters placed directly into veins resulted in a $26,839 loss for each patient that came down with this type of hospital-acquired infection. This same study estimated that 2 million people come down with hospital-acquired infections of any type in every year, and that approximately 100,000 die from those infections.
Medication Errors are a Major Killer
In 2000 the Institutes of Medicine reported that medical errors were the eighth leading cause
of death in the U.S., killing between 44,000 and 98,000 people each year. While the number
of errors today is said to possibly be the fourth leading cause of death in a hospital,
health officials agree that this type of death-by-medicine is still prevalent -- and preventable.
In a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, study authors said that in looking over records that spanned from 1976 to 2006 (the most recent year available) they found that, of 62 million death certificates, almost a quarter-million deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors. They also found that these errors spiked in July, and particularly in teaching hospitals.
There are four points in the medication use process at which errors may occur:
when the medication is ordered (written, electronic, or oral)
when the medication order is transcribed and verified
when it's dispensed, and
when it's administered
The June 2010 report narrowed the errors down to:
prescribing the wrong drug
taking the wrong drug, or
accidents involving medications during surgery or medical procedures
Older adults are at a higher risk of medication errors and have a greater propensity for experiencing harmful and fatal errors. The most common types of medication errors in older adults are omission and improper dose.
Nearly Half a Million Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions
An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year.
A study published in the Journal of Gerontology in 2006 showed that adverse drug reactions are very common in frail elderly persons after a hospital stay, and polypharmacy and warfarin use consistently increase the risk.
The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than $136 billion annually -- greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care. Adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in 1 of 5 hospital patients.
The reason there are so many adverse drug events in the U.S. is because so many drugs are used and prescribed – and many patients receive multiple prescriptions at varying strengths, some of which may counteract each other or cause more severe reactions when combined.
In 2009 there were nearly 3.68 billion prescriptions filled in the U.S. That averages to almost 12 prescriptions for every person in the U.S. Other interesting drug statistics are:
Specialists give more than 2 prescriptions per visit
Just over 89 percent of Medicare patients take prescription medicine daily
46 percent take 5 or more prescriptions chronically
Nearly 54 percent take meds prescribed by more than one doctor
One thing that the drug companies don't tell you, and that your physician may not realize, is that premarketing drug safety profiles may be very narrow: most new drugs have 3,000 or less short-term patient exposures. Another fact the drug companies don't advertise is that some drugs have rare toxicity possibilities, meaning very bad side effects could occur in as few as 1 in 20,000 patients. To detect such rare toxicity, more than 60,000 patients must be exposed AFTER the drug is marketed.
49th in Life Expectancy, First in Health Care Costs
The latest study published in Health Affairs revealed that the United States now ranks 49th in the world for both male and female life expectancy, down from 24th in 1999.
In 1950, the United States was fifth among the leading industrialized nations with respect to female life expectancy at birth, surpassed only by Sweden, Norway, Australia, and the Netherlands. The last available measure of female life expectancy had the United States ranked at forty-sixth in the world. U.S. infants also are in the basement when it comes to mortality rates;according to 2009 data compiled by the World Bank, the U.S. is 41 places behind other countries in infant mortality.
Is American Medicine Working?
There's no doubt that government health care officials are worried about this country's reputation for safety in the hospital setting. If they weren't, they wouldn't have set up the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, a task force charged with developing plans and strategies for making American health care safer.
The problem is that, as it always with government, things move very slowly when change is needed, so the nation has yet to have a nation adverse event reporting system for hospital medical errors. We also don't have any federal standards regarding state systems. The question is whether living the status quo is going to make us any healthier or not, and if it doesn't, what are we going to do to make a better life for ourselves?
What about Preventive Care?
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the American health care system is skewed toward treating illnesses and diseases, not preventing them. In 2003, my Death by Medicine report showed that judging by health care spending alone, the U.S. should be the healthiest country in the world with the best medicine available. But it wasn't.
And today, it still isn't.
One reason for that is because an obscure federal panel that most people never hear about not only defines what preventive medicine is, but decides what services your health care dollars will pay for. Historically that panel, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, has been accused of being ultra-conservative in the way of preventive care. But when it does approve it, the definition of preventive care means some kind of diagnostic test for a possible existing illness, not a strategy for staying well.
For example, if you take a look at the task force's website, you'll see lists of "preventive" medicine topics the group is considering that include such things as aspirin use and various types of disease screenings -- with only one mention of vitamin supplements as a possible upcoming preventive strategy.
If you click on the task force's A to Z topic guide of existing "preventive" health care, you'll see that almost every single one is some type of disease screening or counseling for a condition you already have.
And that's what's wrong with U.S. health care, whether it was seven years ago or today -- we are all too eager to embrace screenings for diseases or illnesses we may or may not have, and counseling and/or medical treatment in the form of pills and chemicals and surgeries for it, after we find out what disease it is we have.
According to the Kaiser Foundation and the CDC, the main drivers of health care costs in the U.S. are technology and prescription drugs; chronic disease; aging of the population; and administrative costs.
I agree that these are huge contributors to what is killing us as a nation financially and as a people. But I DON'T agree with the context in which they're presented. If you've followed all the information I've given you here, and even skimmed the 2003 Death by Medicine article, then I think you'll see why I think the major contributors have a slightly different paradigm -- and that the only way we are get healthier as a nation, and drive medical costs down too, is to change that paradigm.
That's because the foundational causes of what's driving health care costs in America are:
The emphasis on sickness and treatment, rather than health, fitness, and prevention which is primarily fostered by ultra-sophisticated marketing strategies employed by the drug industry.
Fraud -- by both consumers and providers, including the drug industry.
Unnecessary procedures, medications, hospitalizations and screenings
Medical mistakes, hospital-acquired infections, and surgical and device errors
If we were only to address these issues, beginning with changing the emphasis of our well-being to health and fitness, and then following the healthy lifestyle that paradigm suggests, I promise that the issue of sickness in America and what it's costing us -- as well as the death-by-medicine events will begin to fade away very quickly.
It's time to quit bombarding your body with medical interventions and to reward yourself with the fit and healthy body that come from living fit and lean.
And until then -- until our health care system as a whole -- changes the emphasis of what we're doing to health and healthful living, exercise, proper nutrition and diet, and vitamin supplementation, we're not going to see anything in our health care system change, even if we wait another seven years to see how it's going.
Title: Get “Offit” Already!
I almost lost my lunch…
I got sick to my stomach while reading Dr. Offit’s recent article on CNN health news entitled, “Alternative healing or quackery?”
As a medical doctor chastising the alternative community for malpractice, I believe his heavily biased could do far more damage by generating a sense of fear in otherwise safe and effective therapies.
Based on his books and previous articles written, it’s no surprise that Dr. Offit violently opposes ALL alternative therapies and deems them as magical (at best).
However, in his latest CNN piece he clearly misses the boat and obviously ignores some important facts about malpractice within the medical industry itself.
I find his ignorance absolutely irresponsible and ridiculous!
Pointing to ONE case where a 6-year old died from not using a bronchodilator – instead his family chose homeopathy – is far from statistically significant. I suffered from terrible asthma for 22 years and hundreds of bronchodilators never did anything to correct the problem. However, some simple dietary changes was all it took to finally breathe properly. But I guess that too would be “quackery”.
His reference to the fact that 86 people and 26 people have died from improper Acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments, respectively, is a FAR crazy from the THOUSANDS of people who are sickened, injured, or killed by the medical establishment each and every day.
According to a November 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine 18% of patients are harmed by medical care system – 2.5% of those leading to death, and 3% leading to permanent injury.
Further findings from the Thirteenth Annual Health Grades Hospital Quality in America Study reveal that, “the incidence rate of medical harm occurring is estimated to be over 40,000 each and EVERY day…”
And being the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Offit should be well aware of the fact that according to the Archives of Internal Medicine sepsis and pneumonia caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 patients and racked up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone.
If that’s not enough, in 2000, the Institutes of Medicine reported that medical errors were the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing between 44,000 and 98,000 people each year.
I’m no rocket scientist but that’s a heck of lot more people than just 86 or 26 people affected by alternative malpractice.
Considering how safe and important alternative therapies have become for preventing and treating disease, it’s unfortunate the “old guard” of the current medical system has such difficulty accepting that drugs, vaccines, and surgery are not the best way to improve health.
And that’s quite obvious in the United States where more than $7,500 is spent per person per year for health care, yet the US health care system is ranked 49th in the world behind many 3rd world countries.
Canada, it’s closest neighbour, spends half that amount on health care and enjoys a life expectancy that is 3 years longer than that seen in the US (82 vs. 79 years).
Obviously, the current medical model is broken and the only way to move forward and empower people to greater health is by educating them about (not denying) viable integrative healing options.
So get off it already doc!
This is a great article to share, and although it may infuriate some people, it only makes me laugh because this angle has been tried years before to use the word “quackery” against the chiropractic and acupuncture health care field. My fellow colleagues and I have done extensive research on these recorded cases of harm by a “chiropractic” adjustment, and we found that harm was done because these adjustments were done by people that were NOT chiropractors!! They were either people that had some type of other medical degree, or someone with no training whatsoever. Now this really tells you something doesn’t it? Would you let any Joe off the street with no idea of anatomy or formal training of adjusting procedures get a hold of your neck? Chiropractors have three years of adjusting procedure practice in school, and more hours of anatomy and physiology than an MD. As for acupuncture, I haven’t looked into the research, but I know that the only way to hurt someone is if you absolutely do not know what you are doing. As a chiropractor and acupuncturist, I can tell you that we have studied anatomy for three complete years and the first thing we learn is how not to harm someone. On the other hand, in some states, MDs can become acupuncturists after only a couple weekends of training. Another thing he added was disease. How can needles transmit disease when they are individually wrapped and are used one time only? Autoclaves are no longer allowed for needles. Hmmm… I wish this guy would have learned SOMETHING about alternative medicine before he wrote this article, because now, he just seems very uneducated. This article was probably written in fear because people are becoming more warmed to idea of going to an “alternative medicine doctor” before they go to a MD to get drugs. I see why he needed to scare the public with death as anyone that takes money out of pharmaceutical industries’ pockets, should be banned.