Alarming Statistics

This Topic Covers: Scary health statistics of conventional medical health care and pharmaceutical prescription side threats that affect your health...natural proven cures that are not mainstream publicized, and more...



What You Need to Know about Your Food - Copyright © 2006-2013 Institute for Responsible Technology

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are one of the most dangerous and radical changes to our food supply. These largely unregulated ingredients found in 60-70% of the foods in the US, are well worth the effort to avoid them.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are the result of laboratory processes which artificially insert foreign genes into the DNA of food crops or animals.  Those genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.  GMOs are not safe, but have been in the food supply since 1996.  Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs if labeled, but the U.S. does not require labeling. - Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany

First Global Study Reveals Health Risks of Widely Eaten Farm Raised Salmon
Science Magazine Study Suggests Sharp Restrictions in Consumption

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 9, 2004) A study published in this week’s Science found significantly higher levels of cancer-causing and other health related contaminants in farm-raised salmon than in their wild counterparts. The study, by far the largest and most comprehensive done to date, concluded that concentrations of several cancer-causing substances in particular are high enough to suggest that consumers should consider severely restricting their consumption of farmed salmon. In most cases, consumption of more than one farmed salmon meal per month could pose unacceptable cancer risks.

The majority of salmon served in restaurants and found on grocery store shelves is farmed rather than wild. - Copyright 2014, Environmental Working Group. Reproduced with permission.

Fully 87 percent of store-bought meat collected by federal scientist in the most recent round of test was contaminated with both normal and antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria, evidence that most of this meat likely came in contact with fecal matter at some point. To be safe, consumers should treat all meat as if it may be contaminated, mainly by cooking thoroughly and using safe shopping and kitchen practices (see EWG’s downloadable Tips to Avoiding Superbugs in Meat)

An analysis by the Environmental Working Group has determined that government tests of raw supermarket meat published  February 5, 2013 detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria in:

  • Ground Turkey – 81%

  • Pork Chops – 69%

  • Ground Beef – 55%

  • Chicken (Breast, wings or thighs) – 39% Copyright 2014, Environmental Working Group, Reproduced with permission.

The Environmental Working Group conducted studies on farmed salmon from grocery stores and found on average 16 times the dioxin-like PCBs found in wild salmon. Farmed salmon is likely the most PCB-contaminated protein source in the U.S. food supply. PCBs cause cancer and were banned in the United States in 1976.


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Global Threat - Antibiotic Resistance - The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) © Copyright IDSA 2014

The discovery of antibiotics in the 1930s fundamentally transformed the way physicians care for patients, shifting their approach from a focus on diagnoses without means to intervene into a treatment-focused approach that saves lives. Now, nearly 70 years later, we’ve reached a critical point in treating infectious diseases: new drugs are not being developed at anywhere near the pace necessary to keep ahead of the natural ability of bacteria to evolve and defend themselves against antibiotics. The result is that some of our most powerful drugs are becoming useless.

Antimicrobial resistance is recognized as one of the greatest threats to human health worldwide.

If we do not act immediately we face a future that may resemble the days before these “miracle” drugs were developed; one in which people die of common infections, and where many medical interventions we take for granted – including surgery, chemotherapy, organ transplantation and care for premature infants – become impossible.

Scientists around the world have provided strong evidence that antibiotic use in food-producing animals can have a negative impact on public health through the following sequence of events...

Recent outbreaks in 20112011-2012, and 2013 of multi-resistant Salmonella traced to ground beef and poultry show how animal and human health are linked.

Source - - The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

Even the antibiotics known as ‘the last resort’ medications no longer work and have made some infections impossible to cure.

Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world's most pressing public health problems. Almost every type of bacteria has become stronger and less responsive to antibiotic treatment when it is really needed.


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Hormone Disruptors a "Global Threat" reports,

United Nations Panel Calls Hormone Disruptors a "Global Threat" - An international team of experts reported today that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed.

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Water Health Risks - What You Need to Know - © Natural Resources Defense Council

While it is true the United States has some of the best drinking water in the world, a disturbing new report conducted by the New York Times revealed that one in ten Americans have been exposed to drinking water that contains dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens in the tap water of major American cities and unsafe chemicals in drinking water wells in more rural areas. The primary reason, according to the report: the laws intended to protect our water supplies, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, are not being enforced. In fact, researchers found, barely 3 percent of violations resulted in fines or other significant penalties by state officials responsible for enforcing the law...

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“An estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle—sometimes further treated, sometimes not.” 


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The Effects of Environmental Toxins - © 2014 Copyright Naturopathic Doctor News & Review. All Rights reserved.

As far as other environmental toxins, the list of detrimental chemicals continues to increase. The 2010 release of the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention7 provided a 529-page comprehensive data assessment on the burden of chemicals to the health of the US population. Among the chemicals included in the list were metals, herbicides, fungicides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and parabens.

For the first time in the CDC’s biannual 2-year report, 75 new chemicals were found in urine and serum samples of 2400 participants. New chemicals that were included in this compilation were acrylamide, arsenic, environmental phenols (including bisphenol A and triclosan), and perchlorateorate. The burden on our patients is likely extreme, as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported an estimated average of 212 chemicals in any one person’s blood or urine sample.7

This translates to an increasing burden on all the major organs of elimination, including lungs, kidneys, liver, colon, and skin. What is of more concern is that, as our population becomes sicker, they face greater exposure.

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...Approximately 46% dentists in the United States still use mercury-containing dental amalgam… Once believed to be “locked into the filling itself,” mercury vapor is now widely recognized to be emitted from the filling surface

A 2006 poll of 2,590 US adults found that 72% of respondents were not aware that mercury was a main component of dental amalgam, and 92% of respondents would prefer to be told about mercury in dental amalgam before receiving it as a filling... - Copyright © Environmental Working Group. Reproduced with permission.

Most people use cosmetics and other personal care items without a second thought, believing that the government oversees their safety. Not so. No health studies or pre-market testing are required for these products.

Americans’ frequent exposures to cosmetics and personal care products raise questions about the potential health risks from the myriad of unassessed ingredients in them. These ingredients migrate into the bodies of nearly every American.

Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin.

No premarket safety testing is required for the industrial chemicals that go into personal care products or the chemical industry as a whole. According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the federal Food and Drug Administration, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.” (FDA 2012)

The FDA does no systematic reviews of safety, instead authorizing the cosmetics industry to self-police ingredient safety through its Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel. Over its 36 years, this industry panel has rejected only 11 ingredients as unsafe in cosmetics (CIR 2012). By contrast, the European Union has banned hundreds of chemicals in cosmetics (European Commission 2012).

When risky chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high. These are not trace contaminants that may be measured in parts-per-million or even parts-per-billion in food or water. They are substantial components of the product, just as flour is a primary ingredient in bread.

Cosmetic ingredients do not remain on the surface of the skin. They are designed to penetrate, and they do. Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including phthalates in urine, preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue and persistent fragrance components in human fat. Do the concentrations at which they are typically found pose risks? For the most part, those studies have not been done. But a small but growing number of studies serve as scientific red flags (Swan 2005, Sathyanarayana 2008, Swan 2010). Copyright © 2006-2013 The Institute for Responsible Technology

The herbicide sprayed on most of the world’s genetically engineered crops—and which gets soaked into the food portion—is now linked to “autism … gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others.” © 2014 American Cancer Society, Inc. All rights reserved.

By Dr. Len, December 15, 2009 - Too many CT scans are not medically necessary, and won’t impact the course of treatment for the patient.  Too many CT scans replace the history and physical and talking with the patient.  Too many CT scans are done because doctors are worried that they may be sued if they don’t do it and something rare shows up later.  Too many CT scans are done because patients aren’t willing to take some responsibility for their health and participate in the decision-making process.

All this “avoidance,” unfortunately, has now been shown through this research and other similar reports to have a very real cost, which is not just financial.  It could be the cause of a future cancer or even a death.

Doctors need to lead the way in reducing the risks of these CT scan related problems. 

They need to be certain the scan is truly needed.  They need to be certain that the CT scan machines are monitored carefully for the amount of radiation they produce.  They need to adhere to standards to be certain that the dose of radiation used is the least required to get an adequate study.

There is a comment in the article that I think is worthy of highlighting:

“CT is generally considered to have a very favorable risk to benefit profile among symptomatic patients.  However, the threshold for using CT has declined so that it is no longer used only in very sick patients but also in those with mild, self-limited illnesses who are otherwise healthy.  In these patients, the value of CT needs to be balanced against this small but real risk of carcinogenesis resulting from its use.  Neither physicians nor patients are generally aware of the radiation associated with CT, its risk of carcinogenesis, or the importance of limiting exposure among younger patients,   It is important to make both physicians and patients aware that this risk exists.”


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Incorporating Lifestyle Changes

www.who - World Health Organization

Eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent:

  • 80% of premature heart disease,

  • 80% of type 2 diabetes cases, and

  • 40% of cancers.

Reference - - World Health Organization

Call to action: There is now a large, convincing body of evidence that dietary patterns and the level of physical activity can not only influence existing health levels, but also determine whether an individual will develop chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


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Vitamin Supplement Therapy - Copyright 2008 Dietary Supplement Education Alliance 

Surveys of dietary intake and physical and laboratory data reveal that the typical American diet does not always provide a sufficient level of nutrients to support optimal health. Many clinicians also acknowledge that some Americans may need a vitamin and/or mineral or other supplement to meet specific nutrient needs.


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Preventing and Fighting Cancer

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(NaturalNews) A significant number of people who have undergone treatment for cancer over the past several decades may not have ever actually had the disease, admits a new report commissioned by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), this government study identifies both over diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer as two major causes of this growing epidemic, which together have led to the needless treatment of millions of otherwise healthy individuals with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.

The report drops a few major bombshells on the way that many cancers are diagnosed. Breast cancer, for instance, is sometimes not breast cancer at all but rather a benign condition such as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). However, untold millions of women with DCIS have been misdiagnosed as having breast cancer, and subsequently treated for a condition that likely never would have caused them any health problems. And similarly in men, high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN), a type of premalignant precursor to cancer, is commonly mistreated as if it was actual cancer. - National Institutes of Health

Cancer Chemoprevention through Dietary Antioxidants: progress and promise. It is estimated that nearly one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented through appropriate dietary modification. Various dietary antioxidants have shown considerable promise as effective agents for cancer prevention by reducing oxidative stress which has been implicated in the development of many diseases, including cancer. Therefore, for reducing the incidence of cancer, modifications in dietary habits, especially by increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, are increasingly advocated.

Accumulating research evidence suggests that many dietary factors may be used alone or in combination with traditional chemotherapeutic agents to prevent the occurrence of cancer, their metastatic spread, or even to treat cancer. The reduced cancer risk and lack of toxicity associated with high intake of fruits and vegetables suggest that specific concentrations of antioxidant agents from these dietary sources may produce cancer chemopreventive effects without causing significant levels of toxicity.

Link to Cancer Chemoprevention through Dietary Antioxidants - National Institutes of Health

RESULTS:  The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.

CONCLUSION: As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required...

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Over a ten-year period, a woman can receive as much radiation exposure (5 rads) from routine mammograms as a Japanese woman one mile from the epicenter of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

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Understanding Spirit-Mind-Body Connection

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Today, these breakthroughs in our understanding of the mind-body connection have translated into effective therapies to support patients' journeys through illnesses and trauma. Virtually every major medical center now has a stress management or mind-body clinic, and such practices as meditation, yoga, and group support are woven into the medical treatment of heart disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Moreover, the understanding of the mind-body relationship has now expanded to embrace the spiritual dimension of healing as well. Copyright 2014 Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Americans have long recognized the healing power of faith and prayer. In fact, 82 percent of Americans believe in the healing power of prayer, 64 percent think doctors should pray with those patients who request it, and 63 percent of patients want their doctors to discuss matters of faith. Close to 99 percent of physicians say religious beliefs can make a positive contribution to the healing process. 

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Spiritual beliefs can help patients cope with disease and face death. When asked what helped them cope with their gynecologic cancer, 93% of 108 women cited spiritual beliefs. In addition, 75% of these patients stated that religion had a significant place in their lives, and 49% said they had become more spiritual after their diagnosis (15). Among 90 HIV-positive patients, those who were spiritually active had less fear of death and less guilt (16). © Copyright 2014 Dr. Caroline Leaf. All rights reserved. 

87% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It's an epidemic of toxic emotions.

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Overcoming Chronic Disease

World Health Organization  (WHO) - pdf

The Impact of Chronic Disease: Chronic diseases are the most prevalent and costly health care problems in the United States. Nearly half (45 percent) of all Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease.

It is clear that the earlier labeling of chronic diseases as ‘‘diseases of affluence’’ is increasingly a misnomer, as they emerge both in poorer countries and in the poorer population groups in richer countries. This shift in the pattern of disease is taking place at an accelerating rate; furthermore, it is occurring at a faster rate in developing countries than it did in the industrialized regions of the world half a century ago (3). This 4 rapid rate of change, together with the increasing burden of disease, is creating a major public health threat, which demands immediate and effective action.  


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Effective Weight Loss

FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss. - Copyright © 2014 Trust for America's Health

The obesity epidemic is one of the country's most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences, contributing to increased rates of more than 30 serious diseases. These conditions create a major strain on the health care system. More than one-quarter of health care costs are now related to obesity.


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Exercise as Medicine © Exercise is Medicine. All rights reserved.

“Calling on all health care providers to access and review every patient’s physical activity program at every visit -

  • As a fitness professional, you are well aware of many of the benefits of exercise in preventing chronic disease. But physical activity offers much more than prevention alone.
  • Exercise can also be a powerful complement to traditional medical intervention and, in many instances, may allow a physician to significantly reduce a patient's drug dosage or eliminate the need for medicine altogether. - © 2014 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

More than two dozen studies have shown that women who exercise have a 30 percent to 40 percent lower risk of breast cancer than their sedentary peers.


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Healing with Herbal Therapy © Copyright 2013 American Herbalists Guild • All Rights Reserved

Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, herbs contain unique substances, which cannot be recreated in a lab. Over 25% of all pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants, but compounded with strong synthetic ingredients that do not coexist naturally with our internal makeup; hence the result of side effects but the control of the targeted symptom.

According to a study in the Sept. 17, 2003, issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association," of 433 complementary and alternative medicine Web sites examined, most made misleading or unproven health claims about the herbal remedies they sold.

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Benefits of Spiritual Meditation

Interestingly, spiritual meditation has been found to be superior to secular meditation and relaxation in terms of decrease in anxiety and improvement in positive mood, spiritual health, spiritual experiences and tolerance to pain…

Spiritual Nutrition for the Soul


The Need for Integrative and Functional Medicine © 2014 Institute for Functional Medicine. All rights reserved.

Today’s Landscape: An epidemic of chronic disease threatens to compromise the health of our population and the effectiveness and economics of our healthcare system. Alarming projections suggest that future generations may have shorter, less healthy lives if current trends continue unchecked.1  Because of its focus on acute care, the current medical model fails to confront both the causes of and solutions for the chronic disease epidemic, and must be replaced with a model of comprehensive care and prevention that is systems-based, integrative, patient-centered, and much more effective. AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice) has been designed to meet that challenge.

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Limitations of research in conventional medical decision-making - It’s often assumed that, in conventional medicine, all treatment recommendations are based on research results. While this is a goal, in reality, conventional medicine is as much art as science, and as fraught with controversy as is complementary and alternative medicine. The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment issued a report in 1978 entitled 'Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technology'.1

This report indicates that only 10 - 20% of medical procedures have been shown to be of benefit. Many common treatments had never been evaluated by clinical trials. In addition, up to 75% of studies published at that time had 'invalid or unsupportable conclusions as a result of statistical problems'. Few well-designed trials were found and the preponderance had positive results, indicating that studies with negative results are less likely to be published… - Life Extension Foundation for Longer Life

Content provided from Life Extension Magazine (Death by Medicine)  By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD © 2013, Life Extension Foundation. All rights reserved

...The Nutrition Institute of America is a nonprofit organization that has sponsored independent research for the past 30 years. To support its bold claim that conventional medicine is America’s number-one killer, the Institute mandated that every “count” in this “indictment” of US medicine be validated by published, peer-reviewed scientific studies.


His fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million annually. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization is 8.9 million per year.


The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is nearly 800,000 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.

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Overcoming Medical Errors © Copyright 2013 Pro Publica Inc.

By Marshall Allen Sep. 19, 2013 - ...In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.

Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says.

That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second... - Report.pdf

Patient Safety - Protecting Yourself from Medical ErrorsPatient safety is one of the nation's most pressing healthcare challenges. Medical errors are a leading cause of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that as many as 44,000-98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety. This means that more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. Preventable healthcare-related injuries cost the economy $17-29 billion annually. ©2001. Revised July 2005.

Reference - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Adverse drug events (ADEs) result in more than 770,000 injuries and deaths each year and cost up to $5.6 million per hospital, depending on size. 

This estimate does not include ADEs causing admissions, malpractice and litigation costs, or the costs of injuries to patients. National hospital expenses to treat patients who suffer ADEs during hospitalization are estimated at between $1.56 and $5.6 billion annually.

Medication errors and ADEs are often the result of unique combinations of interactions among health care providers, patients, and medications. Costs of ADEs are very high and patients can suffer irreversible injuries that can result in permanent disability or death. Although ADEs cannot be predicted, they often can be prevented using computerized systems that:

  • Monitor patients.

  • Provide physician order entry.

  • Integrate patient, pharmacy, and lab data.

  • Track the incidence of ADEs.

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Pharmaceutical Prescriptions - Copyright ©2009 American College of Physicians. All rights reserved.

American College of Physicians. Improving FDA Regulation of Prescription Drugs. An excerpt from The Journal of The American Medical Association, May 20, 1998: Discovering new dangers of drugs after marketing is common. Overall, 51% of approved drugs have serious adverse effects not detected prior to approval.4 Merely discovering adverse effects is not by itself sufficient to protect the public. Each year prescription drugs injure 1.5 million people so severely they require hospitalization and 100000 die, making prescription drugs a . . . [Full Text of this Article]

Featured by Annals of Internal Medicine Copyright © 2014 

Reports on: Unnecessary Prescribing of NSAIDs and the Management of NSAID-Related Gastropathy in Medical Practice 

Results: Unnecessary prescriptions for NSAIDs or other drugs were written during 41.7% of visits. Studies done in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Great Britain have shown that NSAID use increases the risk for hospitalization and death from gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation... Each year, use of NSAIDs accounts for an estimated 7600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States [17] and 365 deaths and 3897 hospitalizations in Canada… To read more


40% jump in employees testing positive for prescription narcotics form 2005-2009. 

  • Over 60 million prescriptions were written by American doctors for Valium and other similar acting tranquilizers. Many people do not consider the legal drugs, alcohol, and mood altering prescription drugs to be a safety risk. When used as directed, most of these drugs are safe. However, when tranquilizers such as Valium, Soma, or Xanax are mixed with even small amounts of alcohol, the synergistic effect quickly becomes dangerous.  In 2005, 1.8 million Americans abused tranquilizers.
  • Prescription drug abuse is up 6.3% among 18-25 year olds. The most frequently abused prescription drug is the narcotic Vicodin and its cousin Lortab.  This abuse often progresses to OxyContin and heroin abuse.  For the first time, there are now more first-time adolescent prescription drug abusers than first-time marijuana users!


Undesired side effects can be expected of prescribed medication, ranging from relatively benign (headaches or drowsiness), to uncomfortable (irritation of bowels), to outright dangerous (raised blood pressure or slowed breathing). For some, side effects can go beyond physical discomfort and affect mood or behavior, such as irritability or short temperedness or hallucinations. Due to the varied responsiveness of medication from person to person, side effects can also be as diverse. They are also not exclusive to prescription drug abusers, as symptoms appear in those who follow correct instruction as well.

Prescription drug abuse has become a force to be reckoned with, its effects rivaling that of other illegal drug use. In 2008, prescription drugs were involved in more than half of the reported overdose deaths in the United States. And in addition to rising death tolls, prescription drug abuse is influencing the healthcare system, insurance companies, and laws both current and future.

In a 2007 study, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud reported that prescription drug abuse costs were estimated over $70 billion. reports,

Andrew Wasley & Bethany Hubbard 13th March, 2012

Revealed - The prescription drugs and medications most likely to harm or kill you: Bupropion, used to treat depression and to assist patients wanting to give up smoking, was linked to 9306 suspected adverse reactions in the 11 year period. The drug is one of several antidepressants used to treat nicotine addiction appearing in the MHRA figures. 

Varenicline was the subject of 7298 suspected adverse reactions, 80 of which had a fatal outcome. 39 of these reports were suicide, according to the MHRA. 

The vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection that can leader to cervical cancer in women, was linked to 6095 adverse reactions. 

Swine flu vaccine was reported for 3561 suspected adverse reactions.

Ranibizumab, prescribed to treat the eye disease Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which sees patients ability to see straight ahead, read, write or perform other everyday actions, was linked to 549 deaths in the period covered by the data. 

Infliximab, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and psoriasis, amongst other auto-immune disorders, was linked to 4428 adverse reaction reports, 520 of which had a fatal outcome…

…Millie Kieve told the Ecologist: 'Doctors fail to recognise adverse reactions, in particular psychiatric reactions, and often increase the dosage with serious consequences.' Read in entirety…

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Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America's "war on drugs" is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!

Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed.

The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed:

  • For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents

  • 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents

  • Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69

Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.


Prescription drug use has become more prevalent than ever – with 34% of American adults taking at least one prescription drug, and 11.5% taking three or more prescribed medications.

In a rapid response society, prescription medication has become the ultimate quick fix, from stressed out students cramming for exams, to ambitious professionals looking for an edge, to recovering soldiers returning from battle. And despite the death toll and the recurring headlines of Hollywood stars getting themselves into trouble, the rates of prescription drug abuse and addiction continue to steadily grow.

Narcotic pain relievers now cause or contribute to nearly 3 OUT OF 4 prescription drug overdoses and about 15,500 DEATHS [annually].

…Prescription drugs come in many forms and serve a variety of purposes. Pain relief medication may be prescribed following traumatic injury or surgical procedure. Sleep medications can be used to induce sleep or keep a person awake.

Addiction often occurs when the potency and/or frequency of dosages are being used beyond their recommended instruction. For this reason, an individual may become addicted to a prescribed substance whether or not it was legally obtained.

Addiction can also be caused by the body's tolerance for the medication increasing. When this change in the body’s central nervous system occurs, an increase in dosage of the substance will be required to meet the intended needs. In some cases, a physician may deem the change in prescription dosage to be necessary and make the adjustment. If a patient is denied the change in prescription however, he or she will often deviate from instruction.

In cases of prescription drug abuse by unintended parties, addiction can occur during a process of substitution of one drug for another. Many of the elements and effects of prescription medications mimic those of illegal narcotics…

  • In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time on record. This trend continued in 2010. 

  • From 1999 to 2011, Ohio’s death rate due to unintentional drug poisonings increased 440 percent, and the increase in deaths has been driven largely by prescription drug overdoses.

  • In Ohio, there were 327 fatal unintentional drug overdoses in 1999 growing to 1,765 annual deaths in 2011.

  • On average approximately five people died each day in Ohio due to drug overdose.  

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Drug Companies Fined - Death by Medicine

By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD                                                                 

Periodically, the FDA fines a drug manufacturer when its abuses are too glaring and impossible to cover up. In May 2002, the Washington Post reported that Schering-Plough Corp., the maker of Claritin®, was to pay a $500 million fine to the FDA for quality-control problems at four of its factories 79. The indictment came after the Public Citizen Health Research Group, led by Dr. Sidney Wolfe, called for a criminal investigation of Schering-Plough, charging that the company distributed albuterol asthma inhalers even though it knew the units were missing the active ingredient.


Unnecessary Surgical Procedures

In 1974, 2.4 million unnecessary surgeries were performed, resulting in 11,900 deaths at a cost of $3.9 billion. 80, 81


In 2001, 7.5 million unnecessary surgical procedures were performed, resulting in 37,136 deaths at a cost of $122 billion (using 1974 dollars). 9,10


According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 22 in 2001 the 50 most common medical and surgical procedures were performed approximately 41.8 million times in the US. Using the 1974 House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations’ figure of 17.6% as the percentage of unnecessary surgical procedures, and extrapolating from the death rate in 1974, produces nearly 7.5 million (7,489,718) unnecessary procedures and a death rate of 37,136, at a cost of $122 billion (using 1974 dollars). In 1974, 2.4 million unnecessary surgeries were performed, resulting in 11,900 deaths at a cost of $3.9 billion. 80, 81


Surgical Errors Finally Reported

An October 2003 JAMA study from the US government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) documented 32,000 mostly surgery-related deaths costing $9 billion and accounting for 2.4 million extra hospital days in 2000.92

Data from 20% of the nation’s hospitals were analyzed for 18 different surgical complications, including post-operative infections, foreign objects left in wounds, surgical wounds reopening, and post-operative bleeding.


Unnecessary Hospitalization

The HCUP database indicates that the total number of patient discharges from US hospitals in 2001 was 37,187,641,22 meaning that almost 9 million people were exposed to unnecessary medical intervention in hospitals and therefore represent almost 9 million potential iatrogenic episodes.1-4


Unnecessary Cesarean Sections

In 2001, cesarean section was still the most common OB-GYN surgical procedure. Approximately 4 million births occur annually, with 24% (960,000) delivered by cesarean section. In the Netherlands, only 8% of births are delivered by cesarean section. This suggests 640,000 unnecessary cesarean sections—entailing three to four times higher mortality and 20 times greater morbidity than vaginal delivery108—are performed annually in the US.

The US cesarean rate rose from just 4.5% in 1965 to 24.1% in 1986. Sakala contends that an “uncontrolled pandemic of medically unnecessary cesarean births is occurring.”109 VanHam reported a cesarean section postpartum hemorrhage rate of 7%, a hematoma formation rate of 3.5%, a urinary tract infection rate of 3%, and a combined postoperative morbidity rate of 35.7% in a high-risk population undergoing cesarean section.110


Unnecessary X-Rays

In present-day medicine, coronary angiography is an invasive surgical procedure that involves snaking a tube through a blood vessel in the groin up to the heart. To obtain useful information, x-rays are taken almost continuously, with minimum dosages ranging from 460 to 1,580 mrem. The minimum radiation from a routine chest x-ray is 2 mrem. X-ray radiation accumulates in the body, and ionizing radiation used in x-ray procedures has been shown to cause gene mutation.

The health impact of this high level of radiation is unknown, and often obscured in statistical jargon such as, “The risk for lifetime fatal cancer due to radiation exposure is estimated to be 4 in 1 million per 1,000 mrem.   

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Medical Ethics and Conflict of Interest in Scientific Medicine

Jonathan Quick, Director of essential drugs and medicines policy for the World Health Organization (WHO), wrote in a recent WHO bulletin: “If clinical trials become a commercial venture in which self-interest overrules public interest and desire overrules science, then the social contract which allows research on human subjects in return for medical advances is broken.” 33

As former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell struggled to bring greater attention to the problem of commercializing scientific research. In her outgoing editorial entitled “Is Academic Medicine for Sale?” Angell wrote that growing conflicts of interest are tainting science and called for stronger restrictions on pharmaceutical stock ownership and other financial incentives for researchers: 34

“When the boundaries between industry and academic medicine become as blurred as they are now,” Angell wrote, “The business goals of industry influence the mission of medical schools in multiple ways.” She did not discount the benefits of research but said a Faustian bargain now existed between medical schools and the pharmaceutical industry.


Nursing Home Care

One way to measure the moral and ethical fiber of a society is by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members. In some cultures, elderly people live out their lives in extended family settings that enable them to continue participating in family and community affairs. American nursing homes, where millions of our elders go to live out their final days, represent the pinnacle of social isolation and medical abuse.

Deaths caused by malnutrition, dehydration, and physical restraints, however, are rarely recorded on death certificates. Several studies reveal that nearly half of the listed causes of death on death certificates for elderly people with chronic or multi-system disease are inaccurate.134 Although one in five people dies in nursing homes, an autopsy is performed in less than 1% of these deaths.135

In 1990, Congress mandated an exhaustive study of nurse-to-patient ratios in nursing homes. The study was finally begun in 1998 and took four years to complete. A spokesperson for the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform commented on the study: “They compiled two reports of three volumes, each thoroughly documenting the number of hours of care residents must receive from nurses and nursing assistants to avoid painful, even dangerous, conditions such as bedsores and infections. Yet it took the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Tommy Thompson only four months to dismiss the report as ‘insufficient.’” Although preventable with proper nursing care, bedsores occur three times more commonly in nursing homes than in acute care or veterans hospitals.

Because many nursing home patients suffer from chronic debilitating conditions, their assumed cause of death often is unquestioned by physicians. Some studies show that as many as 50% of deaths due to restraints, falls, suicide, homicide, and choking in nursing homes may be covered up.124, 125 It is possible that many nursing home deaths are instead attributed to heart disease. In fact, researchers have found that heart disease may be over-represented in the general population as a cause of death on death certificates by 8-24%. In the elderly, the over-reporting of heart disease as a cause of death is as much as twofold.


Over Medicating Seniors

According to the study, the average senior receives 25 prescriptions each year. Among those 6.3 million seniors, a total of 7.9 million medication alerts were triggered: less than half that number, 3.4 million, was detected in 1999. the general population as a cause of death on death certificates by 8-24%. In the elderly, the over-reporting of heart disease as a cause of death is as much as twofold.

About 2.2 million of those alerts indicated excessive dosages unsuitable for seniors, and about 2.4 million alerts indicated clinically inappropriate drugs for the elderly. Reuters interviewed Kasey Thompson, director of the Center on Patient Safety at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, who noted: “There are serious and systemic problems with poor continuity of care in the United States.” He says this study represents “the tip of the iceberg” of a national problem.

In a study of 818 residents of residential care facilities for the elderly, 94% were receiving at least one medication at the time of the interview. The average intake of medications was five per resident; the authors noted that many of these drugs were given without a documented diagnosis justifying their use.

Seniors and groups like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) have accepted allopathic medicine’s overriding assumption that aging and dying in America must be accompanied by drugs in nursing homes and eventual hospitalization.140 Seniors are given the choice of either high-cost patented drugs or low-cost generic drugs. Drug companies attempt to keep the most expensive drugs on the shelves and suppress access to generic drugs, despite facing stiff fines of hundreds of millions of dollars levied by the federal government.141, 142 In 2001, some of the world’s largest drug companies were fined a record $871 million for conspiring to increase the price of vitamins.143

Ironically, studies also indicate under use of proper pain medication for patients who need it. One study evaluated pain management in a group of 13,625 cancer patients, aged 65 and over, living in nursing homes. While almost 30% of the patients reported pain, more than 25% received no pain-relief medication, 16% received a mild analgesic drug, 32% received a moderate analgesic drug, and 26% received adequate pain-relieving morphine. The authors concluded that older patients and minority patients were more likely to have their pain untreated.



The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) was perhaps the US government's last honest agency that critically reviewed the state of the nation's health care system. The purpose of the OTA was to provide Congress with objective and authoritative analysis of complex scientific and technical issues. In its final critical report, the OTA concluded:

“There are no mechanisms in place to limit dissemination of technologies, regardless of their clinical value.” Shortly after the OTA released a report that exposed how entrenched financial interests manipulate health care practice in the United States, Congress disbanded the OTA.


Physical Rejection - Side Affects of Microchips reports,

By TODD LEWAN, The Associated Press Saturday, September 8, 2007

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."

But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.

"The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining in a phone interview the findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.

Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.

To date, about 2,000 of the so-called radio frequency identification, or RFID, devices have been implanted in humans worldwide, according to VeriChip Corp. The company, which sees a target market of 45 million Americans for its medical monitoring chips, insists the devices are safe, as does its parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, of Delray Beach, Fla.