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Medicine kills
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Dear Editor,
This letter address the “Healthy beginning” article which ran in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal and our nation’s health care reform issue.
Our health care system is the number one cause of death in the United States. The Dec. 21, 1994 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that 180,000 Americans die each year from iatrogenic (doctor induced) injury. This number is 1/4 of the 2004 estimate from the March issue of “Life Extension.” Combining 2.2 million in-hospital adverse drug reactions, 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures, 8.9 million unnecessary hospitalizations, their total was 783,936 deaths per year.
Heart disease killed 699,697 and cancer killed 553, 251 people in 2001, making medical care the number one killer by almost 200,000 deaths!
Reactions to prescription drugs kill over twice as many Americans as HIV/AIDS and suicide. Using drugs to solve our problems is a product of our culture. We are taught as children, by our loving parents, to take a pill for pain or illness or to fix our behavior, or pimples, or to lose weight, ect... Of course, this person will seek comfort with drugs as a teen and an adult.
Golden Valley Health Center, $1 trillion nationalized insurance plan, Medicare Part D and the like, will only make the problem worse. Michael Jackson, Billy Mays and hundreds of thousands of unmentioned Americans die every year, not from illicit drugs (about 10,000 deaths), but from medicine.
Health is not found in a pill, potion or lotion. Health is our body’s comprehension of itself and its environment and its ability to adapt appropriately. A healthy diet, regular exercise, a positive mental attitude, plenty of rest and a nerve system free of interference is the way to regain and maintain health and wellness.
America’s war on drugs must be redirected at the real enemy. “Just Say No” and avoid our nation’s number one killer.
“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity.” — O.W. Holmes, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
— David A. Dubyak