RISK OF DEATH AT THE HANDS OF DOCTORS
A physician friend sent the following to me regarding accidental deaths:
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.
However, JAMA published a rather damning expose` on the American medical establishment in the year 2000:
• 12,000 — unnecessary surgery
• 7,000 — medication errors in hospitals
• 20,000 — other errors in hospitals
• 80,000 — infections in hospitals
• 106,000 — non-error, negative effects of drugs
These total to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic (doctor induced) causes!! Accidental deaths per physician – 0.321.
Statistics courtesy of the journal of the organization (AMA) that has made drug based medicine the paradigm of this era.
(Journal American Medical Association July 26, 2000;284(4):483-5)
My friend added the following:
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.
(Yes, that’s 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .0000188
Statistics courtesy of FBI
Please don’t take this as any indication of my personal feeling about guns. My friend was merely a comparing of the risk of “accidental” death at the hands of your local doctor vs. one who keeps a weapon for self-defense. Please note the news frenzy when there is an accidental death at the hands of a gun. Then consider that your risk of “accidental” death at the hands of your conventional doctor is approximately 17,074 times higher than your risk of accidental firearm death. Yes, SEVENTEEN THOUSAND TIMES HIGHER! This page will continually discuss reasons for this.
The late Robert Mendelssohn, MD, was author of “Confessions of a Medical Heretic, and a former chairman of the Illinois State Licensing Board. He reported that in Israel in 1973 the doctors went on strike. They reduced their daily patient contact from 65,000 to 7,000. During that month long strike, the death rate dropped 50%. Can you imagine the financial stress on undertakers during the doctors’ strike? Similar results occurred during a strike 20 years before.
And there are those who wish to ban guns to prevent deaths. Hmmmm. I have a different conclusion considering the above. The best and fastest way to cull the death rate, and save LOTS of money at the same time, would be a general boycott of conventional medicine. Mendelssohn is quoted as having stated: . . . 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.
Folks, I have been in both worlds, having been schooled and highly trained at one of the world’s finest allopathic medical schools – UCSF. I became very depressed and almost quit at the end of my third year simply observing there what Dr. Mendelssohn was speaking about, and I knew nothing of him at the time. I asked myself how I could become a pimp for Pharma chemicals and had no answer. That depression is what led me to the path I have taken today.
Your Medical Servant,
Robert J. Rowen MD