Medical Mistakes took 7.8 Million Lives

What happened? At the turn of the 20th Century (1900 A.D.) the leading causes of death were infectious diseases, tuberculosis, pneumonia and syphilis. After the turn of the 20th century, Cancer, Heart Disease and other chronic ailments became the leading causes of death.

Improvements in public sanitation, personal hygiene and year-round access to fresh produce can explain the decline in deaths from infectious disease. But what explains the meteoric rise in death from chronic diseases throughout the 20th century and into the 21st?

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The most comprehensive report on the state of U.S. healthcare ever conducted shows that organized medicine has killed 7,841,360 Americans in the last 10 years. “Our estimated 10-year total of 7.8 million iatrogenic [doctor-induced] deaths is more than all the casualties from all the wars fought by the U.S. throughout its entire history,” commented the Nutrition Institute of America (NIA), in its report, “Death By Medicine” (Oct., 2003).

The concept of the report was prompted by the fact that, while conventional medicine kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, government regulators attempt to ban and restrict the use of vitamins and herbs that kill no one.

Incidentally, the report, which resulted from the compilation and analysis of 94 U.S. hospitals and hundreds of medical journal articles, determined that medical error causes an astounding 783,936 deaths per year (and still growing). “It is evident that the American medical system is itself the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S.,” the authors observed.

The purpose of the report was to memorialize the total failure of the American medical system and to “provide the basis for competent and compassionate medical professionals to recognize the inadequacies of today’s system and at least attempt to institute meaningful reforms,” wrote the editors of Life Extension magazine. Life Extension has posted the entirety of the NIA report at its website. This report should be read by everyone who has been or is currently hospitalized or being treated with “conventional” medicine. As more people become aware of the magnitude of the problem, they will become more empowered to take charge of their own health.

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