WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
for Thinking People~
(Dr. W.) There is the underlying assumption
among Americans that all of our modernity translates into better
health. A corollary of this logic is that we can live our
lives pretty much as we want because we can always buy a repair.
You know, the car won't start, the TV is broken, the telephone
is dead, no problem. Just call in an expert, spend
some money and all is well.
Same with our health. Our
ticker falters, joints creak or an unwanted growth pops up, no
problem. Buy some modern medical care. If that doesn't
work, it's a problem of money. You know, better insurance,
more hospital funding, more research for the "cure,"
more doctors, better equipment and more technology. Right?
Don't take my word for it.
Listen to the perpetrators themselves. The following is
taken right from the pages of the Journal of the American Medical
Association (July 26, 2000): "Of 13 countries in a
recent comparison, the United States ranks an average of 12th
(second from the bottom)..."
They also report that the U.S.
for low birth weight
for neonatal and infant mortality overall
for post neonatal mortality
for years of potential life lost
for female life expectancy at one year, and next to last for males
for age adjusted mortality
The World Health Organization,
using different indicators, ranked the U.S. 15th among 25 industrialized
nations. (If ranked against "primitive" cultures
eating and living as humans were designed, the whole industrialized
world would be at the bottom of the heap.)
Well, some might say these dismal
results are because of smoking, alcohol, cholesterol and animal
fats. Not so. Countries that ranked higher in these
areas have better overall health according to epidemiological
studies. It's also not due to lack of technology.
The U.S. is, for example, second only to Japan in the number of
magnetic resonance imaging units and computed tomography scanners
per unit of population. Neither can lack of medical personnel
be blamed since the U.S. has the greatest number of employees
per hospital bed in the world.
So what is the problem? Here are
some clues as revealed in the same journal cited above:
deaths per year from unnecessary surgery
deaths per year from medication errors in hospitals
deaths per year from other hospital errors
deaths per year from nosocomial (originating in a hospital) infections
deaths per year from adverse effects of medications
That totals 225,000 deaths per
year, the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and
cancer. Another study – we're talking just hospital related deaths
here – estimates 284,000 deaths per year.
An analysis of outpatient care jumps these figures by 199,000
deaths for a new total of 483,000 medically related deaths per
year. And this assumes all the mistakes are reported.
Think so? If so, would you like to buy some ocean front
property in Arizona?
Why do we not hear more about
this? It is just too difficult to come to grips with
the inevitable – and unbelievable – conclusion:
When all the deaths (not counting the hundreds of thousands who
are maimed or otherwise harmed but don't die) are tallied, medical
intervention is the leading cause of death in our country.
Time to splash some cold water
on the rely-on-modern-medicine inebriation. And remember
folks; the above are just cold numbers. Take any one of
these numbers and humanize it to the real pain, suffering, financial
devastation, grief and family disruption, and each one is a heart
rending story. Something deserving of anyone's deep concern
and sympathy. It is a tragedy of a magnitude unequalled
by anything in human history. And it's repeated every year.
It makes 911, all the deaths in all U.S. wars, deaths by auto,
homicides and everything else pale in comparison.
(I know what you are thinking.
"This can't be true because we live so much longer
today than in the past."
Sorry, wrong again. Average
life expectancy for our population has increased, but that is
only because infant mortality has decreased (see The
Wysong Health Letter, March 2000). Remember, average life
expectancy is an average, not a measure of your individual ability
to live a long life. In fact, longevity, the ability to
live long life, has not changed from earliest actuarial records.
Let me take that back. In the same report cited above,
the U.S. ranking for longevity in the oldest age group was worse
in the 90s than it was in the 80s. And no, we do not live
longer today because medicine has vanquished the great plagues.
These diseases – such as polio, measles, pneumonia, scarlet fever, whooping
cough, influenza, diphtheria, tuberculosis and typhoid – were on the decline before the medical
measure, such as a vaccine or chemotherapeutic, were even introduced.
These diseases were subdued due to better plumbing, hygiene and
food distribution, contrary to the medical propaganda.)
The media should be shouting about this from their broadcast
towers. But there is silence, just reports in obscure-to-the-public
medical and scientific publications. In the meantime, trusting
people keep flocking to the slaughter. From just 1995 to
2002, pharmaceutical sales jumped from $65 billion to over $200
billion. That's about one prescription for each man, woman
and child in the country every month. This escalation in
medical dependency is paralleled in surgeries, lab tests, emergency
room admissions, elective procedures and outpatient visits.
You can do something about it.
Begin today to take control of your own health destiny.
The philosophical paradigm of conventional, allopathic, symptom
based, reductionistic, crisis care, after the fact medicine is
seriously flawed...and very deadly. Good and well meaning
doctors are hamstrung by flawed philosophical premises.
They are crippled every bit as much as those who once believed
in a flat Earth. Trying to achieve health with modern allopathic
medicine is like trying to fix computers with a hammer, just because
that's the only tool you were taught to use or believe in.
Don't wait for the system to change.
Old ideas die too hard. A trillion dollar industry is not
going to be quick in either admitting error or revamping itself.
Your health is at stake. Think prevention and natural
cure. Study, learn, grow, be skeptical, apply, change lifestyle,
be self-reliant – be a thinking person. That's your best road to health.
Let us know how we can help.
That's what we're here for. And share this newsletter with
as many as possible. It's a wake up call that could save
lives and prevent suffering.
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