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Death by the US Healthcare System - What you know could save your life

Posted Apr 21 2012 2:01pm

Sometimes it's who you know that matters while other times it is what you know that makes all the difference in life. I have long been an advocate of educated consumers when it comes to health care. Why? Because educated consumers more often than not produce the best health care results. To make my point crystal clear, let's look at what causes deaths in the U.S. from a variety of sources. One well-referenced document that has been circulating on the Internet for almost a decade states, in part, that the number of yearly deaths in the US is 783,936; those deaths being from adverse drug reactions, medical error, bedsores, infection, malnutrition, outpatients, unnecessary procedures and surgery related. This, by any measure, is a conservative estimate in my humble opinion. 

My humble opinion, by the way, includes a number of years when I was employed as a pharmaceutical representative for the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in the world (20th largest in the US at at that time). I can tell you in earnest that most doctors then had no idea where or how to report an adverse reaction from a drug. Self-disclosure: I work with doctors now in a professional capacity and I love them! They work hard and are mostly really, really good people working in a frustrating environment. But I digress. 

Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith PhD are the authors of one paper that I believe was called "Death by Medicine" that outlines the death statistics in great detail, which I originally read back in 2004 or so. You can read their paper all over the internet in full or in part. Here is one link to what I believe is the full paper:

You can also find parts or perhaps all of the paper on the website:

Using the figure of 783,936 annual deaths divided by 365 days equals over 2,147 deaths per day! If these people were loaded onto airplanes at 250 people per plane that would equal 8.5 large airplanes crashing every single day! We are riveted by a plane crash because thankfully they don't happen very often at all. But people die every day in this country by the plane load and we are not in an uproar. Why is that? Well, I'd rather not focus on the why, but what this means to the average US consumer. What this means to the average US consumer is the better educated you are - the better your results.

The more you know the better decisions you can make. Today, more than ever, consumers are looking for natural and non-toxic treatments and therapies. The average consumer is getting savvy to alternative ways to improve their health and well-being. Your involvement in understanding your own (or your child's) health problem could save your life or your child's life. I AM living proof of this. My daughter would not be alive today if not for my involvement, my education, my willingness to get a second opinion with my husband's support and help - of course! Now, how can I help you be a better consumer of health and the health care system? 


Lisa A. Lundy



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