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Doctors are Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm

Doctors -- who we all revere and perhaps even idolize for their alleged ability to make us well -- are, in fact, responsible for some 250,000 deaths per year in the U.S.

Thanks to Dr. Joseph Mercola, who runs the wildly popular website, for pointing out this horrifying statistic, which was cited in the revered Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

This "is the best article I have ever seen written in the published literature documenting the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm," Dr. Mercola says of the study, headed up by Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

In discussing how the US health care system may contribute to poor health, Dr. Starfield cites the following figures:

  • 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(!)

See Dr. Mercola's intriguing commentary.

Pretty frightening, isn't it?

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