Due to Modern Medicine: You Are Being Duped, Doped & Dying in America

Drugs From Your Doctor That Induce Suicide, Homicide, Violence, Paranoid Delusions, Mutilation & Other Nightmares

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STUDY: Antidepressants Linked to Higher Rates of Suicide and Self-Harm

Evidence continues to pile up about the serious risks of taking antidepressants, and a new study provides additional proof that these risks extend beyond the popular SSRI class of drugs. A study out of the University of Nottingham links some popular antidepressants to a higher rate of suicide and self-harm among people suffering from depression between the ages of 20 and 64.

While past studies have generally focused on antidepressants from a category known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), this one found that those taking other common antidepressants, such as mirtazapine, trazodone, and venlafaxine (Effexor), had even higher rates of suicide and self-harm than those taking SSRIs, which have also been connected to such outcomes.

Moreover, the researchers found that suicide and self-harm rates were the highest during the first 28 days of taking the antidepressants, and the effect remained 28 days after discontinuing the treatment.

The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, involved 238,963 patients who had been clinically diagnosed with depression. The lead researcher, Dr. Carol Coupland, is calling for more studies into this connection and is urging doctors to consider these risks when prescribing antidepressants. She also suggests that doctors monitor patients very carefully within the first 28 days of starting antidepressants and 28 days after stopping the treatment.

The researchers caution people taking these drugs who are concerned about these results not to suddenly stop taking their medications without first seeking medical advice as the effects do continue even after quitting the drugs.

Unfortunately, doctors are prescribing antidepressants in greater numbers than ever, which means more and more people are being placed at risk of suicide or self-harm unnecessarily, not to mention the fact that many of the people behind high-profile mass shootings in recent years were on antidepressants at the time of their rampage. Doctors give these drugs out not only for depression but also many other medical problems, including insomnia, chronic pain, and migraines. In fact, the CDC reports that 11 percent of teenagers and adults are taking antidepressants. The risk of suicide and violent behavior is higher in everyone who takes antidepressants, not just those who have depression.

Even if your depression is so bad you are willing to take a chance with these harmful drugs, it’s important to keep in mind that many of them have been proven to be ineffective anyway. A study published in The Lancet found that only one out of 14 antidepressants – fluoxetine –worked better than a placebo. That study also noted a higher risk of suicidal attempts and thoughts among people taking venlafaxine than five other antidepressants. With more than half of all antidepressant studies being funded by Big Pharma, it’s important to seek out unbiased studies to learn the truth and avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk.

Nevertheless, depression remains a very serious problem that affects many Americans, and it does need to be dealt with. While antidepressants are generally not a safe and effective solution, there are plenty of other ways to deal with depression that will not put your mental or physical health at risk. Talk therapy can be an effective way for people to equip themselves with the tools needed to cope with their feelings throughout their entire lifetime. Meditation and yoga have also been shown to help relieve depression. Eating a clean diet and working out regularly can also make a difference.

Sources include:
Nottingham.AC.uk
NaturalNews.com


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National Alliance for Rx Drug Addiction Survivors (NARDAS)

NARDAS is an alliance that we have recently formed that will:

  1. Bring Awareness to the dangers Rx Drug Addiction

  2. Educate patients on physician induced addiction (Iatrogenic Addiction) which is the #1 cause of preventable accidental death in the US right now

  3. Advocate for those affected

  4. Provide support to it’s victims and their families

  5. Educate doctors about prescription drug addiction and detox

  6. Offer alternative methods of dealing with pain, anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, etc

  7. Encourage detox to those affected

  8. Organize a Membership so members can bring awareness to their communities

  9. Alert people to the dangers of Rx drugs, resulting damage to the body and mind and  the dangers of withdrawal

  10. Encourage safe medically supervised detoxification in a hospital or detox facility

  11. Prevent the initiation of addictive medications

  12. Educate in natural alternative therapies

  13. Arrange online meetings for discussion groups

Holding doctors criminally accountable for the forced addiction of innocent and trusting patients, MUST HAPPEN. Doctors are medical professionals to whom you go to for healing – not further suffering that leads to an untimely death.

Among a host of other major health problems, here are just a few that come from addictive and dangerous Rx drugs:
1) addiction will quickly happen (usually in approximately 2 weeks)
2) the torment of increasing episodes of withdrawal, requiring more drugs and increased dosages which = more side effects
3) inexplicable and bizarre physical and mental symptoms will always occur that they won’t tell you the drugs are responsible for. Rather, they put you through extensive, expensive and unnecessary testing for diseases that don’t exist, after which they give you and more addictive and psychotropic medications that further endanger your physical and emotional health
4) stroke, heart attacks, seizures, psychosis, hallucinations, mental ‘illness’ that is simply a result of the drugs’ side effects
5) an untimely preventable ‘accidental’ death

About these drugs and their effect on you and your psyche:
They’re lethal. Their harm far outweighs their short lived ‘good’. They will romance you for a short time until it begins to destroy and ultimately end your life – slowly, and with the panic of terror. You will be dumbed down and your existence is all about having the drugs and getting the drugs. The suffering is beyond belief. Some of the side effects of particular drugs will last a lifetime. All too many lose their lives. There is no respect of person, age, sex, or position in life. When doctors prescribe these dangerous drugs, they are now giving them to man, woman and child.

Many of these dangerous drugs cause you to feel a euphoria that stops you remembering past hurts and emotional pain. That NEVER lasts… it’s only temporary and will eventually bite you. Most victims of Rx drug addiction enter into it innocently because they trust their doctor. It’s a betrayal like no other. I term it a chemical rape! It is an UNINTENTIONAL drug addiction. Much like any addiction, it takes hostages of the victim and the people who love them. There is no eye in this storm; you need God Himself to lead you out and bring you to safety.

The short term and seemingly quick fix for you, produces a long term high income for your greedy doctor. The death toll is currently up to a staggering 783,936 innocent victims this past year – in the US alone. The suffering is well beyond these numbers. Left behind are grieving loved ones who feel unspeakable guilt that they should have known what they couldn’t have known at the time. Parents find their cold and lifeless kids bodies, foaming at the mouth on the bed in the home and bedroom they designed for their comfort, security and joy. Children can’t find the mom or dad they used to know as loving and caring – due to the effect the drug has on them, or, due to death. The personality of people become buried. These victims are criticized for their ‘drug seeking behavior and doctor shopping’ when doctors fully understand that they HAVE NO CHOICE in order to stop the torture of withdrawal. Everyone who becomes addicted to prescription drugs is owned by their addiction. They have little to no time for their careers, children, activities of daily living, their friends, or their families whom they once cherished. Everything falls apart.

What can be done? Together, we need to work cohesively, from the bottom up rather than from the top down. Why? It’s because Big Pharma and Big Med have become too powerful and are untouchable at this point. So, we educate you, the people, on how to never allow doctors to addict you. We help and support those addicted as to ways on how to get out and stay out. We offer alternative suggestions for ways to manage life’s challenges that got you there in the first place. We give support and comfort to the grieving loved ones left behind. Everyone is given a chance to tell their story or to speak on behalf of your loved one who lost their life. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE BECAUSE THERE IS AN ABUSE OF POWER THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAD IN THE FIRST PLACE. It can change when you hit doctors where it hurts more – their wallets!  If you’ve been injured by an addiction give to you by your doctor, or, a loved one has died of an accidental prescription drug overdose, please contact a malpractice attorney today.

Need HELP? Call my appointment hotline at 406-407-7179 for a FREE discussion on how we can help you. Going forward, there is never a set fee.. only a donation of any size that you can easily afford. We are a non-profit corporation set up to bring some sanity to your life and to help you through that dark tunnel and back into the Light. Until our alternative rahab is completed, which is a Bible based Christian Retreat for those who have problems with addiction, we continue to support you and coach you by phone, Skype, text and email. There is Victory over Rx Drug Addiction. It can only come through the one and only true Living God… Jesus Christ Himself!

May the Lord give you the wisdom and strength to make the right decision in taking the road of joining us. Change must happen. Together we can see this through.

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Does This Sound Like You?

Today, I want to have a super serious talk with you.

You have chronic pain.  You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and in pain all the time.  You want a quick fix and natural remedies seem just to hard to research.  So, you made an appointment with your doctor.  After your visit, you came home with a prescription.  Maybe it was Hydrocodone, Percocet, Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Norco, Vicodin, Codeine, Morphine, Methadone, or another prescription branded or generic painkiller that is of the class of Opiates.  You waited at the pharmacy for too long for a prescription that may or may not help.  In any case, you waited… and waited… and waited. The moment finally came when the pharm tech looked at you and said, “your prescription is ready”.

You drove home and had a bite to eat. You figured you should put a little food in your tummy before taking your new pills.  You stressed a bit over how they would affect your stomach, but never considered what they could do to your mind or the rest of your vital organs.  After coffee, you swallowed that little pill.  Then, after around 20 minutes, WOW!!!  You felt that warm, indescribable, pleasurable feeling of your mind swimmingly relaxing.  It was a rush like no other.  You were no longer a citizen of earth.  You were now ethereal.  You had transcended to what seemed like another place and time.  It was wonderful… or so it seemed. You may even have thought it was better than sex!  You are now untouchable. Nothing can hurt you.  No one could ever annoy you.  Your problems melted away. Memories were left behind. Nothing else mattered. All power rested in one little pill that could change the life you once had known to a far greater state of existence.

The prescription initially said to take 1-2 as needed, not to exceed 6 per day. BUT… after a few months… maybe a year, that wasn’t doing it anymore.  That amazing one of a kind ‘feeling’ was leaving.  There was no leaving the planet any longer unless you waited a few extra hours for your next dose; however, you couldn’t usually wait those extra hours for that high because you began to get sick.  You now were starting to feel very anxious… agitated… uncomfortable when you didn’t take your pills every 4 hours.  You couldn’t do the 6 hour thing any longer;  that was way too long.  You just couldn’t wait for your next monthly doctor’s appointment, so you called and scheduled a sooner visit.  You told your doc that these pills had once helped but now they really don’t any longer; what could you do?  So, your physician either increased your dose or added another pill to your pain medication regime. Next visit it’s another pill… then another… a higher dose… a muscle relaxant… an antidepressant because now you are depressed… some Xanax or Ativan because the anxiety you now have is unbearable… an additional antidepressant… an anti-psychotic because now you’re have delusions.. and on and on and on. The doc may say, “I think you may need to see a psychiatrist because your chronic pain is causing emotional issues”.  He never once told you it’s the pills.  Why should he?  After all, it’s ongoing visits with you that he bills your insurance for.  You’re a steady ‘customer’ now and he couldn’t give that up.  But, you don’t think of it that way because you trust him.  After all, he’s the doctor; he would never hurt me.  He took an oath to “do no harm”!!!

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You’ve stopped feeling good from those pills.  You’re chasing the high that you can’t seem to get back.  Where did that feeling go?  You take them because if you don’t, you feel the horrors of withdrawal.  You now find yourself counting them to make sure you have enough just in case.  Someone may be warning you that maybe you need to find a way to quit taking these; however, that ‘someone’ is now your enemy because you’re determined that no one will take those pills away from you.  You threaten  your wife or husband to shut up about quitting or you’ll leave. Your #1, #2 and #3 priorities in life are now to go to the doctor, get to the pharmacy in any and all weather, take the pills and count the pills everyday… maybe more than once a day. You’re missing days at work.  You can’t seem to drum up the energy to go anywhere with your spouse, kids or friends.  You’re sleeping longer and more often.  You call it napping… not a potential impending overdose.  You’re starting to shut everyone and everything out.  You are becoming confused… eating more or eating less… feeling more anxious… getting more depressed… having heartburn… constipation can’t be resolved no matter what… you’re confused… food doesn’t taste the same… you’re starting to have a rapid heartbeat with palpitations… concentrating on anything is a thing of the past… maybe a little urinary incontinence is going on… you’re irritable and angry… etc, etc, etc.  It can’t be the pills, you say to yourself. So, you make a doctor’s appointment with new problems and even the doctor is confused so he sends you for tests to see what’s wrong because he won’t admit it’s those pills either.  You feel validated because it can’t be the pills if the doctor doesn’t think it is.  Life becomes a vicious cycle of doctor visits… more pills… more problems.  Is this YOU?  If it is, let’s have an honest and safe talk about what’s going on with you. It won’t cost you anything and I’ll spend an hour with you on the phone or Skype.  Email me below.  You just may have reached the point when there may be no tomorrow. What are you waiting for?  It’s only going to get far worse.  Ultimately you can suffer seizures, heart attack, stroke, coma and death by accidental overdose. Rx drug addiction is generally an accidental addiction and happens at any age and to men and women alike.  Most are hard working focus driven people. Please don’t wait.

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The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants

Article below by Peter R Breggin, MD (Psychiatrist)

On March 22 the FDA issued an extraordinary “Public Health Advisory” that cautioned about the risks associated with the whole new generation of antidepressants including Prozac and its knock offs, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, and Lexapro, as well as Wellbutrin, Effexor, Serzone, and Remeron. The warning followed a public hearing where dozens of family members and victims testified about suicide and violence committed by individuals taking these medications.

While stopping short of concluding the antidepressants definitely cause suicide, the FDA warned that they might do so in a small percentage of children and adults. In the debate over drug-induced suicide, little attention has been given to the FDA’s additional warning that certain behaviors are “known to be associated with these drugs,” including “anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania.”

From agitation and hostility to impulsivity and mania, the FDA’s litany of antidepressant-induced behaviors is identical to that of PCP, methamphetamine and cocaine—drugs known to cause aggression and violence. These older stimulants and most of the newer antidepressants cause similar effects as a result of their impact on a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin.

For more than a decade, I have documented in books and scientific reports how this stimulation or activation profile can lead to out-of-control behavior, including violence. Indeed, the FDA’s conclusions seem drawn from my recent detailed review of Breggin Antidepressant Column, p. 2 studies pertaining to abnormal behavior produced by

the newer antidepressants: “Suicidality, violence and mania caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): A review and analysis” published in the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 16: 31-49, 2003/2004 (The complete text of the peer-reviewed article appears on this website). I made a similar analysis in my most recent book on the subject, The Antidepressant Fact Book (2002, Perseus Books).

As a psychiatrist and as a medical expert, I have examined dozens of cases of individuals who have committed suicide or violent crimes while under the influence of the newer antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox and Celexa. In June in South Carolina, Christopher Pittman will go on trial for shooting his grandparents to death while they slept. Chris was twelve when his family doctor started him on Zoloft.

Three weeks later the doctor doubled his dose and one week later Chris committed the violent acts. In other cases, a fourteen-year-old girl on Prozac fired a pistol pointblank at a friend but the gun failed to go off, and a teenage boy on Zoloft beat to death an elderly woman who complained to him about his loud music. A greater number of cases involve adults who lost control of themselves while taking antidepressants. In at least two cases judges have found individuals not guilty on the basis of involuntary intoxication with psychiatric drugs and other cases have resulted in reduced charges, lesser convictions, or shortened sentences.

The FDA includes mania in its list of known antidepressant effects. Manic individuals can become violent, especially when they are thwarted, and they can also “crash” into depression and suicidal states. They can carry out elaborate but grandiose and doomed plans. One clinical trial showed a rate of 6% manic reactions for depressed Breggin Antidepressant Column, p. 3 children on Prozac. None developed mania on a sugar pill.

Even in short-term clinical trials, 1% or more of depressed adults develop mania compared to a small fraction on the sugar pill.

Although it is difficult to determine the rate at which the antidepressants cause relatively uncommon tragedies such as suicide and violence, we do know that they cause stimulant effects such as irritability and agitation in a large percentage of patients, often a third or more. Doctors who fail to recognize these reactions as drug-induced may mistakenly increase the dose of the antidepressant with disastrous results. Little will be lost by minimizing the use of the newer antidepressants. While there is strong evidence that they cause suicide, there is no convincing evidence that they can prevent it. Many older antidepressants cause less stimulation and are equally or more effective in head-to-head clinical trials. Beyond that, a number of meta-analyses drawing data from multiple studies have shown that antidepressants are no better than a sugar pill. People who are depressed often respond to placebo because it gives them hope. Severe depression is essentially a feeling of profound hopelessness and despair that can best be addressed by a variety of psychotherapeutic, educational, and spiritual or religious interventions.

Unfortunately, there are also risks involved with stopping antidepressants. Many can cause withdrawal reactions that last days and sometimes longer, causing some patients to feel depressed, suicidal or even violent. Stopping antidepressants should be done carefully and with experienced clinical supervision.

As a first step in responding to this public health threat, we should follow the example of Great Britain whose drug safety agency recently banned the use of many of Breggin Antidepressant Column, p. 4 these drugs in children. Beyond that, the FDA and the medical profession mustn forthrightly educate potential patients and the public about the sometimes life-threatening risks associated with the use of antidepressant medications.

Source: http://breggin.com/the-proven-dangers-of-antidepressants/

Copyright 2004 by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. This column may be reproduced without permission provided proper attribution is given to the author.

Why do you need HELP NOW for your Rx Drug Addiction?

Why come to ToGiveYouHope.com for Online Help with your Rx Drug Addiction?

  1. Affordability: We will work with you for a donation of any size whatsoever. No one should ever have to die from an addiction simply because they can’t pay! Our only reason for any donation at all is Accountability; we have found that if you don’t pay something, whether it be a product or service, it’s value is greatly minimized and it becomes unappreciated.
  2. Flexibility: Your schedule is important and we understand this. Rx drug addiction is ‘different’ in that you are probably trying to lead a normal life despite your dependence on Rx Drugs. That said, let’s make it happen according to your lifestyle.
  3. Simplicity: We work with you in different ways according to what works when you need us. We work with you by Phone, Text, Audio Messaging, Video Conferencing, and/or Chatting. It’s your recovery… your choice.
  4. Confidentiality: Addiction is private matter and so is recovery. It’s no one’s business but your own.
  5. Convenience: We don’t believe you need to be ‘warehoused’ somewhere. While facility/hospital detox is necessary to safely clean your body of those nasty prescription drugs, in our opinion, ‘warehousing’ you in a facility for 6 months or more is complete insanity. You don’t need punishment, you need healing.
  6. Methodology: Our methodology is via very specified Christian life coaching by certified coaches, Biblical counseling, Mentoring, Teaching and showing you how Paying it Forward will keep you moving forward. We have also have added sound health coaching to our toolbox. We firmly believe that the fuel (food & liquids) that you put into your body keeps your mind and body running smoothly. We show you what to consume and what not to consume for optimal health and healing.
  7. Permanent Healing: We do NOT subscribe to the disease theory of addiction as it’s only a theory which has never been able to be proven. We believe addiction to be a temporary spiritual and emotional problem that has a very permanent and everlasting solution. When it’s over, it’s over.

The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants

The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants
by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.


On March 22 the FDA issued an extraordinary “Public Health Advisory” that cautioned about the risks associated with the whole new generation of antidepressants including Prozac and its knock offs, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, and Lexapro, as well as Wellbutrin, Effexor, Serzone, and Remeron. The warning followed a public hearing where dozens of family members and victims testified about suicide and violence committed by individuals taking these medications.

While stopping short of concluding the antidepressants definitely cause suicide, the FDA warned that they might do so in a small percentage of children and adults. In the debate over drug-induced suicide, little attention has been given to the FDA’s additional warning that certain behaviors are “known to be associated with these drugs,” including “anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania.”

From agitation and hostility to impulsivity and mania, the FDA’s litany of antidepressant-induced behaviors is identical to that of PCP, methamphetamine and cocaine—drugs known to cause aggression and violence. These older stimulants and most of the newer antidepressants cause similar effects as a result of their impact on a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin.
For more than a decade, I have documented in books and scientific reports how this stimulation or activation profile can lead to out-of-control behavior, including violence. Indeed, the FDA’s conclusions seem drawn from my recent detailed review of Breggin Antidepressant Column, p. 2 studies pertaining to abnormal behavior produced by the newer antidepressants: “Suicidality, violence and mania caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): A review and analysis” published in the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 16: 31-49, 2003/2004 (The complete text of the peer-reviewed article appears on this website). I made a similar analysis in my most recent book on the subject, The Antidepressant Fact Book (2002, Perseus Books).

As a psychiatrist and as a medical expert, I have examined dozens of cases of individuals who have committed suicide or violent crimes while under the influence of the newer antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox and Celexa. In June in South Carolina, Christopher Pittman will go on trial for shooting his grandparents to death while they slept. Chris was twelve when his family doctor started him on Zoloft.

Three weeks later the doctor doubled his dose and one week later Chris committed the violent acts. In other cases, a fourteen-year-old girl on Prozac fired a pistol pointblank at a friend but the gun failed to go off, and a teenage boy on Zoloft beat to death an elderly woman who complained to him about his loud music. A greater number of cases involve adults who lost control of themselves while taking antidepressants. In at least two cases judges have found individuals not guilty on the basis of involuntary intoxication with psychiatric drugs and other cases have resulted in reduced charges, lesser convictions, or shortened sentences.

The FDA includes mania in its list of known antidepressant effects. Manic individuals can become violent, especially when they are thwarted, and they can also “crash” into depression and suicidal states. They can carry out elaborate but grandiose and doomed plans. One clinical trial showed a rate of 6% manic reactions for depressed Breggin Antidepressant Column, p. 3 children on Prozac. None developed mania on a sugar pill. Even in short-term clinical trials, 1% or more of depressed adults develop mania compared to a small fraction on the sugar pill.

Although it is difficult to determine the rate at which the antidepressants cause relatively uncommon tragedies such as suicide and violence, we do know that they cause stimulant effects such as irritability and agitation in a large percentage of patients, often a third or more. Doctors who fail to recognize these reactions as drug-induced may mistakenly increase the dose of the antidepressant with disastrous results. Little will be lost by minimizing the use of the newer antidepressants. While there is strong evidence that they cause suicide, there is no convincing evidence that they can prevent it. Many older antidepressants cause less stimulation and are equally or more effective in head-to-head clinical trials. Beyond that, a number of meta-analyses drawing data from multiple studies have shown that antidepressants are no better than a sugar pill. People who are depressed often respond to placebo because it gives them hope. Severe depression is essentially a feeling of profound hopelessness and despair that can best be addressed by a variety of psychotherapeutic, educational, and spiritual or religious interventions.

Unfortunately, there are also risks involved with stopping antidepressants. Many can cause withdrawal reactions that last days and sometimes longer, causing some patients to feel depressed, suicidal or even violent. Stopping antidepressants should be done carefully and with experienced clinical supervision.

As a first step in responding to this public health threat, we should follow the example of Great Britain whose drug safety agency recently banned the use of many of Breggin Antidepressant Column, p. 4 these drugs in children. Beyond that, the FDA and the medical profession must forthrightly educate potential patients and the public about the
sometimes life-threatening risks associated with the use of antidepressant medications.

Copyright 2004 by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. This column may be reproduced without permission provided proper attribution is given to the author.

Medical Care is now the Number 1 Cause of Death in the US

by Dr. Mercola

The latest data on the leading causes of deathi in the United States has been released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The report, which is based on 2010 data, lists the 10 leading causes of death as follows:

  1. Diseases of the heart
  2. Cancer
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  4. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. Diabetes mellitus
  8. Nephritis, nephritic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
  9. Influenza and pneumonia
  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)

In an analysis, 24/7 Wall St. determined that the costs to the economy for these top 10 causes, including not only direct medical care but also the indirect loss of productivity, amounts to a whopping $1.1 trillion!

However, there is one leading cause of death that was left off of this list, and when that is factored in the costs to the economy, and the death toll itself, is actually even higher.

The CDC Left Conventional Medical Care Off of Their Death List — It Should be #1

Over a decade ago, Professor Bruce Pomerance of the University of Toronto concluded that properly prescribed and correctly taken pharmaceutical drugs were the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. More recently, an article authored in two parts by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith, PhD, describes in excruciating detail how the modern conventional American medical system has bumbled its way into becoming the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

From medical errors to adverse drug reactions to unnecessary procedures, heart disease, cancer deaths and infant mortality, the authors took statistics straight from the most respected medical and scientific journals and investigative reports by the Institutes of Medicine (IOM), and showed that on the whole, American medicine caused more harm than good.

In 2010 (the same year from which the CDC data came), years after the original article was written, an analysis in theNew England Journal of Medicineii piqued my interest – as the researchers found that, despite efforts to improve patient safety in the past few years, the health care system hasn’t changed much at all.

Instead, 18 percent of patients were harmed by medical care (some repeatedly) and over 63 percent of the injuries could have been prevented. In nearly 2.5 percent of these cases, the problems caused or contributed to a person’s death. In another 3 percent, patients suffered from permanent injury, while over 8 percent experienced life-threatening issues, such as severe bleeding during surgery.

In all there were over 25 injuries per 100 admissions! In my update to the original Death by Medicine article, you can get an idea of just how deadly the conventional medical care system actually is:

  • In a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, study authors said that in looking over recordsiii that spanned from 1976 to 2006 (the most recent year available) they found that, of 62 million death certificates, almost a quarter-million deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors.
  • An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year.
  • The costs of adverse drug reactionsiv to society are more than $136 billion annually — greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care.
  • Adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in 1 of 5 hospital patients.
  • The reason there are so many adverse drug eventsv in the U.S. is because so many drugs are used and prescribed – and many patients receive multiple prescriptions at varying strengths, some of which may counteract each other or cause more severe reactions when combined.

How Many Deaths by Medicine are Disguised as Other Causes?

Another issue is just how many “accidents” or “suicides” are actually the result of accidental drug overdoses. Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing — and this is according to the CDC’s own datavi.

In 2009, there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related visitsvii to U.S. emergency rooms nationwide, with more than half due to adverse reactions to prescription medications – most of which were being taken exactly as prescribedviii.

Further, between 2001 and 2008, there was a 36 percent increase in hospital admissionsix, and a 28 percent increase in emergency room visits, among children 5 and younger who had accidentally ingested medication. ER visits for ingestion of prescription opioid painkillers, such as Oxycodone, increased 101 percent! So it is unclear how many deaths from accidental drug overdose are classified as accidents or suicides.

The 9th and 11th Top Killers Might Also be Linked to Medical Care

The 11th leading cause of death according to the CDC is septicemia (sometimes called blood poisoning), which is bacteria in your bloodstream that is often caused by an infection in your body — an infection that is often acquired in the hospital! A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicinex showed that sepsis and pneumonia caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 patients and ramped up health care costs by over $8 billion in 2006. The study also found that 20 percent of people who developed sepsis died; 11 percent of those who developed pneumonia died.

Pneumonia is the 9th leading cause of death, and in some cases may again be related to the high risk of acquiring an infection should you enter the hospital.

A different study in 2006 showed that “central-line-associated” bloodstream infectionsxi caused by catheters placed directly into veins resulted in a $26,839 loss for each patient that came down with this type of hospital-acquired infection. This same study estimated that 2 million people come down with hospital-acquired infections of any type in every year, and that approximately 100,000 die from those infections. Despite their high death toll, hospital-acquired infections make no appearance in the CDC’s report.

Most of the Leading Causes of Death are Preventable

Most chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are largely preventable with simple lifestyle changes. Even infectious diseases like the flu can often be warded off by a healthy way of life.

Imagine the lowered death toll, not to mention costs to the economy, if more people decided to take control of their health … heart disease and cancer alone accounted for 47 percent of deaths in the United States in 2010, and there are many strategies you can implement to lower your risk of these diseases … and most of the leading causes of death in the United States.

The added bonus to this is that the healthier you are, the less you will need to rely on conventional medical care, which is a leading cause of death. So what does a “healthy lifestyle” entail?

  • Proper Food Choices

For a comprehensive guide on which foods to eat and which to avoid, see my nutrition plan. Generally speaking, you should be looking to focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods (vegetables, meats, raw dairy, nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local sources, such as a small organic farm not far from your home.

For the best nutrition and health benefits, you will want to eat a good portion of your food raw. Personally, I aim to eat about 80-85 percent of my food raw, including raw eggs and humanely raised organic animal products that have not been raised on a CAFO (confined animal feeding operation).

Nearly as important as knowing which foods to eat more of is knowing which foods to avoid, and topping the list is fructose. Sugar, and fructose in particular, acts as a toxin in and of itself, and as such drive multiple disease processes in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a major cause of accelerated aging.

  • Comprehensive Exercise Program, including High-Intensity Exercise like Peak Fitness

Even if you’re eating the healthiest diet in the world, you still need to exercise to reach the highest levels of health, and you need to be exercising effectively, which means including not only core-strengthening exercises, strength training, and stretching but also high-intensity activities into your rotation. High-intensity interval-type training boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength and vigor. I’ve discussed the importance of Peak Fitness for your health on numerous occasions, so for more information, please review this previous article.

  • Stress Reduction and Positive Thinking

You cannot be optimally healthy if you avoid addressing the emotional component of your health and longevity, as your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease — from heart disease and depression, to arthritis and cancer. Effective coping mechanisms are a major longevity-promoting factor in part because stress has a direct impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely every day. Meditation, prayer, social support and exercise are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium.

  • Proper Sun Exposure to Optimize Vitamin D

We have long known that it is best to get your vitamin D from sun exposure, and if at all possible, I strongly urge you to make sure you’re getting out in the sun on a daily basis. Vitamin D plays an important role in preventing numerous illnesses ranging from cancer to the flu.

The important factor when it comes to vitamin D is your serum level, which should ideally be between 50-70 ng/ml year-round. Sun exposure or a safe tanning bed is the preferred method for optimizing vitamin D levels, but a vitamin D3 supplement can be used as a last resort. Most adults need about 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D a day to achieve serum levels above 40 ng/ml, which is still just below the minimum recommended serum level of 50 ng/ml.

  • High Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats

Animal-based omega-3 fat like krill oil is a strong factor in helping people live longer, and many experts believe that it is likely the predominant reason why the Japanese are the longest lived race on the planet.

  • Avoid as Many Chemicals, Toxins, and Pollutants as Possible

This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.

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Source:  24/7 Wall St. January 18, 2012

Source:  National Vital Statistics Reports January 11, 2012, Volume 60, Number 4

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