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Media won't investigate medically-caused death numbers

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Imagine a Congressional hearing held before media cameras, with reporters all over the US and Europe ready with shocking articles about one of the leading causes of death --

SENATOR: Sir, I have the numbers in front of me. How can you keep this secret from the public?

FDA COMMISSIONER: It's not a secret, sir. Many experts know about it.

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SENATOR: I'm looking through the trillion-dollar federal budget. I'm looking for the money allocated to fix this horrible situation. Where are those funds?

FDA COMMISSIONER: Nowhere.

I know major media won't investigate medically-caused death numbers, because I've published reports for years, and I've contacted news people with the facts; and nothing happens.

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So we begin with a few citations.

July 26, 2000, Journal of the American Medical Association; author, Dr. Barbara Starfield, revered public health expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; "Is US health really the best in the world?"

Starfield reported that the US medical system kills 225,000 Americans a year. 106,000 as a result of FDA-approved medical drugs, and 119,000 as a result of mistreatment and errors in hospitals. Extrapolate the numbers to a decade: that's 2.25 million deaths. You might want to read that last number again.

I interviewed Starfield in 2009. I asked her whether she was aware of any overall effort by the US government to eliminate this holocaust, and whether she had ever been contacted by any government agency to consult on such an effort. She answered a resounding no to both questions.

Here is another citation: "Anticoagulants cause the most serious adverse events, finds US analysis," BMJ June 7, 2012 (BMJ 2012:344:e3989). Author, Jeanne Lenzer. Lenzer refers to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "It [the Institute] calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing 'serious, disabling, or fatal injuries, including 128,000 deaths.'"

The report called this "one of the most significant perils to humans resulting from human activity."

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The report was compiled by outside researchers who went into the FDA's own database of "serious adverse [medical-drug] events."

Therefore, to say the FDA isn't aware of this finding would be absurd. The FDA knows. The FDA knows and it isn't saying anything about it, because the FDA certifies, as safe and effective, all the medical drugs that are routinely maiming and killing Americans.

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Thanks for calling attention to this issue. I don't want to excuse it. But I do want to point out that the lives saved and the lives lost are intertwined, and pointing this out will be their first line of defense against changing the system.


The answer is that we're not doing things in the safest way. There are incentives for overprescription of drugs. There is, as you point out, a lack of consequences for pharmaceutical companies and for hospitals whose negligence is the root of much of this problem.

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It would be nice to have a breakdown of the most dangerous prescription drugs/medical procedures implicated in the numbers of fatalities and injuries cited in this article. Human frailty being what it is, mishaps will never be eliminated, but certainly a portion of the fatalities could be reduced. An example is when a risky procedure is recommended to a patient when it is either unnecessary or does not improve the survival prospects of the patient, etc.

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Peter, a classmate of my wife in Nurses' Training, Elena

retired shortly ago from the VA center here in Maine where

I go. She often confessed secrets when she visited us. One

I think of often is the tale about old WWII veterans who

were advised by their home private physicians to take an

aspirin a day. When they got to the VA for care, they had

died at the rate of at least six a year because the double

acid effectof acetic and salicylic acids had eaten their stomach

linings and they bled to death. Too late for VA attention.

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Nelson, thanks for telling me, because I take half an asprin a day and a tablespoon of vinegar with a glass of apple juice in the evening. Hard to believe asprin is that bad for you, but I'm all ears.

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It's not as clear as "most dangerous drugs." The drugs that cause the most fatalities are, undoubtedly chemotherapy agents. Doctors are always trying to prescribe the maximum sublethal dose to make sure they "got all the cancer". Depending on your perspective, this is either madness or a rational way to cope with a patient's dire situation.


Statin drugs are usually listed as the class that has saved the most lives of any in history. Yet statins have serious side-effects, and many of us think that the most beneficial thing they do is to damp inflammation. Many herbal anti-inflammatories are available that have fewer side-effects, and maybe they would be a better package than statins. But how can we know? There is a long record with tens of millions of people who have been taking statins for decades, so they are well-studied. By comparison, what we know about curcumin or omega-3 fish oil is based on indirect evidence and sparse statistics. They are probably better, but we can't prove it.

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We would have to take the profit motive out of the healthcare equation to get any positive change. When profit is the driving force, death has no more meaning than the dollars to hush it up.

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Reporting that privatization of healthcare goes against the orthodoxy of capitalism.

As a disabled veteran I have sung the praise of the VA medical system for years, and for years I have been scoffed at by friends, relatives and enemies that are brainwashed that government medical care is inferior.

Like all other government services, the VA is targeted by profiteers determined to privatize it. Just look at all that money the government is spending without someone being able to take a rake is how they look at it.

Just like they have destroyed public education. Take something that is working, break it, then privatize it. Cut wages, cut service, deliver an inferior product and pocket the difference in profit.

The media which is controlled by big corporations and depends on the advertising from other big corporations will not go against the capitalist orthodoxy that evil people doing evil things results in the public good.

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You got that right DW, after serving WWII and Korea I'm

ecstatically happy with what the VA now offers.

Recently the government has replaced the 'old guard' who

had been enjoying the status of seniority at most VA

facilities by hiring new young capable medical staff who

for the most part are military veterans themselves.

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...Take something that is working, break it, then privatize it. Cut wages, cut service, deliver an inferior product and pocket the difference in profit.

David, I would add the US Postal Service to the list.

They've been attacking it for more than 50 years - Yet it still survives - on Life Support - but still delivering thru ever increasing Storms and Fury.

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Important issue but reported incorrectly.

Take anticoagulants for example.

If a person takes one and dies due to bleeding, it is partly 'caused' by the medication. However, the same person, on average, would have died sooner with clot if they were not treated.

Also, the numbers are almost certainly incorrect and blown out of proportion.

Fact is that we are not perfect. Fact is, medicine and medications in general have more lives saved than lost.

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