From FACT Website (March 4, 2010):
Leading experts argue that medical procedures really are the leading cause of death. This study only included properly prescribed medicines, not mistakes. Doctors were proven ten years ago to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, published in JAMA, 7/26/2000 by Dr Barbara Starfield.
This is vital information for patients and doctors to be fully familiar with, as only by knowing the dangers of mainstream medicine can patients form a fully informed consent to use Alternative or Advanced Medicine, as I call it. If they know how serious the side effects of proposed mainstream medicine is they will realize how “doctored” the claims for its benefits are. In other words, just like for mild to moderate depression antidepressants are virtually useless, still they carry serious potential for harm. Yet patients that we treat really improve and have virtually no downside, except there is no insurance coverage in USA for natural medicine, only for toxic medicine that can kill, while the drugs simply mask symptoms, never treating causes, but at least it is “covered”.
Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H)
President, Gordon Research Institute
On July 26, 2000, the US medical community received a titanic shock to the system, when one of its most respected and honored public-health experts, Dr. Barbara Starfield, revealed her findings on healthcare in America.
The landmark Starfield study, “Is US health really the best in the world?”, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, came to the following conclusions:
Every year in the US there are:
- 12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries;
- 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals;
- 20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals;
- 80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals;
- 106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines.
The total of medically-caused deaths in the US every year is 225,000. This makes the medical system the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.
The Starfield study is the most explosive revelation about modern healthcare in America ever published. The credentials of its author and the journal in which it appeared are, within the highest medical circles, impeccable. Yet, on the heels of Starfield’s astonishing findings, although media reporting was extensive, it soon dwindled. No major newspaper or television network mounted an ongoing “Medicalgate” investigation. Neither the US Department of Justice nor federal health agencies undertook prolonged remedial action.
All in all, it seemed that those parties who could have taken effective steps to correct this mind-boggling situation preferred to ignore it.
You can read the full interview and commentary here: