Medications, medical mistakes, infections in hospitals kill more people than all traffic accidents.
Drug manufacturers, hospitals and doctors make handsome profit from people being sick.
So what is the solution?
Why don’t we try to learn how to stay healthy ? And avoiding medications if possible. And to have a second opinion before doing anything drastic like surgery. And please educate yourselves.
Below is some information for your education.
Pharma Companies Get Rich. Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That’s one person every five minutes. How did we get here?
June 24, 2010
How many people do you know who regularly use a prescription medication? If your social group is like most Americans, the answer is most. Sixty-five percent of the country takes a prescription drug these days. In 2005 alone, we spent $250 billion on them.
More recently, the companies have had their sales reps urge doctors to prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics and other psychiatric meds to children. The result: our kids take more of those medicines than children in other countries. For example, a study last year found that American children take three times more attention deficit medications and antidepressants than children in Europe.
9 out of 10 doctors said they had recently taken something of value from the drug industry. And some of those doctors take hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the industry. The drug companies pay doctors to be their so-called consultants. More Treatment, More Mistakes. A reasonable estimate is that medical mistakes now kill around 200,000 Americans every year. That would make them one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Why have these mistakes been so hard to prevent? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/opinion/more-treatment-more-mistakes.html?_r=0
Infections in hospitals
“The simplest way to say this is that about 100,000 people die each year from infections we give them in the hospital,” says Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins University. “That’s enormous.” The math, he says, is pretty gruesome. Take the two most deadly types of infections hospitals give their patients: infections from ventilators and infections from catheters. Together, those kill 65,000 people a year. There are about 5,000 hospitals in the United States, so statistically, each hospital in the United States gives these deadly infections to one patient every month.
In her column,Maureen Dowd described how her brother went into the hospital with pneumonia and quickly contracted four other infections in the intensive care unit. When she asked a doctor why this was happening, he told her, “It could be anything.” ’”http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/14/the-gruesome-math-of-hospital-infections/
Health care related bankruptcies.
Bankruptcies resulting from unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people this year—making health care the No. 1 cause of such filings, and outpacing bankruptcies due to credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages, according to new data. And even having health insurance doesn’t buffer consumers against financial hardship.http://www.cnbc.com/id/100840148
My dear readers. I realize we get sick sometimes no matter what we do and even if we do all we know how to stay healthy. But I firmly believe that if we learn and follow healthy living practices, the number of medications and hospital visits will be reduced drastically.
And I am not going to loose any sleep over medical mafia diminishing returns.