THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE US?
July 23, 2002
IATROGENIC is a big word meaning a disorder caused by medical personnel or procedures taken place in a medical facility. Iatros means physician and genein means to produce. In other words it would sometimes pay an individual to NOT go to the doctor. The March edition of the Idaho Observer carried a story titled, "Quarter-million doctor-induced deaths annually: Iatrogenocide?" The article states: A generation ago, people trusted their doctors blindly and implicitly. Medicine has now become a multi-billion dollar per year business with little room for compassion. The healthcare market place is not kind and people have lost trust.
A recent article published in the Journal of The American Medical Association showed that in the US there are:
* 12,000 deaths per year from unnecessary surgery
* 7,000 deaths each year from medication errors in hospitals
* 20,000 deaths caused from other errors in hospitals
* 80,000 deaths caused annually from nosocomial infections in hospitals
* 106,000 deaths caused annually from adverse affects of medications
This adds up to a total of nearly a quarter of a million people that die each year due to IATROGENIC causes; third only to heart disease and cancer. Four times as many people die in one year from doctors' mistakes than died in the entire Vietnam War. These are just deaths in hospitalized patients and does not include disabilities and disorders received from IATROGENIC causes.
In Australia, medical error results in as many as 18,000 unnecessary deaths, and more than 50,000 patients become disabled every year. Studies released in the last 10 years show similar trends in the UK, Canada and New Zealand. New Zealand has a large percentage ratio of adverse drug reactions comparable to the US. It should be noted that the US and New Zealand are the only countries that allow aggressive pharmaceutical drug advertisements.
The study quoted in this article only cited hospitalized patients. What of the in-home and outpatient errors? There are more people to consider in these groups and certainly more IATROGENY. Could it be the IATROGENY is the leading cause of death in the US? In the world?
People look at me in disbelief when I tell them that I'm 70 years old and NEVER SEE A DOCTOR. My God meets my every need according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus. I put a lot more faith in Him than I do in the medical professional and He doesn't send a bill that's due by the 10th of the month.
© 2002 Derry Brownfield, All Rights Reserved
Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.
In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site is: http://www.derrybrownfield.com