“The American medical system is the number one killer in the United States.”
That’s the provocative claim made in this video produced by Mercola.com, the online home of wellness expert and bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola.
But the video, titled “The Death of Blind Faith,” backs up its words with some sobering statistics. It lays 8 million deaths in one decade at the feet of conventional medicine — more than the combined American deaths in every war the nation has ever fought.
“Do you have faith in conventional medicine?” the video asks. “How long can you turn a blind eye to the Truth?”
The film points out that 7,000 patients die each year because of sloppy handwriting while 1.5 million are hurt by preventable medication mistakes. There are 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures annually, and at least 106,000 deaths from adverse reactions to drugs.
In fact, over half of the people in the United States have been given medical treatment unnecessarily, or 50,000 people per day. Out of all Americans, 42 percent have been affected by a medical mistake, and 84 percent know someone who has been.
When patients do have adverse reactions to drugs, the video claims, only 6 percent are properly identified; instead, doctors blame the patent’s illness by improperly diagnosing new symptoms, and prescribe more unnecessary procedures and medications to combat them. The kicker? The reactions are often known side effects. They are expected to occur in a certain percentage of patients. It’s the price of doing business with the modern medical system.
And it’s getting worse. In the last five years, the video states, the mortality rate for people between 45 and 64 who took their drugs correctly rose 90 percent.
“Modern medicine is no longer about health,” the video declares. “It is a for-profit disease industry that can only survive if millions of people get sick, and stay that way.”
“It’s an industry that refuses to consider vitally important aspects of health, like how stress lowers the immune system,” it continues, “how processed foods, alcohol, excessive calories and insufficient exercise are recipes for disease; how exposure to the tens of thousands of toxins in our environment, and in our food supply, have direct links to the illnesses you suffer.”
Indeed, Americans spend 90 percent of their food budgets on unhealthy options like processed food and soda, which contributes to a 33 percent diabetes or pre-diabetes rate, a 66 percent overweight rate and a 50 percent obesity rate.
Our solution? Toxic medications that further degrade people’s health and make them reliant on a perpetual financial relationship with pharmaceutical companies.
Meanwhile, the industry is getting rich. Pfizer was the most profitable company in the Fortune 500 listing as of 2001, netting a healthy $7.8 billion.
That’s money coming out of our pockets. Health care spending topped $2 trillion in 2006. Despite that massive sum, the performance of our medical system is unarguably sub-par. Yet people return to the doctors and pharmacies over and over again, feeling like they have no other choice but to turn over their hard earned cash for dubious medical interventions.
Although the video was published in 2007, the information continues to be relevant as medical and pharmaceutical profits increase significantly year after year. According to the accounting and financial services company Doloitte, the United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, with spending per capita being roughly twice that of other developed economies. As a result, in 2013, an estimated $2.8 trillion was spent on health care, with projections of continued cost increases. Doloitte also suggests in a report titled Dig Deep ‒ Impacts and Implications of Rising Out‒of‒Pocket Health Care Costs that this does not include hidden, out-of-pocket costs to consumers, which would make the numbers even higher.
“Are you ready to stand up and take charge of your health?” the Mercola video demands. “Or will you let Big Pharma take you down and cover it up?”