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Conventional Medicine Is The Leading Cause Of Death In The US

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by Aaron Kase

on May 15, 2015

“The American medical system is the number one killer in the United States.”

That’s the provocative claim made in this video produced by, 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?”

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  • jakshadows

    Mercola is well-known as a quack.

    A recent review of consumer complaints filed with the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois against your Mercola Health Resources, LLC delineates a pattern of consumer allegations. Consumers are alleging that Mercola Health Resources does not honor the 100% money-back guarantee listed on your website. Customers have reported that refunds have not been provided for returns that were specifically covered under this guarantee. Consumers have also reported that they have experienced delivery issues. While states that orders ship within 10 business days, consumers say they have waited much longer for their products. Customers allege that the company’s service staff has been unable to provide explanations regarding this delay. Some consumers have also reported that Mercola provided them with shipment tracking numbers that were not valid with their respective carriers

    From here, which has other information to cross-reference:

  • BGHS

    I’m not sure how slamming Mercola (who says things I take issue with at times too) takes away from the fact that according to the JAMA over 100k people die yearly from taking the right medications, in the right amounts and for the right diagnosis.

    We currently have more medications and surgeries available than ever in the history of our country, yet we are sicker than ever as a country. Medications and surgery do NOT create health. They only put out fires that need to be put out at times. They don’t make anyone healthier.

  • jakshadows

    Dude, you’re doing a bait-and-switch. I don’t take issue with the JAMA and never said anything about them.
    Are there unnecessary surgeries and medication happening? Sure. And a well-informed consumer is what we should be going for, but is not about informing people, but rather about keeping in business.
    I’d have less issue if the article was sourced from the JAMA. So kudos to you.

  • Alec Matias

    Do you know if those statistics are accurate? I didn’t catch any references in the video, its description or in your article.

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  • Rod Johnson

    Mercola will be personally attacked for being a heretic. Pay attention to who the Pharma PR machine goes after. Listen to those people closely because they threaten the criminal status quo. Pharma is driving towards a totalitarian medical system where not taking the pills is a crime. Vaccines are just the start.

  • Timothy Casey

    Yes, the stats are accurate. Prescription drugs are the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA. Also, Americans are 5% of the world’s population and they consume 50% of the world’s prescription drugs. And… Americans pay up to 10 TIMES the price for prescription drugs than Canadians do.

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  • jak shadows

    Of course Mercola is going to be slammed. He’s a well known shyster. I won’t waste too much time on that since this comment will be deleted soon. It would seem someone here is much too afraid of the truth.

  • jak shadows

    You’ll notice that any comments made, that argue against anything posted here are deleted. And then the users are banned from commenting. Wonder why there’s so much fear from honest debate? Could it be someone is afraid of the truth?

  • jak shadows

    No worries. Dissenting opinions here are deleted and anyone making such comments are banned. Amber doesn’t want to change people’s minds, but preach to the choir instead. Dissenters are much too threatening.

  • Elliot

    Though the statistics might have been hyped a bit for impact, how accurate they are isn’t really important, because the message is dead on. I’ve been screaming this at the top of my lungs for years and the medical community dismissed me as crazy

  • growing up

    yes……..i was one of those that was used by the medical at the University of Miami…..he was having a great time……and got a lot of money…three of his students operated on me…..i am a mess……….he lied……and we bought it………not one person would pay any attention to me when i tried to show them he lied…….it was in my medical records………luv

  • alex

    Truth. Another cog in our effed up reality machine.

  • Luís F. Silva Soares

    Americans are in no way 5% of the world’s population. Not even 1%.

  • karakusa

    Vaccines are the reason you or your children haven’t died from a preventable disease or illness. People are also living longer than ever, much longer than before our medical knowledge and abilities reached what it is now.

    Are the numbers of deaths too high? Yes, but there will never be a healthcare system where those things don’t happen (misdiagnosis, allergic reactions, medication complications, etc) to some degree. Something should be done to lower these statistics but the reason whooping cough, mumps, rubella, deadly influenza, smallpox, etc haven’t ruined your life is thanks to science, medicine, and technology.

  • G Clay

    Oh really? Then explain the Amish. And The average life expectancy went up because the infant mortality rate went down.

  • Jack Kruse

    You said, ” 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.” WHY is that? Human patients now live in a world that steals their redox potential constantly…….Humans are not broken, but the environment they built is and is ruining them. This is a Mercola fail. He is using fear to drive people to his drivel. He gives you a half truth to suit his needs. No human being itself should be considered impaired innately, instead there are environmental short comings that cause the impairment. Thus, it is incumbent on the on the clinician to recommend treatment of the environment their patient is in. People react to an inferior environment, way before their genome is altered. That is what the science of epigenetics and ubiquitin marking are telegraphing us, but the modern paradigm is not listening. You must.
    People are down on what they’re not up on. You must endure a lot of ignorance when you swim upstream to build wellness. Life is no longer something to endure, but to live well. There’s just not a better or shorter way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way. Life really is a test. Our will gets tested, our courage gets tested, our strength gets tested. And our patience and endurance are tested daily to see if we will persist on the correct road or opt to stop for the idea of “the big easy”. No journey has merit if it cannot test us. Endurance is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with a blazing hope. Get some, because Mercola wants to take medicine down when all they are doing is reacting to the most rapidly changing environment our species has ever seen. If you keep blaming the wrong thing for our problems you just created another half truth to keep us from the real truth. Half truths lead to full lies. We have enough of them to overturn.

  • Deane Alban

    When researching this topic I found the following stats: “Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.9 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized. Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US.” I include citations to back these stats up here:

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  • NYB

    *Type 2 Diabetes. Please don’t lump Types 1 and 2 together, this is yet another reason for the high death toll of misdiagnosed T1s.