Western Medicine Doesn't Kill, Does It?
Wisdom Quarterly (ANALYSIS)
Iatrogenic injuries (those caused by the practice of medicine) is becoming the leading cause of death in the US. This means that doctors, hospitals, insurance agents, PPOs, and the general corporate culture actually kills more Americans than any other cause of death.
Few, for example, die of cancer nowadays. But the death rates for those undergoing invasive cancer "treatments" are sky high.
Of course, it is not interested in "curing" anyone, just creating a symptom-control income stream. And it has been very successful at doing that. Corporate greed trumps medicinal need.
Since no one knows the word "iatrogenic," no one likes to think Western (allopathic) medicine does more to harm us than help us. Sure, bones can be set well, but every pharmaceutical is a poison by definition (the biblical practice of "sorcery," pharmakos, which got Sodom and Gomorrah in big trouble with the judgy and angry space Gods). That is why they have to be tested for safety, which is more important than effectiveness.
And of all those that are found to be safe enough and rubber stamped by the industry-controlled FDA, a wolf guarding the hen house situation, there are still catastrophes: Massive lawsuits cause the pulling of wonder drugs from the market when they are found to have side effects that were hidden, under reported, or unforeseen.
Neither abuse nor accidents are not the worst of it. Most pharmaceutical kill when used as directed.
But those lawsuits aren't massive enough to cut into profits. They are externalities (costs unloaded onto society) accounted for by lawyers and well paid researchers. The statistics from inconvenient lawsuits amount to more deaths than result from US wars (troops only, never counting the civilians the troops are there killing).
This, too, has been taken care of by lobbying for legislation to make sure cases do not go to trial but to arbitration. And even if they do go before a jury and win, the judge simply removes the punitive judgments in accordance with law. It's the "magic of the marketplace" when corporations buy and sell politicians, judges, and elections.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power," is a famous quote attributed to Italian fascist Mussolini (publiceye.org). The pharmaceutical-industrial complex wins again.
- *The information in "Death By Medicine" is detailed in Gary Null Ph.D.'s book with statistical evidence of hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths due to conventional medicine. How does the money-making system work? The pharmaceutical industry, associations, drug reps, medical schools, medical journals, and the absence of real medical science are all implicated in the scheme to grow rich in spite of millions of injuries and deaths. The lack of oversight by so-called regulatory agencies, private insurance firms, and lobbying influence on our legislators and representatives ensure the system stays in place no matter how much harm is done when treatments are more deadly than diseases. The Western medical system is broken beyond repair. We need a new medical paradigm.
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