By Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD, Dorothy Smith PhD

Disclaimer The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.


A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good. For example:

bullet The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million.1
bullet Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics.2, 2a
bullet The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million.3
bulletThe number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.4
bulletThe total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251.5

Although the information in this article is of 2003, the information in general provides information about medically caused problems, or iatrogensis, in the health care system. The numerical footnotes 1 to 5 may be viewed in the main lengthy article.

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You can get original articles including the footnote sources by going to: Death by medicine pdf article  Dealth by medicine part 1   Dealth by medicine part 2