Alternative to Medicine
The Medical paradigm is a mixed bag. While providing much benefit it also causes many problems. The Medical field is unwilling to change, but instead is being forced to reevaluate its efficacy. The paradigm will change because it's what the people demand. Here are some studies which point out the pitfalls of taking the Medical route. Keep in mind that I am not trashing Medicine, just informing the public that not all should be accepted blindly just because a MD says it is OK. The same goes for Chiropractic, remember: always question authority.
Drug-related morbidity and mortality was estimated to cost $76.6
billion per year in the ambulatory setting in the U.S. Out of this figure the largest cost
was drug-related hospitilizations at 8.76 million admissions at a cost of $47.4 billion
per year. This is 62% of the total cost. The cost of drug-related problems in ambulatory
care in U.S. is considerable.
In Medicine the focus is on symptoms & specific etiologies.
The concept of disease has supplanted that of wellness.
20% of patients admitted to a university hospital medical service
suffered iatrogenic (physician induced) injury and 20% of those injuries were serious or
fatal. In 1991 Harvard Medical Practice Study reported that nearly 4% of patients
hospitalized in NY state suffered an injury that prolonged their hospital stay or resulted
in measurable disability. This equaled 98,609 patients in 1984. Nearly 14% fo these
injuries were fatal. If these rates are typical of the U.S. then 180,000 people die a year
partly as a result of iatrogenic injury, the equivalent of 3 jumbo jet crashes every 2
days. In addition 35% - 45% of diagnoses of cause of death were incorrect when
confirmation was attempted on autopsy.
In clinical practice 30% to 80% of medical patients have
conditions for which no physiological or organic cause is found after routine
investigation. Medical doctors do not assess patient perceived health status accurately,
and most have little training in assessment of functional disorders.
In 1986, the economic cost of treating arthritis (degenerative
joint disease, or DJD) in the USA has been estimated at 8.6billion. However the cost for
treating side effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in 1986 was
3.9 billion (45% of the primary cost).
In the USA 100,000,000 (this number is NOT a misprint)
prescriptions for NSAIDs were dispensed in 1986 (4% of all prescriptions).
30% of patients taking NSAIDs who have persistent GI
symptoms are likely to have a chronic peptic ulcer.
Adverse events occurred in 21% of USA patients taking
NSAIDs and 25% of UK patients.
12,000 tons (approximately 40 billion tablets) of aspirin were
sold over the counter in 1986.
From the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) meeting February
22-23, 1990, some committee members felt: "aspirin is an exceptionally versatile and
effective drug with many valuable therapeutic applications, but that it is an unacceptably
dangerous drug for non-prescription self administration...most of the NSAIDs are so
much safer than aspirin that the reclassification of aspirin as a prescription-only drug