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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.
Johnson.MSc. Bootman. PhD, Arch Intern Med 1995; 155(Oct 9):1949-1956.

In Medicine the focus is on symptoms & specific etiologies. The concept of disease has supplanted that of wellness.
Coulter, PhD. J Can Chiro Assoc 1993;37(2):97-103

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.
Leape MD. JAMA 1994; Dec 21:1851-57.

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.
Wilson, Cleary. JAMA 1995;Jan 4: 59-65.



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 (NSAID’s) in 1986 was 3.9 billion (45% of the primary cost).
Arthritis & Rheumatism 32:930, 1989.

In the USA 100,000,000 (this number is NOT a misprint) prescriptions for NSAID’s were dispensed in 1986 (4% of all prescriptions).
Arthritis & Rheumatism 32:926, 1989.

30% of patients taking NSAID’s who have persistent GI symptoms are likely to have a chronic peptic ulcer.
Arthritis & Rheumatism 32:929, 1989.

Adverse events occurred in 21% of USA patients taking NSAID’s and 25% of UK patients.
Arthritis & Rheumatism 32:926, 1989.

12,000 tons (approximately 40 billion tablets) of aspirin were sold over the counter in 1986.
Arthritis & Rheumatism 32:926, 1989.

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 NSAID’s are so much safer than aspirin that the reclassification of aspirin as a prescription-only drug is desirable".
Arthritis & Rheumatism 33:1057, 1990.

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