Prescription Drug Related Deaths On The Rise

When I was a teen in the mid 80’s, M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) came onto the seen when deaths related to drinking and driving were around 26,173 per year.

Prescription drugs taken as prescribed in hospitals are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S and Canada, after cancer, heart disease and strokes. They cause about 10,000 deaths a year in Canada and about 106,000 deaths a year and over two million serious injuries in the U.S. (Source: Lazarou et al JAMA Vol. 279 No. 15 pp.1200-1205 Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients) http://theconference.ca/facts-on-prescription-drug-deaths-and-the-drug-industry  When I hear these statistics it makes me wonder, “where’s Mothers Against Drug Deaths and a fanfare of publicity and legislation to curb the  unnecessary deaths due to medical errors?”

(2000-2010 – death and serious patient outcomes from FDA approved drugs) “These data describe the outcome of the patient as defined in U.S. reporting regulations (21 CFR 310.305, 314.80, 314.98, 600.80) and Forms FDA 3500 and 3500A (the MedWatch forms). Serious means that one or more of the following outcomes were documented in the report: death, hospitalization, life-threatening, disability, congenital anomaly and/or other serious outcome. Documenting one or more of these outcomes in a report does not necessarily mean that the suspect product(s) named in the report was the cause of these outcomes.” – http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death

Editor’s Note: These data show “deaths” totaling 452,780 and “serious outcomes” equaling 2,816,297 occurred during the eleven years from 2000 to 2010 as tabulated from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System for prescription drugs.

Comparing the five years (2001-2005) with the five years (2006-2010) finds that the number of deaths grew by +66.7% for the second time frame as compared to first. For the same comparative spans, serious patient outcomes leaped by almost three quarters (+77.5%).

How many people die of prescription drug related deaths each year?

How_many_people_die_of_prescription_drug_related_deaths_each_year – 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes.

(2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith)

Very little is spent to alert the people of the US about the hazards of prescription medication. By 2014, the global market for pharmaceuticals is expected to reach $1.1 trillion.  US Pharmaceutical Launches: Marketing Spend and Structure reveals that the average blockbuster brand in the U.S. allots 49% of its budget to fulfill advertising needs.

That’s BILLIONS in dollars to spend in marketing and LOBBYING for tweaking the system to maximize profits for Big Pharma’s employees and shareholders at the expense of 83,000 lives a year.

  • Direct advertising to doctors: Big Pharma spends more than $20 billion a year promoting their products to American physicians.
  • The distribution of free drug samples: the United States has 81,000 pharmaceutical representatives or 1 for every 7.9 physicians.
  • And the sponsorship of symposiums and medical conventions by the drug companies: drug and medical-device makers spend $2 billion every year for more than 300,000 medical seminars and “training opportunities”, often in sun-splashed, exotic locations.

Newton’s Law – For every action there is an equal and opposite reactionThis applies to chemistry as much as physics.

For natural healthcare that has not been influenced by Big Pharma, Palmer Chiropractic is located at 11400 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill, GA 31324. You can schedule an appointment or free consultation by calling  912-756-3433.

Richmond Hill Chiropractor is focused on natural chiropractic care. Chiropractors adjust the spine and vertebra to relieve nerve interference that restricts life. Serving Savannah, Midway, & Georgetown

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Is it Healthcare? or really a Disease Care System?

In today’s society we use this word “health” very freely without regards to real meaning.

Noah Webster wrote in his original version of the Webster’s Dictionary “HEALTH, n. helth. [from heal.] That state of an animal or living body, in which the parts are sound, well organized and disposed, and in which they all perform freely their natural functions.”, he does go further to speak about plants, animals, and religious health.

Current Webster’s definition “a : the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit;especially : freedom from physical disease or pain”

World.Health.Organization – Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The part that confuses me is the “in which they(parts) all perform freely their natural function.” because we as a society have tried to circumvent the natural function portion of the definition of health and it (natural function) has been deleted from the current Websters Dictionary and substituted with “sound”.

Let’s see if these statements are true or false:

  1. There is a man who takes statin drugs to change the cholesterol in his body. These drugs help him with natural function.
  2. There is a  man who takes statin drugs to change the cholesterol in his body. These drugs help him to remain sound.

#2 is the current all0pathic(medical) model, where the medicines are distributed to try to stabilize a body that has dysfunction and side effects are minor.

#1 is actually false. To help with natural function, the substance would have to come from nature in a normal environment. Examples an orange, apple, broccoli, etc. Statin pharmaceuticals come from a lab and block functions in the body and as time goes on we start to see the unintended consequences like diabetes.

Here is a list of drugs that were approved by the FDA but now the unintended consequences have  landed many people in the hospitals and/or graves prematurely: Celexa,Lexapro,Fosmax, Zoloft, Topamax, Meridia, Accutane, Wellbutrin,   Paxil, Depakote, Reglan to name a few.

Health does not come from a bottle. It comes from inside all of us. It starts with drinking clean water (your body weight / 2 = ounces per day recommended), eating a balanced diet (preferably the Paleo Diet), getting 8 hours of restful sleep (on your back), brisk 30 minutes of exercise 5x a week, and keeping your command and control system (the nervous system) free of interference.

For 117 years chiropractors have been adjusting the spine to clear interference with the nervous system. As science catches up to the chiropractic adjustment, the scientific world is validating what chiropractors have been saying for over a century.

Scientific advancements that have validated just a fraction of what chiropractors have known for years:

Neck Pain   Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise  for  Neck Pain

Headaches   Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic  headache

Asthma   Chronic pediatric asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation

Infant Reflux    Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with reflux disease – Palmer Chiropractic Case – Ramsey

Yours in Health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic – Richmond Hill, Ga

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