When Doctors kill more people than criminals

Death by Medicine – G.Null

Perhaps the words “health care” confer the illusion that medicine is about health. Allopathic medicine is not a purveyor of health care but of disease care.

DEATH BY MEDICINE By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD
Published in 2010


1. medically induced death: the six jumbo jets falling out of the sky each day,
2. problems with drugs,
3. problems with specific classes of drugs,
4. an honest look at the failures of American healthcare,
5. women`s experience in medicine,
6. poor care of the elderly,
7. medical ethics and conflicts of interest in scientific medicine
8. conclusion.


A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and overnment health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good. The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. 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. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million. The 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.

Drugs Pollute Our Water Supply

We have reached the point of saturation with prescription drugs. Everybody of water tested contains measurable drug residues. The tons of antibiotics used in animal farming, which run off into the water table and surrounding bodies of water, are conferring antibiotic resistance to germs in sewage, and these germs also are found in our water supply. Flushed down our toilets are tons of drugs and drug metabolites that also find their way into our water supply. We have no way to know the long-term health consequences of ingesting a mixture of drugs and drug-breakdown products. These drugs represent another level of iatrogenic disease that we are unable to completely measure.

When Doctors kill more people than criminals

Our ongoing research will continue to quantify the morbidity, mortality, and financial loss due to:

• X-ray exposures (mammography, fluoroscopy, CT scans).
• Overuse of antibiotics for all conditions.
• Carcinogenic drugs (hormone replacement therapy,* immunosuppressive and prescription drugs).
• Cancer chemotherapy(70)
• Surgery and unnecessary surgery (cesarean section, radical mastectomy, preventive mastectomy, radical hysterectomy, prostatectomy, cholecystectomies, cosmetic surgery, arthroscopy, etc.).
• Discredited medical procedures and therapies.
• Unproven medical therapies.
• Outpatient surgery.
• Doctors themselves.

When the number one killer in a society is the health care system, then that system has no excuse except to address its own urgent shortcomings. It’s a failed system in need of immediate attention. What we have outlined in this paper are insupportable aspects of our contemporary medical system that need to be changed–beginning at its very foundations.

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