America’s Healthcare System is Killing Us
Helpful or Fatally Harmful?
The American healthcare system is undoubtedly flawed. However did you know that each year, hundreds of thousands of people are dying as a direct result? Below, we overview the most common causes of death as a result of our healthcare system:
Approximately 128,000 Americans die each year as a result of taking medications as prescribed – or nearly five times the number of people killed by overdosing on prescription painkillers and heroin. (Death By Prescription by Michael O. Schroeder)
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, in 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States. The CDC further estimates that of those, 42,249 deaths involved opioids.
At least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.”(Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S)
Data compiled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has linked as many as 980 deaths in a year to drugs containing acetaminophen.
– Andrew W. Saul, Editor (Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 5, 2017)
The exact numbers can be argued but the trends cannot. Drugs whether prescribed, OTC or illegal are killing us with the FDA doing nothing. Meanwhile, nutritional supplements are constantly under attack even though they cause no significant health risk.