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Why Modern Medicine is the Greatest Threat to Health

Why Modern Medicine is the Greatest Threat to Health
Copyright 2005 Dr Randy Wysong

There is the underlying assumption that modernity
translates into better health. A corollary of this logic
is that we can live our lives pretty much as we want
because we can always buy a repair. You know, the car
won't start, the TV is broken, the telephone is dead – no
problem. Just call in an expert, spend some money and all
is well.

People carry this over to their thinking about health. Our
ticker falters, joints creak or an unwanted growth pops up
– no problem. Buy some modern medical care. If that
doesn't work, it's a problem of money, better insurance,
more hospital funding, more research for the "cure," more
doctors, better equipment and more technology. Right?


Don't take my word for it. Listen to the perpetrators
themselves. The following is taken right from the pages of
the Journal of the American Medical Association (July 26,
2000): "Of 13 countries in a recent (health) comparison,
the United States (the most modern and advanced in the
world) ranks an average of 12th (second from the bottom)..."

For example, the U.S. ranks:

• last for low birth weight
• last for neonatal and infant mortality overall
• 11th for post neonatal mortality
• last for years of potential life lost
• 11th for female life expectancy at one year, and next to
last for males
• 10th for age adjusted <mortality

The World Health Organization, using different indicators,
ranked the U.S. 15th among 25 industrialized nations. (If
ranked against "primitive" cultures eating and living as
humans were designed, the whole industrialized world would
be at the bottom of the heap.)

Some might say these dismal results are because of smoking,
alcohol, cholesterol, animal fats and poor penetration of
medical care. Not so. Countries where these health risks
are greater have better overall health according to
epidemiological studies. It's also not due to lack of
technology. The U.S. is, for example, second only to Japan
in the number of magnetic resonance imaging units (MRIs)
and computed tomography scanners per unit of population.
Neither can lack of medical personnel be blamed since the
U.S. has the greatest number of employees per hospital bed
in the world.

So what is the problem? Here are some clues as revealed in
the same journal cited above:
• 12,000 deaths per year from unnecessary < surgery
• 7,000 deaths per year from medication errors in hospitals
• 20,000 deaths per year from other hospital errors
• 80,000 deaths per year from nosocomial (originating in a
hospital) infections
• 106,000 deaths per year from adverse effects of

That totals 225,000 deaths per year, the third leading
cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. Another
study – we're talking just hospital related deaths here –
estimates 284,000 deaths per year. An analysis of
outpatient care jumps these figures by 199,000 deaths for a
new total of 483,000 medically related deaths per year.
And this assumes doctors and hospitals eagerly report all
their mistakes. Think so?

The poor health ranking in the U.S. is in large part not
because of lack of modern medical care, it is because of
it! This does not deny that each person’s life choices do
not impact health as well. People cannot live with abandon
and then expect anybody to fix it regardless of their
technology and skills. You can imagine the frustration
physicians must feel faced day-to-day with patients wanting
a quick fix for a lifetime of unhealthy life choices. Be
that as it may, it does not deny that modern medicine in
and of itself is a huge risk to those who surrender to it.

Why do we not hear more about this? It is just too
difficult to come to grips with the inevitable – and
unbelievable – conclusion: When all the deaths (not
counting the hundreds of thousands who are maimed or
otherwise harmed but don't die) reported and not reported
are tallied, medical intervention is arguably the leading
cause of death in our country.

Time to splash some cold water on the
rely-on-modern-medicine inebriation. And remember folks,
the above are just cold statistics. Take any one of these
numbers and humanize it to the real pain, suffering,
financial devastation, grief and family disruption, and
each one is a heart rending story deserving of anyone's
deep concern and sympathy. It is a tragedy of a magnitude
unequalled by anything in human history. And it's repeated
every year. It makes 9-11, all the deaths in all U.S.
wars, deaths by auto, homicides and everything else pale in
comparison. (Not to minimize the tragedy of each of those

The media should be shouting about medical risks from atop
their broadcast towers. But there is mostly silence, just
reports in obscure (to the public) medical and scientific
publications. In the meantime, trusting people keep
flocking to the slaughter. From just 1995 to 2002,
pharmaceutical sales jumped from $65 billion to over $200
billion. That's about one prescription for each man, woman
and child in the country every month. This escalation in
medical dependency is paralleled in surgeries, lab tests,
emergency room admissions, elective procedures and
outpatient visits.

You can do something about it. Begin today to take control
of your own health destiny. The philosophical paradigm of
conventional, allopathic, symptom based, reductionistic,
crisis care, episodic, after-the-fact medicine is seriously
flawed ... and very deadly. Good and well meaning doctors
are hamstrung by wrong philosophical premises. They are
crippled every bit as much as those who once believed in a
flat Earth. Trying to achieve health with modern allopathic
medicine is like trying to fix computers with a hammer,
just because that's the only tool you were taught to use or
believe in.

Don't wait for the system to change. Old ideas die too
hard. The mega-medical industry is not going to be quick
in either admitting error or revamping itself. Your health
is at stake. Think prevention and natural holistic cure.
Study, learn, grow, be skeptical, change lifestyle, be
self-reliant – be a thinking person. That's your best road
to health.

Dr. Wysong is a former veterinary clinician and surgeon,
college instructor in human anatomy, physiology and the
origin of life, inventor of numerous medical, surgical,
nutritional, athletic and fitness products and devices,
research director for the present company by his name and
founder of the philanthropic Wysong Institute. He is
author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy now in its
eleventh printing, a new two volume set on philosophy for
living, several books on nutrition, prevention and health
for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health
newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net and a
free subscription to his e-Health Letter is available at


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