On balance, the data remain imprecise, and the benefits that US health care currently deliver may not outweigh the aggregate health harm it imparts. Health care contributes only about 10% toward reducing premature death.¹
They aren’t even sure if they are breaking even! Let us cross reference that with the study “Death by Medicine,” written by MD’s and PhD’s:
Medicine is a leading cause of death in U.S. The estimated annual mortality of medical intervention is 783,936 lives and the economic cost is $282 billion.²
So if U.S. health care contributes “only about 10% toward reducing premature death,” and is responsible for 780,000+ deaths per year, what are we to do? Our health care system is in crisis. The total cost is $2.5 trillion dollars (17% of our GDP). That means $1 out of every $6 goes to health care! What do we get for such an investment? The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th in overall health care performance, and we lead with the highest infant mortality rates for industrialized nations.
Lucian Leape, M.D. states in the Journal of the American Medical Association that:
“180,000 die each year partly as the result of iatrogenic (doctor induced) injury, the equivalent of 3 jumbo jet crashes every 2 days.”³
That is like having a 9/11 every 2 days! Since it is spread out across the country, we don’t hear anything about it. It is a tragedy and twisted logic that we even call our system health care when it is only focused on disease. Remember, you have one body and one life, it is your lifestyle choices that significantly affect your longevity. There is a way to achieve wellness in today’s world, it is a matter of choice and personal responsibility. Get adjusted, eat right, be fit, and think positive. Do this consistently and watch your life change.
My purpose is to be happy, healthy, vibrant, and to teach others to do the same. If you are healthy you can be a better citizen, spouse, parent, worker, and friend. You have more energy to devote to your purpose and vision, more years to achieve your goals, and more time on earth to enjoy your loved ones. This is how we build better communities, one healthy family at a time.
¹Kilo CM, Larson EB: “Exploring the Harmful Effects of Health Care,” Journal of the American Medical Association 2009; 302(1): 89
²Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean, MD ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; Dorothy Smith, PhD “Death by Medicine” Life Extension March 2004
³Leape LL: “Error in Medicine” Journal of the American Medical Association 1994; 272 (23): 1851
About Cole Bradburn
I'm a writer and doctor in lifelong pursuit of health, happiness, and adventure. I currently live in Raleigh, NC with the love of my life and our amazing boys.