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Surgery isn't as exact a science as you might hope... and much of it is entirely unnecessary

Saturday, January 24, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: bad medicine, medical malpractice, back pain

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The more you learn about spinal surgery, the more frightening it becomes. I've never met a person with lower back pain who was actually helped by surgery. Perhaps they do exist, but I've met one. Most people end up for the worse, and with a big medical bill to boot. This article reveals how a woman who underwent spinal surgery at the University of Wisconsin hospital was reportedly seriously harmed by the surgeons who used surgical tool to "grind at blood vessels" that were never supposed to be touched. The patient bled profusely and would have died, the article reports, if a vascular surgeon hadn't been down the hall.

It's scary stuff, and yet this sort of incident occurs far more frequently than we dare believe. Surgery isn't an exact science at all, and even when it goes as planned, there's no guarantee that surgery will accomplish the desired result. In fact -- and this is shocking information to most people -- surgical procedures do not have to be proven effective in any way whatsoever for them to be widely adopted and used on patients. There's absolutely no burden of proof of efficacy when it comes to surgeries. That's just one of the many reasons why such a huge number of unnecessary surgeries have been performed over the years and are still be conducted today. Remember hysterectomies, anyone? Today they're considered largely unnecessary. How about surgeries that remove the tonsils? Widely and "wildly" conducted throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's, the procedure is now considered a waste of time. The list goes on and on. In many cases, surgery is simply bad medicine, and it does nothing to improve the life or health of the patient.

The obvious exception is, of course, surgery conducted following a traumatic injury such as a car crash. Those surgeries are well justified and nobody's better than U.S. critical care doctors when it comes to keeping patients alive after a gunshot wound, for example.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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