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Surgical errors too profitable to stop!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 by: Dr. Carolyn Dean
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(NaturalNews) When I wrote Death by Modern Medicine I was appalled at the level of abuse in the hospital industry leading to 783,936 deaths annually due to medical iatrogenesis. An April 17, 2013 Harvard School of Public Health study published in JAMA adds an even more macabre level of incredulity.

Hospitals actually make money when a patient develops complications during and after surgery. The "bean counters" know this is the case as Dr. Atul Gawande and his team found out in their study of a hospital system in southern U.S.

It's called a "contribution margin" gouged from unfortunate victims' insurance that rewards hospitals and doctors for making mistakes. This wasn't a study of just one hospital gone bad. It followed 12 hospitals making an average "bonus" of $30,500 from insurance when a patient had preventable surgical complications. Since the medical industry has become "all about the money" medical errors and mistakes are becoming the new "cash cow" in a morally and financially bankrupt system.

Every ethical and credible surgeon is now turning over in their graves as the patient body count rises. Every living surgeon should be fighting this demonic trend. Do none of them remember the line in the Hippocratic Oath that says "First Do No Harm?"

Instead of assuring themselves and their patients that they will "neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect." They have taken a more sinister part of the oath to heart. "To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine."

Notice the part about sharing money with his teachers. That's where the Hippocratic Oath becomes hypocritical and fatal for patients and medicine becomes all about the money.

When I read the Hippocratic Oath in medical school I refused to go to my medical school graduation and say the oath that would make me beholding to the monetary system of medicine. I also was repelled by the emphasis on medicine being pass on solely and soullessly to what was a closed camp from the beginning. "...To my brothers in male lineage... to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me... but to no one else."

When the Dean of Medicine forced me to come to his office and say the oath before I could receive my degree, I stood with my fingers crossed behind my back in a small gesture of defiance that I held within my soul which later blossomed in my writing Death by Modern Medicine.

In the 2005 edition I tabulated that 783,936 people die every year before their time due to hospital drug reactions, medical errors, bedsores, infection, malnutrition, outpatient drug reactions, unnecessary procedures, surgical complications and lives lost due to lack of efficient and effective care. The annual cost of iatrogenesis at that time was $282 billion.

Three years later in my second edition called Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions, I updated the statistics and found MORE, not less, people dying: 895,936. But the medical industry had not been idle. Their efforts at containment of this iatrogenic tragedy was to try to contain costs! And they succeeded. They kept the costs at $282.85 billion but continued to let the death rate soar.

Now it seems we have reached a new era in medical iatrogenesis where medical errors are rewarded for NOT implementing strategies and techniques that are known to reduce surgery-related complications.

What's the answer?

Take charge of our own health and your own body. Stay healthy and avoid doctors and hospitals as much as possible. Follow commonsense advice about eating well, exercising, getting a good night's rest and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Many people are turning their lives around when they begin by taking these simple steps.

About the author:
About the Author:
Carolyn Dean MD ND is The Doctor of the Future�. She is a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution since 1979.
She is working on several patents on novel products including the iCell in RnA Drops. Dr. Dean is a leading expert in magnesium and she has created a picometer, stabilized-ionic form of magnesium, called ReMag that's 100% absorbed at the cellular level and non-laxative making it one of the only magnesiums that can be taken in therapeutic amounts with no side effects. ReLyte is her multiple mineral product that is also completely absorbed at the cellular level and contains the 9 minerals necessary for supporting proper thyroid function. RnA Drops help make perfect cells via RNA through Chromosome 14 affecting DNA. ReNew, which is highly concentrated RnA Drops is a powerful skin serum and ReAline is a safe detox formula with methylated B's, l-taurine and dl-methionine (the precursor to glutathione), all available at www.RnAReSet.com
Dr. Dean is the author/coauthor of 33 health books (print and eBooks) and 106 Kindle books including The Magnesium Miracle, Death by Modern Medicine, IBS for Dummies, IBS Cookbook for Dummies, The Yeast Connection and Women's Health, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine, Everything Alzheimers, and Hormone Balance.
She is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site - Nutritional Magnesium Association (www.nutritionalmagnesium.org).
Dr. Dean has a free online newsletter and a valuable online 2-year wellness program called Completement Now! at www.drcarolyndean.com/fhn. She also runs a busy telephone consulting practice and has a weekly radio show Mondays at 4pm PST on www.achieveradio.com. Find out more at www.drcarolyndean.com, www.drcarolyndeanlive.com, www.RnAReSet.com, and www.howionic.com.

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