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The American Health Care System in Crisis

The broken promises of the dominant healthcare system in America

I recently came across a website that opened with the question:

"Did you know: You have a seven times greater chance of dying walking into your doctor's office than you do getting behind the wheel of your car?  Prescription drug adverse reactions are the third leading cause of death in America."

When looking at the relative dangers of driving vs seeing your doctor, the situation is really much worse. Think about it: You drive many more times in a month than you go to see your doctor.  Factor that into the equation, and I don't even what to think about the odds.

But it gets worse.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, the American medical healthcare system is now the leading cause of death in America.  Not cancer; not heart disease.  It's your doctorhealthcare, as it is now practiced.

But it gets even worse.

The roughly 790,000 Americans who die every year from iatrogenic causes — the equivalent of a jumbo jet falling out of the sky every day — represents only about 5-20% of the actual number.

The tragic toll

Every year, depending on the source you reference, approximately 200,000 people die from adverse prescription drug reactions.  Another 80,000 die from medical malpractice.  And these figures don't take into account the 57,000 or so who die from taking the aspirin recommended by their doctors, the enormous amount of pain and suffering caused by these medications in people who do not die, or the fact that about 40% of all hospital beds are occupied by people made sick by their doctors (iatrogenic diseases).

By comparison, only 41,000 die in automobile accidents.

Doesn't this suggest something?

A terribly flawed healthcare system:

A system that is supposed to safeguard the health of the American people is instead the leading cause of death.  Despite this, this system is allowed to determine, to a very large extent, the kind of healthcare we are allowed to choose.  The system is broken; we need an alternative.

Yet, despite these obvious dangers:

The FDA v. the First Amendment:

A bureaucracy's assault on your health.

The FDA's current interpretation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (a.k.a. DSHEA — pronounced "due-shay") makes it very hard for you to get good, reliable, scientifically and clinically validated information about alternative healthcare options.  This presents two very significant problems for you:

[Note: The dangers of most un-regulated dietary supplements is not that they are un-regulated (take a look at the carnage caused by FDA-approved drugs); it is the lack of information available about them: what they can do for you, and how they should be used.  In many instances — especially in the case of innovative dietary supplements — the manufacturer is the best source for this information, but is not allowed to present that information to you.]

Here is one example of the FDA's attempt to limit your access to vital healthcare information:

There is a really exciting audio CD out there called "Essential Oils: the Missing Link in Healthcare".  In it, Gary Young tells about scientific research into the therapeutic properties of essential oils and the benefits they offer in a time when super bugs appear every other year.  It's a great presentation; very informative; and has the potential to do the world a lot of good.

However, Young Living Essential Oils distributors cannot post the transcript on their websites.

I don't even think they're even allowed to offer the CDs for free.

But they can sell them!  It's just a small way to keep that gulf between you and the information you need.

This ruling significantly limits the dissemination of this information; and, it would seem, to violate the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The Courts think so, and have repeatedly so ruled.  And Congress, which passed DSHEA in the first place, has repeatedly ruled that the FDA's policies violate its spirit — if not the letter — of the law.

None of this makes any difference to the FDA.

I think it's become obvious that the government is not looking out for the welfare of its people; its concern is for the interests of the pharmaceutical companies.

The real crisis in the American health care system

The media has been reporting a crisis in our health care system: costs have risen so much that health care must be rationed.  Conventional healthcare costs have come to take up such a large percentage of our gross national product (GNP) that many economists believe that our economy cannot withstand the pressure much longer.  However, the true crisis is that cheaper, less dangerous and more effective alternatives are being marginalized or threatened, while the medical establishment is allowed to define health and science on its own terms, and abridge the Constitutional rights of those who hold an opposing view.

This is a situation that should not be allowed to continue.


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