Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
Will more people live if no one ever went to the Dr.? ........
Actually, there is considerable evidence that the answer to this question is a resounding yes...
From the above linked article:
"Total up all the above numbers and add them to the aforementioned "official" count and you find that deaths from adverse reactions to drugs may
number as high as 700,000 a year. (Actually, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler estimated in a speech given in 1993 that fewer than 1 percent of
all doctors report injuries and deaths following the administration of prescription drugs -- which, if true, would make 700,000 an incredibly
conservative estimate.) Now, combine those 700,000 deaths with the number of people who die from misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment, secondary
infections received in hospitals, or just plain physician error, and the startling fact you're left with is that modern medicine, despite all the
great things it may have accomplished, is arguably the single leading cause of death in the United States."
So, according to the former FDA commissioner, the numbers on the NaturalNews article are extremely low - the single largest number on the article was
dealing directly with 'adverse reactions to drugs', and the former FDA commissioner said that "fewer than 1% of all doctors report injuries and
deaths following the administration of prescription drugs", which means the estimated 700,000 a year figure (which itself is 7 TIMES the number
quoted in the OP article) is actually probably considerably higher, possibly by even an order of magnitude or more.
There is also a reference to the few cases that have been documented where doctors actually went on strike, and death rates plummeted. Since this
happens only rarely, it is difficult to point to any of the few cases where it did happen as authoritative, but using a little logic based on the
facts that are incontrovertible (as above), yes, more people would live (longer and better) lives if they didn't go to the average modern doctor
(brainwashed by the pharmaceutical/industrial complex).
On the other hand, a really good doctor who educates himself in natural methods of healing will actually save lives and dramatically increase the
quality of life for their patients.
Modern medicine is good for one thing, and one thing only: TRAUMA treatment. There is nowhere I'd rather be than a modern emergency room if I suffer
some kind of physical damage/trauma.
Personally, I do think it is a bit silly to compare death by modern medicine to guns - just as silly (and disingenuous) as citing the number of 'gun
deaths per year' statistic without clarifying that in general, 2/3 of those are suicides, and a large percentage of the rest are gang-on-gang