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(Another) Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine


Another young girl has died from Gardasil, the infamous HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck & Co., and the medical establishment claims that it was a fluke. Twelve-year-old Meredith Prohaska from Waukesha, Wisconsin, died just a few hours after getting her Gardasil shot, and her parents are sure that the vaccine was the cause of death.

According to FOX6Now.com, Meredith was an otherwise healthy, fun-loving girl prior to her death. She did have a sore throat the day that she died, which is why her parents took her to the doctor in the first place. But it was a minor ailment that, in light of the events of that fateful day, couldn’t possibly have killed her that quickly or coincidentally.

Reports indicate that Meredith’s parents took her to the doctor during the morning hours of August 7. Around 10:30 am, she received her first HPV vaccine, which about 30 minutes later appeared to lull her into a deep sleep. Meredith’s mother Rebecca recalls having had to repeatedly wake her up so she could make it through the day.

Later that afternoon at around 3:30 pm, Rebecca left the house for about 30 minutes to get some food. When she returned, she found her daughter lying on the floor unconscious, upon which she initiated CPR — Rebecca served as an EMT (emergency medical technician) for the National Guard for 14 years, so she knew what she was doing.

When the CPR failed, Rebecca immediately called 911, and Meredith was rushed to the hospital. But it was too late — the girl was pronounced dead upon arrival, without explanation.

“It was the hardest thing when they called and said they don’t know,” stated Rebecca to FOX6Now.com. “There was no reason [for her death]. She was the healthiest 12-year-old.”

Rebecca decided to take a closer look at the HPV handout that she was given that morning, only to find that her daughter apparently suffered certain rare side effects caused by the vaccine. But when the media caught wind of the story, damage control was quickly engaged, with a professor and medical doctor from the Milwaukee Health Department claiming that the vaccine wasn’t to blame.

Dr. Swain has accepted more than $1 million to promote vaccines

This doctor and professor is known as Geoffrey Swain, and VacTruth.com reports that he has sucked heavily from the teat of Big Vaccine. According to Dr. Swain’s resume, which is available through the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), this pro-vaccine spokesman has accepted more than $1 million from vaccine interests to defend and promote vaccines.

More than $900,000 of this bounty came from the CDC, which apparently tasked Dr. Swain with investigating immunization rates (whatever that means). Another nearly $160,000 was given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes vaccines and looks for new ways to get more people vaccinated.

Dr. Swain’s resume is available for viewing here:
CUPH.org [PDF].

It is hardly surprising, then, that Dr. Swain publicly dismissed the concerns of the Prohaska family about the safety of Gardasil. In typical shill fashion, Dr. Swain quickly reassured the public that Gardasil is “very, very safe,” also emphasizing that it’s a “very safe vaccine and very effective.”

Of course it is, Dr. $wain.

Sources for this article include:

http://vactruth.com
http://fox6now.com
http://www.cuph.org [PDF]
ttp://science.naturalnews.com

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Iatrogenic Disease – Your own Doctors Cause the 3rd Most Fatal Deaths in the USA


 

Iatrogenic Disease is defined as a disease that is caused by medical treatment.

Read major headlines around the globe on this serious disease.

How Prepared are You to Not Become a National Statistic?

If a Jumbo Jet crashed and killed 280 people everyday… 365 days a year… year after year… would you be concerned about flying??

Would you question the Federal Aviation Administration? Would you demand answers??

Think about it!

Close to 100,000 people dying every year from plane crashes?

Sounds Ridiculous??!!

Well think again. What if you were told that over 100,000 people are killed and over 2 million people maimed and disabled every year…year after year from modern medicine…would you believe it??

Well these may be my words…but read the following articles from the most respected medical journals and institutions (Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control, British medical journal The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and national news (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, US World Report) and you be the judge.

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Starfield has documented the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm in the following statistics:

* The term iatrogenic is defined as “induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially to pertain to a complication of treatment.”   Furthermore, these estimates of death due to error are lower than those in a recent Institutes of Medicine report.

If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000.

Even at the lower estimate of 225,000 deaths per year, this constitutes the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Dr. Starfield offers several caveats in the interpretations of these numbers:

First, most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized patients.

Second, these estimates are for deaths only and do not include the many negative effects that are associated with disability or discomfort.

Third, the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the IOM report. If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000.

In any case, 225,000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Even if these figures are overestimated, there is a wide margin between these numbers of deaths and the next leading cause of death (cerebro-vascular disease).

Another analysis concluded that between 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience negative effects in outpatient settings, with:

  • 116 million extra physician visits
  • 77 million extra prescriptions
  • 17 million emergency department visits
  • 8 million hospitalizations
  • 3 million long-term admissions
  • 199,000 additional deaths
  • $77 billion in extra costs
    The high cost of the health care system is considered to be a deficit, but it seems to be tolerated under the assumption that better health results from more expensive care.However, evidence from a few studies indicates that as many as 20% to 30% of patients receive inappropriate care.

    An estimated 44,000 to 98,000 among these patients die each year as a result of medical errors.

    This might be tolerable if it resulted in better health, but does it?

    Out of 13 countries in a recent comparison, the United States ranks an average of 12th (second from the bottom) for 16 available health indicators.

    More specifically, the ranking of the U.S. on several indicators was:

  • 13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
  • 13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
  • 11th for post-neonatal mortality
  • 13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
  • 11th for life expectancy, at 1 year for females, 12th for males
  • 10th for life expectancy, at 15 years for females, 12th for males
  • 10th for life expectancy, at 40 years for females, 9th for males
  • 7th for life expectancy, at 65 years for females, 7th for males
  • 3rd for life expectancy, at 80 years for females, 3rd for males
    The poor performance of the U.S. was recently confirmed by a World Health Organization study which used different data and ranked the United States as 15th among 25 industrialized countries.It has been known that drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

    This makes it clear that the more frightening number is that doctors are the third leading cause of death in this country, killing nearly a quarter million people a year.

    These statistics are further confused because most medical coding only describes the cause of organ failure and does not identify iatrogenic causes at all.

    start quoteLucian Leape, a Harvard University professor who conducted the most comprehensive study of medical errors in the United States, has estimated that one million patients nationwide are injured by errors during hospital treatment each year and that 120,000 die as a result. end quote
    — Harvard University

    In their study, Leape and his colleagues examined patient records at hospitals throughout the state of New York. Their 1991 report found that one of every 200 patients admitted to a hospital died as a result of a hospital error.

    That number of deaths is the equivalent of what would occur if a jumbo jet crashed every day; it is three times the 43,000 people killed each year in U.S. automobile accidents.

    “It’s by far the number one problem” in health care, said Leape, an adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Researchers such as Leape say that not only are medical errors not reported to the public, but those reported to hospital authorities represent roughly 5 to 10 percent of the number of actual medical mistakes at a typical hospital.”The bottom line is we have a system that is terribly out of control,” said Robert Brook, a professor of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.

    “It’s really a joke to worry about the occasional plane that goes down when we have thousands of people who are killed in hospitals every year.” Brook’s recognition of the extent of hospital errors is shared by many of medicine’s leaders.

    Care — not treatment — is the answer. Drugs, surgery and hospitals become increasingly dangerous for chronic disease cases. Facilitating the God-given healing capacity by improving the diet, exercise, and lifestyle is the key.

    Effective interventions for the underlying emotional and spiritual wounding behind most chronic disease is critical for the reinvention of our medical paradigm. These numbers suggest that reinvention of our medical paradigm is called for.

    World-Wide News On Medical MistakesStudy Slams Medical Error Rate in NationPhiladelphia InquirerA panel of the National Academy of Sciences, in a highly critical report, yesterday called for a major national effort to reduce medical errors by developing a mandatory reporting system and asking Congress to establish a center to study them.The 220-page report, written by a 19-member committee of the Academy’s Institute of Medicine, set as a goal a 50 percent reduction in the nation’s “stunningly high rate of medical errors” within five years.

    It estimated that errors from medical treatment kill up to 98,000 people in U.S. hospitals every year and characterized the problem as among the nation’s leading causes of death and injury.

    Several members of the committee said in interviews yesterday that the report was intended as a loud call to action for the health-care industry, which it said has not acted swiftly enough to address the causes of errors.

    “What it says is ‘enough already,’ ” said Lucian Leape, a committee member and adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It’s a matter of holding people’s feet to the fire and stop talking about errors and start doing something.”

    Medical Mistakes Often UnreportedDetroit NewsBased on a recent report by the Institute of Medicine, which estimates 36 error-related hospital deaths per 100,000 people, 3,534 Michiganians died last year due to medical mistakes.

    Patients reported 2,027 complaints about health care organizations to the state, but Tom Lindsay, director of the Michigan Bureau of Health Services, said those likely represent just a fraction of the mistakes.

    Medical MistakesNew York TimesThe NEW YORK TIMES reported that 5% of people admitted to hospitals, or about 1.8 million people per year, in the U.S. pick up an infection while there. Such infections are called “iatrogenic” — meaning “induced by a physician,” or, more loosely, “caused by medical care.”

    Iatrogenic infections are directly responsible for 20,000 deaths among hospital patients in the U.S. each year, and they contribute to an additional 70,000 deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control CDC). The dollar cost of iatrogenic infections is $4.5 billion, according to the CDC.

    National Patient Safety FoundationA new poll from the nonprofit National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) finds that 42 percent of people say they’ve been affected by physician errors, either directly or through a friend or relative.

    If the survey of roughly 1,500 people accurately represents the general public, it could mean that more than 100 million Americans have experience with medical mistakes.

    More alarming, according to the survey, is the fact that in one out of three cases the error permanently harmed the patient’s health.

    Dr. Leape is a board member of the NPSF, which was founded by the American Medical Association in June of this year to improve health care safety.

    AMA leaders say it’s time to bring the issue out into the open, rather than living in constant fear that any admission of error will launch a flood of malpractice lawsuits.

    Leape’s own research has shown that the tally of medical mistakes made each year could reach 3 million, with total costs as high as $200 billion.

    The survey found that 40 percent of the people who had experienced a medical mistake pointed to misdiagnoses and wrong treatments as the problem. Medication errors accounted for 28 percent of mistakes.

    And 22 percent of respondents reported slip-ups during medical procedures.

    Half of the errors occurred in hospitals, and 22 percent in doctors’ offices.

What Causes Errors

When asked what may have caused their doctors to make such errors, patients cited carelessness, stress, faulty training and bad communication.

Three out of four believe the best solution to the problem would be to bar health care workers with bad track records.

But Leape disagreed, arguing that punishment simply encourages people to cover up their errors. “We need to shift emphasis away from individuals,” he said. “Errors are not the disease, they’re the symptoms of the disease.”

Instead, he said, poorly designed health care systems may be largely to blame. Doctors and nurses often work double shifts, making them more prone to error. And in this age of computer technology, Leape noted, the hand-written drug prescription should be a relic of the past.

Medical Mistakes: A Legal and Ethical Dilemma for Doctors and Patients
CNN

Experts say medical mistakes occur all the time, and doctors often fail to tell patients about them. A recent report estimates that up to 98,000 patients a year die from medical errors.

Deaths in England Due to Medical Errors up 500%
Audit Commission

About 1,200 people died in public hospitals in Britain last year because of mistakes in prescribing and administering medicine, according to a report published by a government watchdog group.

Outlined in a report by the Audit Commission, the errors included administering the wrong medicine – in one case, a breast cancer patient was given the sleeping drug Temazepam instead of the cancer drug Tamoxifen – to giving out the wrong dosage of the right drug, to unknowingly prescribing a drug that caused a fatal reaction.

The death toll was five times higher than that in 1990, according to the report. In addition, the thousands of patients who survive medicine-related mistakes each year invariably become sicker, requiring more treatment that create an extra expense for the National Health Service, the report said.

“The health service is probably spending $725 million a year making better people who experienced an adverse incident or errors, and that does not include the human cost to patients,” said Nick Mapstone, an author of the report.

“The number of drugs is increasing, the effectiveness – and therefore often the toxicity – of drugs is increasing, the number of people on multiple medications is increasing, and that increases the risk of interaction,” Dr. Pickersgill told the BBC.

A number of highly publicized cases of drug-related error in recent months has brought home the problem. In one case, a cancer patient was prescribed and administered a drug at 1,000 times the recommended dose, according to the report.

In another case, at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, a teenager, who was a cancer patient in remission, fell into a coma and died after an anticancer drug was mistakenly injected into his spine.

“The recent events at Queen’s Medical Center illustrate how day-to- day pressures can lead to acknowledged best practice being ignored,” the report said.

Jackie Glatter, a spokeswoman for the Consumers’ Association, which lobbies for patients’ rights, said: “The report shows there is a strong need for detailed and clear patient information about treatments and medicines – not just in hospitals, but also when people are taking medicine at home.”

Deaths from Medication Errors on Increase
CNN

Deaths caused by medication mistakes more than doubled between 1983 and 1993, according to findings published in the British medical journal The Lancet on Saturday.

start quoteDeaths caused by medication mistakes more than doubled between 1983 and 1993end quote
— Lancet

The study by a research team at the University of California at San Diego found that the sharpest increase in deaths was among outpatients.

Deaths from accidental poisoning by drugs and other medicines climbed from 851 to nearly 2,100. Of those, outpatient deaths increased from under 200 to just under 1,500.

By 1993, outpatients were 6.5 times more likely to die from medication mistakes than inpatients.

The report was based on death certificates, and it was unclear whether the deaths were caused by a medical professional’s error or patient error.

Drug Reactions Kill an Estimated 100,000 a Year
CNN

Adverse reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medicines kill more than 100,000 Americans and seriously injure an additional 2.1 million each year, researchers say.

Such reactions — which do not include prescribing errors or drug abuse — rank at least sixth among causes of death in the United States, behind heart disease, cancer, lung disease, strokes and accidents, according to a report published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association. The report was based on an analysis of existing studies.

“Serious adverse drug reactions are frequent … more so than generally recognized,” the researchers said.

Researchers at the University of Toronto examined 39 studies and estimated that an average of 106,000 deaths at U.S. hospitals in 1994 were due to bad reactions to drugs.

Medical Mistakes Triple All Gun Deaths

For years, the American Medical Association, hospitals, medical magazines and various other health care groups have been beating the drums for more gun laws.

And some of us have pointed out their chutzpah, since — according to the official figures, the National Center for Health Statistics, more than twice as many are killed every year in medical accidents than in gun accidents.

Yesterday, an independent report from the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, said the number of deaths from medical mistakes every year may total 98,000 — about three times the number of deaths due to accidents, homicides and suicides with firearms.

The study says medical mistakes may cost the nation as much as $29 billion a year and may be the fifth highest cause of death — behind heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung obstructive lung diseases.

That 98,000 total is over twice as many as die in auto crashes each year.

Nursing Mistakes Kill, Injure Thousands
Tribune Staff Writer

Overwhelmed and inadequately trained nurses kill and injure thousands of patients every year as hospitals sacrifice safety for an improved bottom line, a Tribune investigation has found.

Since 1995, at least 1,720 hospital patients have been accidentally killed and 9,584 others injured from the actions or inaction of registered nurses across the country, who have seen their daily routine radically altered by cuts in staff and other belt-tightening in U.S. hospitals.

Blunders By Doctors Kill 40,000 People a Year In Britain

Medical error is the third most frequent cause of death in Britain after cancer and heart disease, killing up to 40,000 people a year – about four times more than die from all other types of accident.
Provisional research figures on hospital mistakes show that a further 280,000 people suffer from non-fatal drug-prescribing errors, overdoses and infections.

The victims spend an average of six extra days recovering in hospital, at an annual cost of £730m in England alone.

start quoteMedical error is the third most frequent cause of death in Britain after cancer and heart disease, killing up to 40,000 people a yearend quote
— University College London

A pilot study investigating the issue – the first attempt to measure the problem in Britain – shows that one in 14 patients suffers some kind of adverse event such as diagnostic error, operation mistake or drug reaction.

Charles Vincent, head of the clinical risk unit at University College London, who is leading the study, has pioneered efforts to examine the extent of clinical errors in Britain.

His team has so far concentrated on two London hospitals. The first data from one hospital showed that 32 out of 480 patients in four different departments were victims of hospital mistakes.

Vincent’s estimate of 40,000 deaths comes from studies showing that 3-4% of patients in the developed world suffer some kind of harm in hospital. For 70% of them the resulting disability is short-lived, but 14% subsequently die.

“It is a substantial problem,” Vincent said. “There is a need to find out the true extent of error, what kind of things are going wrong and the cost.” He believes the death rate may be even higher than indicated by the preliminary figures.

Britain’s death rate is comparable to that in America, where recommendations in a report produced by the Kellogg Foundation three weeks ago are likely to result in the creation of a new federal agency to protect patients from medical error.

The report drew on studies that examined the records of 30,195 patients and found a 3.7% error rate. Of those injured, 14% died. Researchers concluded that 70% of the errors – and 155,000 deaths – were avoidable.

Department of Health officials are now examining a proposal for a £1.2m three-year national study of 20 hospitals and 10,000 medical records to establish exactly how these avoidable deaths occur and how to prevent them.

Drugs and Medical Errors Killing 1 of Every 5 Australians
British Medical Journal November 11, 2000

In a recent emailed response to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Ron Law, Executive Director of the NNFA, in New Zealand and member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health Working Group advising on medical error, offered some enlightening information on deaths caused by drugs and medical errors.

He notes the prevalence of deaths from medical errors and also from properly researched and prescribed medications in Australia and New Zealand, which serves as a reminder to us that the US is not alone in having this problem.

He cites the following statistics and facts:

Official Australian government reports reveal that preventable medical error in hospitals is responsible for 11% of all deaths in Australia, which is about 1 of every 9 deaths.

If deaths from properly researched, properly registered, properly prescribed and properly used drugs were added along with preventable deaths due to private practice it comes to a staggering 19%, which is almost 1 of every 5 deaths.

New Zealand figures are very similar. According to Mr. Law:

start quoteMore than 5 million people have been killed by Western medical practice in the past decade (Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, and NZ) and 20 million killed or permanently maimed. Sounds like a war zone, doesn’t it? end quote
— Ron Law, Executive Director of the NNFA and member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health Working Group

Put another way, the equivalent of New Zealand’s second largest city (Christchurch) has been killed by preventable medical error and deaths from properly researched, properly registered, properly prescribed and properly used drugs in Australasia in the past decade and its biggest city Auckland either killed or permanently maimed.

Put another way, more than 5 million people have been killed by Western medical practice in the past decade (Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, and NZ) and 20 million killed or permanently maimed. Sounds like a war zone, doesn’t it?

Put another way, the economic impact of deaths due to preventable medical error and deaths from properly researched, properly registered, properly prescribed and properly used drugs is approximately $1 trillion over the past decade.

He notes that only 0.3% of these deaths are properly coded and classified in official statistics as being attributed to these causes.

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?


Sometimes the care that's supposed to help winds up hurting instead.

Sometimes the care that’s supposed to help winds up hurting instead.

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It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.

In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.

Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.

That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

The new estimates were developed by John T. James, a toxicologist at NASA‘s space center in Houston who runs an advocacy organization called Patient Safety America. James has also written a book about the death of his 19-year-old son after what James maintains was negligent hospital care.

Asked about the higher estimates, a spokesman for the American Hospital Association said the group has more confidence in the IOM’s estimate of 98,000 deaths. ProPublica asked three prominent patient safety researchers to review James’ study, however, and all said his methods and findings were credible.

What’s the right number? Nobody knows for sure. There’s never been an actual count of how many patients experience preventable harm. So we’re left with approximations, which are imperfect in part because of inaccuracies in medical records and the reluctance of some providers to report mistakes.

Patient safety experts say measuring the problem is nonetheless important because estimates bring awareness and research dollars to a major public health problem that persists despite decades of improvement efforts.

“We need to get a sense of the magnitude of this,” James said in an interview.

James based his estimates on the findings of four recent studies that identified preventable harm suffered by patients — known as “adverse events” in the medical vernacular — using use a screening method called the Global Trigger Tool, which guides reviewers through medical records, searching for signs of infection, injury or error. Medical records flagged during the initial screening are reviewed by a doctor, who determines the extent of the harm.

In the four studies, which examined records of more than 4,200 patients hospitalized between 2002 and 2008, researchers found serious adverse events in as many as 21 percent of cases reviewed and rates of lethal adverse events as high as 1.4 percent of cases.

By combining the findings and extrapolating across 34 million hospitalizations in 2007, James concluded that preventable errors contribute to the deaths of 210,000 hospital patients annually.

That is the baseline. The actual number more than doubles, James reasoned, because the trigger tool doesn’t catch errors in which treatment should have been provided but wasn’t, because it’s known that medical records are missing some evidence of harm, and because diagnostic errors aren’t captured.

An estimate of 440,000 deaths from care in hospitals “is roughly one-sixth of all deaths that occur in the United States each year,” James wrote in his study. He also cited other research that’s shown hospital reporting systems and peer-review capture only a fraction of patient harm or negligent care.

“Perhaps it is time for a national patient bill of rights for hospitalized patients,” James wrote. “All evidence points to the need for much more patient involvement in identifying harmful events and participating in rigorous follow-up investigations to identify root causes.”

Dr. Lucian Leape, a Harvard pediatrician who is referred to the “father of patient safety,” was on the committee that wrote the “To Err Is Human” report. He told ProPublica that he has confidence in the four studies and the estimate by James.

Members of the Institute of Medicine committee knew at the time that their estimate of medical errors was low, he said. “It was based on a rather crude method compared to what we do now,” Leape said. Plus, medicine has become much more complex in recent decades, which leads to more mistakes, he said.

Dr. David Classen, one of the leading developers of the Global Trigger Tool, said the James study is a sound use of the tool and a “great contribution.” He said it’s important to update the numbers from the “To Err Is Human” report because in addition to the obvious suffering, preventable harm leads to enormous financial costs.

Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital whose book Unaccountable calls for greater transparency in health care, said the James estimate shows that eliminating medical errors must become a national priority. He said it’s also important to increase the awareness of the potential of unintended consequences when doctors perform procedure and tests. The risk of harm needs to be factored into conversations with patients, he said.

Leape, Classen and Makary all said it’s time to stop citing the 98,000 number.

Still, hospital association spokesman Akin Demehin said the group is sticking with the Institute of Medicine’s estimate. Demehin said the IOM figure is based on a larger sampling of medical charts and that there’s no consensus the Global Trigger Tool can be used to make a nationwide estimate. He said the tool is better suited for use in individual hospitals.

The AHA is not attempting to come up with its own estimate, Demehin said.

Dr. David Mayer, vice president of quality and safety at Maryland-based MedStar Health, said people can make arguments about how many patient deaths are hastened by poor hospital care, but that’s not really the point. All the estimates, even on the low end, expose a crisis, he said.

“Way too many people are being harmed by unintentional medical error,” Mayer said, “and it needs to be corrected.”

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

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What your doctor won’t warn you about because it brings BIG BUSINESS to them!!!


GMO’s bring HUGE business to your doctor’s office!  QUIT eating them please!!!

GMO Dangers

gm dangers

Genetically modified foods…
Are they safe?

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think so. The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods.

Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.

gmo danger2

Since then, findings include:

  • Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
  • Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
  • More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
  • Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
  • By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
  • Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
  • Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
  • Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
  • The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
  • Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.

Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us. This could mean:

  • If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics
  • If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.

Although no studies have evaluated if antibiotic or Bt-toxin genes transfer, that is one of the key problems. The safety assessments are too superficial to even identify most of the potential dangers from GMOs. See our Health Risks brochure and State of the Science report for more details and citations.

Recent health studies provide growing evidence of harm from GMOs:

GM Corn Damages Liver and Kidneys
Meat Raised on GM Feed is Different
Roundup Could Cause Birth Defects
Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility
Damaging Effects of Roundup

GM Crops Do Not Increase Yields
GMOs Inevitably Contaminate and Persist
Industry Studies are Flawed

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No longer science fiction: Aborted human fetuses harvested to grow kidney organs in rats for transplantation into human patients


If you think doctors’ agendas are good, think again.  Check out this report from Natural News.

Human fetal kidneys harvested from aborted babies are being surgically implanted into adult rats to grow new kidneys to be transplanted into awaiting human adults.

This procedure, which is under rapid development, is being framed as a medical breakthrough by scientists who appear to be completely blind to the moral and ethical issues at stake in such a scheme.

“[This] is definitely the first time an actual whole human organ has been grown in an animal, and has sustained the life of that animal,” explains Eugene Gu, the founder and CEO of Ganogen, Inc. in Redwood, Calif. “Our long-term goal is to grow human organs in animals, to end the human donor shortage.” [1]

LiveScience.com reports, “The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size.”
From the Ganogen.com website:

Study results have been published in the Jan. 22 issue of the American Journal of Transplantation.

The ethics question

To its credit, Live Science directly addresses the moral issues surrounding this technology, even offering quotes from a bioethicist who says the practice won’t be tolerated. As reported on the website:

Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU Langone Medical Center, said the study itself did not concern him. However, “there is no way we’re ever going to use fetal human kidneys or any other solid organs for transplant,” Caplan said. “American society is morally uncomfortable enough about abortion that growing organs from fetal remains will never be accepted, and will be banned in state after state.”

The researchers said they hope Caplan is wrong…

The Ganogen.com website does not appear to contain any ethics statement defining any limitations on how the developed technology might be used. It appears to company has likely not considered the ethical implications of its research. While there’s no doubt the founders of the company have entered this realm with the best of intentions, they appear to be young, brilliant and naive, wholly unaware of what the roads to Hell are paved with.

Here’s a picture, also from the Ganogen.com website, showing some of the organs they’ve managed to grow from kidney tissue harvested from aborted human babies:

Abortion farms and organ factories

Western medicine today is dominated by the attitude of “heroic interventionism” lead by “medical mechanics” who celebrate each other’s abilities to grow, harvest and transplant organs across an ever-expanding list of animal and human subjects.

But just because you can achieve such transplantation results doesn’t mean you should. In the same way, yes you can genetically engineer food crops to combine insect genes with plant genes and release them into the wild, but it’s probably not very wise to do so due to the very real possibility of self-replicating genetic pollution.

What happens if this new fetal tissue organ harvesting procedure becomes so successful that millions of customers line up to buy the new organs? You’d very quickly see for-profit medical corporations setting up fetal abortion farms to harvest their organs for the “organ factory.”

Young women would be paid (or kidnapped) to get pregnant and have their unborn babies harvested for the organ tissue. Actually, this step is practically happening today as companies like Stem Express in Placerville, California, already sell aborted human fetal tissue for “medical research.”

In Nigeria, a baby farm was already in operation where teenage girls were kidnapped and forced to be impregnated against their will, only to give birth and have their children stolen away for human trafficking profits. “Thirty-two pregnant girls were rescued from a maternity home run by a trafficking ring in the southern city of Aba,” reports The Guardian. [2] “The girls, mostly of school age, were allegedly locked up at the Cross Foundation clinic so they could produce babies to be sold for illegal adoption or for use in ritual witchcraft.”

U.S. corporations could then purchase the harvested aborted fetal tissue from such “baby factories” being run in other countries, then they’d bring the fetal tissue to U.S. facilities where large numbers of rats (which are mammals) are subjected to the torturous procedure of having their bodies cut open and implanted with the harvested human fetal organ cells in order to grow human kidneys.

Once the kidneys grow to a suitable size, the rats would obviously be killed to harvest those organs, which would then be transported to hospitals to be surgically transplanted into humans for profit. The mainstream media would dutifully celebrate the “lifesaving medical breakthrough” and describe the mad scientists as heroes for humanity.

The medical Matrix: turning a human baby into a profit center for medical corporations

If there’s money to be made from harvesting the organs of aborted babies, make no mistake that there are corporations more than willing to profit from the blood money.

Even today, western medicine does not consider a human baby to be “alive” until after it is born… even though an unborn child shows every sign of life that would normally be considered “alive” in a rigorous scientific context. The unborn baby shows a heartbeat, brain activity, cellular growth, nutrient metabolism, waste elimination, muscular movement and even demonstrates emotions and reactions to stimuli. Clearly an unborn baby is alive. This not deniable except by those who are intentionally dishonest.

But thanks to a medical system that can abandon all ethics and declare an unborn baby to be something less than a living human being, there’s nothing stopping biotechnology corporations from harvesting aborted human babies for profit.

And because there’s no moral boundary against doing this with one baby, there’s also no moral boundary against doing this with millions of babies in an “abortion farm” organ harvesting operation carried by a public company with its own stock symbol on Wall Street. Who knows, maybe your favorite retirement mutual fund will buy some shares, too, because all that matters are the earnings per share, right?

Here’s a picture of a modern-day chicken meat factory. Replace the chickens with human babies and you begin to get an idea of the future where medical science operates without human ethics:

Watch The Island movie for a preview of how this might play out

In the sci-fi movie The Island, starring Ewan McGregor, the world’s wealthy elite pay a biotech corporation to raise human clones in a medical facility as “living organ banks.” Those human clones are later killed to have their organs harvested for transplantation into the paying customer.

Much like in our own world today, the clones are controlled through a system of total media propaganda. Regular media broadcasts remind the clones that it’s unauthorized to venture outside the city because the entire world has been destroyed in a nuclear war and is now contaminated with radiation, they’re told. This is conducted in exactly the same way citizens of our modern world are scared into government compliance through totally fabricated or engineered stories of terrorism.

When clones are ready to have their organs harvested, they are told they’ve “won the lottery” to retire in luxury on a tropical island. In reality, they are euthanized and cut open to have their organs harvested for corporate profits.

This scene from the film shows one clone waking up during the organ harvesting procedure and attempting to escape:

The cloned citizens of The Island are brutally controlled by the corporation and forced to live a life of total obedience and conformity. Even their diet is rigorously controlled by the corporation, but not out of any desire to promote health. Rather, it’s a desire by the corporation to make sure its “product” remains healthy, harvestable and sellable.

All along, the cloned humans — which are considered corporate “property” — are kept wholly oblivious to the real world and told how lucky they are to be the last of the survivors of the nuclear war (which never happened). This is the modern-day equivalent to President Obama telling us all how good the U.S. economy is doing and how lucky we are to be living in America.

What was once sci-fi may soon be reality

The greatest problem with science today is that it almost entirely conforms to corporate interests. As a result, it has no respect for ethics or morals. Whatever makes the most money becomes the new “science” of the day, regardless of the implications for human suffering or widespread tragedy.

Tinkering with life — via genetic engineering, mass deployment of agricultural chemicals, cloning or organ harvesting — is a territory fraught with ethical landmines. But motivated by greed, corporations will drive humanity right through a landscape littered with such landmines, oblivious to the violations of ethics, human rights or environmental integrity they are unleashing.

Make no mistake: If it were medically feasible right now to generate millions of dollars in transplant profits from the body of a two-year-old infant, the biotech corporations would have already declared two-year-olds to be “not yet human” and there would be massive farms running right this very minute harvesting organs from two-year-olds. Any person who protested the practice would, of course, be instantly labeled, “anti-science.”

Case in point: There’s money to be made right now from injecting two-year-olds with toxic metals such as mercury and aluminum, both of which are still intentionally manufactured into vaccines. Any person who protests the injecting of children with mercury is immediately labeled “anti-science” today, even though the science clearly says mercury is toxic to human neurology. Calls for removing neurotoxic substances from vaccines are met with derision by the vaccine industry, which insists all children should be injected with dozens of vaccines no matter how toxic the ingredients in them.

The exploitation of children’s bodies has always been a profit center for medical corporations, and human organ harvesting, growing and transplantation may simply be the next step up for an industry deeply rooted in the evil that comes from ignoring medical ethics while prioritizing medical profits.

In effect, we are all living in The Island and being lied to on a daily basis about what’s real. The truth, it turns out, does not support the profit interests of the all-powerful corporations.

Sources for this story include:
[1] http://www.livescience.com/49503-human-kidne…
[2] http://www.theguardian.com/law/2011/jun/02/n…
[3] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399201/

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Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States: Fact Sheet – directly from the CDC


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It’s not just my opinion or the opinions of many medical professionals.  It’s just plain FACT!       Iatrogenic Addictions are killing adults and children right and left…right here in the USA!

Overview

Definitions

Drug: Any chemical compound used for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or injury, for the relief of pain, or for the feeling it causes. A drug is either a pharmaceutical (including both prescription and over-the-counter products) or illicit.

Overdose: When a drug is eaten, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin in excessive amounts and injures the body. Overdoses are either intentional or unintentional. If the person taking or giving a substance did not mean to cause harm, then it is unintentional.

Misuse or abuse: The use of illicit or prescription or over-the-counter drugs in a manner other than as directed.

Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.  Every day in the United States, 120 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.

The Problem

  • Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2012. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • The drug overdose death rate has more than doubled from 1999 through 2013.
  • In 2013, 35,663 (81.1%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, 5,432 (12.4%) were of suicidal intent, and 2,801 (0.06%) were of undetermined intent.
  • In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.
  • Between 2004 and 2005, an estimated 71,000 children (18 or younger) were seen in EDs each year because of medication overdose (excluding self-harm, abuse and recreational drug use).
  • Among children under age 6, pharmaceuticals account for about 40% of all exposures reported to poison centers.

Most Common Drugs Involved in Overdoses

  • In 2013, of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,767 (51.8%) were related to pharmaceuticals.
  • Of the 22,767 deaths relating to pharmaceutical overdose in 2013, 16,235 (71.3%) involved opioid analgesics (also called opioid pain relievers or prescription painkillers), and 6,973 (30.6%) involved benzodiazepines. (Some deaths include more than one type of drug.)
  • In 2011, about 1.4 million ED visits involved the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals. Among those ED visits, 501,207 visits were related to anti-anxiety and insomnia medications, and 420,040 visits were related to opioid analgesics.
  • Benzodiazepines are frequently found among people treated in EDs for misusing or abusing drugs.  People who died of drug overdoses often had a combination of benzodiazepines and opioid analgesics in their bodies.

Costs

  • In the United States, prescription opioid abuse costs were about $55.7 billion in 2007. Of this amount, 46% was attributable to workplace costs (e.g., lost productivity), 45% to healthcare costs (e.g., abuse treatment), and 9% to criminal justice costs.

Risk Factors for Drug Overdose

Among those who died from drug overdose in 2012:

  • Men were 59% more likely than women to die;
  • Whites had the highest death rate, followed by American Indians/Alaska Natives and then blacks;
  • The highest death rate was among people 45-49 years of age; and
  • The lowest death rates were among children less than 15 years old because they do not abuse drugs as frequently as older people.

Among people who misused or abused drugs and received treatment in emergency departments in 2011:

  • 56% were males;
  • 82% were people 21 or older.

259 million | Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. CDC Vital Signs www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns

CDC Vital Signs:
Understanding the Epidemic
Prevention & Treatment
Policy Information
Information for Clinicians
Additional Data Sources
  • CDC WONDER (Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research) WONDER an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information.
  • CDC Data & Statistics The CDC Data & Statistics web site features interactive tools, surveys, publications, databases, and more.

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2014) Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Highlights of the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) findings on drug-related emergency department visits. The DAWN Report. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2013. Available from URL: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k13/DAWN127/sr127-DAWN-highlights.htmExternal Web Site Icon
  3. Paulozzi LJ. Prescription drug overdoses: a review. Journal of Safety Research, 2012; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2012.08.009External Web Site Icon
  4. Schillie SF, Shehab, N, Thomas, KE, Budnitz DS. Medication overdoses leading to emergency department visits among children. Am J Prev Med 2009;37:181-187.
  5. Mowry JB, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR, Bailey JEFord M. 2012 Annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 30th annual report. Clin Tox 2013;51:949-1229.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Vital Statistics System mortality data. (2012) Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.
  7. Birnbaum HG, White AG, Schiller M, Waldman T, Cleveland JM, and Roland CL. Societal costs of prescription opioid abuse, dependence, and misuse in the United States. Pain Medicine 2011; 12: 657-667.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Vital Statistics System mortality data. (2015) Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.

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List of MEDICAL KIDNAPPINGS Happening NOW in America


The Article below is courtesy of Natural News. CLICK HERE

Where has America gone? President Obama is about to give a State of the Union address this evening, but the real state of the Union is that under Presidents Bush and Obama, America has descended into a runaway police state where citizens are considered “subjects” who must kow-tow to corporate-sponsored agendas or face the wrath of the state.

Those independent-thinking Americans who do not surrender to the twisted demands of the State are deemed criminals by default, even if they violate no written law.

The role of parenting itself is now criminalized across America, where parents who make informed, conscious medical decisions in the best interests of their children are subjected to armed government medical kidnappings of their children. For example, just recently a family in Arkansas saw their seven children kidnapped by state authorities and a search warrant served upon their private property because the father owned a common mineral supplement called “MMS.”

MMS is not illegal. In fact, it is an excellent water purifier that can also be used in emergencies to quickly halt stomach cramps from food poisoning. The FDA hates MMS because Big Pharma can’t control its manufacture and distribution. So a war has now been declared on citizens for merely possessing this simple mineral supplement.

Consider the insanity of the fact that marijuana is now legal to possess and smoke in public in many U.S. states, but possession of a common mineral supplement gets you raided by gun-toting government thugs who kidnap your children. This is the real State of the Union you won’t hear ever mentioned by the Tyrant in Chief, a man who follows no law, respects no Constitution and will stop at absolutely nothing to see America destroyed at every level.

No doubt the day is coming soon when teaching a child to home garden — or feeding a child a natural vitamin supplement — will result in the parents being arrested and sent to prison while the children are shipped off to be repeatedly raped and sexually abused by CPS perverts who relish in the exploitation of children. Even U.S. Health and Human Services executives are the kind of people who seek to rape and murder children, as evidenced by this recent arrest of a top HHS security official.

Meanwhile, poisoning children with chemotherapy and high-profit psychiatric drugs will continue to be “accepted treatments” that are not merely tolerated by law enforcement, but actually pushed aggressively by doctors and hospitals.

Truly, America has descended into a state of such medical insanity that the only way to avoid having your children kidnapped by medical and state authorities is to agree to systematically poisoning them first. No wonder more and more parents are refusing to take their children to see any doctors at all, knowing that if the doctor demands a course of treatment the parent doesn’t think is in the best interests of the child, that doctor will call CPS and initiate an armed government raid on that person’s home for the purpose of kidnapping their children.

The State now literally believes it owns your children. All parents are merely “surrogate reproducers” who give birth to more subjects of the State. Those subjects of the State, of course, must be sufficiently poisoned, lobotomized and medically terrorized to make sure they remain obedient conformists to the aims of the State. The greatest enemy of tyrannical government is the ability to think for yourself. So that ability must destroyed as early as possible, which is exactly why the U.S. government has been researching aerosolized thought control vaccines that scientists claim can “turn a fanatic into a normal person” by shutting off part of their brain.

A partial list of medical kidnappings in America

What follows is just a small portion of the medical kidnappings and forced medical poisonings of children happening across America. To stay informed on this subject, check out the newly-launched website www.MedicalKidnap.com which documents even more cases of this systematic medical abuse of American children.

The Robert Scott Bell show at www.NaturalNewsRadio.com is also breaking news almost daily on this subject. See this article on EpicTimes.com for just one of those recent stories covered by radio host Robert Scott Bell (www.RobertScottBell.com)

The Stanley family in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Arkansas government kidnaps seven children, searches home of family for owning a popular mineral supplement
http://www.naturalnews.com/048325_government…

Cassandra C. in Connecticut
Connecticut government kidnaps teen for refusing chemo treatment, injects her with chemicals against her will
http://www.naturalnews.com/048343_chemothera…

Isaiah Rider; Chicago, Illinois
US hospital kidnaps disabled teen patient for profit
http://www.naturalnews.com/048255_medical_ki…

Ella Erlendsdottir; UK
More Munchausen Syndrome fraud by medical establishment results in kidnap, death of vaccine-injured child
http://www.naturalnews.com/047817_Munchausen…

Rico Martinez Nagel; Minnesota
Healthy baby kidnapped in Minnesota, force-fed drugs by medical community and court system
http://www.naturalnews.com/039467_baby_kidna…

Katie Wernecke; Texas
State-sponsored medical terrorism: Texas authorities arrest parents, kidnap their teenage daughter, and force her through chemotherapy against her will
http://www.naturalnews.com/016387_cancer_tre…

Kathryn Blalock; Lubbock, Texas
CPS kidnaps sick infant after doctors injected her with dangerous vaccine against parents’ wishes
http://www.naturalnews.com/047762_medical_ki…

Maryanne Godboldo’s daughter; Detroit, Michigan
Detroit SWAT team assaults African American mom who refused to medicate her daughter with antipsychotic drugs
http://www.naturalnews.com/032089_antipsycho…

Tina Carlsen’s infant; Seattle, Washington
Seattle mother arrested for “kidnapping” her own baby to seek alternative treatments
http://www.naturalnews.com/019512_health_fre…

Justina Pelletier; Boston (Children’s Hospital), Massachusetts
Boston Children’s Hospital kidnaps teen girl for 10 months, holds her as prisoner while threatening parents
http://www.naturalnews.com/042999_Boston_Chi…

Elizabeth Wray; Boston (Children’s Hospital), Massachusetts
Boston Children’s Hospital accused of ‘routinely kidnapping’ children for profit
http://www.naturalnews.com/043298_boston_chi…

Sammy Nikolayev; California
CPS takes baby from mother to ‘protect against’ parents seeking a second opinion
http://www.naturalnews.com/040261_CPS_child_…

Sarah Hershberger; Akron, Ohio
Court rules Amish girl to be forcefully poisoned with chemotherapy; Akron Children’s Hospital now practicing predatory medicine
http://www.naturalnews.com/042393_Akron_Chil…

Arianna and Dominick Brown; Aurora, Illinois
Another Medical Kidnap in Illinois: Infant Twins Seized from Parents over Medical Dispute
http://medicalkidnap.com/2014/12/24/another-…

Johnneisha Kemper’s infant; San Diego, California
San Diego Police: “We’re Not Changing Anything” — Seizure of Children to Continue
http://medicalkidnap.com/2014/12/22/san-dieg…

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