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Posted April 24, 2013: by Bill Sardi
What a day to launch a health radio show! I’m positioning the show to be skeptical (not cynical) of modern medicine’s many self-acclaimed successes and I don’t need to make up any sensationalist headlines to make my point. Lo and behold, a number of damning reports are published on the very same day the Bill Sardi Health & Wealth Show is launched on KLAV 1230 AM (Las Vegas)!
That is the word issued today from a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report – that misdiagnosis is the most common reason for a payout of malpractice claim, more than surgical mistakes or medication errors. The report estimates there are 80,000 to 160,000 people suffering significant injury or death from misdiagnosis annually. This does not include over-diagnosis or outright needless care that is delivered without harm. The bill for needless, wasteful and outright fraudulent health care was estimated to exceed $700 billion in 2009.
While the public hears of deaths due to overdoses of illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine, over 50% of drug-related deaths appear to be due to doctor-prescribed medications, particularly pain relievers like Oxycontin and Vicodin. An estimated 40,000 deaths a year are attributed to these Rx medications.
Then later in the day it was revealed Congress was bought off in 2006 and approved a Medicare drug plan that forbid Medicare from buying drugs at the best price. This turned out to be a $711 billion give away to the top drug companies over the past decade. Profits soared by 34% for Big Pharma. Several Senators have now introduced a bill that would put drugs prescribed under Medicare coverage to be put out for bid – this would save over $140 billion a year.
A news report says half of the Medicare population lives on annual incomes of $22,500 or less and on average, people with Medicare spend 15% of their total incomes on health care. An example was provided of a man who lives on $1400 a month and spends $500 of that on prescription drugs.
Then Forbes Magazine published a report questioning the FDA’s acceptance of what are called “surrogate end points” in the approval of blood pressure-lowering drugs. Yes, these drugs lower blood pressure, but do they prevent strokes and reduce the number of deaths? Sadly, many times, no.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the American Heart Association predicts the number of Americans with heart failure will double over the next two decades due to prolonged lifespans. About 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure now and this figure will rise to 8 million by the year 2030. Yet modern medicine doesn’t concede many of its popularly-prescribed drugs for heart failure actually induce the disease by causing a vitamin deficiency.
Ah, American medicine, don’t you just love it. And the masses clamor for more of it. Bring on Obamacare so more can have it. The uninsured don’t know what they are missing. Copyright 2013 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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