You can probably guess that heart disease and cancer are the number 1 and 2 killers of people in this country.So what's number 3? Stroke? Accidents? Nope.
The third leading cause of death in the U.S. is our very own health
care system.That's right! Our medical system - thought by some to be among the best in the world - is killing us.
Doctors and drugs kill 225,400 people a year in this country alone. That's more than those who die of stroke, diabetes, respiratory illness, or accidents.
There are 12,000 deaths a year from unnecessary surgeries. 20,000 people die each year from other hospital errors. 80,000 people die from infections they contracted when they were in the hospital.
In addition to all of these deaths, thousands more are harmed after being given the wrong drug or the wrong amount.
On top of that, 1 out of every 15 hospital patients had a serious reaction to a NORMAL dose of a doctor-prescribed medication. These reactions may lead to a longer hospital stay or permanent disability.
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o what can you do about this?
First: Don't wait and put your life in someone else's hands. Use your doctor as a member of your health team, not the ultimate authority. Take more responsibility for your health. Eat a better diet, exercise, and consciously reduce your stress daily. Do everything you can to get and stay as healthy as possible.
econd: Add a doctor of integrative medicine to your health care team, even if your insurance won't pay for it. Ask this doctor if you really need to take the medications that have been prescribed for you, or if there's another solution. Traditional MDs often don't have enough knowledge to comment on natural remedies. Plus, you want someone to monitor any program you use to prevent or reverse an illness. Don't play around with your health and try to do this on your own.
Third: Get the best and latest science-based information about health that you can find. There are often a number of natural solutions to most health problems. But be aware that many companies and laboratories have a vested interest in selling particular products or diagnostic tests. The science of nutrition and diseases changes almost daily. Don't use out-of-date information, like taking a lot of calcium to prevent osteoporosis. It doesn't work and could result in brittle bones.
Instead, research some of the most current scientific information on health care. One source you can trust is my monthly newsletter. If you're a subscriber, you have access to all past articles. The user name and password you need to search my database are in the latest issue.
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When it comes to your health, knowledge is not only power, it can save your life.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
tarfield, Barbara, MD, MPH. "Is U.S. health really the best in the world?" JAMA, July 26, 2000.