“If all the medications were dumped into the sea, it would be better for mankind, but worse for the fishes.”
– Oliver Wendell Homes (paraphrased)
In 2012, more than 780,000 people in America were killed by one thing. Some estimates put the number as high as one million a year. But who is this crazy terrorist killing all these people? Who is this war-mongering dictator responsible for all this death?
The answer is not a who, but rather a what. The answer is Medicine1.
Need an analogy to make this more cogent? Your chance of dying from medicine surpasses the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, or war.
“But I must see my doctor routinely,” you doth protest, “to maintain my health and make sure there’s nothing wrong!”
Are you sure about that?
The British Medical Journal recently posted a meta-analysis of all studies of routine medical visits. The conclusion of this meta-analysis?
General health checks did not reduce morbidity or mortality, neither overall nor for cardiovascular or cancer causes, although they increased the number of new diagnoses. Important harmful outcomes were often not studied or reported.”
In fact, multiple studies have shown that routine doctor visits and medication actually lower quality of life.
Please take a moment to examine this chart created and referenced by the authors an article entitled Death by Medicine. Many iatrogenic deaths are misattributed to other causes. The reality is that the documented numbers reveal but a snapshot of the medical landscape.
Why would we routinely go to a doctor if it presents a greater risk of death than disease itself?
When Should You Visit Your Medical Doctor?
Here’s the reality of the situation: The medical doctor visit should be a last resort, when all else has failed, and/or if it’s a life-threatening situation or injury. The side effects of visiting the doctor, which include death, are too great otherwise.
Let’s do a statistical analysis.
America’s population is currently about 320 million. There are nearly 2.6 million deaths each year, or just under 1% of the population. Many of these deaths are people who simply didn’t receive any or adequate life saving measures from a doctor, for whatever reason. These deaths are usually emergencies and unfortunate accidents, and the medical system can’t be held accountable for them.
Eighty-two percent of the population (about 260 million people) visit the doctor on average four times per year. This equates to roughly 1.1 billion office visits. Currently, there are around 700,000 physicians averaging around 1,600 visits annually.
Of those 1,600 visits per doctor per year, about 780,000 deaths are recorded as a direct result from medicine’s side effects and doctor interference. This equates to just over one unwarranted death per doctor per year.2
Think about that for a second. Then continue reading.
When Doctors Strike
The best way to deal with a risk to your life is to eliminate it. To me, the solution to this problem is obvious: Stop your routine medical doctor visits.
Before you dismiss this idea as far-fetched and outrageous, let us examine the effects of a severe reduction (or actual stoppage) in doctor visits. There has never been a controlled study of this by the medical establishment for obvious reasons; however, there are recorded historical precedences of large scale stoppages of routine doctor visits with keen insights into the resulting outcomes.
You see, doctors, on occasion, have gone on strike. A thorough review of these historical strikes has been documented in the Social Science and Medicine Journal. This study analyzed five different events between 1976 and 2003 when doctors were unavailable for routine visits, ranging anywhere from nine days to 17 weeks. In every single one of these five historical events, the mortality rate either remained the same or decreased. There were no increases in deaths!
The most remarkable example of this was in Los Angeles County in 1976. Doctors went on strike to protest malpractice insurance premiums that were gouging their incomes. The doctors provided emergency care during this prolonged five-week strike, but routine office visits were denied.
At the beginning of the strike: 21 deaths per 100,000. At the end of the strike? 13 deaths per 100,000. That’s a 40% decrease in the mortality rate!3
If the medical establishment grew a set and performed a large-scale controlled study on routine doctor visits, the results would certainly be congruent with the empiric observations of these historical and sociological precedences. A study like this would still allow medicine to do what it does best, which is heroic measures of drugs and surgeries to save lives. Other than that, modern medicine has nothing to do with health and well-being and nothing to offer most of us.
The reality of the situation is that no medical heroic measures of drugs or surgery should be performed short of a life-threatening situation.
All prescriptions for non-life-threatening situations must cease. If this were law, hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved each year.
Where is the Common Sense?
It boggles the mind that the average person is prescribed 13 medications per year and never advised to go off them. Instead, additional drugs are prescribed for the additional side effects caused by the original drug.
This truly is common sense: because all drugs and procedures have side effects, they should be used with great caution and as a last resort.
Take for example the side effects of blood pressure and cholesterol drugs. These are the most commonly prescribed drugs in America, and they are often authorized after diagnoses on routine doctor visits.
In 2008, a series of studies known as JUPITER observed 17,802 people with no history of heart disease. They were put on ‘preventative’ cholesterol medication (available ubiquitously now as ‘statins’). The results showed that for 1.9 years, one heart attack was prevented for every 244 people that took statins. That is a 0.0004% success rate (or 0.0002% per year). Meanwhile, all 244 people suffered from side effects ranging from skin rashes to heart palpitations to liver damage, and yes, even life-threatening situations. That is a 100% side effect rate.
Medical doctors nearly always treat mild hypertension with prescriptions. Does it work? Studies statistically show a 5.6% benefit or improvement. “Yep, it works!” says the pharmaceutical rep to your doctor. What do you think? Does it work? Let’s say you’re in school, and on your final exam you get 5.6% of the answers right. Do you think you’ll be allowed to graduate?
High blood pressure that is “treated” with drugs is shown to benefit 26% of patients to whom it’s prescribed. Yet, without fail, all these drugs’ side effects spill over into new dysfunctions and chronic disease.
Where is the common sense? Why isn’t the truth told to you by your doctor at your routine visit? Deep down inside, we all know the answer. We all know why we’re lied to.
Because truth ain’t profitable, folks.
Volumes have been written that describe, in detail, the reason for a medical system that doesn’t do anything to improve or maintain our health. In fact, I’ll be adding to these volumes with a book of my own soon, and in the book I state the simple truth: This dysfunctional medical system propagates itself because it makes a few wealthy people even wealthier.
The painful, documented fact is that the medical/pharmaceutical system that’s responsible for the degradation of global human health continues to operate profitably.
Why? Because preventing disease doesn’t make as much money. But allowing it to happen and then treating it? There’s your moneymaker.
Study after study demonstrates that this current approach to healthcare collectively burdens each generation with exponentially more expense, while statistically lowering our quality of life and increasing our risk of death.
Considering the preponderance of evidence, is it truly that outrageous to recommend becoming your own doctor?
What You Need to Know to Become Your Own Doctor
What makes one person qualified to give advice? Is it wisdom, education, training, common sense? What convinces another to accept that advice?
The fact is the medical approach of giving one set of drugs to suppress one set of symptoms, while creating another, doesn’t produce true health. Never has. Both statistics, common sense and empiric observation demand that the medical industry is not best situated to get you healthy.
The only thing that has been proven to create health and eliminate disease is the reduction of stress – and who is best situated to reduce the stress in your body?
Drum beat . . . you.
YOU are best situated to reduce your own stress and, therefore, become your own doctor, epitomizing Hippocrates’ mantra, “Heal thyself.”
The Cause of all Chronic Disease
Both allopathic and holistic physicians agree that stress is the root cause of all chronic disease. Therefore, reducing stress cures disease. This may sounds like an oversimplification, but whoever said it had to be complicated? Stress is cumulative, and our bodies are built to handle stress – up to a point.
When you have enough stress in your body, something is going to break. Sort of like a bucket filling up with water. At very specific points, your body will exhibit symptoms. These symptoms are clear indicators that something is wrong, and they’re different for everyone. If we ignore these symptoms, or worse, use medicine to suppress them, the stress on our body increases, and the bucket fills.
Eventually, the bucket will overflow. This overflow is what we call “the tipping point” where health fails. We all have a tipping point, and when we reach it, disease forms.
The Culprit: Allostatic Load
Cumulative stress in medical terms is known as allostatic stress, or allostatic load, and it can be measured. This measurement is the best indicator of your overall health, blowing your annual physical out of the water.
Hans Selye, the “father of stress,” identified the phases of stress as you see pictured below.
Phase 1 – Alarm: When the stress occurs and our body responds appropriately. “Fight or flight.”
Phase 2 – Resistance: When we are in a continued heightened state to try to handle the stress.
Phase 3 – Exhaustion: When our health reserves run out and our body breaks down. “The Tipping Point.”
By recording, measuring and combining the test results that actually matter, you can determine where your stress level is at, where it’s coming from in your body, and then figure out the path to rapidly lowering it.
2 Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 35[PDF – 1.3 MB] www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf
3 Doctors’ strikes and mortality: A review. Solveig Argeseanu Cunningham, Kristina Mitchell, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Salim Yusuf. Social Science & Medicine 67 (2008) 1784-1788