Doctors Are the THIRD Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.?

OUCH! The Journal of the American Medical Association (no less) says that a researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health has done a study that demonstrates that the U.S. health care system may contribute to poor health.


  • 12,000 — unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 — medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 — other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 — infections in hospitals
  • 106,000 — non-error, negative effects of drugs
  • These total to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!

    What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment.”

    THIS is the reason that I always say, “YOU are the person most responsible for YOUR personal health!” You need to personally supervise your own health plan and treatment and educate yourself on anything that your personal health care provider recommends… and remember, do NOT take it as an “order!” A doctor should be willing to work WITH you to help plan your health care and/or treatment!

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