One can't under-note (in light of the "herbs are dangerous" scare-mongering being pushed by the GovtMedia as a subset of the effort to bring alternative medicine under totalitarian- Federal control similar to prescription drugs) the following report from JAMA showing PRESCRIPTION DRUGS to be "the sixth, and perhaps even the fourth, most common cause of death" (Wash. Post) killing over 100,000 Americans per year!!!
Where (X = herbs/vitamins) and (Rx = prescription drugs): if X must be made less available if X may be dangerous, and if Rx is 100,000 times more dangerous than X, then surely Rx should be banned outright, but that's not the case, therefore the expressed concern for safety is a false front, a Big Lie.
>From the Journal of the American Medical Association website:
ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS MAY CAUSE OVER 100,000 DEATHS AMONG HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS EACH YEAR Study suggests adverse drug reactions are among the top causes of death in U.S. CHICAGO - Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in U.S. hospitals may be responsible for more than 100,000 deaths nationwide each year, making it one of the leading causes of death, according to an article in the April 14 issue of The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). Bruce H. Pomeranz, M.D., Ph.D., and col- leagues from the University of Toronto, analyzed 39 studies of ADRs in the United States to estimate the incidence of serious and fatal adverse drug reactions in hospital patients. To obtain overall incidence rates of ADRs in hospitalized patients, the re- searchers combined the incidence of ADRs in the hospital and the incidence of ADRs causing admission to the hospital. On 04/15/98, The Washington Post reported: PRESCRIBED DRUGS' TOLL IS AMONG DEADLIEST By Rick Weiss More than 2 million Americans become seriously ill every year because of toxic reactions to correctly prescribed medicines taken properly, and 106,000 die from those reactions, a new study concludes. That surprisingly high num- ber makes drug side effects at least the sixth, and perhaps even the fourth, most common cause of death in this country. The analysis, the largest and most complete of its kind, suggests that one in 15 hospital patients in the United States can expect to suffer from a serious reaction to prescription or over-the-counter medicine, and about 5 percent of these will die as a result. IAN: Important to note: the study seems only to have included drugs prescribed to hospitalized patients, yet I would expect that most prescription drugs are prescribed to patients NOT hospitalized. If 106,000 hospitalized patients are killed by prescription drugs, and if hospital prescriptions account for (just a guess) 20% of all prescriptions, then there could be upwards of 500,000 people dying every year from prescription drugs (just a rough guestimate). While hospital patients are more sick and thus more inclined to die, out-patients are more inclinded to drive cars and do other dangerous activity drugged. Suffice it is to say that there should be more than the cited 100,000 hospital-Rx-drug deaths in total. ___________________________________________ IAN GODDARD'S ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN JOURNAL ------------------------------------------- http://www.erols.com/igoddard/journal.htm - the critics are raving - "Shouldn't this be expunged?...[since] it is spreading fear and suspicion of the government." Lesly Sthal (CBS - 60 Minutes) Call the police! Newsday reports that "another site linked to Goddard's" is linked to another site that "pictures a woman's bare derrierre." BTW, I'm still (drool) looking for that site On CNN, a Federal official said Goddard's TWA 800 inquiry has caused "real damage." ergo: stopping Goddard = damage control GIVING THE BIG LIE A BLACK EYE WITH THE FIST OF ANALYTICAL INQUIRY ___________________________________________ IAN GODDARD'S ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN JOURNAL ------------------------------------------- http://www.erols.com/igoddard/journal.htm