Adverse Drug Reactions (properly prescribed and administered) have made medical care the leading cause of illness and death.
“We are overlooking well-documented studies showing that adverse drug reactions are the leading cause of illness and death in the US,” says Dr. Richard Ruhling, a retired physician who was board-certified in Internal Medicine and taught Health Science at Loma Linda University. He offers the following information.
#1. The study cited by most showed 106,000 died in hospitals, and the drugs were “properly prescribed and administered.” Journal of American Med. Assoc, 4-15-98.
This begs the question, How many died at home? 199,000, according to Western Journal of Medicine, June, 2000, p 391. It said that for every person who died, 140 were adversely affected. “Drug related problems accounted for
- 116 million extra doctor visits
- 76 million additional prescriptions
- 17 million emergency visits
- 8 million hospital admissions
- 3 million long-term admissions
- Total Cost Estimate: $76.6 billion
Totaling those who died in hospitals with those dying at home = 305,000 deaths/yr.
#2. “From 1998 through 2005, reported serious drug events increased 2.6-fold… and fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold.” Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept 10 2007. That was a 7-year period, but we’ve now ~ 20 years from the above figures of 305,000. With TV drug ads approved by Congress in 1997, the underlying cause of increased drug deaths are over 2 million, more than heart disease, and this is not even addressing the opioid issue now the leading cause of death under 40.
#3. Two thirds of deaths from heart disease are in people over 75, many of whom are in nursing homes or extended care facilities where the average number of Rx’s was nine nearly a decade ago with a trend to more. The drugs may kill them, but…
When mom dies in a nursing home, the doctor usually signs her death certificate as died of heart disease. No autopsy is done to determine the cause of death. Who wants to know the coronaries aren’t blocked; a prescription may have caused it?
#4. Marcia Angell, MD, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine wrote The Truth About the Drug Companies; How They Deceive Us. She told 60 Minutes that they spend $400 million yearly on Congress and re-election campaigns so that as one senator told this author, “They own us.”
Angell’s message is similar to the angel in Revelation 18 that says, “for by her [Babylon, a word meaning confusion] sorceries were all nations deceived.” verse 23 The Greek word for sorceries is pharmakeia, as an online concordance shows.
2000 years before the editor of a leading medical journal said it, the Bible linked deception to pharmakeia. We could be ignorant (ignoring good information) if we aren’t intelligent on the Bible.
The Spanish word for library is biblioteca—Bible tech. The Bible is like a library with history the most ancient, poetry and psalms, wisdom for business (proverbs) and principles for health and happiness. Matthew 24 has a forecast for what’s coming and a warning for those who don’t live to help others.
Ruhling encourages physicians to consider early retirement and to help people see that true healthcare is based on “Let your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates
Dr. Richard Ruhling offers a video on How to Cut Drug Bills, Feel Better and Live Longer at http://RichardRuhling.com