Medical professionals & insurance companies are well aware of the staggering number of patient deaths that occur EVERY year due to medical professionals’ misjudgment & errors, and adverse drug reactions – estimated to be in the range of 95,000 to 2,000,000 deaths. The term for this is “iatrogenic disease.”
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What does the word ‘iatrogenic‘ mean?
The website: www.iatrogenic.org has some excellent articles discussing this frightening issue and a superb definition of the term – iatrogenic.
“Iatros means physician in Greek, and –genic, meaning induced by, is derived from the International Scientific Vocabulary. Combined, of course, they become iatrogenic, meaning physician-induced. Iatrogenic disease is obviously, then, disease which is caused by a physician.
Or perhaps it is not so obvious. The growing complexity of modern life (and medicine) has promoted the elasticity of language. In common usage…iatrogenic disease is now applied to any adverse effect associated with any medical practitioner or treatment. The practitioner need not be a physician, he might be a nurse or a radiology technician, or any one of the scores of differentiated healthcare workers encountered in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or offices, or for that matter in the ambulance on the way to one of those places. For those who advance the language to the frontier, iatrogenic disease can be caused by practitioners whose association with medicine is negligible or antithetical, such as homeopaths, chiropractors, and psychologists (especially now that they are lobbying for the authority to write drug prescriptions). Or perhaps even Grandma, if she is the one handing out the pills.”
(to read more: www.iatrogenic.org/define.html )
The introductory article on the site’s home page states:
“In 2000, a presidential task force labeled medical errors a ‘national problem of epidemic proportions.’ Members estimated that the “cost associated with these errors in lost income, disability, [deaths], and health care costs is as much as $29 billion annually.”
Ronald Grisanti D.C of www.yourmedicaldetective.com asks:
“How Prepared are You, Not to Become a National Statistic?”
If a Jumbo Jet crashed and killed 280 people everyday… 365 days a year… year after year… would you be concerned about flying??
Would you question the Federal Aviation Administration? Would you demand answers??
Think about it!
Close to 100,000 people dying every year from plane crashes?
Well think again. What if you were told that over 100,000 people are killed and over 2 million people maimed and disabled every year…year after year from modern medicine…would you believe it??
Well, these may be my words…but read the following articles from the most respected medical journals and institutions: Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control, British medical journal The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and national news (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, US World Report) and you be the judge.
Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Starfield has documented the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm in the following statistics:
Furthermore, these estimates of death due to error are lower than those in a recent Institutes of Medicine report.
If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000.
Even at the lower estimate of 225,000 deaths per year, this constitutes the third leading cause of death in the U.S following heart disease and cancer.”
Continuing from the www.iatrogenic.org article:
“Medical errors are the not only way that consumers are harmed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2 million people annually acquire infections while hospitalized and 90,000 [likely more] people die from those infections. More than 70 percent of hospital-acquired infections have become resistant to at least one of the drugs commonly used to treat them, largely due to the over prescribing of antibiotics by physicians. Staph (MRSA), the leading cause of hospital infections, is now resistant to 95 percent of first-choice antibiotics and 30 percent of second-choice antibiotics.
Poor staff hygiene is considered the leading source for infections acquired during hospitalizations. But efforts to get medical workers to improve safety through things as simple as better and more frequent hand washing have met with little success.
In the sidebar of the site, Dr. Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center, is quoted: “Antibiotic resistance comes mainly because of inappropriate or improper use of antibiotics by physicians. Some 150 million prescriptions are written annually in this country. And 60 percent of them – that translates to 90 million prescriptions – are for antibiotics. Of those, 50 million are absolutely unnecessary or inappropriate.”
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Therapeutic essential oils – containing numerous compounds which are strongly antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-infectious – may come to the rescue (when used appropriately), if you or someone you know are ever in need of hospitalization, are facing an operation, or simply visiting someone who is hospitalized.
Simple precautions to take, when visiting a hospital:
1) Keep some clean tissues in your pocket. Use the tissues to open door handles, push elevator buttons, turn on faucets, flush toilets, etc.
2) Tuck a bottle or two of therapeutic-quality essential oils in your pocket or purse. Put 2-5 drops of pure LEMON or other citrus essential oil (Grapefruit, Orange, or Young Living’s blend – Citrus Fresh) on your palms & hands before you go into the hospital. Reapply essential oil drops to your hands, if you have to touch surfaces contacted by others.
3) If you feel you may be exposed to air-borne diseases, then cup your hands over your nose & mouth to breathe in those same essential oils from time-to-time.
4) Wash your hands thoroughly with plenty of soapy lather, after using the restrooms, and when you get home….followed by a few more drops of essential oil.
5) You may wish to launder your clothes, depending on the exposure you encountered. 10-15 drops of essential oils in the washing machine’s soapy water are hygiene boosters. Some Young Living essential oils you could consider using are: CITRUS FRESH, MELROSE, PURIFICATION or THIEVES. There are many more choices of essential oils with strong anti-infectious properties, which will be discussed in a future article.
Will continue Part 2 of this this therapeutic essential oils article with suggestions for how to aid healing and prevent infection in wounds & surgical incisions.
Read more about Cynthe’s custom blends for these applications at our Gaia’s Pharmacopeia Shoppe:
– ANGELS TOUCH™ For healing ABSCESSES / WOUNDS / SURGICAL incisions (2.3ml bottle)
– REVIVE™ For healing SURGICAL INCISIONS, WOUNDS, reducing SCAR TISSUE (3ml bottle)
– StaphRx™ for STAPH Skin Infections. May be used to support the immune system against internal infections by applying to soles of feet or taking orally 4-6 drops diluted in carrier* oil in veggie caps. (3ml bottle)
– SureHEAL™ For healing SURGICAL INCISIONS, WOUNDS, reducing SCAR TISSUE (15ml bottle)