Oh, Doctor I’m in Trouble...

First, a reality check:

Doctors are human – they make mistakes.

Medical conditions due to doctor error or negligence are called “iatrogenic.” Some studies in the USA have shown that iatrogenesis is the third leading cause of death there with more than 100,000 fatalities annually.

That’s the equivalent of three 9/11 atrocities every fortnight.

Symbol of medical authority. This one’s a bit girly though. Image via Wikipedia, by Dra Marina.

One study, “Death by Medicine,” By Gary Null, Ph.D., PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD, which went on to be made into an award-winning documentary, states that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in that nation. It estimates 999,936 Americans die every year due to medical procedures. Over a 10-year period, it says, 7.8 million will perish.

That’s more than all the casualties from all the wars fought by the USA throughout its entire history, and the equivalent of just about one 9/11 event every day.

Because doctors and other medical professionals make mistakes.

A Presidential Report in 2000 called it a “national problem of epidemic proportions.”

Some interesting reading for you:

Death by Medicine By Gary Null

Death by Medicine By Gary Null (downloadable PDF)

Iatrogenic Disease: The 3rd Most Fatal Disease in the USA

My Own Experience

  • Refusal to have my hair cut was diagnosed as a psychiatric disorder by a psychiatrist when I was 17. Actual disorder: teenage rebellion in the Sixties.
  • Mirror-image weeping eczema on both feet was diagnosed as chronic eczema. Cured in three weeks by homeopath Joy Lennon (even though I then thought homeopathy wasn’t credible).
  • I fractured my leg in a simple fall (comminuted distal tibial/fibular – 16 breaks in all). The Mater Misericordiae Hospital’s Fracture Clinic should have DEXA-scanned me for osteoporosis. They didn’t.
  • Acute spinal and rib-cage pain was diagnosed first as soft tissue injury, then as depression. For this complaint, a chest x-ray was ordered because the pain initially manifested in my sternum. Actual disorder: compressed vertebral fracture due to undiagnosed osteoporosis.
  • Severe arm pain with visible line of vesicles from shoulder to thumb was diagnosed as a trapped nerve. Actual disorder: shingles.
  • My mother was diagnosed with ‘flu. Actual disorder: fatal stage 4 lymphoma.
  • My uncle was diagnosed with heartburn. Actual disorder: fatal stomach cancer.
  • Another uncle was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Actual disorder: twisted cords.
  • A neighbour had damaged ligaments removed from his knee. The wrong one.
Doctors make mistakes.

Even the best consultant dermatologists. If you don’t believe me, check out this horror story. Three dermatologists in a row (plus a bunch of immunologists, infectious disease specialists, and internists) failed to diagnose a text-book case of a severe human parasite infestation – luckily, the fourth dermatologist (and his nurse), immediately recognised what it was.

All of this makes doctors the most dangerous and harmful people on the planet. Terrorists, mass murderers, and serial killers are teddy bears by comparison.

Please note that all of the following doctors were HSE contractors at the time. The hospital which caused all my infestations in the first place is run by the HSE. I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions.

My first dermatologist we’ll call Dermatologist A.

Three visits, then a referral.
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