Bad Herbs Killed 2 People; Good Drugs Kill 4 Million: Guess Which Story Gets Media Focus
Two people in Chinatown, San Francisco, died after an exotic herbal tea—huge warning. But medical literature supports prescription drugs as the leading cause of illness, disability and death, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, a retired physician who was board-certified in Internal Medicine before teaching Health Science at Loma Linda University, offering the following information.
He says prescription drug deaths are obscured by two-thirds of heart disease deaths being in people over 75, many of them in nursing homes where the average number of prescriptions was nine some years ago.
Just because a doctor signs the death certificate as “heart disease” does not make it so. Unless an autopsy determines a blockage in a coronary artery, “heart disease” is an acceptable way to sign the death certificate. What doctor wants an autopsy to discover the cause of death wasn’t heart disease, but a drug that he prescribed?
106,000 deaths in hospitals under monitored conditions from adverse drug reactions were reported in the Journal of America Medical Assoc, 4-15-1998, making medical care the 4th to 6th cause of death.
But that was in hospitals. Two years later, the Western Journal of Medicine (June, 2000) reported 199,000 deaths outside the hospital, making a total of 305,000 deaths per year making medical care the #3 cause of death.
“From 1998 through 2005, reported serious adverse drug events increased 2.6-fold…fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold…” Archives of Internal Medicine, Sep 10, 2007, p 1752. That made medical care surpass cancer as a leading cause of death, and it was based on data more than a decade ago and it’s not fashionable to report on this topic anymore—no recent articles for update.
The authors of that article expressed concern about the cause, but they didn’t seem to realize that it all started with Congress’ approval of drug ads on TV in 1997. Visiting US Senators with medical literature, Ruhling says one senator told him that he was wasting his time—“They own us,” speaking of drug donations to their re-election campaigns.
Because the TV drug ads continue, we should continue the increase of 2.7 fold that was determined from 1998 to 2005. Multiplying 305,000 deaths x 2.7 brings us 823,500 deaths by 2005. Another seven years from 2005 to 2012 would means 823,500 x 2.7 = 2,223,450 deaths by 2012, and by now (five years later) the math suggests about 4 million a year dying from “ask your doctor” when we would have been wiser not to, says Ruhling.
“Drug action always represents artificial interference with the natural functioning of the organism. In the widest sense of the word, every drug is by definition a poison, pharmacology and toxicology are one, and the art of medicine is to use these poisons beneficially.” Drill’s Textbook of Pharmacology in Medicine, Chapter 5: Intimate Study of Drug Action.
That works for acute conditions. For example, if one’s blood pressure is very high with risk of stroke, it would be better to take a drug and get the pressure down. But most conditions become chronic and the drugs become toxic.
We should pay attention to what we eat. In the above example, greasy foods make the blood sticky and it needs more pressure to circulate. Salt makes fluid retention…higher blood pressure. Caffeine, stress without exercise to unwind, lack of sleep makes stress hormones, lack of water…all of these contribute to higher blood pressure.
Ruhling cites Abraham Lincoln who said, “The Bible is the greatest gift God has given to man—but for it we would not know right from wrong.” The Bible would teach us that it is wrong for Congress to get $400 million from drug companies (decades old info, maybe billions now) and pharmakeia is the Greek word, translated as sorcery in Revelation 18:23 by which “all nations” are deceived.
He notes that every nation practicing western medicine is on the brink of bankruptcy. Huge amounts of money are spent to prolong life a few more weeks or months. If people read the Bible, they wouldn’t be afraid to die, says Ruhling. At 75, he says he has taken only one prescription in 60 years.