Every now and then, the media come up with a horror story about some so-called natural or alternative therapy that has killed, maimed or harmed some innocent victim. Then you get an outpouring in the media of experts warning against natural therapies, and advising the gullible, non-thinking public (most of us, it seems) to stick with tried and true allopathic medicine.
I’m all for exposing frauds whatever kind of medicine they’re in. But this lumping together of obviously fraudulent or dangerous therapies with the vast majority of natural therapies that do work is grossly misleading and irresponsible.
What I cannot understand is this media bias against natural therapies, and their silence about the thousands of deaths caused every year by conventional (allopathic) medicine. Where was the media coverage of a damning report on fatal U.S. health care ‘errors’?
A team of researchers reviewing health care statistics were shocked to discover that: “the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5).”
It’s no different in Australia. Talk to any group of people and you’ll hear at least one first-hand account of a person who has been or has a family member harmed by allopathic medicine.
Statistics reviewed by a group of Australian lawyers showed that conventional medicine and medications are a major cause of death in this country. By comparison, deaths from natural therapies were so few that they didn’t even show up on the chart! Yet it is almost impossible for the ordinary person to obtain data on hospital deaths or medical errors. Why don’t the media report on that?
‘Death by Medicine’ available online at www.lef.org
‘Societal Vs Individual Risk in Australia’ available online at http://www.laleva.cc/petizione/ronlaw/australia_societal_vs_individual_risks2.pdf