Bulletin N° 1055
Subject: The use of history lessons for public consideration.
August 26, 2022
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The now famous aphorism coined by the Spanish philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” serves as a useful guide to avoid mistakes, although we can be certain that history never repeats itself in the exact same manner.
For example the words of Harry S Truman after the Nazi invasion of the USSR in June 1940, when he was still a Democratic US Senator from Missouri, have a significance today, in quite a different historical context: “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible….” (cited in “Harry S. Truman: Decisive President,” by Alden Whitman, The New York Times, Dec. 27, 1972.)
The cynical expression of such opportunism speaks volumes to the social class nature of impereialist warfare, which is partially captured by Albert Einstein in the following axiom: “Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.” In WWI, the English were said to be prepared to fight Germans to the last Frenchman, much as American-led NATO is said to be prepared to fight Russians to the last Ukrainian.
History informs us of the eventual cost of wars and post-war consolidation of international capitalist class interests, which unites former “enemies” in new business ventures. The working class is soon left out of this marriage de convenience, as joint ventures are quickly organized for future capital investments, including new wars for the military-industrial complex, when once again old men start war for the younger working class to fight and die in.
Add this pattern to the “post-modern” notion of transhumanist robotics and “surplus population,” and an antique relic of the late 19th century is again dredged up and put on display to see the light of day: “Eugenics,” the sinister elitist ideal of population control borrowed from the 18th-century agrarian science of selective cattle breeding.
Today, it has belatedly dawned on many people that “consumerism” in our contemporary capitalist system has evolved into an expansion of the concept of “commodity” to now include people - not just their productive labor, as 19th-century Marxists contended – but the actual biological and mental entity of their existence to be exploited and disposed of at the whim of their "superiors" in a illegitimate, dependent power hiararchy. (See Ceimsa Bulletin N°s 242 and286.)
Such is the history of class struggle in the evolving capitalist system, where all alliances are temporary and power is permanent. Routinely, the national “enemy” has become tomorrow’s ally of the owners of capital, and their objective is to secure more power over society, i.e. ownership for private profit.
rules of this sinister board game remain the same, as players, employing a diversity of tactics, come and go to
win and to lose . . . .
The 19 + items below are articles and essays selected from critical Anglophone social media which offer readers food for thought and encourage open-minded discussions about public policy and the need for meaningful change. Without serious facilitation of democratic participation in such public conversations, we will see tyranny by default.
The choice is ours . . . .
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professeur honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur des Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Whose Rules? Our Rules! in the Rules-Based International Order
by David Bromwich
By the numbers: Keeping track of the single largest arms transfer in US history
by Connor Echols
War Propaganda About Ukraine Starting to Wear Thin
by Chay Bowes
Russians Welcomed as Liberators in Many Eastern Ukrainian Cities Contrary to Western Media Depictions
by Sonja Van den Ende
Europe Quietly Abandoning Ukraine, as for the First Time, No New Military Pledges Have Been Made
by Uriel Araujo
'Weary' Europeans Must 'Bear Consequences' Of Ukraine War As Putin Will Eventually Blink: EU's Borrell
by Tyler Durden
EU high representative and foreign policy chief Josep Borrell gave a surprisingly blunt assessment of the Ukraine war and Europe's precarious position in an AFP interview published Tuesday, admitting that Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting on fracturing a united EU response amid the current crisis situation of soaring prices and energy extreme uncertainty headed into a long winter.
Borrell's words seemed to come close to admitting that Putin's tactic is working on some level, or at least will indeed chip away at European resolve in the short and long run, given he chose words like EU populations having to "endure" the deep economic pain and severe energy crunch. He cited the "weariness" of Europeans while calling on leadership as well as the common people to "bear the consequences" with continued resolve.
Borrell explained to AFP that Putin sees "the weariness of the Europeans and the reluctance of their citizens to bear the consequences of support for Ukraine."
A Military Rich in Dollars, Poor in People
by Andrea Mazzarino
US military equipment: Taliban seized over $7 billion of US military equipment
by The Economic Times
Ukraine war veterans on how Kiev plundered US aid, wasted soldiers, endangered civilians, and lost the war
by Lindsey Snell and Cory Popp
“The weapons are stolen, the humanitarian aid is stolen, and we have no idea where the billions sent to this country have gone,” a Ukrainian complained to The Grayzone.
Discussing Ukraine. Glenn Diesen interviews Scott Ritter and Alexander Mercouris"
with Alex Alexander Mercouris, Glenn Diesen, and Scott Ritter
Politico Calls Out Ukraine For War Crimes!
with Jimmy Dore
European Aid to Ukraine Grinds to a Halt
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy reported this week that aid commitments from the six largest European countries for Ukraine fell to almost zero in July.
My objective is to inform people worldwide and refute the official narrative which has been used as a justification to destabilize the economic and social fabric of entire countries, followed by the imposition of the “deadly” COVID-19 “vaccine”. This crisis affects humanity in its entirety: almost 8 billion people.
RNA for Moderna’s Omicron Booster Manufactured by CIA-Linked Company
by Whitney Webb
"Baffling" Excess Death Mystery, Zelensky's Nuclear Game & New Bivalent Jab Will Cause Real Pandemic
with Ryan Cristián
The Dogma and History of Vaccination. Questioning "Germ Theory" is a Taboo
by Michael Doliner
Bats, Gene Editing and Bioweapons: Recent DARPA Experiments Raise Concerns Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
by Whitney Webb – March 20, 2020
Fauci's out and Public Health Officials are Turning on Themselves
by Robert Malone, MD, MS
That was long past overdue, and Purity tests are never a good idea
Pro-Vax Bully Implicated in Virus Engineering Program
by VIUKU NEWS
“Hotez Funded Creation of Chimeric Coronavirus”
with analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of
Medicine, Houston, has repeatedly dismissed the idea of a lab accident or deliberate
spread, calling it “an outlandish conspiracy theory.”
He’s also a fiercecritic
of the ongoing Congressional probe into gain-of-function
research, decrying it as a “threat to American biomedical science”
As it turns out, Hotez has funded risky gain-of-function research on coronaviruses at the
now-infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology
Hotez’s conflicts of interst are particularly pertinent as he’s on The Lancet COVID-19
Commission, where he co-chairs the COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics task force
Hotez has a long history of public vitriol, insulting and threatening parents of vaccine-
injured children and anyone who doesn’t buy the convenient one-size-fits-all vaccine
narrative. Anyone who disagrees with him is “antiscience” and, in his mind at least, guilty
of a “hate crime” and should be punished with cyberwarfare
Five Salvadorans have dropped dead while walking on the street; 92 fresh graves found in a small New Zealand town
by Mark Crispin Miller
Still more evidence that those "vaccines" are REALLY doing to millions what "the virus" NEVER did to anyone—i.e., causing them to "drop dead in the street" (a Big Lie to be probed at Nuremberg 2.0)
In memory of those who "died suddenly" in the United States and worldwide, August 15-August 22
by Mark Crispin Miller
Athletes in the US, Brazil (2 soccer stars), Argentina, UK, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy (where 2 yoga teachers also "died suddenly"); 9 killed in 7 "vaxxidents" worldwide; and many more
The Biden-Trump Persecution of Julian Assange
by Eve Ottenberg
Those Angry at Rushdie's Stabbing Have Been Missing In Action Over a Far Bigger Threat to our Freedom
by Jonathan Cook
Living in a World Built on All-American Lies
by Kelly Denton-Borhaug
Outposts of the U.S. Surveillance Empire: Denmark and Beyond
by Ron Ridenour
CovertAction Bulletin - Surveillance Nation: From Amazon to the NSA
by Rachel Hu and Chris Garaffa
‘No Farms, No Food:’ Dutch farmers confront billionaire ‘green’ elite’s food system reset plan
by Stavroula Pabst
Dutch farmers’ protests offer a preview of the resistance to come as transnational “green” billionaires advance a “reset” of the global food system. The elite agenda threatens to deepen an international cost of living crisis and spark unrest well beyond The Netherlands.
An Engineered Food and Poverty Crisis to Secure Continued U.S. Dominance
by Colin Todhunter
The issue is not food shortage but speculation on food commodities and the manipulation of an inherently flawed global food system that serves the interests of corporate agribusiness traders and suppliers of inputs at the expense of people’s needs and genuine food security.
Droughts, Cloud Seeding and The Coming Water Wars
by James Corbett
'Disaster Capitalism at Its Worst': Profits of Grain Giants Spark Global Criticism
by Jessica Corbett
Eating Bugs: Let's Dig into It!
by Robert W Malone MD, MS
Crickets are getting pushed by the UN/WEF as alternatives to farming - so lets pay attention!
Amid Warnings of 'Catastrophic Collapse,' Feds Cut Colorado River Water Use in Arizona, Nevada
by Brett Wilkins
Vera Sharav Speech at Nuremberg 75
with Vera Sharav, Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate, speaking first at the 75th Anniversary Event of the Nuremberg Code in Nuremberg, Germany, on August 20, 2022
Mary Holland Speech at Nuremberg 75
with Mary Holland, President & General Counsel for Children's Health Defense, speaking at the 75th Anniversary Event of the Nuremberg Code in Nuremberg, Germany, on August 20, 2022.
World Economic Forum makes big push for digital identity programs around the world
by Didi Rankovic
Says that governments need to develop "digital trust" to make people accept the rollout of digital IDs.
Deglobalization and Central Banking
by Michael Lebowitz
How ‘Food Shortages’ & Economic Collapse Protects the Status Quo
by Colin Todhunter
Finland Braces For Rolling Blackouts This Winter
by Tyler Durden
Number Of Migrants Crossing English Channel Hits Single-Day Record
by Tyler Durden
Growing Number Of Economists Anticipate Recession Will Hit By Middle Of Next Year: Survey
by Tyler Durden
by Tyler Durden
Oil prices tumble as prospects of Iran deal grow
by Global Village Space
Ukraine Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe
by Boaventura de Sousa Santos
After Nuking Japan, US Government Lied About Radioactive Fallout as Civilians Died
by Ben Norton
Letter to the United Nations Chief on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Situation
by Bruce K. Gagnon
High-Level Ukrainian Intelligence Official Admits U.S. Deeply Involved in Ukraine Conflict
by Jeremy Kuzmarov
Ukraine war veterans on how Kiev plundered US aid, wasted soldiers, endangered civilians, and lost the war
by Lindsey Snell and Cory Popp
In Just Under Three Weeks, Ukrainian-Fired Prohibited “Petal” Mines Maim At Least 44 Civilians, Kill 2, in Donetsk Region
by Eva Bartlett
Ukraine: Amnesty International revealed the unpleasant truth
by Slavisha Batko Milacic
Ukrainian Regime Led by Media Darling Volodymyr Zelensky Kidnaps Student Dissidents, Bans Opposition Parties, Shuts Down Independent Media, Commits Egregious War Crimes and Imposes Regressive Labor Laws
by Dmitri Kovalevich
The Hideous Assassination of Russian Journalist Daria Dugina, Designed to Enhance the Conflict?
by Stephen Karganovic
Letter from Republic of Mali to UN on French Aggression and Support for Terrorism in Region
by Abdoulaye Diop
Haiti: Beware of Washington's Trap!
by Berthony Dupont
'A fearless leader': South African shack-dwellers’ leader, Lindokuhle Mnguni, assassinated in Durban
by Pavan Kulkarni
Racial Genocide: The Case of the Martinsville Seven, William L. Patterson, 1969
Israel Conquers the World
Israeli forces raided, ransacked and shuttered offices of seven leading Palestinian human rights organizations
by Marjorie Cohn
How Israel erases Palestinian cultural memory
by Rona Sela
50+ Israeli Organizations Blast 'Baseless' Attacks on Palestinian NGOs
by Kenny Stancil
Why is the world so indifferent to Gaza?
by Ghada Al-Haddad
Former Israeli Intel Official Claims Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Worked for Israel
by Whitney Webb
Brutal police assault on Palestinian-American teen in Chicago
by Reema Rustom and Muhammad Sankari
BBC assault on antiwar academics was apparent product of UK intel plot
by Kit Klarenberg
U.S. Media Decries Brutal Russia Invasion of Ukraine—Yet an Intrepid Reporter Finds that the Russians Were Welcomed as Liberators in the Southern Ukrainian City of Henichesk along the Sea of Azov
by Sonja Van den Ende
Was the Now-Forgotten Murder of One Man on September 9, 2001 a Crucial Pre-condition for 9/11?
by Peter Dale Scott and Aaron Good
Virtual Reality and the Network State
The Deadly Business of Reporting Truth
by Andy Lee Roth
A Hall of Mirrors
by Patrick Lawrence
What do the New York Times, Kiev Independent, Euromaidan Press, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and TikTok All Have in Common?
by John Parker
Amidst Uproar Over Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan, Media Ignores Aggressive U.S. Maritime Action in South China Sea
by Sara Flounders
How One Spook-Run London College Department Is Training the World’s Social Media Managers
by Alan Macleod
US universities are pipelines to the defense industry. What does that say about our morals?
by Indigo Olivier
Corporate Media Mostly Mum as US Strikes Kill at Least 20 in Somalia
by Brett Wilkins
This Time the Collapse Will Be Global
by Chris Hedges
Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act "Secretly" Brought To You By Bill Gates
by Tyler Durden
“End this silly nonsense of exploiting our children and grandchildren,” wrote Rashida Tlaib. “End student debt now.”
by Sharon Zhang,
The Broken College Ranking System
by David Kirp
Should We Let Scam-Artists ‘Educate’ Our Young People?
by Sam Pizzigati
Nationalizing UK Energy Companies
by Andrew Fisher
The British “Bubble of Unreality”
by Patrick Lawrence
The Western Narrative on Russia & China
by Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Only Thing Keeping US and China From War Is Running Dangerously Thin
by Scott Ritter
"Economic Warfare" Directed against China? The Shanghai "Covid Zero Tolerance Mandate"
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
German dependence on China growing 'at tremendous pace', research shows
by Klaus Lauer
China Forgives 23 Loans for 17 African Countries, Expands ‘Win-Win’ Trade and Infrastructure Projects
by Benjamin Norton
What Did the West Promise Russia on NATO Expansion?
by Ted Snider
Shedding Light on Who, Exactly, is Responsible for the War in Ukraine
by Roger Annis
US Space Force Wants to Disrupt Russia-China Space Cooperation
by Drago Bosnic
New Documentary 'The Territory' Chronicles Indigenous Land Defenders' Fight to Protect the Amazon
by Sara Herschander
VIDEO: Congress screws American workers to escalate war on Russia
with Max Blumenthal
Likely sensing the power of the labor movement, the GOP has compiled a shortlist of labor officials to go after
by Sharon Zhang
By making jury trials obsolete, plea bargaining allows the American criminal legal system to run on autopilot
by Dan Canon,
Punjabi workers in Toronto are fighting wage theft—and they're winning
by Saurav Sarkar
Ask a railroad worker: How did railroad jobs get so bad?
by Maximillian Alvarez
“Revolutionary Organizing: An Interview with Ahjamu Umi”
by Ahjamu Umi, and Roberto Sirvent
Republicans' imminent return to power
by Marc Steiner
J. Edgar Hoover’s Evil Brainchild
by John Kiriakou
Liberals Love Liz Cheney
by Margaret Kimberly
The Investigation Into Gordon B. Hinckley & Walton Hunter
with Ryan Cristián and Derrick Broze
A new Golden Age of protest songs
by Mark Crispin Miller
The History and Significance of Black August
with Margaret Kimberly and Kalonji Changa
Corbett Pirate Streams
with James Corbett and Ryan Cristián
Well Being: Cardiovascular Damage & Health and The role of supplements.
by Robert W Malone MD
There have been a some peer reviewed papers recently published which provide clear evidence that certain dietary supplements can help in repairing and supporting cardiovascular and vascular health. Based on these data, it is reasonable to hypothesize that supplements shown to support heart and vascular health in this manner will provide benefit to those with damage done to the heart and arteries/veins by COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines and most likely will have benefit.
This topic comes out of a conversation that I had with Dr. Ryan Cole and Dr. Richard Urso around the kitchen table one night a few months ago in Tennessee, when we were providing testimony to the Tennessee legislature on natural immunity. We were discussing damage done to the heart and vessels by COVID-19 as well as the vaccines, and what types of interventions or treatments can be done to help alleviate this damage. Jill mentioned supplements and all involved shared some very pragmatic ideas on the subject, a discussion that lasted well into the night.
In this Substack, I am writing to the many people with COVID-19 and vaccine damage - as well as older people and all the people that support them who have asked me the following question again and again.
“What can we do to alleviate damage from the jab and long COVID?”
So, if this isn’t you and you aren’t interested - feel free to stop reading now.
Covid Treatment: Dr Peter McCulloch Protocol
by Dr. McCullough
CHD TV – August 22, 2022
“Children’s Health Defense – Live, Video, Audio”
New PDF Ebook: “The Worldwide Corona Crisis, Global Coup d’Etat Against Humanity” August 24, 2022
by Michel Chossudovsky
CovertAction Magazine: Archives
Global Research: Selected Articles
Children's Health Defense - August 26, 2022
Please Join Us in the Battle Against Censorship
"We are winning !"
Counter Punch: Recent Articles
"Our Fascist Future"
“Are Medical Errors Still the Third Leading Cause of Death?”
· In 2013, Americans spent more on health care than Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia combined. At the time, the U.S. ranked last in terms of quality of care among industrialized nations. Little has changed since then. If anything, conventional medicine has only gotten more dangerous over time
· In 2021, The Commonwealth Fund’s international health care performance report ranked the U.S. dead last out of 11 industrial nations yet again, despite spending more of its GDP (18% as of 2019) on health care than any other nation
· A 2013 review of U.S. health care expenses revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care was being wasted on unnecessary services, inefficient delivery of care, excess administrative costs, overinflated prices, prevention failures and fraud. A follow-up investigation in 2019 found the annual waste of health care funds had risen anywhere from $10 billion to $185 billion since 2013, and now accounts for one-quarter of all health care spending
· In 1998, researchers concluded that properly prescribed and correctly taken pharmaceutical drugs were the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Since then, several investigations have concluded conventional medicine in general, and medical errors in particular, are among the top leading causes of death in the U.S.
· In 2016, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts calculated that more than 250,000 patients died each year from medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death
I remember 22 years ago as if it were yesterday. It was a warm summer afternoon in July 2000 and at the time I was getting the print copy of JAMA. I was shocked to find the article that completely aligned with my interests, "Is US Health Really the Best in the World?"1 It was written by Barbara Starfield, MD.
Of course, I immediately sped to the article to carefully read it and discovered that buried in tables for the article was the data that physicians were the third leading cause of death in the United States. I created that headline 22 years ago and it has been a meme ever since then, and virtually no one realizes I created it.
Interestingly if you use the Brave search engine (which you should as Google search controls 95% of the searches in the world and steals your privacy) and you type in "Barbara Starfield JAMA July 2000" the first article that comes up is a headline with the meme I created.
For over 15 years when you typed in "doctors are the third leading cause of death," my article on it from 2000 came up first, but those days are long gone, since Google has censored me out of the search engines for the past six years.
Starfield's Ironic Tragedy — A Victim to What She Chronicled
Ironically, Starfield became a statistic to her own research. She died suddenly in June 2011, a death her husband attributed to the adverse effects of the blood thinner Plavix taken in combination with aspirin. However, her death certificate makes no mention of this possibility. In many ways, this echoed the COVID jab cover-ups where the true cause of death was obscured and hidden.
In the August 2012 issue of Archives for Internal Medicine,2 her husband, Dr. Neil A. Holtzman, wrote, in part:
"Writing in sorrow and anger, I express up front my potential conflict of interest in interpreting the facts surrounding the death of my wife, Dr. Barbara Starfield ... Because she died while swimming alone, an autopsy was required. The immediate cause of death was 'pool drowning,' but the underlying condition, 'cerebral hemorrhage,' stunned me ...
Barbara started taking low-dose aspirin after coronary insufficiency had been diagnosed three years before her death, and clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix) after her right main coronary artery had been stented six months after the diagnosis. She reported to the cardiologist that she bruised more easily while taking clopidogrel and bled longer following minor cuts. She had no personal or family history of bleeding tendency or hypertension.
The autopsy findings and the official lack of feedback prompted me to call attention to deficiencies in medical care and clinical research in the United States reified by Barbara's death and how the deficiencies can be rectified. Ironically, Barbara had written about all of them."
Drug Safety Must Become a Priority, Not an Afterthought
Holzman went on to explain that when a patient dies suddenly (and not while in a health care facility), there's no routine procedure to notify their physician, even if the patient is autopsied. Therefore, sudden deaths are only in very rare cases ever linked to adverse effects of medical treatment (most common of which is drugs).
In this case, Starfield's husband personally brought the findings of the autopsy to her doctor's attention, who subsequently submitted an adverse event report to the FDA, stating that she was receiving Plavix, which may have contributed to her cerebral hemorrhage and subsequent death.
"The report may be the critical action that prompts a modification in use or design of the product, improves the understanding of the safety profile of the drug or device and leads to increased patient safety," Holzman wrote.
One of Starfield's points of contention with the current medical system was the lack of systematic recording and studying of adverse events, and her death highlights this situation, as it is quite possible that it was the Plavix-aspirin combination that killed her, yet if it hadn't been for an autopsy and her husband insisting on an adverse event report, no one would ever have been the wiser about such a connection.
Starfield herself pointed out that her statistics were likely far lower than the real count, as they only included people who died in the hospital. They did not include (as there's no data) people who suddenly die outside a hospital setting, due to a drug side effect.
What if a sufficient number of adverse event reports had been filed prior to her taking a combination therapy of Plavix and aspirin — would her life have been spared? It's impossible to speculate of course, but what is clear is that someone's life would eventually be spared if adverse event reporting were taken seriously.
Plavix sales brought in $6.1 billion during 2010 alone;3 meanwhile, there's no telling how many Dr. Starfields there are out there, who suddenly collapse and die, and no one is ever made the wiser about their true cause of death.
"As our population ages and morbidities accumulate, the United States needs policies that redirect American medicine to primary care physicians," Holzman wrote.
"By providing continuing care over time, primary care physicians can practice person-focused as opposed to disease-centered care. They can get to know their patients as persons and become aware of their multiple morbidities, alert to the presence or possibility of disease and/or drug interactions.
... When a specific adverse event is expected (eg, bleeding with clopidogrel), adverse event reporting to FDA should be mandatory, and the manufacturer should be obliged to conduct postmarket surveillance. When a harmful effect is confirmed, the FDA should issue a warning to physicians and require a warning in the package insert. Risks should be weighed against benefits to decide whether the drug should be removed from the market."
US Health Is Moving in the Wrong Direction
In 2013, Americans spent more on health care than Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia combined.4 At the time, the U.S. ranked last in terms of quality of care among industrialized nations, and Americans had worse health outcomes compared to most other nations.5
Fast-forward to 2021, and The Commonwealth Fund's international health care performance report6 ranked the U.S. dead last out of 11 industrial nations yet again, despite spending more of its GDP (18% as of 20197) on health care than any other nation.
According to that report, the U.S. has the lowest access to care, the worst administrative efficiency and the poorest health outcomes. The U.S. also has a staggeringly high infant mortality rate. Out of 195 countries and territories, the U.S. is now in 50th place.8 Life expectancy in the U.S. is also sliding. In 1999, we were in 24th place. Now we're ranked 67th.9
The US Health Care System Is Fundamentally Flawed
An Institutes of Medicine (IOM) review10 of U.S. health care expenses, published in May 2013, revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care was being wasted on unnecessary services, inefficient delivery of care, excess administrative costs, overinflated prices, prevention failures and fraud.
All together, such medical waste added up to $750 billion annually. For perspective, the Pentagon's proposed defense budget for 2014 was just under $527 billion.11 This waste of funds has also stayed consistent over the years. A follow-up review published in October 2019 noted:12
"Despite efforts to reduce overtreatment, improve care, and address overpayment, it is likely that substantial waste in US health care spending remains ...
A search of peer-reviewed and 'gray' literature from January 2012 to May 2019 focused on the 6 waste domains previously identified ...: failure of care delivery, failure of care coordination, overtreatment or low-value care, pricing failure, fraud and abuse, and administrative complexity.
For each domain, available estimates of waste-related costs ... were recorded, converted to annual estimates in 2019 dollars ...
Computations yielded the following estimated ranges of total annual cost of waste: failure of care delivery, $102.4 billion to $165.7 billion; failure of care coordination, $27.2 billion to $78.2 billion; overtreatment or low-value care, $75.7 billion to $101.2 billion; pricing failure, $230.7 billion to $240.5 billion; fraud and abuse, $58.5 billion to $83.9 billion; and administrative complexity, $265.6 billion ...
The estimated total annual costs of waste were $760 billion to $935 billion ... accounting for approximately 25% of total health care spending ..."
So, in the years between 2013 and 2019, the annual waste of health care funds rose by anywhere from $10 billion to $185 billion, and now accounts for one-quarter of all health care spending! Clearly, no one is taking this seriously.
The health care industry is also, by and large, ignoring the fact that conventional medicine itself has been a leading cause of death for at least 30 years, and probably a lot longer. That's how bad it is. People are just not getting much better from all this care — it's actually killing them.13
Decades of Death by Medicine
In 1998, researchers at the University of Toronto, led by professor Bruce Pomeranz, concluded that properly prescribed and correctly taken pharmaceutical drugs were the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.14,15
Pomeranz's analysis was the largest and most complete of its kind at that time. In all, they calculated that somewhere between 76,000 and 137,000 American patients died each year from correctly administered drugs.
Two years later, in 2000, the IOM reported16 that avoidable medical errors were the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S., killing between 44,000 and 98,000 people each year.17
This was followed by a 2003 article aptly titled, "Death by Medicine,"18 written by Dr. Carolyn Dean, Gary Null, Ph.D., Dr. Martin Feldman, Dr. Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D., which described in excruciating detail how the modern conventional American medical system has bumbled its way into becoming the leading cause of death and injury in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 784,000 people annually.
Using those figures, that would put the health care system as the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., bypassing cardiovascular disease. These iatrogenic deaths (meaning deaths resulting from the activity of physicians) include everything from adverse drug reactions and avoidable medical errors, to hospital-acquired infections, surgeries gone bad and deaths from unnecessary medical procedures.
The authors took statistics straight from the most respected medical and scientific journals and investigative reports by the IOM, showing that on the whole, American medicine is causing more harm than good. (For clarity, the reason Dean et. al. came up with a much higher number than anyone else, even in later years, is likely because they included a broader range of mistakes.)
Medical errors have been the third leading cause of death for years, with 10% of all deaths being attributable to some kind of medical error, and it continues to be a leading cause of death today, ranking somewhere between third and first place, depending on the scope of medical mistakes you include in your equation.
In 2010, a report in The New England Journal of Medicine,19 and another in the Journal of General Internal Medicine,20 revealed just how little things had changed since 2003.
For example, out of 62 million death certificates dated between 1976 and 2006, nearly 250,000 deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors,21 and an estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occurred every year.
Three years later, in 2013, a Journal of Patient Safety study22,23,24,25 concluded preventable medical errors kill anywhere from 210,000 to 440,000 patients a year. In 2016, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts, led by Dr. Martin Makary, calculated that more than 250,000 patients died each year from medical errors — the same death count found in 2010.
In 2022, the World Health Organization announced that unsafe care by medical professionals and hospitals result in a "horrifying" 2.6 million deaths each year, worldwide, with at least 250,000 of those in the U.S.26 And, in July 2022, the National Institutes of Health updated their library on medical errors, saying that number could be as high as 440,000 — and possibly even more because of lack of reporting — making it still the third leading cause of death.27
So, medical errors have been the third leading cause of death for years, with 10% of all deaths being attributable to some kind of medical error,28,29 and it continues to be a leading cause of death today, ranking somewhere between third and first place, depending on the scope of medical mistakes you include in your equation.
Avoid Teaching Hospitals in July
It's worth remembering that medical errors noticeably spike during the month of July each year, particularly in teaching hospitals.30 This phenomenon, referred to as "the July effect," is explained by the fact that each July, thousands of fresh med students begin their medical residencies and, frankly, they don't always know what they're doing.
So, anytime you're in the hospital, especially during the month of July, check and double-check everything you're given. Ideally, you should always have a patient advocate at your side — a friend or family member — who can ask questions, take notes and keep track of your treatment. This is by far the most effective way to avoid medical errors.
When it comes to drug-related errors, there are four points in the medication use process at which errors can occur:31
1. When the medication is ordered (written, electronic or oral)
2. When the medication order is transcribed and verified
3. When it's dispensed
4. When it's administered to the patient
The most common drug errors occurring in hospitals include:
· Excessive dosage resulting in drug overdose
· Prescribing the wrong drug
· Dispensing the wrong drug
· Accidents involving medications during surgery or medical procedures
Older adults are at a higher risk of medication errors and have a greater propensity for experiencing harmful and fatal errors. The most common types of medication errors in older adults are omission and improper dose.
Medical Care Often Dictated by Financial Interests
In her 2008 book, "Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer,"32 Shannon Brownlee noted that 180,000 hospitalized Americans die every year from largely preventable causes, and the worst part about it, Brownlee says, is that as much as one-third of that care does nothing to improve your health.
Typically, you'll end up undergoing certain medical tests based on what your physician's specialty is, not because that's necessarily the test you need. For example, if you have low back pain and see different specialists, you will get different tests: rheumatologists will order blood tests, neurologists will order nerve impulse tests, and surgeons will order MRIs and CT scans.
Many treatments are also prescribed for the simple reason that the hospital has a vested interest in them. Such is often the case for angioplasties and certain types of chemotherapy, for example.
They have all this equipment and they need to use it to get a return on it — but they also need to get you out of there as quickly as possible, so they can get the next patient in. What ensues is a type of aggressive patient therapy that can end in disaster.
According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in October 2008, 27% of hospitalized Medicare recipients were harmed as a result of the medical care they received, and nearly half of these instances were preventable.33 Ten years later, in 2018, the DHHS OIG repeated the study, and found 25% of Medicare patients were harmed during their hospital stay.34
Can Conventional Medicine Survive?
Over the past 19 months, the quality of U.S. health care has gone so rapidly down the tubes, many now refer to hospitals as "killing fields" and "murder factories," as the most dangerous treatments possible for COVID-19 have been enforced as the sole standard of care.
There are also a disturbing number of accounts of hospitals denying COVID patients food and water, something that would have been unthinkable in years past. The only apparent reason for all this has been financial incentives, as hospitals have received government funding for every COVID test, treatment and death.
To this day, going to a hospital is a risky venture that many will avoid like the plague, and for good reason. There are still plenty of stories in circulation about patients being denied medications, food and water, even if they're not admitted specifically for COVID, so something appears to have fundamentally changed for the worst.
At the same time, rates of chronic diseases are through the roof. My advice? Take your health into your own hands. Abandon this fatally flawed medical model and embrace holistic modalities that can help you heal on a body-wide level.
Take Control of Your Health
It's important to remember that the more you take responsibility for your own health — in the form of nurturing your body to prevent disease — the less you need to rely on the "disease care" that passes for health care. In my anniversary article, "25 Health Tips for 25 Years," I summarize some of the strategies I've found most helpful.
The truth is, if you carefully follow some basic health principles — simple things like exercising, eating whole organic foods, sleeping enough and getting sun exposure — you can drastically reduce your need for conventional medical care, which in and of itself will reduce your chances of suffering ill side effects.
In the event you do need medical care, seek a health care practitioner who will help you move toward health by helping you understand the foundational causes of your health challenges, and create a customized and comprehensive — i.e., holistic — treatment plan for you.
What's more, you can have an impact on your doctor's tendency to recommend natural alternatives, as when you inquire about them, some health care providers do in fact listen. If they don't, then keep shopping.
Remember, your doctor works for you, not the other way around. Ideally, it's a partnership, where you work together to identify the best solutions. Either way, if you're not satisfied with their know-how or the tools in their toolbox, find another doctor.
And, last but not least, always bring someone with you when you go to the hospital. Now more than ever before, standing firm on your patient rights is essential to ensure a positive outcome.
If you're seriously ill, it can be very difficult to keep tabs on what they're asking you to sign and the medications and treatments they're giving you, so having someone there who can double-check everything — and make sure you receive basic care in the form of fluids and nutrition — can be a life saver.
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