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 Journal of the American Medical Association   

10 Leading Causes of Death, United States
			1998 Stats

	From the age of 4 until 34 cancers are in the top four causes of death.  
	From 35-64 they are the number ONE cause of death.  
	From 65 and beyond Heart Disease reigns... with cancer number two.

 	Rank  Total   Description

  	1    724,859  Heart Disease (think fats/cholesterol: meat,dairy)
  	2    541,532  Malignant Neoplasms (cancer: think toxins/milk/dairy)
  	2a*  250,000  Medical system (drugs/etc. Think ignorance/incompetence)
  	3    158,448  Cerebro-vascular (think fats: meat milk and dairy)
  	4    112,584  Bronchitis Emphysema Asthma (think toxins/milk/dairy)
 	5     97,835  Unintentional Inj & Adv. Effects
  	6     91,871  Pneumonia & Influenza (think immune systems and mucus)
  	7     64,751  Diabetes (think milk/dairy and lactalbumin)
  	7a    40,000+ highway slaughter (men, women and children)
  	8     30,575  Suicide (think behavioral problems)
  	9     26,182  Nephritis (Bright's disease: inflammation of the kidneys)
 	10    25,192  Liver Disease (think alcohol and other toxins)

  	(2a and 7a were added for completeness)

   	?    9,000+  gun deaths (guess what subject gets the media attention!)

  	* For full particulars on doctors:

  	http://www.dorway.com/jama.html

------------------- 2000 Stats --------------------

	All Ages
	1       710,760   Heart Disease
	2       553,091   Malignant Neoplasms
	3       167,661   Cerebrovascular
	4       122,009   Chronic Low. Respiratory Disease
	5        97,900   Unintentional Injury
	6        69,301   Diabetes Mellitus
	7        65,313   Influenza & Pneumonia
	8        49,558   Alzheimer's Disease
	9        37,251   Nephritis
	10       31,224   Septicemia

------------------- 2004 Stats --------------------

	All Ages
	1       652,486   Heart Disease
	2       553,888   Malignant Neoplasms
	3       150,074   Cerebrovascular
	4       121,987   Chronic Low. Respiratory Disease
	5       112,012   Unintentional Injury
	6        73,138   Diabetes Mellitus
	7        65,965   Alzheimer's Disease
	8        59,664   Influenza & Pneumonia
	9        42,480   Nephritis
	10       33,373   Septicemia

http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus.html

 

Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health described how the US health care system may contribute to poor health.

ALL THESE ARE DEATHS PER YEAR:

  12,000 ----- unnecessary surgery
    7,000 ----- medication errors in hospitals
  20,000 ----- other errors in hospitals
  80,000 ----- infections in hospitals
106,000 ----- non-error, negative effects of drugs
 

These total to 250,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!

What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment.

These estimates of death due to error are lower than those in a recent Institutes of Medicine report, and 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 US, following heart disease and cancer.