The hospital care system is anything but what it is meant to be. A recent study of the hospital scenario, even the US, is scary. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led a research, said in an interview that problems include “everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another. People dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said. The study is published in a recent issue of British Medical Journal (BMJ).
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine had warned of the same issues. Late Barbara Starfield had commented in her excellent article in the JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) in 2000, showing that the medical establishment was one of the leading causes of death. Martin Makary’s figures are depressing compared to the 1999 study. In 1999, about 98,000 people had lost their lives unnecessarily in the hospital, where they went for help. That number, today, is 251,000 which translates into 700 people dying daily due to medical errors and related mistakes in US hospitals.
If a couple of Jumbo jets had fallen from the sky daily, do you think planes would be flying regularly? That would have been prime-time and all-time news for our 24x7 electronic media. This study in the BMJ has not made it, so far, to the mainstream media. There is an epidemic of mumps at the Harvard University threatening their new entrants this time; but that does not make news because the epidemic occurred in fully vaccinated students and shows the vaccine claims to be a fraud! Spreading that truth would hurt the most powerful vaccine industry.
Immunity boosting is the basis of Ayurveda; many successful doctors who were treating cancer (like Dr Scott Gerson) were almost deported from America. Cancer research has come to grief and is turning towards expensive and reductionist chemical molecules to boost the immune system to control cancer. Now billionaires are funding immune system booster research to convert “death into chronic disease status for cancer.” News media highlighted the large-heartedness of the philanthropists who have donated money for cancer research. While they are doing good, they are looking for hefty returns by way of cancer drug sales, the new ones which they can sell at phenomenal costs for a long time, as researchers are trying to make cancer a chronic illness like diabetes.
Kenneth Sands, director of healthcare quality at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, said that the surprising thing about medical errors is that only hospital-acquired infections have shown improvement. “The overall numbers haven’t changed, and that’s discouraging and alarming,” he said. Even more glaring is the news that just about seven operations in the emergency rooms were responsible for over 80% deaths and costs! These are: upper gastro-intestinal surgeries, gall bladder removals, peptic ulcer surgery, intestinal obstructions, colonic surgeries, peritoneal adhesions and appendectomies. Almost 50% of surgeries create drug-related complications and death.
If doctors accept that, and report medical errors honestly, the errors will come down. Unfortunately, today, the atmosphere is such that medical errors are rarely accepted. That topic is still a taboo in hospital circles. God save the hapless patients in hospitals. So far, “patients were coming to our hospital to lose their money and their lives,” wrote a noted cancer specialist. Now, they might not die but become permanent patients for the cancer industry which is much more lucrative than quick death for cancer patients. What is lost sight of, in this whole drama, is the inexpensive plant-based immune boosters used in Ayurveda for centuries. Those could be used in research to see if they could help recovery from many simple cancers. Will our well-meaning politicians take a lead in this direction?