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The Third Leading Cause of Death


Michael Dorfman

Few people know that the medical profession, including doctors, drugs, and hospitals, is believed to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, only exceeded by heart disease and cancer, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety. The analysis of US mortality statistics estimated that medical error may be producing as many as 400,000 deaths annually.

  • Among the reasons cited for these deaths are:
  • Miscommunication—or failure to communicate—about how to take medications
  • Infections acquired in hospitals (due to causes such as healthcare workers not washing their hands while visiting patients)
  • Wrong medications given to patients
  • Unnecessary surgeries
  • Errors in surgery
  • Prescription drug side effects

This is well-documented information that members of the medical profession are aware of. So, what solutions can we find? Well, maybe if we take better care of ourselves and do all we can to remain healthy, especially as we get older, we could probably avoid trips to the doctor and hospitals altogether.

It’s important to remember that our bodies have one major objective, and that is to be in harmony. When it is, you’re in good health and you feel well, with no pain or discomfort. You feel so comfortable that you don’t even notice it. You feel normal and know that being in this physical state is how it’s supposed to be.

Yet, to achieve this state of well-being, our bodies are involved in a constant war with external and internal invaders trying to dethrone its protective army. When these invaders succeed, the results are illness and disease, whether it be the flu, the common cold, or a more serious threat.

So, while we’re dealing with our life’s circumstances, we are oblivious to the battles constantly going on inside of us—battles we want our body to win, because when it does, we feel well.

The question is: are we responsible for helping our bodies win these battles? Because if we do have a responsibility but don’t respond to it—or worse, hinder our body’s attempt to fight its battles (i.e., by smoking cigarettes, eating junk food, getting stressed out)—then sooner or later, we will probably have to come face to face with that third highest cause of death—the medical system.

We must become more committed to our own health and less dependent on the medical profession. That can only happen if we become more knowledgeable about our own personal health as well as the latest “cutting edge” information that is available. So many doctors are still stuck in their 20th century knowledge and understanding, which they’re still relying on. As a result we, their patients, are the ones being short changedNow is the opportunity to become responsible to our own selves and our own health.


Michael Dorfman

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