57 Million Ill with Swine Flu is just HALF of outpatients made ill by prescription drugs 10 years ago, reported in the Western Journal of Medicine, June, 2000. This report was two years after the Journal of AMA reported 106,000 deaths in hospitals from drugs “properly prescribed and administered” (the definition of an Adverse Drug Reaction). But since those dates, Adverse Drug Events and Deaths have increased 2.6 and 2.7 fold respectively, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept 10, 2007, reporting on the period, 1998 to 2005. By now it would be expected to be 4.4 fold with more than a million deaths a year from “Ask your doctor” (for a prescription).
People need to be taught that drugs do not cure disease and the body becomes toxic in time. Covering the signs of toxicity with another Rx can be deadly. We have forgotten Hippocrates who said, “Let your food be your medicine.” I can fax three pages from medical literature supporting the above figures if you send the # to Ruhling7@juno.com.
Richard Ruhling, MD, MPH
Board-certified, Internal Medicine
Assist. Prof. Health Science, Loma Linda University, 1974-78.
PS: Numerous comments to USA Today’s article reflect disbelief in 57 million, (1 in 6 Americans) but nobody knew anyone who got it!