I don’t exactly know why I decided to just take a peek to see if there were other people who feel about doctors etc. like me and if their reasons were the same or similar enough. This was the first site I pulled up and was surprised because this gentleman went a bit further than just his own personal experiences to research far more. While I do definitely go to a doctor when I’m in pain or experiencing something highly terrifying, I found this man’s reasons for mistrust are equal to my own:
Why I Don’t Trust Doctors
by Josh Day
Largely, I do not trust doctors, and I certainly do not trust the American medical establishment.
I have never been comfortable around a physician for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the hierarchy between doctor and patient is a little too much like the relationship between the subjugator and the subjugated: take off your clothes, sit on this bench, say aahh, get ready for this shot, ingest these drugs, etc. If you trust the man or woman in the shamanistic white robe, then this hierarchy is natural and beneficial. However, if there is even the slimmest of doubts, the whole system is rendered bankrupt.
If you doubt your doctor’s ability to solve your medical problems, then why do you go to his office and subject yourself to his pokings and proddings? When you give an M.D. control of your decisions, then by that action you make her the superior, and you the subordinate.
In most cases, the doctor-patient relationship is a flawed system. Below I offer some numbers that prove my point.
The following comes from a JAMA article written by Barbara Starfield, MD
“The medical system has played a large role in undermining the health of Americans. According to several research studies in the last decade, a total of 225,000 Americans per year have died as a result of their medical treatments:
* 12,000 deaths per year due to unnecessary surgery
* 7000 deaths per year due to medication errors in hospitals
* 20,000 deaths per year due to other errors in hospitals
* 80,000 deaths per year due to infections in hospitals
* 106,000 deaths per year due to negative effects of drugs
Thus, America’s healthcare-system-induced deaths are the third leading cause of the death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer.”
According to Starfield’s cited numbers, nearly a quarter million Americans are killed by the medical establishment each year. She goes on to say these deaths are third only to heart disease and cancer.
Heart disease and cancer are diagnosed by this same flawed system, so logic would purport that some of the deaths from the first and second causes of American mortality are actually direct results of misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgery, and the other factors listed above.
Given this argument, a conservative number of medical-induced deaths would be a quarter million a year, and a more liberal—and probably more accurate—number would be half a million people killed every year by doctors, drugs, and hospitals.
Half a million people.
And here we have the AMA quoting this outlandish number of 36,000 deaths related to last year’s flu strain, as well as pushing a questionable and possibly worthless or dangerous vaccine.
“Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the flu shot is recommended for an estimated 174 million Americans—including those who are elderly, very young or immunocompromised, and those who work in the health care delivery system. Still, many people go without, leading to illness, complications and an average of 36,000 US deaths each year. Additionally, in the last two decades, flu-related hospitalizations have increased from 114,000 to more than 200,000 annually.
‘That’s unacceptable,’ said AMA Trustee Herman I. Abromowitz, MD. He spoke at a Washington, D.C., briefing held last month by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization.
Their message: Flu can be deadly but also can be prevented.
‘The influenza virus ... must be taken seriously by the health care community, as well as the American public, every fall and every winter,’ said William Schaffner, MD, NFID board member and chair of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn.”
According to these shamans in white lab coats, we are to take this dubious number of 36,000 seriously. That is a mere 7.2% of the whopping half million Americans who die under the scalpel, in the hospital room, or by dangerous chemicals injected into their bodies.
So what is to be done? Probing for answers from the rest of the industrialized world, Starfield looks at the Japanese health care system:
“By citing [the above] statistics, Starfield (2000) highlights the need to examine the type of health care provided to the US population. The traditional medical paradigm that emphasizes the use of prescription medicine and medical treatment has not only failed to improve the health of Americans, but also led to the decline in the overall well-being of Americans. Starfield