Antibiotics: Side Effects and Alternatives

KellyBroganMD.com
Dr. Kelly Brogan
February 20, 2020

We use a lot of antibiotics. For coughs, cuts, urinary tract infections, and many times “just in case.” You could be considered reckless or ignorant if you opted to not use them. “But you could die of a deadly infection that could kill you!” chants the choir of voices entrained by a system that sees dangerous enemies lurking behind every life experience.

What may surprise you is that the real danger could lie in assaulting your body with an “anti-life” (the actual meaning of the word!) chemical that could very well be a Russian Roulette of unintended harms. Some of these harms are so significant that they could change the course of your entire life as you know it. Given that, I bet that if you knew that there were effective, safe “alternatives,” you’d seriously consider them.

To make your own decisions about health, you must inform yourself. Informed consent around medical interventions involves exploration of the risks, benefits, and alternatives. In our reactivity, however, we are accustomed to focusing only on the promise – knock that infection out and feel better quick! – without any meaningful information around the full breadth of scientifically-evidenced risks and treatment options.

The Benefits

Antibiotics obviously work, right? Well, we are learning that our dogmatic assumptions about the sacred cows of conventional medicine may be leaning on a house of cards. Or a house of placebos to be more exact. The reality is that infections have a natural course with an inbuilt capacity for robust recovery, so we may be giving undue credit to antibiotics. This appears to be possible based on the published literature. For instance, this study[1] on rhinosinusitis concluded:  “…the risks of potential side effects need to be weighed against the potential benefit that antibiotics give to the patient. This is especially pertinent as usage of the placebo has shown to be almost as efficacious as using the antibiotic therapy, and also much safer.”

WIth rising rates of antibiotic-resistant infections (which have resulted from rampant antibiotic use), and fewer novel medications in the pipeline, it seems we are coming to a point of reckoning around our belief that the rampant extinguishing of life is a health-promoting practice.

The Risks

“Catherine, you have an upper respiratory infection. We aren’t sure whether it is necessarily bacterial, but you should go ahead and take that Z pack just in case…oh, and it’s unlikely, but it’s possible that you could be left bed-bound from neurological damage, develop a serious opportunistic infection, and possibly even a brand new psychiatric diagnosis like Bipolar Disorder. Hope you feel better soon!”

Microbiome-dependent risks

With the discovery of the microbiome, conventional medicine as we know it should have gone back to the drawing board. With the understanding that an inner ecosystem drives our epigenetic expression, ranging from nutrient production to metabolic health to hormonal balance to immunity and inflammatory response, the ‘body as machine’ model became obsolete. We need to better understand what makes a microbiome healthy and what hurts it.

So far, we have been left with many questions and few answers[2]. We have looked at super healthy modern hunter gatherers to try to quantify their gut health, we have studied the beneficial effects of probiotics, and we have learned that chemicals like Monsanto’s Roundup wreak havoc on our bugs. We have learned that the transfer of bacteria occurs well before birth, and continues throughout breastfeeding, setting the stage for adult health by age 2. And it has almost become common knowledge that the indiscriminate killing of bacteria through the use of antibiotics may come with a cost. But will the cost really be anything more than a yeast infection or a bout of diarrhea?

Perhaps. We have ample evidence that antibiotics take out the “good” with the “bad” bacteria and leave a trail of imbalance that leaves the patient more vulnerable[3]. A 2017 review[4] references the increased risk of foodborne infection, including antibiotic-resistant strains, in those who took antibiotics during travel, with unpredictable recovery rates that seem to get dismally worse with repeated antibiotic exposure:

Even short antibiotic exposures disrupt the gut microbiome up to a year or more, and repeated exposures appear to attenuate recovery from ever occurring.”

Similarly, up to a one-third reduction in biome diversity can persist longer than 6 months, even after one short course of the popularly-dispensed antibiotic, Cipro.[5] This decrease in diversity can, itself, be a precursor to new illness. For instance, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of several chronic illnesses associated with low levels of beneficial bacteria[6]. Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) is also a precursor to autoimmunity,[7] obesity, and weight gain[8].

Yeah, we all should be using less antibiotics – but what if we have to take an antibiotic? Then can’t we just take a probiotic afterward?

There is, unfortunately, scant evidence to support this seemingly logical integrative medicine practice. While hamster studies suggest recovery of damage is possible[9], the broad spectrum of antibiotic effects and probiotic options makes personalization of this support method challenging. Most probiotics contain only a few bacterial species, and our gut contains thousands.

Microbiome-independent risks

As if that weren’t enough to slow your pace to the CVS pharmacy counter, there is a growing body of literature focused on the non-microbiome-based risks of antibiotics. From slowed fracture healing[10] to acute liver injury[11], antibiotics have effects at the cellular level beyond simply inducing dysbiosis. These include changes in up to 87% of gut metabolites[12] functional in the gut, injury and destruction of mitochondria (the energy centers of the cell), and damage to gut tissue.

Of significant interest to me are the known and well-documented psychiatric risks of antibiotics. I imagine there are few patients consented for acute onset psychosis or suicidality before being prescribed an antibiotic. An excellent 2017 review by Zareifopoulos and Panayiotakopoulos[13] suggests that patients should be told of these risks including irritability, confusion, encephalopathy, suicidality, psychosis, and mania. These researchers conclude:

“The neuropsychiatric effects of antimicrobial drugs are extensively documented in the literature. A number of antimicrobial drugs have the potential to exert CNS effects and many are associated with stimulant, psychotomimetic and epileptogenic properties, mediated by GABA antagonism (beta-lactams, quinolones and clarithromycin), NMDA agonism (D-cycloserine, aminoglycosides, and perhaps quinolones), MAO inhibition (linezolid, metronidazole and isoniazid weakly) as well as more exotic mechanisms, as in the case of trimethoprim, isoniazid, ethambutol, rifampicin and the tetracyclines.”

In fact, the term ‘antibiomania’ has been coined around the potential for antibiotics to induce manic symptoms. In a recent review, two-thirds of the mania-inductions were in male subjects[14]. The resolution of acute-onset mania with charcoal suggests that these psychiatric risks may be both microbiome-dependent and independent. Relatedly, data suggests that there is a dose-dependent risk of new-onset depression; the higher the antibiotic exposure, the higher the risk of depression[15].

If you don’t know to connect these dots, then you could end up believing that your “mental illness” is an entirely new diagnosis requiring lifelong treatment.

The Alternatives

Fortunately, many alternative strategies exist that resolve bacterial imbalances without the side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics. Even better – many of the plant-derived therapies can be easily incorporated in your everyday meals as a tasty preventative approach to resiliancey.

Colloidal Silver

Also called silver nanoparticles, colloidal silver has been used for over 2,000 years to resolve bacterial infections[16]. As such, silver is commonly used in intravenous catheters, dental fillings, wound dressings, and bone implants[17]. Though the exact antimicrobial mechanisms are still debated, colloidal silver generally works by damaging the cell membranes of pathogenic bacteria. Depending on the surface charge of the silver nanoparticles and the type of bacteria, bacteria can be killed by the formation of free radicals, accumulation of nanoparticles in bacterial cell walls, or depletion of cell membrane components[18]. Colloidal silver is effective both as a topical treatment for skin infections, like MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)[19], as well as an oral antibiotic[20].

Botanical Herbs

For centuries, botanical herbs have been used as antibiotics. Since there are countless herbal remedies for various types of infections[21],[22],[23], I’ll just list a few common herbs that have been validated by modern research. For example, the herb Inula helenium, also called elecampane, was shown to be 100% effective against 200 isolates of Staphylococcus aureus (commonly known as “staph infection”).[24] Similarly, a study that evaluated Alpinia galanga, a plant in the ginger family that has been traditionally used in Asian countries, found that this herb was effective against Salmonella typhi and E. coli, as well as against other drug-resistant bacterial strains.[25] Extract from Nigella sativa, a flowering plant native to south Asia, kills MRSA,[26] while cinnamon and oregano are potent selective antibiotics against many drug-resistant species[27]. Similarly, easy-to-find spices like cumin[28] and rosemary[29] are powerful antimicrobials, as are child-friendly options like elderberry[30],[31]. Many high-quality herbal products combine evidence-based herbs such as oregano[32],[33], echinacea[34],[35],[36], and goldenseal[37],[38],[39] into an effective immune support formula.

Probiotics

A great way to prevent imbalances from making you sick is by strengthening your beneficial bacteria, also called probiotics. Incorporating probiotics improve your metabolic and immune functioning while also crowding out pathogenic bacteria. Probiotics can resolve bacterial infections ranging from oral gingivitis[40] to H. pylori-mediated gastric infections[41] to bacterial vaginosis[42]. As one of the earliest and richest sources of probiotics is breastmilk, it isn’t surprising that breastmilk probiotics have been shown superior to antibiotics to treat mastitis, a common infection during lactation[43] (just another reason to breastfeed!). I recommend that people get probiotics through fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut[44], as these contain many more complementary bacterial strains than supplements for daily prevention.

Garlic

‘Let food be thy medicine,’ decreed Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine – and he would have ranked garlic as one of the most medicinal foods. Numerous studies have shown the antimicrobial effects of garlic, including a report in which researchers tested garlic-water against 133 multidrug-resistant species, showing remarkable antimicrobial properties[45]. A randomized controlled clinical trial showed that garlic was more effective than a standard antibiotic, metronidazole, for bacterial vaginosis. Authors remarked that garlic provided both increased therapeutic efficacy as well as decreased side effects[46]. Garlic is an effective treatment for stomach infections caused by H. pylori[47] and C. difficile,[48] as well as for pneumonia[49] and other lung infections[50]. Amazingly, consuming garlic not only protects against bacterial infections, but also lowers blood pressure[51],[52], stabilizes blood sugar[53], and decreases cancer risk.[54]

Manuka Honey

Raw Manuka honey is one of the tastiest ways to stay healthy. This honey comes from bees in New Zealand who pollinate the Manuka bush, and it has been used for thousands of years by various cultures to promote wellness. This high-antioxidant golden honey is a popular ingredient in high-end skin care products, as it is broadly anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial[55]. Inside the body, manuka honey can cure antibiotic-resistant C. difficile infection[56],[57], Strep throat[58],[59], urinary tract infections[60], and MRSA[61]. A bonus of eating honey is that it can include propolis, a mixture of bee saliva and wax known as “bee glue,” which contains over 300 therapeutic compounds that fight cancer[62],[63] as well as harmful bacteria[64],[65].

Here is where I recommend purchasing high quality supplements.

Make a Truce

It requires a mindset shift to stop fighting. Stop fighting each other, stop fighting nature, and stop fighting our own bodies. We need to break out of our patterned programs of control and domination and understand that this only strengthens our perceived enemies. We need to reconnect to the sacred complexity of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding as the origin of our health resiliency rather than a time to throw pharmaceuticals into the black box of undisclosed risks. The microbiome itself has taught us – through the poetry of biology – that we are inextricably connected to and dependent upon the web of the natural world. And that it is not possible to simply pull one thread of that web while leaving the rest of it intact. Remember that symptoms give us an opportunity, and perhaps the next time you have an antibiotic prescription dancing in your sights, you might see what it feels like to bring your body love and support rather than the detonation of grenades.

Visit the research dashboard on greenmedinfo.com to do your own exploration of risks, benefits, and alternatives to conventional pharmaceuticals. 

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Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic psychiatrist, author of the New York Times bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. View full bio. Want to share this article on your own blog? View our reposting guidelines.

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Blind Faith In The Medical System | #Health | #BigPharma | #BigMedica

It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”[Bold Emphasis Added]

Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, in the NY Review of Books, January 15, 2009, “Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption”

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BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
May 26, 2019

Let me preface the following with some vanguard considerations.

Whether directly, through personal health issues, or indirectly, via random meetings in life or health issues of family members or friends, I’ve met quite a few doctors, nurses, surgeons and the like, so what I will state thereafter is more about the for-profit medical system (a.k.a. Big Pharma & Big Medica), than it is about the individuals.  That said, just like anywhere else in life, in the medical establishment there are good and bad apples, so it really all depends on the type of individual you get, which couples into the first of the following three contentions that follow.

When I was a 16 years old, I got hospitalized after a short trip to Florida.  Narrowing down an incredibly long story down to its core elements, I didn’t know what was going on, and after a week in the hospital, the main doctor couldn’t figure out what was happening.  He insisted over and over again that I had to have gone to Mexico and drank some of the ‘bad water’ down there.

First off, I hadn’t gone to Mexico at all, which my Mom could vouch for, but he wasn’t listening.  I was so hopped up on pain meds I don’t remember much of what happened at first, but, what I do recall is that after the first week, as my health continued to deteriorate considerably, it set my Mom off.

My Mom unleashed her maternal instinct in a way that I had never seen before and had only seen once since, and that was just a few years back, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.  My Mom basically remodeled the entire floor with this doctor ego and went full fire and brimstone on his incompetence.  It might seem like ‘incompetence’ is an exaggeration, especially dealing with a doctor and their credentials, but I will let the following point let you decided for yourself.  Perhaps incompetence is a strong word, but when someone’s life is on the line, I think it fits.

In any case, not having any of it anymore and worried about my deteriorating health and also tired of the run around and endless tests, she essentially got rid of him until a new doctor arrived.  The second doctor that got fortuitously assigned to my case due to my Mom wound up figuring out what I had in hours.  That’s when I got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.

How can two separate doctors that are supposed to handle the same issues have such a disparity?  Good and bad apples; the first doctor didn’t listen, the second one did.[1]  This is the first personal circumstance in which I got a personal stake in health and began taking it a lot more serious than I ever had.  One might think that I just had ‘bad luck’, but it wasn’t only one time this happened to me, but three, and it’s not only me that this happens too.

My second point is that I lost my great grandma on my Mom’s side, and also my grandma on my Mom’s side due to preventable medical mistakes.  Losing anyone is a heartrending and soul crippling experience for individuals.  Losing someone because someone didn’t read a damn chart is something that will infuriate even a saint.  I could say a LOT more about this, but I don’t want to get into it because it’s just too damn a painful.

Third point of contention, but certainly not least, it is in the open literature that preventable medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  This has been known since at least 2001.  Where is the media firestorm that there should be on this topic?  That will be covered in a second.

In 2001, Dr. Barbara Starfield, published a study in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) that was titled “Is US Health Really The Best In The World”.  The study found that (1) 106,000 people die of FDA-approved drugs every single year, and (2) other preventable medical mistakes kill 119,000 people a year, totaling 225,000 people dying every year, like clock-work.

Now, let me ask you something.  How is it that a few dozen people allegedly get a virus, and its all over the mainstream media as they expound why vaccinations must be had and so forth.  In essence, getting a virus is news.  But 225,000 people dying when THEY SHOULDN’T BE isn’t?  How does that make any sense?

Here we must insert the timeless: cui bono?  Who benefits?  Big Pharma & Big Medica.

Not only would big Pharma & Big Medica benefit extensively from the propaganda behind vaccinations, but they also benefit extensively by the mainstream media not airing out the truth that preventable medical mistakes is the third leading cause of death.  How can this happen?  Simple; money.

A few years ago, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stated that 70% of News Advertising Revenue Comes From Big Pharma.  Do you really think the mainstream media is going to bite the hand that feeds?  Of course not.

Not only that, but even worse, Big Pharma has total legal immunity in respect to vaccinations.  To quote an excerpt from the article, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Drops Truth Bomb Live on TV:

The pharmaceutical industry is so powerful,” he explained. “They give $5.4 billion a year to the media. They’ve gotten rid of the lawyers, so there is no legal interest in those cases. They have really been able to control the debate and silence people like me.

Asked how things could get this bad, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. explained that Congress granted Big Pharma “blanket legal immunity” when it comes to vaccines.

Big Pharma became a law unto themselves. They can put toxic ingredients in your vaccines, they can seriously injure your child – but you cannot sue them.

How is that possible?  The system wasn’t always that way.  In fact:

“What you have to understand is that the vaccine regimen changed dramatically around 1989. The reason it changed, Tucker, is that Congress, drowning in pharmaceutical industry money, did something they have never done for any other industry – they gave blanket legal immunity to all the vaccine companies.

This issue is so egregious that:

“… no matter how sloppy the line protocols, no matter how absent the quality control, no matter how toxic the ingredients, or egregious the injury to your child, you cannot sue them.

“So there’s no depositions, there’s no discovery, there’s no class action suits. All of a sudden vaccines became enormously profitable.”

To think, vaccines are only one tentacle of Big Pharma and Big Medical, and they lead to injuries that can also be prevented and yet are not counted under the current system, but I digress.

The point is that, there is a lot amyss within the medical establishment, and it’s all in the open literature.

In a world where things worked the right way, there wouldn’t be a quarter million people dying from things that can be prevented[2].  In a world where things worked the right way, Big Pharma wouldn’t have blanket immunity if they were doing their job and vaccines were truly safe.  In a world where things worked the right way, you wouldn’t have Big Pharma and Big Medica advertising to people, which is illegal in all countries but two.  And you guessed it, the United States is one of them[3].  Isn’t that convenient?

Only through proactive education will individuals really pierce the veil and become privy to such issues above, and others.

The system in its entirety, as history has shown, changes from the bottom up, and rarely ever changes from the top down.  It changes because individuals like you, me, and others start finding out the truth about what matters, and not what the mainstream media tells you that matters.

In the age of information, ignorance is a choice, and thankfully, there is plenty of information to find out the truth when it comes to subject matter like this.

Educate yourself, educate others, then and only then will the system begin to change.

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[1]  This is not the only time in my life in which doctors didn’t listen, making already ongoing issues worse, but that will be covered in the future.
[2]  The 225,000 deaths is actually a conservative estimate, if you can believe that.  There’s been studies showing preventable deaths as high as 800,000+ per year.  And unfortunately, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.
[3] Dr. Joseph Mercola, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, p. 39.
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Sources:

Is US Health Really The Best In The World?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says 70% Of News Advertising Revenue Comes From Big Pharma
Robert F. Kennedy Drops Vaccine Truth Bomb Live On TV

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Your Health, Your Future – How Healthcare Became A Sickness Industry – Dr. Robin Falkov
Your Health, Your Future [Part 2] – How Vibration Science Is Key to Future Health – Dr. Robin Falkov
Toxic Psychiatry by Dr. Peter Breggin M.D.
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April 17, 2019

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#Book Review: Toxic Psychiatry – Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. | #SmartReads | #Psychiatry| #Health


BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 9, 2019

World renown Harvard-trained psychiatrist, author, and researcher Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. unleashes a tour de force in his book Toxic Psychiatry that blows an enormous hole into conventional mainstream medical thought.

Dr. Breggin completely eviscerates the mainstream ‘chemical imbalance’ notion that has been spewed for decades, and he does so in a logical, caring, and unprecedented manner.

The book to me is highly reminiscent of Dr. Brogans recent landmark book A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About DepressionBoth authors – Breggin & Brogan – in each of their respective books does the same: destroys the fallacy of “chemical imbalance causes depression” with mountains of scientific evidence while also showcasing some common sense solutions the individual can seek.  For that, each individual should be taken seriously and supported as much as possible.

Dr. Breggin’s book outlines rather methodically that there is no biological basis for the chemical imbalance theory of depression carried out by the mainstream psychiatric establishment.  This is buttressed by endless data supplied by the author.

In addition, Dr. Breggin sifts through examples of drugs like Lithium, Haldol, Halcion, Prozac & Xanax breaking down study after study after study regarding these drugs and their side effects in a way that mainstream media will never do. After all, Big Pharma pays mainstream media’s bills; who else do you think pays for the tsunami of drug advertisements we see on TV?

Of course, many folks are on a hair trigger when it comes to solving maladies with pills, and there’s a big reason for this.  Big Pharma/Big Medica has played a megalithic role in how people view drugs, and how people have access to information regarding them.

While in other countries it is downright illegal for Big Pharma to advertise, in America, such is par for the course.  America is one of only two countries in the world that allow this unfortunately.

How does that last fact couple with Dr. Breggin’s book?

As other doctors and investigators have mentioned, it’s no coincidence that there’s been an enormous upswing in how many people take antipsychotic medications over the last few decades.  With over 30 Million Americans taking antipsychotic medications, Big Pharma & the media have been highly instrumental in getting those very individuals asking their doctors for medications.

This Big Pharma advertising engine has created an unprecedented upswing in drug use where Americans now end up taking over 1.4 Billion prescriptions yearly.

Disturbingly, as the Dr. Breggin attests, “People assume that FDA approval and the widespread distribution of a drug – with many patients taking it for months or years – means that long-term studies have found it safe in regard to side effects, drug interactions, dependency, addition, and withdrawal.  Thus FDA approval grossly misleads the public, lulling it into an unfounded security.

The PDR admits that Prozac’s effectiveness has not been tested in controlled trials of “more than 5 or 6 weeks” and that “long-term” usefulness has therefore not been demonstrated.”[1][Bold & Underline Emphasis Added].

Statements such as those should make sensible individuals take pause.

Of course, many of those very prescriptions are still doled out by psychiatrists/psychologists in the tens of millions.

However, this book does not end up pushing a no-medication type of solution.   The author instead strives for a multifarious approach, where he cites some examples of how other types of alternative care could help individuals if they so chose.

Ultimately, a great component of what the author recommends is fostering an atmosphere of utmost caring, which should have already taken place by now had the system not been so corrupt.

Listening, and doing so patiently would go a much longer way than prescribing most folks more prescription drugs.  Such a simple choice would solve so many inherent issues.

The system that Dr. Breggin expounds upon is intriguing in that it offers a lot of options that do not deal with the toxicity of drugs, such as the solutions offered by Big Pharma & Big Psych.

If the current Big Psych industry was doing its job, people would be getting cured, drug use would decline and not increase, and overall health would also get better.   However, we know the opposite is taking place.

Ironically, as some have stated, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.  To that effect, that’s exactly what the Psychiatric & Medical Establishment have been doing, and health in America has only gotten worse.

Its time for a change.  This book helps lay part of that much-needed foundation.
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Reference:

[1] Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Toxic Psychiatry,  P168-169

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression & How Women Can Heal Their Bodies To Reclaim Their Lives by Dr. Kelly Brogan M.D. & Kristin Loberg
Eat To Beat Disease – Food’s Medicinal Qualities by Catherine Frompovich
Cancer Is Serious Business – Burzynski [Documentary]
The World According To Monsanto [Documentary]
Thimerosal – Let The Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal Of Mercury – A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Preventable Medical Mistakes Are The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The United States | #BigPharma

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Zy Marquiez
March 28, 2019

On July 26, 2000, As Dr. Barbara Starfield shared a study titled “Is US Health Really The Best Of The World?”.  This landmark study was published by the Journal Of American Medical Association (JAMA), and it showed that FDA-approved prescription drugs, kill, conservatively, 109,000 people every single year.

That’s not speculation.  That’s not theory.  THIS HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Combined with other preventable medical mistakes, which kill 119,000 people yearly, the total amount of preventable medical deaths amount to 225,000 people dying every year.  Where is the media talking about this?

Moreover, not long ago, it was reported by the British Medical Journal [BMJ] –  that preventable medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Let’s see anyone call that Fake News.