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BackTalk: The Needle and the Damage Done

BackTalk: The Needle and the Damage Done

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I read a column by my good friend, John Weeks, earlier this week, published in the Integrative Practitioner and entitled “Study Puts Annual Deaths From Regular Medicine at 210 000-440 000—the Nation’s 3rd Largest Killer.”1 It quoted a Journal of Patient Safety article by John T. James2 of the advocacy organization Patient Safety America, who looked at 4 review studies documenting adverse effects from allopathic medicine and extrapolated that there are at least 210 000 preventable deaths from conventional care each year and in fact suggested that due to underreporting, there actually may be double that number. John’s final comment was, “Question is, can shame corrode the finery and lifestyle that shell-up the captains of the $2.8-trillion industry?”
I have admiration and respect for John and his unswerving efforts over the decades to bring CAM therapies and professions into mainstream health care, but I found myself once again irritated by what I find to be a kind of glee that erupts from many nonallopathic practitioners whenever my chosen profession is figuratively hung out to dry for all to see. Indeed, those of you who have stuck with me over the years have noted that a significant percentage of these BackTalk editorials, as well as many of my lectures, grand rounds, and sermons, have been in defense of my comrades in the allopathic trenches of clinics and hospitals across the country.
I read a column by my good friend, John Weeks, earlier this week, published in the Integrative Practitioner and entitled “Study Puts Annual Deaths From Regular Medicine at 210 000-440 000—the Nation’s 3rd Largest Killer.”1 It quoted a Journal of Patient Safety article by John T. James2 of the advocacy organization Patient Safety America, who looked at 4 review studies documenting adverse effects from allopathic medicine and extrapolated that there are at least 210 000 preventable deaths from conventional care each year and in fact suggested that due to underreporting, there actually may be double that number. John’s final comment was, “Question is, can shame corrode the finery and lifestyle that shell-up the captains of the $2.8-trillion industry?”
I have admiration and respect for John and his unswerving efforts over the decades to bring CAM therapies and professions into mainstream health care, but I found myself once again irritated by what I find to be a kind of glee that erupts from many nonallopathic practitioners whenever my chosen profession is figuratively hung out to dry for all to see. Indeed, those of you who have stuck with me over the years have noted that a significant percentage of these BackTalk editorials, as well as many of my lectures, grand rounds, and sermons, have been in defense of my comrades in the allopathic trenches of clinics and hospitals across the country.

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