You might have heard of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. Hopkins was founded 141 years ago and has spawned 36 Nobel laureates. It is recognized as the first research university in the U.S. and by all measurable criteria, ranks as one of the finest healthcare institutions on the planet. They've got a bunch of pretty smart folks there. So when a Hopkins research study reports that another extremely well known public health organization is hiding nasty facts about death, you might opt to perk your ears up.
Because don't think for a minute this little matter of governmental agency shenanigans, doesn't concern you. After all, you are being lied to, and they think you're too stupid to notice. To wit:
The CDC Annual Top 10 Leading Causes of Death
Heart disease: 633,842
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 155,041
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 146,571
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323
Alzheimer’s disease: 110,561
Influenza and pneumonia: 57,062
Kidney diseases: 49,959
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 44,193
Notice any little category that happens to be, uh . . . MISSING?
The Johns Hopkins study - led by Doctor Marty Makary - announced to the world on May 3, 2016 that medical error should stop being hidden deep within the amphigory of the Centers for Disease Control data reporting. Rather, medical screw-ups should start being listed for what they certainly are - the third-leading cause of death in the United States. The study also underscored how serious flaws in collecting vital information stymie health-related research and keep the American public clueless, about their chances of actually being killed by policies and procedures that are supposed to cure them.
We strongly suggest you pay attention to anything this gentleman says
Makary and his co-authors called out the Centers for Disease Control for serious and immediate changes in death certificate documentation, to better tabulate lethal procedures in care. In an open letter, they urged the CDC to include the category 'Medical Errors' in its annual Top 10 Causes of Death in the U.S.
The CDC instructs physicians to list only medical conditions as the underlying cause of death on death certificates. This keeps medical errors secret and allows incompetent doctors to keep right on killing.
The study revealed that at least 500 citizens each week are killed by healthcare mistakes. If this fact were included on the CDC’s annual list, it would rank third - just after heart disease and cancer, which each take about 600,000 lives per year. And far worse than lung diseases, which kill 150,000 people each year.
Medical mistakes that kill patients include mistaken diagnoses, surgical complications and drug administration errors. There are many others.
The exact number of people killed by healthcare is not known. What is known is that the CDC coding system is not designed to recognize numerous critical problem areas, like communication breakdowns, diagnostic errors and poor judgment.
Doctor Tejal Gandhi. We consider her a healthcare heroine
“If you ask the public about patient safety, most people don’t really know about the dangers of being treated.” (Doctor Tejal Gandhi, President, National Patient Safety Foundation)
National Patient Safety Foundation
The Paramedic Heretic wrote our own letter to the CDC Director, Thomas R. Frieden MD, in 2009 about just this subject. Frankly, we were growing weary of responding repeatedly to 911 calls to clinics, with patients dead and/or dying because of doctor screw-ups.
Frieden did exactly what we expected him to do: he ignored our letter, just as he will ignore this study by Johns Hopkins as long as he can. The last thing the CDC boys club is interested in is physician-caused homicide. You see, the CDC corporate structure is chockfull of - now hold your ponies here - doctors.
America. What a country.