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For thousands of years, people have successfully used what we now call home remedies. If you have a nature based home remedy, alternative treatment or home cure that has given you relief, please share it with us so that others may benefit. The information on this site is not medical advice and it is for academic purposes only. Always consult a physician before using any home remedy.
Medical Errors Number 3 Cause of Death
An article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) researched and written by Dr. Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH with the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, revealed that the third most common cause of death in the USA is medical errors. This appeared in JAMA volume 284, number 4, July 26, 2000.
This report tallied 2,000 annual deaths from surgeries that were not needed; 7,000 deaths annually from mistakes in medications given in hospitals; 20,000 deaths annually from other hospital errors; 80,000 deaths annually from infections contracted in hospitals; 106,000 deaths annually from medications that were not in error but which produced fatal complications. This makes death as a direct result of physician treatments the number 3 killer in the USA.
The British Medical Journal published an article in the June, 2000 issue revealing that death rates fell significantly in Israel for the three months that doctors went on strike. In Bogata, Columbia, in 1976, there was a doctor's strike for 52 days and the rate of death dropped 35%. In Los Angeles County, in 1976, striking doctors produced an 18% drop in the death rate.
Prescription Drugs Number 4 Cause of Death
The University of Toronto conducted a statistical study of hospital deaths in the USA and found that pharmaceutical drugs caused over 2 million hospitalized persons to suffer a serious negative drug reaction in a one year period of time. Over 100,000 of these people died! It was revealed that 75 percent of these were due to the toxicity of the drug and not due to an allergic reaction. This study did not include death caused by mistaken drug overdoses or mistakes in giving the drugs. Had these been tallied, it is estimated that an additional 100,000 annual deaths would have to be included. The researchers at the University of Toronto concluded that death by prescription drugs in hospitals is the 4th leading cause of death in the USA after heart attacks, cancer and strokes. How many more deaths do prescription drugs cause each year outside of the hospital that are never reported? These facts are very disturbing.
Information source: Jason, et al. (Lazarou et al), Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1200-05. Also Bates, David W., Drugs and Adverse Drug Reactions: How Worried Should We Be? JAMA, Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1216-17.
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Natural Home Remedies Sources and Diet
The statistics on death from prescription drugs should motivate us to consider alternatives. Home remedies, cures and treatments, can come from many sources. The most common and traditional is the use of herbs, vegetables and fruits. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, advised, “Let food be your medicine.” Most of our illnesses come from stress and poor diet high in fat and refined foods. So the first home remedy we should explore is the food we eat. Every seven years every cell in our body is replaced. Some cells, like stomach cells, are replaced rapidly and other cells, like bone cells, are replaced more slowly. As these cells are dying and are being replaced, our bodies need the full range of nutrients necessary to build the new cells - especially minerals. Because of this, we should stop to consider the importance of the quality of our food. If we are not providing our bodies with the essential building blocks of nutrition, the cells that are formed will be weak and perform their tasks poorly. As a rule of thumb, foods that are simple and whole have the most nutrients and are the most healing. For over 100,000 years our bodies were evolved by Nature to be fueled by these simple whole foods. When we refine foods we alter this natural plan. We disturb the harmony of Nature and disease is the result. Refining flour and foods removes and destroys nutrients. Corporate food companies don’t want you to think this way because you will stop buying their packaged processed foods.
Should we find ourselves suffering from an illness, we can rest assured that Nature has provided a home remedy or you might say natural cure. Many of these have been in use for thousands of years. For example garlic is a more powerful antibacterial for skin infections than the leading ointments. Ginger is very effective at relieving motion sickness and nausea. These home remedies have little or no side effects and they are very inexpensive. They are not promoted by our current western medical culture because they do not create income for the drug companies. They cannot be patented. Who would want to spend millions conducting a clinical trial for garlic when there is no way to recoup the investment?
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History of Western Natural Home Remedies
Both western and eastern cultures have used plants to derive potent healing medicines for thousands of years. The oriental and East Indian societies provide us with extensive documentation for the cure of every ailment using herbal home remedies. In the west too we have The Complete Herbal published in 1835 by Nicholas Culpeper, Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss published in 1939 and other seminal texts.
In the late 1800’s there were equal camps of herbalists (naturopaths) and those who adhered to man-made compounds and methods (allopaths). Eventually the allopaths succeeded in crushing the competition. There was much more money to be made in the world of high tech machines and patent medicines. Home remedies and nature based cures faded into the background. There are some good documentaries to illustrate this including Hoxsey the Quack Who Cured Cancer and Dying To Have Known (the Gerson Therapy).
Did you know that statistically heart bypass operations do not extend one’s life? They are indicated (technical medical term for what-this-is-for) only for the relief of severe pain. You will statistically not live any longer with or without the heart bypass operation. Why are so many of them performed? Because there is so much money to be made! The natural home remedy of dietary and lifestyle change is all that is needed to correct these problems. For more information on this we would refer you to Dr. John McDougall, M.D. a board certified internist who has wonderful videos and books and Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. and his book Program for Reversing Heart Disease or the Kushi Institue. These avenues of truth and common sense have proven their healthy home remedy programs for thousands of people.
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