The High Risk of a Medical Approach
According to Lucian Leape, a researcher at Harvard Medical School of Public Health, adverse events occurred in 3.7% of all hospitalizations. Of those cases in which adverse events occurred, 13.6% of those cases resulted in death.
This same researcher stated the risk of dying from a medical accident is 1 in 200; to give you some perspective, the likelihood of dying in an aviation accident is 1 in 2,000.000.
Further, in an article Death by Medicine, written by Gary Null, Ph.D; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Deborah Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith Ph.D it was reported that:
- 2 million people per year experience adverse reactions to prescribed drugs while in the hospital
- 20 million unnecessary antibiotics per year are prescribed for viral infections
- 5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures per year are performed
- 9 million people are unnecessarily hospitalized per year
In addition, 783, 936 deaths occur per year which are caused by conventional medicine.
The (Failure) of Medical Treatment Options:
Use of Non Steriodal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs): In 1998, Dr. Singh, of the Stanford University of Medicine reviewed 11,000 arthritis patients. He extrapolated that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for NSAID-related internal bleeding and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur yearly among arthritis patients alone.
Acetaminophen: On July 2, 2001, an article in the U.S. News & World report suggested 36% of acute liver failures are linked to acetaminophen.
Neck Pain: An article written by Dabbs V Lauretti in 1995 in which he reviewed literature comparing cervical manipulation (a chiropractic approach) vs. NSAIDs (a medical approach) found that the best evidence indicates that cervical manipulation for neck pain is safer than use of NSAIDs, by a factor of several hundred times.
The Odds are Against the Medical Approach to Treatment
- Spinal or back surgery fail 74% of the time
- 2.1% chance of serious adverse drug reaction
- 5-6% chance of acquiring a nosocomial infection
- 4-36% chance of having a medical error or adverse drug reaction
- 17% chance of a procedure error
The (Lesser) Risk of a Chiropractic Approach to Treatment
In 1993, a renowned health care economist was hired in Canada to review chiropractic treatment for efficacy and cost-savings.
For Low Back Pain Chiropractic Treatment is Best
- For low back pain, chiropractic management is more cost-effective than medical management
- Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate
- There is no clinical research or case-control studies that shows or implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatment of low back pain. Some medical treatments are equally safe, but others are unsafe and generate complications for certain patients
- Empirical evidence suggests that patients are very satisfied with chiropractic management of low back pain, and considerably less satisfied with a medical treatment
Therefore, chiropractic treatment appears to be a much safer approach than traditional medicine. A wise approach may be to use chiropractic first, and drugs or surgery only as a last resort.