~ Prescription Drug Deaths
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Edward Fry)
To: email@example.com (Editor)
The Press Democrat recently editorialized that criticism of the
pharmaceutical industry is misdirected. Yet, as our country fixates on
the threat of anthrax, which has caused four deaths, since September 11,
some 8,000 Americans have died from taking "appropriately prescribed and
correctly administered" drugs.
More than twice the number people as died in the violence of the WTC,
have died quietly and anonymously doing what they were instructed was
good for them. These figures are based on the American Medical
Association's published data citing that over 100,000 Americans die
annually from "correct" drug use. Deaths due to misprescription or
accident are additional.
There is little discussion in our beholden-to-advertisers media that
prescription drugs are, according to the World Health Organization, the
fourth leading cause of death in industrialized nations. Instead of
calling for improved drug standards, the public is treated to a steady
barrage of scare stories about the dangers of nutritional supplements
and herbs, which according to the best official statistics, harm but a
handful of people each year -- usually from abuse.
Some argue this diversion of attention and sleight of hand in the news
is not only intentional, but part of a continuing strategic
monopolization of health care by drug interests.
The culmination of such a strategy will be played out at Codex
deliberations in Berlin later this month as new, restrictive, one-world
trade standards for supplements are proposed.
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