The citation on that, once again, is:
Journal of the American Association, July 26, 2000. Volume 284, Number 4.ďIs US Health Really the Best in the World?Ē
The author of this paper is Barbara Starfield, who at the time was associated with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Actually, the death figure she mentioned was 106,000, but letís not quibble about a few thousand medicine-induced deaths.
The fact that Starfield was an insider, that she worked for one of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, and that her paper was published in the Journal-of-the-American-Medica l-Association (Iím pronouncing it slowly for effect)----- well, weíre not talking about some little sidebar in a fringe rag.
Weíre talking a big-time, down the middle of the highway, royal flush bombshell.
Now, try to follow this.
It isnít difficult.
These correctly prescribed medicines donít just float out of drug companies into the mouths of consumers.
First, in the US, they are approved by the FDA.
What does approval mean?
It means the FDA certifies the drugs as SAFE and EFFECTIVE.
Well, 106,000 times a year, they arenít safe, and theyíre effective only in the sense that they definitely kill people.
Therefore, the FDA is on the hook for that.
ON THE HOOK.
Feel free to dream up all sorts of excuses if you feel compelled to, but the stark reality remains.
At the moment, I donít care why the FDA is disposed to make decisions that kill 106,000 people a year. I donít care about conflicts of interest involving pharmaceutical companies and FDA doctors who sit on drug-approval panels.
Right now, I just want the blunt fact to set in.
THE FDA APPROVES ALL THE DRUGS THAT KILL 106,000 PEOPLE A YEAR. OTHERWISE, THESE DRUGS WOULDNíT BE AVAILABLE FROM DOCTORS.
And be sure you understand weíre looking at CORRECTLY PRESCRIBED drugs.
Call me crazy, but itís evident that someone should pay for 106,000 deaths.
And that someone would be the FDA.
A US government agency organized under the Department of Health and Human Services, which in turn is a cabinet post organized under the President of the United States.
If you need further imagery, imagine that every year, there are 33 plane crashes into very tall city buildings, and each crash kills 3000 people.
That would come to around 100,000 people.
If this kept happening, on and on and on, would you start to feel that someone should be punished for allowing it to happen?
But no one at the Department of Justice mounts a criminal trial for murder or negligent homicide against FDA employees.
No one at the FDA is fired.
The FDA certainly doesnít investigate itself, because an honest review would be tantamount to a confession of homicide.
Yet the FDA, sanctimonious as a preening peacock at a pig farm, sends out warning letters to people who sell herbs online.
Try to weigh the relative value and sanity of this exercise (even assuming, if you want to, that all the herbal and vitamin products are ineffective against the flu) against 106,000 deaths a year.