Iatrogenic is defined as diseases or complications caused by medical examination or treatment or therapies. This includes disease, illness, or death from Drug Side-effects, or CDI (Combined Drug Intoxication) or MDI (Multiple Drug Intake), Drug allergies or inadvertent results of treatment or advice. In addition physical problems harmful consequences of psychological therapies of Psychiatrists also included in IATROGENIC.
You are thinking that the Iatrogenic deaths and diseases must be a small portion of the healthcare system in US but the truth is far from it. First a small background of US health care system:
Before that a fundamental question: Why we need know about US healthcare system - 9 out of top 12 pharma companies in the world are from US and they are the ones controlling the Healthcare system not just in US... They not just control drugs, control the therapies, curriculum of medical education system and the entire chain of healthcare from birth to death of an individual.
All have Manufacturing and/or distribution networks in India and many of these so called formulations are available in India with different trade names or simply imported and sold to public
In 2003, at 14% of the Gross National Product, healthcare spending reached $1.6 trillion in US. Considering this enormous expenditure, US should have the best medicine in the world. US should be reversing disease, preventing disease, and doing minimal harm. However, careful and objective review shows the opposite. Because of the extraordinary narrow context of medical technology through which contemporary medicine examines the human condition, Modern medicine system completely missing the full picture. Medical system is not taking into consideration the following monumentally important aspects of a healthy human organism: (a) stress and how it adversely affects the immune system and life processes; (b) insufficient exercise; (c) excessive caloric intake; (d) highly-processed and denatured foods grown in denatured and chemically-damaged soil; and (e) exposure to tens of thousands of environmental toxins. Instead of minimizing these disease-causing factors, modern medicine actually cause more illness through medical technology, diagnostic testing, overuse of medical and surgical procedures, and overuse of pharmaceutical drugs. The huge disservice of this therapeutic strategy is the result of little effort or money being appropriated for preventing disease in which nutrition from natural foods play a major part
FDA (Foods and Drugs Administration) the sole body is responsible for approval all the food products and drugs sold in USA is the single agency responsible many deaths in US than terrorist attacks or road accidents combined or more than Cancer or Heart Attack deaths
The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC (Center for Disease Control, another Govt. body) in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million. The total number of iatrogenic deaths (officially reported) is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251 both are lower than the deaths caused by medical system. In the past 20 years alone over 25 drugs initially approved by FDA is withdrawn (after the pharma companies made huge profits selling the druts) due to adverse side-effects such as Heart-attack, Cancer, etc.
FDA topbrass are Doctors who were with Big Pharma companies or Corporate Hospitals and keep moving from one entity to another - now with the new Twist of Chemical companies acquiring Pharma companies such as Monsanto, Novatris, etc. The agenda of these Chemical companies are also pushed by Govt. (FDA) in the name of Healthcare etc. Thus there is a Senate Bill S510 called as Food Safety Modernization Act to control people from growing their own food and natural health supplements such as Pudina /Turmeric /Aloe vera etc. is being tabled in US. With S510 all will be forced get (so called) healthcare provided by FDA approved hospitals, foods and medicines (in other words being lab animals for testing drugs and contributers to the greed of these corporations and their Board)
S510 is passed, personal control over gardening will be severely restricted and saving seeds will be outlawed, theoretically setting the stage for a complete food monopoly by Monsanto and its GMO agenda. In short, it will grant the U.S. government new authority over the public’s right to grow, trade and transport any foods. Food production of any kind will essentially be under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security and anyone caught growing food without permission, even in their own backyard, could be charged with a criminal offense.
Now the coterie of Corporate Pharma, Corporate Hospital, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Farmers and Corporate Government Oops just Government, want to enter and control end-to-end another important area of our life - Food - which is already crowded with all sorts of chemical stuff, claims and counter claims. From now onwards one would witness GM foods sold as health foods, approved by Govt. agencies, prescribed by a doctor and included as part of the treatment coverage by insurance companies...
Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Herbal medicines, Naturopathy, all will be banned in US and also in Europe... when S510 comes to effect