Nutrition Institute of America
October 28, 2003
Deadly Medical Mistakes Exposed
York, New York - New information has been presented showing the degree
to which Americans have been subjected to injury
and death by medical errors. The results of seven years of research reviewing thousands of studies conducted by the NIA now
show that medical errors are the number one cause of death and injury in the United States.
According to the NIA's report, over 784,000 people die annually due to medical mistakes. Comparatively, the 2001 annual death rate
for heart disease was 699,697 and the annual death rate for cancer was 553,251.
Over 2.2 million people are injured every year by prescription drugs alone and over 20 million unnecessary prescriptions for
antibiotics are prescribed annually for viral infections. The report also shows that 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical
procedures are performed every year and 8.9 million people are needlessly hospitalized annually. Based on the results of NIA's report,
it is evident that there is a pressing need for an overhaul of the entire American medical system.
The findings, described as a "revelation" by Martin Feldman, MD, who helped to uncover the evidence, are the product of the first
comprehensive studies on iatrogenic incidents. Never before has any study uncovered such a massive amount of information with
regard to iatrogenesis. Historically, only small individual partial studies have been performed in this area.
Carolyn Dean, MD, a physician and author who also helped to uncover the findings said, "I was completely shocked, amazed, and
dismayed when I first added up all the statistics on medical death and saw how much allopathic medicine has betrayed us."
The Nutrition Institute of America is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization that has been enlightening the public on health issues
for nearly 30 years.
For more information, contact David Slater, President of NIA at (646) 505 - 4660 x 155.
Alternatively contact: Richard Polonetsky (646)-505-4660 x171