A recent study from Johns Hopkins University confirmed what has long been suspected by those who have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. The third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer, are medical errors. This is just one of many glaring indicators that society as we know it is, at best, woefully inefficient, and at worst, intentionally promoting suffering.
Medical errors are secondary complications that result from poor treatment, improper diagnosis, or post-care follow-up. In other words, people sought out medical care for one problem, which was mishandled or ended up with another issue that eventually led to their death.
This particular issue of medical errors is something that I have a personal experience with, and most likely people reading this do as well, although they may not know it.
Julian Died From Medical Error
For those who may not be aware, Julian Robles, the co-founder of Stillness in the Storm, and my partner in life, died last August at the age of 27.
He was a victim of medical error.
|Julian in Tangiers Morocco in 2014.|
Julian and I had an amazing life together. We started our awakening journey in 2010, walking arm in arm down our mutual paths, supporting each other in what is arguably one of the most challenging initiations of our age—waking up. We traveled to Morocco in 2014 and followed our dream of trying to make the world a better place through personal action. Eventually, we came back to the US in May of 2015.
Julian first started experiencing health problems related to blood clots while we were in Morocco. In December of 2014, he had one form in his leg. Julian was 100% Puerto Rican and had a lineage close to the Taino natives in the Caribbean, which means he and his family have less tolerance for modernized denatured food. Julian's grandmother, uncle, and cousins suffered from blood clots as well, which Julian was keenly aware of.
The doctors in Morocco were equally as incompetent as doctors in the US, as will be shown below. Julian has a family history of blood clots and he had to fight with the emergency room doctors in Morocco to get them to take his condition seriously. After performing some tests, they were able to confirm what he already knew, that he had blood clots in his leg.
Julian decided to follow a natural course of treatment, successfully addressing his condition in the months that followed. But when we came back to the US in May 2015, his poor dietary habits reasserted themselves, which combined with the poor quality food in the US led to further complications.
Again, this condition was not new to Julian. He could recognize the symptoms easily, and in late July of 2015, another clot formed in his leg.
In the previous months, Julian made an effort to sign-up for Obamacare (the Affordable Healthcare Act) and when the second clot formed, he was essentially a card carrying member. He contacted his primary care physician and told them about what was going on. Over the phone, the doctor told him it was probably nothing serious—in other words, he ignored Julian's complaints—and said if he felt it was really serious, Julian should go to the ER. This in and of itself was gross negligence because the person he spoke to seemed dismissive and did not offer to receive him for examination.
Julian was dismayed by the lack of serious concern about his condition. He decided to try a natural course again, but this time was less strict than before. After several weeks, the pain in his leg went away, and he assumed the clot did as well. But in mid to early August, shortly after doing some intense yard work, he started to feel pains in his chest. At the time, he thought it was just due to soreness from the strenuous work.
About 10 days later, on the 21st of August, Julian was still having trouble breathing. While relaxing at night, he passed out on the couch. This was very troubling for me as I knew intuitively that something wasn't right. We decided to go to the emergency room shortly after he regained composure.
When we arrived at the ER, Julian informed the attending physician of his family medical history, as well as his past issues with blood clots. The doctor ignored everything, and said Julian just fainted and that it was probably nothing serious. The doctor did some basic tests, like a chest X-Ray, and found that Julian's lungs were filled with fluid, but he could not hear anything when listening to his breathing. The doctor concluded that it was pneumonia and recommended antibiotics.
Julian and I were perplexed by the diagnosis, and we told the doctor that he had no other symptoms that would usually indicate a chest infection like pneumonia. We insisted that Julian was probably suffering from a complication related to his blood clot, but instead of the doctor performing more tests to rule this out, he became aggravated that we weren't following his advice.
As soon as Julian refused treatment, the doctor effectively gave up on him. Even one of the nurses was a bit taken aback by the doctor's cold disregard for our concern. We left the hospital and upon arriving at home, Julian complained that he was still not feeling well. He almost had a drunk or intoxicated way about him, which was definitely not normal and was still experiencing sharp pains in his chest.
We decided to go back to the hospital that same night and hope that maybe the doctors would be more willing to investigate. When we arrived, the attending physician immediately asked if we came back to receive antibiotic treatment, which Julian again refused. The doctor was even more dismissive than before and told us either to take the antibiotics or go home.
We left again, dismayed by the lack of care, but at this stage, Julian was so distraught that he thought maybe the doctor was right, that it was just pneumonia. As a result, he started a course of natural antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
After two days, on Sunday, Julian and I attended a family dinner, wherein he helped move some chairs after the meal. He was very out of breath from the effort and told me that since Friday, his heart had not stopped racing. I felt his pulse and his heart was beating rapidly, which I was very concerned about. Julian thought that maybe he was just stressed out, and decided to do some meditation. He didn't complain about anything else that night. I was still very concerned, but given the lack of care we received from the hospital, I wasn't sure what else could be done.
The next day, Julian was in good spirits and spent most of the day working. In the early afternoon, he reported shortness of breath and that his heart was still racing. He told me he had been taking ibuprofen in large quantities because his chest pain was so bad, which alarmed me. Despite this, he said he wanted to try and meditate to see if he could lower his heart rate.
After about an hour, he came out of our room and was clearly upset. He was crying and said that his heart was racing so much it was really making him worry that something was seriously wrong. We immediately left for the hospital again.
Upon arriving, a different attending physician reviewed Julian's case and immediately started pushing him to take antibiotics. Again Julian pleaded with the doctors to test him for blood clots. When we asked about his symptoms, the doctors said it could be from pneumonia. The doctor even pulled up an image from Julian's chest X-Ray from several days before. When I looked at the X-Ray, it reminded me of a medical textbook image I saw many years earlier of a Pulmonary Edema. I said this to the doctor, "are you sure this isn't a Pulmonary Edema?" The doctor responded no, in a curt and dismissive manner.
At this point, Julian was so distraught that he finally accepted the antibiotics. I was incensed by the incompetence and lack of proper care, but I didn't want to further antagonize Julian's condition by ranting at the medical staff, which I regret now.
Julian's heart rate was high from the moment we entered the hospital. The doctors said this could be a complication from pneumonia, but I didn't think so. After being on the antibiotics for two hours, and after receiving pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, his condition had not changed.
The doctor finally decided to perform a CT scan, which revealed that, in fact, Julian's lungs were almost two-thirds filled with blood clots. It was a very serious diagnosis, which they immediately rushed him up to the ICU to start a course of blood thinners.
At this point, I was upset but happy that at least they were finally going to address the real problem. I left to grab a few items at the house and came back to find Julian in the ICU. He was in much better spirits at that point and wasn't in as much pain. His heart rate was still high, but coming down. I spoke to the nurse on call, who told me that Julian was doing better, but that he needed to stay for observation. The nurse said that he was surprised they hadn't caught this before because it was a textbook case of Pulmonary Edema, blood clots, and fluid in the lungs. It seemed like I could finally breathe a sigh of relief, and that he was going to start getting better again.
But the next day, on Monday, August 25th, at 10:19am, Julian's heart stopped. They tried to revive him for over an hour and a half but were unsuccessful. They had over two dozen doctors and nurses in the room trying to bring him back. I got the intuitive impression that the doctors knew they were negligent and were trying to make up for it now. But to no avail. Julian passed way that morning, and I came home to contemplate the sheer magnitude of what just occurred.
|Julian in Martil Morocco, in 2015.|
Facing the Truth
Obviously, this was a major event in my life, and it stands as proof that the systems of medical care on our planet are woefully inadequate. But, that they have fallen into such a state because we the people have allowed it to get this way.
But is this really so shocking?
Once one begins to gain an understanding of the body, what true health is, and how to heal and restore it, then it becomes increasingly obvious that the medical system is not designed for maintaining health. Sure, if you have a broken leg or cut, getting some triage can be very helpful, but as the below article details, you might just end up contracting a secondary condition.
The fact that so many people can die every year from medical malpractice and people haven't hit the streets in droves only proves how out of touch humanity is with reality. But thankfully this is changing.
The mainstream media is now openly reporting this fact that the third leading cause of death in the US are medical errors. This is a good start but the whole truth is much worse than that and we can't ignore reality any longer.
The fact is, the whole medical and food industry is designed to make people sick. Food is incredibly addictive and society encourages this behavior at all levels. Then, after years of slowly destroying our own bodies in a state of quasi-blissful ignorance, reality comes crashing down. But instead of addressing the true causes of poor health, our symptoms are treated with drugs and procedures which only make the condition worse. If we're lucky, we get an illness treated without suffering too much in the process, but the hard truth about the status quo is: everyone suffers, and no one is truly healthy—and via our ignorance we helped make it all possible.
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Julian had issues and problems in his life, like almost everyone on Earth, turning to food as a way to deal with them. This eventually caused his death. And when he needed treatment the most, when he needed to rely on the very system that claims to have our best interest at heart, he received substandard care—or more accurately, he received the same standard of care everyone else receives, which is horribly ineffective and causes more problems than it solves.
As a people, we need to face reality. For far too long we've turned a blind eye to the current system, failing to educate ourselves about our own bodies and how to keep them healthy, suffering the pitfalls of our own making. And it's not just our health that we risk, we put our loved ones and friends through the same system by accepting the status quo.
We've even been indoctrinated to promote and push toxic medical treatments onto our fellows. Vaccines are a glaring example of actual toxic chemical being injected into children, who in turn contract autism and lifelong health problems as a result. Our ignorance means the suffering of the whole of humanity. When will enough be enough?
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I really want to emphasize this point, as uncomfortable as it maybe. The hard truth that humanity as a whole must face is that we have become complicit to the status quo, which ensures the suffering of ourselves and our loved ones. We'd like to think to ourselves that we are promoting health and wellness, but in the end, more people have suffered and been sick at this time in history than in any other. Again, when are we, the people, going to take responsibility for what we've allowed to fester on our watch?
The root cause of all health problems is mental. Before we can become healthy, we have to face the truth and recognize how our own actions contributed to the situation. Once we realize that our choices are the primary causes for all disease we can begin to take back our lives.
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But in the age of information, ignorance is a choice. And now, after decades of obscurity, the truth is finally coming to light.
Let us share it as far and wide as possible, because the health of our children and ourselves is intimately connected to all others. If the people demanded true medical care, as a result of learning about the body and how it is really maintained, we could change the system very quickly, and actually have the knowledge in hand to ensure it is managed well. We wouldn't need blind faith any longer, but instead, take up our place as proper custodians of life.
The role of the people is to watch over society to ensure it is honest, fair and just. The current conditions we deal with on Earth are a result of humanity failing to keep its watch. But we always have the chance to take back our responsibility and make the world a better place.
If not for ourselves, then for the generations to come. If not now, when? If not us, then who?
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Final Note: Despite the fact that the medical industry is in a dismal state, the people who volunteer to be doctors and nurses are, in the main, well intentioned. Often medical practitioners spent years of their lives training and working to hopefully one day help the sick and needy. This intention is admirable and as a people we should not blame the individual doctors and nurses, but the system of compartmentalization and fallacy itself. This industry, like almost all others, is crippled by bureaucracy, dogma, and authoritarian models which suppress the truth in favor of corporate profits.
In our charge to become more proactive in restoring the health of humanity, we would do well not to attack those who entered into medicine with good intent, for they need healing and compassion as well. Instead, we must turn our gaze toward the social fabric of the institutions which have, through indoctrination, corrupted these same people into becoming unwitting pawns that promote suffering and death. Through knowledge, comes power, and through wisdom comes restoration.
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Edited for grammar and spelling at 9:15pm, May 10th, 2016. An earlier version of this article stated that it was negligent to advise Julian to go to the ER. It is more accurate to say that it was negligent to not offer to make an appointment, as his primary care physician. The above text has been altered accordingly.
Source - The Free Thought Project
by Claire Bernish
Scientists from Johns Hopkins finally quantified the number of deaths from medical mistakes — such as incorrect diagnoses, medication errors, botched surgeries, etc. — because those errors aren’t specifically tracked under the current system.
Analyzing medical death rates from four separate previous studies, the Johns Hopkins team found 251,454 deaths out of 35,416,020 hospitalizations stemmed from various medical errors — which they say amounts to 9.5 percent of all deaths in the U.S.
According to the Leading Causes of Death as listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was updated last month, heart disease killed 614,348 people and cancer, 591,699 — but listed third is chronic lower respiratory disease, responsible for 147,101 deaths. Thus, medical mistakes amount to a silent near epidemic problem.
“Humans will always make mistakes, and we shouldn’t expect them not to,” explained the study’s lead author and Johns Hopkins surgeon, Dr. Martin A. Makary, as cited by the New York Times. “But we can engineer safe medical care to create the safety nets and protocols to address the human factor. Measuring the magnitude of the problem is the first step.”
In fact, a study from the Institute of Medicine in 1999 assessed the issue of medical error, calling the number of fatalities from such mistakes an “epidemic.” Though debate had sparked over how to best address the problem, the new study makes apparent how pervasive medical error and the inability to report it remain to this day.
As the Times explained in one example of the obstacles in reporting fatal medical mistakes, “a poorly performed diagnostic test caused a liver injury that led to cardiac arrest, but the cause of death was listed as cardiovascular. In fact, the cause was a medical error. Diagnostic tests, communication breakdowns, the failure to do necessary tests, medication dosage errors and other improper procedures were all considered medical errors in the study.”
“In the old school of medicine,” Makary continued, “it was not well recognized that people actually die from the care that they receive rather than the disease or illness for which they seek care.” But considering the extent of the issue, and the gravity of patient safety, Makary explained, “we should have a more open and honest conversation about the problem.”
A more thorough and accurate system of reporting such mistakes could go a long way to addressing which medical errors are the most frequent — and what could be done to better prevent them from occurring.
“We all know how common it is,” Makary suggested. “We also know how infrequently it’s openly discussed.”
A detailed method to track healthcare errors, similar to what has been done with cancer, for example, could be the best first step toward awareness in the medical community — and, thus, increased patient safety. Roadblocks to reporting medical mistakes do exist — not surprisingly, it comes down to money.
“One of the big issues that we in the patient safety research field face, that we run up against, is a problem where there’s very little funding for research in making care safer and better,” Makary said. “Part of the problem is that our national funding is informed from our national health statistics. But those statistics don’t recognize medical care gone awry as a cause of death.”
Makary compared the lack of standardization in reporting medical errors to that of detailed and widely available reporting which occurs after an airplane crash.
“When a plane crashes, we don’t say this is confidential proprietary information the airline company owns,” he said. “We consider this part of public safety. Hospitals should be held to the same standards.”
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