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Dead Doctors Don't Lie Program 20 July 2006

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Monologue

Dr. Wallach discusses the obituary of Winthrup Rockefeller who recently died at age 59.  Asserting that the death most likely was caused by the treatments that involved bone marrow transplants.  Also citing the death of Sam Walton who died of leukemia after chemo treatments.  Asserting that this is proof that even billionares able to afford the "very best" care are often killed by the very treatments intended to save their lives.  Prompting Doc to ask the question "what chance does your everyday joe have?"

Pearls of Wisdom

Doug and Dr. Wallach discuss a news story concerning a recent report from the Institute of Medicine.  The report found that at least 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured and killed each year by "avoidable" medical errors.  Specifically referring to errors in prescribing, dispensing and taking medications.  These injuries are reported to cost $3.5 billion to treat each year.  The largest amount of the drug mishaps occur at hospitals and extend care facilities.  Researchers also believe that there are just as many "errors of omission" which is when patient need medicines that they don't get.

Callers

  • Phillip has two questions the first concerns low stomach acid ph.  Second he asks about a friend who has been diagnosed with water on the brain.
  • LeAnne asks Dr. Wallach about Crohn's disease and protein alternatives.
  • Mary (email) has two knees that are bone on bone and all her doctor did was prescribe a pain killer.

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