More Medical Errors, More Dangerous Side Effects

Before you consider taking that next script from your physician, I urge you to ask him or her about the side effects first, particularly if you're about to leave the hospital after treatment or any kind of surgery. The odds are pretty good you'll experience a dangerous side effect from taking a drug for a chronic ailment, according to a new study.

Researchers found almost half of some 100,000 patients who took medications for chronic illnesses for more than three years failed to receive one or more recommended laboratory tests aimed at spotting dangerous side effects. That probably has a lot to do with why medical experts urge patients taking daily medications to be tested annually, if not more frequently, to prevent any complications.

Still, dangerous interactions with toxic drugs should come as no surprise, considering previous research found 60 percent of preventable drug complications are related to laboratory monitoring errors.

Add these findings along with ones from a study I posted early in the new year on the spike of drug-related deaths at the beginning of each month due to pharmacy errors and you'll better understand why I'm so adamant the entire modern health care system is so fatally flawed.

One of the important principles in resolving your illness: Focus on finding the true cause of the problem and understanding you can resolve it by addressing its cause. What many people do not realize is that it is possible to maintain total health by avoiding unnecessary drugs and by gaining a comprehensive, clear and researched understanding of good nutrition and proper lifestyle choices.

Here are a number of ways you can achieve optimal health without the use of harmful drugs:

Yahoo News May 13, 2005

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