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Which are More Dangerous -- Alternative Medicines or Prescription Drugs?

A recent survey led found four deaths between 2001 and 2003 that were associated with use of alternative treatments in Australia.

However, according to health and nutrition expert Dr. Gary Null, deaths associated with use of dietary supplements or alternative medicine are rare compared to the death toll from the medical errors and prescription drugs.

Food Consumer reports:

"Dr. Null cited reports indicating the number of deaths due to medical mistakes annually:

  • Adverse drug reactions -- 106,000 deaths/year
  • Medical errors -- 98,000 deaths/year
  • Unnecessary procedures -- 37, 136 deaths/year
  • Surgery -- 32,000 deaths/year"
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