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Medication Error Causing Longer Illness for You?

In the ongoing saga of medical errors being one of the leading causes of death (ranking third right now) mTatva Health-PIE reports that medication errors can be just as serious, and even if they don’t kill you, medication errors can still contribute to making you sicker. They can occur at any level, from a health professional incorrectly transcribing a prescription, to the pharmacist dispensing the wrong one.

In 2000, a study revealed that medical errors killed an estimated 225,000 patients each year. A new study this year reported that the number has gone up: Medical errors now kill an estimated 250,000 Americans each year. So how many more decades will it take to change the status quo?

I think we should begin by insisting the CDC — which doesn’t publish information relating to medical errors — be required to report these deaths, so they can recognize the problem and work on it. Also notable is that the U.S. has the most expensive health care in the world, but ranks last in health and mortality. What this shows is that having access to more medical procedures and drugs simply isn’t the answer.

The best thing to do to assure optimal health is to not need the medical system in the first place. Leading a common-sense, healthy lifestyle is your best bet to achieving good health and avoiding dying from preventable causes. Do this by eating real food, avoiding sitting as much as possible, getting plenty of exercise, implementing stress reduction strategies, maintaining a healthy gut, optimizing your vitamin D levels and getting plenty of high-quality sleep.
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