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"First, Do No Harm"

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Allopathic medicine kills at least 225,000 Americans per year, constituting the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.  What's even more amazing, is how much we pay for this extinction privilege.

  • 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals
  • 106,000 deaths/year from nonerror, adverse effects of medications

And the number is most likely even higher. Most of the data is derived from studies in hospitalized patients only. These estimates do not include adverse effects that are associated with disability or discomfort, and the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System"  If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000.

Many allopathic doctors are taught or assume that these risks are an acceptable component of modern medicine. Thus, surgery seeks to remove the evidence of problems, and man-made chemical drugs manipulate the body's processes, suppressing or killing the causes of symptoms. In fact, symptoms are the body's cry for help, calling attention to an area that needs amending in order to produce health and well being.

These statistics emphasize the importance of finding non-toxic solutions to our healthcare problems. 

We must continue to research and educate people in the use of natural medicines and supplements that have been used for thousands of years and been proven safe over time.

For more information on death by medicine, please visit the American Iatrogenic Association, devoted to the study and reporting of illness caused by the medical profession, especially by physicians, and promoting accountability for medical professionals and institutions.




The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 177 million people worldwide have diabetes, a figure that's expected to surpass 300 million by 2025.  Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said “Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate in America.  Diabetes has increased 49% from 1990 to 2000 and projections indicate a 165% increase by the year 2050.”  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population from 1990 to 2000 increased by only 13.2%.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported between 1990 and 2000 that the most dramatic increase in diabetes reported --- a 70% jump – was seen in people aged 30-39.  Dr. Frank Vinicor, Director of the CDC diabetes program, referred to diabetes as an apparent “chronic disease epidemic.”  Read the article "Silent Killer" from Time Magazine.  Learn how to combat diabetes naturally.


Almost 5 million people became infected with HIV last year -- the largest number of new infections since the disease was discovered in 1981, according to the annual 2004 AIDS report from the United Nations.


According to the EPA, asthma afflicts about 20 million Americans, including 6.3 million children.  Since 1980, the biggest growth in asthma cases has been in children under five.  In 2000 there were nearly 2 million emergency room visits and nearly half a million hospitalizations due to asthma, at a cost of almost $2 billion, and causing 14 million school days missed each year. 

Mental Illness and Disabilities

Jan 13, 2004 -- The Rand Corp. study -- published in the journal of Health Affairs -- said disability rates rose sharply in the last two decades among those under 60 years of age.  "We've always had the assumption that medical science is advancing and that people are getting healthier, but that is not the case," said Darius Lakdawalla, lead author of the study.  The health of young Americans is getting worse. It found the number of people ages 30-49 who could not care for themselves or do other routine tasks increased by more than half from 1984 to 2000.  The leading causes of disability are mental illness and musculoskeletal problems.  For those 30- to 39-years-old, the number reporting disabilities increased from 118 per 10,000 people to 182 per 10,000 people from 1984 to 1996. Among those 40- to 49-years-old, the number rose from 212 per 10,000 to 278 per 10,000 in the same period.

Colonic and Intestinal Problems

The Merck Manual, the medical industry's standard for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, tells us that colon degeneration is on the rise.  The incidence of diverticulosis has increased dramatically over the last 40 years.  It states, that in 1950, only 10% of adults over the age of 45 had this disease, in1955 15%, in 1972 30%, and in 1987 almost 50%.  The latest edition states that the incidence "increases rapidly" over age 40 and that "every person will have many" if they live long enough, meaning every American adult will have herniation of the large intestine. A sluggish, constipated, and swollen bowel, retaining pounds of old fecal matter must be cleansed out in order to heal.  Once you clean out all of this old waste and get the bowel working properly again, the inflammation is eliminated and the herniations (diverticula) disappear.  This requires a whole grain, high-fiber balanced diet with organic fruits and vegetables, the elimination of chemically-tainted harmful clogging foods in the diet, and colonic purging and cleansing.  NatureGem recommends avoiding gluten (although normally good for you) for 1-2 years to allow the villi in the gut to repair themselves.  Whole grains that are gluten-free include spelt, quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa), oats, brown rice, wild rice, amaranth, and corn.

According to a recent study by the Partnership for Solutions, a Johns Hopkins project, nearly have of the population currently lives with some type of chronic condition, and rapid continued growth is expected.  About 60 million Americans live with multiple chronic conditions, and an estimated 3 million Americans have five such conditions.

Almost 1.5 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on wheat and vegetable crops in the U.S. each year. That’s more than five pounds for every person! According to experts, only 2% of this actually serves to protect the crops while the air, water and the food itself absorbs the other 98%. (Over 110 different kinds of chemicals are used on apples alone.) 

In most cities the water contains over 700 chemicals while 10,000 different chemicals are used in food processing and preservation. The average American is exposed to 50,000 chemical agents in his lifetime and only a fraction of these have been studied for their effects on humans. There have been no studies at all showing the consequences of using these agents in varying combinations with each other. 

According to the EPA in 2002, "Indoor air pollution consistently ranks as one of the top 5 environmental threats to public health facing the nation today.”  It is estimated that 20 to 35 percent of American office workers suffer from "building related illness," costing the U.S. economy about $30 billion a year.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 45,000,000 Americans drink tap water that's contaminated with chemicals, lead, germs, parasites, bacteria and other impurities.

Analyses of human fat, mother's milk, blood, breath, semen and urine demonstrate that everyone - not just those living near major pollution sources - now carries a "body burden" of toxic organochlorines in his or her tissues. At least 190 organochlorines, including dioxins, PCBs and DDT, have been identified in the tissues and fluids of the general population of the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds more are present, but have not been chemically characterized. Organochlorines have been linked to immune system suppression, falling sperm counts and infertility, as well as learning disabilities in children. More than 100 organochlorines cause cancer in laboratory animals or humans.

Worm parasites are more common than most people expect, and they are listed as The Center for Disease Control's #1 Health Risk. According to numerous studies, nearly 85% of Americans have parasites in their bodies.  Parasites can remain undetected for years.  A common side affect is the poor absorption of critical nutrients for growth potentially leading to anemia, growth problems, and a weakened immune function creating susceptibility for disease. According to numerous books, parasites are commonly found in people with AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, candidiasis, and many other disorders. Symptoms may include abdominal pains, diarrhea, anemia, cardiac insufficiency, nausea, perianal & perineal pruritis, dysentery, amebic hepatitis, weight loss, intestinal toxemia, colic and cirrhosis.  Read more about parasites and natural treatments.

According to the Earth Summit Report, issued in 1992, the levels of soil based minerals in North America have dropped over 85% in the last 100 years. Assuming that our ancestor's diet used to contain trace silver, and that our diet probably has greatly reduced levels, there is a reasonable argument for supplementing with colloidal silver. Two teaspoons of 5 ppm colloidal silver provides about 50 mcg of silver and could be considered a "nutritional" amount, if taken on a daily basis. Any amount above four teaspoons a day or 100 mcg should be considered a "therapeutic" amount.  "When colloidal silver is ingested and absorbed into the body, the small positively charged silver particles begin to flow in and permeate all the bodily fluids. Wherever the silver comes in contact with a single-celled organism like a virus, fungi or bacterium, the silver disables a specific enzyme that these creatures need to metabolize oxygen; In effect they can't breath and within a few minutes they suffocate and die."  Read more about colloidal silver

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