Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"The Audacity of the Truth..."

"The Audacity of the Truth..."
Robert Manna, D.C.

Let's envision a scenario where you had chest pains, and went to the hospital.

After some testing, a surgeon tells you, "Well, it looks like we'll have to do a triple bypass surgery. We'll have to crack open your sternum, stop your heart, and bypass the problem arteries. You'll have a 3-5% chance of dying, so let's make sure you have a good will on file with your lawyer.

By the way, 70-90% of these procedures are completely unnecessary, and this operation will cost you about $80,000. But, although the surgery is most likely unnecessary, you'll be doing us a service because operations like this will keep this hospital in the black.

If you wake up from surgery, I'll come by and tell you to 'eat better'. OK? The nurse will come in and have you sign some papers."

Funny, right? But that's the reality.

This past weekend I read an amazing book, "The Great American Heart Hoax", by Michael Ozner, M.D.

Dr. Ozner is a cardiologist that actually had the audacity to "blow the whistle" on the American cardiology "machine".

1.5 million angioplasties and bypass operations are done every year in the United States. Except for a minority of patients, these procedures have never been shown to prolong life or prevent heart attacks. Talk about (non) "evidence-based" medicine!

So, how is this crime allowed to continue?

Cardiac procedures are a major industry, bringing in tens of billions of dollars a year to hospitals. For many hospitals these procedures mean the difference between profitability and going out of business.

Not only does Dr. Ozner talk about these unnecessary procedures, but he outlines a Mediterranean diet and exercise program designed to help prevent cardiovascular disease. He notes that the average middle-aged Greek man has a 90% lower chance of dying from a heart attack than the average middle-aged American man.

Yesterday I talked with Dr. Ozner; the man is "on a mission" to get the truth out. To say the least, I was impressed by him. And, guess what? He likes chiropractors!

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