In 1973 doctors in Israel staged a month-long strike and during that month, mortality fell by 50 percent. (morticians were so concerned about their business they demanded it end) A couple of years later, a two-month work stoppage by doctors in Bogata, Columbia led to a 35 percent decline in deaths. And during a "work slowdown" by doctors in Los Angeles protesting against the sharp increase in liability insurance premiums, the number of deaths fell by 18 percent. Once doctors were back at work full time, mortality immediately jumped back to the previous levels. In the U.S., where 40,000 people are shot to death each year, the chance of getting "killed" by a doctor is three times greater than being killed by a gun. There is a better way to treat our chronic health problems other than prescribing poisons. You be the doctor.
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When Doctors strike, Less People Die!May 12, 2007 - 05:10 PM
Rob Mackrill writes : When doctors in Israel took industrial action and went on strike back in 2000, it highlighted a strange phenomenon – when doctors go on strike, the death rate plummets.
In this particular instance, the death rate fell by nearly 40% over the strike period. But it's by no means an isolated example.
Back in 1973, Israeli doctors went on strike for 4 weeks and deaths fell by 50% in that month.
The same happened in Los Angeles in 1976, which saw an 18% decline in deaths during industrial action by doctors. When the strike ended and the medical machine started grinding back into action, the death rate returned to usual levels.
The same thing in Bogota in 1972. Doctors withdrew all treatments apart from emergency care. And guess what?
The mortality rate went down by 35%.
It would therefore appear that the more we can avoid medical intervention in our lives, the more chance we have of living longer and healthier. As Dr Robert Mendelsohn, the renowned Chicago MD put it, as far back as 1979: "If doctors reduced their involvement with people and only attended emergencies, there's no doubt in my mind that we'd be better off."
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