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Chemotherapy kills far more Americans than all acts of war, suicide and terrorism combined


(NaturalNews) There is a little-known fact about one of the top treatments for cancer, and it is this: It is so deadly that not even warfare has managed to top its body count.

Since 2000, according to the tracking site Pharma Death Clock, more than 16.3 million people have died from chemotherapy – more than wars, terrorism and suicide, combined.

"While drug companies profit billions, people are dying by the millions," the site notes.

In addition to chemotherapy, there are scores of other deaths that were all caused by modern medicine, like hospital errors (as of this writing 7,176,929), medical error (1,598,497), hospital infections (1,223,340) and surgery-related death (521,958), among others.

What's more, as NaturalNews editor Mike Adams, author of Food Forensics, science lab director of, editor of and creator of noted in 2013, doctors in the U.S. are far more likely to cause death and dismemberment than firearms.

"Everyone agrees the Sandy Hook shooting was a tragedy. Lots of people subsequently exploited the deaths of those children to push a political agenda of disarming Americans by claiming 'guns kill people,'" he wrote.

Putting the figures in context

"But compared to what? Swimming pools kill people. Horseback riding kills people. And yes, even childbirth kills people. (Does that mean we should criminalize getting pregnant?)"

He went on to note that putting firearms deaths into proper context was important because doing so is necessary to refute the sort of "doomsday scenarios" put forth by anti-gun proponents. For example, he noted, doctors kill 2,450 percent more Americans each year than do firearms (and especially guns that are used by someone against someone else, instead of in suicides, the latter occurring far more often).

"Doctors, comparatively, kill 783,936 people each year, which is 64 times higher than 12,174. Doctors shoot you not with bullets, but with vaccines, chemotherapy and pharmaceuticals... all of which turn out to be FAR more deadly than guns," Adams noted.

In a July 2014 press release, current Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders said that medical errors were the third-leading cause of death in the United States.

24.5 times more likely to die from a doc than a gun

"Medical harm is a major cause of suffering, disability, and death – as well as a huge financial cost to our nation," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said at the outset of a hearing by the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, a panel he chaired at the time. "This is a problem that has not received anywhere near the attention that it deserves and today I hope that we can focus a spotlight on this matter of such grave consequence."

He said that only heart disease and, yes, cancer, killed more people.

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