Iatrogenic injury in medical care (question all your treatment always, dentistry too)

Iatrogenic injury at epidemic levels…it’s endemic to all “medical” systems in Western Medicine. Here we see that dentistry too is not immune.

From the American Journal of Public Health:

The Prophylactic Extraction of Third Molars: A Public Health Hazard

wisdomTen million third molars (wisdom teeth) are extracted from approximately 5 million people in the United States each year at an annual cost of over $3 billion.

Abstract

Ten million third molars (wisdom teeth) are extracted from approximately 5 million people in the United States each year at an annual cost of over $3 billion.

In addition, more than 11 million patient days of “standard discomfort or disability”—pain, swelling, bruising, and malaise—result postoperatively, and more than 11000 people suffer permanent paresthesia—numbness of the lip, tongue, and cheek—as a consequence of nerve injury during the surgery. At least two thirds of these extractions, associated costs, and injuries are unnecessary, constituting a silent epidemic of iatrogenic injury that afflicts tens of thousands of people with lifelong discomfort and disability.

Avoidance of prophylactic extraction of third molars can prevent this public health hazard. (read more)

When I got my wisdom teeth pulled at age sixteen I got very sick and actually passed out on the bathroom floor at one point because I was not tolerating the antibiotics and painkillers they gave me. I was also sick for over a week and in excruciating pain. There is good reason to question the necessity of getting those teeth pulled.

The psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome I’ve been faced with for the last several years has made me see all the medical “care” I’ve gotten throughout my lifetime in a radically different light. For example, had I not been heavily prescribed antibiotics throughout my entire childhood (I took them for months at a time, quite unnecessarily) I would likely not be sick now…that was the foundation of my path to chronic illness. That is because antibiotics destroy the microbiome and we need a healthy microbiome: see Nutrition and gut health — Mental health and diet

More: Medically induced illness: iatrogenic injury

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About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters