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Scientist Presents Data Countering Medicine's Claim of Increasing Life Span In Midst Of Debate Over Medical Insurance
Date:7/13/2009

rease in life expectancy after 1850 as primarily due to better sanitation and diet, while the increase in life expectancy after 1970 is attributed to reduced smoking and better life styles.

"Peck discusses how there has been no effort to debunk the belief that before modern advances (namely the introduction of antibiotics) Medicine had little value, as well as the belief that in the past people only had a life expectancy of thirty-eight years." Peck points out that the thirty-eight year life expectancy was applicable only to an infant born in 1900, but an average forty-year old male in 1900 could be expected to live to about seventy.

Modern Medicine is now attacking alternate healing methods with the expression that they are, 'no better than placebos.' This is decidedly true; however, Medicine continues to ignore how placebos are well known to be able to produce the same cures as drugs. The average person assumes placebos are useless based upon Medicine's trickery in its statement 'no better than' which diverts the public away from the actual power of the placebo effect.

Peck cites a 2006 New England Journal of Medicine article claiming that the current price of medical care, an average of $6,000 (now $8,000) per year for every man, woman, and child in the U.S., is well worth the cost since the lives that Medicine saves return even more money back to the economy. The article makes the unsupported and false assumption that Medicine is responsible for saving at least half of the lives reflected in the reported increase in life expectancy from 1950 to 2006. It makes the further unsupported assumption that these lives are able to feed back into the economy even more than the total cost of Medicine during those years. NEJM quotes another article by J. P. Bunker for his statement that Medicine saves half of the lives, but Bunker only states that as a guess along with the admission that there is no data to support how much (if any) M
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