Opinion by Journalist John Rappaport
Saturday, October 30, 2010.
In the summer of the year 2000, it was a bolt
out of the blue. The revelation. I come back
to it for various reasons—this time because I’ve
been reading doctors’ attacks on the nutritional
industry: “fraudulent claims, quackery,
unproven science, theft.”
You’ve heard all the accusations.
It’s interesting that these doctors don’t bother
to examine their own profession. If they did,
they would fall through the deep hole, and they
might never find their way back to the top.
On July 26, 2000, Dr. Barbara Starfield
published her landmark study, “Is US Health
Really the Best in the World?” in the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
At the time, Starfield was working at the Johns
Hopkins School of Public Health. She still is.
She is, as you can see, an insider. You don’t
have your papers published in JAMA if you’re
Among her findings? The annual figure for
deaths caused by medical drugs in the US is
THE ANNUAL FIGURE.
All those drugs were, according to her report,
correctly prescribed and, of course, approved by
the FDA. No drug makes its way into the
American market unless the FDA certifies it as
safe and effective. Both.
In a long, exclusive interview I conducted with
Dr. Starfield earlier this year "AN
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH Dr. Barbara Starfield:
Medically Caused Death in America,"
she made it clear that, since the 2000
publication date, no federal agency had
contacted her to consult on taking remedial
actions, in the face of all these deaths.
It was also clear that the federal government
had undertaken no massive campaign to cut down
on the deaths caused by medical drugs.
And, of course, no mainstream news outlet has
picked up the gauntlet and hammered on this
ongoing mind-boggling tragedy.
106,000 deaths a year. That means, since 2000,
roughly a million Americans have died as a
result of ingesting medicines. A million.
So when I see these little doctors attacking the
viability and correctness and safety of vitamins
and minerals, I wonder what foul planet they are
living on. I wonder what they think they’re
You should try to remember this the next time a
doctor or some self-styled expert tells you the
nutritional approach to improving health is
You should try to remember the enormity of the
cover-up involved here—and also note that Dr.
Starfield’s study, since its publication ten
years ago, has gone virtually unchallenged.
A million deaths.
Now, when it comes to fraud (a charge often
leveled at the nutritional industry), think
about this: how many studies carried out by drug
companies had to have been fraudulent, to result
in 106, 000 deaths a year?
Because, for the FDA to have approved the lethal
drugs as both safe and effective, to have
examined the studies and clinical trials of
those drugs, there was obviously a FALSE VENEER
As it turns out, several layers of fraud are
involved. First, the drug companies bury some
of their own studies on a given drug, the
studies that show health dangers or ineffective
results. Then we have the FDA panels, stacked
with doctors who, because of their financial
connections to the drug companies, give the
green light to go ahead and market the drugs.
And then we have the chronic avoidance of FDA
officials, who know about Starfield’s (and other
researchers’) work, but refuse to undertake a
sweeping investigation of the whole rotten,
We also need to bring the medical journals into
the picture, because they publish and comment on
many of the studies that result in government
approval of drugs.
These journals know the death figures I’ve
cited. But they don’t take radical corrective
action, either. Not the kind of action that
will considerably reduce the annual body count
Of course, you would think medical schools, in
light of the Starfield Revelation, would
revolutionize their training of students. This,
too, is a pipe dream.
On every front, it’s business as usual.
And therefore, the medical cartel needs to point
the public’s attention elsewhere. The cartel
needs a distraction. What better area to single
out than their main competitor: nutritional
When you allow a staggering pattern of ongoing
death to develop year after year, decade after
decade, and you do nothing about it, and you are
in a position to do something about it, and you
are legally mandated to oversee the actual area
that is causing all the deaths, and you are
covering up what you know—what do you call that?
I call it murder. RICO felony, and murder.
I don’t see any other label that fits.
So I invite all critics of the nutritional
industry to come my way, and let’s compare
notes, and let’s see, in open debate, what’s
What makes me think I won’t receive a shower of
emails from experts seeking engagement on these
Jon Rappoport is the author of a course, LOGIC
AND ANALYSIS, for homeschoolers and adults. To