GMOs pose a danger to all of us and the evidence is irrefutable. Environmentally, they have created superweeds that destroy farmland, and they have eliminated some organisms from ecosystems, leading to new superbugs to fill the void. Much talk also centers around the health considerations.
Written on March 20, by Wolverine in Medical MayhemTransplant Related The overuse of the procedure known as colonoscopies as a prophylactic for colon cancer, has not only become quite a fad in recent decades, but also a multimillion dollar industry.
Every year, over 14 million perfectly healthy individuals age 50 and up, submit themselves to this invasive procedure in the hope of receiving protection from colorectal cancer. Do the benefits of this screening outweigh the risks involved?
Sometimes in this world, a treatment may be as dangerous as the disease itself. The many injuries that can be caused by colonoscopies, the anesthetics and preparation required for this procedure, is what I would like to cover in part 1 of this series.
But, a colonoscopy injury can be as lethal and cause as much fear and suffering as colorectal cancer itself. For those who have not read my storyI lost all of my intestines due to a colonoscopy accident — NOT just my colon, but all of my small intestines too — a life-threatening condition known as short bowel syndrome.
I lived for six months without intestines and being fed and hydrated with the use of TPNbut my life was ultimately save with a very rare intestinal transplant. So the question here is, which one carries the greatest risk of actually happening to you in your lifetime?
Especially between the age of fifty to sixty? The medical industry recommends screening starting at the age of 50 and as low as 45 for African-Americans. So, for the first couple of decades, you are risking your life with a dangerous, invasive procedure to diagnose a disease that is far less of a risk at that age than the odds of being injured by the screening device.
I could stop right there, because that should be enough to make a critical thinker forget about this barbaric diagnostic tool, at least until the age of But, there is more — a whole lot more to consider, which leads me to believe we should search to discover a safer and more effective tool.
Many of the related injuries associated with colonoscopies go unreported or are never diagnosed. Death from colon cancer will very rarely not be reported as the cause of death, so those are accurate predictions.
But, we have no idea just how high the actual number for colonoscopy injuries and death may actually be [more]. I am living proof of that. The reason for the necrosis of my bowels was unreported because all priorities focused on saving my life, not what caused the decline.
Nowhere on my medical record is the reason for what caused my organs to die reported, so I doubt that I am part of those statistics, even though I am a victim of a colonoscopy. Typically, a patient left untreated for as long as I was will die. Had I died, the death report would say complications from necrosis of the bowels and mention nothing of the colonoscopy.
Perforations and other injuries from colonoscopies can be extremely difficult to diagnose and are often of little concern when the patient is dying.
We also have to consider that doctors and hospitals will rarely report an injury from a colonoscopy unless forced to. It is up to the patient to successfully prove that the procedure caused their injury or resulting infection in a civil trial before it will be reported and logged.
Even though statistics say that 70, people will be injured or killed by this procedure this year, the actual number is far greater. One of the more dangerous outcomes of a colonoscopy is the one I was a victim of — a perforation.
Everyone considering this diagnostic procedure is required to sign a paper stating that they understand all of the injuries possible with this invasion of their organs with a mechanical device and the air pressure exerted in order to inflate the colon.
The list of the horrific complications, including death, should be enough to give anyone pause. But, patients are immediately calmed when their doctors explains that these things are rare.
Other than perforations, there are other dangersincluding a list of possible reactions to the anesthesia propofol that is typically used during a colonoscopy. Though rare, they can range from deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism to pneumonia. If given too much, the patient can stop breathing.
This is why you should make sure that you have this procedure performed in a facility that is equipped to handle such a situation, in case you stop breathing.
No other cancer screening test requires a patient to be rendered unconscious to perform. Because you will be unconscious, you will not be witness to the procedure, so the patient has no idea how well the procedure was performed or how much time the doctor took to examine thoroughly.
The insurance companies pay the same price whether the doctor takes 20 minutes or 2 minutes — the faster they can do them, the more procedures they can get paid for per day. Most accidents happen because of fast and sloppy procedures.
There can also be complications associated with the colon prep required for the procedure. This prep can include a 2 liter enema of synthetic laxatives administered about an hour before the procedure.
This is called the Mechanical Bowel Preparation MBP and is completely unnecessary, yet many doctors still use this in spite of the fact that it has been proven to create a high risk of thrombosis.
This cocktail of chemicals can cause everything from deadly electrolyte imbalances which can lead to congestive heart failureto possible thrombosis in the mesenteric artery, to kidney damage.
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