(1) Some Annual causes of death in the US: Adverse Drug Reactions ~120,000, compare to: Automobile Accidents 39,325 Food Contamination 9,100 (2) In 2000 there was a doctors strike in Israel. The death rate has fallen so sharply during the strike that the Israeli funeral parlors and burial associations are complaining. (3) Whenever medical doctors go on strike, a most interesting phenomenon occurs - death rates go down! In 1976 in Bogota, Columbia medical doctors went on strike for 52 days, with only emergency care available. The death rate dropped by 35%. In 1976 in Los Angeles County a similar doctors' strike resulted in an 18% drop in mortality. As soon as the strike was over, the death rate went back to normal. A 50% decrease in mortality was in Israel in 1973 when there was a one month doctor's strike! (4) http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/docstrike.htm (5) http://www.pacifichealthcenter.com/updates/47.asp. Google: "doctors' strike" "death" "down". Results in 654 hits But the grand price goes to an unknown source (rep. by nhoop) for his incisive analysis on DEATH by DOCTORS & GUNS: == Number of physicians in the US: 700,000. = Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year: 120,000. :: 700'000/120,000 = Go to 6 doctors and you had it. :: 120'000/700'000 = every 6th Doc kills someone each year Accidental deaths per physician... 0.171 Now compare that to: == Number of gun owners in the US: 80,000,000. = Number of accidental gun deaths/yr (all age groups) 1,500. :: 80'000'000/1'500 = Shoot 53'300 guns and you get :: killed. 15'00/80 million = only every hundred :: thousandth shot kills. Accidental deaths per gun owner: 0.0000188 So, statistically, 0.171/0.0000188 = 9143, which means that **Drs are 9,000 times+ more dangerous than gun owners** Not everyone has a gun, but everyone has at least one doctor. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets out of hand. As a public health measure, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers, for fear that the shock could cause people to seek medical aid. However, you may want to to get a gun for yourself...just in case you see a doctor approaching.