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As we draw to a close on 2013 and look forward to 2014, here are the top 10 most read stories published on Health Impact News in 2013:

  1. Sweden Becomes First Western Nation to Reject Low-fat Diet Dogma in Favor of Low-carb High-fat Nutrition
  2. 95 Year Old WWII Vet Refuses to go to Hospital for Urinary Tract Infection, so Police Shoot and Kill Him
  3. Dr. Kurt: Why I Will Never Choose to Vaccinate my Own Son and Any Future Kids my Wife and I Have
  4. 45 Uses For Lemons That Will Change Your Life
  5. Garlic Soup Made With 52 Cloves of Garlic Can Defeat Colds, Flu and Even Norovirus
  6. 23 Seniors Died After Receiving This Year’s Flu Shot Sold by Pharmacies
  7.  Why Essential Oils Heal and Drugs Don’t
  8.  How Child “Protection” Services is Legally Abducting Children in the U.S.
  9. Flu Shot Causes Polio-like Guillain-Barré Syndrome: Are Rates Higher Than the Government Admits?
  10. Study: HPV Vaccine Linked to Premature Menopause in Young Girls

Since we publish stories often ignored in the mainstream media, this is a vastly different list than what you will see in the mainstream media reviewing the top stories of 2013.

For example, the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon is being listed as one of the top stories, if not the top story, of 2013 on many mainstream media websites. While this was certainly a major story in 2013, let’s look at some perspective in terms of its significance.

The terrorist attacks in the Boston Marathon reportedly killed 3 people and injured 264 others. It was a tragic event, to be sure, affecting the lives of hundreds of people.

But in terms of deaths or lives affected by injuries, is it the top story of 2013? Probably not. Here are a few other stories that were actually covered in the mainstream media, with far more people affected, but will probably get no mention on the last day of 2013:

1. Deaths by hospital errors now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

I am constantly surprised that when we publish this fact on our Facebook Page, people think we are making this up and it is not true. It is true, and even the medical community and the mainstream media admit it. A report released this fall by The Leapfrog Group, shows that up to 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors. That makes hospital errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart disease.

Even before this new report came out in 2013, these statistics were widely known and acknowledged in the medical industry. At the beginning of 2013, Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., published a book that made huge waves in the media titled: Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care. Dr. Markary serves as the co-director of The Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group (QSRG). He was not only interviewed by publishers in the Alternative Media, like Dr. Mercola, but also in the mainstream media, such as popular daytime TV host Dr. Travis Stork of “The Dr.s”, where it was acknowledged that hospital errors were now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. You can watch the episode here.

2. Over-the-counter Ibuprofen is Killing and Injuring Thousands of Americans

In September 2013, ProPublica rocked the world by publishing startlingly news and stats about acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, which is marketed as a safe, over-the-counter drug. Their stats showed that over 1,500 Americans died during a ten-year period, and another 1,400 committed suicide after taking the popular over-the-counter drug, Tylenol. This received some exposure in the mainstream media, but it was not even headline news. Read more about ProPublica’s Ibuprofen report here.

Another study on Ibuprofen that was published in 2013, but which received no coverage in the mainstream media, was a study by Dr. William Shaw in the Journal of Restorative Medicine, titled: Evidence that Increased Acetaminophen use in Genetically Vulnerable Children Appears to be a Major Cause of the Epidemics of Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma. This study presents strong evidence that acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol or Paracetamol) increases in the rate of autism, asthma, and attention deficit with hyperactivity in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children, especially when combined with vaccines. Read the study here.

3. U.S. Ranks First in Healthcare Spending – Last in Life Expectancy

A startling study that was actually conducted by the U.S government (and funded by your tax dollars, of course) was published earlier in 2013 showing that the United States, when compared with “peer countries” (Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom), had the shortest life expectancy, while easily outspending all these other countries in “healthcare” (really medical care.) You can read about the study here.

These are just a sample of stories that were actually covered in the mainstream media which have a far greater impact on people being injured or killed, than a terrorist attack like the one at the Boston Marathon, but will probably not even make the top 100 stories of 2013 in any mainstream media source.

Vaccine Injuries and Deaths: CENSORED

Of course the one story that affects many thousands of American’s lives and gets virtually NO mainstream media coverage, is the issue of injuries and deaths due to vaccines. This is the one subject that is taboo in the mainstream media, and could easily be the top story in 2013. A search in the U.S. VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reports) database for 2013 on the last day of the year returns the following results: 1,582 serious adverse vaccine reactions, and 107 deaths, with 72 of those deaths under the age of 3.

Headline news for 2013, but completely censored in the mainstream media.

Government Actions in Response to Threats on American Lives

The Boston Marathon event in 2013 represented the first terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. It prompted a massive government response to the situation that claimed 3 lives and injured over 200 people. You can read a 46 page report by Homeland Security and FEMA here.

In addition, it was learned in 2013 that the government National Security Agency (NSA) has been virtually spying on Americans and foreign governments around the world by collecting and storing every American’s phone call records and emails, all supposedly in an attempt to prevent future terrorist attacks.

And what is the government’s response to these other issues affecting millions of American’s lives, such as hospital errors, legal drug deaths, and poor life expectancy that were major stories in 2013? What actions are they planning to take to protect American lives?

Pretty much nothing.

In fact, at the end of 2013 the FDA approved a Rheumatoid arthritis drug that is banned in Europe, loosened restrictions on the killer diabetes drug Avandia, which is also banned in Europe because it is linked to a 43 percent increased risk of heart attack and a 64 percent higher risk of cardiovascular death than patients, and allowed an unapproved meningitis vaccine to be given to American college students at Princeton University, basically using them as guinea pigs in a huge vaccine trial.

Expect more of the same in 2014.

We’ll do our best at Health Impact News to cover the stories in 2014 that impact your health that are ignored in the mainstream media.

Happy New Year’s from Health Impact News!