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Why Do We Die?

(1) The number 1 reason: We are human. We all die.

(2) Heart failure and Malignant neoplasms cause over half of all deaths of people over 45. Accidents and adverse effects resulting from the accidents is the leading cause of death for people under 45 to 1 year of age. Of all the causes of death due to accidents, the leading cause is motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents remain a high risk for all age groups.


Causes of  Death 

Number of Deaths 

Rate per 100,000 

45-64 years All causes 



1 Malignant neoplasms, including neoplasms of lymphatic and hematopoietic tissues 



2 Diseases of heart 



3 Accidents and adverse effects 



. . . Motor vehicle accidents 



. . . All other accidents and adverse effects 



4 Cerebrovascular diseases



5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and allied conditions



6 Diabetes mellitus 



7 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 



8 Human immunodeficiency virus infection 



9 Suicide 



10 Pneumonia and influenza



. . . All other causes (Residual) 



From 1-4 the death rate per 100,000 people is 38.3
From 5- 14 the death rate per 100,000 people is 22
From 15- 24 the death rate per 100,000 people is 90.3
From 25- 44 the death rate per 100,000 people is 177.8
From 45- 64 the death rate per 100,000 people is 708
For people over 65 the death rate per 100,000 people is 5,071.40

(3) The 52 Infectious Diseases Designated as Notifiable at the National Level During 1997 by total, by month, with rate per Thousand People: United States.
Chlamydia 526,671, Gonorrhea 324,907 ... = 1,236,931 people a year.

(4) Number of deaths for leading causes of death.
(All causes: 2,403,351)
Top ten:
Heart Disease: 700,142
Cancer: 553,768
Stroke: 163,538
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 123,013
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 101,537
Diabetes: 71,372
Influenza/Pneumonia: 62,034
Alzheimer's disease: 53,852
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 39,480
Septicemia: 32,238

(5) Deaths, Percent of Total Deaths, and Death Rates for the 15 Leading Causes of Death: United States and Each State, 1999-2001.

Causes Of Death
Introductory Remarks
Causes Of Death
International Causes Of Death
Causes Of Death In 38 Countries

(6) Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Causing 250,000 Deaths Every Year.

More Deaths Due to Medical Errors, Fewer Preventable by information technology. It seems the health industry kills more people than previously thought and more than the Center for Disease Control tabulation of deaths from secondhand smoke.
A new report doubles the current estimate of deaths due to preventable medical errors—to 195,000—and concludes that IT would not address the causes of the deaths. The oft-cited figure of 98,000 deaths per year comes from a report by the Institute of Medicine published in 1999. The newer report uses a collection of PSIs (patient safety indicators) recently developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to screen hospital administrative data for incidents that should elicit concern for patient safety.

Related Article:Death by Medicine.
"Many people disagree with my recommendation to not stop smoking and to focus on the sugar restriction, as it is a far more important contribution to bad health than cigarettes."

Modern Health Care System is the Leading Cause of Death Doctors are in fact the LEADING cause of death in this country. Not heart disease, not cancer--doctors. In all fairness, doctors themselves are not to blame for all of this. The entire modern health care system, however, is to blame for allowing, even promoting, so many unnecessary procedures, drugs and mishaps. This illustrates precisely why the system is so desperately in need of change, and why facilitating this change is, and will continue to be the mission of the Advanced Scientific Health Research Team.

Unintentional injury is responsible for more years of potential life lost before the age of 65 than cancer and heart disease combined (National Center for Health Statistics 2004). Motor vehicle crashes are the single largest cause of unintentional injury for ages 1 to 65, accounting for a total of 42,643 deaths in 2003 when motor vehicle fatalities killed 14.66 out of every 100,000 Americans (NHTSA 2005). Societal costs associated with these crashes include lost wages, medical expenses, insurance claims, production delays, property damage, and indirect costs (National Safety Council 1995). In 2000, the total economic cost of traffic fatalities was approximately $230.6 billion, including $61 billion in lost productivity, $59 billion in property damage, and $32.6 billion in travel delays (Blincoe et al. 2002).

(7) Not 1 Death or Sickness Etiologically Assigned to Tobacco. By Dr. Simoncini, MD. All the diseases attributed to smoking are also present in non smokers. It means, in other words, that they are multifactorial, that is, the result of the interaction of tens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of factors, either known or suspected contributors - of which smoking can be one.

Most asked questions:

1. If (3) 526,671 people get Chlamydia a year, why isn't it (4) the third leading cause of death? Would the person die of other causes if they didn't have this in the first place? What are those deaths being recorded as?

2. If (3) 1,236,931 people get Infectious Diseases a year, why isn't it (4) the number one leading cause of death? Would the person die of other causes if they didn't have this in the first place? What are those deaths being recorded as?

3. If (6) Doctor error kills 250,000 people a year, why isn't it (4) the third leading cause of death? What are those deaths being recorded as?

4. With Infectious Diseases killing so many people, why is the government taxing only some of it's citizens (those using a legal product, which tobacco is) to pay for advertisements against one personal choice issue? Shouldn't every citizen pay for advertisements on infectious diseases instead?

American Heart Association
Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2005 Update

CDC Searches For Cause To Mystery Deaths
In a project resembling something out of the X Files, federal health officials say the causes of a quarter of the deaths that have stumped coroners in recent years appear to be from ordinary, treatable conditions.

For Severe Sepsis 35% of 750,000 is 262,500 people who die. For Septic Shock, Despite active treatment in the ICU, the death rate is around 50%.

WHO Warns Against 'kitchen killer.' Over a million die each year by inhaling cooking smoke. “While the millions of deaths from well-known communicable diseases often make headlines, indoor air pollution remains a silent and unreported killer,” the United Nations’ agency said.

Number of Deaths from Secondhand Smoke: Zero.

U.S. road deaths up slightly in 2003.

Health Hysteria: DVT So deadly that it does not show up on list of most common fatalities. What is this deadly ailment killing nearly a quarter of a million Americans per year?

Mold blamed for breathing problems. A rare ailment known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis also was associated with indoor mold exposure in susceptible people.

Genes Appear to Play a Role in Development of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

List of smoking-related diseases expanded. The report said current evidence is not conclusive enough to say smoking causes colorectal cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer or erectile disfunction.

Computer blows out smoking-related death figures with no real human facts. Are there 435,000 smoking-related deaths per year in America? Maybe. I can tell you this with absolute certainty, however: No human beings are ever studied to find out. Bulletin. By Rosalind B. Marimont. The SAMMEC methodology has been criticized by many epidemiologists, statisticians, and all purpose general applied mathematicians like me on technical grounds, which are usually not comprehensible to non-specialists. But these age numbers are easy to understand - How is tobacco the number one killer, when its "victims" live longer than the rest of us? SAMMEC. Where the figures are popped out of a computer, not from human data. Hal?

If you use Welbutrin and Zyban you may overdose and die.

When the CDC did their infamous calculations on tobacco mortality deaths they brought in Former Smokers estimates.  A Former Smoker being one who smoked at least 5 packs of cigarettes in their lifetime.  So if a person smoked those 5 packs while in their twenty's, quit smoking, then died of an illness at 85 years old, the CDC considers that a smoking related death.  This of course pumped up the tobacco death figure. 

This method was embraced by the anti smoker syndicate but now it turned on them and they were afraid of losing the limelight and their vast amounts of government and private funding.  Perhaps the CDC didn’t foresee the repercussions of this powerful, multi billion dollar industry which they helped spawn.

A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human services and is a conservative number.

Now think about this:
A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. Yes, that is 80 million.
B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.0000188.

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than  gun  owners.
Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics  on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical  attention.