Dr. James L. Marcum: ‘Medicines That Kill’ may prove fatal to prescription industry
by By WILLIAM WRIGHT Lifestyles Editor
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Raising awareness about medicines

JAMES L. MARCUM, M.D., a board-certified behavioral cardiologist and one of the nation’s most influential physicians, takes on the abuse and overuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in his latest book, “Medicines That Kill — The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic.”  Banner photos, WILLIAM WRIGHT
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Dr. James Marcum, a board-certified cardiologist, in-demand speaker, radio and television host, has revealed what the medical community is not telling you — that prescription and over-the-counter medicines are a leading cause of death in America.

In fact, Marcum, who USA Today’s Qforma named as one of the nation’s most influential physicians, said, “I want to raise the possibility and make the case that medications ARE the leading cause of death, at least in North America, and perhaps the world.”

Marcum makes his case in his latest book, “Medicines That Kill — The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic,” stating, “We have a rapidly escalating problem. I do not want one more person to die from a lack of knowledge. Medications can kill. Medications do kill. Medications have killed. Medications are killing, and not nearly enough is being said. I hope to change this.”

Marcum said if government reports factored in these deaths the public would see that medications are the No. 1 cause of death, far surpassing cardiovascular disease (595,000 deaths) and cancer (574,000 deaths) in the U.S., according to the National Vital Statistics Report released in January 2012.

“It only makes sense that as more and more medications are prescribed and as more and more over-the-counter drugs used for a myriad of symptoms find their way into our medicine cabinets, these numbers will continue to rise,” Marcum insisted. “I can say, with logic and with limited statistics, that death by medications is the number one cause of death, and the number continues to rise.”

Regarding this conclusion, Marcum wrote, “I have presented what I firmly believe is a logical argument for that belief in the light of common sense, personal experience as a physician trained in modern medicine, and the limited availability of statistics. Remember, the complete statistical data simply does not exist, nor do I expect, in this day, to find such data, the existence of which would simply not be politically correct.”

The author of “The Ultimate Prescription” and “Heartwise, A Layman’s Guide to Understanding and Preventing Heart Disease,” reasoned, “One does not have to be a scientist to realize that there are hundreds of thousands of deaths never reported: deaths because of mistakes made during production of medications, including manufacturing and even labeling; and mistakes made by medical personnel, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.”

In writing “Medicines That Kill,” Marcum said he is aware that exposing the truth about this hidden epidemic may not be popular within the medical profession, but asserts, “Every medicine has a risk as well as a benefit. Now, is there a place for medicine? Absolutely! But this book argues that we’ve lost a little bit of control of that. This book is designed to let people know to take your medicines seriously, because it can cause health problems, including death.”

His newly released book not only details the misuse of medications and medical mistakes made, but Marcum elaborates on deadly combinations and asserts in Chapter six, “We’re told that if we stop taking our pills, we’ll die. Unfortunately, for many of us, if we keep taking our medications, we’ll die. I call this phenomenon ‘slow kill.’”

According to Marcum, who practices in Cleveland with the Chattanooga Heart Institute offices, medicines were originally designed to only be taken for a short period of time until the person was in a better position to help themselves. But that scenario is becoming rare.

“I’ve been taking care of people for many years and I noticed that each year the rate of heart attacks continue to go up, the rate of diabetes continue to go up, the rate of obesity continue to go up and, believe it or not, we are giving more and more prescription medications than ever — up to 4 billion, including over-the-counter medications.

“Well, if these medicines were the only solution you would think we wouldn’t have these numbers keep going up! I would much rather have a person to change their chemistry naturally — let’s say, exercise, get enough rest, eat better or have less stress on their system — rather than take pills that sometimes don’t get at the cause of the problem. In this book, not only did I try to prove how many deaths occur, but I went through all the different causes of how medicine can hurt people.

“You hear about people like Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston — all of them mix and match drugs with other things and that can be a dangerous thing. People can quit breathing. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine had an ad about how sleeping pills can cause people to be impaired when they’re behind the wheel. So a lot of the driving accidents that happen might be from people being impaired by the medicines they take — pain pills, sleeping pills — whatever.”

In his book, Marcum also gives practical advice on how people can be smarter about the medicines they take as well as suggestions on how to talk to your physician about getting off medications. He candidly cautions his readers, “Of course, there are no profits to be made if you don’t take the medicine. Your getting well doesn’t benefit anyone whose business it is to make you feel better.”

The co-host of the call-in radio program “Heartwise,” airing on more than 400 radio stations worldwide, said, “I also talk about ways you can change your chemistry naturally so you don’t have to take medicines forever. You are your best doctor. We were never designed to work all the time. We were designed to work a certain amount of time and rest. When we don’t get enough rest, guess what happens to the body? Stress! As we move away from the way God designed us, guess what? Stress, damage to the body and bad things happen to us. So when you get back to the way God made you to be, that’s going to help you more than a lot of things. That changes your chemistry all over your body.”

Marcum made it clear that he was not against medications, stating in Chapter 10 regarding medications for depression, “Some people need medications, as their genetics cause the problem; however, many can come off these medications under a doctor’s supervision.”

In his disclaimer at the beginning of “Medicines That Kill,” Marcum states, “This book is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment by a trained medical professional. Always consult with your physician about your medical conditions and before altering your medications or your health routine.”

Still, the distinguished M.D. is unapologetic in exposing the deaths occurring every day at staggering rates from medications.

“I am a physician trained in internal medicine and cardiology. I try to prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease. But it is plausible to conclude — after studying these numbers and thinking about the problem of medications — that my time seeing patients might be better spent combating deaths from medications and educating the world about the dangers of taking prescription and nonprescription medications. In the long run, I might save more lives!” he said.

On Sept. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. Marcum will conduct a free seminar on “A Biblical Approach to Health,” at Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church at 400 Tunnel Blvd. in Chattanooga. The event is open to the public. Each family will receive a free 31-day program with a video to enjoy better health.

Dr. Marcum can also be seen on “The Heart of Health Live,” at 6 p.m. on Charter Channel 5, WTNB where viewers can call in with their questions. Medicines That Kill is available at www.amazon.com/Medicines-That-Kill-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B008PX0JXM.