Ask Dr. Z - How Dangerous is Western Medicine?


The Danger of Western Medicine - I get letters

I had everything wrong with me that was on Dr.Z's list
of Self Evaluation symptoms. I had no energy, chronic aches and pains
all over my body

I had difficulty with motivation,
depression, arthritis, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, light headedness, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, excessive appetite, frequent constipation, digestive problems, bloated feeling, heartburn, anxiety attacks, nervousness, and my balance was way

You name it, I had it!

I am 61 years old. This went on for thirty
. Sometimes I really felt like giving up.

I met Dr.Z at the Nevada City Health Fair. I was on
thirteen different medications
at the time. For years I had gone from medical doctor to medical doctor - all they did is give me more medications which made me only more miserable.

I checked
him out to see what he had to say about me. I went to
see him at his office for an examination where he screened me for pain, muscle strength imbalance, hypoglycemia/blood sugar problems, allergies and evaluated my nutritional and digestive status.

Dr. Z was hesitant to take me on as a patient. He told me that because I had these problems for so many years that I would have to make drastic life style changes and follow his recommendations absolutey...could I do that? Well, I decided right then that I could do anything I put my mind to.

In one week, yes in just one week, in getting chiropractic adjustments, changing my diet,
taking supplements and doing the home work brain exercises
he gave me
I am much stronger than I have been in years! I can hardly believe this myself.

The hypoglycemia diet - no carboydrates. Breakfast is hardest - I used to eat cereal with non-fat milk, dried apricots and banana every morning. Popcorn for snacks during the day.

My initial symptom score on was 128, one week later, it was 10.

My heartburn is gone, my pain is so much improved, I don't feel depressed, I have more energy, I have hope again.

saved my life!
I heartily and highly recommend coming
to see Dr.Z!!

Carol H, Grass Valley,CA.

PS - Within two weeks I decided to go off three of my medications - OxyContin, Prevacid and Glucophage.. I would love to be off all of them, eventually.

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Dr. Z's comments:

To quote Carol:

"I was on
thirteen different medications
at the time."

Thirteen medication? Insane?

For that very reason - I have not been to a medical doctor (MD) for over thirty (30) years - except for a hernia surgery.

Medical doctors, typically, have nothing to offer for chronic illness - except of course - more pharmaceutical medications..

Here is a letter from Annette J.

Dear Dr. Z,

I WANT to seriously try your product but I honestly do not have the means as I have been going to my Doctor/s almost every two weeks for the last 4 years.

I can try in a month to get on your program if you can possibly email me then. Thank you for your information. I believe there is a lot of truth to what you say, believe me."

Annette J

I reviewed Annette's Self Evaluation - her score is terrible, but the following catches my attention:

Beginning of quote:



**Avinca-pain in fibromyalgia, musle spasms , neck subluxation.

**Paxil 40 mg. depression.

**MSIR-breakthrough for pain during the day.

**Fosamax for bone protection.

**Clonazepam 1 mg for nervousness.

**Tizanidine 4mg for spasms.

**Levoxyl .75mcg. for thyroid additive.

**Ambien 10mg for sleep.

I used to be a home health nurse but I fall asleep at the wheel even now. I forgot, I am also on

**Provogil 200mg to help me stay awake.

End of quote

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  • What is wrong with this picture?
  • Apparently this poor woman in on 10 DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS.
  • EVERY single medication has a NUMBER OF POSSIBLY SERIOUS DIFFERENT SIDE EFFECTS published in the PDR. You can also "Google" them on-line.

From her letter to me, it appears that Annette is NOT getting any better.

She appears desperate.

She indicated she has been seeing a doctor(s) every two weeks for four years.

It appears that she is only given more medications.

At this point it may be nearly impossible to decipher what are Annette's true health problems, and which are doctor/medication induced secondary problems.

  • What would YOU say to Annette?

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Here are excerpts of my article on the Death by Medicine, which I first published a few years back.

At that time, I called Gary Null's office in Manhattan. A staff person contacted him by phone. Through her, he gave me permission to quote form this research project.

I want to explicitly thank Gary Null for allowing me to share this with you.


Beginning of quote

Death by Medicine

Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD

Debora Rasio MD, Dorothy Smith PhD

November 2003


A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good.

The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. 1

Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to

  1. tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics.
  2. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million.
  3. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.
  4. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936.

It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251. 5

TABLES AND FIGURES (see Section on Statistical Tables and Figures, below, for exposition)






Hospital ADR


$12 billion

Lazarou 1 Suh 49

Medical error


$2 billion




$55 billion

Xakellis 7 Barczak 8



$5 billion

Weinstein 9 MMWR 10




 Nurses Coalition 11

Outpatient ADR


$77 billion

Starfield 12 Weingart 112

Unnecessary Procedures


$122 billion

HCUP 3,13



$9 billion




$282 billion


We could have an even higher death rate by using Dr. Lucien Leape's 1997 medical and drug error rate of 3 million. 14 Multiplied by the fatality rate of 14% (that Leape used in 1994 )16 we arrive at an annual death rate of 420,000 for drug errors and medical errors combined. If we put this number in place of Lazorou's 106,000 drug errors and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 98,000 medical errors (which may have a drug error overlap with Lazorou¹s study), we could add another 216,000 deaths making a total of 999,936 deaths annually.





ADR/med error


$200 billion

Leape 1997 14







Unnecessary Events 

People Affected

Iatrogenic Events


8.9 million 4

1.78 million 16


7.5 million 3

1.3  million 40


 16.4 million

3.08 million

The enumerating of unnecessary medical events is very important in our analysis. Any medical procedure that is invasive and not necessary must be considered as part of the larger iatrogenic picture. Unfortunately, cause and effect go unmonitored. The figures on unnecessary events represent people (“patients”) who are thrust into a dangerous healthcare system. They are helpless victims. Each one of these 16.4 million lives is being affected in a way that could have a fatal consequence. Simply entering a hospital could result in the following:

•  In 16.4 million people, 2.1% chance of a serious adverse drug reaction,1 (186,000)

•  In 16.4 million people, 5-6% chance of acquiring a nosocomial infection,9 (489,500)

•  In16.4 million people, 4-36% chance of having an iatrogenic injury in hospital (medical error and adverse drug reactions),16 (1.78 million)

•  In 16.4 million people, 17% chance of a procedure error,40 (1.3 million)

All the statistics above represent a one-year time span. Imagine the numbers over a ten-year period. Working with the most conservative figures from our statistics we project the following 10-year death rates.



10-Year Deaths


Hospital ADR

1.06 million


Medical error

0.98 million



1.15 million


Nosocomial Infection

0.88 million



1.09 million


Outpatient ADR

1.99 million

(12, 112)

Unnecessary Procedures







7,841,360 (7.8 million)


Our projected statistic of 7.8 million iatrogenic deaths is more than all the casualties from wars that America has fought in its entire history. 

Our projected figures for unnecessary medical events occurring over a 10-year period are also dramatic.


Unnecessary Events

10-year Number

Iatrogenic Events


89 million 4

17 million


75 million 3

15 million


164 million


These projected figures show that a total of 164 million people, approximately 56% of the population of the United States, have been treated unnecessarily by the medical industry – in other words, nearly 50,000 people per day.

We have added, cumulatively, figures from 13 references of annual iatrogenic deaths. However, there is invariably some degree of overlap and double counting that can occur in gathering non-finite statistics. Death numbers don't come with names and birth dates to prevent duplication On the other hand, there are many missing statistics. As we will show, only about 5 to 20% of iatrogenic incidents are even recorded. (16,24,25,33,34) And, our outpatient iatrogenic statistics (112) only include drug-related events and not surgical cases, diagnostic errors, or therapeutic mishaps.

We have also been conservative in our inclusion of statistics that were not reported in peer review journals or by government institutions. For example, on July 23, 2002, The Chicago Tribune analyzed records from patient databases, court cases, 5,810 hospitals, as well as 75 federal and state agencies and found 103,000 cases of death due to hospital infections, 75% of which were preventable. (152) We do not include this figure but report the lower Weinstein figure of 88,000. (9) Another figure that we withheld, for lack of proper peer review was The National Committee for Quality Assurance, September 2003 report which found that at least 57,000 people die annually from lack of proper care for commons diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. (153)

Overlapping of statistics in Death by Medicine may occur with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) (6) paper that designates "medical error" as including drugs, surgery, and unnecessary procedures. Since we have also included other statistics on adverse drug reactions, surgery and, unnecessary procedures, perhaps a much as 50% of the IOM number could be redundant. However, even taking away half the 98,000 IOM number still leaves us with iatrogenic events as the number one killer at 738,000 annual deaths.

Even greater numbers of iatrogenic deaths will eventually come to light when all facets of health care delivery are measured. Most iatrogenic statistics are derived from hospital-based studies. However, health care is no longer typically relegated to hospitals. Today, health care is shared by hospitals, outpatient clinics, transitional care, long-term care, rehabilitative care, home care, and private practitioners offices. In the current climate of reducing health-care costs, the number of hospitals and the length of patient stays are being slashed. These measures will increase the number of patients shunted into outpatient, home care, and long-term care and the iatrogenic morbidity and mortality will also increase.

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Dr. Z's Comment:

If this does not scare you to death - what will?


You have to do it ALL

I get many e-mail letters. People ask me: Where do I start?

The best thing I can suggest: Start with the on-line Self Evaluation.

The on-line Self Evaluation is based on more than 20 years of my clinical work.

The process is very simple:

  1. You make the recommended dietary changes
  2. You take the recommended supplements
  3. You follow ALL my recommendations for a certain period of time
  4. You decide if these changes are worth your while


In order for your health to improve, YOU have to make changes .

This experience may empower you for the rest of your life.

You may find that your good health will depend less and less on pharmaceutical medications, but rather on intelligent choices you can make for your life and in your life.


Dr. Z's Self Evaluation

DDHC - Diet, Digestion, Hypoglycemia, Candida - you address those and your life changes.

Take action today. You will not regret it.

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Author's Bio: 

Peter M. Zeischegg, known to his patients and on-line clients as Dr. Z, was born and raised in Germany.

1970 – receives his Dipl. Ing. Degree (Master of Science) in Civil Engineering from Technical University Berlin

1970-71 - attends University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign for postgraduate studies in Hydrology.

1971 - decides to quit the engineering field because he cannot establish an emotional connection to make this a truly satisfying career.

1978 - severe back injury leads him to become interested in chiropractic.

1983-86 - attends Life Chiropractic College-West. He discovers that ALL true healing comes not from drugs or surgery, but from within.

1991 - trip with Occidental Research Institute to Germany - is introduced to alternative-biological medicine and Sanum homeopathy.

1996 – research into Low Level Laser Therapy

Develops expertise in alternative solutions for Functional Illness, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Hypoglycemia, Chronic Fatigue, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Digestive Problems, Allergies/Asthma, Heartburn/Indigestion, Food Allergies, Oxygen Deficiency, Brain and Chronic Illness

2001 – launches - website for Holistic On-Line Alternative Health Help

2002-2007 - post graduate studies in Functional Neurology with Carrick Institute

2005 Diplomate of American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB)

2006 Autism and Dyslexia - specialty training with Carrick Institute

2006 Physician’s Training with Autism Research Institute (DAN!)

2007/2008 Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance Disorders, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Dizziness - specialty training with Carrick Institute

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