Is Medicine Really the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, or the First?A troubling report just published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) calculates that medical errors kill 251,000 Americans each year, making it the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease. This figure is shocking enough, but it still may understate the problem. Dr. Gary Null, an award-winning journalist and a leading advocate of natural healing, calculated in his book Death by Medicine that conventional medicine is actually the number one cause of death in the US, killing 783,936 a year. Even this number may be an underestimate, since Dr. Null uses the IOM’s number for hospital deaths caused by medical errors, when these more recent calculations put it much higher. Conventional medicine usually claims that natural medicine is neither effective nor proven safe, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. These attacks also raise a vital question: Are the defenders of a system that kills more Americans than both heart disease and cancer really in a position to determine what is safe?