Death Risk

Figure 1. Risk of death from various causes in the EU. First, note the position of the bubbles in the quadrants. The X-axis (horizontal) indicates the risk of mortality for an individual (per million people) when the individual is exposed to the risk. The Y-axis (vertical) indicates the overall risk of mortality per million EU residents. A.The upper right quadrant shows mortality risks that apply to a relatively large proportion of the population, for example cancer or preventable medical injury, and that are also relatively large for individuals when exposed. B. The bottom right quadrant shows that a relatively small proportion of the total EU-population dies from the risk, for example railway work, but an individual has a relatively large risk of mortality from exposure. C. The bottom left quadrant shows a relatively small risk of mortality for the overall EU-population, and that an individual also has a small risk of mortality from exposure. D. The upper left quadrant shows a theoretical risk which is relatively large for the overall population, but is small for an individual when exposed. In reality this cannot occur because if individual risk of death is small, then overall the risk must also be small. The size of each bubble represents the relative risk for individual exposure. Note: the log scale is used to allow the data to be meaningfully presented on one graph, but this implies that the differences in risk are exponentially greater than shown by the bubble positions. Figure adapted from ANHI [1].

The chart and caption taken from an article from the Orthomolecular News Service, Restrictions on Food Supplements are Based on Misinformation, which discusses efforts by the EU to ban or regulate food supplements including vitamins and the like. I would go further than Orthomolecular in saying that the restrictions aren’t based (solely) on misinformation, but by the totalitarian impetus which lies at the heart of the European Union’s mission. That, as well as a concerted effort by Big Pharma and Conventional Medicine to ensure a) their profits, and b) that they remain the sole gatekeepers of health care.


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dearieme says October 17, 2012

The big red circle gives food for thought.

Loic says October 18, 2012

I began to read only yesterday David Healy’s new book, Pharmageddon. Talk about synchronicity!

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