The 3rd leading cause of death in the US (Hint: It’s not what you’ve been told)


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The 3rd leading cause of death in the US (Hint: It’s not what you’ve been told)


As far as causes of death go, most people are aware that the top two killers in the US are heart disease (#1) and and cancer (#2).

And up until 2020, the third leading cause of death was accidents followed by chronic lower respiratory diseases. 

However, that all changed as of 2020. 

Because now the CDC ranks COVID-19 as our number three killer.  Death numbers reported by the CDC for 2021 (the most recent year for which they are showing data) are as follows: 

  • Heart disease: 695,547 
  • Cancer: 605,213 
  • COVID-19: 416,893 

But don’t be too fast in swallowing those statistics, my friend, because there is a whole lot that you are not being told. 

Let me enlighten you as to why COVID is, in fact, NOT our number three killer, as well as what the guilty culprit really is. 

A new way of counting…but just for COVID! 

Once COVID hit, for the first time since the CDC has been gathering death data, hospitals and medical practitioners were instructed to count deaths WITH COVID as deaths OF COVID.  

As you can probably surmise, there were a good many people who died from heart attacks, cancer, accidents, etc. during 2021, but if they happened to test positive for COVID upon death, they were counted as a COVID death. 

Based on the CDC’s own data, it is estimated that only six percent of the “COVID deaths” were solely due to COVID, and the other 94 percent had an average of 2.6 other co-morbidities that caused their their death. 

So that means that the REAL COVID death toll for 2021 was about 25,000 people (416,893 x .06). 

What is the real number 3 cause of death? 

Our number three cause of death is something you never hear about…not from the CDC and certainly not on the so-called “news” (aka pharmaceutically funded puppets reading propganda) anyway. 

Here in the US, medical errors kill between 250,000 - 400,000 Americans every year and are the (real) third leading cause of death.   

In addition to misdiagnosis and medications, “medical errors” also include unnecessary surgery, surgery performed on the wrong body part, getting the wrong treatment (this was huge during COVID—more on that below), hospital errors and hospital acquired infections (C-diff is the most common). 

The CDC is mum on medical errors 

Note that you won’t find medical errors listed as a mortality cause on the CDC’s website.  According to them, rounding out the top 10 causes of death following heart disease, cancer and COVID are: 

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 224,935 
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 162,890 
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,342 
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 119,399 
  • Diabetes: 103,294 
  • Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis : 56,585 
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 54,358 

This is at least partially due to inadequate data collection and the fact that death certificates don’t include a coding class for medical errors.  

The mortality statistics that are published only look at the condition that led the individual to seek treatment in the first place. 

So, for instance, if someone went in the hospital for heart surgery and died while they were in there because of a medication error, the cause of death would show as heart disease. 

Very misleading to say the least. 

COVID was wrought with medical errors! 

Talk about medical errors!  During the height of COVID, countless people were immediately placed on ventilation (and died) rather than exploring less invasive (and safer) oxygen administration. 

But I’m sure that the additional $29,000 per patient paid to the hospitals for ventilation (over other treatments) had nothing to do with that… 

And let’s not forget the decisions of the governors of certain states (including my former state of New York) to place COVID infected patients into nursing homes with healthy residents, against federal guidelines. 

Lastly, countless doctors were vilified and even precluded from prescribing hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin—two well-established drugs that had shown tremendous success in treating COVID—in favor of Dr. Fauci’s toxic remdesivir.   

One nurse even characterized remdesivir as “Run, death is near.”   

That says it all.  

Minimize your chances of medical errors! 

While the ideal situation would be to always stay healthy and never need medical care, the fact is that sometimes it is necessary.   

But you can stack the deck in your favor and minimize your chances of becoming a victim of medical errors!   

Here are some ways you can help: 

Question EVERYTHING.  Don’t just blindly accept your treatment plan.  Ask why and explore safer and less invasive alternatives if possible.  For example, if you have back pain and the doctor pushes opioids or surgery, explore options such as acupuncture, physical therapy or chiropractic.     

Get second (and even third) opinions.  Your doctor should not be offended if you want a second opinion and if he/she is, then take that as a sign to get another doctor.   

Get an advocate.  If you are facing a serious illness, it can be overwhelming trying to take everything in when you meet with your doctor.  Have a family member or trusted friend go with you to your appointments.   

Don’t sign anything without reading it.  This should apply to any type of document or contract, but it’s especially important when you are giving authorization for medical care.  Make sure you know exactly all they can do and plan to do.   

Do your part to create HEALTH! 

Although medical care is sometimes necessary, now more than ever before it is vital that you do your part to not just prevent sickness but to create HEALTH! 

Here are 7 tried and true ways to take care of your body and make it less likely that you will need medical care to begin with: 

1- Get enough sleep.  The health effects of too little sleep are numerous—it can make you more prone to depression, increase your risk of accidents and seriously impair your immune system functioning.   

If you have trouble sleeping, the melatonin in our Soothing Zzzz’s Blend gummies can help. 

2- Eat real food.  Your body needs crucial nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy and healthy fats (like real butter, coconut oil and olive oil).   

At the same time, ditch the processed junk, fast food, refined carbs and soda as much as you can.   

3- Get enough Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is VITAL for heart health, brain health, strong immune function and cancer prevention, among many other things.  Unfortunately, due to our (exaggerated) fears of the sun and use of sunscreens, many people are seriously deficient in this crucial nutrient. 

To ensure you have health-supporting levels of this nutritional superstar, Optimum DK Formula with FruiteX-B is the way to go! 

Optimum DK Formula provides a therapeutic 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per dose, as well as vitamins K1 and K2 and the mineral boron.  All these nutrients work in synergy to support health and disease prevention. 

4- Stay hydrated.  Dehydration is a leading contributing factor to a variety of illnesses including kidney problems, chronic back pain and constipation.  Eight 8-oz. glasses of filtered water per day should be your minimum.   

5- Support your immune system with probiotics.  The world is finally catching on to the importance of the gut microbiome in the maintenance of health, including strong immune function, better digestion, elimination of toxins, reducing inflammation, efficient nutrient absorption, serotonin production and so much more.   

Many things can impair your gut flora (including most medications!) so helping to rebuild your microbiome with a full-spectrum potent probiotic formula like Super Shield PLUS is crucial.  Super Shield PLUS’s blend of 15 well-studied probiotic strains provides a well-rounded “shield” of protection and support to your precious immune system and overall health.    

6- Get regular exercise.  Don’t let excuses come into your mind.  Instead, focus on how important exercise is, and the enormous health benefits it provides—including less pain, weight loss, improved mood, lower blood pressure and better digestion. 

Just be sure to get your doctor’s OK first. 

7- Keep stress under control.  Stress is extremely damaging to your health and especially to your gut microbiome.   

Do whatever it takes—counseling, meditation, exercise, prayer, deep breathing, and adopting a pet have been shown to help. 

And check out our Ashwa Blend Gummies too!  Ashwagandha has been shown to help your body combat stress and anxiety.   

Now you are on your way to not only minimizing your chances of being the victim of a medical error, but also to paving the way for better overall health! 

To your health, 

Sherry Brescia 

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  • I agree with the main idea of this article but it would best to stay away from always fighting COVID data. If someone has cancer but gets out of the house and gets hit by a truck, their cause of death is the accident no matter what stage of cancer they had at the time. So, yes… COVID (“the truck”) did bring earlier deaths to many who were already sick. Thank you for sticking with trying to improve people’s health so they are better prepared for whatever they may face.

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