* First, most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized
* Second, these estimates are for deaths only and do not include
negative effects that are associated with disability or discomfort.
* Third, the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in
the IOM report.
If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes
would range from 230,000 to 284,000. In any case, 225,000 deaths per
year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States,
after deaths from heart disease and cancer. Even if these figures are
overestimated, there is a wide margin between these numbers of deaths
and the next leading cause of death (cerebrovascular disease).go to story
cannot be prolonged by heart transplant. You cannot increase the
duration of life. One can perhaps give some relief to disease, that is
another thing, but the duration of life is destined. From the dead
body, one cannot bring life. Similarly, it may appear that one is
prolonging the duration of life by medicines or heart transplant, but
that is not the case. If one lives 4 years after having had a heart
transplant, then by nature's law he was destined to live four years
with or without having had a heart transplant. So what is the value of
heart transplant? more
are different occupational activities in terms of man's different
conceptions of life. To the gross materialist who cannot see anything
beyond the gross material body, there is nothing beyond the senses.
Therefore his occupational activities are limited to concentrated and
extended selfishness. Concentrated selfishness centers around the
personal body. This is generally seen amongst the lower animals.
Extended selfishness is manifested in human society and centers around
the family, society, community, nation, and world with a view to gross
is very important point. People are very much interested in welfare
activities for the human society. So they think that by feeding poor
men or giving cloth or opening hospitals, schools, colleges—"These
things are required. What is the use of hearing about Krishna?" That is
their opinion. But these welfare activities are extended selfishness.
This word we learned from our Guru Maharaja: "extended selfishness."
Just like I love myself for my sense gratification, and then I extend
it to my son. I am gratifying my senses. I have got my wife. And to get
my son another wife... The principle is the same. Then my
grandchildren, then my great-grandchildren. Or, not only limited with
the family, then society, then community, then nationally, then
internationally. But they are all extended selfishness. Yes. Without
knowing what is the real self-interest. Therefore we find so many
faults in such welfare activities. In... They are opening hospitals for
the human beings, daridra-narayana-seva, but the poor goats and
cows, daridra-narayana—they are also daridra-narayana
according to the definition—but they are being killed. For one daridra-narayana,
another daridra-narayana is being killed.
So that kind of philanthropy is not accepted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam
as very advancement of civilization. The advancement of civilization
will be tested, how the nation, individually or collectively, has
advanced in Krishna consciousness. It is very difficult to understand
this, but the fact is this. Bhagavata says that you
cannot rectify the destiny of another man. That is not possible. Balasya
neha sharanam pitarau nrisimha. It is not that because one has
got good parents, therefore he will be happy. No. Not necessarily. Balasya
neha sharanam pitarau nrisimha. So similarly, it is not that a
diseased person, because he is being treated by a first-class physician
and he is being supplied first-class medicine, therefore he will be
cured. No, there is no such guarantee. Because if the supreme authority
does not sanction... Suppose a man is diseased; he is going to die or
suffering. So his relatives and friends are trying to save him. The shastra
says that "You cannot save him simply by giving him first-class
medicine or first-class medical treatment." They, they can also, cannot
guarantee. Ask any qualified doctor, that "This man is being treated by
you. Can you guarantee that he will be cured?" They will say, "No, that
is not possible. We are trying our best."
Therefore we should know the ultimate sanction depends on Krishna. I
have got practical experience, because I was dealing in medicine. So
the attending physician of my pharmacy, he came back from a call and
told me that "I saw one patient lying in a very precarious condition,
suffering from pneumonia. So according to our science, he could not
live. I do not know how he is living." There are so many cases. I had
dealings with medical men. One big medical man in Gaya, he told me that
"Mr. De," that "we give very first class medicine to a patient, to my
best knowledge. He dies. And I try one small medicine, and he is saved.
That is my practical experience." He was Muhammadan doctor. He told me.
So actually unless one is saved by the supreme authority, there is no
question of saving him by so many philanthropic work. Actual saving is
this Krishna consciousness movement. Because if one is raised to his
Krishna consciousness, the whole problems of his life will be solved.
That is real welfare activity. Other things you cannot change. If one
is destined to suffer by some agency, you cannot stop. Therefore Bhagavata
says, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido na labhyate yad bhramatam
upary adhah [Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.18]. You simply
try to awaken your Krishna consciousness, which was impossible in other
living conditions. Either going to the heaven planet or going to the
hell planet or becoming Brahma or ant... Do not try for all these
elevations. Simply try for awakening your Krishna consciousness.
Then why so many people are trying for happiness? The answer is: tal
labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham kalena sarvatra gabhira-ramhasa.
Nobody tries for distress, but distress comes; similarly, even if you
do not try for your happiness, if you are destined, happiness will
come. But if you take to Krishna consciousness, it is simply happiness.
There is no more distress. If we become steadily situated in Krishna
consciousness, then it is simply happiness. As Prabodhananda Sarasvati
has explained, vishvam purnam sukhayate . There is no
problem for a devotee. Vishvam purnam... Everyone is
perplexed with the problems of this universe, but for a devotee, vishvam
vishvam purnam sukhayate: A
devotee sees the world complete and perfect by the Lord's arrangement.