By: Joey Clavette
Last night we had a presentation by Professor Denis Rancourt. He started off the talk reminiscing over the room our event was held in. Marion 150 had been the classroom for the Science course on activism that Denis had helped start back in 2006. Malalai Joya, who was a Member of Parliament in Afghanistan at the time, had been a speaker at the only lecture of the SCI1101 course. The course was short lived and cancelled after only one lecture.
But tonight was not about Denis’ past, it was about cancer and the medical industry. Broken into three parts, context, research and treatment, he discussed all of his findings after reviewing “over one hundred” medical articles concerning cancer, communicating with hosts of researchers, and synthesizing his findings with his own scientific knowledge.
It may come as a surprise that the third leading cause of death in the United States is medical error, with estimates of 200 000 to 400 000 deaths per year. That’s about 1 in 1000 people. Denis points this out while mentioning that this number is only accounting for medical mistakes: some as insane as removing the wrong breast, kidney, or even lung. It does not account for deaths caused by accepted medical practices which result in death, for instance, psychiatric drugs which cause more harm than good, as one researcher found.