Vernon Coleman: ‘The Biggest and Most Powerful Lie Doctors Tell’

Dr. Vernon Coleman
21st Century Wire

For five decades I have been fighting the absurd myth that drug companies and doctors have prolonged life expectancy.

This, I’m afraid, is a self-serving piece of propaganda which exists solely to promote the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession.

The simple fact is that at the end of the 19th century, and the beginning of the 20th century, infant mortality was horrendously high.

Babies often died before they reached their first birthday.

And this gave the impression that life expectancy for adults was lower than it was.

It’s simple to explain.

If one baby dies just after birth, and another baby lives to be 80 then the average life expectancy is around 40 years.

Better drinking water, better sewage facilities, better housing and better food mean that today it is uncommon for babies to die. The infant mortality rate has improved dramatically.

And this has had a dramatic effect on average life expectancy.

If one baby in 100 dies just after birth, and the other 99 live to be 80 then the average life expectancy is close to 80 years.

This statistical anomaly enables drug companies, and the medical establishment, to claim that they are responsible for improving life expectancy – and deserve massive amounts of applause.

The truth is that the change in life expectancy is almost entirely due, as I said earlier, to cleaner drinking water, better sewage facilities, better housing and better food.

Very few major improvements have been made by medical science.

The biggest development was the serendipitous discovery of antibiotics nearly a century ago.

And the advantage antibiotics gave us over infections has been squandered by absurd overprescribing and by allowing farmers to give antibiotics to most or all of their cattle. These disastrous errors have led to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Drug companies and doctors have had virtually no impact on life expectation. Indeed, it is possible to argue that, on balance, they have done more harm than good. Certainly, thirty years ago I produced clear evidence that doctors are one of the three biggest killers – alongside cancer and circulatory disease.

But the medical establishment, and journalists bought by the pharmaceutical industry, continue with their favourite and most powerful lie, suggesting that they and they alone are responsible for improving life expectation.

Naturally, they refuse to debate the myth because they know they will lose the debate.

This article was originally published at Vernon Coleman’s website.

Vernon Coleman’s book Why and How Doctors kill more Patients than Cancer is available as a paperback and an eBook.


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It’s a lengthy article – but well worth the read, in my opinion.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates

“Walking is man’s best medicine. ” ― Hippocrates

“As to diseases, make a habit of two things — to help, or at least, to do no harm.” ― Hippocrates

“It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”― Hippocrates


Tonight’s musical offerings:

To all you who love your pets…and to Henry, the master of the Asylum here, who has been through 2 days in the doggie hospital, and now at home recovering:

You’re My Best Friend (Queen) Piano Cover by Sangah Noona


‘Bourée’ –  (2001 Remaster) · Jethro Tull


  1. Glad to hear he is recovering! You must have been fretting for those 2 days.

    Dr. V is so right about all the ways to lie with statistics. When I try to tell folks that it’s simply not true we have a longer life expectancy today they look at me like I’m an idiot who can’t understand math. (Ok, that last part is probably true, I don’t understand most math!)

    In fact, I don’t think he goes quite far enough debunking those stats. They are making comparisons between apples and oranges really. No one was getting accurate data from the rural populations and since children were not born in hospitals until relatively recently, all the stats they play with would’ve been from the cities, which we know, were filthy. Sanitation may have made a significant improvement, as he is saying, but it’s an illusion to think that rural folk were perpetually dirty and impoverished like the establishment always tries to make out. Most likely, running water and electricity actually had a negative impact on rural life—folks started working longer hours, had water that now needed to be treated b/c it’s going through pipes (and paid for), and electro-smog that they had also had the privilege of paying for.

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    1. You’re right…he could have gone further debunking those stats. Thank you very much for adding in the important points you provided. Much appreciated. And thank you about Henry. Lots of stomach issues, all at once. But got him home…got him on a chicken and rice diet, along with raw goat milk and digestive enzymes – all the things you know of much more so about than I – and he’s definitively improving. Thank you, again. Hope all is well with you and yours!

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  2. Glad to hear Henry is on the mend! that broke my heart hearing he was ailing. Your doing good for the stomach. I prefer my canines to people. I have a coffee cup that says I prefer the company of my dogs, people make my head hurt!
    delighted he is doing better. I look forward to his posts and pictures when i see them. he is a lovely dog and has a great friend!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Highlander! I agree 100% with you…I too prefer canines to people. And love what’s on your coffee cup. He had a tough go it for a couple of days, almost every kind of ‘itis’ one get…colitis, pancreatitis and other itis’s. He’s definitely on the mend, and sure does love the goat milk! Again, thank you for your thoughts and well-wishes. Hope all is well with you and yours…both canine and human! Cheers!


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