The Danger Inside You

In INH Newsletter

Most medical devices are sold without any clinical testing. The results can be tragic.


  • An artificial joint 
  • A pacemaker 
  • A heart stent 
  • A CPAP machine 
  • An insulin pump 
  • A gastric band 

…or any other health device 

John Winkler had severe heart failure. He desperately needed a transplant. But it looked like he might not survive until a donor heart could be found.  

One day, doctors came to his hospital bedside with what John thought was a lifeline. 

They said that a high-tech heart pump could be implanted in John’s chest until a transplant was possible. 

John was only 46 and had a loving wife and four children. He wasn’t ready to die. So he followed his doctors’ advice. 

John returned home a few weeks after getting the heart pump. As he regained his strength he became hopeful about the future. He started making plans to visit colleges with his daughter. 

“He was doing so much better,” his wife, Tina, said. “We thought he was coasting until he got his transplant.” 

But there was something that John and Tina didn’t know…  

Months before John received his implant, the FDA had put the company that made his heart pump on notice for not properly monitoring or repairing defects in the device. Some of the pumps were found to have faulty batteries and short circuits. The problems had killed patients. 

John and other patients with the pumps were never told about the defects. 

Ten days after Christmas, John’s two teenage children heard the pump alarm that signals something is wrong. They found their father on his bedroom floor, unresponsive.  

Kelly, 17, dropped to his side and tried to perform CPR. She told her brother to call 911.  

When paramedics arrived and assessed her father, one made a passing comment that has haunted Kelly ever since: “Well, his toes are already cold.” He died two days later.  

Tina believes her children are psychologically scarred because they blame themselves for their father’s death. “Those two kids have never been the same,” she said 

The Winkler family tragedy is not an isolated incident. One investigation found that defective medical devices injured 2 million Americans and killed 83,000 in a 10-year period. 

These devices include: 

  • Artificial joints 
  • CPAP machines 
  • Pacemakers 
  • Implantable defibrillators 
  • Heart stents, valves, and pumps 
  • Orthopedic hardware 
  • Insulin pumps 
  • Spinal cord stimulators 
  • Surgical mesh  
  • Gastric bands 

That’s just a few of the most common ones. There are some 1,700 others sold in the U.S. Even if you don’t use one now, chances are that someday you will. Americans spend more than $150 billion every year on medical devices. 

In this issue of Independent Healing, you’ll discover how most were put on the market without any clinical testing whatsoever 

We’ll tell you how the FDA often lets the device manufacturers themselves decide if their products are safe and effective.  

If you have a medical device or your doctor recommends one, we’ll tell you what you can do to reduce your risk and make sure your device works as it is supposed to 

We’ll also give you the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, telling you which COVID test and which vaccine are the best choices. 

And you’ll learn about how omega-3 supplements have been found to stop Alzheimer’s memory decline.   

You’ll get all this and much more in your new issue of Independent Healing.  

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