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Brittany Murphy Died from Pneumonia and Drug Intoxication: Report

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Actress Brittany Murphy’s death was apparently caused by a mix of pneumonia, iron deficiency and ‘multiple drug’ intoxication, the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday.

The 32-year-old died on December 20 in her Hollywood Hills, Calif., home.

Murphy’s husband told People magazine that she had flu-like symptoms and was taking Vicoprofen for pain from menstrual cramps, CNN reports.

Murphy was known for her work in a string of comedies including “Uptown Girls.”

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I don't know if the issue is that doctors "lack the courage" to advise side effects, etc., as much as it's that they just don't know. The number of pharmaceuticals released to consumers is staggering, and there's no way for doctors to keep up with the education, unless they take the time to educate themselves. Pharm reps drop off pamphlets, samples and fun goodies for the office -- the samples are stowed, the goodies are divided between the front and back offices and the pamphlets get...well, filed. Sure, they could check their PDR, but the new drugs wouldn't be published, as the PDR is published annually.

The other problem is that medical doctors don't receive nutritional training in medical school. Nor do they receive training about natural therapies. Again, these are elective courses outside of medical school. And this is why people need to contact a Naturopath or other appropriately trained natural health practitioner for information regarding natural therapies.

BTW, what happened to MJ is nothing but pure negligence on the part of Dr Murray. NO ONE administers that IV and leaves the patient....ever. To that end, how he is still practicing medicine (Texas) is beyond me.

February 4, 2010 - 5:14pm

Brittany is, unfortunately, yet another statistic among the 100,000 yearly deaths by the hands of conventional medicine practitioners. This is what happened to Michael Jackson. This is what happened to my nephew, but we only hear about the celebrities buying the farm.

If you really care about your health and the health of your loved ones, then question every prescribed drug from your conventional medical doctor including side effects.

Drugs also deplete essential nutrients in the body. If your doctor lacks the courage to tell you about drug effects, interactions, depletion of essential nutrients, and alternative natural therapies, then you have to do your own research. Your doctor is only human: He/She is not better than you.

February 4, 2010 - 5:19pm
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Anonymous (reply to HealingMindN)

Completely informing patients is a doctor's primary responsibility. The system moves patients though an office too quickly to have thorough visits, and in these cases, resulting in preventable injuries and deaths.

June 22, 2015 - 1:31pm
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