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While the US medical system is one of the most advanced in the world, it is fallible. Health care workers have the same human weaknesses as the rest of us.

Regardless of their personal beliefs about the best course of care, many health care professionals are limited in the practice of medicine by treatment protocols which have been established by their medical practice, liability insurance coverage or the hospital where they have privileges. These guidelines can even restrict whether they are able to discuss alternative courses of treatment with you -- even if they believe these courses to be safer or more effective. Rather than freely administering treatments they deem best, doctors must abide by these protocols or jeopardize their employment.

Understanding the limits of medicine and medical professionals is never more important than when you are deciding upon a course of treatment for your little ones.

According to a CNN Health report, the US has the second worst newborn mortality rate among developed nations. It is more likely that a newborn will die within the first month of life in this country than babies born in Japan. US babies die at a rate 2.5 times higher than those born in Finland, Iceland and Norway. We have more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Even so, the United States’ infant mortality rate is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia at five deaths per 1,000 births, near the bottom of the rankings of industrialized nations. Only Latvia has a higher death rate than the US at six deaths per 1,000 live births. This is according the 2006 annual State of the World’s Mothers report.

Infants in the US are injected with three times the number of vaccines to prevent childhood illness and death than other first-world countries. After the implementation of the Center for Disease Control’s mass vaccination programs, this country fell from 2-3 on the international infant mortality list to 41-42.

According to the CDC’s 2010 report, autism affects 1 in 110 children. Two years ago, the rate was 1 in 150 children. Medical authorities continue to insist that they cannot locate a link between this cluster of neurological symptoms and the increased volume of vaccines being injected into children. This epidemic is robbing children of their intellectual potential and our nation of its brain trust. The US government openly acknowledges that approximately 13% of the children in our nation have a developmental disability. Where else in the world is there an instance of a population with more than 10% of its children developmentally impaired?

Being proactive in the preservation of good health is far better than depending upon a flawed medical system to restore it once it has been lost. It’s time to look critically at the cost of relying upon recommendations that are dictated by something other than a calling to promote healing.

I’m of the opinion that decisions regarding our health should be made with an understanding that life is a gift and our bodies are magnificently designed. Take the time to become as informed as possible about ALL of your options before deciding upon a course that hasn’t taken these things into account.

Below, Michael Pearl discusses how his family dealt with a health care crisis after one of his children was vaccinated. His account of his experience begins at the 6:20 mark.

The video below is the story of Adam and Lana. They tell of their experience with their son and his recovery from a stroke. Conventional therapies offered them little hope for improvement and disrupted family life.

ABC News 20-20 1999 report on Hepatitis B vaccinations offered to children Part 1

ABC News 20-20 1999 report on Hepatitis B vaccinations Part 2


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