“Be careful little heart who you trust…” plays the song on a children’s C.D. in a group of young children in a learning center. We teach our children to be careful about trusting strangers, but what about the average American? Many of us believe what we hear without doing our homework. We are easily distracted, gullible, and trusting of people we hardly know anything about because people told us to be. The National Vaccine Information Center has published some alarming statistics about Americans:
“Between 210,000 and 440,000 hospitalized patients each year suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death106
The US has the worst infant mortality107 and maternal mortality108,109 rates of all developed nations, with 28,000 babies dying before their first birthday110
Millions of children are becoming disabled or dying in the unexplained chronic illness epidemic111 that costs trillions of dollars to treat: one child in six in America is learning disabled;112 one in nine suffers from asthma;113 one in 10 has ADHD;114 1 in 50 develops autism115 and 1 in 450 becomes diabetic.116
Millions more are suffering from mental health problems. One adolescent in five in the US experiences significant symptoms of emotional distress, and one in 10 is emotionally impaired.”1″17Barbara Loe Fisher
While driving around running errands last weekend, I noticed an “Autism Awareness” magnet on the rear of a car and at the cashier’s register at Sprouts. America’s public health is alarmingly bad. People must wake up and do their homework before we lose an entire generation.