These are dangerous times for free thought. Some even suggest we’re creeping in the direction of fascism. So reading about what just happened to a doctor who dared to go against the party line was more than a little terrifying.
This doctor, the medical director of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, wrote a newspaper column expressing his concerns about the fillers and preservatives in commonly used vaccines. The worries he expressed — that these compounds may be contributing to a rise in autism rates and the epidemic of chronic diseases we’re currently facing — did not sit well with his employer. In fact, they were considered so egregious that the prestigious medical institution threatened him with disciplinary action.
As a result, the doctor, Daniel Neides, M.D., retracted his statement and disavowed his belief system. And instead of granting interviews about what really happened (and whether he really has changed his mind about what many of us consider a fairly credible hypothesis), Neides offered this canned statement, issued by Cleveland Clinic:
“I apologize and regret publishing a blog that has caused so much concern and confusion for the public and medical community. I fully support vaccinations and my concern was meant to be positive around the safety of them.”
This is censorship at its best (or worst, as the case may be). And it’s downright unconstitutional, in my opinion.
The column in question was published on Cleveland.com on January 6. In it, the doctor noted that he had gotten sick after receiving the flu shot. Then he talked about toxic burden — a widely accepted concept in integrative medicine. Toxic burden, he said, contributes to America’s chronic disease epidemic.
Here’s where he clashed with the Cleveland Clinic’s apparently unwavering allegiance to the vaccine industry: He mentioned that the preservatives in vaccines contribute to that toxic burden.
You’ll note that he didn’t say vaccines cause autism or chronic disease. (Although that has been debated for years, and despite what the medical authorities want you to believe, there is no definitive conclusion about it.)
All he said was that the preservatives in them are among the many toxins we’re exposed to. And that, put together, those toxins contribute to health issues. Which, if you ask me, is indisputable.
In his original (now disavowed) column, he wrote something very important, and it’s something everyone needs to read. He declared that, while it’s not clear whether there’s an autism/vaccine link, there’s one thing that is clear. He wrote, “What I will stand up and scream is that newborns without intact immune systems and detoxification systems are being over-burdened with PERSERVATIVES AND ADJUVANTS IN THE VACCINES.”
Finally! Someone with the cojones to say such a thing, in such a public forum, from such a prestigious institution.
Not surprisingly, it only took two days for that “prestigious institution” to completely distance itself from what he wrote. The Cleveland Clinic issued its own statement that read: “Harmful myths and untruths about vaccinations have been scientifically debunked in rigorous ways…We completely support vaccinations to protect people, especially children who are particularly vulnerable.”
Naturally they would agree with anything Big Pharma tells them to. I really would like to know how much of their budget comes from drug companies.
What’s startling is the lengths to which mainstream medicine will go to silence any form of debate about the party line. They disciplined one of their own employees — a doctor who has the right to say and think whatever he wants — for voicing his opinions.
The sad part is that this is a direct assault on the things we believe in and hold dear. And from what I’ve read, this incident has started direct attacks on physicians like me.
I have written over and over about all the things we as complementary physicians have used that are only now starting to be accepted by the mainstream — from vitamin D to probiotics and many things in between. To write us off as not having evidence only shows ignorance on their part.
This approved social bullying that we’re seeing more and more of, even from the highest office in the land, makes me sad. It makes me afraid. But mostly, it makes me determined — to keep bringing you news of science-backed natural alternatives that can help you avoid the mainstream pill and needle pushers.