A doctor writes about wanting vaccines free of toxic agents and you would think he was a mass murderer by the way other doctors and the media are beating him up. This firestorm should convince everyone that something is terribly wrong with conventional medicine and the media.
Are we not allowed to question the wisdom and safety of any medical therapy? Shouldn’t all medical therapies be held to a high standard of care?
Dr. Daniel Neides, a family doctor and the director and chief operating officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute wrote a blog post ( http://www.cleveland.com/lyndhurst-south-euclid/index.ssf/2017/01/make_2017_the_year_to_avoid_to.html) on the news site http://cleveland.com/ his concerns with childhood vaccines. He wrote, “Does the vaccine burden – as has been debated for years – cause autism? I don’t know and will not debate that here. What I will stand up and scream is that newborns without intact immune systems and detoxification systems are being over-burdened with PRESERVATIVES AND ADJUVANTS IN THE VACCINES.” (Note: Dr. Neides’ post was removed shortly after the firestorm began and put back up a few hours later.)
Adjuvants are items added to a vaccine to stimulate the immune system. Aluminum, a known neurotoxin, is one such adjuvant commonly added to many childhood and adult vaccines. Mercury, one of the most toxic substances known to mankind is a preservative for many vaccines.
Dr. Neides continued his line of thought by writing, “Some of the vaccines have helped reduce the incidence of childhood communicable diseases, like meningitis and pneumonia. That is great news. But not at the expense of neurologic diseases like autism and ADHD increasing at alarming rates.”
When I read Dr. Neides comments, I was shocked that a physician employed by a large hospital organization would write something like that. I knew what would come next and it did. Physicians chastised him and the Cleveland Clinic immediately distanced itself from Dr. Neides and his post. “He wrote this opinion piece on his own and it does not reflect the position of the Cleveland Clinic whatsoever, and we strongly support vaccinations and the protection of patients and employees,” said Eileen Sheil, executive director of corporate communications for the medical center.
Here are some comments that appeared after Dr. Neides’ post:
Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist at the Oregon Health and Sciences University, expressed disbelief on Twitter:
Wow, this quack is the head of an institute of an actual medical center? Entire article empty rhetoric & harmful jenny McCarthy myths
In an email to STAT, Prasad added, “That article … contains many of the tired, unsupported, irrational concerns about pediatric vaccines, as well as generally unsupported thoughts on ‘toxin’ exposure. Frankly, it is a little surprising it is written by a doctor, and not someone on the fringe, who lacks basic science and medical training.”
Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, chair of the University of Chicago’s Department of Surgery, tweeted:
Scientists and doctors were horrified about the misinformation contained in the article, especially given that the source is affiliated with a such a prestigious medical institution. A spokesperson for Cleveland Clinic told STAT on Saturday that Neides “will not be doing an interview.”
Dr. Benjamin Mazer, a resident physician in pathology at Yale-New Haven Hospital who tweeted that the article was “one of the most vile, false things I have ever read by a doctor,” said in an interview that it wasn’t an isolated event.
“This is really part of a larger movement that distrusts mainstream medicine, distrusts mainstream public health, and really trades in conspiracy theories,” he told STAT. “This article is a really prime example of that. It’s just a shame that it’s a physician spreading these conspiracy theories because people naturally trust physicians.”
He was especially appalled at the misinformation that Neides was spreading about hepatitis B vaccines, which, Mazer said, “have prevented thousands of deaths.”
Wow. Maybe doctors should never question the prevailing opinions in medicine. Perhaps doctors should not have questioned whether cigarettes caused lung cancer because it took a massive campaign for the cigarette-lung cancer connection to come out.
Perhaps the above doctors need to recall the story of Dr. Semmelweis, who is probably rolling in his grave right now. In the 1800’s, before the germ theory was discovered, a Hungarian phsycian1 questioned whether the lack of handwashing by doctors while delivering babies was responsible for transmitting something to the mothers that resulted in a higher mortality rate than women delivered by midwives. You see, back then, midwives washed their hands before delivering a baby while a doctor did not.
Dr. Semmelweis performed a study where physicians washed their hands before delivery and the mortality rate fell nearly 9x—to the same rate as the midwives. Then, he started to wash the medical instruments before use and the mortality rate fell further. After his study was completed, Dr. Semmelweis published his results and suffered the wrath of his peers. They simply could not accept that hand washing would improve mortality rates. In fact, it took nearly 20 years for his work to be accepted.
So, let’s move forward over 150 years to present-day time when a Cleveland Clinic doctor voices concern that vaccines should be safer by not containing carcinogens and neurotoxins. For that grievous (said with sarcasm) error, a resident physician claims this “is one of the most vile, false things I have ever read by a doctor”.
Give me a break. Our children are vaccinated with more vaccines than any children on the planet. Do we have healthier children for all these vaccinations?
We have the sickest children on the face of the earth. We have more children dying, more with autism, asthma, autoimmune disorders, cancer and chronic illness than nearly every other major Western country.
Show me where the pediatric vaccine schedule has been appropriately studied.
Show me where it is safe to inject mercury, aluminum, or formaldehyde into any living being?
Show me where vaccinated children are healthier than non-vaccinated children? You can’t because the CDC refuses to do the proper studies.
A whistle blower has come forth from the depths of the CDC stating that there is malfeasance at the CDC when it comes to the vaccine-autism connection. This whistle blower came out over two years ago—29 months ago. Why hasn’t he been called to testify, under oath, in front of Congress about his claims?
Dr. Neides is doing what any caring, intelligent physician should do when he/she recognizes something is wrong with a standard-of-care therapy—in this case, he is questioning whether vaccines may be causing health problems in our children.
For that crime, he is made to apologize the very next day and the Cleveland Clinic promised that there will be appropriate discipline (http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2017/01/cleveland_clinic_doc_apologizes_for_anti_vax_column_hospital_promises_discipline.html#incart_river_home). The very next day he stated, “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.”
I don’t think Dr. Neides has anything to apologize for. In fact, I think he should be applauded.
If physicians never question anything in medicine, then how does anything change?
I think the Cleveland Clinic owes Dr. Neides an apology for not supporting him in voicing his opinion and starting a discussion about the safety of vaccines.