In Jan. 2017, then Cleveland Clinic doctor, Dr. Daniel Neides, wrote an Op-Ed entitled, Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellnesswhich questioned the efficacy and safety of vaccines.

Neides naturally came under criticism from the scientific and medical community. Regular expert guest on the Outbreak News Interviews podcast/Outbreak News This Week Radio show, Senior Associate with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Amesh Adalja, MD said the following concerning a physician writing such an Op-Ed:

“It’s really unfortunate that the anti-vaccine movement has made such in-roads that you have a physician at one of the most prestigious medical centers in the world, basically voicing the same things that Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, RFK Jr, the whole anti-vaccine movement that have erroneously linked many different conditions to vaccines, Dr Adalja said.

“To me, the level of evasion for a physician to say that is mind-boggling, because a physician has no excuse for not realizing the fact that we don’t have people dying of polio, that measles has been beaten back from the Americas, we have eradicated smallpox from the planet.”

Well, one year has passed and as reports, Neides, in January launched Inspire Wellness in Beechwood, OH with Dr. Jessica Hutchins, a former OB/GYN who practiced functional medicine at the Clinic. says Inspire Wellness is what is known as a functional-medicine practice. Functional medicine is a healthcare approach that focuses on identifying and treating the underlying causes of chronic disease, often through a litany of lab tests. It is criticized by many in traditional medicine for replacing evidence-based healthcare with alternative treatments.

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