Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness

dr-daniel-neides(Note: This article appeared on the website on January 7, 2016. After predictable political pressure, it was removed a day later.)

By Dr. Daniel Neides, Cleveland Clinic

LYNDHURST, Ohio–I am tired of all the nonsense we as American citizens are being fed while big business – and the government – continue to ignore the health and well-being of the fine people in this country. Why am I all fired up, you ask?

I, like everyone else, took the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – the government – and received a flu shot. I chose to receive the preservative free vaccine, thinking I did not want any thimerasol (i.e. mercury) that the “regular” flu vaccine contains.

Makes sense, right? Why would any of us want to be injected with mercury if it can potentially cause harm? However, what I did not realize is that the preservative-free vaccine contains formaldehyde.

WHAT? How can you call it preservative-free, yet still put a preservative in it? And worse yet, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Yet, here we are, being lined up like cattle and injected with an unsafe product. Within 12 hours of receiving the vaccine, I was in bed feeling miserable and missed two days of work with a terrible cough and body aches.

My anger actually stems from a constant toxic burden that is contributing to the chronic disease epidemic. And yet the government continues to talk out of both sides of its mouth. We want our citizens to be healthy and take full advantage of the best healthcare system in the world (so we think), yet we don’t treat our bodies with the love and attention they deserve.

If we don’t look out…we can expect to hear about more cancers, more autism, more auto-immune diseases.”

New year, new resolve

Our air, water, and food supplies are completely compromised and so it is time for us to take matters into our own hands. This year, I am committing to providing you with the educational resources to make you the best YOU. It may get confusing and frustrating at times, but stressing out over this won’t help. Take three deep belly breaths and let’s get started.

We live in a toxic soup. There are over 80,000 chemicals used in various industries country-wide. There are over 2,000 new chemicals being introduced annually. We breathe in these chemicals through exhaust, eat them in our processed foods ( just look at the labels that have 20 or 30 ingredients and good luck pronouncing their names), textiles (clothing, bedding, furniture), and personal care products, including make-up, deodorant, shampoos, and soaps.

Toxins accumulate in our fat cells if they are not eliminated and interrupt normal bodily functions. Your body should be a finely tuned machine with all of the organ systems working in concert together. But when toxins disrupt normal function, problems can occur. Those problems include cancers, auto-immune diseases, neurologic problems like autism, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease, and the most prevalent chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Why are we so sick in 2017 despite the best access to healthcare? The body has wonderful built-in systems to help us detoxify. The liver and kidneys try to do an exceptional job keeping up with filtering out the “stuff” (toxins included) we don’t need. Our skin – the largest organ in the body – will release toxins in the form of perspiration. Our breath will release toxins with each exhalation. When our gut is healthy and our microbiome (100 trillion organisms that live in our intestinal tract, within our airway, and on our skin) intact, our bowel movements help rid unwanted toxins.

I like to think of our detoxification system as a big bucket. As long as the toxic soup stays within the bucket, our body can naturally eliminate what we don’t need and help us live at the highest quality of life. But what happens when the bucket starts to overflow – which is exactly what many of us have been facing our entire lives? The body may not have the capacity to eliminate our current exposures and THAT IS WHEN BAD THINGS START TO OCCUR.

Link to autism?

We must wake up and really, truly realize that we are the masters of our domain. If we don’t look out for ourselves and each other, we can expect to hear about more cancers, more autism, and more auto-immune diseases. As a doctor, I should be thinking – great, this is perfect for business. I am a primary care doctor with a three month wait to get in. That is unacceptable. So YOU have to help yourself if you want me to help you.

Slight detour. Why do I mention autism now twice in this article. Because we have to wake up out of our trance and stop following bad advice. 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.

The adjuvants, like aluminum – used to stimulate the immune system to create antibodies – can be incredibly harmful to the developing nervous system. 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 was in medical school in the late 1980s, the rate of autism was 1 in 1,000 children. For those born in the 1950’s and 60’s, do you recall a single student in your grade with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for ADHD or someone with a diagnosis of autism? I do not.

As of 2010, the rate of autism in the U.S. escalated to 1 in 68 children. The deniers will simply state that we do a better job of diagnosing this “disorder”. Really? Something (s) are over-burdening our ability to detoxify, and that is when the problems begin.

So let me be clear – vaccines can be helpful when used properly. But the vaccination timing and understanding one’s epigenetics (how your genes interact with the environment) are all critical to our risk of developing chronic disease. Please talk to your doctor about the optimal timing of vaccinations for your children, and therefore reduce your risk of raising a child with a neurologic complication.

For those who want to dive in further, help me understand why we vaccinate newborns for hepatitis B – a sexually transmitted disease. Any exposure to this virus is unlikely to happen before our second decade of life, but we expose our precious newborns to toxic aluminum (an adjuvant in the vaccine) at one day of life.

And when they actually need the protection, many who have received this three-shot series in the first year of life will lack antibody protection–as immunity may not last. Perhaps delaying the series until the immune system is more mature would reduce the risk of neurologic complications.

To help your family, start with yourself

My goal is to help you think about your total body burden related to toxic exposures. The more mindful you are at reading labels, thinking about what you are ingesting, and how you manage your stress will go a long way toward living a life free from chronic disease. Never assume that products are safe just because they are on a store shelf.

Together we will learn what to stay away from and what to consume. Become a voice for yourself and your family. Blind faith must become a thing of the past. And by educating your loved ones, you will actually help society reduce the chronic disease burden.

In a 2015 article in U.S. News and World Report, Jessica Hutchins, M.D., IFM certified practitioner, states, “Information on eating toxin-free food and pushing food manufacturers to stop using harmful ingredients can be found at When we vote with our dollars by choosing to buy products that are sustainably produced and chemical-free, we actively shape the market place. Help change the way [loved ones] nourish their precious bodies, starting with yourself as an example.”

I cannot think of a better way to start off the New Year (Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2017!). Together we will uncover the exposures that can make us sick and discover ways to assist our bodies to optimally detoxify. This is how we will truly achieve the highest quality of life. Until next time, really open your eyes, and be well.

Dr. Daniel Neides is the Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness

27 thoughts on “Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness

  1. Melanie Rummel says:

    THANK YOU for your courage in speaking out and beginning a crucial discussion needed. Be strong and know you are a brave truth-teller. I see that “disciplinary action” is being taken against you. This is the kind of SUPPRESSION which is destroying the beautiful world we know is possible. Kudos to you, my friend.

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  2. Vicky Lynn says:

    Thank you! This is wonderful information! Wish I’d known it sooner and maybe I wouldn’t have become a Hashimoto’s sufferer. Keep up the good work & great info!! Love doctors like you!!

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    1. Kevin Hanegraaf says:

      I have twin boys with significant autism. They are now 20 and both nonverbal. I cannot say what caused this but I can’t say that it is something synthetic or man-made. That stated thanks for voicing your opinion doc!


  3. Thanks so much for saving this article or I would never been able to read it as it has been pulled. I just copied the page and emailed a copy to myself on gmail. If everyone did that and emailed it to friends and family their censorship wouldn’t work this time.

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  4. Debra says:

    Thank you Dr. Neides, you are brave for speaking out!!! We need more M.D.s like you who stand up for true science. PLEASE watch your back. I hope Cleveland Clinic Administration is wise enough to back you up. You have the admiration and gratitude of MANY parents who have done the research (via honest, untainted, non-corrupt science) and come to the same conclusion as you.
    May God protect you and help you enlighten other brilliant minds that have been corrupted by the money-driven medical system.

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  5. angela miller says:

    Absolutely! Thanks for a great article that explains so much, in particular why parents should know their family history and take it into account before making any decisions on when and if to vaccinate.


  6. Karen says:

    Thank you for speaking out. I have faith and hope that 2017 will be the year doctors and medical practitioners stand up and speak out. We are behind you and are grateful.


  7. Lisa says:

    You are a HERO for speaking the truth!! Those paid by BIG PHARMA will try to sabotage you, hang in there….The world is waking up and those who are trying to do harm and stay in control will not have enough money to keep up their BS. There are too many of us.


  8. Susan says:

    As Del Bigtree says to doctors that admit of camera and off record that they know vaccines are causing autism but are too afraid to admit it, BE BRAVE. Well you, dear doctor, are one of a few brave voices out there. I know you backtracked, from what I understand. But a part me of me gets that. You probably felt the immense onslaught that anyone who dares to question established medical talk tracks on vaccines and experienced the immensity of the medical fascism that exists in this country around this subject. It is a big, ugly behemoth. If medical doctors can tell thousands upon thousands of parents every year right to their face that their children’s deaths, allergies, asthma, seizures and more have nothing to do with the vaccines given a short time before…believe me they will not hesitate to dismiss and squash you like a bug on a windshield. This is the reality of the world we live in today. Thank you for at least trying. I believe the ultimate irony is that the bedrock of what makes Americans so enamored w Western medicine (the big lie, that Western medicine created the greatest miracle in modern medicine through vaccines) will actually become part of its undoing by ignoring and maligning medcial professionals such as yourself, as well as the parents of vaccine injured children. They continue to kill discussions such as yours at their own peril.


  9. Tina J says:

    Thank you Dr. Neides! Standing up to the powerful medical establishment is not easy and often comes with consequences. As an RN who has done similar things and suffered greatly from it, I applaud you and your truth. Please be safe and please continue to stand for those of us who want truth in medicine and truth in vaccine science.


  10. Emma says:

    Thank you for encouraging people to ask questions, read ingredient lists (yes even vaccine ingredient lists) and evaluate the toxins we are putting into our children’s bodies. Science is all about theories and asking questions, and you are right — we should not put our blind faith in what we discover, we should constantly be asking the next question and recognizing that each theory is JUST a theory. Including Vaccine Theory.


  11. Deborah Hommer says:

    Dr. Neides, thank you for this straight-forward, realistic assessment of what is going on in the American society. Agreed that we are masters of our own destiny, and starting with our own health and thinking about the food and toxins in our bodies is a first great step.


  12. Congratulations on having the courage to stand up for what you know is right. There are so many things I don’t talk about openly very often – and this is one of them. The backlash is brutal. Thank you.


  13. Leslie says:

    Dr. Niedes is the latest victim of the Medical Inquisition. It has become the modern day version of the Spanish Inquisition in which censorship and vile treatment of “heretics” abound. The fact that doctors cannot diverge from the Medical Establishment’s narrative without facing disciplinary measures should frighten everyone whether they believe in vaccines or not.


  14. Jessica M says:

    Thank you for this. More doctors need to be brave and call it like it is.
    I use the analogy with food labels. People are passionate about organic and no GMO etc… but then they don’t think twice about all the chemicals being injected. The Ingredients are easy to find.

    And, how can we fully trust a product in which the manufacturer has no liabity for any damage it may cause? the vaccine act of 1986 did nothing more than create dollars for the pharmaceutical industry. At the the expense of our children. Clearly side effects occur and our government pays for damages. Side effects are listed (and the concern is more than autism)
    Thank you thank you thank you
    Please encourage your colleagues to look beyond a paycheck and truly take a hard look and speak up and question


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