The Practice of Silencing Medical Doctors Must End

January 11, 2017

By Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D.

A recent blog post by Dr. Daniel Neides, M.D., Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, entitled “Make 2017 the Year to Avoid Toxins (Good Luck) and Master Your Domain: Words on Wellness” sparked a social media storm and a threat of disciplinary action against Dr. Neides by the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Neides’s post was prompted by his personal experience following a Thimerosal-free flu shot.  He writes: “Within 12 hours of receiving the [flu] vaccine, I was in bed feeling miserable and missed two days of work with a terrible cough and body aches.”

But did Dr. Neides’s blog post relating his personal flu shot experience (and his opinion as to why he thinks he got sick right afterward) and encouraging people to avoid toxins really warrant a backlash?

Getting sick right after a flu shot is a fairly common experience, which is often brushed off with a trivial “the-vaccine-didn’t-get-the-chance-to-work-yet” dismissal.  One can’t get the flu from the flu shot, because it contains a formaldehyde-killed virus.  But could there be another explanation?

There are indeed circumstances when even non-live vaccines can prompt the disease they are supposed to prevent. In the early years of the Hib (H. influenzae) eradication program, when healthy Hib carriage was still fairly common, it was noted that Hib vaccines could rapidly provoke invasive Hib disease. This phenomenon of disease provocation could be explained by transient decline in pre-existing Hib antibodies for several days immediately after vaccination, which would be dangerous for a child who is already carrying Hib.

Vaccination against HPV (human papillomavirus) can also exacerbate clinical outcomes when administered to a subject with an existing HPV infection (see Table 17 at the link).

Now back to the flu.  The Flu Watch Study estimated that 1371 out of 10,000 unvaccinated people (13.7%) would experience a symptomless influenza infection (see Figure 3 at the link), based on serological conversion in the absence of flu symptoms, and 4.5% more would fall ill from influenza during a typical flu season. This means that human immune defenses, more often than not, are strong enough to keep flu sickness at bay while generating antibodies to the virus.

But how many of these otherwise symptomless flu infections could rapidly turn into “feeling miserable . . . with a terrible cough and body aches,” as experienced by Dr. Neides and many other unsuspecting flu shot recipients, if a flu shot were capable of exacerbating a symptomless infection, just like some other vaccines do?  And why, despite the widespread experience of getting a flu shot and then the flu itself as a combo deal, has this medical phenomenon not been formally studied?

Despite 59% vaccine efficacy in clinical trials, and millions of doses administered each year, flu shot campaigns appear to make no dent in reducing the flu in the population.

The reason for this might be the following: It turns out that flu shot effectiveness drops to much lower than the 59% clinical-trial figure if a person has received flu shots in prior seasons. Furthermore, the flu shot increases the chances of the recipient contracting an acute respiratory illness from other viruses (e.g. coxsackievirus, echovirus), making no net personal gain in protection from flu-like respiratory illness.

Flu shots are being increasingly mandated for health care personnel as a prerequisite of keeping their employment, a practice that is inconsistent with informed consent and evidence-based medicine. Furthermore, as Dr. Neides’s case shows, medical doctors are not free to speak about their personal negative vaccination experiences or voice their sincere opinions about the sources of toxic burdens without risking their careers.

Doctors and scientists may disagree on the meaning or interpretation of existing research or the plausibility of biological mechanisms. But observed medical phenomena should not be ignored — they deserve civil and open-minded discussion in the medical community.

The current practice of silencing medical doctors must end.


Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY.  She subsequently held postdoctoral research training appointments in prominent immunology laboratories affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a Founding Director of Physicians for Informed Consent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2015 and dedicated to safeguarding informed consent in vaccination and educating the public on infectious disease and the immune system.

Dr. Obukhanych offers online classes for those who want to gain deeper understanding of how the immune system works and whether the immunologic benefits of vaccines are worth the risks:  Dr. Tetyana Lectures on Immunity.

For more by Dr. Obukhanych, click here

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13 Responses to The Practice of Silencing Medical Doctors Must End

  1. Hans Scholl says:

    Trump Warns Flu Shots Are The Greatest ‘Scam’ In Medical History

  2. Hans Scholl says:

    They are planning to give Gardasil to infants . Because it is all going wrong for them !

  3. Hans Scholl says:

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  4. Jessica Hutchins says:

    Thank you so much Tetyana!!! We are both learning so much right now- In between the anger and tears figuring out how to make the biggest impact on the health of us as a community. Imagine what could be accomplished once we realize we are all on the same team 🌞

  5. Jennifer says:

    I too missed a day of work this year after the shot. Within 12h I had waves of nausea and within 18h had a headache, vomiting and a golf ball sized lump at the injection site. In 4 wks, I developed a flu that made be sicker than I’ve been in 17yrs, missed 5 days of work (I’m a nurse) and was in bed for 8 days. I wished for death between fevers, migraines, head and chest congestion, vomiting and diarrhea. I lost track of days. Every year I get the shot, I develop some cold within 2wks and feel achy and sore in the days following the shot. After this year, I’m done. No more. In Ontario, Canada it was ruled judicially that nurses cannot be forced to wear masks without a flu shot (violates their right to privacy re their health decisions) some employers won’t pay time off if nurses get the flu without the shot, and I’m ok with that. The flu shot doesn’t prevent all flus, just the most common strain. Until researchers can perfect the program, I’m opting out.

  6. SM says:

    Thank you, thank you. From a mom who almost lost her 15 month old on the heels of giving him his first MMR vaccine, and watching as he was misdiagnosed over and over again after breaking out in a hideous rash (measles rash but none of the young doctors had ever seen it so it was chocked up to somehing akin to heat rash), I thank you for speaking up. Doctors must be able to share what they know and not be pressured to continue the lie that vaccinations are foolproof and wonderful.

    • Tina says:

      Stay on top of it. My son has Autism and I noticed the change after his MMR vaccine at 15 months. If I knew then what I know now…he never would have gotten a single vaccine for ever. He got double pneumonia within two weeks of the shot and had a bruising rash.

  7. From what I read there is no such thing as a “Thimerosal Free” Flu shot. They changed the definition to say that if it is below a certain amount, then they can simply call it Thimerosal/preservative free. Many moms here know something about homeopathy and how a small amount of a substance can produce a large effect. I used to find the change in definition by googling “California Thimerosal Law” but lately it does not show up.

  8. Siobhan Justin says:

    I tweeted to the CCF in response to their statement in which they assured the public that they promote vaccines and “evidence based medicine”. I said, “If your mission truly is evidenced based medicine, where’s the evidence of vaccine safety and efficacy?’

  9. Autism mom says:

    It happens all of the time in Medicine. Those that work in medicine can choose to speak but when they do they sometimes reap the consequences. Happened to me in college when I put a project together presenting what was truth to the public. I was told that I should not have disclosed that. I was not well received by the medical establishment and my work was not allowed to be disclosed. I was only allowed to present a dumb down version of something because they felt like the public should not know this and people should be following intead of thinking for themselves. Its a tragedy for thinkers at times. I am glad she made waves with her position. It needs to be said over and over because the situation is horrible. I researched vaccine schedules and pay for family practitioners and pediatricians. If the patient receives all innoculations before a certain age the dr.’s get financial bonus incentives from insurance companies. The more innoculations that the child receives the more money the Dr. makes.

  10. Jorge Derna says:

    Very Important Vaccines Flu shots and Pneumonía and Death..and Fetal Death in Pregnaci….and Prolonged Flu M.D.Jorge Derna

  11. You may want to watch and share “Haley vs Offit: A Virtual Debate About Vaccines, The Greatest Medical Controversy Of Our Time” at

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