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March 05, 2014 | 18,952 views

By Dr. Mercola

mercolaThe Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1970 as the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was originally chartered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

As a non-profit, non-governmental organization, the IOM has a theoretically noble goal – to conduct research and provide supposedly unbiased, independent information about health to both the government and the private sector.

As IOM puts it: “The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care.”

To date we have seen some useful reports come out of the IOM, such as one review of more than 1,000 vaccine studies that found convincing evidence of 14 health outcomes — including seizures, inflammation of the brain, and fainting — that can be caused by certain vaccines.1

In 2011, the IOM admitted, “Vaccines are not free from side effects, or ‘adverse effects’” and noted that “for the vast majority [of these effects] the evidence is inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship.”

This is the type of information that the US desperately needs to prompt further investigations into issues not only involving vaccines but also countless other areas of health and medicine. We need studies that are truly unbiased, that will allow for open, informed discussions about health care and true disease prevention.

Unfortunately, the IOM is getting a new president, cardiologist Victor Dzau, and he comes with a lot of “baggage” – from ties to multiple pharmaceutical companies to serving on the board at PepsiCo. This physician-businessman is likely to flood the IOM with conflicts of interest that may make unbiased IOM reports a thing of the past.

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