President Donald Trump disappointed the holistic health community on many fronts: from allowing more toxic pesticides to favoring GMO foods. However, there is still one issue that he just might keep his word on — vaccinations.
Starting with his presidential campaign, Trump has taken interest in the safety of vaccinations. He went as far as to meet with the controversial Dr. Andrew Wakefield who created the documentary Vaxxed, and he spoke with vaccine researcher Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a study on vaccine safety, although the project eventually fell through.
And now he might have just made the first big step towards putting the brakes on mandatory vaccination laws.
It was announced in a press release that Trump has created a new division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.
The division’s opponents say that this may become a tool to discriminate against people based on religious beliefs. However, for the division’s supporters and many holistic advocates, this division may serve to protect those who do not agree with certain medical treatments based on moral reasons (such as jabbing a small child with six shots at once).
Right now it is aimed at protecting the medical staff who will be able to refuse giving medical procedures they do not believe in for religious or moral reasons. Nurses and doctors who do not believe in mandatory vaccinations or one-size-fits-all vaccination models could be under protection.
From the HHS’s press release:
“Law protecting religious freedom and conscience rights are just empty words on paper if they aren’t enforced. No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions, and the new division will help guarantee that victims of unlawful discrimination find justice. For too long, governments big and small have treated conscience claims with hostility instead of protection, but change is coming and it begins here and now.”
“In the past this office sent the message, now is not the time for freedom, it is time for you to conform. What a difference one year makes.”
The new division will allow workers to file official complaints if they are forced to perform medical tasks that go against their better judgement.
Do you think this new division will add more to misuse of power or will it act as a protectant of those who truly need it?
It’s hard to say, especially considering that Trump has already hired the former head of drug conglomerate Eli Lilly to serve as the next leader of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
But if his comments on vaccines in the past are any indication, some changes could be forthcoming that will help protect some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens from pharmaceutical and vaccine company malpractice.
*Article originally appeard at Alt Health Works.