Oct 21, 2023
RFK, Jr. Vows to Reform NIH "Overnight" if Elected
Washington Examiner reports:
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said he aims to overhaul the National Institutes of Health unilaterally to address the high prevalence of chronic disease, criticizing his opponents in the 2024 presidential campaign as maintaining a status quo that benefits pharmaceutical companies.
Kennedy, who has long clashed with the public health establishment over vaccines and other matters, told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive interview that he will redirect the $42 billion in research funds for the NIH away from what he calls the “mercantile interests of the pharmaceutical industry."
“In my first week in office, I’m going to assemble the upper echelon of the NIH, and we’re going to redirect [our] research funding,” Kennedy said. “We’re going to find out what is making our kids the sickest generation in history.”
Kennedy said he primarily wants to target neurological disorders diagnosed during childhood, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities. He also said he is concerned by autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
"Unfortunately, we have public health agencies that are unwilling to look at the etiology of these chronic diseases," Kennedy said. "We need better science ... to identify the culprit, and we need to eliminate the exposure."
Kennedy said Republicans and Democrats alike have allowed the public health bureaucracy to profit from the development of research emphasizing treatments and vaccines for infectious diseases rather than finding the root causes of chronic disorders. He said the NIH has perpetuated a cycle of “developing new drugs, incubating new drugs, and then splitting the royalties with pharma."
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