Kennedy’s Health Policy Roundtable – Dr. Joseph Mercola 7/8/23


June 27, 2023, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a Health Policy Roundtable featuring a panel of health freedom advocates, including yours truly; my good friend Dr. Patrick Gentempo; Maureen McDonnell, a holistic pediatric nurse; Dr. Pierre Kory, cofounder of the Frontline COVID Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC); filmmaker Mikki Willis; Sayer Ji, founder of; and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny.

Opening Statements

The event was hosted by Mary Holland, former president and general counsel for Children’s Health Defense (CHD), an organization founded by Kennedy. She’s currently on a leave of absence from the CHD to work on Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

“I’m on the campaign in large part because of Mr. Kennedy’s strong stance to protect freedom, including health freedom, and to protect fundamental human rights,” Holland said in her opening statement.

“Many of you watching are key supporters of the health freedom movement, and you’re familiar with a lot of the things Mr. Kennedy has been talking about over the years — about agency capture, corporate greed, corruption, pharmaceutical and medical harm, and abuse of government power, especially during COVID … and most of you agree that the U.S. healthcare system needs deep reform, which is our subject tonight.”

Charles Eisenstein, who has been working closely with Kennedy on policy and messaging moderated the event.

“What distinguishes the people on this panel is courage,” Eisenstein said. “This is not merely an abstract ideal — health freedom — for any of us here. It’s something that all of us have risked our careers for …

What unifies us is a certain independence of thought, and also a practicality that we’re actually seeking to do something about it, at a time when the information landscape has become so fragmented that it’s hard to tell who to trust and what to believe, when the traditional authorities have lost the trust of the public.

I hope that everybody listening will tune in both to the content of what is said [and] to the tone of the inquiry, and to trust your instincts on who is sincere and who is truthful. Run it by your reason and logic …

Many of us have been ‘alternative’ for a very long time. This is the moment where the collapsing center … the dysfunctional health system, finally opens up, and what has so long been alternative might become a new mainstream that could transform the health of this country. This is the … possibility that we’re engaged in.”

As expected, mainstream media have had nothing good to say about the event, attempting to smear Kennedy and the panelists with headlines like “RFK Jr. Claims ‘Vaccine Research’ Likely Responsible for HIV and the Spanish Flu”1,2 and “RFK Jr. to Hold Event With Doctor Who Says COVID Vaccine Makes Forks Stick to Your Body.”3 I suggest following Eisenstein’s invitation to listen to it and make up your own mind. Below I will summarize some of the central highlights from this Q&A.

How Kennedy Intends to Change the Health Care System

McDonnell asked Kennedy how he intends to transform our current disease care system into a health care system that “takes into account and effectively addresses root causes of illnesses, the underlying issues of these chronic conditions that are plaguing our nation.” Kennedy replies:

“That’s one of the issues that really makes me excited to be able to debate … and my capacity to actually get something done on that issue is one of the things that that really attracted me to make this run.

I think I know how to fix the problem … and a lot of the problem can be fixed from the Oval Office without the cooperation of Congress, so it can be done pretty quickly. The regulatory process usually takes about seven years, but you can change policy and guidelines overnight.

I need to end the financial conflicts, and to the extent I can do that with executive orders, I will … One is the advertising of pharmaceutical drugs on TV, which I can change with executive order. At least I can direct NIH, or I can direct FDA and the FCC … to institute a regulatory process to end that practice …

I’m also going to intervene directly with the journals. I’m going to call the journals into the Department of Justice and tell them that we believe they’re involved in racketeering with the pharmaceutical industry to systematically lie to the public — through their retractions, through their financial entanglements, which encourage them to publish false information to promote pharmaceutical products.

One thing I can directly do that I’m most excited about is, I can terminate a lot of the grants to infectious disease and virologists and redirect those grants … to study chronic disease. I’m going to pressure journals to publish the results of these studies.

We’re going to start funneling studies to a different group of scientists, to people who actually want to see where the chronic disease is coming from. I’m going to open up the vaccine safety DataLink, which is now in a lockbox. It’s like locked up like Fort Knox. I’m going to open it up so every scientist can get in there and look at the data.

That data you can do cluster analyses on because that’s the vaccination records in the health records of … at least 10 million Americans from the top 10 HMOs. What I would like to do is a real medical informatics system where you digitalize all that data, so you can do these … studies, literally in seconds.

You can say, show me the association between children’s hepatitis B vaccine within their first 30 days and diabetes, and ASD and autism … You can correlate all that stuff and look at very good data almost instantaneously … So, I’m very excited about having a real medical informatics system, not just to look at vaccines, but to look at every medicine.

If you’ve got two competitive diabetes medicines, why don’t we know which one is most effective? Why don’t we know which one is most likely to result in heart attacks or whatever?

We’ll be able to compare every medical intervention in the country instantaneously, and compare it to all the alternatives, and do hundreds of these studies in a day, and then notify the insurance companies. ‘Look, this isn’t a medicine that actually works, and this is a medicine that is going to cost you money over the long term.’”

Kennedy would also weed out scientists who have approved harmful interventions due to conflicts of interest. Scientists and leaders on medical approval committees have a sacred responsibility to protect American health, and if they’re not living up to that duty, they would be forbidden from serving on any federal medical commission ever again.

Preventing Political Bias in Research

Kory, in turn wanted to know how Kennedy intends to ensure that political bias is kept out of future funding decisions, particularly funding for research. While funding decisions need to go through Congress, Kennedy could make many changes that don’t require Congressional approval….

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