Oppose NIH budget cut, it is a bad idea for us all.

It seems as if a day does not go by that someone doesn’t ask me to copy and paste a post on Facebook to fight cancer, and maybe the act of doing that is somehow like a prayer for the people impacted by cancer, but it seems to me that it would be more beneficial to ask people to oppose the proposed budget cuts that reduce funding for scientific and medical research and to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is where achievements are made in fighting cancers and other diseases and we are talking about reducing that funding! This is not making America great!

Along with the budget cuts the US has reduced immigration which in the medical and scientific communities means reducing sources for scientific and medical expertise and reduced collaboration among professionals. Note that this year’s Nobel Prize winners in physics all work in US universities and were born outside of the US.

NIH funds research on cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many other disease conditions. The cures and effective treatments for these diseases are still to be found, and these proposed budget cuts will set those discoveries back.

America needs to stay in the forefront of scientific and medical research, and not become left behind due to reduced scientific funding. We need to place a greater, not lesser, importance on scientific research and development. Our people, as well as our healthcare system, will certainly benefit from this increased focus. We need to stay focused on and support what will advance us as a society.

I urge you to oppose the proposed NIH budget cut – let your representatives hear from you!

See In Trump’s budget: The unwisest cut, by Andrew Hamilton, in The Washington Post, March 25, 2017.

Opposition grows to proposed NIH funding cuts