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Fairfax County School Board Member, County Board Candidate Co-Founder of Quack, Anti-Vaxxer Group


The race to succeed Gerry Hyland (D) as Fairfax County Supervisor from the Mt. Vernon magisterial district is off and running, and there are four Democrats in the field. I don’t support anyone in this race as of yet (and may never), but I’ve started looking into the candidates, one of whom is Fairfax County School Board member Dan Storck. According to Storck’s website, he is “Co-Founder and Managing Member, National Integrated Health Associates.” What is National Integrated Health Associates, you ask? I had never heard of it before (and barely knew a thing about its “co-founder and managing member,” Dan Storck), so I checked its website. Here’s what I found.

*The company claims to be “leaders in holistic integrative medicine and biological dentistry.” Sounds innocuous enough, but start poking around the website, and you quickly get a different impression.

*In fact, these folks are vociferous “anti-vaxxers,” who among other things tie vaccination to autism. See their page on vaccinations for more on this dangerous pseudo-science. Note that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, “There is no link between vaccines and autism.” Period. Also, just for emphasis, “Vaccine ingredients do not cause autism.”

*Despite the overwhelming benefit to humanity of vaccines, and the pandemics that would occur (which would kill untold numbers of people) if we stopped vaccinating people, the National Integrated Health Associates website states, “We support the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) effort and their accumulated expertise and information about vaccinations – the risks and benefits of vaccinations.”

*The “National Vaccine Information Center,” as this article in Slate explains:

…is a group that has an official-sounding name, one that might make you think their message is trustworthy.

Except, not so much. Or at all. Or really just the opposite.

NVIC is an antivax group, plain and simple. Despite hugely overwhelming tsunami-level amounts of evidence showing no link between vaccines and autism, they still think there is one. They go on and on about “vaccine injuries”, yet actual severe side effects from vaccines are very rare, especially when you realize that many millions of vaccines are given every year. The NVIC relies on anecdotes of injuries as evidence, but that’s very dangerous thinking. Stories and personal observations are a good place to start-it’s how you might notice a connection between two things-but it’s not where you end. You must apply rigorous testing to your ideas, so that you can make sure you’re not seeing a connection where none exists.

Not good.

*Even worse: on the National Integrated Health Associates website, there’s a page of links to all kinds of dangerous, pseudo-scientific nonsense. For instance, a document entitled “Seeking to understand: ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)” argues absurdly that “only you can be your child’s best doctor.” No, sorry, that’s what all those years of Medical School are for, and why we go to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment, not to Dr. Mom or Dr. Dad.

*The National Integrated Health Associates website further claims, outrageously: “welfare moms and school systems get extra money for medicating their kids – what a system!” Whoa — “welfare moms?” The whole vaccination thing is a way for school systems and “welfare moms” to get money? Is this a bad joke?

*The website also asserts, completely falsely, that “Autism, ADHD, allergies and asthma (4 A’s) and all the other brain disorders are due to neuro-immune dys-function due to too much neurotoxins and the inability of the child to adequately detox or remove these harmful toxins.” It explicitly blames, again completely falsely, the “rapid rise in the vaccination schedules for infants in the last 30 years” for everything from autism to allergies to “leaky gut” to “Lyme, Candida, Herpes virus, Strep, staph, tetanus botulinum, mycotoxins from mold and others.” Alrighty then…

*One of the National Integrated Health Associates’ doctors was disciplined by the Maryland State Board of Physicians for having “incompetently managed 12 significantly ill patients.” This same doctor previously had been “convicted and sentenced to two years’ probation for marketing an unapproved medical device in interstate commerce.” In addition, he “signed a consent agreement with the Maryland board under which he admitted to practicing medicine without a license and would pay a $15,000 fine.” Oh, and New York State suspended this guy’s license for basically being a total quack, practicing something called “orthomolecular medicine,” which his website claimed (falsely) were “effective against ADD & ADHD; aging and longevity; alcohol and drug problems; allergies; Alzheimer’s; arthritis; asthma; immune and autoimmune disorders; cancer; chronic cardiovascular problems and risk factor screening; chronic fatigue; chronic illness; chronic pain; depression; detoxification; diabetes; fibromyalgia; heart and vascular disease; heavy metal toxicity; hormonal problems; intestinal problems; lifestyle health issues; men’s health problems; mental health problems; migraine; neurological disorders; osteoporosis; Parkinson’s disease; sinusitis; smoking; sports nutritional medicine; and women’s health problem.” Craaaazy stuff.

We could go on all day here, but the bottom line is clear: the National Integrated Health Associates, co-founded and managed by Fairfax County School Board member (and current County Board candidate) Dan Storck, is a quack organization which strongly promotes dangerous “anti-vaxxer” pseudoscience. Why “dangerous?”  Because, obviously, failure to vaccinate children makes not just the unvaccinated children more vulnerable to potentially life-threatening diseases, but also other people (e.g., older people whose immunity might be compromised for whatever reason) as well. As this article puts it: “An epidemic of vaccination skepticism – largely based on unfounded and discredited anti-vaccine beliefs – has contributed to the growing public health crisis.

So here’s the thing: Dan Storck is entitled to whatever beliefs he wants to hold, but for a member of the school board in Virginia’s largest county to be peddling this dangerous, anti-vaccination pseudoscience seems to be relevant information that parents and voters might want to be aware of. In talking to people yesterday and today, what I’m hearing is that the public has NOT been aware of Dan Storck’s anti-vaccination views. Perhaps if they had known, they might have reelected him anyway, but the issue apparently never came up, so we’ll never know.

Anyway, now Storck’s seeking a promotion to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and it seems like voters should have this information before they go to the polls this June to select their Democratic nominee (Storck or one of the other Democratic candidates – Tim Sargeant, Jack Dobbyn and Candice Bennett) for this position. At that time, voters can make an informed decision as to who they want representing them on the Fairfax County Board, possibly for many years to come…

P.S. Also note that Storck’s company believes herbs can cure Lyme Disease, that fluoridated water is heinous, that mandatory vaccines may violate your civil liberties, that wearing a bra or putting on deoderant can cause breast cancer, that kids with cancer shouldn’t get chemotherapy, that women shouldn’t get mammograms because they are worthless (they link to this article), that measles is “transmitted by the vaccinated,” and…ok, I think you get the idea.

P.P.S. Before posting any of this, I emailed Dan Storck asking him for comment. Here’s his response, which really didn’t answer my questions about the reams of misinformation and pseudoscience posted on his company’s website and Facebook page. Also, he didn’t respond to a follow-up email asking him specifically about some of the more outlandish assertions his company makes, such as about the supposed connection between breast cancer and bras, the recommendation that kids with cancer not get chemotherapy, etc.

Mr. Feld,

Good afternoon, National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is a holistic medical center employing and contracting with many licensed medical professionals who treat mind, body and spirit for our patients – not just symptoms.  By agreement, we do not and cannot tell our practitioners how to diagnose or treat their clients or patients.  We expect, and to our knowledge, our practitioners comply with the District of Columbia’s standards of care for their profession.  We believe our practitioners blend the best of western medicine with proven and safe complimentary therapies to help the body heal.

As a holistic health care center, we offer a conservative form of health care that seeks first to do no harm, including the substances that we consume or are exposed to.  Different practitioners do take different approaches to client or patient needs. To address one of your core concerns, our MDs are cautious about the type and manner with which they administer vaccines, and they do provide them.

If this is not your philosophy or approach to your own health, I respect your right to choose.  I, and thousands of people each year, have personally found the care offered by our practitioners important to their and their family’s health.  While some may want to legislate what a person may or may not choose to do with his/her own body, I deeply believe that this is a privacy right, and one of our most fundamental rights.  

You are welcome to come visit our center and see for yourself or call me at any time…

Dan Storck

  • totallynext

    Dan Storck has been a Democratic supported elected official in Fairfax County / Mount Vernon District for over 10 years.  He has represented Democratic values and issues on the Fairfax County School Board.   He has worked tirelessly for the Mount Vernon community to ensure the poorest school pyramid in the county actually has a voice.

    For you to produce this BULLS*** hit piece is just wrong.  If as you have tried to portray in the HIT PIECE, his position so crazy and just over the top on vaccines – don’t you think we would have seen some kind of agenda while he has served on the School Board, what better place to have impact..  Guess what – no agenda!

    He is correct, each individual finds their own approach to health care, be it based on a Holistic, Ayurvedic (practiced in India), far east practices such as acupuncture, or just the western form that is more a reactionary (after illness occurs) than a proactive – early detection and “good” living view on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Does his organization practice a health care system that involves a “holistic” approach to medical care and not just offer the western practice of pharmaceutical poisoning?    I believe you will find a majority of Democrats actually also believe and practice this form of healthcare.

    I bet you believe in the medicinal attributes of medical marijuana, is it mainstream – hell know – but that’s because of BS.  Does that make you a quack?  (Oh and I also agree that Breast Cancer increasing is due to the increase in deodorant use, does that make be a loon? AHHH NO, it just makes me a little stinky…

    Also – take a minute and get out of your bubble and watch HBO Vice segment – Killing cancer.   Guess what  – it isn’t radiology, chemo, the approach of positioning everyone for the past 50 years, you know what is making the most impact of “curing cancer”, yes that is curing not treating, it is using VIRUS’S LIKE MEASELES, HIV – so before you claim to be some medical expert – broaden your mind. HBO Vice killing cancer

    If Dr. Sanja Gupta can look beyond his western medical training – than maybe you can also.   “Why I changed my mind on weed”.  CNN Dr. Gupta why I changed my mind on weed

    I am disappointed in you!

    PS:  WebMD WebMD What is Holistic Medicine

  • kindler

    Yes, it sounds like NIHA’s website goes too far on some issues, particularly against vaccines.  

    IMHO, the vaccine issue is one of the many examples where a lot of people are simply doing a very faulty comparative risk analysis.  Yes, if you put a vaccine — or any foreign substance — into your body, there will be risks associated with it.  The catch here is that the risks of people being unvaccinated are much higher to public health than those of vaccination.  

    (Yes, Big Pharma always tells us that everything they sell us is 100% safe — right before they go through the long list of potential side-effects in the size 5 font…)

    My concern is that this diary (I presume inadvertantly) gives the impression that alternative medicine in general is quackery — certainly the position of QuackWatch, one of the sites to which you link.  In fact, many alternative medicine practices have been used in Asia and elsewhere for thousands of years.  They are certainly much safer than so many of the drugs that Big Pharma endlessly markets to us, both directly and indirectly through those nice golf vacations and free dinners to which they treat our doctors.  

    Some alternative medicine practitioners certainly go over the cutting edge into unproven, even nutty territory.  But others provide care and help to millions of people who have often given up on conventional medicine after years of frustration.  

    I don’t know anything about where Storck’s group stands in this continuum.  Some of these quotes are troubling.  Others are misleading – for example, you claim they say that herbs can cure Lyme, when in fact, the link you provide specifically advises people to get antiobiotic treatment.  

    So, you raise some very good questions to ask of Storck.  I would not take this sort of diary as the end of the matter, however.  

  • totallynext

    Someone works for Dominion… Blue Virginia has a post daily on the evilness of Dominion, here to fore that person must be evil….

  • notlarrysabato


  • Chris

    I am rather shocked at this news.  I would have never

    expected this of Dan.  Perhaps more disturbing is that

    anyone could seriously defend this stuff.  Nobody is

    suggesting that informed adults cannot chose alternate

    forms of medicine.  

    As has been pointed out, there are some traditional forms

    of medicine that have been used for thousands of years,

    while the modern pharmaceutical industry is not even 100

    years old.  However, it also needs to be recognized that

    it is no coincidence that since the advent of modern

    medicine, life expectancy has roughly doubled.

    The real issue here is when industries and profits are built

    around denying science and promoting unproven remedies

    as if they are a real alternative to treatments that have

    been through the full battery of tests.

    There is nothing wrong with trying an herbal remedy for a

    headache or sunburn.  It is also understandable that

    someone would choose to try an alternative when they have a

    chronic or terminal condition that all modern and accepted

    remedies have failed to cure.

    A business that seeks to paint such methods as

    mainstream and talks down proven treatments is another

     The consequences of such behavior can be severe, and

    not just on the individual falling for it, but on all of society.

    There is a lot of money to be made in the health care industry (both modern and traditional), but at least the mainstream companies are marketing proven remedies.  Many of the “traditional” remedies are unproven (or even proven not to work) and people are being sold bills of goods.

    If someone as brilliant as Steve Jobs can fall for it, imagine how the most vulnerable and least educated can be manipulated.  Sadly, Jobs recognized his error after it was too late:


  • voteorsigh

    I had no idea Dan Storck was so anti-vaccination! Does he want Mt. Vernon to become ground zero? Those poor kids, it just breaks my heart.  

    Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was cool when he tried to bring back the stove pipe hat and silly beard, but now he wants to bring back measles and polio??? No bueno.