In November 2022, I was asked by the Board of America’s Frontline Doctors whether I would be willing to serve on an outside Oversight Committee in light of the serious allegations of financial impropriety made against Dr. Simone Gold. This Oversight Committee, which I serve alongside Kevin Jenkins, Rachel Rodriguez, and Trent Loos, has been empowered by the AFLDS Board to undertake a thorough review of all policies and procedures in place at the organization in order to protect AFLDS assets, restore faith in AFLDS donors and further the critical mission of AFLDS.
We were tasked with investigating what exactly occurred at AFLDS and releasing those findings to supporters. Additionally, we will be making recommendations to the Board on implementing protocols and procedures that will safeguard donor’s investment; put in place a short and long-term plan to get the organization back to doing the critical work it was created to do; and making the structural changes needed to protect the organization and the doctors, patients and medical professionals who rely on it.
As a spiritual leader of 33 years, who has committed my life to fight for our God-given human rights, I know just how important the medical freedom movement is to the future of humanity, both in the United States and throughout the world. It is why I agreed to serve on the Oversight Committee; the mission and the work of AFLDS are too essential to be weakened.
I understand how many in the medical freedom movement feel about Dr. Gold’s behavior because I share their feelings. It brings me nothing but sadness to watch someone who started from such a place of moral righteousness lose their way.
But all is not lost; the situation that AFLDS faces, and indeed the situation the broader medical freedom movement faces, is not lost. I know this and know it firsthand because I have seen it play out before. The downfall of many well-known ministries bears striking similarities to what we have watched unfold at AFLDS. The good news is that we will not sit idly by and watch this movement collapse. We are committed to rebuilding.
We are aware that the opponents of the medical freedom movement – especially the government and the unholy alliance of big tech, big media, and big pharma – are gloating at what they see happening at AFLDS. They aren’t interested in protecting the organization or its donors against Dr. Gold’s financial malfeasance; they want to use her egregious deeds as a cudgel to take down the entire movement. The worst mistake we can make at this critical moment is to say nothing and sit back and hope it all goes away. It won’t go away, and the enemies of freedom will ensure it doesn’t go away.
Now is the time for moral clarity. To be honest about what has happened, to inform donors, doctors, and medical professionals about the truth concerning Dr. Gold’s actions at AFLDS. More importantly, we are all committed to change, rededicating ourselves to the mission and moving forward as an organization and a movement. That is exactly what we are doing as members of the Oversight Committee of AFLDS, which is why our mission is so important. This organization and this movement have never been about one woman or one man, it should never be held hostage by an individual’s greed or lust for power, and no single person owns AFLDS.
This organization belongs to every single person who has stood up over the last three years and fought for freedom, for all the doctors who dared to tell the truth, and for the moms and dads who bravely protected their children and their families from government overreach. To each and every one of those people, I say thank you, and I promise you, we will right the ship at AFLDS and lead it to a righteous and glorious future. I leave with the words of my hero, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Dr. Aaron Lewis
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