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Friday, June 26, 2015
Controversial autism researcher, Jeff Bradstreet, commits suicide after FDA raid in Buford
I found this on the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Dr. Jeff Bradstreet,
an autism researcher hailed as a hero by some, dismissed as a fringe
conspiracy theorist by others, is
believed to have committed suicide
following a visit to his Buford office by federal agents, authorities
law enforcement officials said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
searched Bradstreet Wellness Center last week. On Monday, plastic sheets
covered the windows of the two suites the office takes up in a complex
off Commerce Drive, and the doors were locked.
who answered the door said they couldn’t give any information, that it
was too soon to speculate on how he died. By Wednesday night, some of
Bradstreet’s supporters were speculating that his death wasn’t a
suicide, but a conspiracy.
Rutherford County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office says the doctor, 61, of
Braselton, was found dead by a fisherman in the Rocky Broad River on
Friday afternoon, not far from the lake Bradstreet and his wife often
visited on vacation.
Bradstreet had a gunshot wound to the chest, which appears to be self
inflicted,” a statement from the office said, adding that the
investigation is ongoing.
FDA has yet to reveal why agents searched the office of the doctor,
reportedly a former pastor who has been controversial for well over a
decade. Robert Hiser, an assistant special agent in charge with the
federal agency’s criminal investigations division, referred questions to
the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, which couldn’t immediately be
Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency aided the FDA with the raid, but
director Rick Allen said Thursday he wasn’t immediately able to give
information on the purpose of the search.
has been criticized for using methods of treating autism that were
dismissed by mainstream medical professionals. He has also been blasted
for reportedly treating patients for “mercury toxicity,” based on the
belief that an ingredient in a childhood vaccination caused autism, a
theory which the leading voices in medicine say is inaccurate.
news of his death spread, many of his supporters began posting messages
online, saying that he had saved their children’s lives, that he was
champion for the movement to cure autism. They posted story after story
in which his therapies and drugs were successful.
including a man who said he was his brother, called him a martyr for
autism and insinuated that the truth about his death wasn’t yet known.
The man, Thomas Bradstreet, is shown as the creator an online
fundraising page, asking for $25,000 from supporters for “Finding out
More than $5,000 had been donated by shortly after noon Thursday.
Jamie Keever, the investigator from the sheriff’s office on the case, said he was aware of the theories.
“I’ve talked to some of those people today,” he said Thursday. “I don’t know what to say. They have a right to their opinion.”
Efforts to reach the Bradstreet family were not successful this week.