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Nicholas Gonzalez: The latest victim of the pharma assassins?

The conspiracy deepens.

What conspiracy? You ask. Haven’t you heard? Big pharma is out killing alternative medicine doctors! Or at least that’s what you’ll be told if you venture towards the deep dark underbelly of quack websites. Up until now, the most prominent “victim” was autism quack, Jeff Bradstreet, who, according to police, committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in the woods of North Carolina but who, according to antivaccine advocates and “autism biomed” quacks, must have been assassinated by a big pharma black ops team. Or something. After all, as we know, the FDA had raided his clinic the day before, and it looked as though his empire of alternative medical autism treatments was about to fall. He might even have been facing jail time. As much as I feel for his family (suicide truly sucks), when it comes to Jeff Bradstreet, the main thing that saddens me about his suicide is that he will never face justice now.

But Bradstreet is not alone. If you listen to über-quack Joe Mercola’s significant other, Erin Elizabeth over at HealthNutNews.com, you’ll find that there have been at least five alternative health practitioners who have died recently, allegedly under suspicious circumstances, and that there are five more missing. The most recent “casualty” of this big pharma black ops is Baron Holt, a 33 year old chiropractor, who died suddenly on Father’s Day. Naturally, Elizabeth is “terrified” for Joe Mercola’s safety. Who wouldn’t be?

Then, just a couple of days ago, a doctor who has been featured on this blog on multiple occasions for his cancer quackery, Nicholas Gonzalez, died suddenly on July 21. The news was announced first the day after his death by Ty Bollinger, someone whom I really need to do a post on some day given his promotion of bogus cancer cures:

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this memorial tribute for one of the greatest medical doctors of all time.

The world has lost a true hero….

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a prominent alternative cancer doctor, died last night of an apparent heart attack at his home in New York City. Dr. Gonzalez was probably the world’s foremost expert on cancer, often recommended by other alternative doctors as the “go-to doctor” with the best results for supposedly “terminal” cancers like pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Nick was my friend. He loved helping people with cancer. He loved sharing his knowledge about how to treat cancer; and he loved talking about God and discussing Biblical topics as well as politics and current affairs.
After we became friends last year, he sent me several books, including a Companion Bible. We shared the same Christian faith, the same distrust of the “mainstream media,” and the same desire to spread the truth about cancer.

My condolences go to the family and, yes, even to Ty Bollinger. The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one is always devastating. However, it is inaccurate to characterize Nicholas Gonzalez as a “pioneer” in anything medical, other than cancer quackery. As you might recall, Gonzalez was best known for his claim that he could treat advanced pancreatic cancer (and a lot of other incurable malignancies) with a regimen that strongly resembled the Gerson protocol and, more closely, the variant of the Gerson protocol advocated by William Kelley.

Basically, like the Kelley protocol, the Gonzalez protocol was based on a belief in “detoxification” as a cure for cancer and the cause of cancer being a deficiency in pancreatic enzymes. Like the Kelley and Gerson protocols, the Gonzalez protocol involved frequent coffee enemas, which he rationalized as causing the smooth muscle in the bile ducts to relax, thus allowing “toxins”—isn’t it always “toxins”—into the small intestine through the common bile duct. Also, like the Gerson and Kelley protocols, the Gonzalez protocol involved taking lots of supplements and pancreatic enzyme capsules, up to 150 pills a day, as well as a vegetarian diet. Where the Gonzalez protocol differed from the Kelley protocol is that Gonzalez dispensed with the spiritual components and the neurologic “stimulation” advocated by Kelley. Also, Gonzalez would perform hair analysis and determine from that the patients’ “nutritional, mineral, and biochemical patterns and clinical status.” Based on this, he would determine a “hair analysis CT test score” and taylor the patient’s diet of “all-natural poison-free food” to prevent new tissue intoxication and to reestablish the body’s balance. Like Gerson and Kelley, Gonzalez claimed miraculous cures of advanced cancer and much better survival rates than anything conventional oncology could claim.

The main reason that Gonzalez became famous outside of alternative health circles is that he was one of the cancer quacks who craved legitimacy, like Stanislaw Burzynski. He actually published a case series in 1999 comparing eleven patients with advanced pancreatic cancer treated with his protocol with historical controls and concluding that his patients did much better. This tiny, poorly designed single arm case series was riddled with selection bias, questions about the correctness of diagnoses in several patients, and numerous other deficiencies that called into doubt the promising results reported. In spite of these problems, the NCI funded a randomized trial of the Gonzalez protocol to the tune of $1.4 million. The trial ran into trouble immediately with randomization, clinical trial ethics, and a lot of other issues. When the results were finally published in 2009, it was a disaster for Gonzalez. Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer treated with the Gonzalez protocol did significantly worse than those treated with conventional chemotherapy, a result that led me to characterize the protocol as worse than useless. Gonzalez’s only response was a litany of disingenuous complaints, the pharma shill gambit, and special pleading. He remained a believer and even said after Steve Jobs’ death that “if only he had come to see me first” he might have lived.

Gonzalez was at least as high profile as Jeff Bradstreet, just in a different area of alternative medicine, but his death is clearly way less suspicious than that of Bradstreet. Of course, Bradstreet’s suicide doesn’t appear that suspicious to anyone but conspiracy cranks, either, but what’s so unusual about a guy in his late 60s dying of a sudden cardiac arrest? Sadly, nothing. It’s an all too common cause of death. None of this stops everybody’s favorite alt-med conspiracy wonk, Mike Adams, from speculating (while claiming he’s not speculating, of course!) about a conspiracy:

With respect to Dr. Gonzalez and those close to him, there are certain details of his passing which shall remain private. The things we believe are appropriate to share publicly include these facts:

  • He passed away alone, and his body was discovered some time after his passing.
  • An autopsy has not yet been performed. We are not aware of whether an autopsy is being requested.
  • Everyone close to him is shocked of his passing, knowing that he was in excellent health.

There is currently no evidence of foul play in his death. I am aware that a number of people are reporting on what appears to be a sudden wave of seemingly mysterious deaths among alternative medicine doctors and industry pioneers. There will no doubt be a tremendous amount of speculation that asks whether Dr. Gonzalez has somehow been deliberately killed. Such speculation is entirely premature, as none of us are aware of any facts which would support such a notion at this time.

We can’t rule it out, but there is presently no evidence that foul play is to blame here.

Out of respect for the partners, family members and close friends of Dr. Gonzalez who are devastated by this tragic loss of such an extraordinary human being, I am personally asking the natural health community to allow these people the time and space to grieve this devastating loss without the interference of trying to deal with “assassination theories” and similar discussions.

In other words, give it a few days, and Adams will be spewing conspiracy theories about assassination, even though it appears pretty clear that Gonzalez was just unfortunate enough to die alone of a sudden cardiac arrest. Indeed, Adams makes it explicit by following up the passage above with, “There will be an appropriate time for that analysis, and I will be personally involved in the investigation.”

I can hardly wait.

His readers, however, can’t wait. Just scroll through the comments, and you’ll find speculation about the neuromuscular blocker succinylcholine as a way to mimic a heart attack, while another mentions that the CIA “has admitted they have a frozen dart that will put someone in cardiac arrest.” There is also considerable consternation expressed over Gonzalez dying suddenly even though he was claimed to be in perfect health. Unfortunately, sometimes ventricular fibrillation or another fatal arrhythmia is the first manifestation of heart disease.

So, I guess Gonzalez is number 6.

I’m sure Erin Elizabeth will soon be adding him to her list, along with Baron Holt, who she notes, quoting an account of his death, “had been struggling with recent health issues, none were thought to be life threatening by loved ones.” Sadly, families are frequently wrong in their assessments of these things.

So, according to Elizabeth, here’s the toll thus far, not counting Nicholas Gonzalez:

  1. June 19th, 2015 – Dr Bradstreet, formerly of Florida, now practicing in Georgia was found with a gunshot wound to his chest in a river.
  2. June 21st, 2015 – Father’s Day: We have two dead chiropractors, Dr. Baron Holt and Dr. Bruce Hedendal (both reported to be fathers), in Florida; both found on the East Coast, both were presumably healthy, and both were described as very fit. We still have no cause of death listed in the articles we can find on either one. A few people have contacted me about Dr. Hedendal, 67, but admit that they were surprised by his death and still find it shocking.
  3. June 29th, 2015 – The beloved holistic Theresa Sievers MD was found murdered in her home. Also, On this very same day, June 29th, Jeffrey Whiteside MD a pulmonologist went missing , vanishing when he simply “walked away” . On the same day, Dr. Whiteside, known for his successful treatment of lung cancer, disappeared in Door County, Wisconsin, while vacationing with family.
  4. July 3rd, 2015Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick MD goes missing.
  5. July 1oth, 2015 – Lisa Riley DO (Doctor of Osteopathic medicine) is found in her home with a gunshot wound to her head.

If you want to get an idea of just how far Elizabeth is reaching, check this out:

Interestingly, Dr. Holt (33), lived in North Carolina; which is the state where Dr. Bradstreet’s body (the first doctor to be found) was discovered two days prior. Dr. Holt was visiting Jacksonville, Florida, though, when he died there. Dr. Bradstreet (see story #1) was living in Georgia, at the time of his death; and before that, he lived in the neighboring state of Florida.

And there were a lot of coincidences between John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, too! I mean, seriously, those “coincidences” that Elizabeth dredges up are pretty pathetic. Even the birthday problem is more convincing. I wonder how hard she had to look to find them.

Here’s the problem. There are currently approximately 320 million people living in the US. When you look at large numbers with a conspiratorial eye, you can always find small series individual cases of people belonging to a group (alternative medicine practitioners, for instance) who appear to share some trait in common if that trait is defined vaguely enough. For instance, there are approximately 60,000 chiropractors and close to a million physicians in the US, some proportion of the latter being into alternative medicine, and the most that the alt med conspiracy mongers can come up with are three violent deaths (Drs. Bradstreet, Theresa Sievers, and Lisa Riley) and two—now three—deaths from what are almost certainly natural causes in a month. That’s not very many, and very prone to the clustering illusion. One thing for sure, now that cranks like Erin Elizabeth have latched on to this conspiracy theory they’ll never let it go.

It would be entertaining if it didn’t serve their paranoid narrative so well.

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485 replies on “Nicholas Gonzalez: The latest victim of the pharma assassins?”

I’m not sure how the conspiracy theorists are going to explain away the arrest of Riley’s husband for her murder.

@shay,

Oh that is too easy. Of course Big Pharma was worried it would be too obvious if the same hit man squad took out all the altmed doctors so they found out which loved ones could be bribed, blackmailed or brainwashed (probably with microchips embedded in the Prozac) into doing one or more of the hits on the list.

This could be the inspiration for a great mystery novel or medico-political thriller. I’d read it at the beach.

what’s really puzzling is why, if the conspirator’s have the ability to commit murder either undetectably (in the case of Drs. Holt and Hedendal) or make the murder appear to be the result of cardiac arrest (in the case of Dr. Gonzalez) they sometimes find it necessary to it their target over the head with a blunt instrument instead.

“The assassination drugs? I thought YOU brought the assassination drugs!” (looks around, rummages through tool box) “Here, try this instead.”

KayMarie — big pharma actually went to the trouble of getting Mr Riley implicated in the shooting of a former girlfriend, then, so the cops had a previous history to work from.

Kind of like how George Soros managed to time travel back to Hawaii in 1961 to insert a fake birth announcement in the Honolulu newspapers, I guess.

@shay: No need for time travel, the Illuminati plan for the long term.

@JGC: Oh, that one’s easy. The different MOs are a red herring to throw off the investigation, like the Hercule Poirot case where the murderer was both left-handed and right-handed. Besides, if there were too many suspiciously convenient “heart attacks” in too short a time, people would realize that something was amiss, so you’d have to throw in the occasional garden variety murder or apparent suicide. And if there is nothing suspicious about a death, that is itself suspicious.

(In case it isn’t obvious, that’s not what I think, but dollars to donuts somebody out there actually does think this.)

Vulture much? Having researched cancer in total, meaning the gold standard allopathic teachings on cause and treatment as well as the many alternative views, I find your comments to be mere name calling. Saying something is not scientific is not being scientific. Or thorough. I had no notion about the topic going in as a writer whose mother in law had so confusingly and quickly wasted away to death in what I now know to be a pretty typical timeline of a year to a year and a half after diagnosis when treated with the current standard of care for cancer. It just didn’t make sense to me. So I began to research and discovered that there even was an alternative. In addition to allopathic books – although the selection was curiously small – I read James Beard’s book, all of Kelley’s books and Gonzalez’s books and that’s just on the metabolic therapies. I also read about many of the others. I am deeply saddened by Nicholas Gonzalez’s death. If there is one truth in this world that I have come to know is that it takes the titanic ship that is the mainstream a tragically long time to turn around: asbestos, vitamin C for scurvy, lobotomies, the world being round, lead pipes, cigarettes, Nazi crematoriums, Vioxx, Semmelweis etc. mortally etc. How does one know when one is confronted in the present moment with the hindsight that people will be shaking their heads to decades from now, saying, “how did they not know that?” That is the interesting question to me. Ever read about Marie Curie and her hubby? Radium bath salts anyone? How ’bout Radium for your acne? Marie was known to carry vials of radium in her lab coat pockets. If you do decide to read up on the french dwelling Nobel winners and want to consult their original notebooks, better invest in a great hazmat suit. Are you really sure you’re not on the world being flat side of the tracks?

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a prominent alternative cancer doctor, died last night of an apparent heart attack at his home in New York City. Dr. Gonzalez was probably the world’s foremost expert on cancer, often recommended by other alternative doctors as the “go-to doctor” with the best results for supposedly “terminal” cancers like pancreatic cancer.

Why is the actual importance of these cranks always ginned up to cartoonish extremes?

“Such speculation is entirely premature”

I had difficulty not spewing just-consumed fish taco out my nose reading this Mike Adams line.

Coming from the guy who routinely leaps into speculation about pharmaceuticals being responsible for celebrity deaths and murderous assaults, it’s as if Donald Trump started giving out advice on being cool-headed and respectful.

I’m not a psychologist, but I seem to recall that the first stage of grief is denial. Given that denial is the bedrock of alternative medicine, it’s not surprising that alt-med types would fixate on and rationalize their denial rather than moving on through the rest of the stages as a healthy person would (let me see how many I can remember without looking it up…I wanna say anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.) So come to think of it, they probably will/have progressed to anger as well.

Did anyone notice that Mikey ended his post with a plug for his new ( crappy) search engine?
( paraphrase) Learn more about Dr Gonzalez on Good Gopher.

Dr Gonzalez was a colleague of Null, lived in NYC and often appeared in the woo-meister’s films. I haven’t heard Grand Master Woo discuss his death yet but I imagine it will include full-tilt conspiracy mongering.

New readers of Orac may not have ever heard me narrate the set piece Null rolls out for his entranced audience so I will recount what I’ve heard many times with various permutations :

He was walking in downtown NY, years ago near Wall Street after finishing his broadcast when he was approached by a heavy, bald man- who was sweating profusely while crammed into a tiny yellow sports car – ” I need to speak with you”, said Fatty, urging the athletic nutritionist to get into his tiny car.

“No”, said the health choice advocate who agreed instead to talk around the corner where a police station was located. So they met there.

The obese man, dripping with sweat, confessed that he had been employed by Important Interests to tail the Truth Teller and investigate him, looking for dirt and illegality. He was being set up- Black Ops interfered with his career, deals fell through mysteriously. Shady ladies at parties were paid to entice him into decadence. The Dark Side, in full force, tried to get him on ANYTHING to dissolve his influence over the People.

But Heavy Boy felt the pangs of conscience because he could find absolutely nothing to report to his keepers- this Dr was a straight arrow: pure as the driven snow, he never consorted with those filthy tarts who were throwing themselves at his magnificent frame, he never did anything shifty or criminal. He was a shining light of Goodness and Truthiness.

So the Bad Apple left him with a warning- watch where you walk at night, be suspicious of women who offer you love and don’t be surprised if your career stalls whenever it seems ripe for blastoff. “You’re on their list. Be careful”.

As TBruce notes, woo conspiracies sound like cutrate detective novels and mysteries and as a matter of fact, at least two anti-vaxxers have written detective tales/ mysteries about the dirty dealings involving vaccines and autism ( Stagliano and Conte IIRC) both published by Skyhorse.

Saying something is not scientific is not being scientific.

And if that were Orac had done you’d have the beginnings of an argument.

Unfortunately, Orac went on to discuss the clinical evidence demonstrating that far from being effective and beneficial the Gonzalez protocol generates outcomes far inferior to those obtained by conventional science-based chemotherapy.

Re: your research on metabolic therapies, what credible evidence indicates that any of those you researched generate outcomes equivalent to or superior to those which can be ealized by standard of care cancer therapies (e.g., chemo and/or radiation therapy)?

Another conspiracy is that someone is killing alternative practitioners to make it look like there’s a conspiracy to kill practitioners to hide the fact that the killer just wanted one particular practitioner dead, whose death would be immediately linked to the killer. Classic misdirection. Also the general theme of an Agatha Christie novel (The A.B.C. Murders, IIRC).

Peoples’ suspicions that something is up though is understandable. I’d be suspicious too if the deaths were of, say, climate scientists, or evolutionary biologists, or doctors known to provide abortions. It would take a bit of discipline to sit back and view things more dispassionately. Of course, probably far more alt-practitioners than any of the other example groups so a similar cluster in those smaller example groups may raise more suspicions due to sample size alone.

There’s an article on this at snopes.com, not only pointing out that it’s easy to see meaning in random clusters of events, but that one of the cases of “vanished on June 26” is of someone known to have been seen on July 2. So, maybe this person did die, probably of natural causes, during his most recent solo hike, or maybe he’ll show up tomorrow and be astonished that anyone was worried.

Dr Whiteside’s body has been found, yesterday apparently. A .22 cal handgun was found nearby, but no cause or manner of death listed as yet. Autopsy pending.

If Erin Elizabeth was so afraid for herself and Mercola, then why is she writing about it all over the internet? Wouldn’t she want to go into hiding or lie low at least?

I mean, if I thought I uncovered a sinister plot to kill people in my profession, and I was a very prominent name, the last thing I would want to do would be to call attention to myself.

To the extent I can judge her narcissism from her Facebook posts and blogs, calling attention to herself is the #1 priority of Erin Elizabeth and people like her.

Dan Andrews @16 — Tragically, abortion doctors have indeed been murdered, though as far as I know there’s no systematic conspiracy to do so — instead, antiabortion zealots whip up a frenzy of anger and hatred, with predictable results given the many heavily armed, unbalanced people in their audience. No elaborate conspiracy necessary.

So, maybe this person did die, probably of natural causes, during his most recent solo hike, or maybe he’ll show up tomorrow and be astonished that anyone was worried.

Or maybe that “solo hiking trip” is a cover story for some other activity he wants to keep quiet, like spending quality time with his mistress. This was the case with then-Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who claimed to be “hiking the Appalachian Trail” (on, as it tuned out, Naked Hiking Day) when he was in fact visiting a special friend in Buenos Aires. In Sanford’s case, local reporters in Columbia found out what he was really up to, and they were waiting for him at the customs exit in ATL when he returned to the US.

Evidently the Conspiracy does not regard Null, Adams or Mercola as threatening enough to require any action.

The problem with the Gonzalez protocol, gerson protocol, and others, is really in the coffee they use. Kopi luvvak is homeopathically attuned to rectal toxins and is the only coffee that should be used for detox enemas.

Jeez, Now I see Suzanne Somers has even shared about her articles publicly. Once the celebrities latch on??? I”m not sure what will happen.

I will say this- if they were being murdered (well some are murdered I see) I’d be writing about it personally though not sure if that is her agenda.

@ herr doktor bimler:

But you see, herr doktor,, that is EXACTLY the point!

The Illuminati/ Powers-That-Be/ ‘Our Thing’/ PharmaCOM in this manner diminishes their authority to the public!

Followers might say, ” Oh Dr Gonzalez/ Dr Bradstreet are *muy importante* SO they got DONE IN! They were threatening! Those woo-meisters/ Andy must be not be so wonderful”

Thus, not being obvious targets is indeed targetting them.
remember that Big Boy in the Little Car….Black Ops work in mysterious ways!

Thus, not being obvious targets is indeed targetting them.
Ah, I see. Any death of anyone who is not Mercola or Adams or Null could be part of the conspiracy to undermine those name’ credibility by not assassinating them.

While I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of Big Pharma Hit Squads, I can speculate on how such hypothetical squads would appear.

In most such companies, employees and contractors are required to don appropriate protective gear when conducting potentially hazardous tasks. The same would apply to the hit squads. The assassination process could also involve exposure to potentially infectious bodily fluids, particularly if victims are unvaccinated. This would require BL-2 or possibly BL-3 protection. depending upon the infection.

As for the weapon of choice, I have not found any really good weapons in the corporate catalog–there are lots of different types of culture media and chemicals, even a few tools which could serve as blunt instruments, but no guns. Splashing chemicals around is frowned upon and requires getting too close, so let’s forget that. There is one chemical capable of longer-range delivery which would be undetectable and quite biologically active, especially to homeopathists–30C or greater aqueous dilutions.

Therefore, if you see a bunch of people dressed in lab coats, wearing protective glasses, & gloves (not latex of course) armed with squirt guns filled with pure water–beware!

Wait. Mr. Null met a guy at a police station who proceeded to elucidate all the ways in which he was being targeted, and he didn’t even file a police report? Even though he and the man giving the evidence were right there?

What?

Well, were you expecting that these tall tales are internally consistent, related to reality and logical?

‘Fraid not.

I mean seriously, if such a person did exist would he go up to his target, describe his activities, praise him and warn him?

I do love noir movies but this story- as well as those dreamt up by Stagliano and Conte- would have been laughed out of theatres even in 1942.

Tales like this are merely another way to enshrine one’s grandiosity by contrast to the villain’s unsavory appearance and means of supporting himself.

Bradstreet must have been up to something that was really pretty exceptionally damning if it justifies this much shouting and pointing in other directions.

The cause of some of the deaths could also be unhappy patients. In my country probably the most prominent neurosurgeon had to retire prematurely because of severe burns. It turned out he had been extorting patients.

@Kristina: Many years ago, I was a guest on a radio show with Mr Null. The topic was an herbal tea and extract popularized as a treatment for cancer. After stating that the cases of remissions were anecdotal, remained to be followed up, and that studies had yet to be performed to determine the effectiveness or lack thereof for either the tea or extract, off-air, he scolded me for raising such cautionary facts. If I so much as mentioned the lack of scientific research again on the show, he warned that I would be dropped from the interview, which begged the question of who was responsible the content of the program.

@Lighthorse: A Tea Shill! That explains it. Tea Shills know better than to trust the police with things like crime reports. After all, police drink GMO coffee, and are the sworn enemy of herbal tea.

@Questioner #8 They laughed at Einstein.

They also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

So long, and thanks for playing!

Snopes must be part of the conspiracy as well.

http://m.snopes.com/2015/07/21/five-holistic-doctors-dead/

I was curious about the yearly mortality rate for U.S. MDs, both quack and non-quack, but wasn’t able to locate any stats. .

I did find:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/23/american-doctors-are-killing-themselves-and-no-one-is-talking-about-it.html

So 33 or so MDs are killing themselves every month and and an additional number are dying from natural causes.

Given this information, 5 quacks dying in 4 weeks doesn’t strike me as being out of the ordinary or indicative of a conspiracy being afoot.

The conspiracy nonsense likely adds to the feeling of importance that many anti-vaxers seem to crave and marketers like Mercola and Adams know this and profit from it.

I guess being an anti-vax warrior battling the evil of Sauron Big Pharma beats being a real world nobody that most folks cross the street to avoid.

Remember the infamous “Clinton Death List” ?
In any field of endeavor there will be members of that field who die. It is a statistical inevitability that some of them will die of violent causes — accident, suicide or murder. So, if you play 6 degrees of Dr Mercola, you’ll no doubt find several who died under what the conspiracy-minded will label as “mysterious circumstances” . This is a statistical certainty — ask any insurance actuary, if you can get one to talk.

Just scroll through the comments, and you’ll find speculation about the neuromuscular blocker succinylcholine as a way to mimic a heart attack, while another mentions that the CIA “has admitted they have a frozen dart that will put someone in cardiac arrest.”

Sort of. What they have is a tetrodotoxin derived from the puffer fish. It causes paralysis. This strikes me as a funny accusation because in 1948 my dad was a post graduate chemist under contract with Bruce Halstead, for whom he extracted puffer fish poison from thousands of fish for the “agency.” The crystalline product was picked up for synthesis when he finished. My dad is 90 years old and I just asked him about it – all he will say is, “I still can’t say much about that . . .”

Given this information, 5 quacks dying in 4 weeks doesn’t strike me as being out of the ordinary or indicative of a conspiracy being afoot.

But but but…look at the “list” of quacks who have been deaded. If it hadn’t been for a more notable crank like Bradstreet, then I doubt anyone would have noticed the others and made a “gonnection”. I certainly haven’t heard of the others beside Bradstreet and Gonzalez and I’m up to my elbows in woo practitioners.

What profit do you get from this name-calling and insulting writing? Do you have a following? Do pharmaceutical companies pay you? Does the government pay you?

@Ernie Gordon: A shared dietary supplement would be too simple.

I visited Bruce Halstead many years ago. In between his work on marine poisons for the government, he visited China where he became engrossed in the subject of medicinal plants. I’ll never forget the many rows of shelves displaying large bottles of dried herbal medicines interspersed with preserved marine animals. Looking back, the evidence-based pharmacological research he wanted to conduct on Chinese medicinal plants was not without merit.

When is this woman going to stop? If she keeps adding every doctor in the US who dies of homicide, suicide or who dies unexpectedly from a medical condition, she’s going to end up with a long list.

She’s including doctors who weren’t connected to holistic medicine in any way. Dr. Riley was an ER doctor, Dr. Schwartz was a gynecologist and Dr. Whiteside was a pulmonologist. Dr Holt, based on everything I read, was your average chiropractor with no controversial views that would put him on anyone’s hit list. Missing Dr. Fitzpatrick was an ophthalmologist. Dr. Sievers practiced “integrative” medicine but I saw no evidence of any controversy connected to her or a reason why she should be a target. There are logical explanations for these deaths but who wants logic when you have a nice, juicy conspiracy theory to drive people to your website?

I see so many lies and half-truths on the internet – I usually just roll my eyes and move on but this one makes me very angry. This woman is clearly loving the attention she is getting from this nonsense; she brags about how she “broke” the story and how her website numbers are through the roof. How despicable is it to make a name for yourself by exploiting these tragic deaths?

She is not interested in the truth and has deleted comments about Lisa Riley’s husband being arrested for her murder. When someone calls her on it, she claims that she just now found out about it – which is a lie – or claims that he’s innocent and gets angry.

I didn’t realize she was Mercola’s wife. If he goes missing, someone might just cook up a conspiracy theory of their own.

@Beth Duggan – can’t you come up with something more original than the standard accusation about the author being on the payroll for Big Pharma or the government? Everyone who disagrees with you must be a shill for someone, right? It drives me crazy to see that every time!

Hey Big Pharma – show me the money! I promise I’ll split it with Orac!

@The Questioner: The dream of finding an effective treatment for malignancies where no one else had bothered to look is old one that continues to be applied by researchers to this day. Having studied the subject, I would suggest giving greater attention to the writings of those who are actively working in the field of tumor cell biology and making significant advances in the treatment of malignancies than the writings of those who have not provided evidence for effective treatments.

There are any number of promising areas to search. My personal favorite and the source of some of the most effective treatments to date is plant-derived substances. Many have been found to virtually cure laboratory animals of experimental tumors; however, relatively few have proven to be sufficiently safe or effective in humans. Nonetheless, despite what you may have been told or read, chemotherapy is far less toxic than in years gone by. I know patients who have recently gone through courses of chemotherapy without significant side effects or hair loss. Thirty years ago, the side effects were usually horrendous and the survival rates were dismal. Granted, little progress has been made against certain types of malignancies, but for others the rates have dramatically improved. Reducing side effects while improving rates of remission is the primary goal of any research oncologist you care to mention. I would add that very often, it is not big pharma, but little pharma where the breakthroughs are found. In turn, the new treatments are brought to bigger companies with the funds to take their discoveries beyond the initial stages of clinical research.

The Questioner @8: “..it takes the titanic ship that is the mainstream a tragically long time to turn around: asbestos, vitamin C for scurvy, lobotomies, the world being round, lead pipes, cigarettes, Nazi crematoriums, Vioxx, Semmelweis etc. mortally etc. ”
That statement shows you should do a lot more questioning. For instance, the Greeks had worked out that the world was round by the 3rdC BC and the cause of scurvy had been worked out by the 16thC. As for the rest of your list, I’ll leave it as an educational exercise for you to work out which ones are popular myths.

I didn’t realize she was Mercola’s wife. If he goes missing, someone might just cook up a conspiracy theory of their own.

It is also possible that Erin Elizabeth is merely setting the scene for when she vanishes mysteriously, along with large amounts of Mercola’s money, never to be seen again.

you’ll find speculation about the neuromuscular blocker succinylcholine as a way to mimic a heart attack

About as much as morphine mimics the effects of a lightning strike.

@ Lighthorse

Halstead was well respected as an expert in marine poisons, also known for conducting meticulous research. Interesting that he branched out into medicinal plants. I wonder what became of his research? Was it woo-based or science based?

GCMAF The real reason? =====> http://www.bodymindsoulspirit.com/motive-disappearing-dead-holistic-physicians/

Perhaps the author of this article has their own agenda? I would personally believe the above over some guy saying it isn’t true…..and not providing complete information. Does this author know anything about GCMAF…..or the fact that this is the NUMBER ONE item the search warrant referenced? I think this story is very incomplete.

I will continue to do research, but would encourage others to do the same. This article is not the truth or this search warrant would have been mentioned. Apparently GCMAF is the reason they all died…..

This website is full of quack information and quack garbage. This website cannot be trusted since it is a QUACK website.

“Apparently GCMAF is the reason they all died…..”

The dead guys were treated with this crud? Mystery solved.

Marie – Was Dr. Gonzalez also served with a search warrant? Got a link for that?

@#55 No GcMAF wasn’t the reason they all died.

”For example, one doctor set up a company in Guernsey Island that markets containers allegedly containing the material. We bought one of his containers, and couldn’t find the molecule in it. We’re keeping our distance from these people. We just want to produce and test the material according to the rules” http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-cancer-treatment-developer-efranat-raises-45-million-1000987334 The company in Guernsey was First Immune/Immune Biotech. A Phase I with it is underway https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02052492

Worse still: ”Investigators from the MHRA carried out an unannounced inspection of a production site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, after the medicines regulator in Guernsey raised concerns in relation to the product. The blood plasma starting material being used to make this drug stated ‘Not to be administered to humans or used in any drug products’. It was concluded that the production site does not meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and there are concerns over the sterility of the medicine being produced and the equipment being used. There are concerns that the product may be contaminated.” https://www.gov.uk/government/news/regulator-warns-against-gcmaf-made-in-unlicensed-facility-in-cambridgeshire

Are you just an ass or extremely naive. Watch a docu about operation Gladio. The docu/movie Dirty Wars speaking about JSOC and their killlist. The death/murder of over 100 scientists over the years dying in mysterious circumstances. Docu’s about how the secret police murder. Barrie Trower about microwaveweapons etc. etc. Many cancerpatients who were written off by regular medicine survived through alternative medicine and healthy eating. In the umbilical cord of a baby are over 200 toxins found. Are you dumb or just a troll.

It’s interesting how the “conspiracy” has evolved over the past few weeks. It started out as a purely antivax fantasy that Big Pharma was out to get opponents of SB277 because Bradstreet (who purported to cure “vaccine-damaged” children) happened to die under semi-mysterious circumstances shortly after the passage of SB277 – which is at least arguably an interesting coincidence, though you’d think the Pharma hit squad would have wanted to get him out of the way while the bill was being debated instead of waiting until it was a fait accompli. But now that the idea of “Big Pharma assassinations” has been introduced to the alt-med collective consciousness, the death of anyone who has any connection to alternative medicine, no matter how tenuous their connection to alt-med or mundane the circumstances of their death, gets woven into the conspiracy. Given that by chance alone there’s certain to be several such deaths per month for as long as alt-med exists, I wonder how long they can play this game before they get bored with it?

@#55 —

You’re right. That story is very incomplete.

What they’re not telling you is that GcMAF was being made out of blood plasma labelled ““Not to be administered to humans or used in any drug products”.”

IOW:

Dr Bradstreet might have been treating children for autism with a product that used blood plasma from HIV-positive donors, for all he knew. It wasn’t screened for human use.

That’s a very serious risk. You might not remember how many hemophiliacs died as a result of using HIV-tainted blood products back in the day. But the FDA evidently does.

The. deaths of the other doctors appear to me to be unrelated.

I hope that fills in the blanks a little for you.

When you use the term “quack” you automatically admit your ignorance of medicine, and science. Instead, why don’t you list scientific proof that these doctors are not effective- it’s because you can’t! You’re website is titled incorrectly- it should be titled blogsbyanidiot.com

Are you just an ass or extremely naive. Watch a docu about operation Gladio.

ZOMG. Is… the Vatican involved too? IT’S JUST LIKE OPERATION PAPERCLIP. No, wait… IT’S JUST LIKE PROJECT MOCKINGBIRD.

Or the other way around, whatever.

Amy: “Instead, why don’t you list scientific proof that these doctors are not effective- it’s because you can’t!”

Except he did. Go back and read this bit, and be sure to click on the blue letters because they are links to more information, including discussions of some papers: ” The trial ran into trouble immediately with randomization, clinical trial ethics, and a lot of other issues. When the results were finally published in 2009, it was a disaster for Gonzalez. Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer treated with the Gonzalez protocol did significantly worse than those treated with conventional chemotherapy, a result that led me to characterize the protocol as worse than useless.”

It’s beyond sad that Dr Gonzalez passed before his protocol was validated in a fair trial. I knew him well as a patient for some 25 years and never have i known a man more brilliant or more dedicated.

I had metastatic cancer to the liver when I walked into his office in 1989 and here I am today. Of course I’m an N of 1 so i don’t count.

But to dismiss the trophoblastic theory of cancer without the slightest analysis, to ridicule his methods without any
effort at analyzing the science behind them, to dismiss his valid critique – requiring a 600 page book to lay out the disastrous management of the utterly flawed clinical trial – as special pleading and disingenuous is outrageous. There were so many fatal flaws in that trial that the results are meaningless. See
https://www.arcjournals.org/pdfs/ijcpr/v1-i1/1.pdf for a few of the irregularities.

I certainly would never subscribe to any conspiracy theory around his death. However there is little doubt in my mind, based on my many conversations with him that the many cruel and ignorant critiques of his work, along with the management of the trial wore heavily on the man, and may well have contributed to his demise.

What they’re not telling you is that GcMAF was being made out of blood plasma labelled ““Not to be administered to humans or used in any drug products”.”
IOW:
Dr Bradstreet might have been treating children for autism with a product that used blood plasma from HIV-positive donors, for all he knew. It wasn’t screened for human use.

More precisely, Noakes’ GcMAF business involved buying cheap blood plasma from the US, and having a mate of his (with previousl laboratory experience as a home-brewer) feed it through a chromatograph to extract a particular protein fraction of unknown composition.

This protein fraction went through a couple of weird subjective, magical tests — like seeing it re-write DNA and reverse oncogenesis in a test-tube (I am not making this up) — which was good enough for Noakes to call it “GcMAF”, albeit in nanogram quantities.

Did the product which Bradstreet was peddling actually contain any of the purported magic molecule? Didn’t matter to him.

In the umbilical cord of a baby are over 200 toxins found. Are you dumb or just a troll.

Now I understand. All these dead quacks were poisoned with umbilical cord.

All these dead quacks were poisoned with umbilical cord.

I suppose getting strangled with umbilical cord is passe now.

Now I understand. All these dead quacks were poisoned with umbilical cord.

I’m led to conclude that Gertrude has more than a passing familiarity with Herb:

But to dismiss the trophoblastic theory [sic] of cancer without the slightest analysis….

To wit, although this may be more coherent thanks to the absence of Sally Fallon.

“Respectful” Insolence my ass! You are a horrible person! I am so offended by everything you wrote! How can you call someone a “quack” when they have taken people from a death sentence of stage IV cancer to thirty-plus years later living in health and vitality? And who the hell are you, “Orac”???? Are you a doctor? Even a scientist? No just a blogger. You owe every single one of the deceased you mention an apology. Go to hell.

Gertrude has more than a passing familiarity with Herb:

Now now. Stupidity and incoherence are not always the result of marijuana.

This protein fraction went through a couple of weird subjective, magical tests —

What, if anything, does it mean that the (alleged) sterility to USP and Ph Eur sterility standards is “performed externally”?

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