According to authorities, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet was found dead in a possible suicide in North Carolina. Bradstreet infamously published an article about how vaccines cause autism, a theory that was medically refuted.
In a news release, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s office claimed that Bradstreet died of a probable self-inflicted gunshot wound. It appears that Bradstreet shot himself in the chest.
The defamed doctor was originally from Georgia. A fisherman found his body in the Rocky Broad River on June 19. On Tuesday, news broke that authorities pulled a handgun from the same river. For now, authorities are still on the case.
Currently, Bradstreet’s family has turned to the Internet, holding fundraisers to investigate his death. They believe there is a “possibility of foul play” and that perhaps, Bradstreet’s death was not a suicide.
When you look into the Bradstreet Wellness Center’s website, you will find that Bradstreet claims to treat children with “Autism Spectrum Disorder, PPD, and related neurological and developmental disorders.” Apparently, his practice uses measured biomarkers for their patients. Their mission, reportedly, is to “positively impact children’s lives by meeting their biological, behavioral, and nutritional needs.”
In 2009, Bradstreet’s researching claiming that there is a link between mercury exposure and autism in children was found “unconvincing and unsupported by evidence” by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Bradstreet’s example was a young patient with autism who had also received an MMR vaccine, but it didn’t hold up when it got to court. He published his research in a number of journals that weren’t reviewed by his peers, which is possibly how he got away with publishing it.
At the same time, Bradstreet found himself under fire for the way he treated a young boy in Florida. That boy’s family filed a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. For many years, Bradstreet gave that boy a myriad of dietary supplements, infusions of secretin, immunoglobulin and chelation therapy, and several other tests and screenings that the FDA never approved.
Authorities are still investigating Bradstreet’s death.