Editor’s Note: While more information is limited, Autism Daily Newscast has a follow-up story that can be found here.
It was recently reported in the national press that the body of a man, later identified as Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, was found in the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock on June 19. The body was reportedly found by a fisherman. The body had a gunshot to the chest which deputies of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office reported as self inflicted.
An autopsy has been carried out and at present the case remains under investigation.
Dr. Bradstreet treated children with autism at his medical practice based in Palm Bay, Florida. His son has autism, and he vocally believed that this was due to a vaccine induced reaction at 15 months of age.
Dr. Bradstreet researched on the topic of autism and ran a controversial clinic that Doubtful News state: ‘endorsed pseudoscientific cures on autism patients and others.’
They further report that several anti-vax autism sites publicly mourned his loss.
Age of Autism called him “ A stalwart leader in treating autism, really helping families, his loss is huge in our community“.
Only hours after his death, the conspiracy theorists were out in force. Erin Elizabeth on the HealthNut website stated:
“Some doctors are reading this tonight and writing me that they find the story suspicious and are concerned. I too am concerned, as my other half is a prominent controversial doctor as well, and not sure what to think. I suspect we’ll know more as the investigation continues.”
‘To find the answers to the many questions leading up to the death of Dr Bradstreet, including an exhaustive investigation into the possibility of foul play. Thank you for your support!’
Doubtful News further add:
‘There is speculation not only that Bradstreet was murdered but that another alternative practitioners death over the weekend suggests that there is some plot. There is ZERO evidence for this and the paranoia reflects the mentality of the anti-vax crowd who think they are right but everyone is out to get them. Of course the family doesn’t help by saying he gave his life for Autism. Will he be thought of as a martyr?!
References: idoubtit on the Doubtful News website: Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up
Heather Carpenter: Fox Carolina News website: Body located in Rocky Broad River