14th September 2015
Co-Founder of Wake Up World
Over the past several months, there has been a series of at least 11 unexplained deaths and disappearances of holistic physicians and practitioners in the United States. These deaths include Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a renowned holistic medical doctor who specialized in holistic cancer treatment, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, a leading autism researcher and physician, and Teresa Sievers MD, an Integrative Medicine practitioner who operated Florida’s Restorative Health and Healing Center.
Last week, further news surfaced of the poisoning of 29 holistic doctors and homeopathic practitioners with a controlled substance, 2C-E, during a professional conference near Hamburg, Germany. (Despite Snopes.com‘s claims of “debunking” this story, German news networks Der Spiegel and Northern German Broadcasting (NDR) have confirmed these facts.)
And now, this disturbing trend continues with the shooting death of Brian Short, the founder of popular natural health website AllNurses.com, and his entire family at their home in Greenwood, Minnesota.
Although officials are treating each instance of murder or disappearance separately, this series of “co-incidental” deaths among holistic physicians and health practitioners has raised many concerns among the alternative news community.
The Death of Brian Short
Reports Yahoo.com: “The founder of a social networking service for nurses used a shotgun to kill his wife and three children before turning the gun on himself, police said Saturday after the release of autopsy reports… Investigators believe Brian Short killed his wife, Karen, and their three teenage children in their Greenwood home late Monday or early Tuesday, Mike Siitari, the interim chief of the South Lake Minnetonka’s police department, told The Associated Press.”
While the Short family deaths are being treated by mainstream media as a closed murder suicide case, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, however, has not concluded its investigations.
According to a report from the Star Tribune: “Investigators estimated that the deaths occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and said they had not determined a motive in the killings.”
Says interim police chief Mike Siitari: “There are many moving parts in an investigation of this magnitude. I once again ask for the media’s and public’s patience while we work through all of the evidence and facts.”
Are the “moving parts” more complex than officials care to admit?
Considering the apparent coincidence of these unexplained deaths and disappearances, many in the natural health community are asking the question: Are holistic doctors under attack? However it seems officials are taking the more reductionist view, choosing instead to view each instance as entirely unrelated. This of course raises the further question: Why are officials so unwilling to acknowledge the obvious?
This spate of deaths in the natural health world undeniably demands far more consideration.
As noted by Heavy.com, there were no obvious signs the trouble at the Short home.
“Nothing in Brian Short’s Facebook page hinted that there were any problems. In fact, friends, neighbors, and family members thought the family was happy. Brian and Karen seemed like a happy couple who were always together, [as] People Magazine reported. They hosted parties at their home, but seemed unpretentious, according to friends. Brian seemed to be happy and smiling all the time. Some people question the entire murder-suicide story and wonder if there’s more to the case than the police have stated.”
“They seemed like a great family… Everything was perfect.”
Sold in September 2011 for $2 million to the Shorts… the family moved to the 5,600-square-foot mansion, with an eight-car garage and a panoramic view of St. Albans Bay, from a 4,200-square-foot house in Lakeville.
Public records show no bankruptcies or state tax liens against Brian Short or his company…
He was facing a federal lawsuit from a New Jersey-based company… [after] AllNurses.com failed to delete anonymous defamatory comments from its website… although it is unclear whether it posed much of a legal or financial threat to his business…
There is some speculation within mainstream media that the potential financial implication of a lawsuit against AllNurses.com must have driven Short to commit murder/suicide, and this is really the only potential motive being seriously considered by investigators. However, as the founder of a website that receives over 4 million unique visitors per month, Short had received offers from numerous companies to buy AllNurses.com over the years, as he detailed in a 2014 interview with the Star Tribune:
I’ve been offered 50 buyouts in the last 10 years. I’ve turned them all down. I have so many ideas that I want to enable. At some point maybe I’ll sell — I have no interest in that now. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I’ve had an impact on nursing. It’s a very fulfilling career.
With lucrative buyout opportunities available, a reasonable person must wonder: If Short was facing financial troubles so dire as to drive him to murder suicide, why would he not have just sold the business? Or his $2 million mansion?
Furthermore, Yahoo News also reported that “all evidence indicates Brian Short killed his family members in their bedrooms before turning the gun on himself”. However as Short is alleged to have killed 4 family members, such a scenario would therefore require each of them to have remained stationary in their individual bedrooms, paying no attention to the sound of a shotgun going off multiple times in their home.
Clearly, something doesn’t add up here!
With no clear motives or background that might explain this, or indeed any of these mysterious deaths and disappearances, why are officials so intent on ignoring the broader context of these killings? In the course of several months, no less than 11 prominent names in the health community have been killed or disappeared, many of them controversial to the mainstream health establishment, and many under highly suspicious circumstances. For example:
- Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, a “no-vax” doctor, was a leading autism researcher and physician who had helped over 4,000 children recover naturally from autism and other correlated conditions. Notably, Bradstreet’s death occurred shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency raided his clinic.
- Dr. Nicholas Gonzales went public with evidence of the cancer industry’s suppression of available, low-cost cancer treatments in his 2012 book What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer. A recent release from Dr. Nick Gonzalez’s official website states that Dr. Gonzales “had been in excellent health.Preliminary autopsy results have been inconclusive, but do not support the initial belief that he might have suffered a heart attack. Further tests are underway to determine the cause of death.”
Such a series of events within any specific industry would ordinarily be treated as highly suspicious by officials, or even investigated as potential serial killing. However it is only the ‘alternative’ (I hate that word) media that is even acknowledging these coincidences, much less taking this context into serious consideration.
It’s time we know why. It’s no secret that big pharma operates no differently to organized crime. Says former Vice-President of Pfizer pharmaceuticals:
“It is scary how many similarities there are between this [pharmaceutical] industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the side effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry …”
Further demonstrating the culture of criminality among the pharmaceutical health industry, testimony in an Australian class-action case revealed emails between Merck employees seeking to “neutralize” and “discredit” doctors who criticized the highly profitable drug Vioxx (which was withdrawn from the market after it was proven to cause heart attacks, strokes and death.) One email between Merck employees said:
“We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live …”
The court was told James Fries, professor of Medicine at Stanford University, wrote to the head of Merck in October 2000 complaining about the harassment members of his team who had criticized the drug received from Merck agents.
When this culture is viewed in context, even the least conspiracy-minded among us must soon begin to wonder: Are these recent deaths the acts of crony corporatists trying to silence the prominent voices of natural health solutions?
At the time of writing, investigators into the death of the Short family are unavailable to comment.
If there is foul-play behind these apparent coincidences, you can bet officials are never going to solve these crimes, and it is only through public awareness and diligence that the dots will ever be connected.
Please inform yourself of the history of recent deaths (listed below) and share this article with as many people as you can. We will continue to make public any details that come to hand.
To your health!
A summary of recent deaths, disappearances and poisonings of holistic physicians and health practitioners.
- Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, a leading autism researcher and physician, was found dead from a gun shot wound to the chest in late June. Dubbed a “no-vax” doctor, Dr. Bradstreet’s death occurred shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency raided his clinic.
- Two chiropractors, Dr. Baron Holt and Dr. Bruce Hedendal, died a few days later from “unknown causes.” Dr. Holt, 33 and Dr. Hedendal, 67, were both were reportedly healthy, and both were described by their families as very fit. Both men were chiropractors and fathers, and both were found dead on the East Coast of Florida, both on Father’s Day.
- The following week, on June 29th, Integrative Medicine practitioner Teresa Sievers MD was murdered in her home. Says Sheriff Mike Scott who is leading the investigation into her homocide, “Based on the evidence we have to this point… [Sievers’ murder] is not a random, arbitrary situation.”
- The same day, Jeffrey Whiteside MD vanished without a trace. Dr. Whiteside was a pulmonologist known for his successful treatment of lung cancer, who reportedly vanishing while vacationing with family in Wisconsin. On July 23rd, authorities found the body of Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside, who at that stage had been missing for over three weeks. The sheriff’s department said that a .22-caliber handgun was found at the scene, however authorities did not release the cause of death following the autopsy.
- Four days later, Patrick Fitzpatrick MD also disappeared while travelling from North Dakota to neighboring Montana. His truck and trailer were found on the roadside, however authorities have found no trace of Dr. Fitzpatrick.
- One week later, Lisa Riley, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, was found in her home with a gunshot to the head. Authorities questioned her husband but found no evidence to implicate him in Dr. Riley’s murder.
- Dr. Ron Schwartz was murdered on July 19th. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Schwartz’s death is considered a homicide, however authorities have no firm leads.
- Two days afterwards, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a renowned holistic medical doctor who specialized in holistic cancer treatment, died suddenly — even though he was in excellent health. Dr. Gonzalez was the author of What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer, in which he described a concerted effort by the cancer industry to suppress evidence of available, low-cost cancer treatments.
- In late July, holistic dentist Dr. Hakeem Abdul-Karim died in North Carolina – where our first Doctor Bradstreet was also found dead on June 19th, just over one month earlier. Although he was in top physical shape, Dr. Abdul-Karim reportedly died suddenly at 41 while training for a half marathon before a passerby found him dead on the side of the road. With extensive training in dental surgery and a focus “preventative dentistry”, Dr. Abdul-Karim founded a non-profit foundation 2 years ago to treat severely disadvantaged children and mentally ill patients.
- Mary Rene Bovier, an osteopathic physician specializing in behavioral and healthcare counseling, was murdered in her home mid-August. Dr. Bovier, 65, was found stabbed to death in her home in Pennsylvania, in a scene that authorities report to be indicative of homicide.
- 29 alternative and homeopathic practitioners suffered poisoning from a synthetically-produced drug during a conference near Hamburg, Germany. Members of the group were found in the garden staggering, doubled over in pain. A number were experiencing hallucinations, breathing problems and life-threatening conditions. 160 emergency personnel in 15 ambulances and a helicopter responded to the crisis. Officials are treating this case as a poisoning, however no leads have been uncovered.
Except for the poisoning in Germany, all deaths and disappearances took place in eastern U.S. states, with many in the south.
About the author:
Andy Whiteley is a former corporate manager turned writer, editor and co-founder of Wake Up World. An advocate of peaceful (r)evolution, Andy believes we are on a necessary path (albeit bumpy) to a renewed social model grounded in love, transparency, individuality, sustainability and spirit. Through his role at Wake Up World, he hopes to contribute positively to that transition.
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