An estimated 108 people die every minute worldwide. While every death is a tragedy, most are not considered newsworthy. They pass under the radar, unremarkable (or at the very least unreported). However, when a particular group of people are dying under questionable circumstances, their deaths deserve—demand, even—our attention.
Holistic and Alternative Medicine Practitioners
Over the past few years, a large number of holistic and alternative medicine practitioners have died unexpectedly. The Health Nut has an ‘Holistic Doctor Death Series’, which has the death toll at over sixty.
Their deaths have officially been passed off as either coincidental or suicide, but some of their families have hired private investigators. For the most part, they’ve all reached the same conclusions: without a doubt, many of these deaths were murder.
Many journalists have picked up on this disturbing trend, and awareness is spreading. In an encouraging development, some of the local law enforcement agencies have approached the FBI in continuing with these cases.
So who are some of the doctors who have died, and under what circumstances? And what other attacks have there been against holistic and alternative medicine practitioners?
1. Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, MD
Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, MD, was outspoken in the anti-vaccine movement and claimed that he was able to cure children with autism, cancer, and other maladies with protein shots. Such injections are a form of the GcMAF method and fall under naturopathic medicines—practices that focus on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
His body was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest a day after his office was raided by authorities, who were looking into his research. Another overseas clinic that he was affiliated with was also subject to raids, so when Dr. Bradstreet’s body was found in a North Carolina River in June 2015, there was immediate suspicion.
Dr. Bradstreet’s death has been ruled suicide, but at least one family member has conferred with a private forensic scientist and still believes it to have been murder. In fact, the investigator believes that the murder was intentionally set up to look like suicide by someone with military or law enforcement training.
2. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor was another confirmed holistic practitioner who focused on developing a cure for cancer. He also authored six books, with a focus on how the environment affects human health. In September 2015, his body was found in the woods near his home in New York. The cause of death has been ruled as suicide.
3. Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD
Originally believed to have died of an unexpected heart attack, it has been discovered that Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, was in fact murdered. Dr. Gonzalez (who was developing ‘The Gonzalez Protocol’, which involved using natural medicines to cure cancer) often stated shortly before his death that Big Pharma wanted him to be hit by a bus.
4. Dr. Theresa Sievers
Also in June 2015, Dr. Theresa Sievers was murdered by two men. Certified as a transcutaneous acupuncturist, and increasingly interested in healing methods with a focus on energy, Dr. Sievers was reportedly known as the “Mother Theresa of Florida”.
5. Alfredo Darrington Bowman “Dr. Sebi”
Dr. Sebi, whose real name was Alfredo Darrington Bowman, was, in fact, an herbalist and self-taught healer rather than a certified doctor. He was arrested on charges of money laundering in Honduras and died in police custody in 2016. Dr. Sebi, who was 82 at his time of death, had worked on developing a natural cure for cancer, diabetes, and AIDS.
6. Dr. Abdul Karim
Having allegedly left his home in the early evening to train for an upcoming marathon, Dr. Abdul Karim’s body was found by a passerby the following morning in July 2015.
Dr. Karim was a beloved member of his community as a holistic dentist, and friends, as well as patients, have challenged the official story of a massive heart attack being the cause of death.
7. Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside
Having left his home for a walk in late June 2015, Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside was reported missing and his body found conveniently close by a few weeks later.
Many of the facts reported in mainstream media simply don’t add up: there were several volunteers in the search party, which also included bloodhounds, drones, and even planes. Even the local newspapers have admitted that the entire investigation is a huge mess and the lack of details a cause of major concern.
8. Dr. John Marshall, MD
Dr. John Marshall was a beloved practitioner who previously had experience as a 4th generation marine, so when Seattle police almost immediately declared his cause of death to be accidental drowning while out for a run, a lot of eyebrows were raised. Dr. Marshall’s wife has hired a private investigator to look into the matter.
9. Dr. Rod Floyd
A clinical professor at Palmer Chiropractor College and renowned holistic practitioner, Dr. Rod Floyd was found dead in his Florida home. While the official take is that he committed suicide, and Dr. Floyd’s wife hasn’t yet ruled out the possibility that it may have been an accident, his death (which supposedly occurred in his sauna) has raised some suspicions, especially when his good health is taken into account.
10. Paige Adams FNP, B-C
Paige Adams was a close colleague of Dr. Bradstreet for many years, and although not a medical doctor herself, she was well loved in the holistic and alternative medicine community. She was found dead in her home a few months after Dr. Bradstreet, and her youth adds to the extreme shock of her loss.
11 & 12: Dr. Brad Holt and Dr. Bruce Hendendal
Both Dr. Brad Holt and Dr. Bruce Hendendal were much-beloved and well-respected chiropractors. Details of their deaths, which both occurred a mere two days after Dr. Bradstreet’s, are still under scrutiny.
13. Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, MD
On July 3rd, July 2015, holistic Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick was traveling from North Dakota to Montana to visit his son, as he often did, when he went missing. His truck and trailer were found at the side of the road, and local authorities have described his disappearance as a mystery.
14. Dr. Lisa Riley, DO
Dr. Lisa Riley was a doctor of osteopathic medicine, which focuses on the body’s natural ability to heal itself if properly cared for through holistic means. At the age of 34, her death is a shock to many, and some question whether her husband’s arrest for her murder (he allegedly made a murder attempt on his previous partner as well) is perhaps too convenient.
15. Dr. Ron Schwartz
While it’s not known for certain whether Dr. Ron Schwartz practiced holistic and alternative medicine, his murder exactly one month after Dr. Bradstreet’s has shocked the medical community. The gynecologist reportedly ran an organic lawn service as a side business.
16. Mary Bovier
Another renowned osteopath, Mary Bovier was also murdered in her own home. She is survived by her husband, who is also an osteopathic doctor.
17 – 45: The German Conference
On September 4, 2015, twenty-nine holistic doctors were rushed to hospital after having being poisoned with an overdose of a hallucinogenic substance. Fifteen ambulances and a helicopter rushed them to receive medical treatment, and although some were in a life-threatening state (and others had to be restrained), we’re happy to report that all twenty-nine doctors have survived.
46. Dr. Marie Paas
Certified in Applied Kinesiology, Pediatrics, and Detoxification, Dr. Marie Paas died of an alleged suicide in October 2015. Details as to where or how her body was found are still unknown.
47. Dr. Jerome E Block, MD
Listed as one of the top 10 holistic and alternative medical practitioners in Tulsa on Yelp.com, Dr. Jerome E Block allegedly committed suicide on October 29, 2015. Whether he jumped from his 20th-storey apartment or not is still up for speculation.
48. Dr. Dick Versendaal
A holistic cardiologist, Dr. Dick Versendaal died late 2015 in what has been labeled a “freak accident” involving a three-way car crash. According to reports, Dr. Versendaal was driving against oncoming traffic, but local police and the community find it unlike him and have called the case “puzzling”.
49. Dr. Robert Grossman
Another vegan, holistic cardiologist, Dr. Robert Grossman was a well-loved medical practitioner in California. The official story regarding his death is that he fell from the balcony while trying to climb into his own home after forgetting his keys, which he often hid near to his car when out for a walk.
50 and 51: Dr. Robert Small and Dr. Jerry Luck
Not included on The Health Nuts’ official list, but covered in a separate article by the same writer, is the death of Dr. Robert Small, an orthopedic surgeon. Supposedly, Dr. Small fell while cycling and suffered brain trauma despite wearing a helmet. Three other doctors suffered similar fates within days (one of whom was on a motorcycle), including cardiologist Dr. Jerry Luck. All four died, either at the scene of their respective accidents or in hospital shortly after.
52. Dr. Mark Ernsting
According to friends, colleagues, and relatives, Dr. Mark Ernsting (a holistic cancer researcher) walked the same route home daily, through a safe, well-lit neighborhood that is patrolled regularly. Late December 2015, he was attacked and murdered. Although the official story is that it was a “mugging gone wrong”, community members are doubtful.
53. Dr. Linnea Veinotte
Another renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Linnea Veinotte left her home with the family dog for her daily jog around the neighborhood on the island of Grenada. Residents have reported hearing sounds similar to a hit and run, and found the dog bleeding in the street, but Dr. Veinotte’s body was only found weeks later, buried in a shallow grave.
54. Dr. Lorraine Hurley, MD
A well-known and outspoken holistic and alternative doctor, Dr. Hurley was killed when a pickup truck knocked her from her bicycle in Brewster, NY. She was rushed to the Cape Cod Hospital and died there.
55. Dr. Brian Melito, MD
Just weeks after Dr. Veinotte’s body was found, the holistic integrative physician Dr. Brian Melito and his wife were attacked on Grenada in January 2016. While Dr. Melito himself survived the attack, his wife was brutally raped and murdered. Jessica Colker worked as a physician’s assistant of anaesthesiology, and was a holistic supporter as well.
56. Professor Alan Clarke
Of the many deaths, Professor Clarke’s is one of the strangest. The renowned holistic cancer researcher was found hanging by the neck in the woods, wearing an unlikely rubber suit.
57. Dr. Cheryl Deboer
Cancer and HIV researcher based in Seattle, Cheryl Deboer was found with a plastic bag over her head in a culvert. While local authorities deny any evidence of homicide, friends and family say it’s highly unlikely that the relatively happy researcher would have crawled through the 1.5 miles of brambles, water, and mud to commit suicide.
58. Dr. Weidong Henry Han
In what has been labeled a “horrific triple murder”, the holistic practitioner Dr. Weidong Henry Han was found brutally murdered with his family, wife Huijie Yu and daughter Emily Han, in their home in March 2016. Police have confirmed that it was not a random attack, but further details have not been made available.
59. Dr. Rose Polge, MD
In February 2016, holistic doctor Rose Polge sent a letter to the Health Secretary regarding the political agenda of her colleagues at Torbay Hospital, Devon. She reportedly went missing that same day, and her body was recovered from the sea in May. Her death is suspected to be linked to having spoken out against the state of the hospital, but this has not been confirmed.
60. Dr. Rasmussen
Much beloved holistic doctor Rasmussen taught at one of Boston’s Universities, where she specialized in natural health, nutrition, and biology. In May 2016, she was attacked at home and stabbed to death. The police report states that she was stabbed over thirty times.
61. Dr. Clogston
Another very strange case is that of Dr. Clogston, a holistic doctor, and acupuncturist. Reported missing in March 2016, Dr. Clogston was allegedly seen shortly after by someone who claimed to know him well. However, the doctor’s body was found in his car three weeks later, far from the route he had been taking home for thirty years.
62. Dr. Jyrki Suutari
Dr. Jyrki Suutari was an outspoken member of the holistic and alternative medicines community in California. He is alleged to have committed suicide on Mother’s Day, May 2016, but friends and family are suspicious as he was very upbeat and in good spirits leading up to his death.
63. Dr. Mary Louise Yoder
Dr. Yoder died in late July 2015, during one of the busiest weeks for holistic doctor deaths, but everyone was under the impression that it was due to natural causes. However, a family member insisted on a further investigation, and in June 2016 one of her employees was arrested for allegedly poisoning Dr. Yoder.
64. Dr. Robert Sower
In Pierce County, Dr. Robert Sower was tending to his holistic practice in his offices when a gunman walked in and killed him before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.
65. Dr. Tiejun Huang
The day after Dr. Sower was murdered, Dr. Tiejun Huang—a holistic sports medicine specialist who also worked at the Beijing Olympics—was stabbed to death in his office. The murderer allegedly knew Dr. Huang.
66. Dr. Nadeera de Silva
In March 2016, Dr. Nadeera de Silva’s body was found in a field near his hometown in Old Buckenham after being reported missing. Dr. de Silva was an established cancer researcher, and although his death was almost immediately ruled out as suspicious, investigations have been reopened.
67. Dr. Armon Anthony Bert
Originally a mechanical engineer, Dr. Armon Anthony Bert graduated as a chiropractor in 2000 and owned his own practice for eight years leading up to his death in February 2016. The holistic doctor was reported missing, and found sometime later in his car. As with others on our list, his death has been ruled as an apparent heart attack, which family and other loved ones have questioned.
68. Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman, who spoke alongside Dr. Nick Gonzalez and Dr. Mitch Gaynor (numbers 2 and 3 on our list) at the Health Expo event before their deaths, allegedly committed suicide in June 2016.
69. Dr. Jenny Shi
A renowned acupuncturist and holistic practitioner with connections across the globe, Dr. Jenny Shi was found stabbed to death in early July 2016.
70. Margaret Roberts
Although not a doctor, Margaret Roberts was one of the leading names in South Africa’s holistic practices with her herbal remedies and promotion of natural remedies. She and her daughter, Sandy Roberts, started and ran the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre in Magaliesburg, Gauteng. The cause of death has not been made public as of yet, but Margaret Roberts’ passing in March 2017 has been a shock to the local community. She spent some time in hospital prior to her death.
71. Nyanga Zidana
Known fondly as Dr. Nyanga Zidana (although not a certified doctor), Zidana was one of Malawi’s most renowned herbal specialists. Using traditional, holistic healing methods, Nyanga was a much-beloved hermopathetist, and his passing in late 2016 is still mourned almost a year later. Reports indicate that the cause of death was a “strange illness”, and many community members believe he was poisoned.
72. Dr. Juan Gonzalez
Not related to Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez but just as revered, Dr. Juan Gonzalez was another highly successful holistic practitioner who focused on fighting cancer using naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Juan Gonzalez was coming up for review in court on a few cases, and reportedly had a strong case with several willing witnesses (past patients that he had successfully treated) before he was brutally murdered in March 2017. His is one of the few cases that have been rightly labelled as homicide from the get-go, but details are still unclear.
73 and 74: Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field
Both Dr. Lina Bolanos (pediatric anesthesiologist) and Dr. Richard Field (also an anesthesiologist) were known to advocate holistic and alternative medical practices. Their double-murder has left the Boston community reeling. The two were engaged and happy, and were together when the murder suspect broke into their home in May 2017. Dr. Field reportedly sent a text message reading “gunman in the house”. Although the following details have not been officially verified, it is said that the two were later found with their hands tied and their throats slit. A message of retribution was reportedly found written on the wall above them.
While the series of deaths are a major cause of concern in and of themselves (there’s also been a lot of related attacks and murders in Geneva during this time), the most suspicious aspect of the entire story is the mainstream media’s apparent silence on the matter.
The media usually jump onto such stories, partially because they sell so well. But very little has been said about the numerous attacks on holistic and alternative medicine practitioners over the past few years, let alone the deaths.
Revised September 7th, 2017