Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up (UPDATE on Bradstreet raid)

There is an update on why the federal government searched Bradstreet’s offices. See below.

Originally published on June 24, 2015

Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, who goes by Jeff Bradstreet, an autism researcher who ran a clinic that endorsed pseudoscientific cures on autism patients and others, has died by apparent suicide on June 19. For several days over the weekend there was no word on cause of death. But some anti-vax autism sites were mourning his loss. Age of Autism called him “a stalwart leader in treating autism”.

News appeared that his body had been found in a river. He was 60.

Deputies said the body was found by a fisherman. The body was removed from the river and was identified as James Jeffrey Bradstreet of Braselton, Georgia. Bradstreet had a gunshot wound to the chest, which appeared to be self inflicted, according to deputies.

Bradstreet was a proponent of the mercury toxicity of vaccines – a position that is unsupported and soundly disregarded. His arguments on this count were demolished by the Vaccine Court.

Within hours of news of his death, the conspiracy theories started: “Prominent anti-vaxxer, and a close family friend, dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot to chest (chest, my ass)”

From HealthNut:

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.

Here’s a statement on Facebook apparently from the family.

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But this request to refrain from gossip hasn’t stopped people from going off on it. 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. How so?

Dozens of studies have shown that the MMR vaccine is not related to autism. The crew of denialists who continue to think it does have been called the “mercury militia”. The vaccine question is no longer a rational debate. Those who continued to pursue it are irrational in that no amount of evidence seems to change their position.

It’s a good bet that this news will spiral and descend even further into crazyland. And it’s also a sure bet that by posting this, we will receive comments from supporters of Bradstreet that will either say “don’t speak ill of the dead” or that we are deluded and foolish for supporting modern science-based medicine. To both sentiments I say the evidence speaks for itself. Bradstreet promoted ideas that had no basis in science. What he faced before his death, we may not ever know.

Great appreciation to Tim Farley for supplying this tip and considerable information for this post.

UPDATE: A federal raid: Controversial autism researcher, Jeff Bradstreet, commits suicide after FDA raid in Buford, authorities sayU.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to reveal why agents searched the office of the doctor.

UPDATE (10-July 2015) Emily Willingham of Forbes obtained the warrant that officials used to search Bradstreet’s office prior to his suicide death. She likely obtained it through Freedom of Information request. Bradstreet seems to have been suspected of obtaining an experimental drug for autism by non legal means.

According to the copy of the warrant provided to me by the United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia, the search warrant was executed at Bradstreet’s Buford, GA, ‘wellness center’ because authorities were seeking information related to “evidence of a crime and contraband, fruits of crime, or items illegally possessed” associated with violations of interstate commerce statutes covering food, drug, or other products that are “adulterated or misbranded” and with “frauds and swindles” by “wire, radio, or television.” Punishments for those convicted of these crimes can include fines and up to 20 years in prison.

The warrant specifically references GcMAF and any records related to sale, shipping, billing, and delivery of GcMAF.

GcMAF, globulin component macrophage-activating factor, is an experimental substance Bradstreet used on children with autism. The use of it, which Bradstreet was CLEARLY linked to, is problematic since there was little basis in the claims that it was a treatment for everything from autism to cancer. Studies that claimed such have been retracted and the UK government issued a warning about GcMAF “after discovering that one factory producing the protein was using plasma marked, “not to be administered to humans or used in any blood products,” according to the research publication watchdog site Retraction Watch.”

It would appear that the government was cracking down on potential dangerous use of a substance that was not approved for use for autism and was illegal to obtain. One trial is currently recruiting applicants to find out if GcMAF treatment is even safe for humans. The question of efficacy has not even been addressed.

If this raid indicated that Bradstreet would have had to cease use of GcMAF and that he may have been charged with some violation, it would help explain a desperate state of mind. So, this information helps but does not exactly answer all the questions. Meanwhile, conspiratorial ideas continue.

Additions (16-July 2015): This story has hit the Washington Post. It’s clear we aren’t the only ones highly critical of Bradstreet’s methods.

Two raids, five deaths and a suspected suicide as authorities closed in on him.

Source: The mysterious death of a doctor who peddled autism ‘cures’ to thousands – The Washington Post

Private eyes hired to probe death of Buford autism researcher Dr. Jeff Bradstreet | Gwinnett Daily Post

  40 comments for “Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up (UPDATE on Bradstreet raid)

  1. Skeptical Mom
    June 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    I just saw some discussion among the conspiracists alleging the following: “I think 4 doctors with common-enough research results (not in favor of big pharma) suicided themselves under similarly suspicious circumstances in the past month or so. All of them so remorseful they could possibly hurt Merck and Pfizer that they couldn’t take it? Everything is possible….. but i doubt it.”

    I’d love to know the names of these claimed other doctors.

  2. June 24, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Yes, Health Nut News is also claiming that at least one other doctor is dead, but is not revealing the name.

    Here’s the latest, though – Bradstreet’s family has launched a GoFundMe page to raise $25,000 to fund an independent investigation into his death. Quoting the (very short) description: “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. “

  3. June 24, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    There’s one comment to the trash: “you are a horrible, disgusting person” because he “helped people”.

    Nope, he hurt society by pushing false information. I’m not going to sugar-coat this: Anti-vaccination opinions needlessly KILL children. That’s nothing to be proud about.

  4. Raul Garcia
    June 24, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    “Anti-vaccination opinions needlessly KILL children. That’s nothing to be proud about.”
    Do you have examples?
    I am curious?
    Thank you

  5. One Eyed Jack
    June 24, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Since mercury (Thimerosal) was removed from children’s vaccines over a decade ago, what exactly is the “mercury militia” fighting? About the only vaccine that Thimerosal is still used in is adult influenza.

    For the record, multiple studies have shown no link between Autism and Thimerosal. It was removed from formulations simply to placate the public histrionics.

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal/thimerosal_timeline.html

  6. June 24, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Why, yes. According to the body count, there are over 9000 deaths from preventable diseases directly or indirectly caused by someone who was not vaccinated. http://www.antivaccinebodycount.com/Anti-Vaccine_Body_Count/Home.html

    And, more importantly, vaccination saves lives all over the planet. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/24/cdc-vaccine-benefits/8094789/

    Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Vaccination is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. No other medical intervention has done more to save lives and improve quality of life.

  7. Jeff
    June 24, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Unfortunately, suicide is common. Hit teams shooting people in the chest with a shotgun are not.

  8. Joseph
    June 24, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I’m sad to say that I do have examples.
    There was an outbreak of measles in Wales that has been linked to anti vaccine activism there.
    I’ve links to a wikipedia article on the outbreak that supports my position. Wikipedia is NOT a reliable scientific source, so do feel free to fact check me.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Swansea_measles_epidemic

    So that’s one death we can attribute to the anti vaccine activists.
    We have seen a resurgence of the following: Measles. Pertussis. To a lesser degree, mumps and chicken pox. All these resurgences can be laid at the feet of the anti vaccine activists. Any deaths that occur due to these diseases (and there have been deaths and will be more deaths) can be laid at the feet of the anti vaccine movement.

    And as an added note, Diptheria has a 10% mortality rate, but has been practically eliminated by the vaccine. A young child in Spain was just diagnosed with Diptheria, the first case in 26 years. His parents were staunch anti vaccine proponents; this has changed their minds. (They blame the anti vaccine groups for their poor choice not to vaccinate.)
    A link: http://time.com/3908566/spain-diphtheria-infection-disease-disease-vaccination-infection-anti-vaxxer/

    Will this child die? I pray not. He may be out of danger, I hope so.

  9. LIz Ditz
    June 24, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Bradstreet was an autism-fear profiteer, but there’s this.

    I forget how many children Bradstreet had, or their ages. I just remember one was autistic.

    In my extended family, a parent committed suicide in when the parent’s children were in their late teens & early 20s. This was almost 50 years ago. To this day the children of the suicide, who are my age more or less, are marked and harmed by their parent’s suicide.

    I keep thinking about Bradstreet’s children, and the pain they must be experiencing. Let us not forget them.

  10. Headless Unicorn Guy
    June 25, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    How do you know it was a shotgun wound?

    Because that’s what The Conspiracy(TM) always uses?

  11. Headless Unicorn Guy
    June 25, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    All that proves is YOU are Part of The Conspiracy(TM).

    The Dwarfs are for The Dwarfs, and Won’t Be Taken In.

  12. Sindigo
    June 25, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    We probably have nothing to fear from a shadowy cabal whose hit team bungle the job so badly that their mistake can easily spotted by random internet commenters whose only experience of ballistics is from re-runs of CSi Miami.

  13. jockmcdock
    June 25, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    @ Joseph

    According to this link

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/10/spain-catches-anti-vaxx-fever-and-resurrects-diphtheria.html

    8 other children with whom he came in contact have tested positive for the bacterium but have not developed the disease.

    The article also points out that the Spanish authorities couldn’t find the drugs to treat the boy because they hadn’t had a case for 26 years. They finally got it from Russia.

    I’m not sure what sort of news source The Daily Beast is, but I have read the same report elsewhere.

  14. Adam
    June 25, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Quite, and if it were the cause of autism in any way shape or form then we should expect to see and sudden and marked decline in autism rates immediately following change. Didn’t happen of course, but when has evidence or lack thereof ever stopped an antivaxxer making a ludicrous assertion before?

  15. June 25, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Liz: I fully agree that any suicide or unanticipated death is tragic. But this site is about doubtful, questionable claims that aren’t based in good evidence. Our job was to note the conspiratorial thinking that immediately surfaced after his death and the promotion of it by his family.

    That there are people who loved Dr. Bradstreet is a given. It’s clear that several commentators (their comments were not published) feel we should be honoring Bradstreet and his work. That is not our view nor the purpose of the post. It’s NECESSARY in this case to separate the idea from the person promoting the idea. Bradstreet’s ideas were wrong and hurtful even if his intentions were almost certainly good. That happens a lot.

    To the commenters whose posts are not appearing — please note we are talking about science-based ideas of autism cures, vaccinations and medical claims, not personal stories.

  16. Janet
    June 25, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    He was also part of a nasty GCMAF business with a racist guy, David Noakes. With whom David Noakes business got shut down over the investigation that it maybe connected with five deathes, If I over use the term nasty. Its because David Noakes Nasty………GcMaf Nasty, Dr Bradstreets involvement with GcMaf, Nasty. But No one talks about him using autistic kids as human guinea pigs for a product that is made
    from human blood products.

  17. June 25, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Do you have references for that?

  18. Janet
    June 25, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    If have an email I can send some stuff there.

  19. June 25, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Everyone should see links or references to any claims you make.

  20. June 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    I had not mentioned it and Sharon hadn’t reported it here, but one of the many rumors going around was that Dr. Bradstreet’s suicide had been directly after some sort of government raid at his offices.

    This information has now been confirmed by authorities, according to this Gwinnett Daily Post report posted this afternoon: “Controversial autism researcher, Jeff Bradstreet, commits suicide after FDA raid in Buford, authorities say” Quoting:

    Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, an autism researcher hailed as a hero by some, dismissed as a fringe conspiracy theorist by others, is believed to have committed suicide following a visit to his Buford office by federal agents, authorities confirmed Thursday.

    Multiple law enforcement officials said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched Bradstreet Wellness Center last week. On Monday, plastic sheets covered the windows of the two suites the office takes up in a complex off Commerce Drive, and the doors were locked.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to reveal why agents searched the office of the doctor, reportedly a former pastor who has been controversial for well over a decade. Robert Hiser, an assistant special agent in charge with the federal agency’s criminal investigations division, referred questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, which couldn’t immediately be reached Thursday.

    The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency aided the FDA with the raid, but director Rick Allen said Thursday he wasn’t immediately able to give information on the purpose of the search.

  21. June 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Oh my. But thanks for the update; I put it up in the main body because people don’t necessarily read the comments.

  22. Steve
    June 25, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Seth Mnookin wrote a great book on the vaccine debate called The Panic Virus. Right after I read it I got the MMR vaccine so I wasn’t a carrier (someone has to protect the herd)(also if you have to pay for a vaccine, shop around, I paid way too much), I also got the Hepatitis A/B vaccine, I didn’t know that you can get Hepatitis A from food (someone not washing their hands).

    Also, simply ask people that grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s and see if they remember Polio scares. Everyone I’ve asked remembers them, usually vividly. Thanks to Jonas Salk, and those that worked with him, that’s something that no longer plagues (sorry for the pun) modern civilization.

  23. June 26, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    My father took his own life. He did it out of desperation and when he had his “back against a wall.” I believe that something from the raid will soon be shared publicly and those that are claiming that it was a “hit” will have to concede. Maybe it isn’t autism or mercury treatments or anything like that. Maybe he had something else shameful to cover up or hide but a person like this does not end their life (especially with so many star crazed fans) unless they are about to be exposed. In Japan it is highly common to kill yourself to “save face”. It is considered honorable to do so.

    My son is severely autistic. It is my experience that as autistic children age, some of them naturally grow out of some of their behaviors. Many autistic kids dont even begin to speak until they are 7 and many will start even later. My son is almost 8 and is just now starting to talk. Had I been desperately searching for answers to “cure” my son and happened upon all of these “too much mercury” biomedical doctors at the exact time my son started to speak- I might have believed that it was because of the alternative treatment instead of the truth which is that “some kids with autism simply just grow out of some of their stims and behaviors naturally” or with very basic dietary changes. Autistic children (as well as typical children) will experience behavior changes when they are fed REAL whole foods and not processed foods,etc. Much of the works of the anti-vax doctors involve dietary changes in addition to their other biomedical practices- and I believe that it is the feeding of sound nutrient dense foods that cause the changes that so many of the “healed” folks are seeing.

    No matter what, suicide sucks and this mans family and friends whole heartedly believed in his work. As a mother of an autistic child and as a survivor of suicide my heart goes out to the family and friends. For them- this is an enormous tragedy no matter what the Dr’s body of work.

  24. Kay James
    June 26, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    My father was a doctor, and he used to tell people who didn’t believe in vaccination to take a walk in an old cemetery and count the graves of the children there. My son is autistic, and I realize now that Dad was also autistic, although he wasn’t diagnosed during his lifetime. I was told my son’s condition is genetic, and I believe that’s why many anti-vax parents cling to the notion that this condition is caused by vaccines: because they can’t accept their child’s condition was something inherited from them.

    It’s interesting to note that those who praise Bradstreet’s treatment of their children are mostly the ones whose kids were given Gc-MAF, which affects the immune system. Recent studies indicate autism may be an immune system disorder. What I find appalling is that Bradstreet was effectively using these children in experiments which he really wasn’t qualified to conduct. For example, he based his theories on high levels of mercury causing autism on THREE children. Anyone who knows anything about scientific method also knows that’s not even close to an acceptable sample size for a scientific study.

    It seems clear this man was conducting questionable research and knew he was about to suffer the consequences. And his patients feel compelled to defend him, or they’ll be forced to admit they entrusted their children to a man who may have potentially harmed them, in order to advance his own agenda. Also, I think those who are prone to conspiracy theories and fringe therapies probably already possess an element of clinical paranoia, so they’re probably not completely rational in the first place—and they would feel extremely threatened by any evidence which underscores that possibility.

  25. Rethinktheworld
    June 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    No one should blindly follow anything. Provaxers blindly follow the pharmaceutical companies who conduct their own clinical research making sure to tailor the study in such a way that it passes the drug approval process. Then hands the very biased data to FDA for review. All the while assuming all is safe with the world and no corruption exists. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. There are numerous Harvard studies proving otherwise. They clearly indicate the entire system needs to be revamped due to the corruption and bad practices now taking place in the drug approval process. This leads to unnecessary risk.

    Many of these parents are in pain looking for answer and most pro-vaccination groups choose to demonize them when they start asking questions rather than being patient with each other. No wonder they go to the other side. Your article doesn’t come off as informative, but rather a hit piece for anyone that questions vaccinations. That doesn’t exactly bring people on board? As the old saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

    And regardless of how safe you think vaccines are, vaccines are drugs and drugs have side effects. It’s the very reason drug commercials are a minute long and forty five seconds of its listing possible side effects. The reality is everyone’s chemistry is slightly different and there is not a one size fits all remedy. People have reactions and sometimes it’s deadly. Whether the chances are small are not, you are taking a risk every time you do it. So why shouldn’t people be concerned about vaccinations? Just as they should be concerned about drugs…

    Inversely, Anti-vaxers are just as militant in their thinking and do not consider the ramifications of what they are doing. They blindly read an article and run with it without verifying whether it is true or not.

    Both get so wrapped in their emotions and being defensive that they can’t see the forest beyond the tree. When there are options to address everyone’s concern. This type of demonization on both sides is not constructive nor gets us any closer to fixing the problem. It just continues to divide us and does nothing to unite us.

  26. June 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I’m very well-versed in the history of vaccines. I know exactly what the potential side affects are. I also have two kids and have seen the fiasco of getting them 3 or 4 vaccines at one doctors visit and how it tears at your heart. Please do not lecture me on that.

    There is no argument or debate about vaccines with regards for the public good. Doctors have tried many methods of persuasion for parents. It often does not work because people are entrenched in beliefs. I don’t rely on beliefs, I rely on sound evidence.

    At some point, you must stop kowtowing to nonsense and face reality, even it if appears aggressive. Children die needlessly. That is inexcusable.

  27. Rethinktheworld
    June 26, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    I’m not lecturing you. What I’m saying is both antivaxers and provaxers get so caught up in their emotions they see no other option. When there are always options.

    I don’t disagree with you, children die needlessly. They die to a disease when they could have gotten a vaccine. They die to a prescription drug or a vaccine. They die in a car accident, because their mother was drunk. Children die needlessly all the time and it sucks. It’ breaks my heart. And I hate when it happens.

    But rather than continue this circle of hate between antivaxers and provaxers which hasn’t accomplished much. Why not look at what we can do? What about reevaluate the “supposed” gold standard in conducting a safety study? Or, reevaluate the drug approval process to create a more unbiased system? How about eliminate the ability of FDA employees to get hired by pharmaceutical companies and vice versa (Pharmaceutical employees stepping down and working for FDA). Can you say conflict of interest?

    All I’m saying is there are things we can do when people are willing and patient enough to do it, rather than being “aggressive.” Because being aggressive never leads to anything good. Just look at history.

    At any rate, I appreciate the article and thank you for posting my comment.

  28. Jeliwobble
    June 27, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Sadly, the child in Spain did die: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/27/boy-dies-of-diphtheria-in-spain-parents-rejected-v/

    People who think they can ‘cure’ autism drive me bananas, especially ‘doctors’ who take advantage of people. People who think vaccines cause autism drive me bananas. Antivaxxers who use derogatory language about their own children, describing them as ‘lost’ as if autism is a fate worse than death, drive me bananas. Autism is not worse than death. I bet there’s a family in Spain now who wish their son ‘just’ had autism.

    Bah.

  29. June 27, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Another child DEAD because of denialism. Anti-vaxxers: Take a hike. Your insane propaganda is not welcome here. Any doctor who promotes such idiocy will get no hearing here.

  30. June 27, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    You really are behind the times. I suggest you take Dr. Paul Offit’s free course about vaccines on Coursera or read his books. There is no sense in “reevaluating” studies.

    As I said, when we are this far, when children are dead for no reason, there is no excuse to not be angry and aggressive. That’s not saying all avenues should not be pursued but at this point, we are beyond reason for these denialists.

  31. June 28, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Here’s another death in Brisbane (2011). Authorities confirm woman died from diphtheria: http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-03/authorities-confirm-woman-died-from-diphtheria/2701616

    Dear anti-vax commentators: Your comments have not appeared because they are misinformed and unreasonable and this is a science-based site.

    Bradstreet’s work was NOT based in good science so stop saying it was.
    People ARE dying from vaccination preventable diseases so stop saying they aren’t.
    Don’t tell me to “do my homework,” when you refuse to acknowledge one of the basic foundations of social health in the world – immunization.

  32. June 28, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    European sources have been paying most attention to the GcMAF story, because the main providers of the purported substance have been David Noakes — who operates out of Guernsey, the UK tax haven — and Marco Ruggiero, an Italian AIDS denialist. Noakes had an extraction process using blood products (immunoglobulin) from the US. Ruggiero claimed to have created a special yogurt in which the bacteria produced GcMAF by fermentation, though no-one but him could ever detect it, and he vacillated himself between calling it ‘a GcMAF source’ and just calling it ‘probiotic’.

    So ‘Dora’ at HIVforum.info campaigns against Ruggiero’s activities because she doesn’t like AIDS denialism. She provides no end of links documenting the closure of Noakes’ unregistered ‘clinic’ in Switzerland after five deaths, and the closure of his Guernsey production because of health-and-safety concerns:
    http://www.hivforum.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=3289&sid=f3f9e32367fcc5a5f43e1b03fa9a1bcb&start=80
    (in Italian, which is why God gave us Google Translate).

    I have no idea whether Noakes is racist as Janet asserts. He certainly ran for Parliament for the UK Independence Party, which has racist leanings, but then left it, denouncing *all* parties as puppets for the Conspiracy.

    A few months ago Bradstreet went through his website scrubbing all his posts promoting GcMAF and advertising his own treatments with it. Sadly, the Internet Archive never forgets, and the FDA were not fooled:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140819190451/http://drbradstreet.org/?s=gcmaf

    I sometimes post about the GcMAF story on mine own blog, though sporadically, my focus being more on frivolity than skepticism.

  33. June 28, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Note on above comment for readers: Gc-MAF or Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor is an immunomodulatory protein that, by affecting the immune system, may play a role in various diseases.In 2008 extravagant claims were made that Gc-MAF can provide a permanent cure for cancer and HIV. These claims have been the subject of much criticism. Consumers have been warned about illegal marketing of the substance over the internet. ~ Wikipedia

  34. herr doktor bimler
    June 28, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Thanks for explanatory note. I forget that not everyone knows the crucial details from obsessively following the story.

    To supplement the Wiki explanation, I should note that there is no actual formula or specification for ‘GcMAF’; it’s just a blob on a chromatography blot with a particular molecular weight. So there is no way of synthesising it, and chromatography — a technique best-suited for *observing* than for *concentrating* — is the only way to extract GcMAF from all the other proteins that are present in human plasma. Its enthusiasts make a virtue out of necessity, and cite the tiny supplies (if any) that they can provide as proof that it must be *really really potent*. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to charge so much for quantities measured, at best, in nanograms.

    The other corollary of this absence of a formula or a definition is that anyone can sell a product and claim it contains GcMAF, and there’s no easy way of proving it doesn’t. The only test is operational… concentrate enough and gauge its effects on macrophages in vitro.

    AND Bradstreet and the other enthusiasts were selling it as a cure for *everything* — AIDS, any other viral infection, autism, cancer, CFS, heavy metal poisoning… Literally a panacea.

  35. Janet
    June 28, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Hey your name sounds familiar I think I have read some of your work.

  36. Janet
    June 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Hello Clyde Smut thanks for sharing all that info. on the Noakes and Gcmaf to the group here. I enjoyed your Riddled blog and shared it extensively from the June 18th edition. I thought your name was familiar.

  37. Smut Clyde
    June 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Sorry about the alternation between my two nyms. No sockpuppetry was intended.

  38. One Eyed Jack
    July 11, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Late to this comment, but “The Daily Beast” is an aggregate news site. They do little original reporting. They simply scour news stories from other sources and reproduce/link to them though their site.

  39. kiljoy616
    July 16, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Well its about time Big Pharma set out their death squads. lol

  40. Artor
    July 19, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    Hear hear. I was hoping that maybe a glimmer of conscience led him to take his life, in payment for all the harm he has done. But now it sounds like he killed himself to escape the consequences of his actions instead. Bradstreet was a liar, a fraud, and apparently a coward too. No tears from me.

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