The story of the death of Dr. Bradstreet, a controversial autism doctor, continues to get stranger as the local news in Florida picks up on conspiracy ideas that two other unexpected deaths of alternative practitioners could be related. A closer look suggests that they are not.
This is a local tragedy unfolding in Bonita Springs that is getting national attention.
Some people are connecting Sievers’ death online to the deaths of two other doctors with ties to Florida.
Some conspiracy theorists online argue that each of the three doctors and their deaths involve stories that are not done being told despite what official accounts may say.
Doctors Jeff Bradstreet and Bruce Hedendal both died within weeks of each other back in June.
While the NBC affiliate claims this is getting national attention, the source is just conspiracy mongering fueled by a person on a site aptly called “Health Nut News”. There is no other evidence for it.
As the others noted in the story, the anti-vax crowd is steeped in conspiratorial ideas so this is not new or surprising. In fact, it was brought up as soon as Bradstreet’s body was discovered. The other two doctors died in very different ways.
Hedendal was found in his car June 21st, and it is currently assumed to be death from natural causes. He certainly was controversial. He was caught for tax evasion back in 2000 and fled, eventually caught with a fake Canadian passport in Australia and extradited back to the U.S. where he served several years in prison.
Dr. Teresa Sievers was found murdered in her home. She was a physician who practiced integrative and holistic medicine. The homicide is still being investigated.
Bradstreet died of a gunshot wound to the chest. This was just after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched the office. It’s not known what they were looking for.
It simply does not look like these tragic cases are at all connected. It does look like people are trying to make sense of these surprising events in the framework of their beliefs. In doing so, they are casting unsubstantiated doubt onto the idea that Bradstreet’s death was a suicide and finding coincidences and jumping to conclusions. Promoting such conspiracies results in web traffic and video hits in the thousands but is misleading.
There remains no word on the federal raid on Bradstreet’s office prior to his suicide. But we will let you know if we find out anything more.
Tim Farley contributed to this article.
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