A controversial vaccine and autism researcher’s body, Dr. James Bradstreet, was found in a river near the town of Chimney Rock, NC. Local police announced the death as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest due to the weapon found with the body.
Multiple law enforcement officials said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched Bradstreet Wellness Center last week two days before his death. 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.
Dr. Bradstreet had published some controversial autism research, which implicated vaccines in the causation of autism, in the journal Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. His research had concluded that autistic children have a higher body burden of mercury, as well as that three autistic children have measles virus RNA in their cerebrospinal fluid.
On September 23, 2014, an Italian court in Milan awarded compensation to a boy for vaccine-induced autism. (See the Italian document here) A childhood vaccine against six childhood diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and brain damage. While the Italian press has devoted considerable attention to this decision and its public health implications, the U.S. press has been silent.