Thus proving an indisputable link between lead and drowning.
Upon hearing the news, his distraught supporters (along with the regular lineup of frothing, wild-eyed keyboard-elbowers) were quick to declare him the victim of a "big pharma conspiracy," and suggested that he must have been silenced by hired assassins. But before we get into that too much, let's go over a few things first, starting with that research we mentioned earlier.
Bradstreet's basic point was that some vaccines were chock-a-block full of a preservative called thimerosal, which is derived from mercury (the same substance that turned hat makers of old into babbling lunatics), and that as a result, it was causing autism in the children who received those vaccines. Despite the fact that his findings could be best described as "speculative and unpersuasive," along with "unconvincing and unsupported by evidence," both the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics decided to recommend that thimerosal be removed from vaccines as a precautionary measure. But of course, this was just seen as an admission of guilt by an spectacularly irresponsible press, wise (though oddly misshapen) pillars of reasonable discourse like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and a conspiracy-minded segment of the public ever hungry for their apoplectic outrage of the week.
Admittedly, it's hard to fit "correlation does not imply causation" on a bumper sticker.
And remember how I mentioned something about his "miracle cures"? Well, that's technically an accurate description, since it was a miracle that he didn't kill a shitload of people with them. Bradstreet's reported advocacy of treatments like hyperbaric oxygen chambers, dangerous chelation therapy, the use of an experimental hormone drug call secretin, and exorcisms led to exactly zero children not having autism anymore. He also treated patients with a controversial, unapproved cancer drug called GcMAF, which apparently did, in fact, wind up allegedly killing five children. Which led to federal and state authorities raiding his clinic. Which led to them discovering his involvement in a "shadowy, international gray market industry in unapproved medicine." Which, in all likelihood, led to Bradstreet wandering down to a river and blasting himself in the chest before he could be arrested.
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