From the Publisher.
Subject: Alternative medicine specialists (Appreciation)
Author: Collin, Jonathan
Pub Date: 11/01/2011
Publication: Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464
Issue: Date: Nov, 2011 Source Issue: 340
Persons: Named Person: Bradford, Robert
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 271811616
Full Text: Dr. Robert Bradford Passes

Dr. Robert Bradford, a larger-than-life figure in the alternative medical community, died this summer. Bradford was a fixture at ACAM meetings from the 1970s to the present. Perhaps more than any other physician, Dr. Bradford demonstrated with his patented darkfield microscope that the blood carries parasitic forms often undetected with any other diagnostic technique. Bob loved to demonstrate live blood cell microscopy at medical meetings, offering to diagnose for attendees the state of their blood.


Bradford's diagnosis included blood cell rouleaux, when red blood cells chain together--indicating faulty oxygenation and excess tendency to clotting. The microscope also offered an opportunity to examine for yeast bodies, providing the basis for the diagnosis of candidiasis. Bradford theorized that a microscopic exam demonstrating blood cell rouleaux, parasitic forms, yeast bodies, and other constituents suggests that the immune system is impaired. If the patient was suffering from cancer, inflammatory disease, or infection and had such a microscopic diagnosis, the treatment was deemed to be suboptimal and the prognosis was worrisome.

While Bradford was successful in teaching many physicians darkfield microscopy here and abroad, the conventional medical community has not embraced this diagnostic. Those doctors using live blood cell microscopy laud the technique as a means to quickly evaluate the physical state of their patients. Unlike routine blood cultures, chemistries, and blood counts, darkfield microscopy not only offers a method to diagnose within minutes but also a means to quickly determine whether a treatment will be helpful. When the patient is offered an effective treatment, there is frequently a prompt change in the darkfield microscopy, demonstrating a decrease in rouleaux and microscopic forms.

Dr. Bradford devoted much of his career to developing treatment protocols for cancer and chronic disease. Like other physicians who promulgated alternative cancer theories and treatments, Bradford's work was not accepted in conventional medical settings. Consequently, Dr. Bradford opted to work with physicians in Tijuana, Mexico, establishing cancer treatment centers where his treatment strategies could be implemented. I recall making a field trip to Tijuana in the early 1990s to visit Dr. Bradford and seeing firsthand the hospital setting and treatments available. One of the wonderful aspects of medical care in Tijuana was that there was no administrative red tape typical of an American hospital. Patients could be freely diagnosed and treated with conventional and alternative therapies. Nutritional IV treatment included the use of special therapies, such as the proprietary formula Dioxychlor, to bolster the immune system and treat parasitic and yeast forms, Bradford theorized that cancer and chronic disease were the result of abnormal oxygen metabolism, which he examined in his work on oxidology. His reference text titled The Study of Reactive Oxygen Species and Their Metabolism in Health and Disease discusses his theory in depth. Patients received intensive treatment in Tijuana generally over a period of several weeks, then returned home with treatment protocols and dietary programs to follow. Bob liked to work with the Tijuana physicians, revising treatment approaches in patients who were not responding well. He had a very "hands-on" approach that was greatly appreciated by patients.


With his wife, Carole, Dr. Bradford cofounded American Biologics, a nutritional supplement company in 1978. He was the founder of the Bradford Research Institute, the foundation devoted to developing new biologic treatments and diagnostics. In the late 1990s, American Biologics began to sponsor an international medical meeting examining alternative diagnostics and therapies. Because the meetings were generally held in Europe, many of the lecturers offered a European perspective to alternative medicine. Still, with the meetings scheduled for June or July in a lovely Continental setting, many American alternative physicians joined the Bradfords for lecture and pleasure. (Brigitte Byrd, an American Biologics executive, organized the meetings, and her hotel choices and postconference trips were delightful.)

I fondly remember taking my family to a meeting that American Biologics organized in Rhodes in the early 2000s. Dr. Bradford liked to emcee these meetings, and participants would have ample opportunity to interact with the speakers, sharing differing opinions. Many members of the alternative community developed great friendships on these trips because the postmeeting side trips offered such fine comradeship.

In the 1970s and 1980s, unconventional cancer treatment was under great attack. Many physicians offering alternative therapies in the US were investigated and sanctioned by medical boards. Dr. Bradford founded the Committee for Freedom of Choice in Medicine in 1972, an organization advocating and supporting alternative therapies. As noted in the obituary of Dr. Bradford appearing in this issue, the CFCM was a vital educational group for 50,000 members, publishing The Choice magazine from 1975 to 2001. Bradford's group succeeded in decriminalizing laetrile and legally supported alternative cancer treatments.

Dr. Bradford and I only saw one another at medical meetings. When he was a professor at the Capital University in Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, in the 1990s, 1 enjoyed hearing him speak during one weekend lecture. But my best memory of Bob (and perhaps the best memory of many doctors) was when he would sit at the microscope and examine someone's blood. You would see the gleam in his eyes as he would report your blood's condition.

We will greatly miss Dr. Bradford!

Calorie Restriction and Longevity

A month ago I read an article in the New Yorker about entomophagy, which, as everyone knows, is how to eat insects. We will discuss this topic in a future issue, but I was impressed by those few brave souls around the planet who make it their business to learn about bug consumption. Lest some may think that this is a trivial topic, it has become of an area of special interest among entomologists (insect scientists). Eating insects is a much more common phenomenon in Third World nations, but it is becoming more acceptable in developed nations, including the US. Remember, escargot were just snails 50 years ago and they became the rage in the 1970s. I am not sure if crickets, bees, and ants will become the path to gourmet heaven, but the entomophages do like their sauteed crickets, chocolate-covered ants, and grubs with plenty of salsa. The argument for eating insects is that they are a high source of protein, relatively inexpensive, and an appropriate alternative to cow, pork, and fowl on a planet with an exploding meat-eating human population.

However, a voracious appetite and gargantuan calorie consumption lead to obesity and all of its attendant debilities, including metabolic disorder, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Changing from a cow/fowl/fish diet to an insect diet would probably lead to less calorie consumption. In fact, our brilliant Shorts writer, Jule Klotter, reviews the science behind calorie restriction and longevity in this month's issue. The science is pretty strong. Calorie restriction, about 30% reduction in average intake, cuts down on disease incidence and degenerative abnormalities in primates tested. For the more vain among us, calorie restriction also leads to retention of youthful features such as lustrous hair and vibrant muscle tone, in today's economic tough times, cutting calories is a low-priced fountain of youth. The big problem, regrettably, is that cutting calories means that we have to forego those lovely holiday meals and control those voracious appetites. The hCG diet is based on consuming human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG,) which curbs the appetite. Perhaps we should consider this an anti-aging diet.

Cellulite Cure?

The Townsend Letter is very pleased to introduce a new columnist, Sharon McQuillan, MD. Dr. McQuillan is a specialist in aesthetic, anti-aging, and regenerative medicine. She has founded the Ageless Aesthetic Institute, which offers an accredited aesthetic training program for medical professionals. In this issue, Dr. McQuillan reviews the science of cellulite formation and discusses a novel technique to reverse cellulite deposition. Clinical studies have demonstrated that the approach is useful in treating cellulite. We welcome Dr. McQuillan and look forward to future discussion about aesthetics.

Jonathan Collin, MD
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