BREAKING NEWS: NY Times Announces 11th Holistic Doctor’s Death as Suicide? But wait, there’s more…

 
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Dr. Mitchell Gaynor

It saddens me to report this news of a doctor we knew. I gently broke the news on the other holistic doctors who died, including his own colleagues, some within days and weeks of his death. There are 11 in total in under 90 days. Here is a recap on up to 8. You can search the site for more.

11th Holistic Doctor’s Death as Suicide

A writer from the NY Times wrote me asking if I had more information on Mitch Gaynor (who we knew) and it went to spam (go figure). I saw it anyway and responded to the writer with what little I know.

He wrote back with a thank you.

Then, hours later, I see a story by this writer in the New York Times about the late great 59 year old (so NY Times says) Dr. Mitchell Gaynor. I’m confused how he’s only 59 as he’s been practicing (according to his site) for over 30 years.

But I’m baffled about a few other things as well. For instance, I’m confused that they called it suicide so quickly. From the NY Times article:

Mitchell L. Gaynor, a Manhattan oncologist and popular author who encouraged cancer patients to supplement conventional medicine with soothing music, diet and meditation — and practiced what he prescribed — was found dead on Tuesday at his country home in Hillsdale, N.Y. He was 59.

The cause was suicide, said Kevin Skype, senior investigator for the Columbia County sheriff. Further details were not available.

I’m confused because his close friend and patient (also a doctor) told me that they were told he had walked away from a car accident, but then days later he was found in the woods at his country home in Upstate New York.

I’m also confused because posts on his personal Facebook page (which you might only be able to see if you are friends with him or have mutual friends) had colleagues saying that they were so sorry he missed the conference he was supposed to attend last weekend because allegedly he said he had the intestinal flu.

So, let’s say the information we were given was true. Let’s say he survived a car accident (we don’t know the details yet) and walked away from it, then he gets the intestinal flu (apparently survives that too) and then kills himself (allegedly in the woods at his country home, according to a patient and friend)?

I have stated in every single story that I broke about the doctors who have died (most of whom we knew) that I have no idea whether they are connected. I’ve stated in the case of 2 doctors (who were found in the woods- one in a river) that I don’t know if they committed suicide or not. I did interview the Bradstreet family exclusively (it’s 3 months ago today that he died) and they have serious doubts that he committed suicide, as do many of his friends and family. There was no suicide note (in the case of Dr. Bradstreet); he’d just gone to the store and bought hummus and wine and then stopped along the side of a road (where his car was found). It was just below the bluff where they found him shot dead in a river. Ok, anything is possible. I’m just stating the facts.

So now, 11 doctors later, we’re told this death is suicide (I just want to know how these local police rule on these deaths so quickly?). Heck, at least Dr. Bradstreet’s is still an open investigation. I certainly hope they intend to do more investigating with Dr. Mitch Gaynor, too. He deserves that much, doesn’t he?

I’m curious if there was a suicide note (not speculating, I genuinely want to know).

I admit I told a few friends I suspected this would be the official story given (whether true or not, I do not know!) because of the tone of his office staff when we spoke yesterday, but I didn’t expect them to make the call so quickly.

Rest in peace Dr. Gaynor. If you and the two other doctors who were all found dead in similar circumstances, in a matter of weeks, (ALL doctors who fought cancer, all similar ages, all well known and loved) just all took your own lives, then I am terribly sorry.

But I think these 3 doctors (and the other 8 or technically 9,  I’m losing count) all deserve some additional investigating. We still do not have a cause of death for several, nor do we know who killed at least the few who were ruled as murders.

We have Dr. Gaynor’s colleague, Dr. Gonzalez (who they thought died of a heart attack) whose site now says autopsy reports don’t support that initial belief. They also say he was totally healthy (well, up until he suddenly died!) and he said no less than FIVE times in his final interview that he had heard big pharma wanted him hit by a bus (he said it in past interviews as well).

My heart goes out to friends, family and the patients who have no where to turn (when I spoke to the clinic they said they had no other doctor to recommend).





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  • Jes

    This leaves SUCH an unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach. Different stories and just… something is off. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but he was a colleague of one of my Drs. The community absolutely should stay aware, ty for being a voice. Tragic either way for so many. His boys, loved ones, colleagues, patients, and those he inspired.

  • Yes @Jes Something feels off for sure. RIP Dr Gaynor and i hope further investigating will be done. How quickly of them to call it a suicide 🙁

  • vivienne

    Dr. Gaynor was my oncologist for 8 years. He was different than any other doctor I have ever know. He was part healer, part spiritual guide, part confidant, part friend and the list goes on and on. We had countless conversations about the sanctity and gift of this miracle called life. No one in the Gaynor community believes that he took his own life. Knowing Dr. Gaynor and the love he had for life, for his work, for his family – the idea of him taking his own life is unfathomable. Why is the media silent on this?

  • Vivienne,
    I am so sorry. My sincerest condolences. I have many patients and friends writing me and they agree with you 100%. My other half (a holistic doctor of 30 years- about the same age) knew him too and we’re heartbroken. I have no idea why the media is silent on this and the deaths of the 10 others (many of whom we knew- many holistic) Even Dr. Gonzalez who died just weeks ago (also in NYC) who was MD to Suzanne Somer and curing cancer and even said “big pharma wanted him hit by a bus” many times in interviews before he died. Was he kidding? I don’t know. Is it all a big coincidence? Not sure. I have 1 or 2 writing me (while 100s of others are in support!) saying it was suicide because they talked to the sheriff and they know. They are implying there was NO note so how do they know? Ahhh I don’t know how many it’s going to take before media or the feds pick up on it and at LEAST check it out, but it appears they couldn’t care less. Again my heart goes out to you and the family <3 Rest in peace to an amazing man. We had gotten advanced copies of his books and adored him .xo erin

  • Allyson

    I am so said to read this. I have been so sad. Dr Gaynor was my mothers oncologist for over 20 years. He was just about holistic medicine her cancer was advanced and she had major traditional chemotherapy and radiation with Doctor Gaynor while following his holistic methods as well. He’s a hero in our family. 3 children 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren have always called him our hero. We still have my mom.
    I went to appointments chemotherapy sessions etc. I loved him admired him and I don’t believe for a minute that thus kind soul would take his own life. Rest in peace Mitch and thank you for saving my mom.

  • Allyson,
    I’m so sorry for your loss and it actually brought tears to my eyes when you said “We still have my Mom” … I too have a hard time believing this was suicide, and i’ll state that openly. I hope the investigators will do an actual thorough investigation instead of calling it so quickly. My heart goes out to you and your family. We knew Mitch too but not as closely as you did. rest in peace to a great man and doctor xo Erin

  • allyson

    Thanks Erin. we are all sad and in shock. Plus there are practical issues. My mom at age 81 needs a new oncologist. Mitche was as good a therapist as he was a Doctor. No one can possibly replace him. I need to make the calls, get her records etc… but I can’t even bear to call the office! her bi-yearly check up is in a few weeks…I have no idea where are going to go. He is truly irreplacable.
    thanks for you kind words and thoughts. xo ally

  • bob dolittle

    Thats because it was a suicide. Pretty simple stuff little girl.

  • Cathy

    For sure not.
    How many more will they take. Talk about power of big pharm

  • “Pretty simple stuff little girl” Seriously? I’m 5’10 and don’t need the condescending BS you know NOTHING about.. We knew Mitch and I can guarantee you I know most every detail about these deaths. Are you a coroner? Blood splatter expert? Dexter in disguise? They haven’t even finished the investigation. What makes you so quick to call it a suicide? Were you there when he was killed (by himself or someone ELSE?)

  • Jasmin

    Thank you Erin for continuing to cover these deaths and keep us informed, it is a dangerous world for all who embrace & practice alternative healing. It is a great loss when such an amazing healer is lost, I have used the same methods Dr. Gaynor used to cure my “incurable” auto immune disease. His loss, although a devastating one is not just his life but the many lives that he would have saved. May those he has touched share their stories of healing, bring awareness to alternative healing and don’t let them silence the truth of what can be achieved without big pharma, don’t let these doctors lives have been lost in vain. It is the biggest monopoly of our time, big pharma, the food industry, the FDA the list goes on, don’t expect the feds to point fingers at a billion dollar industry, I’m sure they are well taken care of…

  • Erin, I have found your page as I received this morning the sad e-mail from David Gibson, the founder of the Globe Institute – Sound and Consciousness, regarding Mitchell Gaynor‘s Passing. I‘m sad and shocked. Last week I was on my way to travel to U. S. San Francisco giving free sound healing classes at the Sound Healing Conference in Oakland. I was happy because I knew Mitchell Gaynor was supposed to speak there. Due to certain circumstances I had to cancel my flight just a few hours before take-off. I‘m a classical coach and consultant (business & life) and since a view years I‘m working as a music therapist and sound healer with my voice too, in the Northern part of Munich, Germany. Mitchell Gaynor gave me with his book „The Healing Power of Sound“ years ago the initial spark to stand up for my work with music even though there were and still are a lot of business colleagues they laugh at me. I wished I had the possibility to say this to him and thank him personally. I would like to express my sincere thanks to you Erin that you have the strength and the courage to talk and write about things which seem to be not very pleasant for some circles / people but of great benefit for our health. All the best to you.

  • Mary

    Dr Gaynor was my oncologist for 9 years helping me stay in remission from breast cancer. Recently i have been diagnosed with brain cancer due to melanoma. He promised me he would get me through this and with his care I had faith i would survive this and my treatments would be well tolerated due to his holistic care in combination with traditional treatments. We had many heart to heart talks not only about illness but also about life. I too find it hard to believe he would kill himself. I am 56 years old and know it will be very hard to find another doctor to take his place. My prayers go out to everyone whos life was touched by this man. Rest in peace my good doctor and friend, you will be truly missed!!!!!

  • Very Sad

    Any update on Dr. Gaynor’s so called suicide? I find it hard to believe. The media has been unusually silent about this. Very mysterious.

  • Mindi Faye Steinberg

    from my husband RICK>>>>>>>>Dr Mitch saved my life 20 years ago and I still can’t accept the rumor that this might be suicide. I would like to get involved with any initiative that Mitch’s death is thorougly investigated. As of now from what I know there has been no autopsy results……please let us know of any new news……..thanks

  • John_Hamilton

    I just found out about this today, listening to People’s Pharmacy. It seemed incongruous to me too. I have been involved with holistic or natural healing for decades as a patient and consumer, and have been painfully aware from the beginning of the opposition and hostility of the pharmaceutical companies, the medical profession, the news media and politicians to alternatives to the “official” truth about health care. Vast amounts of money and careers are involved. To this day when I mention supplements, alternative treatments, yoga, meditation and even diet and exercise I get sneered at and dismissed by various clinicians and practitioners.

    My father was a surgeon, and in the small town I grew up in he had difficulty getting patient referrals because he didn’t give kickbacks – known as fee-splitting – to what were then called general practitioners, now known as primary care physicians. Even at the local level, greed, power and conformity ruled. My dad gained in prestige, eventually becoming a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the Illinois Surgical Society (limited to 100 members). This improved his fortunes, but not greatly. Most of the “surgeons” in town hadn’t even gone through a residency, but called themselves surgeons and got the referrals. Their favorite money-maker was hysterectomies, and they did a lot of them.

    So who knows? Usually when someone commits suicide there are warning signs. The stress of working in the integrative or holistic approach to medicine has to be enormous, but I would think someone who lives and promotes health living, and meditates would be one of the least likely people to kill himself. If there were no warning signs, that would indicate some other likelihood.

    We live in strange times. None of us live perfect lives. A high-profile and controversial innovator would be vulnerable to threats, innuendo and even blackmail. Maybe we’ll find out what the truth is, maybe we won’t. One thing I can say for sure is that the movement towards a more natural healing system isn’t going to be impeded or slowed down because of this. Practitioners in the holistic field should take this as a warning, and will need to be more careful.

  • Slim

    If thats the case allyson, why were you obnoxious when you came to the office?