Jonathan Wright (physician)
|Dr. Jonathan V. Wright|
|Known for||Activities in the health freedom movement, conflict with the US Food and Drug Administration|
Jonathan V. Wright (born February 7, 1945) is the founder and medical director of Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington, where he also practices medicine, except for when he was suspended for 90 days beginning June 16, 2013.
Early life and education
Wright graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in 1965. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a medical degree in 1969 and was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. Wright was given an honorary degree in naturopathy from Bastyr University in 1993.
Wright completed his residency at Group Health Hospital in Seattle, Washington, then founded the Tahoma Clinic, which focuses on naturopathic treatment and bioenergetic analysis. He is associated with the Meridian Valley Lab, listed as a laboratory doing nonstandard medical testing by Quackwatch. Wright promotes the scientifically unsupported practice of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and is responsible for the triple-estrogen formula triest (composed of estrone, estradiol and estriol). The formula was based on a single "most preliminary of studies" that tracked a small number of women for a short amount of time and contradicted previous research results. No follow-up studies were conducted by Wright to determine whether the formula was effective or safe.
Wright was the president and co-founder of the American Quack Association in 1985 as a forum for practitioners whose ideas are rejected by mainstream medicine, to provide emotional support, promote their practices and "[poke] fun at their critics". The organization ceased operations in 1989. From 1993 to 1998 Wright also helped lead the National Health Federation, "a group whose primary goal is to abolish government regulation of health-care activities."
Wright works as a lecturer, speaking on varied topics including nutritional medicine, "bioidentical hormone therapy" for men and women, the "natural" treatment of cardiovascular diseases, asthma, diabetes, the use of D-mannose for bladder infection, the health benefits of Vitamin D (including correct usage and laboratory testing), and other topics.
Wright is a member of the following organizations: American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine, American College for Advancement in Medicine, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, American College of Nutrition, Bio-Identical Hormone Society, British Society for Nutritional Medicine, International College of Integrative Medicine, International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans, and Society for Orthomolecular Health-Medicine.
Wright is a board member of the American Preventive Medical Association (APMA) and International College of Advanced Longevity Medicine (ICALM), and participates in the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and American Academy for Advancement in Medicine.
Wright has written or co-authored eleven books, selling over 1.1 million copies, with two texts achieving best-selling status; Book of Nutritional Therapy and Guide to Healing with Nutrition. Wright writes Nutrition and Healing, a monthly newsletter emphasizing nutritional medicine in medical practice.
Honors and awards
Laboratory raid by the FDA
In 1991, the pharmacy adjacent to Wright's clinic (which sold products prepared in a laboratory co-owned by Wright, also adjacent to his clinic) was raided by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for selling L-tryptophan, a supplement that had recently been banned from marketing after contaminated supplies were associated with eosinophilia–myalgia syndrome. After several months of investigations and difficulties between Wright and the FDA, a magistrate issued warrants to search the premises of Wright's clinic and adjacent pharmacy. On May 6, 1992, FDA agents entered the premises by knocking down the door after employees refused to open it; one of the agents had a drawn gun, under the incorrect assumption that the "illegal drugs" referred to in the investigation were narcotics. Wright and his sympathizers distributed footage of the events, calling it the "Vitamin B-Bust". In August of the same year, Wright was fined $850 for court costs and fees, and ordered to destroy his supply of L-tryptophan; a grand jury declined to criminally prosecute him for violating FDA drug laws.
- Cannon, Daniel H. (2005). Phi Chi Chronicles (Phi Chi Quarterly Office) 11 (1).
- "Staff and Services at Dr. Wright's Tahoma Clinic". Tahoma Clinic. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- Barrett, S (2010-04-20). "Laboratories Doing Nonstandard Laboratory Tests". Quackwatch. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- Cirigliano, M. (2007). "Bioidentical hormone therapy: a review of the evidence". Journal of women's health (2002) 16 (5): 600–631. doi:10.1089/jwh.2006.0311. PMID 17627398.
- Barrett, S (2009-02-20). "The American Quack Association". Quackwatch. Retrieved 2010-08-19.