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ACAM Reflects on the Life of James Frackelton, MD, FACAM

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of ACAM’s founding fathers, James Frackelton, MD, FACAM. Dr. Frackelton served as ACAM President from 1985-1987.

He was a major player in the fight for EDTA chelation therapy, examining the therapy and its critics as well as publishing articles and studies such as the landmark study about free radical control as the primary mechanism for chelation therapy that he published with Elmer Cranton, MD in 1984.

Dr. Frackelton received his undergraduate education from Yale University and his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University. After an extra year in Immunology and hospital training, he spent two and a half years in the U.S. Navy where he served as a flight surgeon. He established practice in Westlake in 1958 emphasizing Family Practice with a specialty in Exercise Cardiology. As chairman of the Family Practice Department at Fairview General Hospital, he established the Family Practice Residency program.

In 1976, Dr. Frackelton changed the direction of his medical practice to emphasize Preventive Medicine and formed Preventive Medicine Group. After many years of studying biochemistry, he began teaching nutrient and detoxification therapies to alternative oriented physicians.

A special note from Dr. Frackelton’s longtime business partner, Derrick Lonsdale, MD, FACAM:

"Jim Frackelton and I met in a small group of professionals that had become interested in what has come to be known as Complementary Alternative Medicine. At that time, only a few short years ago,it was easy to get into a position where one's medical license was jeopardized.We met in each other's houses, somewhat like the early Christians and called it ‘The Nutrition Cell’.

In 1982 Jim offered me a partnership in the practice that he founded in 1976. In spite of several official attempts to discredit us, we never looked back and the practice became known as Preventive Medicine Group.Jim was a true pioneer and a tireless leader who has been a giant in helping CAM to its present acceptance.

He had a degree in Chinese language and had the courage to give the first two minutes of a lecture in China in their own language.It was during his presidency that he changed the name of the organization from the American Institute of Medical Preventics to its present name as the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a fundamental change in professional perspective that made it easier to attract speakers for the biannual conferences.His pioneering leadership in chelation and CAM treatment of cancer patients enabled him to ease the health burdens of thousands. In spite of his rapidly declining physical health, his mind remained as sharp as ever and he continued to drive to the office and see patients until only twenty four hours before his death.As his partner and friend of thirty years I am one of many physicians, nurses and patients that owe him a debt of gratitude that is beyond price.” - Derrick Lonsdale, MD

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