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Tribute: Dr. Rashid Buttar
Friend, Colleague, Health Freedom Warrior
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
I had another post prepared for today that will be the beginning of a series for study, but with the loss of my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Rashid Buttar, it was on my heart to write a short tribute to a great man who has left us far too soon.
Dr. Rashid Buttar was a fellow Osteopathic physician. There is a collegiality among physicians, but there is a special, hard-to-describe, but very real bond between Osteopathic physicians. We have an unique educational path that leads to shared experiences (we often share very challenging, rugged stories during our Residency programs). Undoubtedly, we have uncommon, lifetime connections.
That professional bond was the beginning of our nearly 20 years of friendship. We first met at a conference in Tenerife, Spain in 2004, where we were both speakers. Our paths crossed frequently at conferences over the years, such as AutismOne, National Autism Conference, International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM), American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), The Truth About Cancer (TTAC), and many others.
Each time we reconnected, we’d find a break-away corner to talk for as long as possible, rapidly catching up on each other’s lives. I’d hear about his amazing ventures in his far-reaching life. We’d share some past stories, have a few good laughs, always conclude the conversation with a hug and say, “We really need to get together more often!”….. which of course, with both of our very busy lives, never happened.
Over the years, we’ve shared some unique experiences, including our work together for Parker Hannifin, a Fortune 200 company in Cleveland, Ohio and both being named as part of the Disinformation Dozen, and the three-years of backlash associated with that designation.
Rashid dedicated his life to being a strong and powerful voice for health freedom. His work in both autism and cancer will long be remembered; he saved so many and transformed so many lives. He will be missed by so many close friends, associates, and colleagues. He will be remembered by thousands of patients and millions of supporters from around the world. Rashid, I know you will continue your work and powerfully help us from the Heavenly realms.
Dear Heavenly Father, our earthly hearts are saddened, even grieved, when a human that we love passes on to be with You. We pray that Rashid is now safe in Your loving arms and he will keep watch of us from afar.
You said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matt 5:4) We pray Your blessings will be poured out upon Rashid’s family as they pass through this time of grief and mourning. May You be with them through the difficult times ahead. Hold them tight, Lord; the hole in each of their hearts is very large. Fill it with Your love, kindness, and mercy.
I ask for comfort to all who knew Rashid Buttar. I ask that our Medical Freedom movement will pull closer together by remembering the words of confidence and wisdom that Rashid poured out, to inspire us to stay in the fight.
We ask for Your guidance. We ask for Your hand to be in this battle for survival of our work, our country, and our world. In Jesus name, Amen.