July 26, 2007
Pioneer of Alternative Medicine Stressed Holism
By Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent
Dr. Thomas L. Stone ~ 1934-2007
Dr. Thomas L. Stone earned a traditional medical degree from the Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine, but during his more than 40 years treating patients, he became known as an expert in orthomolecular, or alternative medicine.
Dr. Stone passed away July 14. The former 20-year resident of Inverness, who lived most recently near Kankakee, was 72.
"He was on the cutting edge of alternative medicine," said his daughter Alisa Meggitt of Iowa City, Iowa. "He was almost a radical in the field."
Dr. Stone began his practice in 1960, treating children at Forest Hospital in Des Plaines, and it was there that he began to see the benefits of non-traditional treatments, his daughter said.
"He started treating kids and he learned that by manipulating their diet he could make a physical and psychological impact," Meggitt said. "Milk was the catalyst, but he eventually expanded it to other foods."
In 1980, Dr. Stone opened the Center for Bio-Ecological Medicine in Rolling Meadows.
Mary Ellen Dalicandro, a registered nurse who joined him five years after he opened the practice, said he drew patients with chronic and challenging illnesses.
"People came to him when they couldn't find answers anywhere else," Dalicandro said. "He had a different approach. He didn't regard the symptoms as the problem, but he treated the symptoms to look for the underlying cause."
Dr. Stone used a holistic method to find out why the body was imbalanced and he used differed treatments to put the body back in balance, she added.
His theories on the effects of toxins in the environment and processed foods, extended to his own family in Inverness, where they grew much of their own food from a home garden and fruit orchard, and they even ground their own grain.
"We weren't allowed to eat any sugar, gluten or dairy," Meggitt said. "It was a pretty unusual childhood."
Eventually, Dr. Stone's practice concentrated on three areas: nutrition, including examining digestion, absorption and assimilation; the autonomic nervous system, including using neuro- therapy and trigger point therapy; and treating the effect of metals in the body, including metals in the mouth.
His treatments included live blood cell analysis, kinesiology and homeopathy, his daughter said. Dr. Stone was widely regarded as an expert in alternative medicine across the country, serving as a medical adviser on many environmental boards.
According to family members, his Rolling Meadows practice had a long waiting list, leading Dr. Stone to expand the practice in Kempton, near Kankakee, calling it the Center for Bio Energetic Medicine, where he continued to see patients up until his passing.
Besides his daughter, Dr. Stone is survived by his daughter Laura (Vince) Siciliano of Arlington Heights, and son, Dr. David (Claire) Stone of Tucson, Ariz., as well as three grandchildren.
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