In Memoriam: US Grand Commander Dr. Eliezer Ben Joseph passes away - Order's Library Section to be Named in his Honour (October 2019)
Dr. Eliezer Ben Joseph in his traditional medical garb; during a US Lazarite ceremony; accompanying Consoeur Charmaine Bassett and with Confrere Patrick Reynolds at different investitures of the US Grand Priory.
Eliezer Ben-Joseph, an alternative medicine practitioner who passed away in October 2nd at 71 years of age, was the hard-working Grand Commander of the Grand Priory of the United States of the Order. He was also one of the highest officials of the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope, the latter being the Hospitaller arm of the Order of St. Lazarus in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
He was well-known in the community as an alternative medicine leader and had a radio program, Natural Solutions, on KTSM 690 AM. The show was on the air for 15 years and focused on natural remedies and natural health topics.
His son in law, John O'Leary said Ben-Joseph was a very charismatic person and loved to help thousands of people with alternative health methods for more than 20 years.
He owned and operated Ben-Joseph's Health Naturally, which his family will continue to operate. He had years of education in naturopath medicine. He graduated from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines in Sri Lanka, studied chiropractic and osteopathic medicine in Israel and even lived in a teepee studying herbology for two years in California, according to his family.
As a holistic health instructor, he taught about diets, nutrition and personal development for 25 years. He was the founding President of the Texas Naturopathic Medical Association and served on several boards.
Ben-Joseph served on the Board of Directors of the Shelter for Battered Women for many years and had served on the Nutrition and Health Commission of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation for the city of El Paso.
He was the proud owner of one of the most extensive natropathic libraries which, on his demise, was bequeathed to the Order to further its Hospitaller work and which will be added to the Hospitaller Museum and clinic in Nevis and St. Kitts, were Ben-Joseph had made many a stirring speech in the many conferences and events that the Order organised there throughout the years. We would also like to take this opportunity to give his family our heartfelt condolences and thank them profusely for their collaboration in making Ben-Joseph’s wishes come through.