Joseph Bosiljevac, MD, Ph.D
Certified in Age Management
MD in Cardiovascular Surgery
PhD in Natural Medicine
308 East 79th St,
New York, NY 10075
While in private practice, he has listened to and observed many of his patients who found relief in complementary and alternative methods, including chiropractic treatments, vitamins and supplements, EDTA chelation, oxidative therapy with hydrogen peroxide, and prolozone/ prolotherapy for joint and soft tissue injections. He saw the tunnel vision of conventional (allopathic) medicine which is well-versed to treat established disease and cover symptoms with medication or surgery. However, over the course of his first career he became frustrated, realizing that the causative factors many times were not being addressed. In addition, various idiopathic diseases can be considered in a catch-all term meaning “we do not know the cause.”
Donna came to him as a patient with breast cancer in 1994 and subsequently developed a local chest wall recurrence within a year. Textbooks would give her a very poor chance at survival in five years (less than five percent). As related in Donna’s story, she became disillusioned with the treatment proposed by conventional medicine and elected to try alternative methods. She approached him to see if he would supervise and follow her at intervals with whatever methods she elected. The experience with Donna over the years accompanied by additional observations with other patients increased his curiosity about complementary and alternative methods.
He had the opportunity to participate in several medical missions in third world countries. This allowed him to witness lifestyle and health at other levels and in other environments. Despite the technology available to him in the United States, he found that he could perform successful surgery with basic tools. Observing the lifestyles and natural foodstuffs in these “lesser” countries he saw a good healing ability, tolerance of pain, and immunity that overshadows our own.
He became impressed at how “the Guy upstairs” put us together and realized the body has a tremendous ability to heal itself if we do the proper groundwork and continues to fight back and attempts to survive even if we trash it. After a while it gives out. He honestly feel most people lose thirty more good years of living.
In the midst of a busy practice, he pursued a doctoral degree in natural medicine. Two years of didactic study pursued during evening hours and weekends was followed by a full year performing the research involved for his dissertation. This resulted in friends calling me “Doctor-Doctor.” He also worked with the Cenegenics Medical and Research Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada helping patients initiate a wellness program based on metabolic and hormonal balance.
Basically, he look at the overall human organism as a “human machine” and try to identify what part might have broken down to allow a disease to develop. Curiosity led him down further paths and he explore the postulate as presented by Moritz (2008) that cancer is a survival mechanism with the body attempting to develop a line of cells to survive in a toxic environment.
Although he agrees that there is a place for conventional surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer, He also believe that the areas of nutrition and detoxification are relatively ignored. Not only are we exposed to many more chemicals in our present environment but currently accepted nutritional guidelines that are promoted to the public are not clear and easily misunderstood. Individual variability is ignored by health care industry directed clinical guidelines attempting to make one-size-fits-all. He believes that the practice of medicine today is about 20% science and 80% good judgment. A case in point would be trying to quantify and identify the quality of spirituality and its importance in promoting health.
The initial section is entitled “The Journey Begins.” This summarizes his thoughts in lay terms and also gives an idea of his professional opinion that has developed after experience with Donna and others during his career. A good way of approaching this book is to first look at this section which can be used as an overview prior to the other sections.
The next part of this book presents Donna’s story in her own words. Not only does this show her progress as she tries various alternative methods, but it also displays the psycho-social aspects as she fights for her life. This is a portrayal of her private life with which many can identify.
He then follows this very personal story with his doctoral dissertation. This gives his medical version of Donna’s case study. Presenting the original dissertation afterword gives a scientific background and references to the line of thinking used in studying in Donna’s particular case. His extensive experience with conventional medicine and surgery and his doctoral degree in natural medicine allows him to give an educated, unbiased, and balanced view with an attempt at a scientific explanation. The original purpose of the dissertation attempted to identify the effectiveness of the various methods used by Donna. The focus of the paper changed as it developed, supporting a holistic approach to her recovery. Chapter 4, “Results and Findings” and Chapter 5, “Conclusions” give a good summary of the data collected and reviewed in the scientific analysis of Donna’s illness and recovery.
It may be helpful to then look at the section “The Journey Begins” another time. Basically, not only does this serve as a summary but he hopes will also spark curiosity. Curiosity is felt to be an integral characteristic of the clinician-scientist. Using this trait, serial observation over the years leads to experience. Good judgment comes from experience.
He hopes the spark of curiosity will be ignited in patients and medical professionals that may look at this material. General ideas can then be expounded in looking at other cases and the overall picture of health. Conventional medicine does not need to compete with complementary and alternative methods. Neither is all encompassing or complete on its own. Basically, the road to good health involves both sides of the fence.