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Bonnie McGuire

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July 5, 2014
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Dr. Bigelsen’s story isn’t unique

Dr. Harvey Bigelsen’s story is similar to what has happened to many good doctors, including our cousin.

Growing up, Barbara listened to her medical doctor father and my mother discuss alternative methods to treat physical ailments.

Eventually Barbara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (where she obtained a master’s degree in biochemistry), and worked at the University of California Department of Pharmacology as a research assistant and published a paper regarding her research project while there.

Then she graduated from George Washington School of Medicine, and did her first year of medical residency at D.C. General Hospital, and a couple of years of residency at Baltimore City Hospital in Maryland.

During her residency at Baltimore City Hospital, she suffered from a migraine problem she solved by a change of diet.

She applied what she learned to a cancer patient who was continually vomiting, causing her to feel better and the tumor to shrink.

As a full-fledged medical doctor, Dr. Barbara went into private practice in Baltimore and expanded her healing expertise. She believed the Hippocratic Oath urging doctors to use all available means to heal the sick.

During her education, she also had the opportunity to study causes of poor health like bad teeth overtaxing the immune system, and a blood test that made it easy to detect allergies, enabling patients to correct their diet, which was superior to the standard scratch procedure.

A grateful patient complained to her former doctor, “Why didn’t you do this for me?” That resulted in the medical board demanding to search patient files to see what they could find.

Eventually she was charged with incompetence by the Maryland Licensing Board for using unproven techniques treating patients. They filed charges.

Meanwhile, Barbara noticed these boards received grant money. She found many cases where they forced dedicated doctors to spend money proving their innocence in court.

After proving the charges were false, the board suspended their license for a year anyway; their living and reputation ruined.

An attorney friend helped her through the Kangaroo Court. Although the judge said the board didn’t have a case, it continued. The judge imposed a gag order to hide it.

The defendant wasn’t allowed witnesses in her behalf. After spending over $100,000 for defense over malpractice charges, the only thing her accusers had was they couldn’t read her handwriting. She’d have to type her files!

Eventually a patient complained about a bruised finger during a procedure, and that she didn’t sign a consent form to use the technique, so the board suspended Barbara’s license in Maryland.

But she had a medical license in Washington D. C., where she enjoyed working with a medical group comprised of many specialists.

Dr. Barbara was a former board member of the College of Physicians in Washington, D.C., whose founder admired her work, and wife was a judge.

The Maryland Medical Board continued to harass, and eventually she had a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Washington, D.C.

Her attorney testified to the judge that the law in D.C. required the board in D.C. to get a judge’s order to get medical records.

The ruling of the D.C. judge was that Dr. Barbara had complied with the law in Maryland, and had complied with the D.C. law by not giving the board in Maryland the patient’s records, and recommended that the D.C. board not take her license.

They liked what she did for patients, and could continue working in Washington.

During 2001, at least 20 patients testified before the Environment Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, and to the parallel Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Senate that after going to doctors for years, without being helped, they came to Dr. Barbara to have cytotoxic food testing done.

The elimination diet testing helped them. Bills were introduced to the legislature to limit the power of the medical board regarding alternative health care practitioners.

They failed when brought to the floor of the Senate and House legislature, because of heavy lobbying by the medical society of the state of Maryland.

What the medical board did to Dr. Barbara and others was illegal, according to Amendment IV of the U. S. Constitution: the right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures … and no warrants … except upon probable cause (under oath) describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Private health information may now be guarded, but are we able to choose the health care we prefer?

Bonnie McGuire lives in Nevada City.

… Barbara noticed these boards received grant money. She found many cases where they forced dedicated doctors to spend money proving their innocence in court.


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