What Happened to Dr. Harvey Bigelsen?
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Question (originally asked in 1998)
One of my parents is considering cancer treatment at the Instituto de Medicina Biologica located in Tijuana, Mexico. The clinic is operated by Harvey Bigelsen, M.D. The doctor uses "dark field" microscopy and biological terrain assessment diagnostic techniques. He practices such treatments as "Enderlein Remedies", developed by Dr. Guenther Enderlein in Germany, Chelation Therapy, Cytokines, German Live Cell Transplants, and Homeopathy. We read a book called "Hidden Killers" written by Dr. Erik Enby, a Swedish physician who practices in Gothenberg Sweden. In it he explains the works and therapies of Enderlein. Dr Bigelsen says he studied under Enby in Europe and uses the Enderlein Therapies to treat cancers and chronically ill. He claims to have a high success rate. Do you have any information on him or his clinic? He is quite expensive, but when you are desperate for help that may not matter.
We discuss most of the above methods on Quackwatch and consider them highly questionable. Bigelsen is a former president of Arizona's homeopathic board. In 1990, after the homeopathic board had found no wrongdoing, the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners censured Bigelsen in connection with his treatment of two patients. However, this decision was vacated by a Superior Court judge who ruled that the medical board could not assume jurisdiction and overrule the homeopathic board.
In December 1992, a federal grand jury accused Bigelsen of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States; sixty-three counts of false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims; forty-four counts of mail fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States; and eight counts of obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies and committees. The indictment stated that he attempted to collect $3,500 for colonic therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic services (including acupuncture)—which were not covered under Medicare—by submitting claim forms on which they were represented by procedure code numbers for services covered under "physical medicine." The indictment also charged that Bigelsen and two associates attempted to evade prosecution by changing data in the computer account histories of several patients and by submitting altered and falsified progress notes in response to a grand jury subpoena. The case was settled by a plea bargain in which he was forced to surrender all his licenses in the United States. He was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution.
Bigelsen remains unlicensed but is now located in California, where he offers seminars and professional services as a "hemobiographic consultant" to other physicians. His advice is based on examination of blood specimens with a darkfield microscope. His Web site states:
. . . From one drop of blood I can analyze the status of the patient's physical body and the reasons why it has arrived at this stage of life. I believe each individual disease has its own specific fingerprint or biogram. . . .
Edgar Cayce, America's most prolific psychic, said, 'The physician of the future, from one drop of blood, will tell everything.' Acupuncture has been using the hologram in the ear. Reflexologists have been using the foot and palm. Palmistry has been around for centuries. Why not the blood?
I have been looking at live blood for 20 plus years on thousands of patients. I have looked at my own blood during different times, states, moods, etc. I have found that the patterns of the blood will change instantaneously with each thought or emotion. For example, if my lawyer called, the change would be immediate. Joy, sorrow, worry, anger, etc. are all seen in the blood.
There is no medical school in the United States that teaches a physician to look at living blood. Normally the blood is stained, which is a poison, and the cells are chilled and fixed for immortality. You are never taught how to watch the blood die and what happens, for example. If something is not stainable it, therefore, is invisible and/or an artifact. There are many things in living blood that has no name in American literature. For example, we are never taught, while watching a person's blood, if the blood dies in one hour compared to the blood dying in five days, which person is healthier. It is obvious that the second person is healthier. The character of the cells, the plasma, the debris, the deterioration, and the snowflake patterns all have a purpose. By studying these biograms, I can analyze an amazing amount of detail about that person. This total concept I call hemobiographic analysis.
Bigelsen Response (2007)
In 2007, Bigelsen complained to me that the actions taken against him were unfair and asked me to add his viewpoint to this page and to refer readers to his for additional information. This summarizes his perspective on what happened:
I believe I was a target of a conspiracy by the "Medical Establishment" because I wrote the first precedent-setting Law in US history (Arizona's homeopathic licensing law) that broke the Medical Establishment's monopoly. Normally, when a procedure is not covered by insurance, the company just asks for a rebate. In my case, an insurance company complained to both the medical board and the federal government.
What was the Government's motive and how much did it cost the United States taxpayers to go after me? As one criminal attorney said, 117 counts totaling $3,500 is "overkill" and is usually used only when they going after mobsters or big drug dealers.. I pled guilty to 4 counts totaling $145 worth of offenses. I did this because I was threatened with jail time and that would ruin my family. I was forced to give up all of my licenses as part of the plea bargain.
I do not think that what happened to me was fair. Compare my case with the largest health fraud case in U.S. history, in which a health care company settled fraud charges by agreeing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties. Yet nobody in the case went to jail.
This article was revised on March 27, 2007.