Foreward By Dr. Joseph Bosiljevac
Practicing surgery for 29 years near Kansas City was a pleasant way to begin my career. Now pushing 70, I have called The Island of Manhattan home for 12 years. The move to New York was the start of another adventure in my life that has brought on an interesting twist recently. I quickly realized that this pandemic is bigger than the Vietnam War and 9/11. This will be a major exploit and it is just starting. Subsequently there will be far reaching economic consequences. Herein lies an account of this historic event from the epicenter, my island on the east coast of the United States of America.
My conventional medical training was in general and cardiovascular surgery. I also have a doctorate in natural medicine and have experiences with alternative treatment methods.
Moving to New York in 2008 to open and age management practice was a big step for me. With this practice I found that body parts wear out and I became involved with some retired NFL and NBA players doing stem cell treatments, mostly on deteriorated joints.
I also started to see military special forces members. Besides joint and soft tissue injuries I began using systematic treatment with stem cells for lung issues, autoimmune conditions, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. My surgical background enabled me to be well acquainted with wound care principles.Used together with stem cell treatments in an overall program has markedly improved results of treatment.
There are two goals in this communication.
One is from a physician standpoint. I am living in the New York City epicenter. By means of regular emails to my patients and articles published on a regular basis I try to educate individuals on good health practices. Immune Boosting treatments are of high interest in recent months and should be for the foreseeable future.
The second is that I also live here so I can provide a citizen standpoint. Social distancing is the most beneficial method to stay ahead of this pandemic. This term is evolving to become a social norm rather than a temporary practice.
There is a medical challenge for treating the virus but also a social aspect to contain a pandemic involving our entire nation. What we learn today will help us battle future infections.
I am not a native New Yorker. Still, listening to feedback from patients over the last 12 years has enlightened me. The consequences of this pandemic are worse than 9/11. There has already been an incredibly significant economic slowdown - almost stopped.
My concerns about coronavirus began in the early part of March. From a physician standpoint I continue to follow news and review medical information. The following manuscript is a short journal and some photos of Manhattan during the current pandemic. It will give an idea of how attitudes and actions progress during the disaster. Initially experts thought it to be a bad flu, but it appears not to be highly contagious. It started in China in November and there was foreign travel prior to when the Wuhan epidemic came to light.
By the end of April, health orders were extended with general predictions on social distancing and reassessment in the plans. Finding a vaccine, altering business practices to get the economy moving, and learning what our new approach to health will look like are the stir among the American people. From my view, we follow the pandemic patient to make the next decision depending on what is evolving clinically. It is the only way health care professionals will understand this virus and other outbreaks going forward.
It is interesting to note that a Cleveland biotech company received approval at the end of March from the FDA to use stem cell treatment for bad pulmonary or lung problems that occur in coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. For the last five years in my practice I have treated emphysema and lung problems with intravenous stem cells. My results with patients have been good. This is a good move in the advance of medical treatment.