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British West Indies Medical College (BWIMC)

 

BWIMC History

 

On June 4th, 1984, a certificate of incorporation was granted to the higher learning institute named the "International College of Homeopathic Medicine," Ltd. Registration No. 3057, by the Registrar of Companies - Raymond Harvey Checkley.

 

President of the corporation was Gregory E. Caplinger. Vice Presidents were Tania L. Caplinger and Robert J. Bell. Secretary/Treasurer was Donald I. Sparby.

 

On October 1st, 1984, the college was officially renamed the "British West Indies Medical College" (BWIMC), as recorded by a Notary Public, Betty Ann Hall, State of Florida. The name change reflected the expanded eclectic/integrative medical curriculum offerings, which was expanded to include allopathic medicine, bioenergetic medicine, nutritional medicine and naturopathic medicine (including in-depth phytopharmacology and phytotherapeutics).

 

For example, in Med. 203, 401 & 403 classes, BWIMC brought in expert lecturers in the field of electro-diagnosis and electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV). The most advanced diagnostic and treatment devices from Europe were illustrated to show how homeopathy was enhanced by electro-diagnosis, as well as how bioenergetic medicine was being used in the clinical setting to induce rapid, regenerative healing in patient tissues.

 

Additionally, as early as Med. 206 and later in Med. 401, regenerative nutrition was taught emphasizing the principles and practice of "Trephology" and "Protomorphology" (i.e., how human beings properly recycle and regenerate their tissues with food-based growth factors).

 

Eclectic Medicine:

Prior to 1910, the majority of physicians in the U.S. were eclectic medical physicians, followed by homeopathic medical physicians, with allopathic medical physicians being the minority. At its peak, eclectic medical physicians often cross-trained and utilized broad selections of best medical practices from all healing disciplines (allopathic, homeopathic and naturopathic). Just as was true for the original Hippocratic Method, heavy emphasis was placed on herbal medicine, diet therapy and detoxification (natural hygiene) procedures. Eclectic physicians have always recognized that most pharmaceutical drugs derive from herbal medicinal constituents.

 

Such multi-disciplinary trained physicians became the first true integrative medical physicians in the western world.

 

The eclectic medical physician focused first and foremost on the original Hippocratic Oath & Methodology, especially on "Above all else, do no harm."

 

The Hippocratic Method also included "higher teachings" in precision mind/body - Innate to Universal - healing techniques which rejuvenated a patient's body liquids and mental health. Extensive and pervasive case reports on multiple continents confirmed renowned "miraculous healings" during those times. Fascinatingly, elaborate methods that enhanced water's powerful healing properties were always central to the therapeutics offered in the main healing centers (Asclepions) located in both ancient Rome and Greece. It was recorded that these elaborate methods to instill water with powerful healing properties were joined to deeply piercing techniques in psychotherapeutics known as enkoimisis and endoscopesis. Legends relate how these two forerunners to modern day hypnotherapy and bioenergetic medicine often brought about true mental and physical regeneration to those patients of yesteryear.

 

Curriculum offerings at BWIMC focused on the proper identification and applications of bioenergetic medicine, especially those techniques that featured Intelligent Design.

For example, at BWIMC student physicians were well-trained how to select concentrates of herbal medicines that not only produced lethal effects against disease, but also protected the patient's human cells and tissues simultaneously - a core and unique characteristic of Intelligent Design. More specifically, BWIMC's curriculum highlighted to their student physicians how herbal medicines could at the same time be tumoricidal to cancer cells yet perfectly harmless to healthy normal cells. Finally, BWIMC's curriculum illustrated how pharmaceutical drugs possessed no Intelligent Design, leaving healthy normal tissues vulnerable. BWIMC instilled into students that this explained the high rates of iatrogenesis (doctor induced illness).

 

In essence, BWIMC's theme underscored the core of the Hippocratic Method - that is - restore the resilience to the patient's innate/self-healing power. The classical example of this philosophy were teachings to empower the body to cure itself with proper, diligent management of fever. As Hippocrates -- the father of rational modern medicine -- famously stated, "Give me a fever, and I will cure any illness."

 

Therefore, BWIMC's curriculum highlighted the understanding that disease is not an entity, but a fluctuating condition of the patient's body, a battle between the substance of disease (loss of resilience) and the natural self-healing resilience of the body (fever), just as Hippocrates emphasized. Only in this manner could a cure be perfected then as well as today. Therefore, BWIMC’s philosophy in constructing its eclectic/integrative curriculum and requirements for graduation was to enable BWIMC graduates to competently select with precision and implement "best practices" from all methodologies that they had been taught for any individual patient.

 

Integrative Medicine:

Depending upon who you ask, Integrative Medicine is the natural sequitur to Eclectic Medicine. To many in the professions utilizing natural medicines, Integrative Medicine would be envisioned as a multi-disciplined practice incorporating two or more disciplines such as allopathic, naturopathic, homeopathic, chiropractic, nutritional, and/or bioenergetic medicine. When Regenerative Medicine is added into the mix, it may be argued that many of the reported near-miraculous healings of yesteryear can become routine.

 

Student requirements at BWIMC included submitting a thesis for graduation. To encompass all that we had learned, I wrote my thesis on, A Study of The Human Constitution. This thesis emphasized how regenerative methodologies, both traditional and modern, reverse degenerated constitutional states, bringing a patient nearer and nearer to the thriving health expressed by their longest lived ancestors.

 

 

BWIMC Location

Mirimar Building, Front Street, PO Box 70, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Island, British West Indies.

 

 

BWIMC Staff

The following college officials administrated and directed the British West Indies Medical College:

 

President - Jerome Wei-Ping Loh, M.D., PhD.

Director of Administration – Finbar F. Dempsey, B.C.L

Academic Dean – Robert J. Bell, H.M.D., Ph.D., N.D.

Chairman of Internal Medicine – Leonard Vigderman, D.O.

Chairman of Medical Sciences – Gregory E. Caplinger.

Chairman of Natural Therapy – Jack Lane, D.C., N.D.

Chairman of Natural Hygiene – Robert J. Bell, H.M.D., Ph.D., N.D..

Special Advisor – Thomas J. Winters, M.D., Ph.D. 

 

 

BWIMC Offerings - Phase 1 (1984-1986) 

Courses:

Classes would take place at associated educational facilities in the U.S. while construction of full medical facilities on Grand Turk could be completed.

 

Admission Requirements:

Applicants were required to possess one of the following degrees from fully accredited U.S. institutes of higher learning: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D., or N.M.D.), Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D.), or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (D.P.M.O.), or hold a Ph.D. in the health related sciences. This curriculum was exceptionally well designed to qualify graduates for state licensure in naturopathic medicine in the state of North Carolina.

 

Academic Studies and Requirements for Graduation:

1500 hours.

 

Clinical Internships and Rotations:

2000 hours.

 

Degrees Offered:

 

Doctor of Eclectic Medicine - MD(E).

Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine - MD(H).

Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition (Ph.D. - Nutrition).

 

 

BWIMC Growth and Expansion - Phases 2 Through 4 (1987 forward)

 

Phase 2-4 operations of the college were to perfect full construction of college campus facilities on Grand Turk Island, in order to offer full 4 year post-graduate residential degree programs in medicine MD(E) / MD(H), as well as to offer Ph.D. degrees in related health sciences (i.e., Ph.D. Nutrition).

 

The business strategy of BWIMC corporate was to merge with existing accredited institutes of higher learning in order to expedite growth phases for completing Phase 2-4 operations.

 

 

BWIMC Operations Cease

 

During the year of 1994, BWIMC ceased operations.

 

 

BWIMC Accreditation Process

 

BWIMC was properly incorporated as an educational entity outside of the territory of the United States of America.

 

As a foreign medical college specializing in eclectic/integrative medical disciplines that included: (a) Homeopathic medicine, (b) Naturopathic Medicine, (c) Nutritional Medicine (d) Preventive Medicine, (e) Phytopharmacology, (f) Iridology, (g) Preventive Medicine, and (h) Bioenergetic Medicine, what medical accrediting agency in existence at that time would align with the accreditation maturation process of such a unique medical college such as BWIMC? Certainly, no exclusively allopathic medical accreditation agency would, whether located in the United States or the United Kingdom.

 

The closest accreditation agency to potentially accredit such an eclectic/integrative medical school (if it were not a foreign medical college) would have been the (Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)). CNME was founded in 1978, but it was at that time not yet recognized as an ‘authorized’ medical accrediting agency. CNME was finally granted recognition and authority by the United States Department of Education to accredit naturopathic medical colleges by Secretary of Education William Bennett in 1987, one year after my class had graduated from BWIMC.

 

That span from 1978 to 1987 for CNME to gain accreditation granting authority unto itself, plus the number of years start-up medical college applicants would then face from 1987 forward to go through the grueling process of attaining full CNME accreditation, would necessarily mean those start-ups applying for accreditation in 1987 would not be granted full accreditation until the mid to late 1990’s.

 

Therefore, prior to 1987, it was recognized from the start that it would be unrealistic for BWIMC to make application for accreditation to any United States or United Kingdom medical accrediting agency.

 

Having known that fact of reality, the strategic accreditation process of BWIMC - in terms of eventually attaining full accreditation from any authoritative medical agency - was always to merge or be acquired by an existing, fully accredited, foreign medical college that was sympathetic to the mission of BWIMC.

 

Internationally, it is common for start-up medical, naturopathic, oriental medical and chiropractic colleges to start off accepting new students with minimal accreditation. These start-up healthcare colleges then earn their way up the accreditation ladder until they finally gain full accreditation. Specifically, they all start by: (1) officially registering and incorporating as an educational entity at a specific domestic location, such as a state, or island nation, or province. From there, (2) applications for further accreditation are made to regional agencies, then (3) inter-regional or national agencies, and even international agencies. This always occurs in stages and takes years to fully mature.

 

The early graduates then get “grandfathered-in” at that future date when the college finally gains full accreditation. This had been the hope of the medical students with whom I went to BWIMC, although some students such as myself, were able to benefit from graduating from such an eclectic/integrative medical college even without foreign medical accreditation. This was due to the state case law and legal opinion applicable to the state of North Carolina (where I was already a licensed, practicing chiropractic physician), which enabled all citizens of the state to lawfully practice as a doctor of naturopathy so long as they held a valid naturopathic privilege license and could prove they underwent adequate educational training plus had successfully passed comprehensive written examinations and passed clinical proficiency. By attending and graduating from BWIMC, I therefore met all of the requirements needed to become a licensed naturopath in the state of North Carolina.

 

Before such a merger or acquisition took place with a willing, fully accredited foreign medical college, BWIMC ceased operations as noted above.

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

 

Greg E. Caplinger

In the mid 1980’s, Greg E. Caplinger suffered severe drug addiction. Going forward, his condition became chronic. Although his participation with BWIMC would intermittently continue through the early part of the 1990's, ultimately his fate was to die in a Florida prison in 2004.

 

Various distorted allegations of "guilt-by-association" have been made by self-appointed inquisitors regarding the excellent education and degree offering programs at BWIMC and BWIMC graduates by highlighting the severe drug addiction behavior of Greg E. Caplinger. Such distorted and misdirected allegations against BWIMC and BWIMC graduates are false, libelous, and reflect malicious bigotry against the long-established natural healing arts and sciences.