PETER BARRY CHOWKA, JOURNALIST, has reported on Alternative Medicine for more than 20 years, from the politics of Washington, D.C. to the Alternative Clinics in the U.S. and Mexico. His work has appeared widely in print, on radio and television, and in documentary films such as PBS's The Cancer War (1983), Hoxsey: Quacks Who Cure Cancer? (1988) and What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Cancer (1989). Peter wrote the award-winning actress Jane Seymour's on-camera narration for the 13-part PBS series Healthy Living.
His writings have been cited and republished by several Congressional Committees and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. In 1992, he was appointed to 2 of the first panels of the NIH's Office of Alternative Medicine. He is one of the most respected, independent and widely quoted Journalists and Commentators in the field. In 1980, Peter discovered the Bio-Medical Center, home of the Hoxsey Therapy, which had been underground in Tijuana, Mexico since 1963. His articles and media appearances since then have succeeded in bringing the Hoxsey Therapy to wide public attention. His dedicated work inspired the award-winning documentary film Hoxsey: Quacks Who Cure Cancer? Mildred Nelson, R.N. was the modern pioneer of the Hoxsey Therapy and the Founder and Administrator of the Bio-Medical Center. Before she died in January 1999, Mildred gave Peter unprecedented access so he could write the inside story of her life with the Hoxsey Therapy.
In 1994, Peter began working with the Internet with his online activities. Peter is also an accomplished Photojournalist. Since the early 1970s, he has visually documented the lives and work of the pioneers of alternative cancer therapies in a series of compelling, original photographs. Among the pioneers seen at work are Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Ernesto Contreras, Sr., M.D., Emanuel Revici, M.D., Lawrence Burton, Ph.D., William Donald Kelley, D.D.S. and many others.
Peter Chowka will speak and show slides on Alternative Cancer Therapies Through The Decades.