Biography: Dr. Jim Steigerwalt
Dr. Jim began his career in research under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Wassermann. Recognized for his breakthrough research, Wassermann developed a testing method for the syphilis strain that infects human beings; it was a precursor to the current standard VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory) test for syphilis.
Dr. Jim – who has been involved in the testing and research of everything from mercury to cyanide – has extremely broad and varied experience in the field of toxin-related illnesses.
“Hematologists need to be very open-minded because when you get into research on coal mine employees, and other industrial areas, and you are trying to figure out what has caused a health problem, you cannot go in there thinking you know everything. After all, we want to use whatever method works to correct health problems, including those that stem from toxic liver issues.”
For six years Dr. Jim was part of an ad hoc team of industrial hygienists (IH) hired to investigate Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Specifically, he was one of several project managers who oversaw the safe removal of asbestos in 430 Philadelphia area schools. Dr. Jim also performed the post removal clearance testing at the schools. As well, he did contract work for USX Corporation (formerly US Steel), examining the effect of steel mill pollutants on the corporation’s employees.
While in Soam, Africa, Dr. Jim’s counsel was sought to help uncover the source of a blood fluke parasite; he worked in the former Soviet Union as a consultant, developing a method to monitor the sterilization treatment of medical supplies that had come into contact with a harmful contagious disease; and physicians at Bethesda Naval Hospital sent him its patients for his expertise in helping to diagnose various types of malaria.
Today Dr. Jim works as a consultant to physicians at Geisinger Health System and Lower Bucks (County) Hospital, is an expert witness for certain IH cases, and he teaches at various Sunday schools, primarily the Mountain Presbyterian Church (a multi-denominational organization) where, he says, that much to his delight the kids ask intelligent questions about their own spiritual journeys.