Wednesday, September 14, 2022



9/2/2022‐ In the spirit of a joint partnership for improved public wellness, a unique and special advocacy team was formed in Montreal, Canada between three unlikely yet profound champions in their own respective arenas.  This trio is comprised of a functional clinician (Professor Joseph Toy), an imaging specialist from NYC (Dr. Robert Bard) and a world class boxing champ (WBC Bridgerweight Oscar Rivas).  Their immediate synergy inspired a collective message for what will soon be part of the next episode of MEDICAL VISIONARIES, a wellness news series produced by IPHA (Integrative Pain Healers Alliance) and the AngioFoundation (501c3). This issue offers informative concepts about the growing trend in non-invasive alternatives including regenerative medicine in the athletic community.   

This alliance was formed at the Neuro Life Health Clinics (Cliniques Neuro-Vie Santé) and Healthy Recovery Institute (Institut du Rétablissement en Santé) in Montreal- when Mr. Rivas underwent electromagnetic treatments to support faster treatment recovery from his latest fight.  The appointment was scheduled on a Saturday (away from fans or disruptive public engagement). Under the professional management of Stephane Lepine, Oscar Rivas was introduced to Prof. Toy's neuromagnetic stimulation treatments which he expressed has "changed his entire perspective on wellness and physical maintenance".  For the better part of one year, the vast majority of his visits were about supporting PREVENTION protocols‐where PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field stimulation) was applied for its properties of cellular regeneration and overall wellness. 

In a private interview, the boxing champ expressed great appreciation and support of the benefits he has experienced with PEMF. "For over five years, I have been working with a specialized physiotherapist who started me on neuro-stimulation, and ever since, most of my treatments followed this same approach. Out of everything I tried, this is where I see the biggest results so far!  I looked to neuro-stimulation to get me back on track as quick as possible after harsh training and my (many) injuries from recent fights—and past injuries from years of boxing.  I always look forward to doing kind of a reset of the muscles and tissues."

Prof. Joseph Toy, often known as “Dr. SIFU” by many of his patients, friends and supporters is a 9th degree black belt Kung Fu Master- with a history of opening 16 martial arts schools worldwide. Prof. Toy applied this extensive mastery to his academic studies in Biochemical Engineering that created a unique international healing career in energy therapy.  Today, he continues to tap into the potential of Pulsed Electromagnetics to further his research to over 2000 different pathologies.  "Cell regeneration is a very real science that is part of many existing modalities.  It's what helps our bodies recover from injury and prevent us from deteriorating. As an example, energy healing is widely used for things like PTSD or depression and also anxiety. Using PEMF can help the brain recover faster.  There's also quite a bit of research out there about stroke injuries and concussion- complex disorders that offers so much promise and clear evidence to offer positive benefits to so many."

From a history of collaborative research and tag-team work on clinical care,  Prof. Toy has been a staunch supporter of DR. ROBERT BARD's work as a "visual validator".  For this complex case, Dr. Bard was called to the Montreal office to scan and confirm the effects of PEMF treatments.   "I am honored to work with some of the most open minded change-makers like "Dr. Toy"… and also Oscar, whose insight on personal wellness makes for a profound voice for the professional athletic community", states Dr. Bard.   "He clearly recognizes the value and effect of non-invasive innovations that can do so much for prevention and the care of sports related injuries. I am equally proud of how ultrasound technology has evolved so far in my lifetime that something like the portable model I took with me on the plane (the Terason T-3200) performed deep scanning of Oscar's injuries much the same way my full-sized hospital grade ultrasound back in the office.  To visually assess a treatment process in real time is such a game changer in the treatment process!"


PROF. JOSEPH JOCELYN TOY is world recognized as a PEMF Medical Protocol Specialist- credentialed for his research in treating military veterans with PTSD.  He received a 2022 fellowship from the AngioFoundation and is an active member of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine (Dubai). ÓSCAR ANDRES RIVAS TORRES is a Colombian professional boxer who has held the WBC Bridgerweight title since 2021. He also challenged for the vacant WBC interim heavyweight title in 2019, and previously held the IBF International, WBC-NABF and WBO-NABO heavyweight titles. DR. ROBERT L. BARD specializes in advanced 3-D sonography to detect cancers of the breast, prostate, skin, thyroid and melanoma. He runs an active practice in NYC where he continues to develop new diagnostic protocols for other chronic disorders while partnering with therapeutic specialists to validate and confirm treatment efficacy.  

For more info on this press release, contact: Graciella Davi, IPHA-News Editor: 631-920-5757

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Part 2: IPHA NEWS continues a review about Oscar Rivas' philosophies on wellness, life extension and regenerative therapy with an expanded report on Professor Toy's PEMF review and Dr. Bard's Imaging alliance.  An upcoming interview will present former NYS Boxing Commissioner John Signorile about his longstanding career and professional his views on sports injuries and concussion cases.   

Thursday, June 23, 2022

COMMEMORATION: Ret. FF. Dan Noonan and the 1975 NY Tel Exchange Fire (Speaker: Dr. Robert L. Bard)

I am honored to be part of this historical event, thanks to my friends at our cherished New York City fire service community and the Fire Bell Club of New York.  I am also here as a representative of a national fire rescue association called FIREFIGHTERS AGAINST CANCER & EXPOSURES (or FACES).   I was elected by FACES as the chief medical advisor to support education and awareness of health resources for first responders.  This allowed me to, in some way, be a part of every call and touch many lives of our rescuers.  This appointment got me to meet and collaborate with many ranks of the fire service, to brainstorm and share information on safety and prevention, and most importantly, drive the power of AWARENESS throughout this professional community.  

After my military service, I opened my radiology practice in the early 70's in NYC- just a few short years before the Telephone Fire.  I remember this day very well.  Events like this inspired me to do more --- and to offer the kind of care to all exposed service members whose sacrifice deserves the same ‘above and beyond’ attention that they have always provided us.

Looking back, my life’s work has been dedicated to caring for countless patients, some with the most complex issues and challenges.  As a grateful New Yorker I have always kept my doors wide open for all first responders- knowing about the risks they endure in practically every call.

I consider myself blessed to have a career that allows access to supporting all personnel from military, law enforcement and our own fire service.  For their many exposures, I help our responders by offering diagnostic care for a wide variety of occupational disorders.  My patients needs drove me to seek out the latest innovations in medical imaging as well as biogenetics and all this helped me provide everyone including our responders the very best that the medical community has to offer.

Working with some of our finest advocates like Dan Noonan and Sal Banchitta and the many other voices of fire safety was also most inspiring to my own evolution.  They all made me realize that if our heart is in the right place, there is so much more that we can do.  Support of our rescue community also comes in the form of PUBLIC AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY – where the sharing of resources and health solutions is another important asset for saving and preserving lives.  I joined the first responders advocacy team to promote prevention and early detection because it is clear that the answer to safety is education and awareness of what resources are available- and how to acquire them.  

We honor the 699 firefighters that fought the NY Telephone Exchange Fire of 1975.  We commemorate their sacrifice, where these brave rescuers engaged one of the most uniquely dangerous fires in history with the same unyielding commitment to their city and their community.  I am blessed to meet and work directly with one of those heroes… one of MY HEROES like Mr. Dan Noonan for many reasons.  Dan and I worked as public speakers under our ‘GET CHECKED NOW!’ Program, encouraging proactive health and checkups to all responders.  

Since I first met Dan, I witnessed his passion and hard work – hoping for the day when he and the 699 responders in the 1975 NY Telephone Fire would finally receive recognition for their work in this fateful event.  I’ve watched Dan re-define LEADERSHIP by taking his own experiences from one disaster and his loss of so many fellow rescuers and turn it into a means of educating the next generation in the fire service about wellness, new safety protocols and keeping the voice of proactive health loud and clear.  I am proud to say that Dan is the original torch bearer and an inspiration to us all!  He is nothing short of a national treasure- where his message resonates through every first responder across the country.

If you listen to any of Dan’s presentations, the disaster of 1975 taught us all so much about the risks behind modern fires, but it remains a landmark for our research and education.  When I look at Dan Noonan’s towering figure, I see him as a beacon for us all- unwavering in his resolve and a guardian of a powerful vision, fulfilling a 43 year old promise to be the voice of so many who sacrificed without hesitation to protect our great city.   Dan continues to stand proudly and stand tall with the greatest unifying message of them all- to NEVER FORGET!

In the spirit of doing our part and making a difference, I proudly stand side by side with all members of the fire service, active and retired- including all advocates and foundations.  You are all my inspiration to responding to a call of need and doing all that we can for our community.


"Dan Noonan, who was first due on 3 Truck to the deadly NY Telephone Exchange fire, has, in the decades since, been a tireless advocate for awareness of occupational cancer and toxic exposure in the fire service, in particular the cancers and deaths sustained by many of the 699 FDNY members who fought that fire. Carrying forward the message and lessons learned, FDNY Deputy Chief Frank Leeb and the Fire Department of New York are leading the way to shift the culture and strategies and improve contamination reduction on the job. We owe it to our brother and sister firefighters, ourselves, and our families to do everything possible to reduce toxic exposure on the job and ensure everyone gets checked regularly for all types of cancer."    - David Dachinger / Responder Resilience 

"Dr Bard's dedication to the provision of advanced diagnostics to the community of first responders that continually put their lives at risk for the sake of the public is more than commendable. I have seen his selfless dedication working weekends and nights doing as much as he can to provide lifesaving care. His speech is a touching honor to all firefighters for their willingness to put their own lives at risk to protect all and is a powerful tribute to their sacrifice...".     - Russ Allen / NFL Alumni

"I have worked with Dr Bard for more than 30 years.  In my opinion, his skill and insightful approach to diagnosis and prognosis has help guide treatment and treatment protocols for decades. Indeed his cancer diagnostic research has helped save and orient treatment for countless patients. His philosophy of "more information can't hurt" is where medicine and the science of medicine meet for the benefit of those whom we serve. The idea that "that patient is me" is the calling that propels Dr. Robert Bard to be as generous and genuine as those who protect and serve. We may wonder who protects those that protect us.  Dr. Robert Bard is an outstanding and selfless one of those. "   - Dr. Richard Kushner

"If there was ever a group of selfless individuals, our firefighters fit that description to a "T". The first ones to run INTO a fire, regardless of the potential toxic conditions to save lives, takes a special soul. Dr. Bard's dedication to help Mr. Dan Noonan and their rescue community gain public awareness and advocacy is a calling all health care professionals can share. 699 firefighters dedicated their lives to help the helpless, and it only makes sense that we should help them - and all first responders - in whatever way we can."
- Jerry Dreessen, DC / Chiropractor