Another surprise came in 2005. After we uncovered that in 1985 my father had defrauded US first aid organizations in order to convince them to promote the Heimlich maneuver over other choking rescue methods, the American Red Cross (ARC) "downgraded" the Heimlich maneuver, making it a secondary treatment response for choking. Click here for a compilation of related media reports. Further, the ARC, the American Heart Association, and ILCOR now call the treatment an "abdominal thrust."
In this American Red Cross video, emergency medicine expert David Markenson MD explains that abdominal thrusts, chest thrusts, and back blows are considered equally effective treatments for responding to a choking emergency and that a combination of these treatments may be more effective:
And per a 2009 Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary by Aviva Ziegler:
(The Heimlich manoeuvre) has never been used in Australia. Despite the claims of the extremely charismatic Dr Heimlich, Australian resuscitation experts believe that there isn't enough scientific evidence to support its use. So how does a medical procedure become so widely adopted without any serious scientific evidence?
Along the way, we ended up uncovering and bringing to public attention some other jaw-dropping scams and scammers.
For example, there was my father's 30-year protege, the late Dr. Edward A. Patrick, who, per his singular full-page obituary in the British Medical Journal, claimed to be the uncredited co-developer of the Heimlich maneuver -- which, according to his ex-wife, he called "the Patrick maneuver."
An outlandish character who sported an unkempt Elvis-style wig, for decades Patrick worked in scores of hospitals on seven state medical licenses he obtained using bogus credentials supplied by my father.
In a strange twist of fate, Patrick died just days after he lost a high-profile lawsuit against a Cleveland newspaper that published a cover story expose about him, Playing Doctor. He's buried in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he was born and raised.
Then there's the Save-A-Life Foundation scandal. My father was "medical adviser" to SALF, a high-profile, politically-connected Chicago nonprofit that since November 2006 has been the subject of dozens of media exposes about the organization and its founder/president, Carol J. Spizzirri.
As I reported, FEMA dumped Spizzirri's organization shortly before it folded in September 2009. According to the June 26, 2013 Duluth Telegraph Herald, SALF is under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General for the "possible misappropriation" of $9 million in federal and state tax dollars. And Spizzirri reportedly now lives in a mobile home park in San Marcos, California.
In 2010, I started doing original reporting via my blog, The Sidebar, which serves as an outlet for newsworthy information I turn up and as a platform for me to develop stories to pass along to mainstream journalists. For example, a story I first blogged -- about Saint Louis University partnering with the Chinese doctor who oversaw the Heimlich Institute's notorious "malariotherapy" experiments on AIDS patients -- subsequently bounced into the Associated Press and the Riverfront Times. (A January 19, 2017 New Jersey newspaper article -- about a successful public records lawsuit in which I was the plaintiff -- called me an "investigative blogger.")
There are still important unreported and under-reported stories about my father's unusual career that we plan to bring to public attention, including an alleged $9 million payment to the Heimlich Institute by gold mining companies to fund the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments in Africa.
There's also this biggie: Per an August 21, 2005 Boston Herald report: Did my father really invent "the Heimlich maneuver"?
Finally, we hope our improbable odyssey encourages other rebels, whistleblowers, citizen journalists, and those who are confronted with family misconduct and abuse to speak out.
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Inquiries are always welcome as is information re: the subjects listed below (in no particular order) and related matters. Click here for our contact information. Anonymous e-mails may be sent via Anonymouse.
Henry J. Heimlich MD; Jane Heimlich; Elisabeth Heimlich; the Heimlichs and prescription drug abuse; Phil Heimlich; Jon Goodwin; narco doctors Gerson Carr, Ryan Krebs, Milton Uhley
; Edward A. Patrick MD PhD & family; Heimlich Institute at Xavier University & Deaconess Associations; E. Anthony Woods, Patrick Ward, Barbara Lohr; Carolyn Pence Siemers; Michele Ashby, the Denver Gold Group, and the "malariotherapy" experiments in Africa; John L. Fahey MD, Xiaoping Chen, and the "malariotherapy" experiments in China; Victoria Wulsin MD, PhD; Rotary International; Ronald Sacher MD; Charles Pierce MD; Victor Esch MD; Ron Watson, Terry Watkins, Denise Schmidt RN, Billy Lindner, Natasha Stuckey, Tyronne Stuckey, Todd Schebor, Jack Baker, etc; Jeff Ellis & Associates, Larry Newell; National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO), John Hunsucker PhD; Jewish Hospital; Heimlich Valve & other inventions associated with my father; ventriloquist Paul Winchell, Joanne Carson, other California associates; Kathy Mansoor: Dan Gavriliu and the Reversed Gastric Tube Operation (RGT); James M. Fattu MD, Harry Gibbons MD, Glen Griffin MD, Rustum Roy PhD, other associates; "the Heimlich" for asthma, Hilary Hagan, Stephanie Hagan; Isaac Piha, Irene Bogachus; Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), Carol J. Spizzirri, Rita Mullins, Ciprina Spizzirri, Douglas R. Browne, John Donleavy; Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Neal Barnard MD, John J. Pippin MD; the Heimlich Group (NY); 1986 University of FL drowning study; 1982 Richard Day study (Yale); Jason Zengerle, Claire Farel MD; Robert Kraft, Joe Dehner, Stan Chesley, Jon Goodwin, Chris Finney, the late Bishop Herbert Thompson Jr., and other Cincinnati players; sexual misconduct, etc.