On Nov. 19, the
University of Cincinnati received one of five inquiry
letters sent to organizations that could be linked to
an offshore, potentially controversial experiment.
Peter Heimlich, son of
Henry Heimlich - famous for the Heimlich Maneuver
choking rescue treatment - sent the inquiry
letters in hopes of obtaining more information on the
experiment, which was performed on children in
Barbados, according to a study published in the West Indian
Medical Journal in 2005.
...The study tested whether or
not a modified version of the Heimlich Maneuver could
stop an acute asthma attack or treat asthma symptoms
without contemporary treatment...The 67 children who
participated were between the ages of six and 16.
“Since at least 1996,
based on dubious evidence, my father has claimed that
the Heimlich Maneuver can stop asthma attacks, but
asthma experts have expressed strong doubts,” Peter
Heimlich said. “For example, in 2005, Loren
Greenway, administrative director of respiratory and
pulmonary medicine for Intermountain Health Care in
Salt Lake City, told a reporter that using the
Heimlich maneuver in an acute asthmatic condition …
could actually kill somebody.”
are being raised about an asthma study in Barbados
in 2002, involving children and using a modified
version of the Heimlich manoeuvre.
Peter Heimlich, son of Dr. Henry Heimlich, who made
famous the life-saving technique used on choking
victims, has been investigating the Barbados study
with a view to finding out if legal and ethical
guidelines were followed.
...The Barbados study was conducted by a team of
researchers led by respected paediatrician,
Professor Anne St. John.
In an email to this newspaper, (Dr. St. John)
stated...that the Ministry of Health was carrying
out an investigation into the matter, given
...(Peter Heimlich) has written to Minister of
Health Donville Inniss and officials at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital, enquiring about the study. He
charged that he had evidence that his father, whose
work has been discredited, contributed US$1000 to
the Barbados study.
Of the Barbados study, he asked: “Why did the
researchers think this was a good idea? And who
arranged, funded and conducted the study?”
He said he had evidence that in 1999 his father
attempted to conduct a similar asthma study at
Cincinnati’s Deaconess Hospital, but had been turned
down by the hospital’s Institutional Review Board
(IRB). ...(Dr. St.
John) said that “not one of the subjects in the
study suffered any fatality.”
the Deceiver? A
controversial figure interviews a top-selling
Milwaukee author by Matt Hrodey,
Milwaukee Magazine, January 7, 2012
Heimlich, After the Maneuver Limelight by
Lindsay Abrams, The Atlantic, March 11, 2013
Son of Henry Heimlich questions UCLA researchers’
involvement in his father’s controversial
malariotherapy study by Naheed Rajwani and
Alessandra Daskalakis, The Daily Bruin, May 6, 2013
Study by Shawn Cumberbatch, Barbados
Today, August 7, 2013.
Ministry of Health is officially probing the
existence of a controversial asthma study
purportedly done in Barbados and involving a
famous American physician.
amid continued external queries about whether the
research “followed legal and ethical guidelines”,
Acting Permanent Secretary Tennyson Springer said
initial investigations had found no evidence of
month Springer responded on the Ministry of Health’s
behalf and told (Peter) Heimlich that there was no
knowledge of the study which was said to have
involved 67 minors.
wish to acknowledged receipt of your
correspondence and inform you that the matter is
being investigated,” Springer said in his July 10
far, there has been no institutional memory or
documentation of this research. However, the
Ministry of Health will continue to probe into
this alleged project."
Louis University defends Chinese malaria
research linked to discredited AIDS study
by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press, August 21,
Louis University is vigorously defending a research
partnership with a Chinese scientist whose work on a
study that intentionally infected AIDS patients with
malaria was roundly condemned by public health
Louis University Under Fire for Work with Doctor
Who Infected AIDS Patients with Malaria by
Sam Levin, Riverfront Times, September 9, 2013
..."These experiments would never be permitted
in the U.S. and other countries because they violate
laws protecting the rights of humans used in medical
research," (Peter Heimlich) said, referring to a
2003 internal inquiry by the University of
California-Los Angeles after one of its scientists
was linked to Heimlich's work abroad. "When I wrote
to Father Biondi, I assumed SLU was unaware of Dr.
Chen's malariotherapy history and that the school
would be concerned. When I received Dr. Tait's
letter, I was surprised to learn that the university
had no interest."
University spokeswoman Nancy Solomon declined an
Associated Press request to interview Tait and the
two university researchers who oversee its global
health research center, a pair of former Pfizer Inc.
drug discovery scientists. Both Chen and the Chinese
research center — the equivalent of the National
Science Foundation in this country - did not
immediately respond to interview requests Wednesday.
With specific citations, (Peter)
Heimlich writes in an e-mail to Daily RFT:
Henry Heimlich: Letter accuses famed doctor of
being 'dishonest' in his new memoir
by Lucy May, WCPO-Digital, February 11, 2014. The
complete story's behind a paywall. Click
here to read Joy Patrick's letter via my
February 11 blog item that broke the story:
The "malariotherapy" experiments in
China, conducted for over a decade by Dr. Chen in
conjunction with Cincinnati's Heimlich Institute,
have been called "atrocities" by the World Health
Organization. Medical experts have condemned the
work as "charlatanism of the highest order."
Research subjects included prisoners who were
controlled by hired guards. In one case, a woman
with full-blown AIDS, suffering from pneumonia and
hooked up to oxygen, was infected with malaria.
...SLU's school of medicine was awarded a $566,640
National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, to
"identify novel antimalarial drug targets and
compound classes that kill the parasitic
microorganism that causes malaria, which afflicts
more than one billion people and kills about 1
million annually." A spokeswoman confirms to Daily
RFT that this grant is part of the GIBH project.
are U.S. tax dollars funding research by a doctor
responsible for conducting what a World Health
Organization report called medical 'atrocities?'"
(Peter) Heimlich says in an e-mail to Daily RFT
regarding the NIH grant.
same day Dr. Henry Heimlich’s new memoir was
released nationwide, an ex-wife of an old colleague
has accused the famous doctor of being “dishonest
and unjust” in the book.
Joy Patrick, whose ex-husband was the
late Dr. Edward Patrick, wrote in a letter to
Heimlich that she was “livid” when she found out
Heimlich’s book “includes no mention of Edward.”
“I can only assume that you have no idea of the
pain this causes me and my children, especially …
the beautiful son and daughter I had with Edward,”
For years before his death in 2009,
Patrick said he was the co-developer of the Heimlich
Maneuver and hadn’t received credit publicly.
MORE TO COME....