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Researchers’ possible link to malariotherapy scrutinized by Edward Chiao and Jeyling Chou, Daily Bruin (UCLA), November 21, 2002


Two UCLA researchers cleared in investigation, The Daily Bruin, January 7, 2003

New evidence leads to reopening of malariotherapy case by Jeyling Chou, The Daily Bruin, February 10, 2003

Scientists Linked to Heimlich Investigated by Robert Anglen, Cincinnati Enquirer (Sunday front page), February 16, 2003
(Dr. Heimlich's) experiments - which seek to destroy HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, by inducing high malarial fevers- have been criticized by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration and condemned by other health professionals and human rights advocates as a medical "atrocity.''
Letters may link scientists to controversy by Jeyling Chou, The Daily Bruin, February 17, 2003

UCLA Reopens Probe of Two Researchers - New information suggests they took part in experiments to inject AIDS patients with malaria-tainted blood, university says by Rebecca Trounson and Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2003

Therapy’s value challenged by Jeyling Chou, The Daily Bruin, February 23, 2003

Heimlich Falsely Claims He Invented Procedure by Robert Anglen, Cincinnati Enquirer (Sunday front page), March 16, 2003

Malarial Treatment for Chinese AIDS Patients Prompts Inquiry in US by Donald G. McNeil Jr, New York Times, March 4, 2003

Heimlich Maneuvers into AIDS Therapy by CNN-Reuters, April 14, 2003
"If Heimlich is really doing this, he should be put in jail," said Mark Harrington, executive director of Treatment Action Group, an AIDS research advocacy organization.

He and other AIDS experts question the ethics of subjecting already ill people to another deadly disease, possibly without the informed consent disclosures required in this country.

UCLA ties doctor to lab misconduct - Statement determines researcher's involvement in outlawed human testing Jeyling Chou, Daily Bruin, April 15, 2003

Researcher Violated Rules, UCLA Says by Rebecca Trounson and Charles Ornstein, Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2003

Board rebukes AIDS evaluator - Doctor had helped Heimlich associate by Robert Anglen, Cincinnati Enquirer, April 18, 2003

Dr. Eponymous by Brad Herzog, Cornell Alumni Magazine, March 2004

Doctor Enters Lifesaving Controversy by James Kirley, Vero Beach Press Journal, May 24, 2004

Life-savers press their case -- CPR advocates say Heimlich creator is causing dangerous indecision on which technique to use on near-drowning victims by Mayrav Saar, Orange County Register, June 15, 2004

Young Boy Who Drowned in Pool Fondly Remembered by Lory Pounder, St. Augustine Record, June 16, 2004

Heimlich Maneuver Controversial in Drowning Cases by Lory Pounder, St. Augustine Record, July 17, 2004

Heimlich's Maneuver - Henry Heimlich is Ohio's most revered doctor. He may also be the most dangerous. Ask his colleagues -- and his son by Thomas Francis, Cleveland Scene (cover story), August 11, 2004

Deadly Medicine - a safety debate over the Heimlich maneuver has local repercussions. A Philadelphia area doctor is distancing himself from a growing medical controversy by Steve Volk, Philadelphia Weekly, September 15, 2004

Questionable Maneuver by Jed Gottlieb, San Diego City Beat, September 22, 2004

Heimlich May Discuss Malaria Therapy for AIDS by Anita Wadhwani, Nashville Tennessean, October 30, 2004

Conference Uninvites Doctor Advocating Malaria Therapy for AIDS by Anita Wadhwani, Nashville Tennessean (front page), October 30, 2004

Playing Doctor - Lying on a resume isn't a crime - except when a doctor does it. Luckily for Edward Patrick, the Ohio Medical Board is forgiving by Thomas Francis, Cleveland Scene (cover story), October 27, 2004

Off the Deep End - Dr. Heimlich's Dangerous Maneuvers by Curt Guyette, Detroit Metro Times (cover story), December 8, 2004

Heimlich the Hero?, Cleveland Scene, December 29, 2004
(The) Cincinnati Business Courier recently announced that it would bestow its greatest honor, the Lifetime Health Care Hero Award, on the 84-year-old Heimlich.

...But the paper was quick to place the blame, er, credit for Heimlich's honor on a jury of community leaders.

...And just who nominated the dubious doctor? His lawyer, Joe Dehner.
The Trouble With Henry by Shane Johnson, Salt Lake City Weekly, December 29, 2004

Family Ties Unraveling - Henry Heimlich faces firing squad of criticism from surprising source by Dan Monk & Andrea Tortora, Cincinnati Business Courier (front page), January 24, 2005

Criticism won't deter Hero award by editor Rob Daumeyer, Cincinnati Business Courier, January 24, 2005

Quacks Duck When They See Cousin Bob by Steven Slosberg, The Day (New London, CT), March 3, 2005

Heimlich Debate Grows by Michael Risinit, The Journal News (Gannett - Westchester, NY) August 14, 2005

Boston University Doc Finds Heimlich's Role in 'Maneuver' Hard to Swallow by Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald, August 21, 2005

Outmaneuvered Parts I & II by Thomas Francis, Radar Magazine, November 10-11, 2005
To Heimlich Or Not?, a two-part series by Zach Brown, KTVO-TV, ABC affiliate, Kirksville, MO, November 15 & 16, 2005


The Heimlich Maneuvers by Linda Vaccariello, Cincinnati Magazine, December 2005

Geniul unui chirurg roman a fost recunoscut by Miruna Munteanu, Ziua, April 1, 2006 (Romanian newsmagazine article about Peter & Karen exposing Peter's father falsely claiming credit for the esophagus operation invented by Dr. Dan Gavriliu of Bucharest); via Google Translate, here's an English version entitled,
The genius of Roman(ian) surgeon was recognized

Enquirer Feature Had Dangerous Misinformation by Ben L. Kaufman, Cincinnati CityBeat, June 7, 2006 

Red Cross reverses policy on choking aid - To smack the back or squeeze the trunk: That is the life-and-death question by Abram Katz, New Haven Register, October 23, 2006


Is the Heimlich Maneuver Safe for Drowning Victims? by Kevin Lamb, Dayton Daily News (9-part series), September 1, 2006
- Heimlich finds little support for drowning-rescue theory
- Drowning experts question use of Heimlich maneuver
- Heimlich's son questions use of maneuver on drowning victims
- Heimlich claims his 'maneuver' can save people from drowning
- Heimlich says he has proof 'maneuver' works
- Researchers, Heimlich rarely agree on drowning prevention claims
- Lifeguard calls public campaign 'unethical' defiance of protocols
- On drowning...Dr. Henry Heimlich vs. the American Heart Association
- On the Web: Heimlich and drowning
Heimlich Family Feud - Commissioner (Phil Heimlich) offers to settle 'defamation' claim by Kevin Osborne, Cincinnati CityBeat, November 1, 2006

Red Cross Revises Tips on Helping the Choking by Misti Crane, Columbus Dispatch, November 5, 2006

Basics of First Aid: What to Do Until Medical Help Arrives by Bob Doughty and Shirley Griffith, Voice of America, November 13, 2006

The Maneuver Part II
by Chuck Goudie, ABC7 Chicago, November 17, 2006 - click here for text version:

Red Cross Revises Tips for Helping Choking Victims by Ken Picard, Seven Days (Burlington, VT), November 22, 2006

Backslaps dislodge Heimlich maneuver here
by Paul R
. Kopenkoskey, Grand Rapids Press, December 12, 2006

Foundation Ends its Relationship with Dr. Heimlich by Chuck Goudie, ABC7 Chicago, January 17, 2007 - click here for text version:

The Heimlich maneuver made its namesake famous. His son says the fame is undeserved, even dangerous by Kim Ode, Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 26, 2007

Red Cross Recommends Back Blows Before Heimlich by Colleen Creamer, Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, TN), February 12, 2007:

The only known study comparing Dr. Henry Heimlich's method, which he developed in 1974, and back blows was performed by three Yale scientists, Richard L. Day, Edmund S. Crelin and Arthur B. DuBois, in the 1980s.

The Heimlich method was adopted by the Red Cross in 1985 after an American Heart Association conference at which Day presented findings that backed the idea that blows drive food deeper into the windpipe.

"The paper itself states that it was funded by the Dysphasia Foundation and the Dysphasia Foundation changed its name shortly after the paper was published to The Heimlich Institute," said Heimlich's son, Peter.

Peter Heimlich said his father "bought" the study during which researchers measured air pressure at the mouths of volunteers receiving either back blows or abdominal thrusts.
Maneuvering Over Heimlich by Lenore Skenazy, Creators Syndicate, February 21, 2007

A New Maneuver - the circular history of a lifesaving procedure by Pamela Mills-Senn, Cincinnati Magazine, April 2007

Heimlich family maneuvers - Famed doctor plans Portland visit; Son says he’s dangerous, works to discredit him by Peter Korn, The Portland (OR) Tribune, Apr 13, 2007

Is Dr. Heimlich Really a Savior? by Brian Ross, ABC 20/20, June 8, 2007 and Dr. Heimlich’s New ‘Maneuver’: Cure AIDS With Malaria by Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee, ABC News website, June 8, 2007


Heimlich family feud on '20/20' (and published correction)
by Quan Truong, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 9, 2007

Heimlich criticism mounts by Kevin Osborne, Cincinnati CityBeat, June 11, 2007


Heimlich award to be presented despite protests by doctor's son By Emily Peck, The Decatur Daily, July 4, 2007

Heimlich removed from Spirit of America By Emily Peck, The Decatur Daily, July 6, 2007

Heimlich's son pushes to discredit famous dad by JR Santo, ABC News, July 18, 2007

Controversial Maneuver: Heimlich's claim that his famous procedure can save near-drowning victims is disputed by many, including his own son by Mike Riley, Asbury Park Press, August 14, 2007

Heimlich’s son cites Dallas case in dispute - he says dad is wrong in urging maneuver be used on near-drowning victims by Jennifer Learn-Andes, The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), August 22, 2007

Doctors choke on other use for Heimlich maneuver by Natalie Gagliordi, The Oracle (University of South Florida), October 1, 2007

Fighting for Air: Drowning and the Heimlich Maneuver  by Todd Spivak, Houston Press (cover story), October 11, 2007

Heimlich Maneuver by Patricia Murphy, KUOW-FM (Seattle Public Radio), December 3, 2007

Dangerous experiments: a cover-up - OH 2nd District campaign spot by Steve Black for Congress re: Dr. Victoria Wulsin and the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments, Democratic primary, Spring 2008


Democratic Congressional Candidate's Ties to Bizarre AIDS Research by Joseph Rhee, ABC News, July 3, 2008

Heimlich Maneuvering -Thousands of local schoolkids were taught a faulty lifesaving technique thanks to Manny Diaz by Tim Collie, Miami New Times, September 11, 2008


Schmidt ad raises questions about medical research by Ben Fischer, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 1, 2008

Not exactly your good doctor - OH 2nd District campaign spot by Re-Elect Jean Schmidt to Congress re: Dr. Victoria Wulsin and the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments, general election, Fall 2008




A miserable pension for a legendary surgeon by Miruna Munteanu, November 7, 2008, Jurnalul.ro, about how for four decades, my father built the first part of his career by falsely claimed credit for inventing a surgical procedure that was actually invented by Dr. Dan Gavriliu of Bucharest, and our efforts to give proper credit to Dr. Gavriliu. From the English version via Google Translate (with my slight grammar corrections):
Acclaimed professor Dan Gavriliu the first surgeon in the world who succeeded in 1951, complete replacement of an organ inventing reverse gastric tube procedure, lives today at age 93 with a pension of 749 lei per month.

...Professor Dan Gavriliu receives the monthly equivalent of about 250 dollars.
And a not unimportant detail, Dr. Henry Heimlich is a multimillionaire.

Swimming in Controversy - The Heimlich Maneuvers by Laurel Chesky, Austin Chronicle, January 23, 2009

Lawsuit Against Haap, Heimlich Dismissed by Kevin Osborne, Cincinnati CityBeat, July 14, 2009





The Heimlich Manoeuvre, radio documentary by Aviva Ziegler,  Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 27, 2009


Local Lifeguards Trained In Dangerous Techniques by Bennett Cunningham, CBS-TV News, Dallas, July 27, 2009 - click here for text version:

Doubts raised about Kalahari lifeguard trainers, Sandusky Register staff report, August 13, 2009

Questions Continue To Rise About Houston-Based Lifeguard Program by Mike Giglio, Houston Press, August 24, 2009

Group in Heimlich Scandal Disbands by Kevin Osborne, Cincinnati CityBeat, October 16, 2009

Court affirms judgment on defamation claim brought by 72-year-old doctor (Patrick v. Cleveland Scene) by Keith Arnold, Daily Reporter, December 29, 2009

Whatever Happened to? Dr Henry Heimlich by Paul Kendall, The Sunday Telegraph (UK), January 10, 2010

To thrust, or not to thrust? Debate over whether Heimlich maneuver should be the first response for choking by Lisa Chamoff, The Greenwich Time (CT), February 4, 2010

Obituary: Edward A Patrick - Championed the Heimlich manoeuvre, in a life embroiled with scandal by Jeanne Lenzer, British Medical Journal, March 13, 2010

the late Edward A. Patrick MD PhD FACEP

Heimlich Maneuvered - A gala at Cindy Landon's honoring a top scientist discredited by his son gets a venue change by Paul Teetor, LA Weekly, April 8, 2010


A group of physicians files a federal complaint against UMMC by Julie Straw, WLBT-TV, January 27, 2011:
In a new twist, the son of a famous doctor is speaking out against (the Physicians Committee for responsible Medicine).  Peter Heimlich, son of Dr. Henry Heimlich who created the Heimlich maneuver, claims his father allegedly used people for controversial medical research.  Dr. Heimlich serves on the board for PCRM which fights for ethical treatment of animals and humans.

"My concern is the organization seems to put the interest of pigs above human beings who are being subjected to violative medical research," said Peter Heimlich. 

PCRM has been criticized by others as being a "PETA front group" and even promotes a vegan diet on their web site.
This one will leave you all choked up by John Kominicki, syndicated column originating from the Long Island Business Journal, May 10, 2011

Bill highlights dispute over first aid for choking victims -Texas restaurants would no longer have to display Heimlich posters by Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman, May 16, 2011


Senate passes Heimlich poster bill by Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman, May 19, 2011

Media Fail on Water Safety Coverage by Ben Kaufman, Cincinnati CityBeat, May 26, 2011

(Northern Virginia) parks authority teaches lifeguards discredited Heimlich maneuver (UPDATE: Authority discards Heimlich) by Tom Jackman, The Washington Post, June 3, 2011


Heimlich, Dangerous? Experts discredit maneuver  by Eric S. Peterson, Salt Lake City Weekly, June 22, 2011

Paso Robles water park lifeguards use discredited Heimlich maneuver by Karlee Prazak, CalCoast News, August 22, 2011

Antigay consulting firm cites, withdraws animal-rights clients by Jen Colletta, Philadelphia Gay News, November 10, 2010

Peter's interview on Dr. Joe Schwarcz's radio show, CJAD-AM Montreal, November 20, 2011


It’s a life-saver - Two-step technique is recommended to help a choking person by Randi Bjornstad, Eugene (OR) Register-Guard, January 9, 2012
“Based on my experience, very few people, including medical professionals, are aware of the 2006 American Red Cross update,” Peter Heimlich, who lives in Atlanta, said in a subsequent e-mail message last week. “This was a major change in U.S. first-aid guidelines, but the Red Cross didn’t issue a press release so that the media could inform the public. I’ve asked Red Cross officials why they chose not to issue a press release, but I can’t get a straight answer.”
Enquirer Posts, Then Censors, Anti-Santorum Photos by Ben Kaufman, Cincinnati CityBeat, March 8, 2012

Applications of Illinois Eavesdropping Act still being debated - A whistleblower’s story by Susan Johnson, Rock River Times (Rockford, IL), March 14, 2012

Dangerous Maneuvers by Kendra Kozen, Senior Editor, Aquatics International magazine, May 2012 Special Report

Medical data shows the Heimlich maneuver is not effective in drowning rescue and may do more harm than good. Why is one agency still mandating use of the practice? 

Science Fiction by Gary Thill, Editor in Chief,
Aquatics International magazine, May 2012 editorial

(There) are times when science must be paramount, particularly when going with our gut means using people as guinea pigs. That is essentially what (NASCO) has decided to do in its use of the Heimlich maneuver for drowning rescues.

Heimlich Maneuver for Drowning Victims: Progress in Ending It? by Richard Connelly, Houston Press, May 21, 2012

Now, (Peter Heimlich) reports, (Cincinnati's) Heimlich Institute "has finally quit circulating my father's dangerous, thoroughly-discredited medical claims." The institute's website has, he says, "deleted its main pages recommending the Heimlich maneuver as an effective treatment for drowning rescue, to stop asthma attacks, and to treat cystic fibrosis."

USF professor fights Heimlich maneuver’s use in drowning by Margarita Abramova, The Oracle (University of South Florida), June 20, 2012:

The Heimlich Institute has stopped advocating on their website for the Heimlich maneuver to be used as a first aid measure for drowning victims.


But while the removal of information on the Heimlich maneuver and drowning is a victory of sorts for Peter Heimlich, the son of Dr. Henry Heimlich, who discovered the famous maneuver, and James Orlowski, a USF clinical professor who has worked to show the dangers of performing the Heimlich maneuver on drowning victims, the Heimlich Institute said they have not changed their stance on the maneuver’s importance.

Patrick Ward, executive director of Deaconess Associations, the parent company of the Heimlich Institute, said the Institute doesn’t take a position on the Heimlich maneuver for drowning. The Institute’s main function, he said, is teaching the Heimlich maneuver for choking.

“We’ve cleaned out a lot of stuff on that site because all we’re going to do is focus on the (education initiatives),” he said. “We’re not talking about anything else.”

But Peter Heimlich, whose website has long been dedicated to disproving his father’s theory in relation to drowning and called his father’s work on the subject “dangerous quackery,” said the removal of the information had more significance. It happened shortly after he sent an email to Ward and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Waterpark Safety by Brenda Flanagan, FOX-TV I-Team reporter, New York/New Jersey, July 10, 2012; also see my July 11, 2012 blog item, FOX-TV reporter Brenda Flanagan gets Cincinnati's Heimlich Institute on record - after 40 years, they've stopped promoting the Heimlich maneuver for drowning rescue



Questionable Study has UC Ties by Benjamin Goldschmidt, The University of Cincinnati News Record, December 5, 2012 

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.”

Asthma Probe by Maria Bradshaw, the Barbados Sunday Sun, December 16, 2012

Questions 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 Heimlich’s queries.

...(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.”

Duke 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

Mystery Study
by Shawn Cumberbatch, Barbados Today, August 7, 2013.

The Ministry of Health is officially probing the existence of a controversial asthma study purportedly done in Barbados and involving a famous American physician.

But 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 its existence.

...Last 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.

...“(I) wish to acknowledged receipt of your correspondence and inform you that the matter is being investigated,” Springer said in his July 10 letter.

“So 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."

Saint Louis University defends Chinese malaria research linked to discredited AIDS study by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press, August 21, 2013

Saint 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 experts.

..."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.
St. Louis University Under Fire for Work with Doctor Who Infected AIDS Patients with Malaria by Sam Levin, Riverfront Times, September 9, 2013
With specific citations, (Peter) Heimlich writes in an e-mail to Daily RFT:
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.

"Why 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.
Henry Heimlich: At 94, Cincinnati's famous, polarizing doctor still working to shape his legacy by Lucy May, WCPO-Digital, February 9, 2014:
Heimlich has spoken publicly many times about how a Chinese soldier dying in his arms inspired his invention of the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve years later. He told WCPO he trained Chinese soldiers to form their first-ever medical corps for the guerilla army, an account repeated in his book.

Frederick Webster said he served as assistant to “Doc Heimlich” at Camp 4. Webster said he doesn’t recall the dying soldier or any medical corps training, although he said there were a few weeks where the men’s service there did not overlap.

“You really can’t believe any of the stories the veterans tell you,” said Webster, who is 93 and lives in Vermont. “The Chinese soldiers never seriously needed help.”

Webster told WCPO detailed stories of how Heimlich treated the Chinese and life at the camp.

Heimlich said he doesn’t remember Webster and questioned whether the two men actually served together.

“He doesn’t mean anything to me at all,” Heimlich said.
Dr. Heimlich’s final maneuver: detailing his controversial life by Deborah Kotz, Boston Globe, February 7, 2014:
He’s been called a “fraud” by his son Peter and criticized by many in the medical community....
Dr. 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 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,” she wrote.

  For years before his death in 2009, Patrick said he was the co-developer of the Heimlich Maneuver and hadn’t received credit publicly.
New autobiography tells story of the man behind the Heimlich maneuver by Chris Boyette, CNN, February 12, 2014:
Heimlich has argued his maneuver can be used for resuscitating drowning victims and for both acute and preventive treatment of asthma.

The American Red Cross does not support using the maneuver for drowning. (Even for someone who's choking, the agency's first-aid procedure recommends first doing five back slaps and then five Heimlich abdominal thrusts.) Other experts have noted cases where performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a drowning victim did additional damage.

As for asthma, medical experts have long questioned the maneuver's effectiveness as a treatment. In an article published in Modern Medicine in 1997, doctors noted that asthma is a disease of chronic inflammation; while the Heimlich Maneuver may help clear mucous plugs that form in the lungs, it won't treat the inflammation that causes an attack. Only medication can do that.

In China, Heimlich teamed up with local doctors to test another one of his theories: that malaria can be used to treat chronic Lyme disease, cancer and HIV. Put simply, Heimlich believes purposefully injecting patients with the deadly disease and letting it go untreated for a few weeks will strengthen patients' immune systems.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opposes malarial therapy, and many medical experts have criticized Heimlich's testing methods, including his testing on human patients.

Heimlich's son, Peter Heimlich, writes a blog, on which he has spent years trying to draw attention to his father's "wide-ranging, unseen history of fraud."

Calling it a "family issue," Heimlich doesn't talk about his son, but says there is evidence to back up all his ideas.

Peter Heimlich has disputed his father's account that JAMA named the medical procedure after him. In response CNN contacted JAMA, but the journal was unable to verify or discount either Heimlich's claim.

94-year-old Heimlich maneuver namesake pens autobiography by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press, February 17, 2014:
Heimlich now lives in an assisted-living facility but responds to emails and letters about his work and makes guest appearances with the Heimlich Heroes program. The program designed to teach young people how to use the Heimlich maneuver allows him to still pursue his passion for saving lives.
Click here for my blog items about the "Heimlich Heroes" program teaching students to perform the Heimlich maneuver to revive unconscious choking victims, a treatment that's unapproved by the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. In the interests of public safety, I shared that information with AP editors and requested an addendum to Ms. Cornwell's article -- they refused. Correspondence on request -- PMH

Henry Heimlich’s New Book Deserves Informed Reviews by Ben L. Kaufman, Cincinnati CityBeat, March 5th, 2014

As interviews and reviews of the autobiographical Heimlich’s Maneuvers accumulate, (Peter Heimlich’s) scrapbook of corrections and clarifications is getting fatter. So is his collection of refusals to correct or clarify what he says were egregious errors or credulous repetition of his father’s contradictory statements. 

Among Peter Heimlich’s proudest achievement are corrections in influential national pre-publication reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review and Booklist. [Click here for my related blog item.] All three initially ignored Romanian surgeon Dan Gavriliu and credited Heimlich alone with inventing the Heimlich-Gavriliu esophagus replacement procedure.

Meanwhile, Peter Heimlich is chasing news media that repeated his father’s claim that editors of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) renamed abdominal thrusts the “Heimlich Maneuver” years ago.
Lifesaving spaniel earns pat on the head from (Peter) Heimlich by Guto Llewellyn, Carmarthen Journal (Wales), March 26, 2014:
Lifesaving spaniel Mollypops has been praised by none other than the son of the inventor of the Heimlich manoeuvre.
Owner Rachel Hayes, 40, from Drefach Felindre, had been choking on a chew sweet for several minutes and believed she was about to die until her pet jumped on her back, dislodging the sweet.

Since the Carmarthen Journal reported the story last week news of Mollypops's heroism has spread across the world, even drawing the attention of Peter Heimlich, whose father Henry invented the Heimlich manoeuvre.

The Heimlich manoeuvre involves using a series of abdominal thrusts on a choking victim in a bid to dislodge the item. However, the technique has been called into question, and by now it is advised that people follow St John Ambulance advice instead of the Heimlich manoeuvre.

This involves using hard blows on the upper back of the victim.

Peter Heimlich said: "I give big props to Mollypops. Based on what I've read in the Journal, she's strictly up to date on St John Ambulance's first aid recommendations, plus she kept her cool in a stressful situation.

"I'd urge all creatures great and small to follow her example and learn how to respond to choking and other medical emergencies."
Lagoon lifeguards will no longer use Heimlich maneuver by Mark Saal, Standard Examiner, Ogden, Utah, May 8, 2014:
Beginning this year, lifeguards at Lagoon-A-Beach will not use the lower abdominal thrusts as a resuscitation method, after the State of Utah determined the technique didn’t meet required standards.
Late last year, the Utah Department of Health denied an application from the National Aquatic Safety Company to continue to train and certify lifeguards at two Utah parks — Lagoon-A-Beach, in Farmington, and Cowabunga Bay, in Draper.
...Utah’s ban on the thrusts is welcome news for Peter Heimlich, son of Henry Heimlich, the doctor who is credited with the invention of the maneuver named after him. The younger Heimlich, who lives in suburban Atlanta, has been on a crusade of sorts to stop his father’s technique from being used on near-drowning victims across the country. And he’s talking to anyone who will listen.

While the Heimlich maneuver is valuable for dislodging a piece of food or other solid obstruction from a choking person’s airway, Peter Heimlich says the only evidence that it works on drowning victims is a handful of anecdotal reports.

“I’m still shocked by his ‘Heimlich for drowning’ scam, which started in August 1974,” Heimlich said of his father in a recent email interview with the Standard-Examiner.

And he says he’s not the only one who’s shocked.

“Long before I entered the picture, the top medical and water safety organizations and drowning experts had thoroughly reviewed and dismissed my father’s claims,” Heimlich said. “They unanimously agreed that the treatment was unproven, has no merit, and was potentially harmful.”
Texas Lifeguards Are Still Taught Potentially Harmful Technique by Craig Malisow, May 28, 2014

Unlike the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the United States Lifeguard Coalition, and the International Life Saving Federation, a Texas-based company called NASCO still teaches lifeguards to administer abdominal thrusts to drowning victims while they're in the water. The aforementioned authorities say that this procedure is at best non-beneficial and at worst detrimental.

As illustrated by the Press' Todd Spivak in 2007, while most medical and aquatic experts have stated that applying the Heimlich maneuver to a drowning victim delays, if only for a few seconds, the all-important CPR.


Also, experts say that the Heimlich could cause a victim to aspirate vomit into his lungs.

But John Hunsucker, founder of Dickinson-based National Aquatics Safety Company (NASCO), doesn't have much use for mainstream scientific opinion. He's a professor emeritus at the University of Houston and, according to NASCO's website, holds degrees in mathematics, physics, and engineering.

"These so-called medical experts -- screw 'em," Hunsucker told the Press in 2007.
But NASCO isn't some obscure company whose adherence to faulty science is of no practical application to the real world: it's one of the nation's largest lifeguard certification agencies for water parks, and Hunsucker has won awards from the National Water Safety Congress and the Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics. As we wrote in 2007, Hunsucker "was elected to the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, he was recognized by Aquatics International magazine as among the industry's most influential people."
Via Lifeguards trained in controversial procedure by Cindy Weightman, WBGO-FM, Newark, NJ, June 30, 2014

Dr. Peter Wernicki is a member of the American Red Cross Science Advisory Council.

“Using the Heimlich maneuver to resuscitate drowning victims) is not supported by any scientific body throughout the world. There are protocols that have been developed by the American Red Cross, the International LifeSaving Committee and the American Heart Associationand those protocols are based in science. Use of the Heimlich Maneuver is not,” Wernicki said.

...Barbara Caracci is the Director of Program Development and Training for First Aid Programs at the National Safety Council.  She says the Heimlich Maneuver should never be used in drowning situations, especially when someone is unconscious.

“Absolutely not, because the reason for the person’s unresponsiveness has nothing to do with airway obstruction, which is what abdominal thrusts are for. In the case of someone who is drowning, they need CPR and they need it as soon as possible.”

Via Lifeguard training company won't abandon use of controversial technique by Joel Eisenbaum, KPRC, July 11, 2014




Via Question Triggers Probe into Drowning by Harrison Berry, Boise Weekly, July 16, 2014:

In the late afternoon of June 23, Ada County Paramedics pulled Felix Martinez from the New York Canal....(Boise firefighter Brent) Matthews said he used the Heimlich maneuver -- an emergency technique in which abdominal thrusts are repeated until a blockage is pushed out of a choking victim's airway -- until sand and other debris poured out of Martinez's mouth.

Martinez's condition worsened; within five days, he was dead.

...Martinez, a homeless man, may not have attracted much attention prior to the incident, but because of the circumstances of his rescue, he has been the subject of a formal inquiry -- in large part because of Peter Heimlich....


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