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
Heimlich finds little support for drowning-rescue
Drowning experts question use of Heimlich maneuver
Heimlich's son questions use of maneuver on drowning
Heimlich claims his 'maneuver' can save people from
Heimlich says he has proof 'maneuver' works
Researchers, Heimlich rarely agree on drowning
Lifeguard calls public campaign 'unethical' defiance
On drowning...Dr. Henry Heimlich vs. the American
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
The Maneuver Part II by Chuck Goudie, ABC7
Chicago, November 17, 2006:
Red Cross Revises Tips
for Helping Choking Victims by Ken
Picard, Seven Days (Burlington, VT), November 22, 2006
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
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
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 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.
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
Back blows are "death blows," Dr. Heimlich declared long and loud as
he lobbied for his maneuver's acceptance 30 years ago. In 1985, Surgeon
General C. Everett Koop endorsed this view, dubbing backslaps
"hazardous." After that, only the Heimlich Maneuver was considered
What most people don't realize, Dr. Heimlich's son, Peter Heimlich,
said, is that "Koop was an old friend of my father's, and he did it as a
(Was Dr. Heimlich's badgering),
not science, the reason for the switch from back blows to the
maneuver? Dr. William Montgomery, who chaired the 1985 CPR conference
and currently practices in Hawaii, and Dr. Roger White, who chaired
panel discussions on the management of foreign-body airway
obstructions and who currently serves as consultant and professor at
the Mayo Clinic, told me via email that neither Heimlich's antics nor
concerns over the AHA'sand ARC's
reputations had anything to do with the decision—although they both
recall that there was no especially compelling evidence or argument
in favor of the maneuver.
maneuvers - Famed doctor plans Portland visit; Son
says he’s dangerous, works to discredit him
by Peter Korn, The Portland (OR) Tribune, April 13,
However, in a 2004
e-mail to Peter Heimlich (who corresponded with White using a
pseudonym), White is significantly less blase about Dr. Heimlich's
role. "There was never any science here," White wrote.
"Heimlich overpowered science all along the way with his slick
tactics and intimidation, and everyone, including us at the AHA,
Choke Artist by Jason Zengerle, The New
Republic, April 23, 2007
from Peter: In 2004,
Jason Zengerle was contracted by The New Yorker
magazine to write the above article. However,
shortly after the publication of Thomas
Francis's stellar November 2005 two-part Radar
Magazine expose, New Yorker editor Amy
Davidson refused to publish Zengerle's article.
Zengerle told me so in a series of e-mails.Norsk lege endret internasjonal praksis; Audun Langhelles studie har satt Heimlich-manøveren på prøve by Randi Johannessen, Aftenposten (Oslo, Norway), May 24, 2007Is 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,
Two years later, after Zengerle had
unsuccessfully shopped the article to a variety of
publications (he told me so),The New Republic
published it without informing readers the
information was two years old.
Ironically, what appears to have been
Zengerle's attempt to do a softball article about
my father and to damage my reputation, resulted in
ABC 20/20 moving forward with the following story.
Zengerle's motives remain unclear, but I've detailed
facts behind the problematic
reporting and editing of his article (and the role
of his wife, AIDS researcher Claire Farel MD) on
my web page, The
family feud on '20/20' (and published correction)
by Quan Truong, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 9, 2007
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
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
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
for Air: Drowning and the Heimlich Maneuver
by Todd Spivak, Houston
Press (cover story), October 11, 2007
by Patricia Murphy, KUOW-FM (Seattle Public Radio),
December 3, 2007
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,
Congressional Candidate's Ties to Bizarre AIDS
Research by Joseph Rhee, ABC News, July
-Thousands of local schoolkids were taught a faulty
lifesaving technique thanks to Manny Diaz
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:
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
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.
in Controversy - The Heimlich Maneuvers by
Laurel Chesky, Austin Chronicle, January 23, 2009
...Professor Dan Gavriliu receives the
monthly equivalent of about 250 dollars.
And a not unimportant detail, Dr. Henry Heimlich is
Lawsuit Against Haap,
Heimlich Dismissed by Kevin Osborne,
Cincinnati CityBeat, July 14, 2009
Heimlich Manoeuvre, radio documentary by Aviva
Ziegler, Australian Broadcasting
Corporation, July 27, 2009
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
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
group of physicians files a federal complaint
against UMMC by Julie Straw, WLBT-TV,
January 27, 2011:
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
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
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
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
Probe by Maria Bradshaw, the Barbados Sunday
Sun, December 16, 2012
the Deceiver? A
controversial figure interviews a top-selling
Milwaukee author by Matt Hrodey, Milwaukee
Magazine, January 7, 2012
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.”
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
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
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
wish to acknowledged receipt of your correspondence
and inform you that the matter is being
investigated,” Springer said in his July 10 letter.
far, there has been no institutional memory or
documentation of this research. However, the
Ministry of Health will continue to probe into this
Louis University defends Chinese malaria research
linked to discredited AIDS study by Alan
Scher Zagier, Associated Press, August 21, 2013
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
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:
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
...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.
Henry Heimlich: At
94, Cincinnati's famous, polarizing doctor still
working to shape his legacy by Lucy May,
WCPO-Digital, February 9, 2014:
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.
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.
Heimlich’s final maneuver: detailing his
controversial life by Deborah Kotz, Boston
Globe, February 7, 2014:
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.
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
told WCPO detailed stories of how Heimlich treated the
Chinese and life at the camp.
said he doesn’t remember Webster and questioned
whether the two men actually served together.
doesn’t mean anything to me at all,” Heimlich said.
He’s been called a “fraud” by his son
Peter and criticized by many in the medical
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:
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
autobiography tells story of the man behind the
Heimlich maneuver by Chris Boyette, CNN,
February 12, 2014:
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
For years before his death in 2009,
Patrick said he was the co-developer of the Heimlich
Maneuver and hadn’t received credit publicly.
Heimlich has argued his maneuver can be
used for resuscitating drowning victims and for both
acute and preventive treatment of asthma.
Heimlich maneuver namesake pens autobiography
by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press, February 17, 2014:
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
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.
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'
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
Peter Heimlich, writes a blog,
on which he has spent years trying to draw attention
to his father's "wide-ranging, unseen history of
Calling it a
"family issue," Heimlich doesn't talk about his son,
but says there is evidence to back up all his ideas.
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.
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.
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
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.
spaniel earns pat on the head from (Peter) Heimlich
by Guto Llewellyn, Carmarthen Journal (Wales), March 26,
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.
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 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.
lifeguards will no longer use Heimlich maneuver
by Mark Saal, Standard Examiner, Ogden, Utah, May 8,
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
This involves using hard blows on the upper back of
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
"I'd urge all creatures great and small to follow her
example and learn how to respond to choking and other
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.
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.
Lifeguards Are Still Taught Potentially Harmful
Technique by Craig Malisow, May 28, 2014
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
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
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.
trained in controversial procedure by Cindy
Weightman, WBGO-FM, Newark, NJ, June 30, 2014
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
experts say that the Heimlich could cause a victim to
aspirate vomit into his lungs.
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.
so-called medical experts -- screw 'em," Hunsucker
told the Press in 2007.
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
training company won't abandon use of controversial
technique by Joel Eisenbaum, KPRC, July 11,
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.
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.”
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
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.
A Rescue Attempt, A Death, And A TV Story Are
Causing Problems For Boise by Adam
Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio, August 7, 2014:
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....
Peter Heimlich is not satisfied with the
city’s explanation of what happened.
Maneuver inventor's son demands answers after Boise
drowning by Chris Oswalt, FOX9 News (Boise,
ID) August 13, 2014
began as a concern regarding possible improper medical
treatment given to Mr. Martinez seems to have turned
into something bigger,” he says. “The mayor, the fire
chief and others appear to be trying to change the
Peter Heimlich asked Boise’s city ethics commission to
“investigate the investigation.”
Dr. Heimlich Maneuvered Hollywood Into Backing His
Dangerous AIDS "Cure" by Seth Abramovitch, The
Hollywood Reporter, August 14, 2014
At the height of the crisis, the inventor
of the famous anti-choking technique claimed HIV could
be cured by injecting patients with malaria. New
documents reveal how stars like Jack Nicholson and Ron
Howard gave thousands to his cause
'Chicago Hope' Dealt in Heimlich, Malariotherapy and
AIDS by Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood
Reporter, August 14, 2014
The Right Way to Stop Choking by Daniela Ongaro, The Daily Telegraph (Australia), October 29, 2014:
popularised by Hollywood, the manoeuvre (invented by American
physician, Dr Henry Heimlich in the 1970s and introduced in the US) has
never been accepted practice in Australia.
Heimlich maneuver on unconscious persons causes controversy by Nick Kammerer, Rambler Newspapers (Irving, TX), November 24, 2014
The Australian Resuscitation Council in its June 2014 guidelines states:
“Life-threatening complications associated with use of abdominal
thrusts have been reported in 32 case reports.
“Therefore, the use of abdominal thrusts in the management of Foreign
Body Airway Obstruction is not recommended. Instead back blows and chest
thrusts should be used.”
St John’s Ambulance First Aid trainer Nick Allison says Australian
resuscitation experts do not recommend the Heimlich, which has attracted
significant controversy for the risks it poses and the lack of
scientific evidence supporting its use.
“The Heimlich manoeuvre looks dramatic, which is why you see it in all the movies,” Allison says.
“It came out in the US but there were concerns because of the damage
being caused (to victims) such as broken ribs and the difficulty
involved in using it if the choking person was a larger person.
“It’s not a recommended technique because it can be dangerous.”
Peter Heimlich questions a country singer’s Heimlich maneuver story in People magazine by Jim Romenesko, JimRomenesko.com, February 8, 2015
entities, such as the American Heart Association and the
American Red Cross, do not recommend using the Heimlich maneuver on
unconscious patients; however, the American College of Emergency
Physicians (ACEP) and Henry Heimlich have advocated the practice....In
an effort to uncover the scientific reasoning behind ACEP’s
stance, this reporter contacted ACEP representatives and even visited
their headquarters in Irving. Unfortunately, physicians refused to
comment on the matter and referred this office to a media liaison in
Washington D.C. who did not respond by press time.
...Peter Heimlich, son of Henry Heimlich, has also made several attempts to
contact ACEP. He has also met the ACEP’s reluctance to comment on a
medical practice the College openly advocates. Due to the lack of
response, Peter reached out to Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the
Texas Department of State Health Services. Peter listed a copy of the
letter on his blog, and he is currently waiting for a response.
...Heimlich Heroes, a Cincinnati-based first aid program developed partly
by Henry Heimlich, is teaching students to perform the Heimlich maneuver
on unconscious choking victims. This means that school children are
being taught a medical practice that is not recommended by the American
Heart Association or Red Cross, two highly credible public health
Journalist Peter Heimlich, whose father
developed the “Heimlich maneuver,” has tried since 2012 to verify the
above Heimlich claim by Luke Bryan in People Country magazine. The
singer, his managers, and even his mother won’t discuss the story with the skeptical journalist. The magazine isn’t interested in checking the claim, either, says Heimlich.Bamboozled: Breakwater Beach security breach puts hundreds of employee documents online by
Hundreds of documents containing personal information of some
employees at Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach Waterpark at Casino Pier in
Seaside Heights have been available online to anyone who clicks in the
right place, Bamboozled has learned.
7/15/15: 2 Investigates: CDC gives millions of tax dollars to shady nonprofit by Jodie Fleisher, WSB-TV (ABC Atlanta)
The documents include copies of Social Security cards, driver's
licenses, birth certificates, passports, student IDs, tax forms,
seasonal work agreements, minor consent forms and employment eligibility
forms from the Department of Homeland Security.
...The information about the breach came to Bamboozled in an interesting way.
Peter Heimlich of Atlanta is an independent blogger with a journalism
background. His father is Henry J. Heimlich, the famed physician for
whom "the Heimlich maneuver" was named.
...Earlier this week, (Peter) Heimlich...came across the personnel information.
"It couldn't have been easier (to find)" he said.
And then he contacted Bamboozled.
The CDC is refusing to answer Channel 2 Action News' questions about a
high-ranking employee who served on the board of a now-defunct
nonprofit that's been the subject of a series of scandals.
Save A Life Foundation (SALF) also happened to receive more than $3
million in CDC funding, much of it while that same employee was serving
as the nonprofit's treasurer.
Downfall of a Non-Profit: The Ongoing Saga of the Save A Life
Foundation -- Peter Heimlich provides a full look at the rise and fall
of the Schiller Park-based organization by Tim Moran, Patch.com:
"Save A Life was a fraud, it can't
be described as anything but a total fraud," said attorney Jennifer
Bonjean, who represents a whistleblower who used to work there.
PMH: Here’s one of the biggest problems. In funding
applications that pulled in millions of dollars, SALF claimed their
trainers provided in-school first aid classes to hundreds of thousands
of students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). A program of that scope
would have produced tens of thousands of pages of documents. But in
response to a federal court subpoena and FOIA requests, CPS failed to
produce a single training record: no correspondence, no scheduling, no
employee records, no evaluations, just a handful of SALF press releases
hyping their relationship with then-Chicago Public Schools head Arne
11/4/15: Katz faces criticism for book review by David Yaffe-Bellany, which I first reported via my blog on 9/30/15:
SALF’s training was supposed to be free to the schools, so
why did Duncan personally arrange a $174,000 contract with Spizzirri to
train thousands of students? Further, CPS wrote me that they have no
records for the program except the contract and paid invoices to SALF,
and that Duncan was entirely responsible. But when I and others have
tried to get answers from Duncan – who was close to SALF for years and reportedly called Spizzirri “one of my heroes” – he won’t answer. Why not?
In 2011, CPS Inspector General James Sullivan wrote me that there’s no statute of limitations on vendor fraud, so I submitted a thoroughly-documented investigation request
asking him to look into what happened to the money CPS paid SALF
including the contact Duncan arranged with Spizzirri. Despite multiple
follow-ups, I’ve never received a reply, so presumably Sullivan wants to
bury the mess.
In February 2014, David Katz MPH ’93, the director of the
Yale School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center, wrote two glowing
online reviews of a science-fiction novel called reVision.
In his biweekly column in The Huffington Post, Katz lauded
the book’s “lyrically beautiful writing,” comparing it to the work of a
veritable “who’s who” of great writers, including Plato, John Milton
and Charles Dickens. “I finished with a sense of illumination from a
great source,” he concluded. “The most opportune comparison may be to a
fine wine.” Katz had used similar language two days earlier in a
five-star product review he posted on the book’s page on Amazon.
But Katz omitted a crucial detail from both reviews: the
subject of his praise was his own self-published passion project,
released two months earlier under the pseudonym Samhu Iyyam.
...In recent weeks, the Amazon and Huffington Post reviews
have drawn significant criticism from doctors and pundits who disagree
with Katz’s support for the United States Dietary Guidelines, a set of
nutrition standards that help determine the contents of school lunches.
Katz, an internationally renowned nutrition expert, told the News that
the social-media backlash against the reviews is part of a smear
campaign engineered by groups aiming to undermine the federal
But Fred Brown, a spokesman for the Society of
Professional Journalists, told the News the Huffington Post column was
blatantly unethical, and the blogger, Peter Heimlich, who wrote about
the Amazon review in late September and contacted the News shortly
after, said he is not involved in the debate over the guidelines.
...On Oct. 24, Katz addressed the controversy in another
Huffington Post column, insisting that Internet bullies had dug up the
reviews in an effort to discredit his nutritional advice.11/13/15: Suspects often claim abuse injuries stem from CPR, Heimlich effort by Justin Strawser, The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA
But Heimlich, who contacted the News about the controversy, said he was unaware of the guidelines dispute.
“Instead of trying to change the subject, [Katz] should
man up and explain what happened,” Heimlich said.
11/20/15: Yale doc loses 2 HuffPo blog posts after secretly promoting his novel by Shannon Palus, Retraction Watch
The Huffington Post has retracted two blog posts by prominent Yale nutritionist David Katz
after learning he had posted incredibly favorable reviews of a new
novel — and not revealed that he had written the novel himself, under a
12/5/16: Nutritionist Wrote Two Positive Reviews of his Own Book, Huffington Post Deletes by
Sydney Smith, IMedia Ethics:
There’s no doubt Katz is a prolific writer — in addition to a couple
hundred scientific articles and textbook chapters, Katz regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. He’s also the author of a novel, reVision, under the pen name Samhu Iyyam. Last year, Katz wrote a pair of incredibly favorable reviews of reVision on The Huffington Post that implied he had discovered the novel as a reader. The Huffington Post has taken them down, as blogger Peter Heimlich — yes, related to the maneuver — reported earlier this week. According to Heimlich, a 5-star Amazon review of “Iyyam’s” book, written by Katz, has also been removed.
The Huffington Post unpublished two blogposts by Yale
nutritionist David Katz after it was revealed he wrote articles praising
his own book. However, the conflict in the blogposts wasn’t obvious
because Katz’s book was written under a pseudonym.
1/13/16: Heimlich remover! Son of ‘maneuver’ inventor wants investigation into anti-choking device at boro schools by Allegra Hobbs, The Brooklyn Paper
Katz is a Clinical
Instructor in Medicine at Yale, which identifies him as a “nationally
recognized authority on the prevention of chronic disease, nutrition,
and weight management.” His website lists him as the founding director
of Yale’s Prevention Research Center, the president of the American
College of Lifestyle Medicine, and author of “roughly 200 scientific
articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date.”
1/18/16: New potentially life saving device questioned by medical watchdog by Joe Mauceri, WPIX-TV, New York City
5/27/16: At 96, Heimlich performs his own maneuver by
Monday might not have been the first time Dr. Henry Heimlich performed his namesake medical procedure on a live choking victim.6/3/16: At Least Part of Last Week's Charming Viral Heimlich-Maneuver Story Was Bogus by Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate (which resulted from my corrections request to Slate the day before)
told The Enquirer Thursday his encounter with Patty Ris at the Deupree
House senior living facility, where they both live, was the first time
he ever performed it on a person needing immediate aid. However, several
published reports in the early 2000s from news outlets ranging from the
BBC to the
Chicago Sun-Times show interviews with Heimlich describing himself using
the maneuver. In one interview, he said he helped a man at the former
private dining club, the Banker's Club, in Downtown Cincinnati in 2001.
Cincinnati.com initially published a story late Thursday about the
incident, quoting Heimlich as saying this was the first time he'd ever
performed his own maneuver on someone. But then one of his sons, Peter
Heimlich, reached out to media organizations pointing out the existence
of articles roughly 15 years ago.
Another son, local attorney Phil Heimlich, said he doesn't recall those media reports.
"All I can say is none of us had a recollection of it," Phil Heimlich said. "If dad did it, I would’ve heard about it."
It isn't the first time Heimlich's statements have been challenged. In 2003, The Enquirer reported
that Romanian surgeon Dr. Dan Gavriliu disputed statements from the
Cincinnati doctor that he developed an operation that uses a section of
the stomach to bypass the esophagus. The Romanian doctor claimed
Heimlich took credit for a procedure he developed years earlier.
This Wednesday [June 1, 2016], perhaps not coincidentally given Henry Heimlich's history as a self-promoter, was National Heimlich Maneuver Day.
Both the ostensible choking victim in the recent retirement-home
incident (Patty Ris) and another witness vouched that Heimlich had
performed the dislodging procedure, although Ris' testimony was made
public through a public relations firm rather than a direct interview
with a reporter. Whatever actually happened at the retirement home, it
appears that the actual final step in the Heimlich maneuver might be boondoggling the press.
9/12/16: Yale doctor’s column raises questions — again by David Yaffe-Bellany, Yale Daily News; also see my May 23, 2016 blog:
David Katz SPH ’93 — the Yale-affiliated
doctor whose over-the-top Huffington Post review of his own
self-published novel caused a furor in the nutrition community last year
— has once again tested the boundaries of ethical journalism.
10/11/16: Raley’s phasing out nutritional scoring system, will develop own program by Mark Glover, Sacramento Bee (I broke the story that morning on my blog.)
In another column for The Huffington Post
over the summer, Katz lambasted the Massachusetts-based supermarket
chain Big Y, calling its ad campaign for the In-Vince-Ible Pizza, a
fatty snack named after NFL star Vince Wilfork, “deeply disturbing.” He
described the pizza as symptomatic of the obesity epidemic in America,
and questioned the parenting skills of Wilfork, who appears alongside
his son in ads for the product.
“You see, it is not just any pizza,” Katz wrote. “[It represents] carnage in the service of carnivorous palates.”
But nowhere in the May article, which
also appeared in the New Haven Register, did Katz mention another
crucial detail: Big Y is not just any supermarket. Just one month before
the column was published, Big Y cut ties with a nutritional ratings
service, NuVal, that Katz established in 2008 and has passionately
championed ever since....This summer was not the first time Katz
has failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest in his biweekly
Huffington Post column. In February 2014, he posted a glowing review of a
science fiction novel called reVision, which was published under the
pseudonym Samhu Iyyam. Katz — who lauded the book’s “lyrically beautiful
writing,” comparing it to the work of great authors like John Milton
and Charles Dickens — did not reveal that reVision was in fact his own
self-published passion project until he was outed by professional rivals
online months later.
After the News published an account of
the reVision controversy, The Huffington Post retracted Katz’s review.
Amazon also took down a similarly florid customer review that he had
posted. ...Over the past few years, Katz has become a
controversial figure in his field. His work is at the center of an
ongoing dispute in scientific circles about federal nutrition standards
that affect the contents of school lunches.
...“It’s reasonable to assume he has a lot
riding on the project,” said Heimlich, who added that he has counted 16
references to NuVal in Katz’s Huffington Post columns over the past five
Katz questioned Heimlich’s interest in
his career — Heimlich has written several blog articles about Katz over
the past year —and accused him of “trolling.”
10/21/16: Judge: Anyone May Access Records by Karen Knight, Cape May County Herald:
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has determined that a Georgia man can
access state records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). That
differs with a decision rendered earlier this year by an Atlantic/Cape
May County Superior Court judge who said out-of-state residents have no
right to benefits of the act.
Peter Heimlich, an Atlanta-based
investigative blogger, filed a lawsuit in June challenging the
Educational Information and Resource Center's (EIRC) denial for records
filed under OPRA because he was not a state resident. Attorney C.J.
Griffin, of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, represented Heimlich and
specializes in First Amendment law.
MORE TO COME....