Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Keto influencer James "Jimmy" Moore sentenced to 20 years for three-month sexual abuse of a thirteen year old girl

James William Moore (source)


Moore lived in Spartanburg, SC and was charged in Henrico County, VA.

Here's a statement I received this morning from attorney Cynthia R. Micklem who prosecuted Moore on behalf of the office of the Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney.
James Moore was sentenced to an active sentence of 20 years for carnal knowledge on January 13, 2023. Evidence showed that from September through December of 2019, Moore started a sexual relationship with a thirteen year old. She was the daughter of people he had met in his role as a “social media influencer.” The sexual abuse began on a joint family vacation with Moore and his wife and the victim’s family. After that vacation, Moore would drive from his home in South Carolina to wait outside the home of the victim. On multiple occasions, he would encourage the victim to sneak out of the house after her parents were asleep. Moore would engage in sexual acts with the 13 year old in his vehicle and eventually began taking her to a hotel.

Law enforcement obtained records of Moore’s conversations with the juvenile victim. The records  onfirmed the sexual abuse describing vaginal intercourse and sodomy. Among the sexually explicit messages to the victim, the messages also showed Moore manipulating the victim. Moore would repeatedly tell the victim that he was the only person in her life that cared for her. He would criticize her parents and other relationships creating distance between the victim and her family.

During sentencing, the Henrico County Circuit Court described Moore as being two people: one who is the well-educated community member who everyone sees as a good guy and second as someone who would describe “f- the brains out” of a thirteen-fourteen year old child. Someone who when the victim states she is feeling suicidal tells her “to get over it.” 

The judge sentenced James Moore to an active sentence of 20 years.
In response to my request, Moore's attorney - Aubrey Russell Bowles, IV of Richmond - chose not to comment.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Author/podcaster/blogger Jimmy "Livin' La Vida Low Carb" Moore pleads guilty to multiple child sexual abuse charges

June 1, 2022 booking photo of James William ["Jimmy"] Moore (Henrico County Sheriff's office) 

In a shocking turn of events, Jimmy Moore - a prominent Spartanburg, SC-based popularizer of the low carb, high fat diet - is facing multiple counts of child sexual abuse next month in Henrico County, Virginia.

From Moore's author's page on Amazon:

My name is Jimmy Moore and I'm the dude behind the wildly popular online health blog and podcast called "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb." On January 1, 2004, I was a morbidly obese 410-pound man on a one-way ticket to an early grave who decided to take back control of my own health thanks to the Atkins diet by going on to lose 180 pounds that year coming off of three prescription medications. Although it wasn't an easy road, I am grateful I found the healthy low-carb lifestyle because it gave me my health and life back again.

As 2005 rolled around and people began to take notice of my very noticeable weight loss, they wanted to know how I did it. After probably telling my Atkins low-carb weight loss success story at least a bazillion times, I finally said I would create a blog to talk about it--and so I did in April 2005. Today, the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog boasts 250,000 monthly readers and counting. In 2006, I became the host of one of the biggest layperson-led nutritional health podcasts on iTunes called "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" featuring interviews with all the top experts in the world of diet, fitness and health. That podcast airs Tuesdays-Wednesdays has 1400+ episodes and continues to attract new listeners in droves. I have three other podcasts--Nutritional Pearls Podcast, Keto Talk, and The KetoHacking MD Podcast--you might want to check out as well!

I'm the international bestselling author of Keto Clarity, The Ketogenic Cookbook, The Complete Guide To Fasting, Cholesterol Clarity, The Keto Cure, and Real Food Keto. Yes, I'm a busy writer! But I love every minute of it! These days I am super-passionate about helping empower people just like you to be in charge of your own health decisions and to stop abdicating that role to the so-called health experts who may or may not be giving you good advice. Educate yourself and be the boss of your own body and health. You can find out more about what all is happening with me at LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com [via the Wayback Machine]. Feel free to e-mail me anytime at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. THANK YOU again for being here and I look forward to getting to know you and helping you become that happy, healthy, and fit person you were always meant to be.
Moore's co-authors include prominent nutrition science professionals like nephrologist Jason Fung MDEric C. Westman MD of Duke University, Adam S. Nally DO aka "Doc Muscles," and nutritionist Maria Emmerich

Some of their books and a number of books Moore wrote himself have been translated into multiple languages.

And for over a decade, Moore organized and hosted an annual "Low-Carb Cruise" that's been called "the preeminent event for the low-carb community" with "guest speakers who are the leading voices for carbohydrate restriction and ketogenic diets."

Based on this October 19, 2022 Conviction Order signed by Henrico County Circuit Court Judge Rondelle D. Herman, Moore's days as a nutrition influencer and high seas host may be coming to an end:

On October 4, 2022, carne Cynthia Micklem, the attorney for the Commonwealth, and James Moore, born December 27, 1971, who stands indicted for seven (7) felonies, to-wit: carnal knowledge of a child thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger-than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: vaginal intercourse (Virginia Code Section 18.2-63), as charged in each Indictment in Case Nos. CR22-1293, 1296, 1298-00F; carnal knowledge of a child thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: fellatio (Virginia Code Section 18.263), as charged.in the Indictment in Case No. CR22-1294-00F; carnal knowledge of a child thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: cunnilingus (Virginia Code Section 18.2-63), as charged in the Indictment in Case No. CR22-1295-00F; and carnal knowledge of a child thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: sodomy (Virginia Code Section 18.2-63), as charged in each Indictment in Case Nos. CR22-1297, 1299-00F, appeared according to the conditions of his bond, and carne also A. Russell Bowles, IV, his attorney heretofore retained, pursuant to the Court's Order entered August 11, 2022.

Whereupon the accused was arraigned in Case Nos. CR22-1293, 1294, 1296, 1297, 1298-00F and after private consultation with and being advised by his said counsel, pleaded guilty to each Indictment, which pleas were tendered by the accused in person. And the Court, having made inquiry and being of the opinion that the accused fully understood the nature and effect of his pleas and of' the penalties that may be imposed upon his conviction and of the waiver of trial by jury and of appeal, finding that the pleas were voluntarily and intelligently entered, proceeded to hear and determine these cases without the intervention of a jury as provided by law.

After hearing and considering all of the evidence and the argument of counsel, the Court finds the accused guilty of carnal knowledge of a child thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: vaginal intercourse (Virginia Code Section 18.2-63), as charged in each Indictment in Case Nos. CR22-1293, 1296, 1298-00F; carnal knowledge of a child, thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: fellatio (Virginia Code Section 18.2-63), as charged in the Indictment in Case No. CR22-1294-00F; and carnal knowledge of a child thirteen (13) years of age or older but younger than fifteen (15) years of age, to-wit: sodomy (Virginia Code Section 18.2-63), as charged in the Indictment in Case No. CR22-1297-00F.

The Court, on motion of the accused by counsel, before fixing punishment or imposing sentence, directs the Probation Officer of this Court to thoroughly evaluate the accused and to investigate and report to the Court as provided by law on the 6th day of January, 2023, and a two (2) hour sentencing is set for the 13th day of January, 2023, at 11:00 o'clock a.m., to which time these cases are continued.

The Court, for the reasons stated to the record, hereby revokes the accused's bond this said day.

On motion of the attorney for the accused, and for the reasons stated to the record, the Court reconsiders the revocation of the accused's bond, allows the accused's bond to continue, and orders that the accused shall be in strict compliance with all conditions of bond and that he shall have no violations, no matter how minor.

The Court orders that the accused shall continue to be monitored by the Henrico County Community  Corrections Program under the same terms and conditions as previously imposed, and that he continue to comply with GPS monitoring.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

In 2010 the IL Attorney General launched an investigation into $10M in state & federal tax dollars misappropriated by the tainted, politically-connected Save-A-Life Foundation - 12 years on, the investigation's still open, so I've asked current AG Kwame Raoul to investigate

September 14, 2022

The Hon. Kwame Raoul
Illinois Attorney General
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Dear Mr. Raoul:

I'm writing regarding your office's 12+ year investigation of a tainted nonprofit, the Chicago-area Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF). SALF, which from 2006-2020 has been the subject of dozens of media exposes, was dissolved as an Illinois corporation in 2009.

SALF was founded in 1993 by the late Carol Jean Spizzirri, a convicted shoplifter and child batterer, according to an order of protection filed in 1992 by her daughter, Christina Jean Pratt. To perpetrate the SALF scam, Spizzirri falsely claimed to be a registered nurse and relentlessly promoted a fabricated backstory about Christina's tragic 1993 death.

SALF reportedly received over $10 million in tax dollars and what I estimate to be tens of thousands of dollars in private grants. Based on media reports and my estimates, about $7 million came from Illinois state taxpayers (including $200,000 to buy an office building in Springfield) and over $3 million came from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first million of which was arranged by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin in 1999.

To obtain the funding, SALF claimed the money would be used to provide training in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver to students in Illinois schools.

In 2009, Spizzirri told the Chicago Tribune her organization trained about two million students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), then-headed by future U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan who called Spizzirri “one of my heroes.” As documented on my web site, Duncan personally arranged a $174,000 contract for SALF to provide first aid training classes for 18,000 CPS students from 2004-06.

However, in response to my FOIA requests, CPS failed to produce a single training record. Further, in 2003 your agency awarded $25,000 to SALF to provide first aid training to students in these schools:

Salem School District #111 (Marion County)
South Central Community Unit School District #401 (Kinmundy, Marion County)
Camp Point CU School District #3
Beardstown CU School District #15
Rantoul City School District #137 (Champaign County)
Cass County School Districts (Cass County)
Edwardsville CU School District #7
Greenview CU School District #200

Per IL Senator Tim Bivins' 2012 emails to then-IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan (which include thorough documentation), none of the eight schools had records of any training.

In a 2015 interview, Senator Bivens said, "(SALF) claimed they had trained thousands and thousands of children...We can't substantiate that all of these children were trained."

As you may know, in approximately June 2010, your office initiated an investigation into SALF. According to a 2010 IL Public Radio report, "The Illinois Attorney General's office confirms it is reviewing how the funds were used, as is done whenever a charitable organization disbands."

To learn the outcome of the investigation, every six months or so, I file FOIA requests with your agency, asking for related records.

In an August 15, 2022 response to my most recent FOIA request, Assistant Attorney General Mark Rogina wrote: "(This office has reviewed) its records, and we determined that approximately 10,000 pages of records are maintained only in physical, hard copy form."

Based on the volume of documents, he suggested I narrow my request. I did so, resubmitted it, and received this August 22, 2022 response from Mr. Rogina:

Please be advised that because this investigation remains ongoing, we have no records responsive to your request.

It's unclear why it's taking your office over 12 years to investigate a long-defunct, thoroughly-discredited organization. Still, I hope you agree that the public is entitled to learn what happened to the millions of misappropriated tax dollars.

With that hope in mind, this is to respectfully request that you initiate a review to determine if the investigation of SALF has been conducted properly.

This is also to respectfully request that you provide me with the name of the staff member leading the SALF investigation and an approximate date when the investigation will be completed. I appreciate your consideration and I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Peter M. Heimlich
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096 USAphone/text: (678)322-7984‬
email: peter.heimlich@gmail.com
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/medfraud_pmh
bio: http://tinyurl.com/ych7o7dr

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Fox TV's streaming service, Fox Nation, is offering a non-existent "free trial" subscription - I've filed complaints with the FTC & my state's Consumer Protection Division (UPDATE: NYs ATG is pursuing my complaint)

6/14/22 UPDATE:
 

5/20/22 UPDATE:


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Today I unexpectedly stumbled onto this in the course of reporting a story about Fox News.

From the home page of Fox Nation:


See that "Start Your Free Trial" balloon? Stick in pin in it.

Here's a screenshot of the top results of a Google keyword search for "Fox Nation" "free trial." (Click the link and you'll see plenty of other results.)


Click on any of the "free trial" offer links and most take you back to the Fox Nation home page which contains "Start Your Free Trial" balloons and boxes up and down the page.  


But click any of the "Start Your Free Trial" balloons and boxes and you'll land on this page which offers no free trial option, only these paid subscriptions.



Here's what you get when you click the "monthly" button:











See the offer for the free trial? neither do I.

Obviously, this is fraudulent advertising so this afternoon I filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the Georgia Department of Law’s Consumer Protection Division.


Note: This item has been appended with new reporting.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

After I requested a published correction for a factual error, the Delaware News Journal disappeared the error - I've asked parent company Gannett for a ruling

For online news outlets that want to cover up reportorial errors, the digital age is a wish granted. 

A reporter gets something wrong? Just disappear it.

How bad can it get? Per a 2019 story in the journalism watchdog Press Gazette, my efforts uncovered that the vast majority of UK news outlets can disappear entire stories without recourse.

Moving right along, what you're reading is tied to my January 26, 2022 blog item, My dad's name has been scrubbed from a Delaware solar farm after I informed energy companies of his dark history.

At the time, I pitched the story to a bunch of Delaware news outlets including the News Journal, the leading daily in Wilmington, but I didn't get any takers.

A few days ago my Google News alert sent me a March 4, 2022 Journal News story by reporter Ben Mace because it included these words:








Straightforward factual error, right? Per my blog, my dad's name had been dropped from the solar farm. 

So on March 6, I emailed a polite request for a published correction to this department and copied Mr. Mace:











The News Journal is owned by Gannett, so in my request I pointed out that any correction should adhere to Gannett's editorial guidelines which in this case should include an explanation that the name  of the solar project was changed and on what date - also perhaps why it was changed.

I never received a reply, but this morning I revisited the paywalled article and found this:


And this scrub job:



You may not be surprised to learn that the article, updated the day after I sent my request, includes no note informing readers that the article's been corrected and why.

In my opinion, that's sleazy journalism and may violate Gannett newsroom guidelines (see below), so this morning I asked a Gannett editorial representative for a ruling. 

I'll update this item with the results.

Correcting errors

When errors occur, the newspaper has an ethical obligation to correct the record and minimize harm.

  • Errors should be corrected promptly. But first, a determination must be made that the fact indeed was in error and that the correction itself is fully accurate.
  • Errors should be corrected with sufficient prominence that readers who saw the original error are likely to see the correction. This is a matter of the editor’s judgment.
  • Although it is wise to avoid repeating the error in the correction, the correction should have sufficient context that readers will understand exactly what is being corrected.
  • Errors of nuance, context or tone may require clarifications, editor’s notes, editor’s columns or letters to the editor.
  • When the newspaper disagrees with a news subject about whether a story contained an error, editors should consider offering the aggrieved party an opportunity to express his or her view in a letter to the editor.
  • Corrections should be reviewed before publication by a senior editor who was not directly involved in the error. The editor should determine if special handling or outside counsel are required.
  • Errors should be corrected whether or not they are called to the attention of the newspaper by someone outside the newsroom.
  • Factual errors should be corrected in most cases even if the subject of the error does not want it to be corrected. The rationale for this is rooted in the Truth Principle. It is the newspaper’s duty to provide accurate information to readers. An exception may be made – at the behest of the subject – when the correction of a relatively minor mistake would result in public ridicule or greater harm than the original error.
  • Newsroom staffers should be receptive to complaints about inaccuracies and follow up on them.
  • Newsroom staffers have a responsibility to alert the appropriate editor if they become aware of a possible error in the newspaper. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

My dad's name has been scrubbed from a Delaware solar farm after I informed energy companies of his dark history [UPDATED]

A day after I sent a letter to three companies developing a solar energy farm in Delaware named after my father, the late Henry J. Heimlich MD (best known for his namesake anti-choking maneuver), his name has been stripped from the project.

I learned of the project via this January 20, Cape Gazette item, Delaware Electric Cooperative solar projects to provide clean power:
Seven new utility-scale solar projects will begin providing clean energy to Delaware Electric Cooperative members over the next three years. The nonprofit utility has announced it will purchase power produced at solar facilities to be built across Kent and Sussex counties.

...Construction will also begin this year on the 4.5-megawatt Heimlich Solar Facility that will power about 900 Sussex County homes, farms and businesses. The project is a partnership between Delaware Electric Cooperative and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, which is owned by DEC and 10 other nonprofit electric cooperatives.

The 35-acre facility is being built along Mile Stretch Road just west of Greenwood. Once completed, the facility will feature nearly 16,000 individual solar panels. The project is being managed by EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions, a developer of solar and battery storage projects in North America. The site, which is expected to begin producing power in late 2022, is named after Delaware native Henry Heimlich, who invented the Heimlich Maneuver.
Here's my January 24 inquiry to executives at the companies (click here to download a copy) and the email reply I received last night.



blogger inquiry

Christine Karlovic <Christine.Karlovic@edf-re.com>
To: "peter.heimlich@gmail.com" <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>
Cc: Sandi Briner <Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com>
Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 7:41 PM

Dear Mr. Heimlich: 

 

Thank you for bringing to our attention the history relating to your late father and the naming of the solar project.  We have discussed the matter and will be changing the name of the project in the next couple of weeks to something more suitable.  

 

We thank you again for bringing your concern to our attention. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Christine Karlovic 

EDFLogo

Christine Karlovic

Director, Communications

T: 1.917.371.5778


1/29/22 UPDATE

Via the Wayback Machine, a screenshot from San Diego-based EDF Renewables website about the project (with "Deleware" typo):



Same page today (with same typo):

Friday, December 3, 2021

Inside Edition ran an error-ridden choking rescue story - today I asked for a published correction and an apology to a Minnesota bartender [1/2/22 UPDATE]

UPDATES: 

Inside Edition Owes An Apology to Sun Prairie Bartender by Peter M. Heimlich, Sun Prairie Star, January 2, 2022 (Link leads to Twitter thread with related added information)

Choking incident that spawned viral video takes bizarre turn by Chris Mertes, Sun Prairie Star, December 28, 2021

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December 3, 2021

Lee Malley
Assistant Managing Editor
Inside Edition
555 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Dear Ms. Malley,

This is me: http://tinyurl.com/ych7o7dr

Based on the following information, this is to respectfully request published correction re: the November 24, 2021 Inside Edition report, Wisconsin Bartender Saves Choking Coworker With Imperfect Heimlich Maneuver by correspondent Ann Mercogliano. In my opinion, Inside Edition also owes an apology to Joseph Reinhart, the bartender featured in the story.

From Ms. Mercogliano's story:

A young man was eating a chicken sandwich in the kitchen of a Wisconsin restaurant, when it went down the wrong way and he started choking. But the man who saved his life is getting backlash for the way he came to the rescue.

When 20-year-old Ashton Hoffhein put his hands around his throat, making the universal sign for choking, bartender Joseph Reinhart sprung into action.

“I noticed that he kind of had his hands by his throat for international sign for choking and just kind of without thought, I started performing what I knew as the Heimlich maneuver,” Reinhart said.

But his heroism is also making him the target of criticism, because he didn't use the perfect technique to execute the maneuver.

Reinhart wrapped his arms around Hoffein’s [sic] chest, much higher than they were supposed to be and lifted him off the ground while squeezing. Bad technique or not, it still worked, and the piece of chicken flew out.

...“His technique wasn’t perfect, but it did contribute to saving his life,” expert Shane Woodall of Frontline Health told Inside Edition.

Woodall showed us the correct way to do the Heimlich maneuver. 

First, my father's namesake anti-choking maneuver is an abdominal thrust in which a rescuer's hands are placed below the rib cage and above the naval. A chest thrust (or chest compression) is, naturally, performed on the chest. 

Per this joint statement by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC), since at least 2007 both organizations have recommended chest thrusts as an effective treatment response in a choking emergency.

More from resuscitation expert Richard N. Bradley MD in a January 22, 2013 post on the ARC's blog entitled Choking 101:

A review of the scientific literature suggested that back blows, abdominal thrusts and chest compressions are equally effective (at relieving an airway obstruction). Additionally, the use of more than one method can be more effective to dislodge an object. These findings are consistent with those of international resuscitation societies.

The Red Cross certainly isn’t discounting the use of abdominal thrusts. But we include back blows, abdominal thrusts and chest compressions in our training...

From ILCOR's 2020 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations published on October 21, 2020 in Circulationthe AHA's journal:    

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) was formed in 1992 as an international council of councils and currently includes representatives from the American Heart Association (AHA), the European Resuscitation Council, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation, the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, and the Resuscitation Council of Asia.1 The ILCOR mission is to promote, disseminate, and advocate international implementation of evidence-informed resuscitation and first aid by using transparent evaluation and consensus summary of scientific data.

...The topic of foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) was last reviewed by ILCOR in 2010, and at that time, the principal treatment recommendation was that “chest thrusts, back blows, or abdominal thrusts are effective for relieving FBAO in conscious adults and children older than 1 year.

Although chest thrusts, back slaps, and abdominal thrusts are feasible and effective for relieving severe FBAO in conscious (responsive) adults and children ≥1 year of age, for simplicity in training it is recommended that abdominal thrusts be applied in rapid sequence until the obstruction is relieved (Class IIb, LOE B). If abdominal thrusts are not effective, the rescuer may consider chest thrusts (Class IIb, LOE B). It is important to note that abdominal thrusts are not recommended for infants <1 year of age because thrusts may cause injuries.

Long story short, the entire framing of Ms. Mercagliano's is misguided because the choking rescue at Daly's Bar and Grill in Sun Prairie, MN, had nothing to do with the Heimlich maneuver. 

Further, as I've shown, Mr. Reinhart's response to Mr. Hoffhein's distress was in compliance with approved guidelines and recommendations.* 

Here's another twist from The Heimlich manoeuvre by Aviva Ziegler, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation audio documentary dated January 18, 2010:

Trainer: A question that often comes up in our courses is to why we don't do the Heimlich manoeuvre in Australia. So are you all aware of that where they get that sort of a bear hug squeeze from behind? OK, the reason it's not taught is the simple fact that research conducted here in Australia and also overseas has proven that it can be dangerous because there's a risk of damaging internal organs such as the spleen, the liver, pancreas etc. We follow the policy statements as laid down by the Australian Resuscitation Council, they are saying that if there was any clinical evidence to prove that it was effective they'd put a policy on it and we would have it in our book. Any other questions?


A Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO) is a life-threatening emergency. Chest thrusts or back blows are effective for relieving FBAO in conscious adults and children with low risk of harm (only 4 observational studies report harm from back blows and 5 observational studies report harm from chest thrusts). Life-threatening complications associated with use of abdominal thrusts (including the Heimlich Manoeuvre) have been reported in 52 observational studies. [Click here for a compilation of study citations.] Therefore, the use of abdominal thrusts in the management of FBAO is not recommended and, instead back blows and chest thrusts should be used. [Good practice statement] These techniques should be applied in rapid sequence until the obstruction is relieved. More than one technique may be needed: there is insufficient evidence to determine which should be used first.

Here's more from a 2018-19 two-part article, A Call to Reconsider the Heimlich Experiment, by Dr. Anthony Pearson of St. Louis, MO (aka The Skeptical Cardiologist):

(It) is clear the Heimlich maneuver was recommended by Henry Heimlich for general usage without any human clinical studies to support its safety and efficacy. With (Dr.) Heimlich’s aggressive promoting of the technique it became the recommended way to treat choking conscious individuals despite experimental evidence showing it inferior to chest thrusts and no controlled human trials to support its safety and effectiveness.

Australia and New Zealand, countries free of Heimlich’s influence, do not recommend the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims.

It is entirely possible that chest thrusts are a safer and more effective maneuver for removing foreign bodies from choking victims. Since Dr. Heimlich died in December, 2016 perhaps the organizations that teach CPR can reevaluate their recommendations in this area without fear of public shaming or retribution.

Given the uncertainty in the treatment of choking victims and the number of deaths, a national trial comparing chest thrusts versus abdominal thrusts as the initial procedure should be initiated as soon as possible.

In other words, by using chest thrusts to respond to Mr. Hoffhein's predicament, Mr. Reinhard may have pointed to the future of first aid in our country and elsewhere. That's worthy of commendation, not the ill-informed criticism he received in Ms. Mercogliano's story.

Moving right along, presumably everyone can agree that the public is entitled to the best available medical care. And the topic is clearly newsworthy - a search of the word choking on Inside Edition's website turned up countless storiesNevertheless, based on my experience, most people - including medical professionals - are unaware of the chest thrust vs. abdominal thrust debateWith that in mind, I'd encourage Inside Edition or another CBS news program to further explore the topic. 

Finally, on https://www.insideedition.com was unable to locate instructions on how to submit a corrections request to your program. Prior to being provided your contact information by CBS's publicity department, I sent multiple emails and left voice messages for a number of your program's executives in which I simply asked their guidance on how to submit a corrections request to your program. None responded. 

Per this Washington Post column by Erik Wemple, I'm dogged when it comes to obtaining published corrections, but in the interests of providing accurate information to your audience, why not make it easier? Would you please raise this concern with the appropriate editors and let me know their response?   

Thanks much for your time/consideration and I look forward to your reply. Questions for me? Just ask.

Sincerely, 

Peter M. Heimlich
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096 USA
ph: (678)322-7984‬
e-mail: peter.heimlich@gmail.com
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/medfraud_pmh
bio: http://tinyurl.com/ych7o7dr

cc: Joseph Reinhart/Daly's Bar and Grill
      Chris MertesManaging Editor/Sun Prairie Star
      Anthony Pearson, MD/The Skeptical Cardiologist
      Chris Ender, Leslie Ryan/CBS Communications
      Erik Wemple/Washington Post
      Esther Pessin, Co-Executive Producer/Inside Edition      

encl: 2007 April 25 Joint AHA-ARC media statement re chest thrusts.pdf; Compilation of journal citations re complications associated with Heimlich maneuver.pdf


Frontline Health LLC is a Proud Provider of American Red Cross First Aid CPR AED certification training classes and an American Heart Association BLS Provider certification training site.

Presumably Mr. Woodall is aware of the above information. Did he share it with Ms. Mercogliano? Last week via tweets to both of them and an email and voice message to Mr. Woodall, I attempted to contact them in order to discuss my concerns. I didn't receive a reply.