Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Scorching letter & press release from Will Knight, a candidate in the current race for Maricopa County Attorney, calling out opponent Julie Gunnigle re: her role in the abusive, baseless prosecution of Annabel Melongo


Last week I blogged High-profile Arizona political race pulls in the Save-A-Life Foundation scandal & the Annabel Melongo cases about a skeleton in the closet of Julie Gunnigle, a Phoenix attorney running in the upcoming Democratic primary for Maricopa County Attorney. 

Since then I was directed to the June 25, 2020 public letter and press release below that by one of her opponents, attorney Will Knight.

The original version of this item only included the letter.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

High-profile Arizona political race pulls in the Save-A-Life Foundation scandal & the Annabel Melongo cases

Just when I thought I'd heard the last of the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) scandal and the Annabel Melongo cases, both turned up this week in a political campaign scrum in Phoenix.

Some quick catch-up.

I've called the SALF scandal -- which I uncovered in 2004 and subsequently drove through the media via dozens of exposes -- a microcosm of Illinois corruption.

SALF was a high-profile, politically-connected Chicago nonprofit that received $9 million in federal and state tax dollars to provide first aid training to school kids.

The bad news? Records indicate that few students received any training.

In late 2009, a few months after dropping a failed, nuisance lawsuit filed against me and two other critics, SALF was dissolved.

There she became an official in the Republican party, a seeming slap in the face to some of SALF's biggest funders and promoters, all of whom have a (D) after their names: Dick Durbin, Arne Duncan, Gery Chico, and Lisa Madigan.

Meanwhile on a parallel track, former SALF employee Annabel Melongo was caught up in a seemingly endless legal nightmare.

P: How does Annabel Melongo fit into the SALF saga and would you consider her a sympathetic figure?

Peter Heimlich: On October 31, 2006, Spizzirri swore out felony charges against Annabel Melongo, a former SALF employee who left the company months earlier. Based on Spizzirri's word and little else, Schiller Park cops arrested Melongo on dubious charges that she destroyed SALF's computers. That triggered eight years of relentless, baseless, and ultimately unsuccessful prosecutions of Melongo by the Illinois criminal justice system. In a wide-ranging federal civil rights lawsuit, Melongo is now suing Spizzirri and others responsible for the abuse she endured.

That abuse included a nearly two-year jail stretch. Here's what happened.

Melongo hosted a website challenging the bogus computer tampering charges which included recordings of two mundane phone converations she had with a court clerk.

In retaliation, the Cook County State's Attorney charged her under the state's draconian Eavesdropping Act for which a judge levied a $300,000 bond against her.

A $300,000 bond for uploading recordings of two routine phone calls? Welcome to the Cook County justice system.

By then Melongo was near-destitute and didn't have the $30K to put up for the bond so at considerable expense, Illinois taxpayers paid her room and board at the County Jail while their legal system continued to kick her around.

But Melongo was made of tough stuff. She became an able jailhouse lawyer and through her efforts, helped strike down the Eavesdropping Act in the Illinois Supreme Court in early 2014 and a few months later, per my scoop, the state then dropped the bogus computer tampering charges.

Meanwhile, Melongo filed a wide-ranging civil rights lawsuit against Spizziri and a number of law enforcement officials who unsuccessful tried to ruin her.

Earlier this year the case wrapped up with Melongo getting an undisclosed settlement from Spizzirri.

I figured that was the final act, but this week found the ghosts of SALF haunting a contentious political race in the Grand Canyon State.

Via the June 30 Arizona Republic, Maricopa County attorney candidate accused of misconduct in decade-old case by Lauren Castle:

A decade-old civil lawsuit out of Illinois is being used to attack the credibility of Maricopa
County attorney candidate Julie Gunnigle.

...Gunnigle, a former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, was forced to address allegations of misconduct related to her role in the Illinois lawsuit after an employee with the Mass Liberation Project mentioned the case during a recent candidate forum.

...While Gunnigle was with Cook County, she helped prosecute Annabel Melongo, who worked for a now-defunct nonprofit organization called the Save-A-Life Foundation.

In 2006, Melongo was accused of deleting financial files and charged with computer tampering.

...Melongo alleged that she discovered some discrepancies in her court records and started to
record phone calls with court reporters. She posted the recordings and transcripts on a
website chronicling her efforts to defend herself.

In 2008, she was arraigned on new charges of computer tampering. The docket sheet said she wasn't there but the hearing transcript stated she was present, according to a civil lawsuit.

The Illinois assistant attorney general directed a forensic expert to look into the website, according to court records. Later that year, Gunnigle and two other prosecutors with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office started an investigation.

Melongo was later charged with eavesdropping and using information that was obtained through a eavesdropping device. She spent about 20 months in jail awaiting trial.

Before the trial, Melongo filed a motion to dismiss claiming the state's eavesdropping law was unconstitutional. The case eventually went all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, which overturned the state's eavesdropping law in 2014.

In 2013, Melongo filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Gunnigle and other prosecutors, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, law enforcement, court reporters, a forensic science expert, the state's assistant attorney general and the attorney general.

She accused officials of conspiracy, unreasonable seizure, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, emotional distress, consumer fraud and deceptive business practices, and breach of fiduciary duty. The lawsuit also accused officials of violating her rights of free speech, equal protection, freedom of press and petition.

The lawsuit was dismissed last year after a settlement was reached.

...Shortly after the forum, Gunnigle wrote an open letter to voters. She said the case taught her a lot about the problems of the criminal justice system.

...(Will) Knight, one of Gunnigle's opponents, sent a letter to the Maricopa County Democratic Party about his thoughts on the incident.

..."I will never shrink away from my commitment to protect marginalized communities from powerful people," he said. "Maricopa County’s voters are tired of footing the bill for public officials who abuse vulnerable populations, and Ms. Gunnigle’s brand of Chicago-style corruption is not welcome."

Monday, June 29, 2020

In my Georgia county, there are calls to remove a monument to the Confederacy installed in 1993; here's who voted for & against installing it & why


Via New Confederate monuments are still being built across the country — even in Union states by Kimberly Kindy Julie Tate, Washington Post, October 8, 2017:
At least 50 smaller Confederate monuments have been built since 1990, including a bronze statue near a courthouse in Cleburne, Tex., and a tombstone-shaped monument on the grounds of a public elementary school in Prattville, Ala. Even Union states have them: Two Confederate monuments have been erected in Iowa in the past 12 years.

Newer monuments are popping up mostly in rural towns and tend to laud foot soldiers rather than Confederate generals and political leaders. All but seven are in Confederate states and 60 percent are on public land.
Via Gwinnett Solicitor General Brian Whiteside asks for removal of confederate monument in Lawrenceville, says it's been a target of vandals by Curt Yeomans, Gwinnett Daily Post, June 27, 2020:
Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside is asking the county commission to remove a controversial Confederate memorial from the Lawrenceville Square that the prosecutor said has been the target of vandals multiple times recently.

Whiteside’s request comes one week after Gwinnett County commission District 1 candidate Kirkland Carden and former 7th Congressional District candidate Nabilah Islam launched a petition calling for the monument’s removal. The memorial stands on the grounds of the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse and was erected in 1993.
I live in Gwinnett County and was curious to know how the monument came to be so I filed a public records request with the county. The key responsive records from Spring 1992 are posted below; click here to download.

Via the minutes of a commission meeting, here's how commissioners voted after reviewing a February 24, 1992 memorandum from Human Services Director Mike Huff and a presentation by Bob Biggers. (I obtained the identifiers below from county Communications Director Joe Sorenson; he didn't know who Mr. Biggers was. (If you do or if you have other information to share, please email me.)


W.J. Dodd, District 1 Commissioner, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (1989 – 1992) [Dodd also served as Sheriff from 1969 through a portion of 1985]

Doug Williamson, District 2 Commissioner, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (1991-1994)

Renee Unterman, District 4 Commissioner, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (1991 – 1994)

Lillian Webb, Chairman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (1985 – 1992)


Curtis McGill. District 3 Commissioner, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (1989 – 1992)

The only name I recognize is Renee Unterman who was recently defeated in a bid to represent my congressional district. If time permits, I'll ask her and any other surviving commissioners for comment.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Last week on the Tonight Show, actor Halle Berry claimed that in 2002, co-star Pierce Brosnan used the Heimlich maneuver to save her from choking to death -- but six years ago she told The Hollywood Reporter she'd never been "Heimlich-ed"


To:, EIC Matthew Belloni 
Cc: Ryan Parker, Seth Abramovitch, Tonight Show publicist Amber James
subject: Letter to the editor (submitted for publication)
Date: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 3:18 PM 

To the editor: 

According to an April 22, 2020 story by THR reporter Ryan Parker, last week on the Tonight Show actor Halle Berry told Jimmy Fallon that in 2002, her co-star Pierce Brosnan used my father's namesake anti-choking maneuver to save her from choking to death while filming a love scene for the James Bond thriller, Die Another Day

However, six years ago in Seth Abramovitch's award-winning August 14, 2014 THR investigative report, How Dr. Heimlich Maneuvered Hollywood Into Backing His Dangerous AIDS "Cure" -- based on research by my wife and me -- "(Ms.) Berry has denied being saved by the (Heimlich) maneuver." 

So which is it? 

Presumably Mr. Brosnan, Die Another Day director Lee Tamahori, and others involved in the picture can resolve the discrepancy. Also, since Ms. Berry claims it happened mid-scene, if the cameras were still rolling that would be some dramatic, newsworthy footage. 


Peter M. Heimlich 
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096 USA 
ph: (208)474-7283 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Is a Greenville, SC, chiropractor/social media star using patients to test an experimental medical device? I've asked the state to review [UPDATES: 1) Vendor of the "Y-Strap" wrote me that the device is not marketed to be used for any medical treatment; 2) The FDA's taking a look]

Click here to direct download a copy of my letter today to South Carolina's licensing agency requesting of review of chiropractor Joseph Cipriano's use of the "Y-Strap decompression tool."

The Y-Strap is a black, mostly fabric harness that looks like something from an S&M dungeon. In Joseph Cipriano’s YouTube videos, it's placed behind the necks of prone patients who, in the moment before the crack, typically tense as if bracing for a crash.

Cipriano, a chiropractor based in Greenville, South Carolina, has become a YouTube sensation in the past 18 months, taking his channel from inception last March to more than 850,000 subscribers ...“I literally watched every video I could find on the Y-Strap first,” says Xavier, a patient of Cipriano’s. “It’s pretty daunting to think you’re allowing someone to pull apart your spine like a Lego.”

“Coowaa,” goes the sound as Cipriano yanks the Y-Strap and patient's skull away from their body: a mix of them being dragged and cracks that ricochet down the spine, caused by bubbles forming in the synovial fluid around joints. The noise is followed by either laughter, a grimace, or an emotional release that can include crying. “I feel like I just grew two inches,” says one woman.
Via my letter (which includes links and text from the WiredUK article and another article recently published in Vice):
As a result of research by my wife and me into my father's bizarre career, I developed an interest in experimental medical treatments/devices, medical ethics (including the use of human subjects in unsupervised medical research), and oversight responsibility of public health authorities. The following situation in your state appears to include all of those topics.

...This is to request that your office review the following information and provide me with a determination if (Greenville, SC, chiropractor Joseph) Cipriano’s treatment of his patients using a device called the “Y-Strap decompression tool” is in compliance with your agency’s guidelines.
Superior Balance SL is a company in Seville, Spain, that markets the "Y-Strap" in the US and other countries. Via my letter (on which I courtesy-copied Jeffery Shuren MD JD who heads the US Food & Drug Administration's medical devices division):
I searched and and the FDA’s database of registered devices and failed to locate any information regarding whether the “Y-Strap” is registered with that agency, so yesterday I phoned Superior Balance SL in Seville and a company representative informed me that the device is not registered with the FDA.

When I asked if the device has been the subject of any published studies, the representative replied, “The Y-Strap hasn’t been the subject of any clinical trials. Because there is no clinical proof that it works, we don’t sell it as a medical product.”

Therefore, Mr. Cipriano appears to be using his patients to test the medical benefits of the “Y-Strap.” In your review, would you please determine which if any Institutional Review Board is overseeing his research?
Big hat tip to Myles Power for tweets that introduced me to this story. He also steered me to videos from which I made these clips of Cipriano using the "Y-Strap" to aggressively yank the necks of his patients. (I included the videos in my letter to the state agency that licenses him to practice in the Palmetto State.)

UPDATE: On January 20, Tomas Lopez, president of the Seville, Spain company that markets the "Y-Strap" sent me a complaint email requesting I change this blog item. In a same-day reply, I declined and sent him some questions. I haven't received a reply.

Via his email:
(We) do not market (marketing) [sic] our product as a medical product...

We never say they are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, nor prevent any disease or health condition.
Click here for both emails which I'm sharing shared with South Carolina's licensing agency and the FDA.

UPDATE: On January 27, the FDA wrote me that they're taking a look at my concerns about the "Y-Strap":

Friday, September 27, 2019

Anti-choking devices & Suffolk County, NY, Part I: Lemonade fundraiser campaign to install LifeVacs in local schools heats up!

Via Kids' lemonade stand raises money for life-saving device by Briella Tomassetti, FOX5 NYC, July 15, 2019:
Kathy Romano and her grandchildren are helping to save lives one ice-cold drink at a time. The good Samaritans are spending much of their hot summer days outside, running an old-fashioned lemonade stand. All the proceeds are going towards the purchase of a life-saving choking device called the LifeVac.
"The Life Vac can be done on anyone. It's safe and it's effective. It's saved 25 lives in 25 tries," inventor Arthur Lih says.
 ...So far, about 30 schools on Long Island have added the LifeVac to their safety kits.
...Romano and her grandkids have already raised nearly $1,000, which is enough to purchase roughly three LifeVac devices, with help from the JT's Law Foundation.
"This has to be in every single home, school, everywhere," Romano says.
Her goal is to raise enough money for 19 LifeVac devices: One for every building in her grandchildren's school district.
The report doesn't identify the school district her grandchildren
July 10, 2019 JT's Law Foundation Facebook post:

Via Wikipedia:

Click here for my compilation of reports about the LifeVac by medical organizations, government agencies, and mainstream media.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My letter today to Portsmouth, VA, Navy medical program under fire from "fanatical animal rights group" (PCRM)

Click here to download a pdf version.

August 14, 2019

John Devlin MD, Director
Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23708

Dear Dr. Devlin:

I’m the son of the late Henry J. Heimlich MD, known for “the Heimlich maneuver” anti-choking treatment. I have a journalism background and since 2003 research into my father’s career by my wife and me has resulted in scores of mainstream print and broadcast news reports that exposed my father as a remarkable – and dangerous – humbug.

Via an August 9, 2019 press release, Doctors Ask DoD to Investigate Naval Medical Center Portsmouths Live Animal Use:
(The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) has filed a petition for enforcement with the Department of Defense (DoD), requesting that the DoD immediately investigate the use of live animals in medical training occurring at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP).

...“Studies and individuals from the Navy, Army, and Air Force have all concluded that simulator-based training is equivalent to or even superior to live tissue training ,” said John Pippin, MD, FACC, Physicians Committee director of academic affairs.
Per my website and blog, I’ve been a critic of the Washington, DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and it’s founding president, Neal Barnard MD, because of his group’s problematic three-decade relationship with my father.

Since PCRM is on the warpath against your program, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some information which in my opinion raises reasonable questions about whether PCRM’s actions are motivated by evidence-based science or emotion-drivcn allegiance to our four-legged friends.

I’m also including a 1991 letter in which my father appears to thank Dr. Barnard for helping to fund notorious offshore experiments conducted by Cincinnati’s now-defunct Heimlich Institute in which U.S. Lyme Disease patients were infected with malaria, a quack “cure” dad called “malariotherapy.”

Via PCRM’s website:

The Physicians Committee is dedicated to saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research.


Creating a healthier world through a new emphasis on plant-based nutrition and scientific research conducted ethically, without using animals.
Via a 2011 column, junk science debunker Joseph A."Dr. Joe" Schwarcz PhD, Director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society, expressed a somewhat different opinion:
I consider PCRM to be a fanatical animal rights group with a clear cut agenda of promoting a vegan lifestyle and eliminating all animal experimentation.
Via numerous published articles from 1994 to the present which I’ve compiled on my blog, PCRM has been called an “animal rights” activist group, a perspective that presumably triggered their attempt to disrupt your program.

Along those lines, via this profile of him in the Spring 2011 issue of American Dog magazine, Dr. Pippin minced no words about his priorities:
“I am about animal protection, a position that focuses on ending our abuse and killing of animals for food, research, drug and product testing, education, entertainment, hunting, and all other human purposes,” (Dr. Pippin) says. “I’m also about a fundamental level of animal rights, because I believe that all sentient creatures - human and nonhuman - have an inherent right to freedom from abuse and killing. This means, of course, that I support the no-kill animal shelter movement.”

Two pivotal events led Dr. Pippin to a life of protecting and saving animals. The first was in 1987 when he realized that animal research is not only horribly cruel, but also a fraud that cannot prevent or cure human diseases. This epiphany changed his career and made him a vocal critic of animal experimentation. The second was in 2004, when Dr. Pippin had to choose between continuing to advocate publicly against animal research and keeping his career as founding director of cardiology at Cooper Clinic in Dallas. He chose the animals, and has never regretted the choice.

“Animals have nobody but the animal protection community between them and egregious misuse, abuse, and death at the hands of our species,” he says. “For those of us with true hearts for animals, such evils as eating, wearing, fighting, breeding, imprisoning, hunting, and experimenting on our animal kin must be ended.”

For the past six years, Dr. Pippin has worked full time with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine…
Some may disagree that eating a BLT or wearing leather shoes is “evil,” but clearly Dr. Pippin brings strongly-held personal convictions to his work.

Back to my father, who in 1977 was fired for misconduct from his last hospital job, arguably dad’s most notorious scam was “malariotherapy.” Despite having no background in immunology, from the early 1980s until his death in 2016, dad claimed infecting patients with malaria could cure a variety of diseases.[1]

From the late 1980s until at least 2005, dad’s shady Heimlich Institute conducted a series of unsupervised offshore experiments in which U.S. and foreign nationals suffering from cancer, Lyme Disease, and AIDS were infected with malaria.

Via Scientists Linked to Heimlich Investigated by Robert Anglen, Cincinnati Sunday Enquirer, February 16, 2003:
(Dr. Heimlich's experiments) 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.''
Further, via a 2014 Hollywood Reporter expose, How Dr. Heimlich Maneuvered Hollywood Into Backing His Dangerous AIDS "Cure":
(An) investigation into Heimlich's fundraising efforts was undertaken by the major frauds section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Fast forward to the day after dad died via a December 17, 2016 media release, The Physicians Committee Remembers Henry J. Heimlich for Innovative Medicine:
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine salutes the life and career of Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., a tremendously innovative and creative scientist. The Heimlich maneuver, for which he is known, has saved countless lives. But it was Dr. Heimlich's unwavering compassion, and his steadfast refusal to support animal experiments, which consistently impressed his colleagues.

In 2005, he gave his name for the Physicians Committee’s Henry J. Heimlich Award for Innovative Medicine, [2] an award that recognizes the ability to see innovative and surprisingly simple solutions to seemingly insurmountable medical issues.
...“Dr. Heimlich was the embodiment of innovation, compassion, and getting the job done,” says Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. “His work has inspired researchers and medical students to break convention, think creatively, and focus on what counts: saving lives.”
I can’t account for PCRM’s unwavering admiration for my dad which presumably includes “malariotherapy,” described by Lyme Disease patient Cyndi Monahan of New Jersey in Heimlich's Maneuver?, an article in the June 1991 issue of American Health:
"Within two days I started to get fevers as high as 106 degrees"...After Monahan's return from Mexico City, life consisted of hours of fever followed by chills - and intense pain. "My lower back felt like a truck slammed into it and I found that a malaria headache is the most excruciating pain you can imagine." Her New Jersey doctor allowed the malaria to persist untreated for five weeks. During that time she logged 130 "fever hours," when her temperature exceeded 101 degrees. She vomited constantly, lost 40 lb. and required intravenous fluids to compensate for dehydration. "We went until my body couldn't take it anymore," she recalled, "and then I took the antimalarial drug"...

"I'm going back for another treatment," she says. "Dr. Heimlich told me I may have to do it again. He's made all the arrangements with the doctors in Panama."
As it happens, per this letter donated by my dad to the University of Cincinnati’s Henry J. Heimlich Archival Collection, Dr. Barnard may have helped pay for Ms. Monahan’s “treatment”:
May 30, 1991

Neal D. Bernard, M.D.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
P.O. Box 6322
Washington, D.C. 20015

Dear Neal:

I received your generous donation of $1,000.00 on May 20. Thank you so much for your continuing support of our research projects.

I'm pleased to report our first group of Lyme disease patients has completed malariatherapy at the clinic in Panama and their induced malaria is being cured. In fact, I leave tomorrow so that I can be there this weekend. The results so far are gratifying, and we hope to see even more progress in the weeks to come.

In about an hour, Susan and I will be meeting with Mike Handley to discuss the PSA's to focus on responsible medicine.[3]
Keep in touch. As soon as I have finished documenting our recent malariatherapy group, a report will be sent to you for your interest.

Thought you might care to see the enclosed speech given at graduation of Eastern Virginia Medical College.

Thank you again for your support.


Henry J. Heimlich
The Heimlich Institute
2368 Victory Parkway Suite 410
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Further, for decades Dr. Barnard and his organization advocated my father’s reckless 40-year promotion of the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts) as a treatment for near-drowning.

Even after research by my wife and me revealed that since 1974 dad used fraudulent case reports to promote his now thoroughly-discredited claims, in letters to newspapers and on ABC 20/20, Dr. Barnard continued to hype the treatment, whose use has reportedly been associated with dozens of poor outcome cases, including children.

So much for “responsible medicine.”

Finally, regarding the use of animals for training or for medical research, I have zero knowledge of the subject, therefore no opinion.

I do, however, have a devil’s advocate question.

Via Pop Goes the Cafe Coronary published in the June 1974 issue of Emergency Medicine in which dad first described the treatment he subsequently named "the Heimlich maneuver."
Every year in the United States, 3900 healthy people strangle on food stuck in their tracheas. That’s more people, by the way, than are killed each year in accidental shootings.
...What's really needed then is a first aid procedure that doesn't require specialized instruments or equipment and can be performed by any informed layman - or even considered by a physician before resorting to tracheostomy with its attendant hazards. So, experimentally at least, I have developed such a procedure. It's been tested only on dogs but I believe the logic of the concept and the favorable findings warrant public dissemination.

...Standing behind the victim, the rescuer puts both arms around him just above the belt line, allowing head, arms, and upper torso to hang forward. Then, grasping his own right wrist with his left hand, the rescuer rapidly and strongly presses into the victim's abdomen, forcing the diaphragm upward, compressing the lungs, and expelling the obstructing bolus.

...The procedure is adapted from experimental work with four 38-pound beagles, in which I was assisted by surgical research technician Michael H. McNeal. After being given an intravenous anesthetic, each dog was "strangled" with a size 32 cuffed endotracheal tube inserted into the larynx. After the cuff was distended to create total obstruction of the trachea, the animal went into immediate respiratory distress as evidenced by spasmodic, paradoxical respiratory movements of the chest and diaphragm. At this point, with a sudden thrust. I pressed the palm of my hand deeply and firmly into the abdomen of the animal a short distance below the rib cage, thereby pushing upward on the diaphragm. The endotracheal tube popped out of the trachea and, after several labored respirations, the animal began to breathe normally. This procedure was even more effective when the other hand maintained constant pressure on the lower abdomen directing almost all the pressure toward the diaphragm.

We repeated the experiment more than 20 times on each animal with the same excellent results When a bolus of raw hamburger was substituted for the endotracheal tube, it, too, was ejected by the same procedure, always after one or two compressions.
Since dad used beagles in his research, if they’d had been around at the time, would PCRM have attempted to shut down the research and thereby presumably derail the development of the Heimlich maneuver which, according to PCRM’s remembrance of my father, “has saved countless lives”?

If someone poses that question to Drs. Barnard, Pippin, and/or Reina Pohl MPH (the media contact on PCRM’s press release about your program), I’d be curious to know the response.

Thanks for your time/attention and I’d welcome your thoughts/questions.


Peter M. Heimlich
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096 USA
ph: (208)474-7283
Twitter: @medfraud_pmh

[1] My father credited the work of Julius Wagner-Jauregg, a German eugenicist and Nazi sympathizer as his inspiration.

[2] To my knowledge, PCRM hasn’t presented the award since 2010 at a celebrity-studded event that was reported by the LA Weekly.

[3] Presumably dad was referring to a series of video PSAs promoting PCRM in which he appeared.