Thursday, December 29, 2016

$9.5 million in IRS liens on Cincinnati residences of disgraced "super lawyer" Stan Chesley and his wife, federal judge Susan Dlott

Via Fen-phen case draws Stan Chesley even deeper into web of lawsuits by investigative reporter James Pilcher, Cincinnati Enquirer, December 27, 2016:
The IRS filed personal income tax liens on his Indian Hill home and another condo downtown for a total of nearly $9.5 million, according to filings with the Hamilton County Recorder’s office.

Earlier this month, Chesley and his wife, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott, put the 21,000-foot Indian Hill home up for sale for $8 million, which would make it one of the most expensive houses in Hamilton County history.
Via the Recorder's office:

As I reported a few years ago, in 2004 on behalf of my family Chesley sent two proffer letters to my wife Karen and me which -- based on our previous (and subsequent) interactions with him -- we interpreted as an attempt to arrange a deal to try and stop us from exposing my father as a dangerous charlatan.

We didn't respond.

This item has been slightly revised for clarity.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Animal-rights activist and proponent of a vegan diet" Neil Barnard MD hoisted in hilarious NY Times book review -- and his organization's memorium to my father

Neal Barnard MD

Via And a Thinner New Year: Five New Books About Food and Diets by Judith Newman in today's New York Times
Reading THE CHEESE TRAP: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Get Healthy (Grand Central Life & Style, $27) is like going to a horror movie, only instead of the killer being Chucky, it’s cheese. (O how I slay myself.) Neal D. Barnard even tosses out a line in the intro that would be perfect for the trailer of the movie: “You love cheese. But I’m sorry to tell you, it does not love you back.” Cue ominous cello music.

While cheese may be, as the legendary editor Clifton Fadiman called it, “milk’s leap toward immortality,” here it is death on a plate. Barnard, the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is an animal-rights activist and proponent of a vegan diet who has courted controversy before...Barnard does his best to make cheese not only terrifying (comparing its dangers to eating poisonous puffer fish) but gross: At one point he cites a performance artist who sat in a gallery and offered patrons three types of cheese made out of donated breast milk. Maybe you don’t find that disgusting, in which case you probably like performance art.
By the end of the book I was sufficiently freaked out to go and buy something calling itself paleo mozzarella-style cheese. It is vegan, and it tastes like tapioca flavored with coconut. Not bad! But you know what it doesn’t taste like? Cheese.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine salutes the life and career of Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., a tremendously innovative and creative scientist.

...In 2005, he gave his name for the Physicians Committee’s Henry J. Heimlich Award for Innovative Medicine, 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.”​
The last time PCRM presented their Heimlich Award was in 2010 when the LA Weekly published Paul Teetor's scorching expose about Dr. Barnard and his organization turning a blind eye to the Heimlich Institute's notorious "malariotherapy" experiments in US and foreign patients suffering from cancer, Lyme Disease, and AIDS were deliberately infected with malaria.

More about the Barnard/Heimlich relationship via my website.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Kansas City Star editorial cartoon pegged to my father's death criticized as "bad taste" by a reader

Via Heimlich`s Latest Maneuvers by Dan Oldenburg, The Washington Post, October 31, 1989:
On the wall of his Heimlich Institute office at Xavier University in Cincinnati, (Dr. Henry) Heimlich has framed or tacked up about 20 cartoons starring his maneuver. There`s one of a young doctor at a theater, slipping his arm around the shoulder of a nurse beside him. The caption: "Young Heimlich`s first maneuver." Heimlich loves that one.

  Via the Star's letters to the editor published yesterday:

Tasteless humor

Generally, I give The Star high marks for its Opinion pages, but I was disappointed Dec. 21 because of two cartoons showing bad taste.

Lee Judge must certainly be one of the best political cartoonists working. But his cartoon showing a character and the headline, “Heimlich inventor dies,” setting up Judge’s caption, “And just when the Chiefs needed him,” is an offense to the memory of a dedicated physician, recently deceased [first reported on December 17], who contributed to public health.

On another page, a syndicated cartoon mocked the recently deceased Zsa Zsa Gabor about her multiple marriages. Timing alone makes this offensive to the family as well as to thousands of fans who appreciated her performances over multiple decades.

Both were unfortunate and lame attempts at humor. 

Bob Campbell