Monday, June 5, 2023

In observance of National Heimlich Maneuver Day, Long Island doctors' group recommends disemboweling choking victims and other unorthodox treatments



The poster artist's identity and intent is unknown, but the zombie resembles my father, the late Henry J. Heimlich, MD, pictured here with his cousin once removed, actor Anson Williams, best known for playing the character Potsie on the TV sitcom Happy Days. (Anson is the son of my dad's first cousin, the late Haskell "Hal" Heimlich.")


Monday, April 17, 2023

EXCLUSIVE: Notorious anti-vax doctor Carrie Lynn Madej sued by Tennessee couple, father's estate for malpractice, outrageous conduct, negligence (UPDATE: Dr. Madej failed to plead/respond; Defendants file for default judgment)

UPDATE: According to the following May 9, 2023 court filing, after being served on March 27, Carrie Lynn Madej MD has "failed to plead or otherwise defend" against the lawsuit brought against her for allegedly administering "an intravenous injection of 500 mL of D5NS with 21 mL of 3% hydrogen peroxide" to three patients in Morgan County, TN, one of whom died a few weeks later.

As a result, the defendants have asked the court for a default judgment in their favor.

Per my original item (page down), Dr. Madej apparently considers herself a so-called "sovereign citizen." According to this 2011 statement:
The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement, which, scattered across the United States, has existed for decades, with well-known members, such as Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing. Sovereign citizens do not represent an anarchist group, nor are they a militia, although they sometimes use or buy illegal weapons. Rather, they operate as individuals without established leadership and only come together in loosely affiliated groups to train, help each other with paperwork, or socialize and talk about their ideology.   

Dr. Carrie Madej (right) immediately before she received service of process (page down or click here to download) for the lawsuit filed by the Bennuns. Madej was served on March 24 at the House of Restoration Worship Church in Milford, Ohio, where she was appearing at a so-called "Medical & Legal Truth" event hosted by the Salt and Light Brigade which according to, is "a far-right group​ that aims to wage 'spiritual warfare' on behalf of Pass the Salt Ministries, which the Southern Poverty Law Center ​has previously identified as an anti-LGBTQ+ hate group."

Dr. Carrie Lynn Madej ("mah-day"), who McGill University's Office for Science and Society called "a menace to society," has been sued for malpractice, outrageous conduct, negligence, and other allegations. 

The lawsuit involves three patients she allegedly treated on December 5, 2021 in Morgan County, Tennessee, about 60 miles west of Knoxville. 

One patient died less than three weeks later.

According to a November 12, 2021 NBC News report by Ben Collins:
(Dr. Madej) is an osteopathic internal medicine doctor who has propagated a variety of debunked theories about the Covid vaccines and posted to Twitter about a variety of other conspiracy theories, including QAnon. She describes herself as “practicing the truth in Jesus through medicine.”

...(On) a podcast called “Reawaken America” she falsely claimed there is a “liquified computing system” inside coronavirus vaccines. She has also claimed the vaccines are a “gateway to transhumanism.” Her theories have been broadly fact-checked as false, including earning a “Pants on Fire” rating from Politifact.

The complaint (page down or click here to download) was filed February 27 in Tennessee's Ninth Judicial District Circuit Court individually by Jana Sutoova Bennun and her husband Steven Bennun, and on behalf of the estate of Ms. Bennun's father, Stefan Suto. 

From the complaint:

2. On or about December 5th, 2021, Mr. Stefan Suto was located at his home in Morgan County, Tennessee. He was feeling ill and had a fever. Steven Bennun and Jana Sutoova Bennun were ill with no fever.

3. On or about December 5th, 2021, Carrie Madej insisted that she come to the house and administer treatment.

4. On or about December 5th, 2021, Carrie Madej entered the residence and directly administered treatment without any medical history, medical treatment, laboratory results, and failed to take a medical history on any patient.

5. On or about December 5th, 2021, Carrie Madej directly administered to Stefan Suto a solution of 21 mL of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 0.5 mL of distilled water that was placed in a nebulizer to create an inhalable mist.

6. On or about December 5th, 2021, Carrie Madej directly administered to Stefan Suto, Steve Bennun, and Jana Sutoova Bennun an intravenous injection of 500 mL of D5NS 
with 21 mL of 3% hydrogen peroxide.

7. Immediately after treatment, Mr. Stefan Suto started to react adversely and experienced a rapid decline in health.

8. Steven Bennun and Jana Sutoova Bennun informed Carrie Madej that Stefan Suto's health was rapidly declining and requested further medical treatment. Carrie Madej refused.

9. Stefan Suto passed away on December 23, 2021. Steven Bennun and Jana Sutoova Bennun continue to suffer from the side effects of the harmful injections they received on December 5, 2021.

10. Plaintiffs would aver that Carrie Madej does not have a Tennessee medical license and yet practices medicine in the State of Tennessee.

11. Plaintiffs would aver that the Defendant failed to provide them with basic, appropriate, and necessary medical care and supervision.

12. Plaintiffs would aver that through the Defendant's actions, she significantly deviated from the accepted standard of care for healthcare professionals practicing within their respective specialties within the Morgan County community as it relates to the care provided to them.

13. Plaintiffs would further aver that the Defendant is guilty of the specific torts of negligence; outrageous conduct; and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

14. The Plaintiffs would further aver that the Defendant violated the medical malpractice laws of the State of Tennessee codified at T. C. A. 29-26-101, et seq., as evidence by the Affidavit of Sal A.D.'Allura, D.O., attached as Exhibit "A".

A search for medical licenses associated with Dr. Madej on the Tennessee Department of Health's website produced no results.

In an exclusive, I reported that on January 6 Dr. Madej had surrendered her Georgia medical license. 

According to a November 22, 2022 document attached to the complaint, the Bennuns' attorney, Dale R. Cantrell of Clinton, TN, sent a legal notifcation to Dr. Madej at ten different Georgia addresses with which she has been associated in Canton, Forest Park, McDonough, Symrna (two different addresses), Peachtree City, Atlanta (two different addresses), Jonesboro, and Locust Grove.

He received the following reponse (page down for the original letter or click here to download) which appears to be related to claims she made at timestamp 7:00 in a rambling podcast interview last month, Carrie Madej On Being A Sovereign Citizen:
Carrie Lynn of the house and lineage of Madej

Daughter of the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob American Freewoman
Grantor in Original Jurisdiction and Beneficiary of the resultant Trust
Near Post Office Box 1234 Senoia Georgia America Republic

Everything is Trust and there is nothing that is not Trust
No Trust can fail for want of a Trustee
The primary responsibility of the Trustee is to protect the Trust

January 10 2023

Cantrell Law Office
Post Office Box 299
Clinton Tennessee 37716

Dail R. Cantrell,

I Carrie Lynn Beneficiary am responding to your letter dated November eleventh twenty-twenty-two.

Please make note that this is your one time courtesy notice to inform you that any further correspondence regarding the matter of concern as mentioned in your letter, must be forwarded to Matthew Norman MD Chairperson of Georgia Composite Medical Board Indentured Trustee who has accepted and retained custody of the legal person, the Doctor, of whom your letter is addressing. You may contact the Doctor and the Chairperson of the Board Indentured Trustee at
Georgia Composite Medical Board
2 Peachtree Street Northwest 36th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3465
Any further communication, correspondence or actions taken against the Beneficiary will be an obvious mistaken identity.

Thank you

The Bennuns are seeking a jury trial, $10,000,000 as compensatory damages, and up to $5,000,000 as punitive damages.

It's not known if Dr. Madej has retained legal counsel.


Monday, April 10, 2023

President George W. Bush's son-in-law saved the life of a choking victim! Or did he? No one's talking

From Jenna Bush Hager reveals husband Henry saved woman’s life while choking at restaurant: ‘My hero’ by Lindsay Lowe,, March 9, 2023:

Jenna Bush Hager is calling her husband a “hero” after he jumped into action to save a woman’s life.

The incident occurred Wednesday night when Jenna and her husband, Henry (Hager), were having a quiet dinner at a restaurant with Henry’s mom.

Jenna said she was sitting with her back to the restaurant, while Henry sat facing outward.

“All of a sudden, he says, ‘That woman is choking!’” Jenna said. “He gets up, he runs over, and he gives a woman the Heimlich maneuver for, it felt like it was 10 minutes.”

Jenna said some other people came over to help as Henry continued to try to save the woman.

“He continued, and other men were helping him, and I could tell he thought it wasn’t working, and he was saying, ‘Guys, keep going, keep going, keep going!’” Jenna said. “And she survived. 911 arrived.”

For the past month I've tried to verify Ms. Hager's story by sending a couple dozen emails and leaving messages for various parties: Mr. Hager, senior producers at the Today Show, NBC's head of publicity; and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Henry C. Hager 

I simply asked for basic facts: the name and address of the restaurant; the date of the alleged incident; whether the Hagers knew the name of the alleged choking victim; whether they took selfies with anyone at the scene; and if they knew the name of the EMS crew that arrived.

The result was deafening silence - including from Ms. Lowe, the writer who bylined the item. (Page down for the unanswered DMs I sent her.)

The only response came from Andrew Kaufman, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Bush Center: 

Unfortunately, the best way to reach the Hagers are the methods you used – my powers are limited there.

Did the incident really happen? If not, it wouldn't be the first time a celebrity may have fabricated a dramatic choking rescue. 

For example, in 2012 here's what country star Luke Bryan told People Magazine:

I had a friend do the Heimlich on me last Monday in a pizza restaurant. It was pretty freaky there for about 30 seconds. A piece of flatbread pizza flaked off and got lodged in my airway, and I went down. He picked me up and got it out of there!

As Sidebar readers know, I reported a string of stories about my unsuccessul efforts to verify his claim.

The Bryana and Hager stories story raise an interesting point.

When a celebrity makes a dramatic, newsworthy claim on national television, do they have a responsibility to back it up?

As you might guess, I think they do. 

But I don't have the clout to compel powerful, connected people to respond to my questions. 

If someone out there does have the requisite swat and the Hagers (or Bryan, for that matter) provide the information I requested, I'll update this item with gratitude and without hesitation.


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 [via the Wayback Machine]. Feel free to e-mail me anytime at 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 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.


Peter M. Heimlich
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096 USAphone/text: (678)322-7984‬

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:


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.