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.