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My Q&A with the World Health Organization re: my father's claim to The Atlantic that the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments on Chinese AIDS patients were "supported by the WHO" (updated 4/29/13)

My Q&A with the World Health Organization re: my father's claim to The Atlantic that the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments on Chinese AIDS patients were "supported by the WHO" (updated 4/29/13)

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My Q&A with the World Health Organization re: my father's claim to The Atlantic that the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments on Chinese AIDS patients were "supported by the WHO" (updated 4/29/13)
My Q&A with the World Health Organization re: my father's claim to The Atlantic that the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments on Chinese AIDS patients were "supported by the WHO" (updated 4/29/13)

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From: Peter Heimlich [mailto:peter.heimlich@gmail.com]Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 7:49 AMTo: Linn, Ms. Leticia (WDC)Cc: zulfiqar.bhutta@aku.edu; jhamblin@theatlantic.com; Elizabeth.Woeckner@alumnae.brynmawr.edu; pwalters@wnyc.orgSubject: media inquiry Leticia LinnMedia Relations World Heath OrganizationRegional Office for the Americas Washington, DCDear Ms. Linn:For an item I'm reporting on my blog, I'd appreciate a statement in response to a quick question. Via
by Lindsay Abrams published March 11 by The Atlantic (emphasis added):
 Heimlich then turned his sights on bigger goals. Actually, for a life-saver, the biggest of goals: findinga cure for cancer and AIDS. This time, the so-crazy-it-just-might-work solution was "malariotherapy."  For years, he ran unregulated clinical trials in the developing world, inducing malaria in patients inhopes that the high fever it produced would cure them."Malariotherapy is a proven treatment and was used to eliminate neurosyphilis before the advent of antibiotics," wrote Heimlich in an email to The Atlantic --
maintaining that his trials in Chinawere supported by the World Health Organization
and aided by UCLA, and that positive preliminary results were reported in 1996.
Is my father's claim regarding the WHO accurate?* I'd welcome a detailed reply.Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to receiving your response, preferably by this Friday, March29. If you require more time, please advise and I'll do my best to accommodate your schedule.Sincerely,Peter M. Heimlich Atlantaph: (208)474-7283 website: Medfraud blog:
* To my knowledge, the only related comments about the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments inChina are the following via
 by Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, published by the WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health:
The recent guidelines for regulation of human experimentation must be seen in the backdrop of atrocities committed by doctors upon vulnerable subjects within recent memory. The highlycontroversial trials of induction of malaria in HIV patients (Heimlich et al 1997) and the trovafloxacintrial in Nigeria (Boseley 2001, Stephens 2000 & 2001) are two recent examples....(Clearly) unscrupulous and opportune research which exploits the vulnerability and want of a given population, must be condemned. The case of the Trovan drug trial in the midst of a meningitisoutbreak in Nigeria (Stephens 2000) and the induction of malaria in HIV patients ( Heimlich et al 1997) are examples where the need for ethical guidelines and minimal universal ethical standards forresearch becomes absolute.
cc:Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, The Aga Khan University James Hamblin MD, Health Editor, The AtlanticElizabeth Woeckner, President, CIRCAREPat Walters, Radiolab, WNYC radio

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