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the Heimlich atrocity experiments: correspondence between PCRM's John J. Pippin MD & Eric Matteson MD, the Mayo Clinic

the Heimlich atrocity experiments: correspondence between PCRM's John J. Pippin MD & Eric Matteson MD, the Mayo Clinic

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200 First Street SWRochester, Minnesota 55905507-284-2511
Eric L. Matteson, M.D.
Division of Rheumatology& Internal MedicineDecember 8, 2008John J. Pippin, M.D.Senior Medical and Research AdvisorPhysicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 400Washington DCDear Dr. Pippin:I have an interest in medical history and the eponymic naming of diseases and conditions and so wasinterested in some of the particulars regarding the naming of the so-called "Heimlich maneuver." As Ilooked up Dr. Heimlich, I found your website, which lists Dr. Heimlich as being a board member. I notethat your organization has a particular emphasis on preventing the exploitation of animals in medicalresearch for a variety of reasons including ones which are moral and ethical. As I exploredDr. Heimlich's background, I came across a couple of things of concern in that regard. One concern hasto do with what is termed "malariotherapy" for the treatment of different diseases including AIDS. Inoted that there are experiments being done in an African country, but I was not able to find outanything more about this, other than Dr. Heimlich stated that he is moving forward with newexperiments in an unnamed country. I looked on the NIH website of registered clinical trials, and I wasunable to find any such trial. I also saw a mention of malariotherapy administered to Lyme diseasepatients as well.These references are very concerning to me from a standpoint of ethics in human subjects' research, andI am hoping that you will be able to shed some light on this for me.Sincerely yours,ELM/bmh
December 17, 2008Eric L. Matteson, M.D.Chair, Division of RheumatologyMayo Clinic College of Medicine200 First Street SWRochester, MN 55905Dear Dr. Matteson:Thanks for your letter dated December 8, 2008 (attached), regarding Dr. Henry Heimlichand his research. You wrote about PCRM: “I note that your organization has a particularemphasis on preventing the exploitation of animals in medical research for a variety of reasons including ones which are moral and ethical.” This is correct, and PCRM isequally committed to this mission as it regards the human animal. We have a long recordof advocacy and clinical research addressing ethical and medical issues.I’ve forwarded your letter to Neal Barnard, M.D., PCRM’s president, and we havediscussed your concerns. Neal has known Dr. Heimlich for many years, and he isconfident that any research Dr. Heimlich has undertaken is ethically sound. However, weare not familiar with the specifics of the research efforts you mention in your letter.May I suggest you contact the Heimlich Institute in Cincinnati to inquire regarding theresearch protocols that have you concerned? The website url ishttp://www.heimlichinstitute.org/default.php,and the telephone number is (513) 559-
If this does not resolve your concern, please feel free to contact me again.Best wishes to you for the holiday season.Regards,John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.Senior Medical and Research AdviserPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
M.D.|Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 5:36 PM
jjpippinSubject: FW: Response from Dr. Pippin (PCRM)Dear Dr. PippinThank you very much for
I consulted the Heimlich Institute website, and indeed did notsee any reference to malariotherapy.You state you are unaware of the specifics of the research efforts I mentioned. I am not certain ifthis means you don't know about them at all, or you don't know the protocols. For this reason, Isend to you links to several reports I found which are concerning, and as you are particularlyconcerned with ethics in medicine, I hope that you will be able to look into and respond to them.Some of the content includes such statements as "Heimlich's efforts to cure AIDS, Lyme disease,and cancer by giving patients malaria -- called malariotherapy -- have been condemned by theWorld Health Organization as charlatanism, yet Heimlich has persisted, advertisingmalariotherapy on his website and conducting experiments on people in China. He has sought toestablish malariotherapy clinics in South Africa." (from the Francis article).
Deadly Medicine? 
by Steve Volk, Philadelphia Weekly, September 15, 2004:http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/view.php?id=8048
Is Dr. Heimlich Really a Savior? 
by Brian Ross, ABC 20/20, June 8, 2007http://vimeo.com/2389378?pg=embed&sec=2389378 (I note that Dr Barnard, to whom you sent acopy of my letter, was interviewed also).
Heimlich's Maneuver 
by Thomas Francis, Cleveland Scene, August
2004:http://tinyurl.com/4z9bj2Thank you again for your time and attention to this matter. The favor of a reply is requested.Sincerely yours,Eric Matteson, MD
jjpippinSent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 5:54 PM
Matteson, Eric L., M.D.Subject: RE: Response from Dr. Pippin (PCRM)I have received your reply and references. I will look at these and also forward to Dr.Barnard with the results of my review. We certainly understand concerns related topossible issues of human research ethics and scientific merit. You will of course receive areply.Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. I wonder if you called the Heimlich Institute(513-559-2100) for information, and I encourage you to do so if you have not. Back toyou soon.John J. Pippin, M.D.,
Senior Medical and Research AdviserPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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