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Dear Mr/Dr Heimlich – I have checked across the Organization and we have absolutely no record of Dr Heimlich, Senior, having worked with or been supported by WHO. I hope this answers your question and that the piece published in your blog will reflect this accurately. Thank you, Gregory Härtl
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From: Peter Heimlich [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 7:49 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Elizabeth.Woeckner@alumnae.brynmawr.edu; email@example.com Subject: media inquiry Leticia Linn Media Relations World Heath Organization Regional Office for the Americas Washington, DC Dear Ms. Linn: For an item I'm reporting on my blog, I'd appreciate a statement in response to a quick question. Via The Grand Vision of Dr. Heimlich, After the Maneuver Limelight 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: finding a 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 in hopes 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 China were 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, March 29. If you require more time, please advise and I'll do my best to accommodate your schedule. Sincerely, Peter M. Heimlich Atlanta ph: (208)474-7283 website: Medfraud blog: The Sidebar * To my knowledge, the only related comments about the Heimlich Institute's "malariotherapy" experiments in China are the following via Ethics in International Health Research: A Perspective from the Developing World 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 highly controversial trials of induction of malaria in HIV patients (Heimlich et al 1997) and the trovafloxacin trial 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 meningitis outbreak 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 for research becomes absolute. cc: Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, The Aga Khan University James Hamblin MD, Health Editor, The Atlantic
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