| Against allopathy|
Unfortunately, Heimlich later became a noted flogger of bad medicine. His descent from revolutionary medical genius to woo meister began when he started to advocate using the Heimlich maneuver as a treatment and even a preventative measure for asthma. He then began to argue that the move was the best course of action for drowning, something the American Red Cross advises strongly against (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is still the way to go).
|Quackwatch says: |
|For years Heimlich and his associates have promoted abdominal thrusts—the so-called Heimlich maneuver—as a first measure in the treatment of near-drowning. His advocacy appears to be based on observations of eight cases. Heimlich and his spokespeople have regularly stated that “thousands of lives” have been saved by use of abdominal thrusting. However, they have produced no objectively collected, widely accepted data to support the claim.|
Later, Heimlich boasted that he developed potential cures for cancer and Lyme disease, as well as an AIDS cure that uses what he calls "malaria therapy". This involves infecting a patient with malaria, with the logic that the high fever kills viruses.
- Radilolab documentary where most of this came from.
- How to save a choking victim using the Heimlich maneuver.
- "Victoria Wulsin Linked to Unethical 'Malariotherapy' Experiments" at Quackwatch.
- Website by Peter Heimlich, Henry's son, where he criticizes his father, plus his blog, The Sidebar, where he also criticizes alt med.
- "Henry J. Heimlich, inventor of lifesaving technique for choking victims, dies at 96", The Washington Post.