Consumer Health Digest #07-23

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
June 19, 2007

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and cosponsored by NCAHF and Quackwatch. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making.

"20/20" blasts Henry Heimlich. ABC-TV's 20/20 has broadcast a a report that severely criticized the theories and activities of Henry Heimlich, M.D. [Dr. Heimlich's New 'Maneuver': Cure AIDS With Malaria. ABC-TV, June 8, 2007] The program focused on (a) unethical research in which AIDS patients were injected with malaria, and (b) improper claims that the Heimlich maneuver is safe or effective for treating drowning victims. The 9-minute report can be viewed online.

California chiropractic board takes another pro-quackery stance. The Sacramento Bee has reported that the Chiropractic Board of California now denies that it has authority to discipline chiropractors who claim to have an advanced degree from an unaccredited school. This reverses the policy used to order board member Franco Columbu from marketing himself as a Ph.D. in nutrition based a "credential" from nonaccredited Donsbach University. [Hill J. Board backs off on Ph.D. rule: Regulators say they lack power over chiropractor accreditation. Sacramento Bee, June 21, 2007] Columbu, a former bodybuilding champion, was appointed to California's chiropractic licensing board in 2006 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a long-time friend with whom he trained. He also served as best man at Schwarzenegger's wedding. [Yamamura K. Board member still claims Ph.D.: Schwarzenegger friend on chiropractic panel got a cease-and-desist order. Sacramento Bee, April 12, 2007]

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