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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Heimlich foe slams Wulsin, again

Dr. Robert Baratz, a Massachusetts doctor and long-time critic of Dr. Henry Heimlich, called a press conference in Madisonville Wednesday to restate his complaint against 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate Victoria Wulsin, who once worked for the Heimlich Institute.

Baratz's 2006 letter to the Ohio Medical Board accusing Wulsin of unethical behavior has been a source of ammunition for her primary opponent, Steve Black. Baratz condemned Wulsin for conducting a literature review of the Heimlich Institute's controversial experiments using malaria on HIV/AIDS patients in China and Ethiopia. The medical board will not release any information about the resulting investigation.

Wulsin said she did nothing wrong, and that she was fired when her report to Heimlich out problems with the experiments.


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at 3:02 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2008


PRESS RELEASE

The President of the National Council Against Health Fraud speaks in Cincinnati to set the record straight. Dr. Victoria Wells Wulsin is under an active ethics investigation related to the cover-up of illicit human experimentation.

On Wednesday, February 27th, at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Robert Baratz, President of the National Council Against Health Fraud, will hold a press conference to address the ongoing ethics investigation of Dr. Victoria Wells Wulsin, candidate for Congress, by the Ohio State Medical Board. The press conference will be held at the Madisonville Community Center (5320 Stewart Road, Cincinnati, OH).

"Dr. Victoria Wells Wulsin, per her own admission, evaluated the literature, reviewed data, and even euphemistically renamed the malaria treatments, "immunotherapy" as a marketing strategy. Dr. Wulsin, per her own admission was aware of who was funding this work, and where it was being conducted. Instead of reporting the individuals involved to regulatory and other authorities, she kept the matter quiet, took their money, wrote a report that on its face did not condemn this work, and suggested that the Heimlich Institute continue this work in the future. Rather than be contrite, or come to terms with what had happened, when it became clear her role would be exposed she generated an extra-added "Executive Summary" to her report attempting to put positive spin on her role in the matter.

In 2006, I wrote the Ohio Medical Board and asked them to investigate all of this. Their investigation is still active." – Robert Baratz, MD, PhD, DDS (February 26, 2007)

Please contact Dr. Baratz with any questions at imcsi@rcn.com or baratz@ncahf.org

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A list of document repositories on these matters appears below.

Repositories of documents

This page has all the correspondence and news articles about malaria research involving Henry Heimlich

The top section of this page has all the Great Lakes IRB information, how they "approved" the malariotherapy experiments. Subsequently they were shut down by the FDA. Copies of the Warning Letter and subsequent correspondence are there.

This page has lots of documents that will be of interest. You can download them as PDF files from that page.

Other relevant documents can be found at: medfraud.info

 
at 4:41 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Margaret McGurk: Baratz condemned Wulsin for conducting a literature review of the Heimlich Institute's controversial experiments using malaria on HIV/AIDS patients in China and Ethiopia.

This is a false statement. As the above press release makes clear, Dr. Baratz condemned Wulsin for misrepresenting her participation in the Heimlich experiments by hiding behind a false claim of having been hired to write a "literature review."

Reporter Margaret McGurk would have learned this and much more if she had stayed at the press conference instead of showing up, grabbing a media kit, and then leaving after a few minutes. Also the item posted here is v2. An earlier stronger version was taken down and re-written. Tag Margaret, you're it. Care to deny any of the above?

Also, did Dr. Wulsin really work for the Heimlich Institute as stated above? I heard that Deaconess (which owns the HI) can't produce an employment record. If that's accurate, who was paying Tricky Vic?

Here's the real brain teaser: Is there a reporter at the Enquirer who can manage to locate Deaconess's phone number and call them to verify an employment record?

 
at 4:57 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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This guy is a Dentist turned, so called, doctor.

He works on teeth. He has become the self-appointed watch-puppy and failed miserably !

He has had juries laugh at him and may face perjury for presenting a 'schmidt'y' phony resume' ?

"Reeling from horrendous beatings in California, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio, and Florida, the "quackpots" (as they are called in the Health Freedom Movement) are getting desperate."

His motives are clearly political. He wants name recognition just like the individuals who tout his rhetoric !

Why is he here now ?

Why so close to an election ?

His wRong wingnut whacko claims are going NOWHERE because they are FRIVOLOUS !

Next: he go after the 'black mole' for growing tomatoes for his personal use because they stain teeth !

Baratz needs to go back to his hair removal salon !

PATHETIC 'Barrett's Parrots' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 5:56 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, speaking of wack-jobs....I think that last comment pretty much takes the cake on that one.

having fun yet?

 
at 6:07 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was Phil Heimlich's involvement in these illegal experiments? He and his father run the Hemlich Institute.

 
at 6:44 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

Opinion by Tim Bolen

March 31st, 2001

Massachusetts "Quackbuster" Robert S. Baratz MD, DDS, PhD hopped on a plane last January, from Boston to Florida, to show up in a West Palm Beach courtroom as a "surprise rebuttal witness" in the Florida Dental Board vs Phillips case.

What a belly laugh that was. Baratz made a total ass out of himself during the deposition, then walked out when he didn't like the questions he was being asked. And, after the dust settled, the story got even better...

Seems Baratz had a MAJOR problem, during the deposition testimony, staying within the bounds of truth. So much so that PERJURY charges may be on the horizon.

Baratz LIED about his qualifications on his CV resume BIG TIME. Baratz is one of de-licensed MD Stephen Barrett's (www.quackwatch.com) top lieutenants in the floundering "quackpot menace."

Baratz testified (under oath) that he was a Consultant for the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigation (OCI), and as such had insider knowledge of FDA policy and thinking. He sounded impressive and authoritative in his testimony. It's just that it was all a LIE - The FDA never heard of Baratz, and I have a letter from the the FDA Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) to prove what I say.

Of course, now the Court has a copy of the FDA letter...

Not only did Baratz LIE about his relationship with FDA, but he LIED about almost all of his current employment. In his deposition Baratz made FANTASTIC claims about his qualifications.



HERE IS WHAT I FOUND when I checked on his claims:

Most significant are Baratz’s FALSE CLAIMS to current employment (on his CV resume):

(1) On page #2, under “Practice and Patient Care Experience,” Baratz claims “Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine,”

I called the Boston University School of Medicine and asked for Baratz. They have no listing for him. I asked for the Personnel office, and was directed to the Director of personnel, George Snowden, who told me that Robert S. Baratz is not an employee of the University, is NOT ON THE STAFF, and to his knowledge, has no relationship with the University. Snowden, a long time employee of the University, had never heard of Baratz, and wished to be provided with any documents, or data, where Baratz claimed an affiliation with the University.



(2) On page #5, under “Current Hospital Staff Appointments,” I called all of the three hospitals listed and asked for Baratz:

(A) Carney Hospital, after several telephone calls, responded that Baratz was definitely NOT “on Staff” as he claims, but was restricted to a limited relationship called “Provisional Associate,” which, it was explained to me, meant that he could, with permission, bring a patient to the hospital. The hospital did not know of ANY INCIDENT in which Baratz ever brought a patient to the hospital.

(B) Martha’s Vineyard Hospital had no listing for him, knew of no way to reach him, and DID NOT have him on their staff directory. They did not know who he was.

(C) Jordan Hospital had no listing for him, and their response to me was “I’ve never heard of him.”



(3) On page #4, under “Other Professional Experience and Employment,” Baratz claims “Director, IMCSI (Computer Based Medical Device Tracking systems)...”

I called two different nationwide telephone directory services and could get no telephone number for a company, or corporation named IMCSI, nor the longer version of it’s name (International Medical Consultation Services Inc.). The Internet had no listing for any such company; no website, nothing.



(4) MOST IMPORTANT - On page #4, under “Other Professional Experience and Employment,” Baratz claims “Consultant, United States Government, U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigation (OCI).

I called the FDA OCI in Washington DC and was referred to the FDA Office of Internal Affairs, where I spoke to Assistant Special Agent in Charge Paul F. Gebicke. Mr. Gebicke requested that I FAX to him, immediately, portions of the documents where Baratz indicated his relationship with the FDA. I faxed to him the entire seven page CV, and relevant pages concerning Baratz's claim to a relationship with FDA, in the Baratz deposition.

Mr. Gebicke responded to me by telephone and indicated that his office had investigated Baratz’s claims (as per the documents faxed to them), and that they would respond to my request by letter. They did so, faxing me a letter dated March 2, 2001, signed by Donald L. Briggs, Special Agent In Charge, FDA Office of Internal Affairs.

In short, BARATZ's FDA CLAIMS ARE A FRAUD.

FDA Brigg’s letter indicates that his office investigated five claims made by Baratz either in his CV, or in his testimony recorded on the deposition, as follows:

“Between February 28, 2001 and March 02, 2001, Special Agents of the FDA OIA made the following inquiries that failed to reveal Baratz either has/has had a consultant or contractual relationship with the FDA in general, or specifically with the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), the law enforcement branch of the FDA.

On 2/28/01, an OIA SA spoke with OCI Assistant Director (AD) Frank Forgione who said no records could be located that support the assertion that Baratz has ever been a ‘consultant’ to OCI.”

“On 3/01/01, an OIA SA spoke with Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) representative Glenna Caffrey, who is responsible for screening prospective nominees as SGE to FDA panels on drug matters. No records could be located that support the assertion that Baratz has ever been an SGE panelist, guest panelist, or participant of record in CDER issues.”

“On 3/01/01, an OIA SA spoke with Center for Device and Radiological Health (CDRH) representative Kathleen Walker, who is responsible for screening prospective nominees as SGE to FDA panels on device matters. No records could be located that support the assertion that Baratz has ever been an SGE panelist, guest panelist, or participant of record in CDRH issues.”

“On 3/01/01, an OIA SA spoke with Center for Biologic Evaluation and Research (CBER) representative William Freas, who is responsible for screening prospective nominees as SGE to FDA panels on drug matters. No records could be located that support the assertion that Baratz has ever been an SGE panelist, guest panelist, or participant of record in CBER issues.”

“The above inquiries were made with respect to assertions that Robert S. Baratz is a medical doctor and DDS (dentist) who alleges a relationship with the FDA as a result of his alleged expertise in the area of general Dentistry, drugs, and devices related to this field.”



(5) On page #4, under “Other Professional Experience and Employment,” Baratz claims “Consultant NBC News, New York.”

I called NBC News, New York. They never heard of him, and told me he was definitely NOT a consultant to them.



(6) On page #4, under “Other Professional Experience and Employment,” Baratz claims “Consultant ABC News, New York.”

I called ABC News, New York. They never heard of him, and told me he was definitely NOT a consultant to them.



(7) On page #4, under “Other Professional Experience and Employment,” Baratz claims “Consultant, State of California, Office of the Attorney General, and Board of Dental Examiners.”

First off, there is no such organization in California called “The Board of Dental Examiners.” The licensing agency for dentists in California is called the “California Dental Board.” I called them, they researched their records carefully, and responded that they had never heard of Baratz, he was not now, nor ever had been, a consultant for the State of California.

No other State agency we contacted (listed by Baratz on his CV) could find any record of him as a consultant.



(8) On page #1, under “Skills: Business Development, Entrepreneurial Activities, Administration, and Organization” Baratz claims “Founder of two corporations in medical device area. One (Polymedica) is now >$100M on NASDAQ, other (IMCSI) in growth stages.”

I called Polymedica and asked for Baratz. They had no office or phone number for him. I told them that Baratz claims to be THE FOUNDER of the company, and they then referred me to the CEO, who called me back, and said that he did know Baratz, but that he had no knowledge of whether Baratz had any financial interest in Polymedica.



(9) On page #2, under “Communications,” Baratz claims “National spokesperson for professional organization (American Dental Association) for scientific matters.”

Organizations, especially a large one like the American Dental Association (ADA), do not lightly give, or allow, “spokespersons.” I called the American Dental Association main office in Chicago, Illinois, and asked for Baratz, or the office for “spokespersons.” I was routed around the office to several people who would be familiar with anyone who acted as a “spokesperson” for the ADA. No one I talked to at the ADA had ever heard of him, or had any record of him acting as a "spokesperson." I examined the ADA’s website carefully, and could not find Baratz listed anywhere in their data base.

I wonder if Bobbie got his witness fees up front?...



Tim Bolen

JuriMed - Public Relations and Research Group

jurimed@yahoo.com

 
at 8:37 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baratz is a fraud who runs a low rent organization and is seeking to increase his profile by attaching himself to a Congressional candidate.

Thank you to 6:44 for doing this research. I had posted similar items in the past and to those of you who doubt Baratz's quackery, just do a quick Google search. More than just this comes up. He's a hired gun who and an "expert" for hire. He has no credibility.

 
at 8:57 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems like this guy is guilty of some sort of fraud? federal? whacko!

 
at 9:33 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Washington Post, June 29, 2004:

"We're off to the races with something that hasn't been conceptualized as a discipline. It's a hodgepodge of quackery taken to a new level," said Robert Baratz, president of the National Council Against Health Fraud. Baratz, a practicing physician in the Boston area, deplores what he believes is the squandering of research dollars on studying CAM. He also disputes the statistics claiming large numbers of CAM users -- statistics that are often cited to defend the need to study CAM.
According to an NCCAM survey published in May, more than 60 percent of Americans use some form of CAM. That figure, however, drops by almost half when prayer is excluded. "Lots of people pray," Baratz said, "but [NCCAM] calls it CAM...We call it SCAM." Joseph J. Fins, director of medical ethics at Cornell Medical School, shares Baratz's concerns about CAM statistics. "A lack of demographic knowledge has contributed to a disproportionate interest in the field...given other funding priorities," said Fins, who was a member of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

From Time Magazine, May 8, 2002:

That apparently wasn't enough to discourage Watson, who like too many other members of Congress is, to put it kindly, scientifically unsophisticated. The mercury in amalgam, it turns out, is not free, but mixed with silver, tin and copper, metals to which it bonds chemically to form a crystalline metallic — and safe — alloy. An obvious analogy, says Dr. Robert Baratz, president of the National Council against Health Fraud, can be made with water, a chemical combination of hydrogen, a gas that can explode, and oxygen, which supports combustion. Yet, like those in water, amalgam's components are tightly bonded to each other. "Saying that amalgam will poison you," Baratz insists, "is like saying that drinking water will make you explode and burst into flames." His view is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which reported that "there is scant evidence that the health of a vast majority of people with amalgam is compromised" and the American Dental Association, which concluded that "there currently appears to be no justification for discontinuing the use of dental amalgam."

From Business Week, January 16, 2006

Dentists who diagnose NICO often remove suspect teeth and bone and send them to laboratories to confirm the disease. To critics such as Dr. Robert Baratz, a dentist and physician at Quincy Medical Center in Boston, this seems absurd. "A biopsy is not ripping out a quarter of someone's jawbone," he asserts. "That's assault and battery."

 
at 11:17 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess if all else fails and you can't explain or respond to the charges against you, then you send out your minions to try to discredit the complaintant. Dr. Wulsin seems unwilling to actually explain why she was involved with the Heimlich Institute. It seems funny that she got deeply involved with the crackpot Heimlich's and since she can't explain it, she calls Baratz a crackpot. Where there's smoke, there's fire folks...

 
at 9:59 AM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks like these witch hunters picked the wrong "doctor" to spread lies about Vic. What a shame that they can slander the reputation of a true public servant who has dedicated her career to helping those who are worst off. And they present no evidence against her, but get attention any way.

I understand opposing a congressional candidate for political reasons, but come on, criticize her politics, don't make up lies about her.

 
at 1:54 PM, February 28, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

So....which one was it that stood on the platform and directed the "patients" to the left or to the right????

 
at 2:07 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

From 2/24/08 Enquirer endorsement of Wulsin in the upcoming primary: In our view, Black's attacks are based more on innuendo than fact.

Okay, Enquirer, so how about getting some facts? Per this 2/17/08 public letter to the Enquirer's Carl Weiser, Dr. Wulsin and her campaign have repeatedly refused to answer these questions: http://tinyurl.com/292unp

1) Has Dr. Wulsin received any communications about this matter from anyone associated with the State Medical Board of Ohio? If yes, what are they?
2) I’ve attached a copy of the National Council Against Health Fraud complaint, filed on November 3, 2006. Would Dr. Wulsin please provide a detailed reply to the allegations and specifically address why they are false?
3) What were the exact dates of Dr. Wulsin’s association with the Heimlich Institute as a paid employee?
4) Was Dr. Wulsin paid by the Heimlich Institute or was she paid by Dr. Heimlich or another individual?
5) Regarding her association with the Heimlich Institute, who first contacted her? Was it attorney Joseph Dehner or someone else? What was the date of that first contact?
6) Would you please provide me with a copy of Dr. Wulsin’s most recent curriculum vitae?


Carl and Dave Wells, the Enquirer can't have it both ways. If you slam Black for using innuendo instead of facts, that means you did some research and confirmed that the allegations are false. My money says you didn't.

What I don't understand is why, time and again, Enquirer reporters and editors engage in substandard work which wouldn't pass muster at a good college paper, yet it doesn't seem to bother anyone in management enough to improve. It's an insult to readers and degrading to the quality employees who have some pride in their work.

Along those lines, it's hard to avoid the staff pictures posted on this page. The women at least have some pride and fixed up for the photo shoot. The men couldn't care less if they look like slobs in front of the public. The webmaster doesn't care how awful they look either. I'm not drawing specific conclusions based on appearance, but I think that lack of pride is also reflected in the "who cares if we get it right?" quality of the paper's product.

 
at 2:41 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wacky Wulsin is on the ropes and if Black doesn't knock her out, then Congresswoman Jean Schmidt will finish the job.

 
at 5:13 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Sounds like the wRong wingnut whackos feel integrity and credibility applies to everyone except their 'Baratz' mouth-piece ?

Did you see the ney-sayers volunteer the history of "Baratz" ?

No-ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !

So-oooooooooooooooooooooooooo, the public can see right through the fog and determine that a simple 'google' search discredits their frivolous claims, EASILY !

We would advise any candidate not to answer any of their sicko questions until they come clean on why they didn't present the history of the wanna-bee 'Baratz', PERIOD !

Why didn't the 'fishwRap' do a back-ground on this 'flake', Baratz ?

PATHETIC 'flip-floppers' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 8:01 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"...there is scant evidence that the health of a vast majority of people with amalgam is compromised..."

there is scant evidence that the health of a vast majority of people with nicotine addition is compromised by smoking ?

Hack, Hack, Hack, Hack !

We suppose it depends on whom is paying the commentator ?

PATHETIC 'flip-floppers' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 9:33 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I may briefly interrupt the BTRG (Bold Type Rant Guy), a video of the National Council Against Health Fraud's 2/27/08 press conference has been uploaded here on the Beacon. The press release for the event is posted here.

BTRG, thank you for your patience. You may now continue your R.

 
at 6:46 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

.
Anonymous said...The press release for the event is posted here. 9:33 PM, February 28, 2008'

That stumbling idiot clearly reinforced the claims that he is nothing more than a mumbler and cry-baby as he has been exposed in SEVERAL frivolous claims in his past !

It can be found here: 'Cry-baby'

Now, the 'beacons' can go back to their own little blog where this story is getting NO RESPECT, either !

No matter how many times you re-churn the elephant dung it still smells 'schmidt'y' !

Let's just say the kiddies are way to 'green' to be able to sell their rhetoric to the masses. Especially the Dem primary voters !

When will they ever learn, When will they evvvvvvvv-er learn ?

PATHETIC 'flip-floppers'

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 4:50 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wacky Wulsin sounds like the Nazi mad scientist, Dr. Josef Mengele.

I'm backin' Black!

 
at 1:35 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ol' "Doc" Wulsin must hate gay people after all.

VOTE FOR STEVE BLACK TODAY.


"Doc" Wulsin hates gays. The truth finally comes out!

 
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