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Friday, February 29, 2008

Watch For This Ad From Steve Black

Updated: Vic Wulsin's campaign issued this statement about the ad:

Black Lies to Voters

Continues His Negative Campaign Of Smear And “Innuendo”

With one last dying gasp, Steve Black’s campaign, in a desperate effort to mislead the voters, is accusing Vic Wulsin of covering up experiments described in press accounts a full 10 years before her work occurred.

Steve Black’s inability to connect with voters on the issues that matter to the people of Ohio led him to run this baseless and negative ad.

The Cincinnati Enquirer described Black’s attacks as “based more on innuendo than fact,” and the Dayton Daily News said the attacks “don’t wash.” Both papers took Black to task for running a negative campaign against Wulsin.

In his commercial, Steve Black supports his misleading claims with an LA Times article from October 30, 1994.

Medical experiments: "Dangerous" "Scientifically unsound"
Source: Los Angeles Times, 10/30/94


What Steve Black doesn’t tell voters is that Vic Wulsin’s work for the Heimlich Institute was in 2004, a decade after the article was written. How could Dr. Wulsin be responsible for “covering up” experiments described in a newspaper article ten years earlier?

The answer, of course, is that she didn’t cover up anything. Dr. Wulsin, as she has maintained all along, did nothing wrong. She was hired by The Heimlich Institute to perform a literature review and was fired when the Institute realized her report opposed further research without proof of effectiveness and significantly upgraded standards of review.

In fact, Steve Black supported Vic Wulsin in her 2006 run against Jean Schmidt, and the families have known each other for decades. His $1000 donation to her campaign was the largest he's ever given to a Democrat.

With over 270 physicians donating to her campaign and support from the political arms of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association, Wulsin’s reputation and character should not be in question.
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There's a new anti-Victoria Wulsin ad from the Steve Black campaign that essentially accuses Wulsin of covering up controversial experiments with AIDS patients and malaria.




Dan Herkert, Black's campaign manager, said the ad wasn't pulled from Ch. 5, as had been believed by the Wulsin camp. If it ran, Herkert said, it ran too early - it's supposed to air tonight through Monday night.


He wouldn't tell Enquirer reporter Margaret McGurk today how much the campaign spent on the ad or whether it will run on other stations.




Jerry Imsicke, Channel 5's political sales manager, said this afternoon that the ad had already aired several times and would continue to do so. "It's not going to be pulled."




The ad's referring to a complaint against Wulsin from Dr. Robert Baratz, a Massachusetts doctor and long-time critic of Dr. Henry Heimlich. Wulsin 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 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 outed problems with the experiments.




Here's some of the wording in the ad, courtesy of the Wulsin camp:


It opens with a black and white picture of Black, reviewing papers, and with the standard words: "I'm Steve Black, and I approve this message."


"An institute's unethical experiment, horrifying but true; Deliberately infecting AIDS patients with malaria; Dr. Vic Wulsin could have blown the whistle, but didn't. She took their money and stayed silent."



"Medical experiments: "Dangerous" "scientifically unsound" source: LA Times, 10/30/94. Medical experts call the experiments dangerous and scientifically unsound."



"A council called for an investigation, charging Wulsin with covering up the experiments. Dangerous Experiments. A cover-up. Ohio deserves better than Dr. Vic Wulsin."


36 Comments:

at 6:16 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

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This proves that the wRong wingnut whacko 'black mole' has no clue and a follower not a leader !

Let's just say he is way to 'green' !

Can you imagine the fiscal irresponsibility this flake will legislate when he spends his own money on frivolous claims that even the fishwRap stated, in their endorsement of Wulsin, that the claims are mere innuendo and not based on facts !

The 'flip-flooper' is attempting to use swift-boat, rove tactics in a Dem primary ?

Sorry, the Dem's have seen the wRong wingnut whacko rhetoric before and the State of Ohio voters have sent them all down the river in chains !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 6:58 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black is disgusting. This type of smear campaign might make sense if it was a solidly Democratic district and the winner of the primary was the forgone winner in November but that isn't the case. Black is only hurting the Democrat's chances in November by running this junk.

Not only is Black going to lose on Tuesday, but he has blown any and all support that he could ever have within the Party. He'll never be able to show his face at any Democratic event in this city again.

It is a shame that someone who has credentials such as Black's has just driven his political career into the ground permanently.

 
at 8:42 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slippery Vic Wulsin Runs Away, Refuses to Answer Questions (video from 2/28/08 NAACP meeting), Cincinnati Beacon, February 29, 2008

 
at 9:02 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, if it is posted on the Beacon, it must be false. To the DoC, you might as well change your alias and start over again. You have no credibility left in this town.

 
at 9:16 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look! The Cincinnati Bacon shills are still beating their dead horse!

 
at 11:10 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

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"Anonymous said...(video from 2/28/08 NAACP meeting), February 29, 2008..8:42 PM, February 29, 2008"

Typical wRong wingnut whackos spewing the elephant dung propaganda !

The little kiddies are proving to be real 'green' !

They conceal the history of Baratz and then want to stalk our next congresswoman ?

Could it be they are grabbing at straws ?

Perhaps, because they are up to their necks in a law suit ?

Maybe the Save-A-Life Foundation v. Baratz has something to do with their desperation ?

PATHETIC 'flip-floppers' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 12:11 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous kelly said...

I first posted this in response to the beacon post. Seemed appropriate to put it here as well.

ok, here's the thing with responding to false allegations, nobody can satisfy the barrage of questions with an adequate answer because what they are trying to clarify is entirely false. No answer is going to be complete enough to satisfy someone who has created a false and distorted account of reality. This is an unfortunate, but true, reality.

Not to mention that if you look at both the much discussed report by Wulsin and the complaint and other public information/record, you can see that the allegations make no sense.

As to how I became aware of this allegation today it was seeing the ad for Black flooding the airwaves. As any good citizen I started doing research into the matter, esp since I found the concept highly disturbing.

(pardon, an interjection if you will)
I'll admit right here I am and have been a huge supporter for Wulsin ESPECIALLY because of here work in public health and her integrity. One look at her C.V. indicates this. But I am not so niave to think everything shown to me is absolute fact, so I took time to investigate her works, opinions, etc.. before giving my full support. My support for Wulsin allowed me to give her a chance while investigating this new claims on my own, she deserved that much. As I suspected even post-research Wulsin is worth proudly supporting- highly. (end aside)

My response to this clearly inaccurate ad is no different than the process of how I found Wulsin a highly credible candidate in the first place. Continued research is in fact how I found this particle article. After investigating sources from Black ad, your video, the replies of the Wulsin campaign, her report to the Heimlich Inst (the one in question I believe) and exploring every hit I can find trying discern more information, I still proudly support Wulsin and find absolutely no basis for the false allegations.

 
at 12:30 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous grayonheadanditchie said...

Black is only hurting the Democrat's chances in November by running this junk.

Maybe that was his plan all along. He is using Rovian tactics... maybe that is why Carl left the whitehouse.

 
at 1:09 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I contacted the Black campaign and they pointed me to the documents upon which they base their ad. At least Black's ad is based on public documents and seems to be true. The one Dr. Wulsin is running is a blatant lie. I'm insulted by her ad because I too am a recipient of the CAUV. And seriously, as Democrats, how can we take seriously a candidate who gets on tv with talking sheep? That's never going to beat Jean Schmidt.

 
at 1:38 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vic Wulsin could make this all go away if she would give a full accounting of her work for Heimlich. I voted for Vic in the last election...but I am bothered by this one. Why did she reommend renaming the experiments "immunotherapy" if she thought they were wrong? Whether she actually did anything wrong - her bahavior here is starting to look like a cover-up. She is making it look like she has something to hide.

 
at 9:36 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! Just what Ohio needs! Another corrupt, lying politician -- only this time a female, a Democrat and a so-called Doctor who has so little regard for human life and suffering that she is involved with injecting the malaria virus into AIDS patients in Africa. Dr. Baratz is a very solid, convincing witness againt Wulsin, and I recommend to anyone who plans on voting for Wulsin to view the video of his news conference on the Cincinnati Beacon before they do so, and learn exactly what kind of so-called "doctor" you are sending to Congress.

 
at 11:28 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

kelly (above): you can see that the allegations make no sense.

From a comment posted today on The Daily Bellwether:

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(Please) review these documents, Dr. Wulsin's American Medical Association membership page and the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics?

The first page states "AMA members must adhere to the AMA's Principles of Medical Ethics."

Item II in the AMA guidelines states "A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities."

As you reported in 1988, the Heimlich experiments violate the most fundamental standards of human subjects protection guidelines. They have been conducted in Mexico, China, and now reportedly in Ethiopia and Gabon because there is essentially no oversight to protect the human rights of patients. According to an April 23, 2007 article in The New Republic, they are ongoing and involve about 50 patients:

(Dr. Heimlich) opened his last binder, which was marked "confidential", and pulled out two sheets of paper. "Now I will tell you about the malariatherapy, or immunotherapy as we now call it, in Africa." He began to read from one of the sheets. "The Heimlich Institute has been collecting CD4 and viral load data on patients who are HIV-positive and have become infected with malaria. This data will provide support for the concept of using malariatherapy for treating HIV infection." The study involved the questionable practice of initially withholding treatment for malaria, so Heimlich would not tell me where in Africa this new malariatherapy trial was being done. "You never know how the politicians will react in these countries," he explained...Still reading from the papers, Heimlich boasted about the study's early results. Six of the first seven HIV patients treated with malariatherapy, he claimed, had experienced decreases in their viral loads. Now he was eagerly anticipating results from the 42 other patients in the study.

By failing to report the Heimlich experiments in 2004, Dr. Wulsin put these patients at risk, which violates other sections of the AMA guidelines as well as the Hippocratic Oath.

My point is this. If Dr. Wulsin is unwilling to adhere to the responsibilities of her own profession, why should voters expect her to be capable of responding to the kind of hardball frauds encountered by members of Congress?

Second, if Dr. Wulsin is lying and her role in the Heimlich experiments is more significant than what she has admitted (and she has failed to answer straightforward factual questions; see What Are Victoria's Secrets?), she is subject to extortion by parties who have access to what may be incriminating information. That would include the following board members of the Heimlich Institute: Phil Heimlich and E. Anthony Woods, Chairman of Deaconess Associations, a nationwide health services corporation.

What if Wulsin wins the election, then one of them needs a little favor? If she's compromised, she's not a free agent.

 
at 1:00 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

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"..."A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities."

Subjective and since there has been no appearance of fraud, deception then there is no AMA violations.

In fact:

There is no evidence that HI did anything other than research with approved (CDC) Center for Disease Control supplied material. (p.15, table 3 @ 1)

Wulsin properly advised HI:

"...The preponderance of evidence indicates that neither malaria nor Immunotherapy will cure HIV/AIDS" (p.14, pp.2).

The report clearly indicates that HI was not involved in the studies:

"Currently, the Heimlich Institute has no formal association with either of these trials...(p. IX pp.1)"

Sooooooooooooo, Wulsin did her job and it is understandable why HI decided to terminate as her findings did not support further studies.

She did go on to make recommendation of how HI could be a viable enterprise even suggesting moving to more traditional drug methods.(p.13 VII)

She also advises HI about ethics:

"Given the discrepancy in standard of care between the First and Third world, clinical trials should be conducted only with the approval from both local and donor IRB's." (p. 11 V.).

Given the evidence and the quality of work compared to the innuendos of the nay sayers, Wulsin prevails !

What jurisdiction does the AMA have over unassociated trials in foreign countries ?

The Center for Disease Control provided strains for HI ( we assume after viable representations). There is no link between the foreign trials and the CDC approved strain. In fact, Wulsin's report indicate that the two countries utilized separate and distinct strains with different results.

There is no evidence that HI used the CDC strains for anything other than lab work, PERIOD !

Why hasn't these wanna-beee 'black moles' brought actions against HI ?

We can understand why Wulsin turns her back on these whackos !

They can't read, PERIOD !

Perhaps, the wRong wingnut whackos should read the charges against them ?

PATHETIC 'family values'

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 3:46 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

But fair-a-con, why did Vic recommend changing the name of malariotherapy to "immunotherapy"?

And, fair-a-con, please keep posting. I have seen recent tracking polls that show everytime you post, it drives Vic's number down by 3 points!

 
at 4:52 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous wRong wingnut whacko said...

The following is a statement the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided to ABC-TV for the June 8, 2008 20/20 report by Brian Ross,
Dr. Heimlich's New 'Maneuver': Cure AIDS With Malaria

CDC explored Dr. Heimlich's proposal in 1986, but after fully evaluating the proposal CDC elected not to investigate or pursue and informed Dr. Heimlich that we did not support the experimental use of malaria therapy for the treatment of AIDS or cancer. We also declined participation in both research projects and did not provide any parasites for these studies - Larry Slutsker MD, MPH, Chief of the Malaria Branch, CDC

For additional information contact:

Lola Scott Russell
Press Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
OEC, Division of Media Relations
lrussell@cdc.gov
404-639-3286 (phone)
404-639-7394 (fax)


According to her 2003 CV, Dr. Wulsin worked for the CDC in a variety of positions from 1986-2001.

 
at 5:52 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

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"... Anonymous said...why did Vic recommend changing the name of malariotherapy to "immunotherapy"?

You make an assumption that does not face reality !

"...I have seen recent tracking polls that show everytime you post, it drives Vic's number down by 3 points!..."

Once again you attempt to spew the elephant dung propaganda !

lol, loL, Lol, LOL

There is a scientific formula that has determined that the relative significance of the 'black mole' is nil !

There is an additional correlation between a defeated 'black mole" and a negative ( 250,000 ) dollar investment !

lol, LOl, loL, LOL !

PATHETIC "HypocRites" !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 5:53 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous fair-a-con said...

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"... Anonymous said...why did Vic recommend changing the name of malariotherapy to "immunotherapy"?

You make an assumption that does not face reality !

"...I have seen recent tracking polls that show everytime you post, it drives Vic's number down by 3 points!..."

Once again you attempt to spew the elephant dung propaganda !

lol, loL, Lol, LOL

There is a scientific formula that has determined that the relative significance of the 'black mole' is nil !

There is an additional correlation between a defeated 'black mole" and a negative ( 250,000 ) dollar investment !

lol, LOl, loL, LOL !

PATHETIC "HypocRites" !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE WULSIN 2008 !

 
at 6:36 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is short and to the point. Read it, please.

Executive Summary: “Immunotherapy and Beyond”
Immunotherapy and Beyond is a review of scientific literature compiled by Dr. Victoria Wulsin at the request of the Heimlich Institute between August and December 2004.
Dr. Hank Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, contended that AIDS, which attacks white blood cells in the human immune system, might be countered when white blood cell production was intensely stimulated in response to malaria. He found precedent for this hypothesis in vaccination—the long-established medical practice of exposing patients to disease in a controlled environment in order to enhance their bodies’ immune responses.
However, Dr. Wulsin concluded in her review that “The preponderance of evidence indicates that neither malaria nor Immunotherapy will cure HIV/AIDS.”
As Thomas Francis reported in Radar Online in November 2005, “the day after issuing a draft of her report…Wulsin was fired” by the Heimlich Institute.
In her review, Dr. Wulsin raised the following objections:
• A review of the related scientific literature showed a “trend over time of decreasing support for Immunotherapy.”
• There was “complexity and inconsistency of data apropos of the effect of malaria” on AIDS.
• “Patients must be informed of – and understand - the relative costs and benefits to Immunotherapy and its alternatives. …Research protocols must be approved by local (operating) and donor (managing) institutional review boards. These authorizations should be readily available for examination by any critics, patients, potential collaborators, or others.”
In summary, Dr. Wulsin informed the Heimlich Institute that their research on Immunotherapy should not go forward unless they:
• Clarified the ethical and scientific details of past studies.
• Ensured that future studies conformed to strict ethical standards.
• Acknowledged the ever-growing scientific consensus that Immunotherapy was ineffective for fighting AIDS, and were willing to engage in “transparent discussion [of their research] with scientists, physicians, and other stakeholders.”
She also warned that the Heimlich Institute would face a credibility and sustainability crisis if it continued to pursue its current path. She suggested that it consider more promising avenues of AIDS research, such as highly active antiretroviral therapy, while insisting that it could not do effective research until it overhauled its research and operating methods.
Dr. Wulsin’s involvement with the Heimlich Institute and Immunotherapy was strictly limited to this literature review. At no point was she involved in the Institute’s clinical research. Dr. Wulsin discussed her interactions with—and ultimate dismissal by—the Institute in a November 11, 2005 Radar Online article, “Outmaneuvered” ( www.radaronline.com/web-only/radar-investigates/2005/11/outmaneuvered-part-ii.php ).

 
at 7:32 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

That commercial smells like something Karl Rove would come up with. Mr. Black
was so recently a Republican, he seems
to have retained their talent for nasty,
ill-founded advertising.

If Mr. Black thought he could defeat Jean Schmidt, why didn't he stay a
Republican and take her on in the primary? Then they could have traded
defamatory advertising with each other
in true GOP style.

 
at 8:10 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous kelly said...

Responding to Anonymous response to kelly (above)

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Actually I know the the medical code of ethics, the Hippocratic Oath, and am also familiar with practices of scientific procedure. Having knowledge how research works makes these inaccurate links even less plausible.

What Wulsin did was a simple literature review, which neither associates her with the projects themselves nor is it guaranteed to give her access to all records, and especially not involvement in the work or methods themselves.


Wulsin in no way has exhibited any behavior that is not inline with her adherence to the Hippocratic oath and respect for integrity in method.

Nor have I seen any evidence linking Wulsin to to the H.I. post the report, so the concern that she would be compromised as our a Representative is pure speculation based on a situation that did not actually occur in the first place.

 
at 1:30 AM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks like some Nazi torturess. "Pull their skin off, see if they bleed. . . . "

Geez, Wulsin make Jean Schmidt look like Miss America.

I'm voting for Black; he's a sick bastard, but he hasn't hurt anyone else.

 
at 2:14 AM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wulsin's political career is cooked! This will not go away. Even if Democrats are dumb enough to let her win the Primary, she will be haunted by this issue through the general. Vic has cooked her own goose with her handling of this. Put a fork in her political future!

 
at 9:48 AM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Baratz to Enquirer: Stop Inaccurate Reporting, Cincinnati Beacon, March 1, 2008

Malariotherapy for Dummies: A Brief Timeline of the Heimlich Institute’s Horror Show, Cincinnati Beacon, March 2, 2008

 
at 11:20 AM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dr. Baratz to Enquirer: Stop Inaccurate Reporting"

Oh, now THAT is funny! Something on the Beacon accusing someone else of inaccurate reporting.

The irony! The IRONY!!!!!!!!!!

 
at 1:32 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

kelly: What Wulsin did was a simple literature review, which neither associates her with the projects themselves nor is it guaranteed to give her access to all records, and especially not involvement in the work or methods themselves.

Contradicted by facts on all counts.

Dr. Wulsin has admitted she handled patient records from the Heimlich Institute's Africa experiments. Further, her report contradicts statements by Dr. Heimlich's associates that patients were not being infected with malaria. From page 16 of her report:

2003 - An American sponsor commences infection with malaria among 12-13 HIV-positive East African patients.

Dr. Wulsin went to work at the Heimlich Institute in 2004. Articles in 2005 (Radar) and 2007 (The New Republic) state the experiments were ongoing.

QED.

 
at 2:08 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dr. Baratz to Enquirer: Stop Inaccurate Reporting"

Translation: "Dr. Baratz to Enquirer: Pay attention to me! Pay attention to ME!! Repeat my press release in its entirety!!!"

 
at 2:10 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, when will Jason Haap grow a pair and start posting here under his either his real name or his Dean of Cincinnati 'persona' rather than posting anonymously? That's the only reason why any article having to do with Dr. Wulsin has half the comments that it does.

 
at 6:01 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason Haap? That little punk has a screw loose. Is he still allowed to contact the vulnerable students at Purcell?

Nonetheless, Wulsin is a hideous specimin. She'd never get my vote.

 
at 11:17 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quackbusters: "Bullys" Barrett, Baratz, Sued For 1.3 Million in Canada...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

December 12th, 2003



Bullying isn't all that profitable these days. In fact, as self named "quackbusters" Stephen Barrett (quackwatch.com), and Bobbie Baratz (NCAHF.org), are finding out, it can, and will, be downright expensive...

Quackbusters like to bully people. It's all they have. It's the megalomaniac thing to do... Why? Facts, logic, and social reality, are not on their side, arguing the issues surrounding North America's rush away from "conventional medicine" towards what has been called "Alternative Medicine."

Just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada by two-and-a-half hours, is the little town of Bracebridge, Ontario. It's there that Stephen Barrett, and Robert S. Baratz, North America's two top VISIBLE quackbusters, have been set down for civil trial - for their misbehavior. In essence, Barrett, and Baratz, are getting their noses bloodied again - in full view of the general public.

According to court documents recently filed in Canada, Barrett and Baratz's "bullying" was listed in 86 separate "claims," with 176 separate "allegations," 463 requests to admit, backed by a demand for authenticity of 47 documents.

Also, is a demand that Barrett, and Baratz, EACH, put up $25,000 to cover the costs of the case.

What the case is about...

Stephen Barrett, in my opinion, has some SERIOUS mental problems. I believe he sees himself as a God - an ultimate authority on everything within his view; health care, health fraud, law, libel law, religion, you-name-it... and this, without any qualification, training, learning, certification, etc. He just "says he is," and for him, that's enough. And, Barrett's view of it all, is from the basement of his home in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Which is why, in his lawsuit against me, I'm demanding that Barrett submit to a complete Medical and Psychiatric evaluation with doctors of my choice. For the Medical exam, besides blood and urine analysis, we'll need the details from a hair analysis, a saliva sample, autonomic response testing (Kinesiology), and we'll want to see if he has mercury in his mouth.

In Canada, Barrett, accompanied by his dubious sidekick, Bobbie Baratz, the heir-apparent to the quackbuster throne, sued Wayne Obie, and his wife Francis Perrin, for supposedly defaming them by publishing, or allowing to be published, articles that I, Tim Bolen wrote. Barrett, and Baratz, are, in fact, suing Wayne and Francis, NOT for what I, Tim Bolen wrote in the articles, but for Barrett's INTERPRETATION of what I wrote. Barrett's God-Proclamation of what I wrote.

Canadians, Wayne Obie, and Francis Perrin, in response to an attack by Barrett and Baratz, have decided to call a spade a spade - and did so in a massive lawsuit against the twosome. Frankly, Wayne and Francis did what a whole lot of us should have already done - they identified the REAL problem with the self-styled "quackbusters," and are going after it. I'll tell you more about the case, and its importance to the North American Health Freedom Movement, in another newsletter.

Paperwork in the case against the acid duo, runs into the thousands of pages. Leafing through the documents turns up a myriad of INTERESTING allegations, some of which I'll put on this page for your edification and amusement.

For instance, Court Documents show:

The sole purpose of the activities of Barrett & Baratz are to discredit and cause damage and harm to health care practitioners and businesses that make alternative health therapies or products available, and advocates of non-allopathic therapies and health freedom.

Barrett and Baratz have falsely and fraudulently held themselves out as experts in the scientific fields of alternative complementary medicine.

Barrett uses predatory and deceptive practices designed to cause harm and damage to supporters and providers of alternative health services and products.

Both Stephen Barrett and Robert Baratz are vexatious litigants who use the court system to advance their agendas and the agendas of their privately owned businesses, which promote allopathic medicine, and discredit any health care treatment or product that is considered complementary or alternative treatment.

NCAHF is the acronym for National Council against Health Fraud. The NCAHF is a front organization used by Barrett, Baratz and their other associates whose purpose is to solicit jobs so that they can act as expert witnesses against doctors who practice alternative and complementary treatment methods.

Barrett operates numerous web sites including Quackwatch.com, Chirowatch.com., ratbags.com and Quackwatch.org . The sole purpose of these web sites is to discredit health care professionals who practice alternative and complementary medicine. These web sites discredit complementary medicine and encourage people to report doctors who practice alternative medicine, thus providing Barrett , Baratz and their associates with a constant stream of potential cases that can be prosecuted thus providing them with opportunities to act as expert witnesses on behalf of NCAHF, their privately owned company.

Quackwatch.com., Quackwatch.org and Ratbags.com all provide links to NCAHF, and provide the false appearance of NCAHF being an impartial and regulatory type body, when in fact, it is not.

The growing popularity of alternative therapy is a constant threat to Barrett, Baratz and their business interests, and the interests of the existing medical and pharmaceutical status quo.

The debate over allopathic care vs. alternative health care is and will continue to be the subject of hot and emotional debate, similar to that of politics and religion. Barrett uses the court system and threats of legal action to bait, control and get leverage over what others say about him, his opinions, and qualifications.

About Civil Rights...

Barrett has interfered with the civil rights of numerous Canadians and Americans, in his efforts to have his critics silenced.

Barrett’s actions have resulted in loss of income and damages to numerous parties in Ontario.

Barrett routinely sends letters of demand for money to settle the threat of legal action, under the guise of e-mail communications sent as either “Private”, “copy written” and /or “Without Prejudice”. :Letter from Julia E. Holland copied to Robert Armstrong on behalf of Barrett and Baratz is attached as Exhibit “N”

Neither Barrett, Baratz or NCAHF contradict quackbuster, quackwatch, quackfiles, ratbags information anywhere on the internet, or in any publication anywhere.

Baratz stated that the power of prayer is the same as satanic worship.

About Conspiracy...

Quackwatch, and National Council against Health Fraud although independently incorporated, are one of the same, in that they have common directors, administrators, members, contributors and beliefs and collaborate together to the benefit of Barrett, Baratz and their other associates.

NCAHF is a private organization controlled by Barrett, Baratz and other of their associates whose sole purpose is to lend credibility to the activities, opinions and publications written by Barrett, Robert Baratz and it’s other members, so as to enhance their income making opportunities through payment of expert witness fees, sales of their publications and contributions solicited on their web sites.

The Quackwatch, Quackbusters, Ratbags, NCAHF and other of Barrett’s and Baratz’s, and their members and shareholders web sites, are all interlinked and support in one way or another, each other.

About Qualifications...

Barrett was disqualified as an expert witness in New York, when he was forced to admit under oath that he was never board certified.

Barrett using his NCAHF front led a legal action against 39 Defendants in California, claiming that the 39 defendants were committing fraud, because according to them , alternative medicine proponents do not have scientific proof of their claims.

Baratz testified under oath against a medical doctor in Wisconsin, without having credentials recommended by the American Medical Association to do so and without any knowledge about the field of expertise in which the Wisconsin Doctor was involved.

Baratz has various versions of his CV, with conflicting and inaccurate information.

Barrett once bragged to me that he had 4 libel suits in progress against 10 defendants and that he would was going to be filing against two more defendants within 2 months and had not decided if I was worth suing yet.

Barrett’s web site is defamatory against me and Talkinternational.com and states that the Talkinternational.com web site promotes fraud in dentistry.

About Abusing the Legal System...

The Plaintiffs are not unknown to litigation and have commenced and been involved in numerous legal actions in the United States against persons who hold opinions contrary to those of the Plaintiffs and or the interests whom the Plaintiffs represent.

As such the Plaintiffs are professional litigants in that they routinely file lawsuits and are involved in lawsuits for the sole purpose of advancing their agendas and creating expense and thereby harassing person involved in integrative and alternative health therapies. This is another vexatious action brought by the Plaintiffs.

The Plaintiff Barrett has stated publicly that "he is the media" and as such under U.S. Law, he has no claim for defamation.

The Plaintiffs Barrett and Baratz are public figures in the United States , and have chosen Ontario to claim defamation for this article because they cannot do so in the U.S.

The Plaintiffs have chosen to bring this action in Canada , notwithstanding the fact that their claim involves alleged publication of defamatory material on an Internet site. The Internet is ubiquitous and international in nature, it is unregulated by any governmental authority. However, the largest potential audience for any Internet web site is in the United States . As such, the Plaintiffs have chosen to bring an action against the Defendants in this jurisdiction since their attempts to bring similar lawsuits in the United States have not been and will not be successful.

The Plaintiffs advocate on behalf of business interests in competition to those of clients of the Defendant Obie and ones promoting integrative or alternative health therapies and mercury free dentistry. Their tactics are to challenge and discredit legitimate alternative health modalities and they have targeted individuals and businesses that advocate or are in the business of making alternative, integrative and progressive medical therapies available.

The Plaintiffs are residents of the United States . The Defendants thereby request that the Court make a substantial Order for security for costs against the Plaintiffs herein in consequence of their predilection for engaging in similar litigation in the United States , wherein the Courts there are not typically prone to awarding costs against unsuccessful Plaintiffs who engage in frivolous or vexatious litigation.

What happens next?...

Wayne and Francis have sent Barrett, and Baratz, DEMANDS for information, and Request to Admit documents - which they have twenty days to respond to. For instance, among the 463 facts Barrett, and Baratz, will be queried about:

Baratz filed suit against Dean Richard Huber who was over 70 years old after Baratz ran into the back of the Dean’s car while jogging in October 1992.

Baratz and Dr. Driscol, a director at Harvard Health, both mutually agreed in writing that Baratz does not have a high level of medical competency.

Barrett, Baratz, NCAHF & Quackwatch are all opposed to the practice of acupuncture.

There are no patient testimonials or other information on the internet or otherwise in the public domain positively identifying the quality of care Barrett provided to his patients, while practicing medicine.

There are no patient testimonials or other information on the internet or otherwise in the public domain positively identifying the quality of care Baratz provided to his patients, while practicing medicine.

There is significant evidence that Baratz’s career as a practicing medical doctor and dentist was less than extraordinary.

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate

Do a search on the Baratz whack @:

http://www.quackpotwatch.org/

.

 
at 12:29 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ham Co property records show that one Steven L. Black owns a 10 acre LIVESTOCK FARM in Indian Hill and paid property taxes of $3,973 last year.
How can I get a deal lke that?

If Dusty'd ever start taxing Indian Hill on real values, Ham Co's budget problems would be over.

Corruption, pure & simple.

 
at 4:48 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

Vote for Black!

 
at 4:55 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm backin' Black!

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

 
at 6:20 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vic Wulsin is a Nazi.

 
at 7:23 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:48, 4:55 & 6:20 must be one of the guys tending the livestock at Black's farm.
I've never seen a campaign like Black's that consists solely of attacks. He's toast.

 
at 11:28 AM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Steve Black for Congress TV spot is available on YouTube. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

 
at 1:38 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time to send Vic Wulsin into political oblivion...

VOTE FOR STEVE BLACK TODAY!

 
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