Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Arline Brecher was a long-time medical journalist, author, publisher, health
freedom activist and stanch supporter of chelation therapy. She was primarily 
known for her best selling book, Forty Something Forever: a Consumer’s
Guide to Chelation Therapy; co authored with her late husband, Harold. 
The book is still popular and is in its 39th printing. Arline was a popular well 
known speaker and radio personality with her own weekly show. Arline and 
Harold founded Healthsavers.info which will continue to be active 
along with Healthsavers Products. Arline was a woman of many talents 
and interests.  She was a pilot and founding member of the all female flying 
club, the Grasshoppers, she was a national bridge champion, a successful 
stock broker, a knitter, animal rights advocate and owner of her well known 
parrot, Dr. Manu Aloha, who often accompanied her and Harold on her 
many reporting and speaking engagements.

Dr. Jack E. Slingluff, Age 78, of Canton, OH passed away Friday, February 27, 2009, after a brief illness. Jack was a caring physician in our community for nearly 50 years. A life member of AOA and OOA, a founding member of ICIM. A veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley and son, Patrick.  Survived by loving children, Terry, James, Bandi, Patricia (Timothy) Pauley, Michael (Diana), Jack (Michele), Jeffrey, Chrystal (Steve) Swan; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, Ohio Chapter MGF, 2907 Lincoln Way East, Unit B. Massillon, OH 44646.
One of his patients wrote this letter which summarized his caring practice:

Slingluff Family,
Your dad was such a profound presence for my whole life that his absence saddens my heart beyond belief He has touched my entire family, and watching him treat his patients with such a kind heart and soft touch was truly a blessing.

Dr. Thomas Alfred Dorman, 72, was born on November 16, 1936 in Nairobi, Kenya. A former ICIM member, he passed away in March 2009. He lived a full and unusual life, traveling all over the country and the world. Among his countless interesting accomplishments, he went to Agricultural Secondary School in Israel, served for 2 1/2 years in the Israeli Paratroupers in the late 1950's, and was a coffee firm manager trainee in Nairobi for a year. He had worked in over 15 hospitals, clinics, and personal practices, beginning in 1965 and continuing until the end of his life. He had spent time researching pulmonary functions in a community inflicted with air pollution, orthopaedic medicine, and nutritional medicine. He was a member of at least 20 medical organizations, and often published original research and reviews. He was a man who took advantage of everything life had to offer, and accomplished many things during his lifetime. He will be missed.

Josephine C. Aronica-Saffles MD, age 77, passed away September 19, 
2009 at Bath Manor Care Center. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to James 
and Anna (nee Cuttea) Aronica (deceased) and married Gilbert "Red" Saffles 
deceased). Josephine graduated from Medina High School and continued her 
education in the medical field and graduated from Women's Medical. 
International College of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia, with 
recognition of being the first female Medical Doctor in ICIM and for her 
work in alternative medicine. She was a very interesting friend, and she 
enjoyed music, football and being an artist.

ICIM Lifetime Member Martha Ghuneim MD, Saline, MI
Martha May-John Madar Ghuneim M.D. , age 60, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2009 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Twp. with her beloved family by her side. She was born September 20, 1949, the daughter of Albert and Anna (Plecenik) Madar. On July 24, 1986 in Dearborn, MI she married (ICIM Member) John George Ghuneim M.D. and he survives.

Our fellow colleague and ICIM member, Frank George DO, MD died on September 27, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Dr. George was the Medical Director at EuroMed, LLC and an adjunct professor at the Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was the first osteopathic physician in the United States to be trained in Insulin Potentiation Therapy. We will miss his presence in the ICIM community.

Robert Young, MD The Good Doctor1942-2009 "Well, I'm still fogging the mirror," Bob Young told me in September, while tethered to an IV, mainlining one of his alternative treatments.  Whatever he was doing, it had bought him more than two years of life from the death sentence that typically comes with pancreatic cancer. Still, his hallmark optimism was leavened with a gritty realism: "They tell me it can't be much longer," he said.  "We'll see." He had just stopped going to his office on Milpas Street, where he practiced general medicine but was better known as the travel doctor for those needing inoculations and for alternative therapies. A small, elfin man of palpable vulnerability, he grew slimmer with each passing month. Yet he kept treating his patients, few as sick as himself, whose devotion to him rivaled that of a cult. "I'm proud that I practiced as long as I did," Young told me in his airy Mission Canyon home, where he was surrounded by books, musical instruments, and family photographs, and scrupulously attended to by his wife, Terri. Young graduated from UCSB in 1965 and won a four-year scholarship to the University of Southern California's medical school. His lifelong idol Linus Pauling spoke at his class commencement; Young pulled out a cherished photograph memorializing his meeting with the great pioneer. "He was my hero," Young said.  "So clear and liberal, politically and socially."  In 1998, Young was influenced by Henry Hoegerman, M.D., a practitioner of alternative medicine who had set up shop on Milpas. Hoegie, as he was known to all, was offering chelation to heart patients and folks overloaded with lead and mercury. He was also investigating an array of alternative treatments for cancer patients and those seeking to offset the side effects of chemotherapy. He emphasized preventive care. Young’s practice will continue under the stewardship of Dr. Scott Saunders, along with Conchita Hernandez, Dr. Young's devoted nurse for 30 years, and naturopath Kristi Wrightson.
Excerpted from an obituary by A.L. Bardach, a former patient and friend of Dr. Young.

Dr. Milton Fried of Atlanta, Georgia, insists that he never set out to be a rebel.  "I'm very thin-skinned and hate doing anything than exposes me to criticism - BUT - on the other hand, I'd feel worse not doing what I know to be best for patients.

"I was a resident in a New York hospital when a patient with a blue leg and gangrene of the toes and foot, was scheduled for amputation. When he told us he was going to get chelated instead, we warned him that it was bunk, and advised against it. He got chelated anyhow, and weeks later came back with the leg healed, and just lorded it over us.

"The other docs ignored the whole thing, but I thought 'Hey, wait a minute. There's something to this.' I started studying chelation. That was the easy part. Working up the chutzpah to do it was tough. I knew it meant parting company with the 'respectable' docs, taking a lot of flack, jeopardizing my reputation and income. It was a hard decision - but I had to do it.

"I've never been sorry. I got a lot of 'nachis' - that's Yiddish for 'pride and satisfaction." I'll tell you what makes me mad - all the doctors who come to me for chelation when they get sick - or send their wives, friends, relatives - and never let it be known. They tell me, "I wish I had your nerve." I tell them they're gutless wonders."

The history of the Milton Fried Medical Clinic began in 1954, when Dr Fried opened his office in Suffern, NY, to practice Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Naturopathy and Nutrition.  Dr. Fried had a dream that it would be of great benefit to the public to integrate regular medicine with Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Nutrition, and from 1954 to 1959, he attempted to interest local MDs in cooperating with him in integrating care of mutual patients. Dr. Fried found much prejudice against anything but standard MD drug therapy in the MD community at that time. There was also immense hostility and ignorance prevalent in the medical community about other, non MD health professions.  Dr. Fried decided, finally, that he would integrate medical care the only way possible for him, by becoming an MD.

That was easier said than done, but with the help, sacrifice, and encouragement of his wife, Annie, Dr. Fried attended Medical School, completed his MD training and post graduate medical training, and opened, in 1965, what we believe to have been the first, and is today the longest operating Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine Clinic in the USA.  He passed away September 28, 2010.

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