Court Vindicates Doctor Who Questioned Fertility Study, Throws Out Kwang Yul Cha's Defamation Lawsuit Against Bruce Flamm Today's ruling is a victory for science and freedom of speech. Scientists

must be allowed to question bizarre claims and correct errors.

    LOS ANGELES, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2001, a study was published in
 the Journal of Reproductive Medicine claiming that prayers from the USA,
 Canada, and Australia caused a 100% increase in pregnancy rates among
 infertility patients in Korea. The surprising results announced by Kwang
 Cha and associates were widely reported in the news media, including on the
 ABC news program Good Morning America. The following year, the study's
 credibility was undermined when one of the co-authors, Daniel Wirth, was
 arrested by the FBI and later pled guilty to fraud. Cha's other co-author,
 Columbia University's Rogerio Lobo, later revealed that he had not
 participated in the research and withdrew his name from the published
     Even with one of his co-authors in federal prison and the other
 disgraced, Korean fertility specialist Kwang Yul Cha stood by the
 supernatural study. He eventually filed a defamation lawsuit against Bruce
 Flamm, a California physician who had published several articles
 questioning the validity of the Cha/Wirth report. The lawsuit, filed in Los
 Angeles Superior Court in August 2007, was thrown out last November but
 reinstated in January. The lawsuit has now been definitively dismissed.
     In response to the ruling, Dr. Flamm issued the following statement:
 "Today's ruling is a victory for science and freedom of speech. Scientists
 must be allowed to question bizarre claims and correct errors. Cha's
 mysterious study was designed and allegedly conducted by a man who turned
 out to be a criminal with a 20-year history of fraud. A criminal who steals
 the identities of dead children to obtain bank loans and passports is not a
 trustworthy source of research data. Cha could have simply admitted this
 obvious fact but instead he hired Beverly Hills lawyers to punish me for
 voicing my opinions."
     Dr. Flamm is a partner physician with Kaiser Permanente and a Clinical
 Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California. He
 has been the senior investigator on numerous medical studies and has
 written several books and book chapters.
     For more information contact:
     Janice Goings: 951-353-4986 office 951-288-0937 cell
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