Irving Dardik

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Irving Israel Dardik is a former vascular surgeon who taught at Albert Einstein College of Medicine[1] and founded the Sports Medicine Council of the US Olympic Committee.[1] Dardik is notable as being among the first medical doctors to officially recognize the value of chiropractic in sport, when he recommended in 1979 that the United States Olympic Committee include a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) as a member of its medical team at all future Olympic Games.[2] As a result, chiropractor George Goodheart attended the XIIIth Winter Olympic Games, in Lake Placid, NY, and the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs instituted a Volunteer Doctor Program for D.C.'s.[3]

In 1980, Dardik helped direct the inaugural Olympic Sports Medicine Conference (Feb 26 through 29) in Boston.[4]

In the early 1970s, together with his brother Herbert, Dardik pioneered the use of umbilical veins as a source of graft tissue for bypass surgeries.[5]

"Supersonant waveenergy" theory[edit]

Dardik developed a system of treating diseases using wave form technology, which he called "supersonant waveenergy".[1] His system basically involved exercise techniques that were designed to modulate the cardiac rhythms in order to amplify the bodies natural wave frequencies to fight disease.[1] Dardik is co-author (with Denis Waitley) of Quantum Fitness: Breakthrough to Excellence.[6] In this book, Dardik promotes his wave energy techniques as an alternative fitness regimen.

Disciplinary history[edit]

In 1995, Dardik was stripped of his license to practice medicine, following a successful lawsuit filed by a former patient, Ellen Burstein MacFarlane, a former consumer-action reporter[7] who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985.[7] Dardik had claimed in a 1991 New York Magazine cover story that he could cure multiple sclerosis with wave energy therapy.[8]

Dardik charged MacFarlane and her family $100,000,[9] with the promise that not only could he cure her multiple sclerosis, but also that he would personally be available for the treatment sessions.[10] After receiving his fee, Dardik treated MacFarlane in person at most 10 times during a 10-month period, sending proxies intermittently.[10] MacFarlane's disease progressed, and her condition worsened.[10] MacFarlane wrote a book with her sister, Legwork: An Inspiring Journey Through a Chronic Illness (Lisa Drew/Simon & Schuster 1994), in which she asserted that Dardik robbed her of not only money, but also of her hope for recovery.[11][12]

In July 1995, Dardik was found guilty of defrauding a total of five patients, including MacFarlane, by the State of New York Department of Health Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct, which revoked his New York medical license and fined him $40,000.[13] MacFarlane died in 2004.[7]

Cold fusion[edit]

In 2004, Dardik put his waveenergy theory to use attempting to produce cold fusion.[14] Working with Israeli company Energetics Technologies, his group claimed "startling results."[14] Energetics Technologies is currently set up at the Business Incubator of the University of Missouri [15][16]

Dardik appears in "The Believers," a 2012 film about cold fusion, in which he claims to use his theories to both explain cold fusion and to treat cold fusion proponent Martin Fleischmann for his Parkinson's Disease.[17]

Legal history[edit]

The terms of Dardik's 1984 divorce from Sheila Dardik, with whom he had four children, required him to pay $150,000 per year in child support and alimony. After Dardik lost his medical license in 1995, the amount was reduced to $90,000 per year.

In 1996, a New Jersey family court judge ordered that Dardik spend evenings in the Bergen County Jail until he could pay $24,000 towards spousal and child support arrears totaling $850,000.[18]

In 2013, Dardik was again jailed by a New Jersey judge for support arrears totaling $1,205,300.03.[8]


  • 1976 - AMA's coveted Hektoen Gold medal[19][20] (for the umbilical vein discovery).
  • 2008 - Preparata medal of The International Society for Condensed Matter Nuclear Science.[21]


  • Dardik, I; Waitley, D (1984). Quantum Fitness: Breakthrough to Excellence. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-671-50903-3.
  • Dardik, I; et al. (July 1973). "Lateral T-Tube Duodenostomy: Duodenal Stump Management and Manometrics". AMA Arch Surg. 107 (1): 89–90. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350190075021. PMID 4714441.
  • Dardik, I; et al. (October 1974). "Symmetrical Peripheral Gangrene". AMA Arch Surg. 109 (4): 588. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360040096028.
  • Dardik, I; et al. (February 1975). "Routine Intraoperative Angiography: An Essential Adjunct in Vascular Surgery". Arch Surg. 110 (2): 184–190. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360080050008. PMID 1115618.
  • Dardik, I; et al. (January 1976). "Arteriovenous Fistulas Constructed With Modified Human Umbilical Cord Vein Graft". Arch Surg. 111 (1): 60–62. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360190062010. PMID 1244813.


  1. ^ a b c d Nicholson, Joe (13 August 1995). "Doc a Real Cure-iosity". Daily News.
  2. ^ Press, Stephen J. (2013), History of Sports Chiropractic, New Jersey: C.I.S Commercial Finance Grp., Ltd., pp. 124–127, ISBN 9781105536830
  3. ^ Sportelli, L (April 10, 2006). "Chiropractic Sports Devotees Deserve a Gold Medal!". Dynamic Chiropractic. 24 (8).
  4. ^ Phil Gunby (Jan 11, 1980). "More physician involvement in future Olympic programs". JAMA. 243 (2): 103. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300280007004.
  5. ^ Staff, H; Ibrahim, IM; Baier, R; Sprayregen, S; Levy, M; Dardik, II (December 1976). "AMA News". JAMA. 236 (25): 2859–2862. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270260015018. PMID 1036587.
  6. ^ Dardik, I; Waitley, D (1984). Quantum Fitness: Breakthrough to Excellence. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-671-50903-3.
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  8. ^ a b DeMarco, Jerry (23 February 2013). "$1.2 million in unpaid support puts former surgeon, 76, in Bergen jail". Hackensack Daily Voice. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  9. ^ Santich, Kate (15 November 1992). "Ellen Macfarlane, Intrepid TV Sleuth Changed By Illness". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  10. ^ a b c State of New York Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct. "In the Matter of Irving I. Dardik, M.D. Findings of Fact as to Patient A". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ Querna, Betsy (26 October 2005). "Irving Dardik, wave maker". US News & World Report.
  12. ^ Imperiale, Nancy (9 January 1992). "Back on her feet". Chicago Tribune.
  13. ^ Lewin, Roger (1995). Making Waves: Irving Dardik and His SuperWave Principle. Rodale Press. ISBN 978-1-59486-044-7.
  14. ^ a b Weinberger, Sharon (21 November 2004). "Warming Up to Cold Fusion". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ MU research chief wants 'cold fusion' puzzle solved - Janese Silvey - Columbia Tribune December 3, 2011
  16. ^ Business Incubator of the University of Missouri
  17. ^ Screen Daily, "The Believers", Oct. 7, 2012
  18. ^ Groves, Bob (30 August 1996). "SURGEON MUST SPEND HIS NIGHTS IN JAIL". The Record (Bergen County, NJ). North Jersey Media Group. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  19. ^ Staff (July 1966). "AMA News". JAMA. 197 (3): 28. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110030026014.
  20. ^ Staff (August 1976). "AMA News". JAMA. 236 (236): 431–436. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270050003001.
  21. ^ Staff. "Giuliano Preparata Medal Winners". International Society for Condensed Matter Nuclear Science.