Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Doctors talk about Chase... What an embarrassment.

I watched the video clip regarding circumcision and Chase. Embarrassing.

The doctors wonder, should there be a cut off age? Yes, it should not be done before 18 years of age, the age of consent. Their facebook question was loaded. ("is 4 years old too old for circumcision?") He is not "too old" - he is too young to provide informed consent. This is an operation on a non-consenting patient.

Even in the best case regarding HIV or STDs, that's a decision that a person can take once he grows up, once he can evaluate the evidence, and once he can make decisions on his lifestyle, sexual preferences, risk behavior, etc. Even the most adamant promoters of circumcision cannot argue, for example, that circumcision reduces risk of HIV for men who have sex with men and/or men who have unprotected oral sex. It doesn't. So those are elements that a man can evaluate when making a personal decision over his own body.

The study being stopped in Africa actually harms the credibility of the study, because it is known that circumcised men had to stop having sex for 6 weeks following the procedure while men who were not circumcised didn't have that time, so they had more time to be exposed to the risk. And even at that, in those studies, the number of men lost to the study were 3 times more than the total number of sero-converted men, which means that if information about those men lost to the study was known, it could sway the study completely one way or another.

A four year old is not only going to touch himself, but he is also going to be attached to his former self-image, causing psychological harm.

The change in sensitivity is not a myth. The study by Sorrells et al 2007 shows that the removed tissue is highly sensitive, but not only that, the mechanics of the penis changes when there is no moving skin, so not only the sensitive parts are gone, it just doesn't work the same anymore.

What happens to the frenulum in a circumcision? Is it removed? Is it left untouched? Is it separated from the glans? There is no standard, but we know well enough that men who have their frenulum consider it one of the most pleasant parts of their penises. So what happens when a doctor removes the frenulum? Iatrogenic harm. Sexual harm. Why is it that no doctor speaks about the frenulum?

The way Dr. Rachel portrays the foreskin as an exogenous strange piece of skin is highly offensive to all the intact males in the world. It is sad that such a poorly worded opinion can be spoken out loud by someone who is said to be a medical professional.

Dr. Jennifer says that when parents are on the fence, do what the dad has. Does this means tattooing the baby like dad? Piercing the baby like dad? Cutting off the fingers that dad lost in an accident? Gluing beard and mustache on baby? Sincerely Dr. Jennifer, did you ever compare your boobs with mommy? Your vulva? Did you have your labia minora trimmed to match mommy's?

Give males respect! Give boys respect! Stop genital mutilation now!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Key Facts of Genital Mutilation

 Reviewing the World Health Organization key facts on female genital mutilation to see how they parallel male circumcision:

Key facts

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and Middle East where FGM is concentrated (1).
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.


Fact #1

WHO on FGM: Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.(1)

AAP on MC: Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which the skin covering the end of the penis is removed. Scientific studies show a number of medical benefits of circumcision. Parents may also want their sons circumcised for religious, social, or cultural reasons. Because circumcision is not essential to a child's health, parents should choose what is best for their child by looking at the benefits and risks (2)

PARALLEL:

* Alters genital organs
* Non-medical reasons, such as religious, social or cultural reasons. Even potential benefits don't make it essential.


Fact #2

WHO on FGM: The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. (1)

AAP on MC: Because circumcision is not essential to a child's health, parents should choose...(2)

PARALLEL AND DIFFERENCES:

* While the AAP says there are 'potential benefits' of MC, the procedure remains 'not essential to a child's health'.

Fact #3

WHO on FGM: Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. (1)

AAP on MC: Complications are rare and usually minor but may include bleeding, infection, cutting the foreskin too short or too long, and improper healing.  Some people feel the foreskin is needed to protect the tip of the penis. Without it, the tip of the penis may become irritated and cause the opening of the penis to become too small. This can cause urination problems that may need to be surgically corrected. (2)

PARALLEL:

* Bleeding, infection, problems urinating...


Fact #4

WHO on FGM: More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and Middle East where FGM is concentrated (1). 

WHO on MC:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that globally 30% of males aged 15 and over are circumcised (3) (Estimated number could be 1,050 million)


Fact #5

WHO on FGM: FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.

WikiPedia on MC: Circumcision in the US and in Jewish religion is usually done before or on the 8th day of life. In Islam it may be done from soon after birth up to about age 15. In some African cultures it is a rite of passage, also carried out during adolescence. (4)


Fact #6

WHO on FGM: FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

PACE on MC: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said it is “particularly worried” about certain violations of the physical integrity of children – including the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, early childhood interventions in the case of intersexual children, and the coercion of children into piercings, tattoos or plastic surgery (5)


Graphic Case Studies


Case Study #1
 "Alter or cause injury to the *** genital organs". Mutilation or parental right?




Case Study #2

A healthy normal baby was subjected to a non-medically necessary procedure to remove part of its external genitalia, resulting in life threatening bleeding. After 3 blood soaked diapers, the parents took the baby to the ER. Do you need to know the gender of the baby to decide whether this was mutilation or parental right?




Unfortunately, for the World Health Organization, this was just an Adverse Event (AE).


Case Study #3

I was going to include a case study number 3 from the worst cases of traditional circumcision, as shown on http://ulwaluko.co.za but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The reality of this tradition is too gruesome, too horrible. I can not understand how the WHO and the UN continue to ignore it.

References

(1) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/

(2) http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/prenatal/decisions-to-make/Pages/Circumcision.aspx

(3) http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2007/9789241596169_eng.pdf

(4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision#Society_and_culture

(5) http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/News/News-View-en.asp?newsid=4663&lang=2



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Open comment to Lydia Smith of International Business Times regarding circumcision and FGM

On Feb 5th, 2015, Lydia Smith wrote on International Business Times, an article called: "Why female genital mutilation is a very different issue to male circumcision"


Sorry Lydia, you drank the propaganda.

Let me ask you, would FGM carried on sterile conditions by medical personnel be permissible? Because it is done that way in Indonesia and Malaysia, and to a certain extent in Egypt. And yet, the WHO opposes medicalization of FGM. So, no,


Monday, November 10, 2014

Courts won't protect Chase, we need your help!

SAVE CHASE!
 WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This press release needs to be spread far and wide! Throughout America and the world!

Either copy and paste it, or simply share it, to EVERY NEWS OUTLET with a Facebook! Get the url to this post and tweet it to them, whatever you need to do to GET THEIR ATTENTION!

If everyone does this, Chase's plight will be seen by everyone! Thank you! 


On November 6, a Florida court decided that a healthy four year old boy will undergo an unnecessary, risky surgery at the insistence of his father. The boy's name is Chase and his mother is fighting a battle to save him.

According to court records, in December 2011, Heather Hironimus signed a parenting agreement which gave Chase's father, Dennis Nebus, permission to have their (then) baby boy circumcised. Four years later, Chase is still intact and happy.

Heather Hironimus realized over the years that removing Chase's foreskin was unnecessary, and as he became older the surgery, and anesthesia, were fraught with risks. She argues that the surgery is purely cosmetic and the parenting plan no longer pertains to a now older, and more aware, boy. Pediatric urologist, Charles Flack, told the judge that circumcision is not medically necessary.

Human rights advocates believe Chase's physical and mental health are at risk. He is aware of his body and does not want to have surgery on his genitals. Forcing a child to undergo cosmetic surgery is a violation of basic human rights and medical ethics. This is an unprecedented case worthy of media attention.

 https://www.facebook.com/ChasesGuardians/posts/948573698492971

http://www.youcaring.com/other/saving-chase/259991

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Circumcision: the ugly truth of what you sign for



Notice the reassuring caption. Without the blood, replacing photos for drawings, not showing the full clamp crushing the delicate foreskin or the pain in the face of the newborn, makes it easy to deny the pain and damage of circumcision.

Dirty circumstrain (circumcision restraining board) and bloody diapers







Definitively not a walk in the park.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dr. Paul Fleiss, an intactivist - Rest in Peace


Well known Pediatrician, Doctor Paul Fleiss (1933-2014) died on Saturday July 19th at the age of 80 years.

While most of the media coverage focused on legal issues related to his daughter, the Huffington Post offered a warmer memorial: "There weren't a lot of vegetarian doctors who advocated breastfeeding for every baby and mother nearly 40 years ago [...] Dr. Fleiss was a brilliant physician and teacher and cared for tens of thousands of babies over his five decades in pediatrics. He will be missed."

What few media mentioned (with the exception of Daily Mail) was his opposition to routine infant circumcision, in spite of him being of Jewish ancestry. Dr. Paul Fleiss was the author of "What your doctor may not tell you about circumcision: Untold facts on America's most widely performed and most unnecessary surgery". His article in Mothering Magazine, "The case against circumcision", remains a most powerful reading.

Dr. Fleiss was featured on Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Circumcision.

The bodily integrity movement will always have a debt of gratitude to Dr. Paul Fleiss for his compassionate heart and courage to speak against the practice of neonatal circumcision.