Questions to Doctor still promoting MGM in USA – A vaccine …

I wrote this email in response to an article circulating on Facebook the title of which likened male circumcision of infants to a vaccination program … If a vaccine was proposed with little benefit in prevention of nothing in particular with a serious complication rate of 1 in 200 surely it would be rejected …

“Dr Chin,
I read with interest your article (link below) in which you advised USA parents to opt for routine male infant circumcision. You suggested it was advantageous as a preventative measure against certain conditions.
Please could you cite some international peer reviewed research to back this claim up.
In Europe, male circumcision of infants and minors is only done for the parents’ cultural or religious reasons. The medical communities of many countries do not advise infant circumcision – seeing the potential for harm far outweighs any possible minor benefit and recognising that it is an unnecessary procedure done without consent of the patient.
In your article, in the section, “Myths about circumcision”, you state: “One of the more pernicious and persistent myths about circumcision is that it can dampen sensitivity and function and reduce pleasure. Research has found that it doesn’t.”
I must point out that by definition circumcision does reduce pleasure received from manipulation of the foreskin with its many sensitive nerve endings – as it is no longer present. Many men worry about the size of their penis – circumcision reduces girth and motility. Many circumcised men say that artificial lubrication is essential for sex or masturbation. Intact men don’t usually require lube to masturbate.
Please could you cite the international peer reviewed “research” that backs up these claims you make about circumcision not reducing pleasure?
The fallacious arguments you use to support male infant circumcision are used by Doctors in Malaysia, and others around the world, who recommend female circumcision.
You also state in your article that serious complications occur in “only” 1 in 200 procedures. If every boy in the world were to be circumcised, as you seem to suggest would be your choice, 1 in 200 children getting serious complications would be regarded as a serious global epidemic of harm. If this were for a procedure that was life saving with no alternative treatment that would be acceptable – but routine circumcision is not needed – you are perpetuating harm to children.
What happens to the foreskins you remove? Are they disposed of – or do you resell them for medical use?
What is the profit margin on a circumcision?
Do you recommend circumcision for pet mammals or farm animals?
I’m intact. Are you circumcised?
I note that if all American’s followed your advice the sheer numbers of infant circumcisions required would provide a steady reliable income stream for Doctors doing the procedures.”
If a vaccine were to be proposed with little benefit in prevention of nothing in particular with a serious complication rate of 1 in 200 surely it would be rejected …
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Circumcision Is Unethical and Unlawful.

American academic paper which raises all the main issues. Things are beginning to change in the USA. I hope to see all children, boys,girls, and intersex, protected from genital mutilation. The law and medical ethics should be applied without gender bias. If society can override the wishes of irrational religious people concerning gay marriage – then secular law should protect all children from religious blood rites. It is a sad condemnation of western society that the feelings of adults are addressed before the harm to children. Religion has no right to demand genital mutilation of boys – and everyone in society needs to wake up to this. People who promote this should be treated like people who promote FGM. Equality for boys.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27338602

 

50 years ago MGM in the USA – “One might as well attempt to explain the rites of voodoo!”

From a medical journal in the 1960s – forward thinking Doctor in the USA writes about this bizarre pseudo medical ritual that makes money for the private health services in the USA …

“… This ritual, however, has become so widespread in the United States that it is no longer much of a status symbol, and a situation has arisen where any recently delivered mother who is eccentric enough to wish her child to retain his prepuce, would be well advised to maintain permanent guard over it until such time as they both leave the hospital. The nursery staff of most American hospitals have an insatiable urge to remove the foreskin and this instinct often causes great concern among European women who do not subscribe to this practice and through force of circumstances have their baby in the United States. ”

THE RAPE OF THE PHALLUS

 

Amnesty International and The Battle over Male Circumcision

Intactivist’s effort to get Amnesty to act on MGM buried …

Should Sky TV have shown a news report about FGM in Puntland, Somalia? UK Anti-FGM Activists think not… why not?

It is best to watch the article – there are no explicit scenes of cutting –

 

Me: I watched Sky News’ report on FGM in Puntland, Somalia. For people who have no idea about FGM – like most UK natives – it was informative. The reporter stated that Sky tried to persuade the Mother not to do it. Sky informed the local Police – who were not interested as there is no law against FGM in Puntland. They covered the terrible consequences for the girls. They hid the identity of the girl. They covered the campaign to legislate against FGM in Puntland. For someone like Hibo Wardere, it must be deeply upsetting to watch this report as it must bring back memories one would rather not have, but I would say that the program will raise awareness. I… think their report fair – remember most people in the UK have no idea what goes on in connection with FGM.
Anti-FGM Activist: “There are other ways to raise awareness… This is a form of child abuse, do you advocate sky news filming other forms of child abuse, just so we’re all clear on what goes on? I completely and utterly disagree that this was necessary to raise awareness. I work with Hibo and have seen first hand how she educates people who had no idea about fgm. No more girls lives need to be ruined!”
Me: Sky will reach many people – it would take many Hibos working for many years to reach as many people. I agree that perhaps their title is misleading “Activists Edge Closer ….” and yet the video content is more about the poor girl. If you read their web page about the report, however, it is very positive about the fight for FGM legislation in the Puntland region, and not sensationalist …
Anti-FGM Activist: “Funnily enough I understand how mass media works… but thank you for taking the time to explain it to me. But instead if patronising me, why don’t you answer my question, would you advocate the filming of other acts of violence/abuse, just as long it was presented as part of a campaign to end that particular form of violence/ abuse?”
Me: Should we stop reporting wars and not show the devastation and suffering? Is not Hibo Wardere‘s book a form of sensationalism – I hope the profits are going to charity… the graphic used to illustrate the front of Hibo Wardere‘s book is in my view sensationalist – the very thing you are accusing Sky News of. Hypocracy indeed.
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CHIEF EDITOR OF DENMARK’S “MEDICINE TODAY” CALLS FOR LEGAL PROTECTION OF BOYS

“Denmark needs to have a clear policy when it comes to circumcision of young boys, and on Tuesday the nine people on the Ethical Committee of the Medical Association can send an important signal to the nation.

“It would be a signal that the Danish medical profession wants a ban on circumcision before the child is 18 or older and of legal age to make his choice.

“Medical Ethics is simple: It does not cut healthy people. Infants have not made such a choice.

“How hard can it be?

“Evidently quite difficult because the debate in Denmark has for years beat around the bush…

“On one front, the tireless researcher, consultant Morten Frisch, documenting circumcision’s negative consequences….

“Step by step, Frisch and companions have documented the visible physical and psychological complications, the legal flaws and challenged the obvious ethical lapses.

“On the other front, a number of people, with TV host Martin Krasnik as one of the more well known and offensive characters, reject the idea that circumcision is a public matter.

“The operation is trivialized and made into a private matter, which is inextricably linked to thousands of years of tradition and belonging. And in the aftermath, you often hear that a ban will lead to emigration and an even more widespread use of quacks.

“It is argued even for – with support from WHO – that circumcision can have positive effects in relation to sexually transmitted diseases, but also here is the documentation modest.

“The hot porridge, which so diligently walking are around, of course, fear of stepping two religious groups toes. This causes many politicians to tread water, and it has received National Board of Health to tread water after the release of the limp guidance in 2014.

“All due respect for the freedom to practice a religion, but Denmark should at least create equality when it comes to circumcision. It is morally thin leg, that we ban the genital mutilation of African girls, but not Muslim and Jewish boys.

“As a contributor Mikkel Andersson other day so rightly suggested, then you should remove the word ‘female’ from this section of the Criminal Code:

” ‘§ 245 a. Any person who by a legemsangreb with or without the consent cuts away or otherwise removing the female genitalia whole or in part, is punishable by imprisonment for up to six years.’

“While the discussion back of the front takes on a more aggressive tone, we can hope for a more cool consideration of three of the relatively new and younger forces in the key positions in health care.

“It could be the Medical Association President, Andreas Rudkjøbing that – hopefully on the basis of an opinion from the Ethics Committee – can put the association’s strong voice behind the demand for a ban. He certainly has the backing of the 3,000 colleagues in DSAM that called circumcision without clinical evidence of mutilation.

“It could be the National Board of Health Søren Brostrøm, which – of course on a mandate from parliament – may revise Anne Mette Dons’ shoddy guidance from 2014.

“And it could not at least be health and elderly minister Sophie Løhde that can put Denmark on the world map as a pioneer once again. We’ve been there before, with permits for sex change operations, partnerships for homosexuals, artificial insemination of single, yes, the world’s first female minister was even Danish, namely Nina Bang in 1924th

“Perhaps it is easier to allow than to ban, but this is the time to create equality and time to challenge the age-old rituals, which of course can easily be modernized. And in fact have been in some circuits.”

~Nicolai Döllner, Dagens Medicin
nd@dagensmedicin.dk

https://www.facebook.com/DagensMedicin/posts/1174152819270615

http://www.dagensmedicin.dk/opinion/leder/forhud-turretur/

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Somali Born FGM Victims Condemn MGM

These ladies, victims of a cutting culture, see things as they are – genital mutilation is just that – cutting any child, boy, girl, or intersex, is a gross disregard of human rights….