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Rethinking Circumcision with Maurene White

Today on The Truther Girls, my guest will be Maurene White, a nurse who has been campaigning against circumcision for four decades. Maurene is the founder of farreach.org, and organization that helps to inform people about the risks of circumcision and the benefits of having a foreskin. She also helps adult men learn how to restore their foreskins and has developed an iPhone application called i4skinhealth for this purpose, which you can see and buy here at the Apple Store. 100% of proceeds from sales of the app go to research and education to assuage circumcision harms.

People tend to have strong feelings about circumcision. Some people defend it vehemently on the basis of their religious beliefs, or the beliefs that it provides health or hygiene benefits, while others oppose it just as strongly and say it is no different from female genital cutting. To me, this is a subject on a par with vaccination when it comes to the need for the public’s access to factual information on the risks versus the benefits. Just this week, two babies died as a result of circumcision at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, one from hemorrhage and the other from shock. Given that this procedure can sometimes result in such tragic consequences, I hope that my interview with Maurene today will help people make more informed decisions about circumcision, as it concerns their own bodies and those of their children. There is nothing worse than making an uninformed decision and later regretting it, saying “If only I had known!’. Regardless of whether you decide to circumcise or not, I want you to make the best, most informed decision and feel confident about it.

Today, we will be addressing questions such as:
– What are the true risks of medical complications from circumcision?
– Does circumcision traumatize the baby?
– Does it increase his sensitivity to pain in the long term?
– Does circumcision confer hygienic advantages?
– Has circumcision actually been shown to protect against HIV, certain cancers or other diseases?
– Is circumcision sometimes medically necessary, as in the case of phymosis?
– What are the benefits of not being circumcised?
– How can an adult man restore his foreskin?
– How can Jewish parents who do not want to circumcise reconcile this with their religious beliefs?
– How can Jewish parents cope with family pressure to circumcise?

You can listen live today at 2:00 pm EST at americanfreedomradio.com
Download the archived show from americanfreedomradio.com/TrutherGirls_11
Join us in the chat room at truthergirls.chatango.com
or call in at 402-237-2525 with your questions or commentary

Please also watch the following documentary and visit Maurene’s website at farreach.org. Maurene has also developed a handy booklet called Coordimed to help you keep track of your family’s health information and is in the process of developing an iPhone application for this as well. For more information, visit coordimed.com

Australia: Immunize or Lose Benefits

Recently, there have been a number of news articles threatening Australian parents that unless they provide proof that their kids have been immunized on schedule, they will lose up to $2,100 per child in tax benefits including the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end-of-year supplement, worth $726.
This news was posted on prison planet, who got it from ABC News Australia.

The Herald Sun states that one in 10 Australian children are not immunized. One in ten? That’s a pretty high vaccination rate, and one-in-ten is probably the percentage of children who have not received the entire schedule, not of children who are completely unvaccinated.

The article goes on to explain that:

“The supplement, worth $726 per child each year, will now only be paid once a child is fully immunised at one, two and five years of age, meaning more than $2100 could be withheld.

A new immunisation check will be introduced for one year olds to supplement the existing checks at two and five years of age.

Families are already required to have their child fully vaccinated to receive the childcare rebate and childcare benefit.”

Required– that sounds pretty grim. Damn government, forcing poor parents to inject their poor children with junk, withholding tax breaks from parents unless they vaccinate their kids! What ever happened to human rights, religious and philosophical objections? Isn’t there a way out? In fact, yes, there is a way out- although the government and the media obviously don’t want to draw your attention to this.

If you go to Immunise Autralia and have a look at their FAQ, and click the question, ‘What exemptions will be available for the new immunisation conditions linked to the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement?’, you will see that the exemptions are just as available as they always have been.
But even there, they attempt to mislead the public by saying
‘A child may have a temporary or permanent exemption if a recognised immunisation provider determines that receiving the vaccine is medically contraindicated. A child may also receive an exemption from the immunisation requirements if a recognised immunisation provider indicates that the parent has a conscientious objection to immunising their child.

It looks to me like they are trying to give the impression that the immunization provider has to agree with the parent’s objection, but in fact the law states that the provider only has to certify in writing that:
he or she has discussed with the adult the benefits and risks of immunising the child and the adult has declared in writing that he or she has a conscientious objection to the child being immunised.

They have to explain the risks vs benefits to the parent and agree that the adult has stated he or she objects. That’s it, that’s all!

Fore more information on Australia’s vaccine laws, visit www.vaclib.org/exempt/australia.htm and know that, in Australia, vaccines are no more mandatory now than they ever were and that you can both refuse vaccination and continue to access the tax ‘benefits’ the media would like you to think you face losing.