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Dr Terry Russell

Dr Terry Russell (with Dr Peter Loth, Dr Melissa Gilbert)

Dr Terry Russell is a Queensland GP who has specialises in infant circumcision. He boasts that he has performed more that 30,000 circumcisions. He was fined for opportunistically diagnosing and performing hundreds of tongue-tie surgeries while performing circumcisions during 1999. He has also breached advertising guidelines in the past by falsely stating that circumcision prevents cancer of the penis.

Click here for further information, especially important information on the lack of effectiveness of the EMLA anesthetic cream, which the manufacturers do not recommend for infant circumcisions.

Those who were circumcised by Dr Russell and are now old enough to understand the damage that has been done may be interested in taking legal action. In 1993, the Qld Law Reform Commission’s review into male circumcision concluded: “On a strict interpretation of the assault provisions of the Queensland Criminal Code, routine circumcision of a male infant could be regarded as a criminal act”, and that doctors who perform circumcision on male infants may be liable to civil claims by that child at a later date. This is yet to be tested in an Australian court. If you are interested in taking legal action against Dr Terry Russell or any other Queensland doctor please visit this facebook page.

 

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Dr Milton Sales

Dr Milton Sales

At least Dr Sales is honest in some respects, and shows photos of the complications from the procedure itself. It almost goes without saying that babies who are left with all of their genitals intact will not be at risk of any of these conditions.

 

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Dr Leon Levitt

Dr Leon Levitt

Quote from website re: ‘after care’ – ‘please do not contact your local doctor or any local hospital including Princess Margaret Hospital when you have concerns about the circumcision. Please contact OUR doctors, whether during office hours, or after hours when Dr Levitt will be available to take your call for urgent matters.’

Dr Levitt includes the above statement on his website, because he is aware that Princess Margaret Hospital may release details of botched circumcisions and other complications from his clinic to the media. This is the statement from Princess Margaret Hospital:

“Only about 5 per cent of male babies born in WA in the past two years have undergone the procedure, suggesting that parents are less likely to want their sons circumcised. But it is still common enough, its opponents say, that Princess Margaret Hospital for Children admits half a dozen baby boys each year suffering from infection or hemorrhaging because of it. Princess Margaret Hospital specialist Dr Philip King said it was an unnecessary operation performed on babies when they were most vulnerable to infection and bleeding.”

Read more here.

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Dr Muhammad Mateen

Dr Muhammad Mateen

Indian doctor Mohammed Mateen Ui Jabbar was suspended for three months over his attempted circumcision of a 26-month-old boy which resulted in gross swelling and severe scarring of the toddler’s genitals.

Apart from Dr Jabbar having his medical licence suspended for 3mths, Dr Jabbar has ongoing restrictions on his ability to engage in the circumcision of minors. Specifically, Dr Jabbar is only permitted to “circumcise infants up to the age of 4 months in his clinic” and “on children 5 years to 18 years in a hospital or approved day care facility with appropriate anaesthesia under the supervision of and as directed by a consultant anaesthetist”.

Dr Jabbar also appeared before the board two years ago when he was reprimanded for “unnecessarily” touching a patient’s breasts before telling her they were “sagging” and could be corrected with a breast lift or implants.

Read more here.

 

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Dr Anthony Dilley

Dr Anthony Dilley

Dr Dilley has been quoted as saying that one of the main reasons for circumcision is “to look like dad”. Of all the reasons put forward to promote circumcision, this has to be one of the most ridiculous.  Firstly, your son is going to look different to his father in many ways – from eye colour, hair colour, height etc. If the father had lost a finger in an accident would you amputate your baby’s finger so that they can look the same? When it comes to his penis there are huge differences due to the fact that his father is a fully developed man.

As Ronald Goldman says “This idea may be part of a psychological defence mechanism called projection, the process of attributing feelings to others that belong to oneself. It is the circumcised father who may have some psychological issues if he looks different from his son. The fear of confronting these issues in themselves could motivate circumcised men to cling to the myth that intact sons will have such issues.”

If a intact boy ever does ask why he looks different to his circumcised father there is a simple explanation. And that is that years ago when your father was born his parents did not have access to the internet and other resources where they could have read about the functions of the foreskin. They simply believed their opportunistic doctor. Most doctors today realise that genital cutting of babies is unethical and damaging.  Every other doctor near central Sydney gave away the barbaric practice of circumcision many years ago, but Dr Anthony Dilley relies on the few remaining uninformed parents to continue this bizzare procedure.

Click here to watch a YouTube video on the ‘look like his dad’ idiocy.

Other circumcision information for Sydney:
http://circumcisionsydney.wordpress.com/

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History of Circumcision

Many still don’t know the full truth behind the reason why circumcision was made popular. Most think that is was for hygeine reasons or for the protection from sexually transmitted diseases. The truth is that it was introduced to reduce the sexual pleasure of men and boys. I find arguments on whether it reduces sensitivity and pleasure almost amusing, when considering that reducing pleasure is exactly why it was introduced:

“I suggest that all male children should be circumcised. This is ‘against nature’, but that is exactly the reason why it should be done. Nature intends that the adolescent male shall copulate as often and as promiscuously as possible, and to that end covers the sensitive glans so that it shall be ever ready to receive stimuli. Civilization, on the contrary, requires chastity, and the glans of the circumcised rapidly assumes a leathery texture less sensitive than skin. Thus the adolescent has his attention drawn to his penis much less often. I am convinced that masturbation is much less common in the circumcised. With these considerations in view it does not seem apt to argue that ‘God knows best how to make little boys.'” R. W. Cockshut, Circumcision, British Medical Journal, vol. 2 (1935): 764.

and this:

“A remedy which is almost always successful (to stop masturbation) in small boys is circumcision, especially when there is any degree of phimosis. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anæsthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment” – J.H. Kellogg (yes, of cereal fame)

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rethinking everything BLOG

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Barb:

I knew intuitively when I became pregnant for the first time, many years ago, that if my baby was a boy I did not want him to be circumcised.  I didn’t have any health or medical reasons for feeling this way, I just couldn’t imagine having the top of his penis cut off – at just a few hours or days or weeks old.  Hello?  Really?  People do this to their children??  Yowzaa, I knew I wanted no part of such a mentality, even if it meant that he would grow up with penile infections, look different from every other male and feel like a weirdo.

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Dr Normal Blumenthal

Dr Normal Blumenthal performs circumcisions in Western Sydney and Sydney’s North Shore. The following is an exerpt from his site on the benefits and risks. We have added additional information and corrections in blue:

Circumcision is a simple surgical procedure that removes the foreskin – a sleeve of skin covering the tip of the penis. (Actually, it’s more than a sleeve of skin – it consists of complex specialised structures including the frenulum, frenal band, rigid band, inner mucosul skin, outer skin and more that 20,000 nerves, which all work together to protect, stimulate and provide a natural ‘gliding’ action during sexual activity). In order to make an informed decision, they must carefully consider the benefits and risks.

Benefits of circumcision

  • Eliminates the risk of phimosis, which affects 1 in 10 older boys and men. (Actually ‘true’ phimosis is much less common, and is almost always treatable with steroid cream and stretching). This condition refers to a tight foreskin that cannot be pulled back fully, so making cleaning under it, and passing urine, difficult. (Actually, it is normal for the foreskin to be non-retractable well into puberty – it should never be forcibly retracted and cleaned).
  • Reduces by 3-fold the risk of inflammation and infection of the skin of the penis. One in 10 uncircumcised men gets inflammation of the head of the penis and foreskin.
  • Over 10-fold decrease in risk of urinary tract infection. Whereas risk of this is only 1 in 500 for a circumcised boy, 1 in 50 uncircumcised male infants will get a urinary tract infection. (There have been many studies which show either no decrease in UTI with circumcision, or else an increase in UTI from circumcision. Thus circumcision is not recommended to prevent UTI  (Thompson 1990).  Girls have higher rates of UTI than boys, and yet when a girl gets a UTI, she is simply prescribed antibiotics.  The same treatment works for boys.)
  • Over 20-fold decrease in risk of invasive penile cancer. One in 600 uncircumcised men gets penile cancer, which usually requires penile amputation or disfiguring surgery. (Simply not true. This cancer is so rare that the Australian medical athorities do not even keep statistics on it. When it does occur, it is almost always in elderly men, and does not discriminate between circumcised or intact men.)
  • Uncircumcised men have 1½ – 2 times the risk of prostate cancer, which affects 1 in 6 men. (There is no evidence to support this.)
  • Reduces by approximately 3 to 7 fold the risk of getting HIV (AIDS), during sex with an infected person. (Studies that showed a reduction in HIV transmission had many flaws, including that they were stopped before all the results came in.  There have also been several studies that show that circumcision does not prevent HIV (Connolly 2008). There are many issues at play in the spread of STDs which make it very hard to generalize results from one population to another.)
  • Circumcision also affords substantial protection against thrush as well as sexually transmitted infections such as papilloma (wart) virus and syphilis.
  • Circumcision reduces by up to 5 times the risk of the man’s female partner being infected by Chlamydia or getting cervical cancer (which is caused by human papillomavirus). The load of infectious bacteria and viruses that accumulate under the foreskin is delivered into the female genital tract during sex. (The hypothesis that cervical cancer is caused by smegma of the male foreskin was invented in 1954 by Wynder. His study was found to be invalid, because most of the cervical cancer patients in his study incorrectly reported that their husbands were uncircumcised. These women had no idea whether their husbands were circumcised or not. They gave the answer they thought the doctor wanted to hear. Wynder later recognized and admitted the error in 1960.3 This hypothesis was formally and scientifically disproven in 1962 by Stern)
  • If not circumcised soon after birth, up to 10% will later require one anyway for medical reasons. (Where are the stats to back up this claim? In Norway only 1 in 16,667 require a circumcision for a medical reason.)
  • Credible research shows that most women prefer the appearance of the circumcised penis. They also prefer it for sexual activity. Hygiene is one reason; increased contact of the penis with the vaginal wall, and stimulation, are others. (Most women of older generations have only ever see the circumcised penis, so they have been conditioned to consider this to be ‘normal’. However, the generation of women that your son will be in contact with will think the opposite, and will find the dry exposed glans and scars unattractive. Most women of today’s generation prefer the natural, sensual, gliding motion of sex as nature intended it, rather than the dry friction of sex with a circumcised man.)
  • In general, sexual function and sensation are the same or better in circumcised men. The problem of overly tender sensitivity of the head of the penis experienced by most uncircumcised men is virtually eliminated. (Actually, circumcision unnaturally exposes the sensitive glans (head) instead of being protected by the foreskin. This friction with the exposed glans created by circumcision is the cause of this ‘tender sensitivity’.)

Risks of circumcision

  • For 1 in 500 circumcisions, there may be either a little bleeding – easily stopped by pressure or, less commonly, requiring stitches (1 in 1000); the need for repeat surgery (1 in 1000); or a generalized infection that will require antibiotics (1 in 4000). Although there can be a local infection, often what seems like a local infection is actually part of the normal healing process.
  • Serious complications (requiring hospitalization) are rare – approximately 1 in 5000. (Serious complications from leaving your baby intact are even rarer.)
  • Mutilation or loss of the penis, and death, are virtually unheard of with circumcisions performed by a competent medical practitioner. (Each year in the United States more than 100 newborn baby boys die as a result of circumcision and circumcision complications.)
  • Anaesthetic is suggested, preferably a local one. (Babies undergo severe pain and stress both during and after circumcision. Local anesthetic is only partially effective.)
  • Delay means stitches being used for circumcision of older children, teenagers and men.
  • So if circumcision is delayed past 4 months, total cost will become increasingly greater.

Additional Complications:

Meatal Stenosis: One example of a circumcision complication is ulcerative meatitis. Dr. Leonard Marino, in 25 years of practice as a pediatric urologist, stated that 25% of his patients were intact. None of these ever needed surgery for meatal stenosis, a sequelum of ulcerative meatitis. In contrast, 75 of his circumcised patients required surgery to enlarge the urinary meatus.

A full list of complications can be found here.

In conclusion

Circumcision confers a lifetime of medical benefits. One in 3 uncircumcised boys will develop a condition requiring medical attention. In contrast, risk of an easily treatable condition during a circumcision is a very low 1 in 500, and of a true complication is 1 in 5000. A successful circumcision is very unlikely to have any long-term adverse consequences and cosmetic outcome is generally excellent. (Since the rate of neonatal circumcision in Finland, where the intact (whole, entire) penis is highly valued, is essentially zero, and the risk of needing a circumcision later in life is 1/16,667)

Further information may be obtained from the following web sites:
Professor Brian Morris, Sydney
The Gilgal Society, London

(The gilgal society openly admits to a morbid fascination with circumcision to the point of sado-masochistic fetish. There are those on the Internet who discuss the erotic stimulation they experience by watching other males being circumcised, swap fiction and about it, and trade in videotapes of actual circumcisions. Brian Morris is a member of the Gilgal society, and provides links from his website.)


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Parents who regret cutting their baby

Many parents only learn the truth about circumcision when it is too late. Read their stories here:
http://questioncircumcision.weebly.com/1/post/2011/11/regret.html

This is a must read for any mother considering this surgery for their son. Contains 32 pages of posts, with some heart-wreching stories of regret:
http://www.mothering.com/community/t/112410/if-you-regret-circumcising-your-son-s-please-post-here

Here are some other quotes:

“He is my perfect little guy and I am so mad at myself for putting him through this. I feel like a failure of a mother! How could I not protect him. How could I just let them do a surgery on my one day old PERFECT baby without doing any research???? I am so angry at myself, I can’t stand it. I make myself sick to my stomach wishing I could go back to that day and change things. Has anyone had their son go through this? What was the outcome? I feel so lost and don’t know who to trust. I have permanently mutilated my perfect baby boy. I regret it with my whole heart and soul.”

“I did not know, but I knew.  It did not feel right. Not for me and not for my son.  I should have trusted my intuition and questioned what was happening. Every day I think of those moments in the hospital when Owen was not with me.  Every day.  They were life changing for me. It would be years before I found validation that my intuition was right, and even then I would not be able to read all of the reasons why.  It is still too painful.  But I have learned enough to know that standard circumcision is outdated.  That the reasons we do it do not make sense, and that I allowed my baby to be mutilated.”
http://www.ourmuddyboots.com/?p=2395

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Finding a doctor to perform circumcision in Australia

Anyone who has tried to find a doctor to perform a circumcision on a baby will know that it is not really an easy task! The operation is banned in most public hospitals in Australia, and many of these hospitals consider it to be unnecessary mutilation so will not even refer you to one of the few remaining doctors who are prepared to do it. When you try to find someone on google, often you will find that the doctor no longer performs circumcision, or has retired. There are virtually no young doctors willing to take their place because of the threat of legal action from young men who resent having part of their genitals removed without their consent.

Then, when you do find someone, they often do not provide all of the necessary information you need to make the decision. Most are exclusively in the business of performing infant circumcisions, so of course they are going to tell you its the right thing to do, and that they way they do it and the method they use is the best!

So this site has two main objectives:

1. To provide a comprehensive directory of all of the doctors in Australia who are willing to perform circumcisions; and

2. To provide comprehensive and unbiassed information on both the doctors and the circumcision methods they use.

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