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THE DAILY BEAST – The Men Who Want Their Foreskin Back

The-Daily-BeastBy Jenn Morson,  February 23, 2016:

The anti-male circumcision movement likens the procedure to genital mutilation and because of that it wants to restore what was lost with cones, weights, and more.
Ron Low never realized there was something missing from his penis until he was a grown man.

In the mid-1980s, he came across a magazine article about circumcision that detailed several personal accounts from men whose foreskins had not been removed at birth. This chance encounter with a then-unpopular position made Ron consider the reasons behind circumcision.

“How could humans could be the product of thousands of years of evolution and still need a part [of their body] cut off?,” Low recounts himself thinking.

Like many people, Ron viewed circumcision as a routine procedure that had been done to him as it was done to all male infants. According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of adult males in the United States have been circumcised, compared to about 30 percent of the rest of the world. The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that the benefits of male infant circumcision outweighs the risks. The World Health Organization endorses circumcision as a means to reduce the risk of the transmission of HIV.

Still, it appears that a movement to end routine circumcision is finding some success, or is at least coinciding with the practice being on the wane. Newborn male circumcision in the U.S. declined from 64.9 percent in the 1960s to 58.3 percent in 2010.

Low became a father in the early days of the Internet, when social media was limited to chat rooms and virtual bulletin boards.

“I was lurking around in chat rooms trying to find some solidarity with other parents, and these people would always show up and start railing about circumcisions and it was annoying!” he Low said. After a time, however, he slowly came around to their way of thinking. “But the same people who were always jumping in and talking about this stuff, some of those same folks, I am still in touch with today and use as sources.”

Around the same time, Low heard a radio program featuring author James Bigelow. He was discussing his latest book, The Joy of Uncircumcising.

As Low listened to Bigelow describe using tapes and weights to stretch the slack skin on his penis in order to regrow a foreskin, the interviewer quipped, “Could you just wear a little hat?”
An engineer by trade, Low thought: Well, why couldn’t you just wear a little hat? His own restoration journey was years off, but when he speaks of the design for the TLC Tugger, he hearkens back to this moment.

Ron and his wife had always enjoyed a fulfilling sex life, but as she approached her forties, considered a woman’s sexual peak, Ron noticed it was taking him longer to satisfy her. After some failed attempts using different positions as well as lotions, his doctor suggested that he should just get used to the fact that his circumcision had left the head of his penis exposed and dry.

“I knew it wasn’t my wife’s fault. And I had to do something. So I went to her, on April Fool’s Day, and I told her I was going to restore.” Ron’s wife predictably thought he was kidding. “I assured her I was serious, and told her to help me be accountable, and also to let me know when I should remove the tape,” he says, as taping meant that removal would involve cleaning off the adhesive residue which was a delicate and timely process.

“I taped my penis for four years, 80 percent of the time. And during a fifth year, I only wore the tape at work, but wore a retaining cone the rest of the time. The retaining cone protects the suppleness and sensitivity of the glands and also maintains progress,” he matter-of-factly shares about his own penis, completely unabashed.

Meanwhile, Low was perfecting his own device to restore foreskin without messy tape: the TLC Tugger.

Using silicone, he designed a conical device to grip skin using tension instead of adhesive. The TLC Tugger uses constant tension to grip the foreskin and then “tug” it via a strap attached to the leg. (Weights are available for purchase to enhance the tugging experience.)

“Unless men are experiencing a medical condition, there is no need to seek medical attention in order to undertake the restoring process,” Low said. Instead, he believes strongly in the “restoring community” he has created on his website, where he estimates about one-third of the members are customers.

Despite being a soft-spoken Midwesterner, there is no mistaking his harsh words for infant circumcision.

“Informed adults can make the decision. It is forced mutilation on those who can’t consent.”

There are no medical studies to suggest the efficacy of foreskin restoration and you’ll be hard pressed to find any physician endorsing devices like Low’s.

A urologist with over thirty years’ experience in the U.S. and abroad had harsh words about foreskin restoration.

“It is definitely on the fringe of medicine, and I doubt there are many urologists who would treat it,” the physician, who requested anonymity said.

“It is ironic they feel they have been mutilated against their will in the USA, while in parts of the third world it is accepted practice to circumcise all males as HIV prevention,” he added. Instead of foreskin restoration, the physician recommended men seek psychiatric evaluation and care.

Anthony Losquadro is aware of the psychological dimension of foreskin.

“You gotta be able to talk about this stuff,” the executive director of Intaction, an anti-circumcision group said. “We won’t be embarrassed to talk about it. We won’t be ashamed, doctors should be be the ones who are ashamed. We’re gonna try to gain back our power.”

Anthony said he was always somewhat aware that something had been done to him.

“The scars didn’t seem natural and no one was telling me, so I thought it must’ve been some type of trauma.”

As he moved into adulthood, Anthony said delved into all the research he could find and became angry.

“Doctors only amputate. They joke around that no one has come back and complained, but there are hundreds of thousands of men who have restored or are restoring. There are lots of unhappy men out there.”

The restoration process will not completely reverse the effects of a circumcision, though.

“You don’t get back 20,000 nerve endings, and you won’t get back your frenulum,” Anthony said, referring to the band of tissue that connects the foreskin and a lubricating gland. “Those are the most sensitive areas of the penis and there’s no way to get them back.”

Anthony sees restoration as more than just a physiological fix, however.

“The physical appearance is indistinguishable, but men feel their bodies have been violated. Restoration helps empower men to overcome these feelings as well as the physical.



NY Post reports on circumcision intactivism


by Andrea Peyser
January 25, 2016 | 12:26am


Anthony Losquadro — a circumcision “intactivist” — with his anti-circumcision truck that he drives around New York City.

Anthony Losquadro is passionate about his penis.

“I think about it all the time,’’ the 50-year-old Long Island bodybuilder, real estate manager and married dad of a boy and a girl told me.

Losquadro is one of a small but growing breed of “intactivists” — men who believe they were mauled by the circumcisions they underwent as babies, and women who try to persuade the public to abandon a practice they consider excruciatingly painful, barbaric and unnecessary.

Intactivists claim that uncut penises deliver enhanced sexual pleasure to their owners and users, and liken male circumcision to female genital mutilation — even sexual assault and child abuse.

Losquadro won’t have his 6-month-old son snipped.

I asked if this obsession with foreskin is healthy, much less worthy of a movement modeled on the struggle for human rights.

“Do you think Martin Luther King was obsessed about civil rights?” Losquadro shot back. “Betty Friedan with women’s rights?”

Clearly, some men harbor deep-seated issues regarding their members.

Anthony Losquadro’s “anti-circumcision” truckPhoto: Matthew McDermott

Circumcision — the removal of the foreskin from the penis — has long been performed as a religious rite by Jews, Muslims and several ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa. In the 19th century, prudish Victorians believed it would prevent men from masturbating. (How’d that work out?) These days, it’s overwhelmingly an American thing.

But buoyed by recent declines in the practice in the United States, intactivists have created websites applauding uncut celebrities, including Charlie Sheen (yikes!) and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Photographs of Leo skinny-dipping reportedly were leaked online, which must have been awkward when he dated Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

Bernhard Goetz, the squirrel- and allegedly pot-loving “Subway Vigilante,” made quixotic runs for New York City mayor and public advocate on a pro-vegetarian, anti-circumcision platform.

Former Congressman Anthony “Carlos Danger’’ Weiner became an unwitting poster boy for circumcision, sexting pics of his excited and apparently cut junk to a variety of babes — penis pics I wish I could unsee.

About 81 percent of US males ages 14 to 59 have had their genitals snipped, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the percentage of newborns circumcised in American hospitals dipped from 83 percent in the 1960s to 77 percent in 2010, according to data published last year in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Another estimate put the US infant circumcision rate at 58 percent in 2010 — but the number could be higher, because procedures performed outside hospitals by, for example, mohels in Jewish bris ceremonies are not counted. The worldwide circumcision rate is a bit less than one-third; in some countries, the practice is practically nonexistent.

“I’ve actually thought that it [circumcision] was a wacky thing to do, that half the population needs surgical correction, ’’ said Georganne Chapin, 64, executive director of Intact America, who has tried, and failed, to persuade lawmakers to ban the procedure.

But mohels and doctors recently told The Post that an increasing number of grown men in America are now making the cut for religious, medical or aesthetic reasons.

Losquadro founded the organization Intaction and drives around the metropolitan area in a 30-foot van, handing out literature aimed at persuading parents to retain boys’ “genital integrity.”

He told me that in 2010, he confronted the then-88-year-old retired obstetrician who altered his manhood back in 1965.

“I asked him, ‘Did that make you feel like more of a man to do that to me when I was 8 pounds?’ ” Losquadro said. “He had nothing to say.”

Losquadro has concluded that restoring himself through skin grafts or by stretching the remaining skin would not make him whole.

Clinical research has found that circumcision can safeguard males from certain cancers, urinary-tract infections that might cause kidney damage, human papillomavirus and genital herpes, and can reduce the cervical-cancer risk in sex partners.

The World Health Organization revealed data showing circumcision reduces heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by about 60 percent.

Intactivists counter that health risks are overblown, and contend that some 100 males die each year from circumcision-caused ailments including blood loss and infections.

I can’t help but agree with the babe characters on the TV show “Sex and the City” who, with the exception of slutty Samantha, enthused that shafts devoid of hoods were more pleasant to gaze upon and touch than intact ones.

I just hope that guys who spend their lives feeling wounded by circumcision, and the women who enable them, find new hobbies.



Foreskin restoration goes mainstream in the Voice

Amazingly featured on a front page article, journalist Jess Swanson extensively takes on rarely discussed issues about circumcision and sexual well-being for men. By personally interviewing several men on the issue, she describes how they have tried to overcome the debilitating effects of circumcision. The article goes on to describe in detail the techniques involved with foreskin restoration. She then explores the reasons why men are attempting to regain that which was taken from them at birth.

Published in New York City’s Village Voice, it’s a widely read free publication distributed throughout NYC’s five boro’s. A similar article was also published in the Miami New Times.



In the Voice article the author goes on to discuss how people, like those of Intaction, have gone beyond foreskin restoration by conducting advocacy to prevent the next generation of children from being affected. Intaction Directors Anthony Losquadro and David Grant were interviewed on several occasions for this article.

This article is a further manifestation of the cultural changes that are contributing to the decline of genital cutting of children. The fact that this issue is even being discussed, no less on the front page of a newspaper, shows how far our movement has advanced. Genital cutting advocates are now placed in a much more difficult position when touting the alleged benefits of circumcision, when thousands of men are attempting to reverse just that. Furthermore, men who engage in foreskin restoration are more likely to become involved in genital integrity advocacy adding to our ranks of the I DID NOT CONSENT MEN, and concerned people from all walks of life.

We want to recognize men like Ron Low of TLCTugger (www.tlctugger.com) that have been leaders in the area of foreskin restoration. Ron has proudly promoted restoration by designing his own devices and promoting them in numerous TV appearances. He has single-handedly and unashamedly taken foreskin restoration and genital integrity advocacy to a new level.

Anti-circumcision mobile display at NYC Pope Francis visit

On Friday September 25, we took the mobile unit for a tour into Manhattan to coincide with the Papal visit in New York City. While NYC is always a busy place, this past Friday gave us an opportunity to place our message before unusually large crowds. With an overflow crowd well in excess of 80,000 people, Columbus Circle and Central Park West were a solid mass of people. After the Pope departed the area, so many people streamed out of Central Park we were unable to move the vehicle for a period of time. While many people came for a rare opportunity to see Pope Francis, instead they saw “CIRCUMCISION – I DID NOT CONSENT”

Lawsuit over botched baby circumcision

Georgia Lawsuit Filed Claiming Botched Circumcision

The Law Firm of Jonathan W. Johnson, LLC filed a lawsuit on September 25, 2014  in  Clayton  County  State  Court  on  behalf  of  their  client,  Stacie  Willis,  as parent  of  her  infant  son,  DeJuan  Williams,  who  had  the  end  of  his  penis amputated during a botched  circumcision. Ms. Willis had taken her son to Life Cycle OB/GYN and Pediatrics in Riverdale, Georgia for a routine circumcision in October  2013.  Nurse  Midwife  Melissa  Jones  performed the  procedure  with  a Mogen clamp. Most nurse midwives do not perform circumcisions.

On May 20, 2015, Judge Aaron B. Mason granted the Plaintiff’s motion to add as defendants,Teleflex Incorporated and Telefl​ex Medical Incorporated, the alleged manufacturer of the Mogen clamp used during the procedure.  Mogen ​clamps  have  been  found  to  be  defective  products  whi​ch  cause  circumcision injuries to infants in other cases.

The  infant  has  undergone  several  corrective  surgeries  and  it  is  expected that  his future medical needs and expenses will exceed  $1,000,000.00.

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By Stacie  Willis:

It all started on Oct 21, 2013 about 2 1/2 weeks after my baby boy (Dejuan) was born. During a time when I should have enjoyed being a mother, my nightmare began!  On Oct 21, 2013,  my son went in to Lifecycle OBGYN to get circumcised.  During this time, I  could hear my son screaming and hollering like he was in tremendous pain. I quickly ran to his side too see what the problem was.

I witnessed the glans of  my son’s penis gone.   The tip of his glands and urethra were severed. I repeatedly asked  the midwife what was going on and why was my son bleeding profusely from his penis.  She told me everything was okay and my baby would be fine.

I was scared and confused on what was happening, because I knew something was not right.

As a mother I got a second opinion,   I arrived at the hospital and had my son checked out, and  my suspicion  was right.  I knew the way his penis was bleeding was not right or normal. I have to other boys, (both have been circumcised) and never experienced this.

Due to this incident, it has caused my son to have  corrective surgery on his penis for the rest of his life. Dejuan has already had two surgeries  to reopen his pee hole to correct the problem, and he is only one year old. The fact that my son will never live a normal life is devastating and my son’s penis will never be normal no matter how many surgeries he has to have.

My son will never have a sensation feeling at the head of his penis and may never be able to have children due to his damaged nerves from this horrific accident. My son has already started to develop issues due to this horrific incident .

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As a parent, it’s very hard to see your child face and live with the difficulties and magnitude of his situation. This pains me, and is very depressing and heart breaking to see my son go through all of this pain and suffering possibly for the rest of his life.

At a very young age my son Wille (will) start seeing a therapist to start helping him understand what he is going through and what he will be dealing with for the rest of his life. My son has had to have his man made pee hole stitched shut because the hole decreased tremendously  causing him pain while trying to urinate  as well as getting his  urethra re-opened, because of his urine stream decreased.

For the most part my son is a very happy and playful little boy.  My son will have his third surgery on May 22, 2015 at the Discovery Clinic at The University of Minnesota.

It is not known how many surgeries he will need over his lifetime, and each surgery is expensive. Dejuan is currently without any insurance coverage for Minnesota, and his medical needs have far exceeded what our family will be able to handle over a long period of time.



Psychology Today – Circumcision’s Psychological Damage

CDC wants all males to be cut–but it’s harmful psychologically

As psychologists, we are deeply concerned by the recently announced CDC guidelines promoting circumcision for all males, and in particular children.  The CDC guidelines are based on a sharply criticized 2012 policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The 2012 statement was condemned by a large group of physicians, medical organizations, and ethicists from European, Scandinavian, and Commonwealth countries as “culturally biased” and “different from [the conclusions] reached by physicians in other parts of the Western world, including Europe, Canada and Australia” (Frisch et al., 2013).

The new CDC guidelines highlight methodologically flawed studies from Africa that have no relevance to the United States. They chose to ignore studies that were conducted in the United States and show no link between circumcision and the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV (Thomas et al., 2004).

Worse, the CDC has completely ignored the psychological effects of genital cutting on male children. 

This article outlines the psychological research that demonstrates the relationship between circumcision and psychological harm.  The authors, along with other psychologists, have appealed to the CDC and Congress to reevaluate this policy in light of the psychological harm it will cause infants, children, and teens.



1. Circumcision Causes Immediate Harm

Circumcision is often performed on infants without anesthetic or with a local anesthetic that is ineffective at substantially reducing pain (Lander et al., 1997).  In a study by Lander and colleagues (1997), a control group of infants who received no anesthesia was used as a baseline to measure the effectiveness of different types of anesthesia during circumcision.  The control group babies were in so much pain—some began choking and one even had a seizure—they decided it was unethical to continue.  It is important to also consider the effects of post-operative pain in circumcised infants (regardless of whether anesthesia is used), which is described as “severe” and “persistent” (Howard et al., 1994).  In addition to pain, there are other negative physical outcomes including possible infection and death (Van Howe, 1997, 2004).

2. Pain from Circumcision in Infancy Alters the Brain

Research has demonstrated the hormone cortisol, which is associated with stress and pain, spikes during circumcision (Talbert et al., 1976; Gunnar et al., 1981).  Although some believe that babies “won’t remember” the pain, we now know that the body “remembers” as evidenced by studies which demonstrate that circumcised infants are more sensitive to pain later in life (Taddio et al., 1997).  Research carried out using neonatal animals as a proxy to study the effects of pain on infants’ psychological development have found distinct behavioral patterns characterized by increased anxiety, altered pain sensitivity, hyperactivity, and attention problems (Anand & Scalzo, 2000).  In another similar study, it was found that painful procedures in the neonatal period were associated with site-specific changes in the brain that have been found to be associated with mood disorders (Victoria et al., 2013).

3. Infant Circumcision has Psychological Consequences for Men

Over the last decade there has been a movement of men who were circumcised as infants and have articulated their anger and sadness over having their genitals modified without their consent.  Goldman (1999) notes that shame and denial is one major factor that limits the number of men who publicly express this belief.  Studies of men who were circumcised in infancy have found that some men experienced symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anger, and intimacy problems that were directly associated with feelings about their circumcision (Boyle, 2002; Goldman, 1999; Hammond, 1999).


1. Medical Procedures in Childhood are Often Experienced as Traumatic

The CDC fails to consider that many medical procedures, even those that are described as routine, are often experienced as traumatic by children and adolescents (Levine & Kline, 2007).  Circumcision, for example, clearly meets the clinical definition of trauma because it involves a violation of physical integrity.  In fact, research has demonstrated that medical traumas in childhood and adolescence share many of the same psychological elements of childhood abuse, such as physical pain, fear, loss of control, and the perception that the event is a form of punishment (Nir, 1985; Shalev, 1993, Shopper, 1995).

2. Procedures Involving Children’s Genitals Produce Negative Psychological Effects

The psychological consequences of medical procedures are even greater when they involve a child’s genitals.  Studies have examined the psychological effects of medical photography of the genitals (Money, 1987), repeated genital examinations (Money, 1987), colposcopy (Shopper, 1995), cystscopy and catheterization (Shopper, 1995), voiding cystourethrogram (Goodman et al., 1990), and hypospadias repair (INSA, 1994). The studies found that these procedures often produce symptoms which are very similar to those of childhood sexual abuse, including dissociation and the development of a negative body image.  The effects often persist into adulthood as evidenced by a study that examined the effects of childhood penile surgery for hypospadias.  Men who had this surgery in childhood experienced more depressive symptoms, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties than men who did not have the surgery (Berg & Berg, 1983).

3. Circumcision Causes Significant Psychological Harm in Children and Adolescents

Circumcision in childhood and adolescence has significant negative psychological consequences.  Following a traumatic event, many children experience anxiety, depression, and anger; and many others try to avoid and suppress these painful feelings (Gil, 2006).  In addition, children often experience a debilitating loss of control that negatively affects their ability to regulate emotions and make sense of the traumatic experience (Van der Kolk, 2005).  In a study of adults circumcised in childhood, Hammond (1999) found that many men conceptualized their circumcision experience as an act of violence, mutilation, or sexual assault.  Kennedy (1986) detailed the psychological effects of circumcision in a case study describing the psychotherapy of a boy who was circumcised at three years of age. The sense of inadequacy, feelings of victimization, and violent sexual fantasies experienced during this boy’s adolescence were found to be both consciously and unconsciously linked to his experience with losing part of his penis (Kennedy, 1986).  In a study examining the psychological effects of circumcision on boys between four and seven years of age, Cansever (1965) used psychological testing to measure boys’ level of distress.  The results of the study indicated that circumcision was perceived as an aggressive attack on the body that left children feeling damaged and mutilated (Cansever, 1968).  Cansever (1968) also noted that these boys experienced changes in body image (with many feeling smaller and incomplete), feelings of inadequacy and helplessness, as well as a tendency to withdraw psychologically.

4. The Majority of Boys Circumcised as Children and Adolescents Meet Diagnostic Criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The most comprehensive study available that assesses the psychological impact of circumcision on children after infancy was conducted by Ramos and Boyle (2000) and involved 1072 pre-adolescent and adolescent boys who were circumcised in a hospital setting.  Using an adapted version of a clinically established PTSD interview rating scale, the study’s authors determined that 51 percent of these boys met the full diagnostic criteria for PTSD and noted that other variables such as age at circumcision (pre-adolescence versus adolescence) and time elapsed since the procedure (months versus years) were not predictive of a PTSD diagnosis (Ramos & Boyle, 2000).  As a point of comparison, the rate of PTSD among veterans of the Iraq war is approximately 20 percent (NIH, 2009).

5. By Encouraging Circumcision, Medical Professionals are Shaming Boys’ Bodies

If the CDC guidance is followed, medical providers will be communicating a psychologically damaging message to boys with intact genitals—that their penises are somehow “bad” or inferior.  The negative effects of such communications have been studied with regard to intersex children and have been found to be frightening, shaming, and embarrassing to the child (Rusch et al., 2000).  This is a particularly cruel message to send to adolescents, many of whom are already experiencing concerns regarding body image.


The circumcision of children has myriad negative psychological consequences that the CDC has failed to consider.  Removing healthy tissue in the absence of any medical need harms the patient and is a breach of medical providers’ ethical duty to the child.  We believe that all people have a right to bodily autonomy and self-determination and deeply respect this fundamental tenet of international human rights law (UNESCO 2005).  As children cannot advocate for themselves, they need adults to understand the complexities of their emotional experiences and provide them special protection.  We oppose the CDC’s circumcision recommendation and encourage all parents to do the same in order to protect their children from physical and psychological harm.

PARENTS: For clear, easy and plain-language help making the circumcision decision, try the CIRCUMCISION DECISION MAKER athttp://circumcisiondecisionmaker.com/.

TAKE ACTION for boy health, wellbeing and autonomy by submitting a comment at the CDC website. The comment period for their new guidelines closes on January 16, 2015.

ADDENDUM: Circumcision in childhood is linked to increased risk of autism.



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Circumcision Doubles Autism Risk, Increases ADHD in Boys

Circumcision ‘doubles autism risk’ and increases risk of ADHD


  • The findings hold regardless of cultural background, say researchers
  • They suggest the pain caused by circumcision may be partly to blame
  • This may in turn affect how the brain develops and reacts to stress
  • Study looked at 340,000 boys born in Denmark between 1994 and 2003  
  • But experts have urged caution over the ‘extremely speculative findings’


Circumcision before the age of five can double a boy’s risk of developing autism, research suggests.

Scientists believe the finding may be linked to stress caused by the pain of the procedure.

The study of more than 340,000 boys in Denmark found that circumcision raised the overall chances of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10 by 46%.

But if circumcision took place before the age of five it doubled the risk.

Circumcision also appeared to increase the likelihood of boys from non-Muslim families developing hyperactivity disorder.

Professor Morten Frisch, of the Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, who led the research, said: “Our investigation was prompted by the combination of recent animal findings linking a single painful injury to lifelong deficits in stress response and a study showing a strong, positive correlation between a country’s neonatal male circumcision rate and its prevalence of ASD in boys.”

While it is considered unacceptable today to circumcise boys without proper pain relief, it is not possible to make the procedure completely pain-free.

The pain of circumcision is likely to be more severe in very young babies both during and after the operation, according to the scientists.

Painful experiences in newborns have been shown in both animal and human studies to be associated with long-term alterations in pain perception, a characteristic often seen in autistic children.

Prof Frisch added: “Possible mechanisms linking early life pain and stress to an increased risk of neurodevelopmental, behavioral or psychological problems in later life remain incompletely conceptualized.

“Given the widespread practice of non-therapeutic circumcision in infancy and childhood around the world, our findings should prompt other researchers to examine the possibility that circumcision trauma in infancy or early childhood might carry an increased risk of serious neuro-developmental and psychological consequences.”

The findings are reported in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Professor David Katz, from University College London, who chairs Milah UK, a body that speaks for the Jewish community on issues related to circumcision, said: “This report is far from convincing: correlation does not equal causation.

“There is a long history of attempts to link autistic spectrum disorders to unrelated practices, such as the measles/mumps/rubella association, which proved to be fraudulent.

“There is general agreement that in people suffering from an ASD there are abnormalities that can be identified in brain structure and/or function. There is a strong genetic component, which may be a factor within the faith communities studied here, and which does not appear to have been explored amongst them.

“Some contemporary research does indicate that factors besides the genetic component are contributing to the increasing occurrence of ASD – for example, a variety of environmental toxins have been invoked to explain why these conditions are more prevalent today than they may have been in the past – but again proof of causation is lacking, and these factors are only likely to be relevant in those who are already vulnerable to them.”

Applied statistician Professor Kevin McConway, from the Open University, said: “This study raises an interesting question, but one that cannot be fully answered with these data.

“The study is observational, and in such studies it’s always tricky to tell what causes what. The observed increase in risk of autism spectrum disorder in circumcised boys might be due to the circumcision, or it might not.

“Religions that prescribe circumcision prescribe other things too, such as diet or clothing. Perhaps differences in diet or clothing lead to the increased ASD risk, rather than the circumcision. Cultural and family differences may be crucial.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2902214/Circumcised-boys-likely-develop-autism-ADHD-10.html#ixzz3OXUAtu5k

Does Circumcision Make Men’s Penises Smaller?

Circumcision Amputation

Person with pinky finger accidentally amputated in infancy

Does Circumcision Make Men’s Penises Smaller?

An interesting question to ponder. Does circumcision prevent penises from reaching their full genetic potential? Some experts say that amputation of a body part in infancy can cause the remaining attached tissue and structures to have stunted growth.

Circumcision involves the amputation of healthy function tissue for essentially cosmetic reasons. However few have probably considered that a smaller penis may be the unintended result.

A shocking photo obtained by Intaction shows the results of an accidental amputation of a pinky finger when the subject was an infant. It is clear from the photo that the stump of the amputated pinky finger is significantly shorter than the unaffected finger in the opposing hand.

Amputation severs the nerve endings to the affected area. Circumcision causes total severing of the nerves leading from the foreskin due to the stretching, cutting (laceration), and crushing by circumcision devices. This type of neuron death is known as neurotmesis. Neurotmesis results in neural degeneration. Not only are the nerves lost in the foreskin, but the nerves feeding them atrophy and die back to the spine. Without full enervation of the penile tissues as an infant, growth is likely to be stunted.

Furthermore, an informal study conducted by Dr. Christopher Fletcher, M.D. found that the adult penises of men circumcised as infants are 8mm (3/8″) shorter than their intact counterparts. Dr. Fletcher is an assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Fletcher’s conclusions arise from a study of men 18 years and older seeking medical care. The vast majority of his subjects had circumcisions soon after birth for non-medical reasons.

Circumcision should now be considered a man-made handicap that is inflicted upon millions of baby boys every year. Parents that have been mislead into circumcising their sons for make-believe health benefits may have actually stunted the growth of their son’s penis.

Beyond stunted genital growth, it is undeniable that circumcision removes over 20,000 specialized nerve endings and 15 square inches of mobile skin (in the adult male) that accommodates the erection during arousal. Lack of this mobile sliding skin may cause painful or curved erections as an adult.

HBO’s Bill Maher – Accidental Intactivist?

Bill Maher circumcision

In his most recent standup act on HBO, comedian Bill Maher makes fun at the anti-circumcision movement. In a bit discussing the posting of online “selfie” pics, he states that he supports circumcision because otherwise penises look like “sea creatures.”

While some intactivists may be upset with the insensitivity expressed by Maher, we here at Intaction are actually delighted by his comments.

First we need to remember this is a comedy show. It’s not meant to be taken seriously. Of course that’s not always easily digested when your the brunt of the jokes. However we need to keep in mind comedians often take on absurd points of view to entertain.

Viewers rarely take what a comedian says seriously because the point of the discussion is to make one laugh. Furthermore Maher is a polarizing figure, when he says something probably half the people automatically take the other position.

Here is the good part for us. Maher used the words “male genital mutilation,” child abuse,” “circumcision” in the same sentence. Associating those terms together is a powerful re-statement of OUR message. He also made mention of a movement to “get rid of circumcision.” I’m sure many people never heard of our movement until Maher told them about us.

Maher gave our movement publicity that we could never afford to buy. He probably sparked more than a few people’s imagination and they will now be encouraged to look into the issue further.

So we can keep our chin up and smile. As they say there is no such thing as bad press. And we will drop Bill a note thanking him for the mention.

Mandatory Newborn Circumcision?

– Should we endorse it? –

What if we proposed a law requiring circumcision for all newborns?

That’s right. We would endorse federal legislation requiring all newborn males be circumcised.

I bet your saying “hold on a minute – why would someone who is supposed to be against circumcision support such an idea.” Did Anthony Losquadro lose his mind inhaling diesel fumes from the Mobile Education Unit?

Well not yet, but read on for another shocking statement…….

Guess who would be opposed to such a law? Pro-circumcision advocates.

Confound it! Why would pro-circumcision advocates be against a law requiring circumcision, and anti-circumcision advocates support it? Has the world turned upside down?

No I assure you, the Earth is still spinning on its axis in the proper orientation, and with some discussion I can help you understand this paradox.

The answer lies in the way medicalized infant circumcision was originally framed, and how it gained its foothold.

It’s all about parental choice.

You see my fellow advocate, if the government mandated infant circumcision, the decision to circumcise would be transferred from the parental domain to the government.

Now when babies grow up into men and find out about circumcision, who would they blame? Since it’s a government mandate, parents could no longer be the scapegoat. Instead the government would take the blame. The government is not willing to incur the wrath of millions of angry young men. It could possibly cause great societal upheaval. It would be the end of circumcision. Perhaps it would even topple the government.

The beauty of the cutters strategy is that parents make the perfect scapegoat. They know it is much more difficult to blame your parents. Few men are going to discuss the issue with their parents. And how can you blame your parents for making a mistaken, misguided decision? You can be angry with them, but for how long and to what extent? They are they very people that created you, raised you, and loved you? The cutters are keenly aware of this and have enshrined parental decision making into their strategy.

That is the reason such a law would never happen. To pass a law mandating circumcision would be the end of circumcision. Parental choice and the notion of “the rights of the parent” would end. The pro-circumcision advocates know that. That’s why their propaganda always concludes with, “Ultimately it’s a parent’s choice.”

In order to keep parents handing over their babies to be circumcised, the cutters just have to keep spinning their lies and printing their propaganda. Then they leave it up to parents to do the rest. Feed them the misinformation and watch them bite the hook. That’s their strategy.

But that’s why our advocacy is going to change the paradigm. We are changing the cycle from parents deciding to circumcise to parents choosing to keep sons intact.

We do this by first educating men about the issues and getting them involved. We show them that they can speak out about their feelings of victimization. Secondly, we make parents aware of that they were taken advantage of during an overwhelming moment in their life. That their trust was misplaced.

Then, we show parents they can constructively overcome regret by empowering them to become advocates for intact babies.


Mobile Unit at NYU Medical Center

This effort is being made possible with our Mobile Education Unit.

It’s sons telling their parents about the issue. It’s parents overcoming regret. It’s a message that can’t be misinterpreted. All of this is contained in “I DID NOT CONSENT.” It’s a rolling demonstration on steroids – right down Mainstreet USA.

We watch the public react in realtime with a range of responses: affirmation, incredulity, picture snapping, thumbs up, wonder, shock, amusement, finger pointing, and awe on every block.

Mobile Unit at North Shore LIJ Katz Woman's Hospital

Mobile Unit at North Shore LIJ Katz Woman’s Hospital

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Mobile Unit on Hamptons Tour (Long Island NY)

Mobile Unit on Hamptons Tour (Long Island NY)

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