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Circumcision Exposed! The Hidden Trauma

Benefits of routine infant circumcision have been thoroughly disproven. Studies have shown that circumcision, far from being a harmless and painless procedure, is one of the most painful procedures that can be performed on an infant and has potentially far-reaching detrimental
physical and psychological consequences.

If God wanted men to be circumcised, they would have been born without a foreskin




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The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About "The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose main objective is profits, and whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this, anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. Doctors are the principal salespeople of the drug companies." Guylaine Lanctot, M.D.

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Re-awaken Your Body's Healing Power With Marine Phytoplankton, Mother's Nature's Milk From the Ocean Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally. These nutrients improve mental function, and memory. They reduce depression, harmful effects of stress, and mood swings. Profound Life-Giving Properties of Marine Phytoplankton

Edible clay therapy The Native Americans call it "Ee-Wah-Keemeaning"The-Mud-That-Heals." In addition to the role it plays as a potent detoxifier, therapeutic clay has also been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds, colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, acne, anemia, and a variety of other health issues. more

Healing Teas Teas Are One of The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs
Teas can help fight depression and anxiety, heal skin conditions and gastrointestinal disorders, regulate hormone imbalances, improve your sex life, prevent illness, and help you heal faster. Many diseases and conditions for which we turn to modern medicine can also be treated naturally with healing herbs. These treatments can be safer, less expensive and possibly even more effective than traditional methods.

Green Pharma Dr. Myklebust, MD: "Teas are rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which are plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other diseases"

Many diseases normally associated with aging have been linked to glutathione deficiencyDr. Jimmy Gutman, M.D - "Clinical evidence links low glutathione levels to the most common illnesses of our time as well as newly emerging diseases. Glutathione levels diminish as we age and many diseases normally associated with aging have been linked to glutathione deficiency."

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" The baby started shaking his head back and forth—the only part of his body free to move—as the doctor used another clamp to crush the foreskin lengthwise, which he then cut. This made the opening of the foreskin large enough to insert a circumcision instrument, the device used to protect the glans from being severed during the surgery. The baby began to gasp and choke, breathless from his shrill continuous screams. How could anyone say circumcision is painless when the suffering is so obvious? "

"Already, an ever­growing number of physicians are opposed to routine neonatal circumcision. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They recognize that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn." First do no harm..."

March 1, 1999: After a two year investigation, the  American Academy of Pediatrics concluded that the "potential medical benefits" of infant circumcision aren't significant enough and therefore, they do not recommend it as a routine procedure.

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves forcefully separating the foreskin from the glans and then cutting it off. It is typically accomplished with a special clamp device. Over a dozen studies confirm the extreme pain of circumcision. It has been described as “among the most painful [procedures] performed in neonatal medicine.” In one study, researchers concluded that the pain was “severe and persistent.” Investigators reported, “This level of pain would not be tolerated by older patients."  learn more...

Infant Circumcision: "What I Wish I Had Known"
by Marilyn Fayre Milos R.N., Director of NOCIRC

I didn't know what circumcision was when I consented to have my three sons circumcised. My doctor had told me the surgery was a necessary health measure, that it didn't hurt, and that it only took a moment to perform... like cutting the umbilical cord, I thought. I certainly wasn't prepared when, in nursing school several years later, I saw the surgery for the first time. 

We students filed into the newborn nursery to find a baby strapped spread-eagle to a plastic board on a counter top across the room. He was struggling against his restraints—tugging, whimpering, and then crying helplessly. . . . I stroked his little head and spoke softly to him. He began to relax and was momentarily quiet. The silence was soon broken by a piercing scream—the baby’s reaction to having his foreskin pinched and crushed as the doctor attached the clamp to his penis. The shriek intensified when the doctor inserted an instrument between the foreskin and the glans (head of the penis), tearing the two structures apart. (They are normally attached to each other during infancy so the foreskin can protect the sensitive glans from urine and feces.) The baby started shaking his head back and forth—the only part of his body free to move—as the doctor used another clamp to crush the foreskin lengthwise, which he then cut. This made the opening of the foreskin large enough to insert a circumcision instrument, the device used to protect the glans from being severed during the surgery. The baby began to gasp and choke, breathless from his shrill continuous screams. How could anyone say circumcision is painless when the suffering is so obvious? My bottom lip began to quiver, tears filled my eyes and spilled over. I found my own sobs difficult to contain. How much longer could this go on? During the next stage of the surgery, the doctor crushed the foreskin against the circumcision instrument and then, finally, amputated it. The baby was limp, exhausted, spent." more



Infant Responses During and Following Circumcision
Excerpt from CIRCUMCISION RESOURCE CENTER at www.circumcision.org

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves forcefully separating the foreskin from the glans and then cutting it off. It is typically accomplished with a special clamp device. Over a dozen studies confirm the extreme pain of circumcision. It has been described as “among the most painful [procedures] performed in neonatal medicine.” In one study, researchers concluded that the pain was “severe and persistent.” Investigators reported, “This level of pain would not be tolerated by older patients.”  more

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision: Untold Facts on America's Most Widely Performed-and Most Unnecessary Surgery by Frederick M. Hodges, Paul M., M.D. Fleiss

In the easy-to-read format the What Your Doctor May Not Tell You series is known for, this book explodes the many myths and misinformation about circumcision, which is the most widely performed surgery in the United States today. From information about penile anatomy to the various health risks related to the surgery to debunking all six of the most common arguments doctors use when recommending circumcision, WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT CIRCUMCISION lays out parents' options, and provides a helpful list of questions they should ask before making that very important decision for their baby. 

About the Author
Paul M. Fleiss, M.D. has been a pediatrician for over 35 years. He maintains an active medical practice in Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Note from Shirley: Dr. Fleiss was my son's pediatrician for over 15 years. He is the best! He has authored two other books: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision: Untold Facts on America's Most Widely Performed-and Most Unnecessary Surgery and Your Premature Baby Comes Home. My son was severely brain-injured since birth and passed away at age 21 on 12/31/2000. He was never circumcised.

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Frederick Hodges, D.Phil earned his doctorate in medical history at the University of Oxford. He currently works and conducts research as a medical historian and author, and has published several articles in medical journals. 


Listen to the Experts: Are their spicific medical reasons to circumcise your baby or are you being convinced to perform a very painful genital mutilation on your new born baby for esthetics?  Listen to a live recording of an actual circumcision. Was this your baby?


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What Happens During Circumcision?
A video clip showing part of the circumcision
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General description (with pictures) of the two most-used methods of infant circumcision: the Gomco Clamp and the Plastibell.
 

Circumcision, The Hidden Trauma : How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants and Ultimately Us All by Ronald Goldman

"Any reader may expect to be struck in the early pages by Goldman's effective blend of emotional insight and objective fact, the latter documented throughout the book by hundreds of footnotes. As Goldman continues, he effortlessly distills and integrates decades of research on infants and children. I appreciated his excellent summaries at the end of each chapter. Particularly valuable was the list on page 74 of the many similarities and the few differences between circumcision and female genital mutilation.

Have you ever wondered whether America's high rates of violence may be related to our high circumcision rates? Goldman has done more than wonder; he has extensively researched the possibility, although he is always careful to add cautionary statements that at most, circumcision is one of several factors affecting American men's (and women's) lives. 

Goldman has an impressive ability to continue to generate and synthesize new insights and questions throughout the book. Although circumcision is often done so that the child does not have a different genital status from his father, is it actually the PARENT'S fear of difference which is apparent here. Is it possible that sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is actually infant suicide? Goldman relates circumcision to other problematic American birth practices such as birth with the mother on her back, use of drugs, forceps deliveries, routine episiotomy, and cesarian births. He includes an admirable short section addressing the interrelationship of social problems and noting the possible connection of circumcision trauma to the epidemic divorce rates. Equally unforgettable are sections in which men circumcised as adults speak about their incalculable loss and in which Goldman addresses the disruption of the infant/mother bond.

Goldman concludes his masterful work with a truly stunning series of innovative meditations, each three or four insight-filled pages long. These address 1) the American motivation to circumcise (our lack of awareness is alarming; the use and exclusion of certain words helps to maintain support for circumcision); 2) science and medicine (flawed studies are the rule not the exception, and doctors tend to MEASURE rather than to FEEL pain); 3) ethics and medicine (isn't it the medical profession's responsibility to LEAD rather than FOLLOW community health care standards?; since when does a trained surgeon take the advice of laypeople as to whether he or she should operate?); 4) cultural and social perspectives (we can circumcise our sons because we are so alienated from each other); 5) hope for healing (no matter how "bad" our feelings are, expressing them feels good); 6) preventing future harm (taking action to prevent others from being victimized aids one's own recovery). Goldman closes his book by reminding us that to think that newborn infants can be subjected to circumcision without an impact on them or others ignores the interconnnectedness of all life. When a baby's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe.

Goldman's conclusions and speculations regarding the possible connection of circumcision to high levels of American violence remain compellingly plausible." an amazon.com reviewer

Historical Medical Quotes On Circumcision
In order to get an accurate picture of circumcision, one must not only look at what doctors and parents have to say today, but what they've said in the past - especially WHY they said it, historically. Each section deals with a different issue concerning circumcision; to each of these I've added many quotes to help elaborate.

Questioning Circumcision : A Jewish Perspective by Ronald Goldman

"Having chosen not to circumcise my son, and being an observant Reform Jew, I found Doctor Goldman's book to be incredibly instructional. He opens the door to a thoughtful introspection on the question of circumcision in the Jewish world. A difficult, almost taboo subject, we find that Jews, as a constantly evolving and forever questioning people, need to look circumcision in the face and sincerely question its validity. Circumcision continues to be performed even if there are many reasons for one not to practice it. Goldman's precise examination of circumcision brings us to question not only the Historical and religious aspects of this tradition, but also to look at the medical and sexual facts. Finally, the author exposes the psychological and ethical consequences of such an act. For example: are we ethically entitled to alter the genitals of our infant sons? Have they given us permission to do so? What psychological consequences can circumcision have on these infants? How about their mothers? What do men who were circumcised as adults have to say about the psychological and sexual changes they experienced? A professional and thorought examination, "Questioning Circumcision, a Jewish Perspective" is a brilliant analysis that one will find extremely educational and...easy to read!" an amazon.com reviewer

Complications of circumcision
"Williams and Kapila estimate that a realistic rate of complications from neonatal circumcision ranges from 2% to 10%. To many men who become aware of the function and value of the prepuce, the fact that this genital sensory organ was amputated from them at birth is itself a complication of circumcision; in which case, the actual complication rate is 100%... For males fortunate enough to survive the surgery without immediate complications, there is a growing awareness among men of other delayed, long-term consequences of neonatal circumcision, which are only now beginning to be documented. "


Paul M. Fleiss, MD - "It seems absurd that today we choose to mutilate a significant percentage of our newborn infants. As a young medical student in the 1960s, I learned the technique of performing the surgical procedure of male circumcision. It was not difficult to learn this procedure, and I very rapidly became expert at removing the foreskin from a newborn. I was able to do circumcisions in a very short amount of time -- four or five minutes. I did this at the parents' request, and I was oblivious to the infant's cry. 

Several years later into my pediatrics career, after having performed perhaps a hundred circumcisions, I became aware of the newborn's pain that I had somehow managed to put out of my consciousness. I now know that every baby that I circumcised cried and that I never responded to their pain. I then decided I was on their side; my job was to protect babies, not harm them. It was only then that I began my study of the foreskin, how it is unlike any tissue found elsewhere in the human body and accordingly, has special functions. The doctors and others performing this procedure on newborn babies do not know the pain they are causing nor do they appreciate the functions of that unique bit of tissue." more



A Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain

 "It's about time that this cruel practice was put in its place - in the history books (as far back in the history books as possible). This book goes a long way to helping us find ways to overcome the pressures of conformity and tradition. I can't believe there's still controversy over circumcision - something so obviously wrong that it pains me to think that supposedly intelligent people are still perpetrating this mindless abuse on their own children even as we move forward into the 21st century. To the religion argument: If God wanted men to be circumcised, we'd have been born without a foreskin. To the medical argument: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. When will doctors start practicing what they're taught - "First, do no harm". amazon.com reviewer, Ian Cooper from Boston, MA

The Circumcision Decision: An Overview
Quite a number of famous child care experts and doctors recommend against circumcision in their books. Sheila Kitzinger very emphatically recommends that parents leave their sons intact. Dr. Lendon Smith goes into detail explaining the foreskin’s purposes and giving all the reasons why circumcision should not be performed. Dr. Spock, in his most recent book, stated “I feel that there’s no solid medical evidence at this time to support routine circumcision.” He recommends “leaving the foreskin the way Nature meant it to be.” Penelope Leach also recommends against routine circumcision. 
 

Circumcision: A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery by David L. Gollaher

More than a million infant boys are circumcised every year in America, the highest occurrence of this procedure in the world. Why? Out of sheer cultural habit, concludes David Gollaher in his groundbreaking study.  American medical profession credited circumcision with exaggerated health benefits. Circumcision would eventually turn into a mark of class distinction, and the surgery would become entrenched in modern medical practices, despite scant study of its benefits, dangers, or side effects. Gollaher is to be commended for maintaining an even perspective on a practice that is sure to become increasingly controversial; he allows the research itself to fascinate and illuminate. As expected, there are many unsettling graphic descriptions in this book, but its most horrifying revelation is its most casual: the incontrovertible fact that circumcision remains the least understood--yet most widely practiced--surgery in the United States.

PROTECTION OF MALE INFANTS IN AMERICAN HOSPITALS FROM UNWANTED CIRCUMCISION

"Parents should carefully consider the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of both non-circumcision and circumcision for their son well before the due date. Parents will be given little time at the hospital to make up their minds on a complex matter that will affect their son for all of his life. This file is addressed to the needs of parents who do not wish the surgical procedure of circumcision performed on their son."

There are many reports of boys being circumcised in hospitals in the United States against their parents' wishes.

DOCTORS OPPOSING CIRCUMCISION (D.O.C.)
"D.O.C. is an organization of physicians, and others who are opposed to routine neonatal circumcision. D.O.C. has members in 50 States, 10 Canadian Provinces and 2 Territories, and several other countries. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They also believe that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn."

What you Need to Know about Anesthesia and Pain from Circumcision 
by Mary G. Ray

Many parents believe their child can be protected against the pain of circumcision through the use of anesthesia, but there is no pain control method that is 100 percent effective. All infants suffer during and after the procedure. There are risks from anesthesia and there are risks if anesthesia is not used. If a baby is left intact, he is not subjected to any of these risks. 

Infants Feel and Remember Circumcision Pain
Study, led by Dr. Gideon Koren, head of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at HSC and a Professor of Paediatrics, Pharmacology, and Medicine at the University of Toronto, are reported in the March 1 issue of the British medical journal Lancet. 

Circumcision Facts On-Line
Most have been told that circumcision does not cause any harm to the male. A good majority of males and females have little idea of the benefits afforded by the penis and the consequences of surgical alterations to it. This is a must read for both men (intact or circumcised) and women.
 

Why Doctors will Stop Performing Circumcisions
"Already, an ever­growing number of physicians are opposed to routine neonatal circumcision. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They recognize that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn."

RESPECT YOUR SON'S BODY, HIS FEELINGS AND HIS HUMAN RIGHTS! THE ONLY CARE THE INTACT PENIS NEEDS IS TO WASH THE OUTSIDE.  DO NOT FORCIBLY RETRACT THE FORESKIN! UNEDUCATED HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONALS MAY ATTEMPT THIS! SAY NO! Learn about the Physical Risk of Circumcision and the Myths About Circumcision


Articles on circumcision
from the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)

Mothers Against Circumcision. org
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CIRCUMCISION RESOURCE CENTER - A nonprofit educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of circumcision. The Center is a valuable source of circumcision information for parents and children's advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; and all others who wish to learn more.

Circumcision Reference Library The Library is an online collection of abstracts, full text articles, and other material relating to male circumcision. 

Circumcision Information Resource Centre - a non-profit organization in Canada that provides information about non-religious infant circumcision, the medical controversy, ethical considerations, the anatomy of the prepuce, and much more. 

Circumcision - The Basic Facts - From NOCIRC of Ohio, a site for new parents featuring information about circumcision. 

Doctors Opposing Circumcision - An organization of physicians and others who recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual, and that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn.

In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child - Possibly the most powerful source of information about the damage caused by circumcision available on the internet. Be forewarned that there are some extremely graphic and disturbing images at this site.

Intact - Intact is a Canadian organization whose purpose is to end non-therapeutic male infant circumcision. Intact works to this end through increased public awareness, legislation, and litigation. Intact also seeks to have male infant circumcision internationally recognized as a human rights violation.

Intactivism - From New Zealand, an excellent site concerning the work of abolishing involuntary genital modification. 

Mothers Against Circumcision- A non-profit organization for parents opposed to circumcision.

NOCIRC - The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers. NOCIRC is a non-profit educational organization that has one of the largest collections of information about circumcision in the world.

NOHARMM - The National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males, a non-profit, educational and direct-action men's network organized against circumcision of healthy male infants and children.

Stop Infant Circumcision International - Info on stopping circumcision and Genital Integrity Awareness Week, the first week in April.

Tu parles d'une peau! - This French-language site explains the consequences of circumcision, and also features photographs and instruction in basic foreskin restoration techniques. 



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The FDA - Who Do They Really Protect?  by James DeMeo, Ph.D.
Anti-Constitutional Activities and Abuse of Police Power by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other Federal Agencies 

If your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated by psychiatry, immediate action must be taken. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) stands ready to assist you. They do not give medical or legal advice but they can help you in how and where to file a complaint against psychiatric abuse. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to exposing and eradicating criminal acts and human rights abuses by psychiatry.

"The drugging of children has gotten so out of hand that America is waking up to this. This is a national catastrophe. I'm seeing children who are normal who are on five psychiatric drugs."Peter R. Breggin, M.D. Director, International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology

Treating mental disorders as chemical imbalances to be corrected primarily by chemical intervention is, claims Dr. Breggin, an outrageous hazard to health, damaging the brains of a high percentage of those subjected to it. Breggin notes that the medical training of today's biopsychiatrists ill-equips them for any other approach: They are taught to make diagnoses and prescribe medical treatments; their communication skills are undeveloped, and they know little about the art of listening to patients' problems. Their penchant for prescribing drugs, according to Breggin, is encouraged by a too-cozy relationship between the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry, which generously funds research into the biochemical and genetic basis of mental disorders, and whose claims for its products are insufficiently scrutinized by either the FDA or the medical profession. Issuing a passionate, much-needed wake-up call for everyone who plays a part in America's ever-increasing dependence on harmful psychiatric drugs, a psychiatrist breaks through the hype and false promises surrounding the "New Psychiatry" and shows how potentially dangerous, even brain-damaging, many of its drugs and treatments are.

Dr. Dineen spent nearly 20 years as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Ontario. In the mid-1990s, she packed it in. As she put it in an interview: "I couldn't maintain my integrity in a profession that is almost devoid of integrity. This book (Manufacturing Victims) is my apology for decades of biting my lip about the pernicious effects psychologists are having on individuals and society." "Psychology is an influential and accepted force in our culture. It has become a kind of industry that generates a great deal of money for its practitioners -- sometimes at the expense of the patient. Manufacturing Victims: What The Psychology Industry Is Doing To People describes the various types of psychological techniques and assumptions that create and cater to "victims", often to the damage of the patient, the division of families, the distortion of justice, the destruction of businesses, and the weakening of the nation." Dr Tana Dineen Ph.D.


Nutrition for Children and Babies
There are many serious consequences of generation after generation having diets deficient in an element essential for normal development of the nervous system. In 1996, Laura J. Stevens, of the Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, and co-investigators published an extremely important paper in Physiology and Behavior. 

Healthier Food Programs Mean Healthier Students
By Pamela Wunder 

The politics surrounding nutrition and disease prevention became self-evident in 1977, in the last-minute rush before summer recess, when members of the Carter' House and Senate were pounding out the farm bill. It was unusual in that it read, "Congress hereby finds that there is increasing evidence of a relationship between diet and many of the leading causes of death in the United States; that improved nutrition is an integral component of preventative health care; that there is a serious need for research on the chronic effects of diet and degenerative diseases and related disorders..." 

The proceedings included a comprehensive overview of the American diet and recommended changes to improve health. The report was the work of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs and 200 scientists who reported that ten of the leading causes of death in the U.S. -heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure-stroke, cerebrovascular disease, cirrhosis of the liver and several types of cancer-had been linked to diet. The Surgeon General's report "Healthy People" stated that diet is the single most important factor in the rise of degenerative illness. 

The American diet has radically changed in the last fifty years, so that now over one-half of the foods we consume are processed, high in fat, sugar, salt and chemical additives. Because the concentration of corporate power and wealth in this country is great, scientific evidence is often ignored or hidden because of strong pressures from groups with vested interests. Advertising is profitable and very influential. A great deal of what the consumer learns about food is exactly what the advertiser wants him/her to know. People are persuaded to think "food" is "nutrition" no matter what it is or how it is prepared. 

For countless generations humanity thrived on whole natural foods. Our present food supply is depleted and processed with over 4,000 preservatives, chemicals and additives, none properly tested for their long-term effects or combined interactions. Medical statistics are alarming. The nation's health bill will hit 3.2 trillion dollars this year. Money not well spent when you consider that much of it is for degenerative diseases that could be prevented through improved nutrition!

In the early 1980s, funding cuts by the Reagan administration seriously crippled national nutrition education programs previously established in the schools. The goals of these programs stated that the nutrition of the nation's children should be of the highest priority. Evaluations revealed that they had had very positive effects on children's nutrition-related knowledge and attitudes toward food. Some districts experienced such dramatic budget cuts that they had to discontinue school lunch programs, which for many children provided the sole nutritious meal of the day. The food service departments operated as self-sustaining enterprises, but federal and state politics made it difficult for them to survive. They had to decrease their services, compete with off campus concessions and often resort to selling junk foods in order to balance their budgets. Thus, gradually, fast-food corporations began to infiltrate the vast and profitable network of our school systems. 

Through conscious effort and the persistence of many, today there are numerous innovative projects unfolding in our school systems, which have positive implications for creating rewarding changes. 

In Ashland, Oregon the high school decided it needed to make some changes and opened the door to alternatives. They chose to work with The Earth Save Healthy School Lunch Programs, which offered a different approach of natural choices, and plant based foods, so children could experience a variety of options. Then, school officials along with the community, parents, students and food personnel met with food management companies and local growers to decide what to do. The young people made many of the decisions. A local bakery supplied fresh whole grain breads; vegan lunches were offered; they created a soup and salad bar. Marriott, their food purveyor, became so interested; they started providing vegan burritos, vegetarian lasagna and alternatives to milk and dairy for children with allergies. Educational materials were sent home with students to share with their parents. The youth jointly decided that they did not want junk food or fast-food businesses in their schools.

In Sacramento, California the Public Health Institute concerned about the record level of obesity in young people in California commissioned the 2000 California High School Fast Food Survey. It is the first study in the state to research fast foods on California high school campuses and student access to healthy foods at school. The survey was distributed to all of the 323 district-level public school food service directors who have high schools in their districts. Of the responding districts, 95% reported selling fast foods. The survey revealed that an overwhelming majority of districts (72%) allow fast food and beverage advertising on campus.

Resulting recommendations included the need to:

  • Offer students more healthy foods that are as convenient, inexpensive and appealing as high-fat fast foods.
  • Explore new opportunities to generate support and revenue that are not based on the sale of unhealthy foods. 
  • Examine the use of schools as a channel for food and beverage company promotions. 
  • Involve students in choosing the healthy foods available in their schools through taste tests, surveys and classroom activities. 
  • Investigate the reasons that students do not participate in the National School Lunch Program and develop strategies to encourage them to do so. 
  • Hold forums that inform students, parents, decision-makers and the community about the effect of high-fat fast food on health. 
  • Promote the link between a nutritious diet and learning. 

One model program, which is currently operating in 30 California high schools, is Project LEAN's (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) Food on the Run campaign. The program prepares teen leaders to promote healthy eating and physical activity on their campuses. In addition to helping educate their peers to make wise nutritional choices, teen advocates have successfully worked with administrators and food service directors to make menu changes, lower the fat in recipes and add healthier items to school menus. Most recently, Food on the Run unveiled "The Simple Solution to the Energy Problem," a teen-targeted media campaign promoting better eating and physical activity behaviors. Additionally, the program has lesson plans, brochures and tip sheets for use with high school students.

Berkeley, California a three-year study is underway to document how good school performance is directly related to having a good breakfast (the Universal Breakfast Pilot Program). It is now widely believed that nutritional deficiencies significantly contribute to hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders. As school attendance is up and tardiness is down, the program pays for its self.

The Berkeley school district is also involved in the Center for Eco Literacy. It is one of four Food Systems Projects in the U.S. that links farms to schools in order to provide fresh quality foods from local farmers. Supporting the "urban fringe farmer," this project connects the institutional buying power of government on a local scale. Before, large institutional markets were closed to local farmers because quantity, processing and lowest dollar amounts prevailed. Presently, it has become apparent that local farms are the most logical place to create mutually rewarding "systems benefit" relationships for children, communities and farms.

To put these measures into place, the Berkeley School District needed to create a district policy. Their committee met regularly to share perspectives and map out a plan. A main objective was to ensure that no child goes hungry. Because many scientific studies directly relate learning ability to nutrition the committee understood that nutrient needs, as well as caloric, must be met. A cost-effective budget was established as well as a plan to work with the food service departments, in order to create menus that gave students a consistent experience from the classroom to the lunchroom. It became a vital process that brought school meal decisions back to the community and took the authority away from the corporations. In addition, junk food vending machines were removed from the schools in the district.

This pilot program also offers special hands on education. Eleven of fifteen schools have gardens in which the children participate. These activities become meaningful events in the lives of many youngsters and help to restore the "link" to nature-they grow, harvest and eat the food themselves. They experience the whole process, so that when they are served new foods in the lunchroom, they are more likely to eat and enjoy them. The gardens and the cafeterias become complementary endeavors. The School Lunch Programs are designed to be consistent with what is taught in the classroom with the objective of offering children healthy, great tasting options, so that they get hooked on "good" foods at an early age.

Credible scientific studies continue to link brain chemistry, attention deficit and behavioral disorders, weakened immune systems, obesity and many chronic degenerative diseases to refined, processed and depleted foods. Education concerning these matters becomes a fundamental key. Conscious food choices make common sense, for good nutrition is directly reflected in health and happiness. Better food choices in our schools mean healthier generations to come.

Pamela Wunder, M.A, lives in Northern California. She is Nutrition Education and Disease Prevention Specialization author of The Tale of the Kingdom

The Tale of the Kingdom is a story about issues concerning our health.  It deals with the importance of being accountable to ourselves and our posterity. Chronic degenerative diseases have become pandemic in our society, and there is much confusion in the marketplace. Many Americans suffer from the effects of inadequate diets, not because they are too poor to buy proper food, but because they do not know what to buy.  Therefore, it is critical that we cultivate awareness and focus on disease prevention. We must empower ourselves to make informed decisions, so that the natural flow of the free enterprise system will work for the inherent good of all. 

This book was designed as a tool to help fill the “information gap” which currently exists, and to assist greater numbers of people in realizing their personal power to consciously create their lives.  As millions of Americans do not have health insurance, it is prudent and wise to focus on preventing disease by building healthy bodies and strong immune systems, for it is painless, extremely cost effective and much more fun!  EDUCATION IS THE KEY!

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Transfer Factor in Pediatrics

David Markowitz, M.D. -  a general pediatrician for more than 20 years. and a pediatrician in Kennebunk, Maine with a patient base of 4,500 children, is conducting an ongoing retrospective study of patients who are consuming transfer factors."I have now completed a retrospective study comparing children in our practice who did not use transfer factors during the same period. 87 children, age 8 months through 9 years, used transfer factors. We found 74% less reported illness and 84% less reported use of antibiotics. " Thousands of testimonies reinforce these results! transfer factors enhances the immune system. The immune system is the key.

"A 17-month-old toddler come to the pediatric office with a complaint of three days of fever, poor sleeping and poor feeding, associated with a week's congestion and cough. He is diagnosed as having his fifth ear infection in 5 months and is sent home on this fifth 5-10 day course of antibiotics and anti-cough and cold medication. This time, he doesn't tolerate his meds well, with multiple diarrhea stools, a yeast dermatitis, and a hive-like rash, necessitating a change in antibiotics, bowel rest, and an antihistamine for his hives. Three days later, and five days out of Daycare, with parents missing four days of work, our little patient is finally better. Consumption of transfer factors is started by his parents (out of pure frustration and worry) at low daily dosing (1 cap/day). Two weeks later, he arrives at our office with a cold, but nothing more. Three months later, we see him for a well child visit, with amazed and delighted parents. A year later, another well child visit and no reported illnesses. This is an everyday occurrence in our Pediatric office… This is the real power of the immune boosting with transfer factors, and we have now seen this for two full consecutive "sick seasons" in this General Pediatric office."

"A newborn with a serious cold took transfer factors through pumped breast milk and recovered in 3 days."

''As a practicing pediatrician, I actively use transfer factors in my practice and look forward to drastic decreases in the number of colds and their complications and middle ear infections that are so common. Of the approximately 70 kids under my care and taking transfer factors, only one has been back that required antibiotics."

"...I find that children in my care are thriving with transfer factors. I have seen success with middle ear infections, upper respiratory infections and several other repeated infections."

David Markowitz, MD - Dr. Markowitz is a pediatrician in Kennebunk, ME with a patient base of 4,500 children and has served as the Senior Pediatrician in a Private Pediatric Practice for 19 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rochester in New York. He received his medical degree, general Pediatric training, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.

"I recommended 4Life transfer factors to the mother of an autistic 5-year-old. She says there is a 300% improvement over the last 2.5 months."

"A child in my care with a type of muscular dystrophy had a serious bout with Bronchitis, 72 hours on transfer factors cleared her breathing pathway completely."

Transfer factors clinical studies by pediatrician David Markowitz, M.D. shows 84% reduction of antibiotics in control group of children using Transfer Factor