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The Measles Scare and CDC Politics

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

This article does not represent the views of The Jewish Press.

At the instigation of the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a number of prominent Jewish pediatricians have stepped forward to warn the Jewish community that they must immediately subject their children to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) 3-in-1 combination vaccine.

The reason given is that there have been a number of measles cases in the Jewish community, and, therefore, parents must immediately protect their children.

I propose to give an alternative view, based on five years of research into the vaccine industry and the practices of the DOHMH and the CDC.

With all due respect to the fine pediatricians in our community who do their best to care for our young children, I strongly differ with their statement that “there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccination causes mental or physical damage to children.”

I have personally advised all members of my family to postpone all vaccinations until at least two years of age, and then to selectively give single shots only, not combinations of 3-in-1, 4-in-1, or 5-in-1. That means no MMR and no DPT.

As a public service to the Jewish community, I would like to present the results of my investigations, in an attempt to introduce some measure of balance into the frenzied push for unlimited vaccinations to every child, regardless of their health condition.

THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ATTACKS THE MOHELS

As a member of the Bris Milah Anti-Defamation League, I have found it necessary to research the operations NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in connection with their accusations that Traditional Bris Milah has caused injury, and even death, to Jewish children.

Because most people assume that the CDC is a completely professional organization which is beyond politics, their attacks on Bris Milah have, unfortunately, struck fear and uncertainty among many of our fine Jewish mothers.

In Washington, D.C., there is a joke that the government follows the “Golden Rule”—“He who has the gold, makes the rules.” Thousands of well-heeled lobbyists spend fortunes to influence and even write the legislation that comes out of Washington.

The pharmaceutical industry, which manufactures all the vaccines, is one of the most well-heeled players in Washington. They can pretty much get anything they want from the Congress.

During the 1980’s, the vaccine industry succeeded in passing a law that made it impossible for vaccine-injured children to sue the vaccine manufacturers. Instead, the Government set up a “Vaccine Court” to hear cases and pay compensation from Federal Government taxpayer money.

Billions of dollars have been paid out for serious vaccine injuries, ranging from paralysis to mental retardation and, yes—Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The information is available on a special database maintained by the CDC, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).

Reb Avrohom “Romi” Cohn, an experienced Mohel who has performed over 35,000 Bris Milahs without even a single problem, told me that he just heard of a mother in Queens who was so terrorized by the NYC Department of Health’s fear-mongering campaign that she locked the door to her room and refused to allow her child to be taken to his Bris Milah, saying “I don’t want my baby to be killed.”

CDC, A HEAVILY-POLITICIZED ORGANIZATION

Unlike the general impression, the CDC is a heavily-politicized organization, as bad or worse than the IRS (at least the IRS doesn’t kill you).

The CDC and the DOHMH are, basically, one and the same. They share the same people in important positions.

The current Director of the CDC is none other than Thomas Frieden, the very same person who started the inquisition against Bris Milah when he was the Commissioner of DOHMH under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Susan Blank, the NYC Assistant Health Commissioner, who conducted the Bris Milah inquisition against Rabbis and parents, also works for the CDC and was Chairwoman of the 2012 AAP Task force on Circumcision.

So, here you have a person, Susan Blank, who single-handedly controls circumcision policy at the CDC, the NYC Department of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Imagine, a single woman has the power to create a blood libel against hundreds of Mohels in our community, despite the fact that they have a safety record that is universally—if grudgingly—acknowledged to be superior to the safety record of any surgeon practicing in New York city’s hospitals.

Molestation Cases Must Be Handled by G’dolim, Not by ‘Experts’

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Note from the editor:

Rabbi William Handler is member of The Bris Milah Anti-Defamation League, which endorses metzitzah b’peh. He was also a supporter of Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Weingarten, convicted of molesting his daughter. I’m mentioning these two facts up front, so that they not become the topic of discussion by our readers. Rabbi Handler probably has very little in common with our Zionist, pro-Israel editorial policy, nor does he probably endorse our view that the Internet can be used sanely by educated religious Jews. Yet, when he sent us the following article for publication, I was struck by one important argument he is making which we, as a religious community, should debate:

Do we want the City and State child welfare authorities, as well as the City and State legal systems, to be automatically in charge of cases of child abuse in our community? Rabbi Handler says we don’t—and tries to argue in favor of turning to Gdolei Yisroel to supervise and even try these cases.

Personally, I don’t believe the author is making a successful argument, in light of the colossal failure of our religious leaders to respond, much less supervise and try, in one abuse case after another. But, those failures aside, is Rabbi Handler wrong in proposing that when we invite the secular authorities into our community, we’re doing this to our own detriment? Should we accept that our Gedolim simply will not measure up to this challenge?

We’d like to publish your views on this issue, which has been dividing our community.

I want to warn our Orthodox Jewish community of a new danger: the existence of a clique of pseudo-experts who are working among us in the field of “Criminal Molestation.”

These “experts”—self-styled “helping professionals”— are actively seeking-out people whom they believe to be “molesters,” with the goal of turning them over to the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

This is an enterprise fraught with the most serious dangers for our community.

Anyone can make an accusation of “molestation.” There are usually no witnesses.

So how can anyone determine whether the accusers are telling the truth or making the whole thing up?

Well, say the “experts,” we should assume that the accusation is true, because it’s highly improbable that anyone would make up such a grotesque story; and, in the unlikely event that someone did make up such a story, the “experts” in the district attorney’s office know how to question the accusers to make sure they aren’t lying.

Now, since the whole enterprise revolves around the ehrlichkeit (honesty) of the accusers and the honesty and skill of the district attorney, it is reasonable to ask a couple of poignant questions:

1. Is the accuser really telling the truth, or is he a skilled liar, who seeks to settle a score with the accused, gain custody of children in a divorce case, or just plain do harm to someone for any reason at all?

2. Do prosecutors always do their job properly; do they always seek justice?

Those of you who have followed the Sholom Rubashkin case closely, know that prosecutors don’t necessarily care about the truth—often, their actions are based on political considerations, or they just want to show another successful conviction on their resume, and they’re willing to get it by any means necessary, legitimate or otherwise.

Those of you who may have had the occasion to get entangled with NY City’s ACS/DCP (Administration for Children’s Services / Division of Child Protection) will understand what I mean when I speak of the dangers of getting entangled in a Kafkaesque government bureaucracy.

Perhaps your baby spilled some hot tea on his hand and got a serious burn. You call Hatzoloh, and the ambulance speeds your screaming child to the hospital emergency room. (NOTE: this is a true story, it happened exactly as I’m describing it)

Before your child is even treated for his condition, and while he is still screaming in pain, the emergency room staff will insist that you submit to an interview with a social worker, who will try to determine whether you were guilty of child neglect.

This procedure is mandated by City law. As “mandated reporters,” emergency room staff are required to report any suspicious indications of child neglect or abuse (as are other government licensed professionals, like psychiatrists and doctors).

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