Infant Circumcision – A Medical Ritual that Needs to End Now by Jeanice Barcello

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Infant circumcision is a heated topic in America, with a growing number of parents now choosing to keep their sons intact.1 Those who have become privy to the harm this elective procedure can cause know that no respectable medical association in the world recommends routine infant circumcision.2 3 4 5 In fact, medical societies in Australia, New Zealand and the UK have acknowledged the harm.6   The overwhelming majority of males on Earth (about 80%)7 are NOT circumcised, and yet, as of 2010, approximately 3,000 American infants per day were subjected to this extremely traumatic, brain damaging8 9 surgery—performed 96% of the time in the U.S. with no pain relief whatsoever.10 11  According to Dr. Robert Van Howe,

“Circumcision results in not only severe pain but also an increased risk of choking and difficulty breathing. Medical studies show significant increases in heart rate and level of blood stress hormone. Some infants do not cry because they go into shock from the overwhelming pain of the surgery.”

Approximately one baby dies every other day in the U.S.13 as a result of routine infant circumcision—a procedure that has no therapeutic value whatsoever14 15 16 17 18, despite the lies being promoted by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the mainstream media19. In addition to the deaths that are directly attributed to circumcision, there are “hidden” deaths typically blamed on “SIDS” (sudden infant death syndrome) but caused by blood loss20 21, brain damage22 23, and heart failure24, all triggered by the torturous trauma of circumcision performed at the hands of medical doctors.

In American hospitals today, infants less than 48 hours old are strapped to torture boards called circumstraints where their arms and legs are fully restrained while a medical doctor shoves sharp metal probes into their penises and uses razor sharp, pointy instruments to rip the foreskin away from the glans of the penis (similar to ripping a fingernail off a finger) so it can be systematically cut off for no medical reason whatsoever25 26 27 .

Foreskins are then sold to cosmetic companies28 so that women can rub them into their faces to become “more youthful,”29 or to pharmaceutical companies for use in the development of vaccines.30

Circumcision interferes with basic trust31 and undermines mother-child bonding32 33. It can lead to relationship difficulties later in life as circumcised men may harbor unresolved feelings of rage, betrayal, abandonment, rejection, and grief as a result of their parents willingly handing them over for this permanently life-altering, genital surgery.

Circumcision has been linked to a variety of neurological34 and psychological problems including alexithymia35 (difficulty recognizing, processing, and regulating emotions), permanent brain damage36, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)37, repressed or uncontrollable anger, aggressiveness and/or withdrawal38 suicidal impulses39, depression, poor body image, low self-esteem40, and more.

Circumcised men may suffer from sexual problems in adulthood including orgasm difficulties41, premature ejaculation42, erectile dysfunction43 and a tendency to dissociate during intimacy or emotionally distance themselves from their partners.44  The partners of circumcised men may also suffer painful intercourse45 due to an unnatural drying of the vagina (thanks to the exposed rim of the circumcised penis). Women may also suffer pain when engaging in sexual relations with men whose penis is curved or bent due to a botched circumcision. Botched circumcisions are increasingly common in the U.S., with the rate of “revision” circumcisions escalating every year.

The rate of revision procedures increased in a near-linear manner over the period reviewed, starting with a 17% rise from 2004 to 2005 and then to 47% for 2006, 71% for 2007, 91% for 2008, and 119% for 2009.

Circumcision involves the removal of a normal, healthy part of the body that is intimately connected to human love and human bonding. The fact that parents have allowed this to happen is a function of mind control. It is time to break free from the spell. Our sons have a right to bodily integrity and a right to be healthy, happy, and whole. Ritual sexual abuse in infancy has no place in a moral society. Let’s put an end to this madness now.

Jeanice Barcelo is the author of Birth Trauma and the Dark Side of Modern Medicine and the recently released book, The Dark Side of Prenatal Ultrasound. To learn more about Jeanice’s work, please visit


1. R. Konrad, Circumcision rates continue to drop in U.S., Seattle Times, Jun 19, 2007.

2. Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D., Circumcision Ethics and Economics, Psychology Today, Sep 25, 2011, 

3. Circumcision Policies of Other Medical Organizations, Circumcision Resource Center, 

4. Royal Dutch Medical Association, Non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors (2010), 

5. National Health Service, Circumcision, NHS Choices.

6. Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., How Male Circumcision Harms Women, Circumcision Resource Center. 

7. Ibid.

8. Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., How Male Circumcision Harms Women, Circumcision Resource Center.

9. Robert Clover Johnson, The Impact of Neonatal Circumcision: Implications for Doctors of Men’s Experiences In Regressive Therapy, Published in Denniston, George C., et al., Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice, Springer Science and Business Media, 2010 (pp. 149-166)

10. Infant Circumcision with Anesthesia: Does It Really Help the Pain? The Whole Network, Aug 20, 2011,

11. Pain of circumcision and pain control, Circumcision Information and Resources Page.

12. N. Elsoudani, Circumcision Harms Women, Stop Circumcision, Sep 19, 2016.

13. Just a harmless snip?  100+ circumcision deaths each year in United States, Circumcision Information Australia, citing D. Bollinger, Lost Boys:  An Estimate of U.S. Circumcision-Related Infant Deaths THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, Spring 2010, Vol. 4(1): 78-90.

14. Robert Predit, Circumcision Doesn’t Lessen HIV Transmission, ABC News, Jul 18, 2009. quoting Maria J. Wawer, et al., Circumcision in HIV-infected men and its effect on HIV transmission to female partners in Rakai, Uganda: a randomised controlled trial, The Lancet, Vol. 374(9685): 229–237.

15. Shamiso Yikoniko, HIV infection rate higher on circumcised men, Jul 8, 2012.    Original post no longer accessible but can be seen in full at  

16. U.S. Navy Finds That Circumcision Does Not Prevent HIV or STIs, The Whole Network, Oct 25, 2011.  citing Thomas AG, Bakhireva et al., Prevalence of male circumcision and its association with HIV and sexually transmitted infections in a U.S. navy population, Int Conf AIDS. 2004 Jul 11-16; 15: abstract no. TuPeC4861. Naval Health Research Center, DHAPP, San Diego, CA, United States.

17. See Circumcision and HIV for a list of resources and studies that show circumcision does not prevent HIV.

18. R.S. Van Howe, Does circumcision influence sexually transmitted diseases?:  A literature review, BJU International, Jan 1999, Vol 83, Supp 1:  pp. 52-62.

19. See my book for a detailed analysis of the lies from the AMA, AAP, and the mainstream media about circumcision.  J. Barcelo, Birth Trauma and the Dark Side of Modern Medicine, 2015.

20. E. Elhaik, Neonatal circumcision could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies – new research, Medical Xpress, Jan 11, 2019.

21. Death Follows Circumcision In California,, Mar 9, 2013.

22. Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, N.Y. mayor must outlaw dangerous circumcision rite before another baby dies,, Dec 31, 2014.

23. 5-Month-Old Baby Suffers Heart Attack During Circumcision At Home, Nosy Guy Youtube channel, Mar 24, 2019.

24. Baby Dies after Circumcision Surgery Blood Loss and Heart Failure,, Oct. 2010.

25. Rodriguez-Diaz CE, et al., More than Foreskin: Circumcision Status, History of HIV/STI, and Sexual Risk in a Clinic-Based Sample of Men in Puerto Rico, J Sex Med. Aug 15m 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

26. Shamiso Yikoniko, HIV infection rate higher on circumcised men, Jul 8, 2012.  Original post no longer accessible but can be seen in full here:

27. U.S. Navy Finds That Circumcision Does Not Prevent HIV or STIs The Whole Network, Oct 25, 2011. citing Thomas AG, Bakhireva et al., Prevalence of male circumcision and its association with HIV and sexually transmitted infections in a U.S. navy population, Int Conf AIDS. 2004 Jul 11-16; 15: abstract no. TuPeC4861. Naval Health Research Center, DHAPP, San Diego, CA, United States.

28. Human Foreskins are Big Business for Cosmetics, The Data Lounge, Aug 10, 2011.

29. Dr. Eowyn, Oprah and the skincream made from foreskins, Fellowship of the Minds, Jan 27, 2013,

30. Augustina Ursino, Baby Foreskin Is Being Used To Make Vaccines, Health Impact News,

31. Dr. Rima Laibow, Circumcision and its Relationship to Attachment Impairment,  In Syllabus of Abstracts, Second International Symposium on Circumcision, April 30-May 3, 1991, San Francisco, 14, as quoted at:

32.0Elena Tonetti Vladimirova and Marilyn Milos, Circumcision,, September 20, 2005.

33. Ronald Goldman, Circumcision: A Source of Jewish Pain, Jewish Circumcision Resource Center, originally published in Jewish Spectator, Fall, 1997, pages 16-20,, citing Rosemary Romberg, Circumcision:  The Painful Dilemma, Chapter 17C,

34. Circumcision Causes Brain Damage,, citing Dr. Paul D. Tinari Ph.D., Brain Visualization Research during Male Infant Circumcision, and numerous studies outlined at Male neonatal circumcision trauma and brain damage,

35. Dan Bollinger, et al., Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation, International Journal of Men’s Health, July 2011, Vol 10(2): 184-195.

36. Dr. Paul D. Tinari, Ph.D., MRI Studies: The Brain Permanently Altered From Infant Circumcision, as quoted on the Peaceful Parenting blog, Oct 26, 2009,

37. Gregory J. Boyle, et al., Male Circumcision:  Pain, Trauma and Psychosexual Sequelae, Men’s Health, May 1, 2001, Vol. 7(3),

38. R. Goldman, The psychological impact of circumcision, BJU Internationali, Jan 1, 1989, Vol 83, Supp 1:  93-102.

39. Ibid.

40. Ibid.

41. Circumcised men have more orgasm trouble, Love Matters, Sep 21, 2011.

42. Wei Shuong Tang MMed and Ee Ming Khoo M.D., Prevalence and Correlates of Premature Ejaculation in a Primary Care Setting: A Preliminary Cross-Sectional Study, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Jul 2011, Vol 8(7): 2071–2078.

43. Does Circumcision Cause Erectile Dysfunction?,, Aug 8, 2011. citing Dan Bollinger, et al., Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation, International Journal of Men’s Health, July 2011, Vol 10(2): 184-195.

44. D.F. Narvaez, PhD, Circumcision’s Psychological Damage, Psychology Today, Jan 11, 2015.

45. Niels Ebdrup, Male circumcision leads to a bad sex life, ScienceNordic, Nov 14, 2011.

46. Charles Bankhead, AAP: Need to Re-Do Circumcision Rises, Reasons Unclear,, October 17, 2011.

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