How Is The Brain Affected By Circumcision?

Way back, over twenty years ago, my mentor Rudi Verspoor, Dean of the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst, asked me why I thought women suffered so much anger? Ten years later, I fashioned that poignant question into a book, Unfolding The Essential Self: From Rage to Orgastic Potency

I’d like to take a moment and acknowledge where the unresolved rage for men often first stems from; genital mutilation. Years ago, in 2015, I penned an article where rabbinical sources denounced the actual practice of circumcision as cruel and as actually going against commandments illustrated in the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible). 

At the time, I had searched and searched for more ‘medical’ proof that circumcision is harmful to baby boys. I wanted to help illuminate such unethical, barbaric practices for our infants. I wanted men to have their whole, full, orgastic potency intact for the realization of their essential selves, the monty of their power, intuition and creative selves, under the dominion of the source that landed them here. Perhaps you refer to this being as, ‘God’.

The other day, I was scrolling through Instagram and, lo and behold, I tripped over this quote on, Your Whole Baby: A Community for Learning. It was precisely what I’d suspected, but didn’t have the data to help back up my premise. Now, I do:

“It was my idea to use fMRI and/or PET scanning to directly observe the effects of circumcision on the infant brain.

Analysis of the MRI data indicated that the surgery subjected the infant to significant trauma. The greatest changes occurred in the limbic system concentrating in the amygdala, and in the frontal and temporal lobes.

A neurologist who saw the results postulated that the data indicated that circumcision affected most intensely the portions of the victim’s brain associated with reasoning, perception, and emotions. [my bolding]

Follow up tests on the infant one day, one week, and one month after the surgery indicated that the child’s brain never returned to its baseline configuration. In other words, the evidence generated by this research indicated that the brain of the circumcised infant was permanently changed by the surgery. [my bolding]” — Paul D. Tinari, PhD 

Is it time to stop mutilating our baby boys? Can other cultures also start leaving baby girls intact? Can we stop compromising our sexuality and scrap harmful episiotomies (a whole other blog to be written)? Can we stop compromising all humans with regards to their sexuality with clearly traumatic medieval-like procedures?  I say that we give it an ethical whirl and see what our next generation looks like instead. Perhaps they don’t experience the trauma of false authority barbarically cutting their genitals to begin with.


One thought on “How Is The Brain Affected By Circumcision?

  1. Sylvia

    For you to blame this practice and say that is alters the brain in a negative way is very short-sighted (you sound like you’re on a mission or maybe feel easily castrated?). There are so many other factors involved in the development of the brain that it is impossible to narrow it down to one practice. Science has realized that circumcision can prevent cancer of the penis. It is also imperative that a man clean his penis in order to avoid any infection transmitted to the woman because the smegma can harbor bacteria if not properly cleansed often. Childbirth in itself is a traumatic experience to begin with. What’s to say that this isn’t the cause of trauma in the brain. Why not practice circumsision under local anesthesia? My husband was circumcized at birth (common practice in the 60’s for all boys) and he is the most intelligent, successful, calm, and zen person I’ve seen. Scientifically, something must be reproducable in order to be valid. And by the way, women in Africa that had their clitoris removed was to ensure that these ladies would never go with other men other than their husbands, another way for men not to feel castrated.

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