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it keeps bugging me...re: Dr. Sears

post #1 of 49
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I remember few months ago I've learned (from this forum) that Dr. Sears does circ. I have to admit I was very much shocked and disgusted. I mean, the guy KNOWS that circ is BAD and yet, he still does them. Few months later it still bugs me a LOT!
Do you think we should write him asking to stop performing this mutilative surgery and join DOC?
post #2 of 49
Do you mean that he performs circs for patients or that his own kids are circed?
post #3 of 49
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Originally Posted by My*Scorpio View Post
Do you mean that he performs circs for patients or that his own kids are circed?
he is circ-ing babies (patients). If I remember correctly, he wrote something along the lines that it's a human right to have anesthesia during circ and that HE (Dr. Sears) have been performing THOUSANDS of circ with anesthesia very successfully.

Isn't it a human right to have a WHOLE BODY instead of anesthesia during a damaging cosmetic surgery??? :::

SHAME ON HIM! "DO NO HARM" my a$$ :
post #4 of 49
I do think its very two faced to say no, dont do this, and then do it himself. I would hope that at least he very much discourages his patients parents.

However, I could almost see wanting to do it yourself if the parents were determined. As the circ'er, he could be sure they are getting anesthesia, that its working well before its done, perhaps do a very *lose* circumcision....I dunno, I know I couldnt do it ever myself, but even I recommended a mohel to my friend because its so much faster and he did a very very lose circ (he doesnt even seperate the glans and the foreskin-he pulls the lose skin forward and cuts the excess off and tells parents not to pull it back until it will on its own...definately still a painful and unecessary surgery but at least its a little better I guess). She didnt listen and did the gomco crap in a doctors office with no pain meds. Ugh.

In any case, Id be interested in hearing more about why and how he does it from himself before completely hating him for it.
post #5 of 49
I guess the financial incentive ($$$) keeps it going, even when they discourage it and think it's a human rights violation.... which IS very, very two-faced of them! If I were a doctor, I'd be anti-circ including not perfoming them!!!!
post #6 of 49
Yes, he performs circumcisions. It really saddens me, because I think he's so great in so many other ways.

But he outright says it's not necessary and that there's nothing medical to back it up. So why, as a doctor, would you still perform something medically unnecessary?
post #7 of 49
I just learned this right now.
I am shocked and DICUSTED.

post #8 of 49
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Originally Posted by asunlitrose View Post
So why, as a doctor, would you still perform something medically unnecessary?
EXACTLY!
post #9 of 49
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So why, as a doctor, would you still perform something medically unnecessary?
I want to not fall back on the usual answer...I want to believe maybe he is different. But, the rational side of my mind wins out.

The answer is money.

It might be plain money. Or maybe it is "I would lose so many patients" (money) or maybe it is "I would alienate many moms and not be able to reach them on other issues" (money).


$$
post #10 of 49
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do you guys think we should write him??
post #11 of 49
I think it would speak volumes if he refused to do it. I am disappointed to find out that he is performing circs. I'd have never thought he could do a surgery that he knows is not necessary.
post #12 of 49
I learned about this years ago and one of the reasons I don't care for him. It's hypocritical, unethical and just plain wrong. And also why I think many Sears worshipping 'AP' parents think circing is okay and in line with AP.
post #13 of 49
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Originally Posted by LavenderMae View Post
I learned about this years ago and one of the reasons I don't care for him. It's hypocritical, unethical and just plain wrong. And also why I think many Sears worshipping 'AP' parents think circing is okay and in line with AP.
I guess that explains why my AP group seems to think it is okay and inline with the AP philosophy to circ. Sad, b/c he is in a good position to change people's perception just by refusing to do circs.
post #14 of 49
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Originally Posted by LavenderMae View Post
And also why I think many Sears worshipping 'AP' parents think circing is okay and in line with AP.
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Originally Posted by latinalonestar View Post
I guess that explains why my AP group seems to think it is okay and inline with the AP philosophy to circ. Sad, b/c he is in a good position to change people's perception just by refusing to do circs.
Well, another reason might be that sadly, AP International does NOT take a stance on circ. I tried to post on a local AP forum some anti-circ info and basically got kicked out for that (and this is "progressive" Boulder area, mind you!). The moderator of the forum contacted me directly, saying that API keeps neutral stance on circ matter. Is it crazy or what??? :
post #15 of 49
First, I'm wondering if Sears does *still* perform circ.-- I know in some of his older books, for example, he advocates some (very limited) spanking, but in the later books he takes a no-spank approach. Is it possible he performed them at one time but has stopped? Does anyone have a source for this?

Second, I am the generally the first to suspect mercenary motives... but I seriously doubt that anyone with 20+ published books and an established practice needs to perform circumcisions for money. If he does, I would *guess* that it's more for reasons such as DocsNemesis suggested-- if they are *going* to be done, it is better for them to be done well and with anesthesia.

Either way-- if someone could provide a recent source, I would appreciate it!
post #16 of 49
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Originally Posted by Yulia_R View Post
Well, another reason might be that sadly, AP International does NOT take a stance on circ. I tried to post on a local AP forum some anti-circ info and basically got kicked out for that (and this is "progressive" Boulder area, mind you!). The moderator of the forum contacted me directly, saying that API keeps neutral stance on circ matter. Is it crazy or what??? :
Getting kick off forums for being anti-circ, what a load of BS!!! You know I almost got kicked off mine for putting Intactivist in my siggy.
post #17 of 49
I think knowing that it's wrong and still doing them is not only hypocritical, but more ethically and morally wrong than a doc that actually believes in the procedure doing them.
post #18 of 49
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Originally Posted by Fyrestorm View Post
I think knowing that it's wrong and still doing them is not only hypocritical, but more ethically and morally wrong than a doc that actually believes in the procedure doing them.
I 100% agree!

Do you think if we start writing him letters, he could change his mind?
post #19 of 49
I for one am writing him. There is no excuse or logical reason to sexually assault ANY child or circumcise ANY child. EVERYONE deserves the right to consent to a surgery that will harm, mutilate, and forever change their life. I always knew in my heart that Dr Sears was a 1/2 azzed wanna-be! I can't wait to write him, oooh, i'm mad! Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
post #20 of 49
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Originally Posted by MaterPrimaePuellae View Post
Does anyone have a source for this?
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I'd like to see current proof of this. If it *is* true, the poo will hit the fan (because I personally will throw it up there- Dr Sears writes for Mothering!), but just in case it's not I think I'll reserve comment until I know for sure.

Does anyone have current proof of this allegation?
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