Volume 75, no. 7 July 2019
While “population control” is generally taken to mean preventing overpopulation, it also means subjugating, regulating, and controlling the behavior and thoughts of the people. And the two goals often overlap.
The sensational 1968 book The Population Bomb by entomologist Paul Ehrlich, called the first end-of-the world book, predicted that “hundreds of millions of people were going to starve to death” in the 1970s. A wave of overpopulation alarm swept the world, and millions of people were sterilized, often coercively. In India, many states required sterilization for men and women to obtain water, electricity, ration cards, medical care, and pay raises. Teachers could expel students from school if their parents weren’t sterilized. “At long last,” World Bank head Robert McNamara remarked, “India is moving to effectively address its population problem.” In China, the “one-child” policy led to as many as 100 million coerced abortions.
Ehrlich’s dire predictions did not come true—famines became less common—but the “population explosion” meme is still firmly rooted in popular thought. Fifty years later, Ehrlich still maintains that he was basically correct, and that “collapse of civilization is a near certainty within decades.” The optimum population of the planet is less than 2 billion, he thinks, or 5.6 billion fewer than we have now.
Having children amplifies the “inexorable strain on Earth’s life support systems.” The demographic legacy of one person, calculated over the average time for that person’s lineage to die out, is about 6 person-lifetimes in the U.S., with eventual emission of 9,441 tons of carbon dioxide, estimates Paul Murtaugh of Oregon State University (https://tinyurl.com/yxbjxb79).
“If you give up having a child, you save 20 times as much greenhouse gas not going into the atmosphere as you would if you gave up driving entirely,” Ehrlich said.
For the first time in modern history, the world’s population is expected to stop growing, by the end of the century, largely because of falling fertility rates. According to the Pew Research Center, the global fertility rate in 2100 is expected to be 1.9 births per woman, down from 2.5 today. The world’s median age is expected to be 42, up from the current 31. Africa will be the only region with a growing population. By 2100, half the babies born worldwide will be in Africa.
The fertility decline is largely attributed to increased prosperity and health, as more women becoming educated and entering the work force. Delayed and limited childbearing may be mostly voluntary in the West, but is strongly incentivized and subsidized by public policy of the UN and the U.S., e.g. in Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates. “Reproductive health” has come to be practically synonymous with preventing reproduction. Contrast the public alarm over about 1,000 cases of measles with the relative silence about rampant sexually transmitted infections, which can cause tubal scarring even if asymptomatic. An estimated 2.6 million cases of chlamydia and 820,000 cases of gonorrhea occur annually in the U.S. These are the two most common notifiable diseases.
Eugenic sterilizations in America continued until 1974, writes AAPS president Marilyn Singleton, M.D., J.D., and genomic medicine could turn into 21st century eugenics.
Sterilization of children is rapidly becoming acceptable through the transgender movement, and parents or physicians who object are being attacked. The Departments of Education and Justice are threatening K-12 schools with legal action or loss of federal funding if they do not embrace the transgender movement’s goals, writes Katherine Kersten.
In shaming “Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines for having a fifth child, feminist Kristen Pyszczyk called procreation a “global health threat.” Citing carbon footprints, she said people must be given alternatives to the natural family.
Sterilization by tainted vaccine has allegedly occurred deliberately in Africa, a claim vigorously disputed by the World Health Organization. Primary ovarian failure has occurred in young girls who received human papilloma virus vaccine. A potential causal relationship is dismissed as a “myth.” as pressure mounts to mandate HPV vaccine in the U.S. and to distribute it widely in Africa.
U.S. death rates are rising. If the white mortality rate for ages 45−54 had held at the 1998 value, 96,000 deaths would have been avoided from 1999–2013. If it had continued to decline at its previous (1979‒1998) rate, half a million deaths would have been avoided in the period 1999‒2013, comparable to lives lost in the U.S. AIDS epidemic through mid-2015. Drug overdoses and suicide were major contributors; the age-adjusted suicide rate in the U.S. was 33% higher in 2017 than in 1999.
What is the underlying theme of current trends? Apparently, uncontrolled or unplanned human life itself is a threat to the planet—or the planetary authorities. More conformity by patients and physicians is demanded. Removing religious exemptions for vaccines or abortion or euthanasia participation may be just a first step.
Pre-existing Psychological Problems: Gender dysphoria, especially in girls, is often associated with autism, as well as anxiety, depression, or a history of abuse (Kersten, op. cit.).
Rising Incidence: Virtually unheard of 50 years ago, gender dysphoria rates are soaring. Referrals of children to transgender clinics in Britain rose 50% between 2011 and 2012 (ibid.).
Schools Promote LGBT Agenda: The Minnesota Department of Education approved a “transgender tool kit” to distribute to all public schools, suggesting that schools that don’t comply could face legal problems. It insinuates that if parents of gender-dysphoric young people are judged to be insufficiently supportive, “the student support team should follow their protocol for reporting child neglect or harm” (http://tinyurl.com/yxj5tvd8).
Why Now? Billionaires with enormous cultural influence and ties to the medical-industrial complex are massively funding transgender ideology. Transgenders are a lifelong market for costly medical and lifestyle products (tinyurl.com/y2y7ae78).
Consequences of GAT: “Gender-affirming” therapy (puberty blockade and cross-sex hormones) is likely to cause sterility, sexual dysfunction, thromboembolic and cardiovascular disease, and malignancy. Fewer than 5% of adolescents on GAT even attempt fertility preservation (J Clin Endocrin Metab 2019;104:686-687).
8-Year-Olds at Risk: In an NIH-funded study, puberty-blocking hormones are being given to 8-year-olds, and the age for children to receive cross-sex hormones has been lowered from 13 to 8, writes Michael Laidlaw, M.D., to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.).
Children Separated from Parents. Ontario has passed a law empowering the state to seize children from parents opposing LGBTQI ideology—as done in Norway. (tinyurl.com/y9jyvmcy).
Mental Health: As many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety problems, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (tinyurl.com/y48cf6lf). By the 1980s, one study found that U.S. children as a group reported more anxiety than did children who were psychiatric patients in the 1950s. Authors attributed this mostly to the breakdown of moral and behavioral norms and the “authoritative communities” that have traditionally provided security, meaning, and purpose (Kersten).
Autistics Have “Nowhere to Go”: The head of Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate told lawmakers that problems of children and adolescents with severe autism were at a crisis level. Some have languished for nearly a year in an emergency room or hospice unit because of unmanageable aggressive behavior (http://tinyurl.com/y4cfjy5y).
Unvaccinated Children’s Health. A pilot study showed much higher rates of immune-related and neurodevelopment disorders in vaccinated children (https://tinyurl.com/y5r9yzr2).
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to doctors and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic.” ~ Benjamin Rush, M.D.
Organ Harvests at Planned Parenthood
National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantee Dr. Jörg C. Gerlach of the Univ. of Pittsburgh, has published a technique to harvest fresh livers from intact babies delivered alive in late-term abortions at 18–22 weeks. It includes a five-step in-vivo perfusion method by umbilical vein cannulation. Feticides such as digoxin cannot be used in a harvesting case (tinyurl.com/y3xsmnuv).
President Trump has cancelled a $2 million NIH contract with UCSF to purchase body parts of aborted fetuses (tinyurl.com/y6tsvtdh) for research, as on humanized mice.
Nominating Committee Report
The Nominating Committee submits the following slate:
President-elect: Paul Martin Kempen, M.D, Ph.D., Weirton, WV Secretary: Charles McDowell, M.D., Johns Creek, GA
Treasurer: W. Daniel Jordan, M.D., Atlanta, GA
Directors: Robert Emmons, M.D., Burlington, Vt.; Philip Eskew, D.O., J.D., M.B.A., Torrington, WY; Albert L. Fisher, M.D., Oshkosh, WI; Jane Hughes, M.D., San Antonio, TX; Thomas Kendall, M.D., Greenville, SC; and Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D., Lafayette, IN.
Resolution Regarding Mandatory Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluation (PFFDE) and Treatment for Physicians Facing Allegations of Workplace Impairment (full text: tinyurl.com/y3w9g5bd).
RESOLVED: that AAPS (1) condemns the abuse and misuse of psychiatry in the process of physician psychological fitness for duty evaluation (PFFDE) and treatment; (2) declares that abuse and misuse of psychiatry occur in physician PFFDE when referrals or orders for evaluation, treatment, or monitoring are made to support illegitimate organizational, social, or political objectives; (3) declares that abuse and misuse of psychiatry also occur in physician PFFDE when the evaluee is denied full due process and/or is wrongfully harmed by the limitation of due process by denial of knowledge of or timely access to available administrative and legal remedies in referral, evaluation, treatment, or monitoring; (4) declares that all physicians who participate in physician PFFDE should strive to expose corrupt, incompetent, or unethical conduct in referring entities and practitioners in the field; and (5) declares that all physicians who participate in physician PFFDE should strive to mitigate any harms to physician-patients that result from the medical regulatory, disciplinary, or coerced rehabilitative process.
Sep 18-21, 2019. 76th Annual Meeting, Redondo Beach, CA.
Sep 30-Oct 3, 2020. 77th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
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AMA Sues over N.D. Abortion Information Law
The AMA and Red River Women’s Clinic, the state’s principal abortion provider, have filed suit challenging a North Dakota law requiring doctors or a member of the care team to tell patients that a chemical abortion might be reversible before the second drug is taken, and that an abortion “will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The law is claimed to force physicians to violate AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics.
The state law’s definition of “human being” is “ideologically contrived” and “deviates from medical terminology, as medicine does not and cannot answer the question of when, during the course of embryonic and fetal development, human life begins,” states the complaint (https://tinyurl.com/y38xr7mm).
The use of high-dose progesterone to counteract mifepristone does not have FDA approval. “Because there is no credible, scientific evidence that a medication abortion can be reversed, physicians cannot, without misleading them, tell their patients that it may be possible” to do so.
AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., stated: “North Dakota’s law undermines [the patient-physician relationship] by requiring physicians to mislead and misinform their patients with messages that contradict reality and science. The AMA will always defend science and open conversations about all health care options available to patients” (tinyurl.com/yxhtcbrp).
Texas Doctors Sue for Right to Dispense
In 45 states, doctors can dispense medications they prescribe to their own patients in their offices, saving their patients a lot of money and inconvenience. But in Texas, only rural doctors located more than 15 miles from a pharmacy are allowed to dispense: only eight of Texas’s almost 65,000 doctors are eligible. Michael Garrett, M.D., and AAPS president-elect Kristin Held, M.D., have joined with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to file a lawsuit in Travis County District Court challenging Texas’s ban on doctor dispensing (https://youtu.be/6CEfQSEloYQ).
Research shows that doctors and pharmacies are equally safe when dispensing medication. “The only reason our clients can’t dispense medication to their patients is that pharmacist groups have lobbied lawmakers to protect their bottom line,” said IJ Senior Attorney Wesley Hottot. “The Texas Constitution forbids laws that do nothing more than protect the financial interests of established businesses” (http://tinyurl.com/yxlqr88v).
Tip of the Month: Beware provisions tucked into some state laws that give medical boards the power to revoke licenses without due process. In Kentucky, the medical board has statutory authority to revoke a medical license based merely on a sham peer review, without providing a physician with the due process right to an evidentiary hearing. See KRS § 311.595(21) (authorizing automatic discipline, without an evidentiary hearing, by a medical board if a “hospital or medical staff found [conduct] to be unprofessional conduct, professional incompetence, malpractice, or a violation of any provisions of KRS Chapter 311. This subsection shall not require relitigation of the disciplinary action.”). Such laws unconstitutionally deputize hospitals to essentially destroy physicians’ careers without due process protections that would attach to medical board proceedings.
Issue of Standing Could Bring Down ACA
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered California and its fellow appellants in Texas v. Azar to address the issue of who has standing to appeal Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling that ACA is unconstitutional, now that the Trump Administration has declined to do so. AAPS and Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) were the only ones to raise the issue of standing. In their amicus brief, AAPS general counsel Andrew Schlafly writes: “The State Intervenors have no more standing to replace the United States as a defendant in litigation over the constitutionality of a federal law than an average American voter would, which is nil.” Legal experts say that this adds an unexpected threat to ObamaCare (Politico 6/26/19, https://tinyurl.com/y3byw6me).
Court Stops Forced Eugenic Abortion
A UK appeals court has reversed a lower court decision to force a mentally disabled woman to undergo an abortion even though she and her mother wanted to keep the child. Justice Nathalie Lieven of the Court of Protection said that an abortion was in the woman’s “best interest” (NY Times 6/24/19). Lieven, who has a 15-year history for advocating for abortion rights, said of the pregnant woman, “I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll,” and judged that she “would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed,” since “it would at that stage be a real baby” (tinyurl.com/yy5d2hyz).
Will NY Seize Unvaccinated Children?
As soon as the New York legislature removed the religious exemption for vaccines, parents started receiving letters like one dated June 18 from the Deer Park School District: “Children who previously had a religious exemption…must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019, to remain in school. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.” In addition to non-admission to school, the letter states: “In the event that you do not follow this mandate, we will be reaching out to Child Protective Services (CPS) to alert them of your non-compliance.”
The public relations firm for a second district, Syntax, told PJ Media: “Unfortunately, the language used in some of the prior letters sent from individual schools…could have been perceived as alarming…. It is not our intent to follow a process where our schools would contact Suffolk County Child Protective Services without exhausting all options beforehand. Please know this was not meant as a scare tactic for our families.”
Megan Fox writes: “Mention of child welfare services to any parent instantly causes dread and fear. Children are often taken by CPS without a warrant, without due process, with rubber-stamped court documents,… and never seen by the parents again. There is plenty of reason to fear CPS. Children in foster care are reportedly six times more likely to be sexually abused” (tinyurl.com/y36c4qb).
Is the concern really public health? Or is this small religious minority “purposely made a target of public hate in order to plant premises in the law that could be used later on”? asks Peter Wolfgang (tinyurl.com/y4ptqtog). Mandates are all about power and control, writes Ted Kuntz (https://tinyurl.com/yy3x9hqy)
Organ Harvesting and Euthanasia. Warnings by AAPS for many years have often been dismissed as hyperbole or a “fringe” view. But now two Canadian medical researchers and a bioethicist from Harvard (NEJM 9/6/18) advocate for killing patients by removing their organs, because the best organs for donation come from live people. About 30 euthanasia patients in Canada have donated their organs after death since 2016. Canadian Medical Association guidelines say that organ removal should not begin until the patient is medically deceased and the heart has stopped beating. But “organs can be ‘compromised’ if doctors have to wait until death—meaning minutes after the pulse has stopped,” so “some experts quarrel with this restriction,” writes F.H. Buckley (WSJ 6/20/19). He advises caution in legalizing assisted suicide because of the “monstrous ways [it] might be expanded.”
Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY
Global Social Engineering. The Orwellian dystopia of 1984 described by Eric Arthur Blair in 1949 is alive and well today. His invented diabolical social world order took 70 years to become reality. Western politicians, diplomats, and officials have signed on to the UN’s Agenda 2030, a social-engineering plan of population control, which includes every aspect of daily life and business activity, through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Self-appointed global leaders met on Jun 18, 2019, in Brussels to debate their planned migratory invasion, which they call “forced displacement.” It is tied in very closely with their SDGs. Kelly T. Clements of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) made remarks about “the critical role of development actors to include refugees as important contributors to achieving the [SDGs] in host countries.” The forced flooding of the West with people inimical to our civilization is a form of population control. You will be socially engineered as the UN desires, you will give up your hard-earned wealth to those less fortunate and less hard-working than you, you will give up your sovereignty, and you will like it.
Ileana Johnson, Ph.D., https://tinyurl.com/yyu9ljg9
Organs Available in China. In Communist China, members of the Buddhist Falun Gong sect and Muslims appear to have been recruited as organ donors. In 2017, the quoted number of eligible donors in China was 5,146, whereas between 60,000 to 90,000 transplant operations are said to occur there every year (https://tinyurl.com/y2y63wlo). This should not be surprising in a collectivist regime: see Leo Alexander’s 1949 NEJM article on “Medical Science under Dictatorship” (tinyurl.com/y64g6uwr).
John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Brownwood, TX
Marijuana Increases Preterm Birth. Preterm birth is the number one cause of infant mortality and serious disabilities in children. A 2019 study finds that women who use cannabis nearly double (12.0% versus 6.1%) their odds of premature delivery (under 37.0 weeks’ gestation) (JAMA 6/18/19).
Brent Rooney, M.Sc., Vancouver, Canada
Do No Harm. In a letter I helped draft to the U.S. Surgeon General, we note that harmful hormonal and surgical interventions, which have not undergone long-term study for childhood and adolescent gender dysphoria, are being routinely prescribed as the new “standard of care” despite the fact that 61-98% of affected children will outgrow their GD if allowed to progress through natural puberty. Alarmingly, some states even allow children to “consent” to these interventions without parental involvement. Medical professionals are increasingly prohibited from investigating psychosocial factors that may contribute to GD. Those who deviate from “gender affirming therapy” risk being marginalized, discriminated against, or otherwise penalized—at a time when conscience rights are increasingly under threat. We ask Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., to issue an advisory. Unless something is done, children will continue to suffer under this unethical large-scale experiment, and many professionals will be coerced to choose between harming some of our most vulnerable patients or leaving clinical practice.
Michelle Cretella, M.D., www.acpeds.org
Unique Patient Identifier Is Back. The UPI was first proposed in the 1993 Clinton Health Security Plan. When that failed, it was added as part of HIPAA in 1996. But Congressman Ron Paul stopped it by putting a prohibition on funding in the appropriations bill in 1999 and every year thereafter, making any development or discussions about it illegal. Thus, the UPI has never been implemented although it is still law. However, once Dr. Paul left office in 2013, proponents began to push Congress to allow the UPI to be developed. For example, the Appropriations Act of 2017 authorized HHS to examine “the issues around patient matching.” Now the House of Representatives has passed an amendment to eliminate the longstanding funding prohibition. The UPI is essentially a national tracking number to link all medical records, which would lead to a requirement that citizens produce a National Patient ID for access to care (i.e., “no card, no care”). It would be the end of privacy and the foundation of a national health data system and socialized medicine. AAPS, CCHF, and others are seeking to restore the prohibition.
Twila Brase, R.N., Citizen’s Council on Health Freedom