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Biblical medicine: Dr. Flamm has his panties in a bunch!
BIBLICAL MEDICINE: DR. FLAMM HAS HIS PANTIES IN A BUNCH!
"Skeptic" obstetrician Bruce Flamm, MD has his panties in a bunch because
someone committed the dastardly fraud of claiming that prayer increased the
rate of In Vitro Fertilization/IVF.
See post forwarded below.
"It must be emphasized that, in the entire history of modern science, no
claim of any type of supernatural phenomena has ever been replicated under
controlled conditions. The importance of this fact can not be over
I'm pretty sure I know what Flamm is getting at - but replicating fraudulent
CLAIMS is simple as pie!
Happens all the time!
In 1987, I had the grave misfortune of exposing the fraud behind the MD
claim that babies can't feel pain. See Various MD crimes, URL below.
The spectacle of the journal Pediatrics replicating this bizarre "babies
can't feel pain" claim INDIRECTLY has something to do with a common
supernatural phenomenon commanded by the Bible...
American medicine's most frequent surgical behavior toward males - mostly
performed by obstetricians - is the surgery that a God ostensibly told Jews
to perform in perpetuity - in order to have all the land between the Nile
and the Euphrates - or so I've seen the Bible interpreted. (I think all the
land between the Nile and the Euphrates language is stated in Likud party
literature in Israel.)
Here are some excerpts from the medical literature...
"After years of strapping babies down for this brutal procedure and
listening to their screams, we couldn't take it any longer." [Sperlich
BK, Conant M. Am J Nurs (Jun)1994:16. http://www.cirp.org/nrc/]
"Nursing alert...[N]urses must consider their participation in a
surgical procedure that involves no anesthesia to be a barbaric
practice." (p. 205) Donna L. Wong's Essentials of
Pediatric Nursing 
"[S]till all too often barbaric...[M.D.s]...would never allow older children
adults to be subjected to such practices, nor would they submit to it
themselves..." [Veteran circumcision cheerleader Colonel Thomas E. Wiswell,
MD in article in the April 24, 1997 New England Journal of
THINK ABOUT IT
AS INFANTS SCREAM AND WRITHE AND BLEED...
"One-half to one-third of the skin on the...penile shaft is sliced
off." http://www.infocirc.org/MensHlth.htm (paraphrasing Ronald Goldman,
author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma)
"The average circumcision cuts off what would grow into
about 12 square inches of sexually sensitive skin."
http://www.infocirc.org/MensHlth.htm (quoting Ronald Goldman, PhD, author of
Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma)
In late 1987 I called for a religious exemption for Jews and an end to the
obvious mass child abuse performed mostly by obstetricians.
In Jan 1988, pediatricians came out against ALL religious exemptions - it
was anti-Semitism at its worst.
In Feb 1988, pediatricians proposed anonymity for PERPETRATORS of child
In March 1988, the California Medical Association ignored its own Scientific
Board and by voice vote made the obvious crime (that sometimes kills babies)
into "an effective public health measure." (!)
America's pediatricians and obstetricians are STILL making most American
male babies scream and writhe and bleed in indirect support of the Jews'
Indeed, an obstetric journal recently printed the spurious claim of
obstetricians (in effect) that making babies scream and writhe and bleed and
sometimes die has "real medical benefits."
NOTE: Obstetric journals are ignoring FAR WORSE mass child abuse by
obstetricians - some of which involves slicing of vaginas in adults - to
open birth canals - even as obstetricians keep birth canals closed up to
See Various MD crimes (obvious ones)...
Obstetricians are KILLING some babies and publishing MASSIVE fraud.
Meanwhile, "skeptic" obstetrician Flamm gets his panties in a bunch about a
fraudulent claim that prayer makes more IVF babies.
Thanks for reading.
Copied to: Bruce Flamm, MD at
Copied to: Michael Shermer, Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine at
"Nana Weedkiller" wrote in message
Remember the intercessory prayer study of pregnancy rates in women being
treated with in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer?
E-Skeptic has an article about it.
E-Skeptic #21 For May 25, 2004
Copyright 2004 Michael Shermer, Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine,
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www.skeptic.com: Where Nothing is Certain...But We're Not Sure About
Prayer Study Flawed and Fraud
Columbia University prayer study author pleads guilty to felony charges
This important report from Skeptic Bruce L. Flamm, MD, Clinical Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Irvine,
In the horrible days following the destruction of the World Trade Center
Islamic zealots many Americans prayed for a miracle or a sign from God.
miracle apparently occurred and was widely documented in newspaper and
articles. On October 2, 2001 the New York Times reported that researchers
prestigious Columbia University in New York found that infertile women who
prayed for became pregnant twice as often as those who did not have people
praying for them. The study's results were absolutely miraculous. In Vitro
Fertilization (IVF) is the most advanced form of infertility treatment
available and represents the last hope for women with severe
infertility. Therefore, any technique that could increase the efficacy of
even a few percent would be a medical breakthrough. Yet the Columbia
study claimed to have demonstrated, in a carefully designed randomized
controlled trial, that distant prayer by anonymous prayer groups increased
The following facts related to the Columbia University prayer study
those physicians who doubted the study's astounding results had extremely
reasons to be skeptical. It will be interesting to see if ABC's Dr.
medical doctor who also serves as an evangelical minister at the
Community Covenant Church in West Peabody, Massachusetts, will report or
the following shocking information.
The study's three authors were Kwang Cha, Rogerio Lobo, and Daniel Wirth.
Cha, has left Columbia University and refuses to return phone calls or
about the report. Dr. Rogerio Lobo, identified by the New York Times and
News as the report's lead author, now claims to have not been involved
study until after its completion and to have provided only, "editorial
assistance". Dr. Lobo also refuses to return phone calls or letters about
study. If the report's lead author did not conduct the international
study, who did'
The remaining author is a mysterious individual known as Daniel Wirth. Mr.
has no medical degree but does have a long history of publishing studies
mysterious supernatural or paranormal phenomena. Many of these studies
originated from an entity called, "Healing Sciences Research
organization that Mr. Wirth supposedly headed. This entity's only known
was apparently a Post Office Box in Orinda California. Wirth holds an MS
is in the dubious field of "parapsychology" and also has a law degree.
In October 2002, Mr. Wirth, along with his former research associate
Horvath also known as Joseph Hessler, was indicted by a federal grand
men were charged with bilking the troubled cable television provider
Communications Corporation out of $2.1 million by infiltrating the
having it pay for unauthorized consulting work. Police investigators
that Wirth is also known as John Wayne Truelove. FBI investigators
Wirth first used the name of Truelove, a New York child who died at age 5
1959, to obtain a passport in the mid-1980's. Wirth and his accomplice
charged with 13 counts of mail fraud, 12 counts of interstate
stolen money, making false statements on loan applications and five other
of fraud. The federal grand jury concluded that the relationship between
and Horvath extended back more than 20 years and involved more than $3.4
in income and property obtained by using the na
Incredibly, at the time of the indictment, Horvath was already in jail
with arson for burning down his Pennsylvania house to collect insurance
money. The FBI investigation revealed that Horvath had previously gone to
after being convicted in a 1990 embezzlement and false identity case in
California. Interestingly, the investigation also revealed that he had
been arrested for posing as a doctor in California. It appears that the
who performed biopsies on human research subjects in Wirth's paranormal
studies may have actually been Mr. Horvath impersonating a doctor. Horvath
co-author on another of Wirth's bizarre studies in which salamander limbs
amputated and found to grow back more quickly when "healers" waived their
over the wounds.
Both Wirth and Horvath initially plead innocent to the felony charges and
the next 18 months their trial was delayed six times. However, on May 18,
just as the criminal trial of the United States v. Wirth & Horvath was
about to begin, both men pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud
conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Apparently a plea bargain had been made
many of the charges had been dropped. Wirth and Horvath will be sentenced
September and they each face a maximum of five years in federal prison.
In summary, one of the authors of the Columbia University prayer study has
the University and refuses to comment, another now claims to have not
participated in the study and also refuses to comment, and another is on
to federal prison for fraud. Fraud is the operative word here. Perhaps the
fascinating aspect of this entire sordid saga can be summed up in one
How did a bizarre study claiming supernatural results end up in a
medical journal? We may never know because the editors of the Journal of
Reproductive Medicine also refuse to answer calls or respond to letters
this study. Worse yet, the entire study remains posted on their internet
and the public has been given no reason to doubt its validity. It must be
emphasized that, in the entire history of modern science, no claim of any
of supernatural phenomena has ever been replicated under controlled
conditions. The importance of this fact can not be over emphasized.
In reality, the Columbia University prayer study was based on a
study design and included many sources of error. I have already summarized
of the study's potential flaws in two critiques published in the
Review of Alternative Medicine. But worse than flaws, in light of all of
shocking information presented above, one must consider the sad
the Columbia prayer study may never have been conducted at all. It remains
seen if the news media will find the above information to be newsworthy.
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