The Infectious Myth On “The Infectious Myth” host David Crowe will examine the questionable or outright false paradigms that infect our society.

July 25, 2017  
In episode 149 David interviews Charles (Chuck) Ortleb a gay writer and publisher whose career bloomed at the start of the AIDS epidemic, and then crashed when he started to criticize the HIV=AIDS dogma promulgated by the CDC and powerful pharmaceutically funded organizations within his own community. The New York Native was a widely read newspaper in the early 1980s in New York’s gay community, but its criticism of the new and soon to be massively profitable AZT, through writers like John Lauritsen, caused a backlash and the newspaper was put out of business. Although Ortleb has been silent for a long time, he is now speaking up again, and he’s not sorry for the questions he raised then, that are still relevant today.
 
For more on Charles Ortleb’s work see his blog at http://fourbooksontheapocalypse.blogspot.com
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July 19, 2017  
In Episode 148, David Crowe speaks with David Smith of the UK charities Genital Autonomy and 15 Square. The conversation covers male genital mutilation (circumcision), female genital mutilation (FGM) and transgender changes of minors. They cover the reasons why circumcision still exists and why it is so much less common in the UK than in the US. They discuss the purpose of the foreskin and  what harms occur from its removal. Circumcision is contrasted with FGM, where the autonomy of the child is protected against an irreversible operation. With transgender and intersex minors, the issue is whether doctors and parents have the right to perform surgery on a child, even if the minor child agrees, due to the possibility of them changing their mind, but not of reversing the surgery. They also discuss how adult men can deal with phimosis (overly tight foreskin) and the ability to recover some of the foreskin through stretching.
 
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July 11, 2017  
When Chaneya Kelly was eight she stood up in court and said her father had sexually assaulted her. He was sentenced to 20-40 years, almost 20 years ago. Later she said she was bullied by her mother, police and prosecutors, as well as promised a special present, if she testified that she was abused. In 2012, the justice system established a commission to review her father’s case, but it told Chaneya she is lying now, and was telling the truth when she was eight. But she is not giving up.
 
For further information see a 2013 New York Magazine article: http://nymag.com/news/features/chaneya-kelly-2014-1/index6.html#print
 
If you are convinced of Daryl Kelly’s innocence (or at least think he should get a second hearing), you can sign his daughter's petition: https://www.change.org/p/andrew-cuomo-innocentdad-the-fight-to-free-daryl-kelly-sr
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