All published in the Public Library of Science Medicine.
The subject is Male Circumcision.
The issue is the epidemic of AIDS transmission in the third world and more specifically in African countries.
The notion being that research has demonstrated a 60% decline in transmission among men that are cut.
The problem being that where excellence in personal hygiene is not easily pursued the foreskin provides a warm and wet environment for the virus to live and grow.
I'm cut. I'm cut probably because my dad was cut so when the delivery day came and went so did the foreskin.
My boys are cut... although when they were being born 7 and 10 years ago it was an open debate and hospitals in Canada had only just stopped paying for the procedure.
My take on it was this... like father like son.
Contrary opinion went like this: If the trend is to not cut... then be careful to not make junior different than his peer group...
But I don't buy that. I just don't. I'd have left 'em be if I thought it was a good idea but for my money... I think it's more hygienic.
And here's another thing... which may seem like a joke to you but I don't mean it as humor.
You will never ever hear of an orthodox jew dying of food poisoning. Ever... period... no question about it.
Why? because the jewish food rules are based on preserving life... assuring health... and they were developed in a time when life was short and germs, disease and rot were common.
I extend the logic of their rules... and find myself having to admit that there is probably a similar logic behind the good work of the Moyle.
Chop chop Ezra...
Anyways... I heard that doctor... Bertran Auvert, interviewed on CBC tonight... and found it interesting.