By Health Impact News/Medicalkidnap.com Staff
Health Impact News
The story is one that we hear repeatedly: parents take their child to the doctor for an accidental injury or an illness and end up being accused by a doctor of abusing their child.
The doctor calls Child Protective Services, and the stunned parents watch their child be taken away by social workers. Often, one of the parents will go to jail for accusations of child abuse.
There is little to no due process, and the multiple court hearings that follow are merely an illusion of attempts at justice, since the accusing doctor, a Child Abuse Pediatrician, has essentially become judge and jury.
Opposing viewpoints by other doctors are often ridiculed or disregarded.
It matters little if the parents have no history of violence, or that there is not a single shred of real forensic evidence which supports the diagnosis of abuse.
Once the Child Abuse Pediatrician decrees that child abuse has happened, the Child Protective System, as well as the foster care and adoption system, becomes activated, and parents watch in horror as their children are stripped away from them, sometimes permanently.
Health Impact News has documented much of the history of the entity known as CPS:
These events parallel the takeover of American healthcare by corporate pharmaceutical interests through the rise of the American Medical Association (AMA) in the late 1800’s.
The AMA suppressed all other modalities of dealing with sickness by establishing a licensing process for “medical doctors” which was backed by powerful government interests.
When it comes to the seizure of children from their families by Child Protective Services, doctors don’t merely play a peripheral role, contributing their medical findings to the body of evidence gathered by law enforcement investigators.
On the contrary, doctors known as Child Abuse Pediatricians are at the very heart of what has become known as state-sponsored child abductions and medical kidnappings.
Though board certification for the sub-specialty of Child Abuse Pediatricians did not exist before 2010, their history traces back to the early and mid 1900s.
Instead of being built upon a foundation of protecting children from abuse, the Child Abuse Pediatrics field is largely a house of cards built on a flawed foundation with a controversial, decades-long history hidden in the background.
Early medical papers by a small group of doctors framed the child abuse story from the very beginning in such a way that silenced opposing viewpoints. Their strategy has been to develop policies that anticipate arguments and squelch opposing voices by maligning or discrediting them.
These tactics are in use today by Child Abuse Pediatricians. These doctors heavily influence the policies of courts, legislators, the child welfare system, and the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding child abuse.
“The Battered-Child Syndrome”
The beginning of the modern effort to address child abuse as a medical diagnosis arguably traces to a landmark paper called “The Battered-Child Syndrome,” which was published on July 7, 1962 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
In this paper, Dr. C. Henry Kempe and the other authors concluded that:
The battered-child syndrome … should be considered in any child exhibiting evidence of possible trauma or neglect (fracture of any bone, subdural hematoma, multiple soft tissue injuries, poor skin hygiene, or malnutrition) or where there is a marked discrepancy between the clinical findings and the historical data as supplied by the parents.
Dr. Kempe’s paper, which was reprinted in Child Abuse and Neglect in 1985, declared that radiologists were experts who are uniquely qualified to find signs of abuse that other doctors frequently miss, and he recommended full skeletal x-rays of any children who met the above qualifications, “in order to ascertain the presence of characteristic multiple bony lesions in various stages of healing.”
As many innocent parents have discovered, these policies were indeed enacted by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
When they take their child to the local children’s hospital or emergency room because the child has an accidental injury, exhibits symptoms they cannot explain, or has a mysterious bump that appears, Child Abuse Pediatricians are quickly called in, and their child is subjected to a full skeletal survey (x-rays). This is standard practice today.
Other Medical Conditions Rejected by Kempe and His Followers
As we have documented many times at Health Impact News, there are many other real medical conditions that can cause symptoms that mimic abuse, such as infantile rickets, osteogenesis imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, vaccine injuries, metabolic disorders, infections, or accidental injuries.
Shouldn’t these medical conditions, which all documented today in the medical literature, be the focus of medical doctors, rather than child abuse? Abusing children can be a criminal offense, and is generally part of law enforcement investigations and detectives trained in forensic evidence, something doctors are not trained to do. Most doctors who are Child Abuse Specialists only look at medical records, and never even interview the child or family members.
Numerous families have lost their children due to accusations by Child Abuse Pediatricians that they abused their children, while other doctors, including recognized medical experts in their fields have diagnosed medical conditions that the parents did not cause.
Parents and advocates alike are dismayed when judges, social workers, and sometimes even law enforcement ignore the reports of upwards of a dozen experts in favor of a single report of a narrative put forth by the Child Abuse Pediatrician.
We recently reported that there has been a well-orchestrated effort by an elite group of Child Abuse Pediatricians known as the Helfer Society, founded by Dr. Ray E. Helfer in 1999, to influence the way that the media and the public view child abuse issues. See:
The Helfer Society’s Public Relations Committee states on their website:
A number of physicians have shown up regularly in court to put forth opposing and often novel theories for individual children’s injuries. Some of these same physicians have been creating a body of medical literature challenging the foundation of child abuse diagnosis, much of it novel hypothetical and poorly [sic – unclear what word was left out].
The Helferites, as they call themselves, currently assert that non-Helferite doctors “put forth opposing and often novel theories” for the injuries, as though those physicians who disagree with them are grasping at straws and coming up with strange new ideas to counter their well-established, almost sacred dogma that certain symptoms must signify abuse.
Yet, the “theories” with which the Helferites disagree have been existence for at least as long as their own ideas.
None other than Dr. Ray Helfer’s mentor, Dr. Kempe, wrote about such “theories” in his 1962 paper, in what might be viewed as a preemptive strike to discredit opposing interpretations of the data.
He said that the “clinical manifestations of the battered-child syndrome” can be “very mild” and could be “often unsuspected and unrecognized.” In these children, he says:
the patients’ signs and symptoms may be considered to have resulted from failure to thrive from some other cause or to have been produced by a metabolic disorder, an infectious process, or some other disturbance.
In these patients specific findings of trauma such as bruises or characteristic roentgenographic [x-ray] changes as described below may be misinterpreted and their significance not recognized.
According to a paper by Jennifer Crane of the Centre for the History of Medicine, Kempe’s daughter Annie Kempe said that her father “found it was common practice to offer ‘patently absurd’ explanations for the injuries of children,” who were:
misdiagnosed with rare brittle bone diseases, “spontaneous” cases of subdural haematoma, unexplained bleeding disorders, and with the catch-all notion of “failure to thrive.” (Source).
Could this be why Child Abuse doctors such as Susan Luberoff, MD, feel it necessary to “interpret” the “big words they don’t understand” for non-medical people, so they don’t “go down the wrong path” (which might be interpreted as meaning a path that the child abuse team doesn’t want them to take)? See video.
Kempe stated in his paper that parents frequently deny any wrongdoing. In reality, it may be true that guilty people often deny wrongdoing, it is also true that innocent parents also deny that they have done anything wrong. Kempe had an answer for that as well:
Such attitudes are maintained despite the fact that evidence of physical attack is obvious and that the trauma could not have happened in any other way.
(He may have forgotten that he previously indicated that the signs are often so subtle that only certain trained experts could recognize them by x-rays.)
The entire narrative is circular, set up many decades ago by a doctor who seemed determined to pre-empt any alternative explanation for symptoms that the doctor asserts must be abuse because there is no other explanation.
CPS Established as Result of Doctors’ Assertions
“The Battered-Child Syndrome” paper of 1962 was followed in 1968 by a book similarly titled, The Battered Child, authored by Dr. Ray E. Helfer, the pediatrician who later founded the Helfer Society. His mentor Dr. C. Henry Kempe co-edited the book.
Dr. Kempe went on to found the National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1972.
Congress passed the bipartisan federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), or the “Mondale Act,” in 1974 which gave birth to the agency known as Child Protective Services (CPS).
The practice of Medical Kidnapping had begun, but the public remained largely unaware for decades.
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The media and the public learned about “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” and the narrative seemed set in stone.
Doctors were taught that “the triad” of symptoms – brain bleeding, brain swelling, and retinal hemorrhaging – meant that the baby had been violently shaken and abused.
If doctors saw certain kinds of broken bones, or “multiple rib fractures in various stages of healing,” their medical training demanded that they interpret the findings as abuse and call CPS.
To the unsuspecting public, it appeared that there was only one way to see these injuries, and that there were no other perspectives to be had.
There Has Never Been Complete Consensus with Child Abuse Doctors’ Interpretations
From the time that the public first began to be aware of child abuse as a social issue, there have always been dissenting voices. There have always been doctors who researched past the agenda that they had been taught in medical school who recognized that the reality that they were seeing didn’t match up to what they had been told to believe.
There is not, and never has been, a consensus among all qualified, expert doctors with regards to Shaken Baby Syndrome, metabolic bone conditions, vaccines, or child abuse diagnosis.
The Helfer Society would have the media, courts, legislators, and the public believe that they are the only perspective on child abuse.
But they are not.
According to researcher Jennifer Crane, Drs. Helfer and Kempe and their colleagues were the ones who actually “invented” the concept of the battered child syndrome. (Source)
Based on their own ideas and biases, they wrote what later became the policies for the American Academy of Pediatrics for “recognizing” child abuse.
These policies have been communicated with social workers, law enforcement, media, and the courts, and have been implicated in the medical kidnapping of thousands of children from innocent parents.
There have been many dissenting voices from medical experts over the past several decades, but the Child Abuse Pediatricians and the Helfer Society have worked to malign them and reduce their opposing interpretations to irrelevance.
World-renowned neuropathologist Dr. Waney Squier was one such doctor who recognized that what she had been taught about Shaken Baby Syndrome simply was not true. After years of testifying against parents, it was the evidence and the science of Shaken Baby Syndrome symptoms that changed her perspective.
Because she began testifying on behalf of innocent parents, she was vilified, and her career was destroyed.
She was not alone:
After she had been discredited months earlier, 350 doctors, scientists and lawyers rallied together in her support, and in an unprecedented move had written a letter of protest to the British Medical Journal(BMJ), questioning the GMC’s decision.
Using X-rays to “Prove” Child Abuse
Dr. John Cannell wrote an article, “Child abuse or infantile rickets,” in 2014. (Source).
He says that “the possibility of infantile rickets” is often overlooked in cases where a child is found to have multiple broken bones.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect (AAPCCAN) is made up of Child Abuse Pediatricians. Dr. Cannell addresses the committee’s guidelines for evaluating such children:
However, common sense questions still need answering regarding the medical diagnosis: Why would abusive parents repeatedly bring their infant to the emergency room? How can trauma severe enough to fracture bones not leave a bruise? Why wouldn’t such chest trauma severe enough to fracture ribs not result in lung damage?
Additional questions need answering: Wouldn’t parents who abuse their infant severely enough to cause multiple fractures show evidence of psychopathology? Why do all eyewitnesses to parental behavior report the parents were concerned and loving?
Are members of AAPCCAN impartial experts or do they almost always testify for the state?
He points out many times in the medical literature where radiologists missed infantile rickets on x-rays.
He specifically takes issue with Dr. Kempe’s 1962 study, “The Battered Child Syndrome.”
It was this paper, more than any other, that led to the current widespread medical belief that multiple fractures at various stages of healing always mean child abuse.
However, at least some of the radiographs [x-rays] depicted in Kempe et al actually showed ricket; one radiograph even showed classic bowing of the legs.
This means the seminal paper that started the medical profession on its current course of always diagnosing multiple unexplained fractures as child abuse may have been fatally flawed. [Emphasis added.]
Many other doctors throughout the United States and the rest of the world also disagree with some of the assertions of the Child Abuse Pediatricians.
Doctors such as Dr. Michael Holick, Dr. David Ayoub, Dr. Marvin E. Miller, Dr. Steven Gabaeff, and many others have testified and written medical reports for families accused of abusing their children – reports which assert that there are medical reasons for the children’s injuries or symptoms and that they are not cases of abuse.
Conclusion: How Much Longer will Society Allow Doctors to Have the Power to Kidnap Children and Destroy Families?
At what point will law enforcement and the courts stop letting Child Abuse Pediatricians, who have held themselves up as the ultimate authority regarding child abuse, continue condemning parents and stealing children by denying due process and preventing true investigations from happening when child abuse is suspected?
When will pediatricians start doing the real work of doctors in searching for answers to health problems that could cause brittle bones and other illnesses? Should not every other medical option be explored first, to explain symptoms that are now, primarily, only being used to accuse parents of child abuse?
Should doctors really be used as expert witnesses in cases of child abuse simply on the basis of medical evidence, or should professional investigators from law enforcement trained in forensic evidence be utilized to investigate child abuse accusations, upholding the accused person’s Constitutional rights to due process of the law, just like any other suspected criminal?
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