Friday, November 17, 2006

This is terrifying.... is it true?

One of RD and I's friends is contemplating getting a vasectomy. I decided to do a little research on the subject and immediately came across this and this. Is this stuff TRUE?!!! Have any of you ever heard of this before?!!!

7 comments:

Michelle McCallum said...

The whole idea of someone "fixing" him or herself scares me. It is unnatural. I think those articles have convinced me even more that I personally have no interest in that.

Are you going to share your opinion with us? :)

David said...

Actually it's FAR from true.

Note the claims made on the front page of dontfixit.org. They all claim to have medical research behind them. Well, they don't.

Take a look at www.dontfixit.info for a blow-by-blow deconstruction of the claims made. You can see the actual medical quote, and the difference in what the dontfixit lot claim and the reality.

One example:-

Dontfixit state that "Numerous studies over more than 30 years have shown correlations between vasectomy and increased incidence of many diseases. The list of the diseases studied for links includes prostate cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, chronic testicular pain, chronic inflammation, epididymitis, Prostatitis, testicular cancer, and autoimmune orchitis."

This specificaly refers to one study that he routinely misquotes throughout the site and on some pages quotes the source as Complications of vasectomy. Raspa RF. Am Fam Physician. 1993 Nov 15;48(7):1264-8.

He refers to this study A LOT, and makes the same mistake every time he quotes it. He claims that Raspa says that all of these problems are associated with vasectomy. The part of the sentence he routinely removes is "although not substantiated by clinical studies". Raspa concludes that "Compared with tubal ligation, vasectomy has fewer serious complications and a comparable failure rate." Oddly enough, that is also removed from the Hauber version of the quote.

Basically dontfixit exists to retail the website owners two self published books. I have to say that the research published by dontfixit.org and the associated book are shockingly bad. It's far from objective, is slanted entirely towards the associated retail product and in many cases is purely personal opinion. There are many studies that conclusively prove the opposite of what Hauber says, but they aren't used, or referred to. The vast majority of studies quoted have been heavily modified to fit into the premise of the retail product. Much of the so-called evidence has no reference to any published study. He relies heavily on personal web pages and other books in the genre for source material.

Also, the author is pro-natural childbirth. IE against contraception. The site is linked to in the main by catholic and other religious groups opposed to contraception. They know full well that telling the public not to use birth control because "God says so" cuts no ice, so they choose to do it by scaring the crap out of you with this sort of nonsense.

Rachael said...

This is a very reliable site for medical information. You can check out their article on the subject here: http://www.webmd.com/hw/birth_control/hw7265.asp

Kris & Megan Hutsell said...

I have heard about that before and will tell people about it, but they don't believe me because so many men have had it done. It's insane.
Quite frankly, I don't think I would look at my husband the same if he had that procedure done. I think it would make him less of a man.
Thanks for the link to that website; very informative.

Stephen & Michelle said...

Your post intrigued me and made me want to do more research. Here is one scholarly article I came accross, but I am still searching for other opinions or solid research that supports your article. I want to know all the facts!!

http://www.vasectomy-information.com/links/docguidecom.pdf

Michelle

Mel said...

RD's aunt is an internal medicine Dr. (also a Christian) and I e-mailed her about my concerns/questions. Hopefully, I'll be hearing back from her and I'll post her answer. Until then, I am continuing my research on the subject.

Mel said...

And a comment concerning the post by "david"... He said this:

"Also, the author is pro-natural childbirth. IE against contraception. The site is linked to in the main by catholic and other religious groups opposed to contraception. They know full well that telling the public not to use birth control because "God says so" cuts no ice, so they choose to do it by scaring the crap out of you with this sort of nonsense."

We can't definitively say this about Kevin Hauber. Yes, Quiverfull.com is an anti-contraceptive website, BUT Kevin Hauber is an independent author only associated with Quiverfull.com because of his already published literature/webpage. His article was used by permission on Quiverfull.com. We don't know Kevin Hauber's heart concerning birth control simply because one article of his appeared on an anti-birth control website. Apparently at one point in time, Mr. Hauber thought birth control was alright since he chose to get his veiner-schnitzled. All we can tell is that he's anti-VASECTOMY. I guess that's why I can't seem to poo-poo what he is saying. Perhaps there really are valid risks in such a procedure that people are simply unaware of.