Doctors Revisit Shaken Baby Syndrome, Rename It “Abusive Head Trauma”

court-judgeBy Catherine J. Frompovich

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a topic I have written about numerous times, including with Harold E Buttram, MD, is being revisited by a medical profession having some doubts and, consequently, it’s been renamed “abusive head trauma.”

Also, the mainstream media, e.g., The New York Times, has written an article about medicine’s Johnny-come-lately questioning, which appeared online September 13, 2015, in Clyde Haberman’s report “Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides the Medical World.” [1]

As Haberman says, “It is defined by a constellation of symptoms known as the triad: brain swelling, bleeding on the surface of the brain and bleeding behind the eyes,” which also can be caused by toxic chemicals to the brain! But, where and how would a baby get chemicals? More easily and legally than anyone would guess: the baby’s pediatrician/MD administering vaccinations starting 24 hours after birth (the Hepatitis B vaccine) and at 2, 4 and 6-month ‘well’ baby visits! [2]

A redeeming aspect in Haberman’s article, for me at least, is this:

For years, those three symptoms by themselves were uniformly accepted as evidence that a crime had been committed, in even the absence of bruises, broken bones or other signs of abuse. While many doctors, maybe most, still swear by the diagnosis, a growing number have lost faith. [1] [CJF emphasis added]

What I’ve underscored above, I believe, is crucial to establishing if physical abuse, especially the shaken baby type, has occurred—something I’ve written about before. For a brain to swell, bleed on the surface and have bleeding behind the eyes in an infant, a child wouldn’t have to be shaken extremely hard or have its head banged against some hard object like a wall. Infants’ necks are notoriously ‘wobbly’ and everyone who is handed an infant to hold is cautioned about holding the neck/head correctly so it doesn’t ‘flop’ and cause damage, i.e., a possible broken neck. That, alone, in infants is basic anatomy and physiology! However, expert witness MDs who testify to SBS without physical damage evidence probably even could challenge the laws of gravity!

Because of the medical profession’s dogmatic and skewed insistence regarding SBS diagnoses, parents and others—child caregivers, baby sitters—have been charged with, prosecuted and imprisoned for killing infants in their care while maintaining their innocence. However, one MD, who testified at an SBS trial, has come to the realization that he may have been wrong and is going about studying the mechanics of SBS to delineate and clarify it medically and probably legally.

That MD is Dr Patrick Barnes, a neuroradiologist, formerly at Children’s Hospital in Boston, now at Stanford University. During the SBS trial for European nanny Louise Woodward, held in Boston, Dr Barnes was adamant about his testimony that Woodward had shaken 8-month-old Matthew Eapen. So what changed the doctor’s mind?

You can find out from listening to his words in the very first video at the top of the NYT’s article at these times on the timeline: 4:30 to 4:58; 6:46 to 8:06; 10:20 to 10:43; and 12:11 to 12:42, the end. That video also points out that 213 SBS cases, some with defendants in prison, have fallen apart. Barnes now claims there’s a fine line and they (medicine) must protect families—something I think had been thrown to the winds like a lot in medicine and law when professionals are locked into dogmatic boxes regarding possibilities, probabilities or allopathic myopic thinking. Barnes now has devoted his work to making a difference for which I truly applaud, congratulate and thank him. May I offer him encouragement to broaden his viewpoints into Big Pharma’s ‘sacred cow’ areas?

One of allopathic medicine’s paradigm ‘theologies’ that can impact “abusive head trauma” is vaccines and their neurotoxic chemicals, which are injected into very young infants whose blood brain barriers are not fully developed; usually weigh less than 25 pounds; and do not have sufficient detoxification enzyme systems to clear toxins from tissues, especially neurotoxins like ethylmercury found in Thimerosal and aluminum used in 4 formulations, plus formaldehyde/Formalin, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80®), and a host of other toxic chemicals [3], which can cause chemical burns [8] to delicate brain tissue resulting in the triad associated with abusive head trauma, aka Shaken Baby Syndrome, thereby leaving no evidence of physical abuse, broken bones, or even skin trauma. Severe brain swelling causes death in infants! [4] Can neurotoxins also be responsible for those high-pitched screams vaccinated children emit? [9,10,11]

Furthermore, “Hypoxia with brain swelling would also account for retinal haemorrhages, and so provide a unified hypothesis for the clinical and neuropathological findings in cases of infant head injury, without impact or considerable force being necessary.” [5]

To understand adverse swelling associated with a vaccine, one only needs to see the photographs of Ian Larsen Gromowski here and here to imagine what could have been going on inside his brain. Ian received a Hepatitis B vaccine and died as a result of his adverse reactions to it. Why weren’t criminal charges brought against the person who injected Ian? Isn’t that child abuse too, causing death?

I sincerely want to encourage Dr Barnes to take off all the FDA/Pharma-acquired blinders and open his mind further to understand that he and his profession have been proselytized about vaccines, which needs to be revisited and revised, too. Vaccines cause damage, including cerebral hemorrhages and brain inflammation, which Dr Buttram and I wrote about in these articles:

Considered Innocent Until Proven Guilty: How Does This Apply to Shaken Baby Syndrome and Non-Accidental Injury?

Do Childhood Vaccines Cause Subdural (Brain) Hemorrhages, Currently Diagnosed as Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Other Health Anomalies? – Harold E Buttram, MD and Catherine J Frompovich

Hopefully, these articles may help Dr Barnes and others understand more doing their research:

Bone Density Test Can Disprove Shaken Baby Syndrome: by Catherine Frompovich, Part 1

Bone Density Test Can Disprove Shaken Baby Syndrome: by Catherine Frompovich, Part 2

Lastly, I offer an article on which I collaborated with Norma Erickson, President of SaneVax:

A Parent’s Guide: What to Do If Your Child Dies After Vaccination.

The tests recommended in the guide had been vetted by medical doctors, and can reveal if the child succumbed to vaccine adverse reactions and not abusive head trauma, aka Shaken Baby Syndrome.

I highly recommend that pediatricians, physicians and attorneys reconsider the role of toxic vaccines in assessing abusive head trauma cases. Nothing confirms vaccines cause damage more than what has been paid out from the vaccine court masters decisions by the U.S. HHS Health Resources and Services Administration listed here, Page 5

You can’t handle the truth about vaccines (Ad)

The totals as of September 1, 2015 include:

Total Filed Injury 15,037
Deaths 1,169
Filed Grand Total 16,206
Compensated 4,252
Dismissed 9,912

The total monetary outlay for the above was $3,219,010,234.71 (Page 8); that’s almost three and a quarter BILLION dollars, which represents only 42.897% of claims filed!

How do parents pay for, and take care of, children damaged by vaccines when the Vaccine Court dismisses their cases? Good question regarding bad medical decisions?

Wouldn’t you think that the CDC/FDA, medicine and doctors would reassess their closed-mind dogmatic, religious-like belief that vaccines don’t cause damage? Their famous retort to parents who suggest it is “Coincidental.” However, one only needs to read vaccine package inserts to learn of adverse effects and contraindications for each vaccine! [12]

Wouldn’t you think with all the fraud that goes on at the CDC/FDA regarding vaccine research, medical doctors would be outraged? Where’s the fraud, you ask?

“Representative Bill Posey Calling for an Investigation of the CDC’s MMR Research Fraud” on C-SPAN.

How about investigating the June 2000 Simpsonwood Meeting where the CDC/FDA, Big Pharma and a WHO official colluded to rework findings that vaccines don’t cause autism when, in fact, the CDC’s epidemiologist Dr Vandstraeten’s work found vaccines did! [6]

How about the whistleblowers’ court case against Merck & Company, maker of the MMR vaccine, challenging Merck’s alleged fudging of the mumps vaccine efficacy for how many years? [7,13]

When will medical doctors realize their profession is being prostituted by Big Pharma’s cash cow, vaccines?


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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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1 Comment on "Doctors Revisit Shaken Baby Syndrome, Rename It “Abusive Head Trauma”"

  1. A new Gallup Poll shows Big Pharma and Feds are among the most hated institutions in America. One branch of Big Pharma which is most deservedly hated is the vaccine makers, who have caused to be put in place laws preventing them from being sued for any adverse effects of vaccines such as autism, brain damage, and death, caused by vaccine adjuvants like mercury and aluminum, etc. There is NO penalty no matter how many people they kill or disable. This gives them NO incentive to make vaccines safe or effective.

    They have also succeeded in having passed, such as recently in California, laws
    disallowing children to attend public or private school if they have not had all the “recommended” vaccines. This legal assault on your body and brain will likely soon be extended to adults as well.

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