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New film exposes Shaken Baby Syndrome myth – opponents want to silence it at film festivals

QUEENS, NY - JUNE 25: Detail of brain injury on June 25 in Queens, NY. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

“Shaken baby syndrome appears to often be a political crime created to cover for the damage often done by vaccination.” – Dr. Andrew Moulden

A new film exposing the corruption behind much of the Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis used to remove children from the custody of their parents, and in some cases put parents behind bars, is currently making its way through the film festival circuit. The Syndrome is a film produced and directed by Meryl Goldsmith, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who teamed up with her cousin and investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith as the co-producer and editor. It is Meryl Goldsmith’s feature directorial debut, according to the film’s website. Included in the cast are doctors and law professors.


Lauren Kirchner, writing for the Pacific Standard Magazine, recently interviewed Susan Goldsmith and discussed the opposition the film has received from the medical community:

Many of the film’s subjects have dedicated their professional lives to gaining attention to updated research on child injuries, and to defending accused abusers in court. For this, they have faced a huge backlash from the doctors and prosecutors who disagree. The filmmakers knew they’d get swept up in that, too. Many film festivals that considered including the film were threatened with litigation, and accused of promoting child abuse, the filmmakers said in a recent interview.

“This is a theme in our film—how the proponents of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma have tried to silence their critics,” Susan Goldsmith says. “And that theme is extending to here and now, to our documentary. I was expecting it. We thought we were helping by uncovering these other medical conditions that can look like abuse, but are not [abuse]. It actually threatens the entire shaken baby syndrome working group and industrial complex.”

Kirchner writes that those who support Shaken Baby Syndrome in the medical field are part of a powerful and influential group, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Before the film’s first screening, they tried to get the Kansas International Film Festival to block the film, calling it “dangerous” even though they had not viewed it.

Here is a description of the film from the film’s website:

Audrey Edmunds, mother of three, spent 11 years in prison for killing a baby she never harmed. And she is not alone. What happens when widely held beliefs based on junk science lead to the convictions of innocent people?

The Syndrome is an explosive documentary following the crusade of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who have uncovered that “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a child abuse theory responsible for hundreds of prosecutions each year in the US, is not scientifically valid. In fact, they say, it does not even exist.

Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith teams with Award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith to document the unimaginable nightmare for those accused and shine a light on the men and women dedicating their lives to defending the prosecuted and freeing the convicted.

The Syndrome uncovers the origins of the myth of “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” It unflinchingly identifies those who have built careers and profited from this theory along with revealing their shocking pasts. Shaken baby proponents are determined to silence their critics while an unthinkable number of lives are ruined.

Last year (2014) law professor Deborah Tuerkheimer, who is featured in Goldsmith’s film, wrote a an article for Slate about 43-year-old Jennifer Del Prete, a former Illinois day care worker who had served 10 years of a 20 year prison sentence over Shaken Baby Syndrome, but was then released by a federal judge. Tuerkheimer’s article, Finally, a Judge Calls Shaken Baby Diagnosis an “Article of Faith”, stated that the ruling was “one of a growing number that reflect skepticism on the part of judges, juries, and even prosecutors about criminal convictions based on the medical diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome.”

Tuerkheimer went on to write:

The case is also a critical turning point. The certainty that once surrounded shaken baby syndrome… has been dissolving for years. The justice system is beginning to acknowledge this shift but should go further to re-examine and perhaps overturn more past convictions. (Read the full article.)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Can be Evidence of Vaccine-Induced Rickets

Christina England has written about the work of Dr. David Ayoub, a practicing radiologist from Springfield, Illinois, who has linked healing fractures found on x-rays of children, used to a mistakenly diagnosis Shaken Baby Syndrome, to infantile rickets.  Dr. Ayoub believes that it is not only a poor diet and the lack of sunshine that is responsible for the growing number of children suffering from rickets, but also the growing number of vaccinations containing the adjuvant aluminium.

Dr. Ayoub, an expert on the subject of infantile rickets, has been involved in hundreds of cases of misdiagnosed rickets worldwide and has testified on the behalf of many innocent parents charged with Shaken Baby Syndrome. (Read more about Dr. Ayoub here.)

Support The Syndrome Film!

Do not let the medical industry intimidate and block the message of The Syndrome! False Shaken Baby Syndrome charges are ripping children away from their parents and putting innocent people behind bars! The message of this film must reach the public!

Here are the upcoming screenings, and we encourage you to attend and support this film:

Geneva Film Festival—this Thursday 3/12 9 p.m. and Saturday 3/14 3 p.m. @Dodson Place, 416 South 2nd St., Geneva, IL

(In)Justice For All Film Festival–Monday, April 13th 6:30pm @ Northwestern University Chicago, IL

Arizona International Film Festival–April 9-26th (TBA) Tucson, AZ

For more times and showings at future dates, be sure to visit the film’s website:


6 thoughts on “New film exposes Shaken Baby Syndrome myth – opponents want to silence it at film festivals

  1. My 5 children – 3 boys -2 girls – in
    Were all thrown up into the air & caught as they were coming down.
    Were all swung – head down & up & down & up.
    Were all spun around.
    Were held & danced around to music.
    Were all bounced up & down.
    Were held by their arms & legs & swung from side to side.
    By .. their father / grandfather / aunties & uncles / family friends / me.
    And they laughed & laughed & had lots of fun.
    In those days .. most children were & no child died of it .. not one.

    1. There were also ballet lessons / piano lessons / saxophone lessons / Jojo played clarinet in the school orchestra / athletics / basketball/ footy club / Edinburgh cricket team / taekwando / the boys climbed to the peak of Lee Street Primary School’s roof & walked across to the other side of the building .. one Saturday afternoon / rode bikes / swam / fought / & a hell of a lot more & they are still all alive today.

      1. Attesting to brain function: my eldest & his mate 19 years old – put a new front end on my Holden Kingswood Station Wagon .. SELF TAUGHT MECHANICS .. they was in them days.

  2. 41:16 – “getting measles is beneficial provided it is not mismanaged by the administration of antibiotics – as is the lowering of fever”

    I agree – only that the fever has to be monitored carefully – & / but there is also a bacterial infection present as a component of measles – so what do you do to prevent an escalation of the infection to dangerous levels ?

    There needs to be something given to help speed up the evacuation process of the waste = the pus in the red bumps that the rash turns into.
    There also needs to be something given to support the immune system as it fights off the disease.

    * Let’s Get Well Adelle Davis – MEASLES cause the need for vitamin A to skyrocket, if not supplied, the eyes or kidneys may be permanently damaged.
    * Google – Vitamin A deficiency is a recognized risk factor in sever measles.
    * Vitamin A is said to speed up the waste disposal system of the human body – if you have pimples take Vitamin A.
    Great article thank you.

    1. If a child’s fever gets too high they could have a fit – run a bath of warm water & place the child into the bath – the child will shiver but that’s okay – within a few moments the fever will go down & the child can go back to sleep.

  3. He was almost 2 – daddy said to nanny – look at how his left leg turns inward as he walks – as the watched him walk down the hall – nanny said buy him a tricycle for his no. 2 birthday – nanny out rubber bands in the peddles to hold his feet on & push him to the top of the driveway – the bike rolled down & she ran after his saying “peddle peddle” then she pushed him up the drive & they started again – in 3 weeks he no longer need the rubber bands – daddy was a barrister – he asked an orthopedic surgeon what he thought about nanny’s idea – he sternly cautioned daddy as to not doing more damage than was necessary – & that the condition could rectify itself & if not – when he was older – hip surgery would most likely fix it – however daddy had confidence in nanny’s home remedy – we are not sure exactly when the leg straightened itself up & at 3 he was such a good rider he got a bike with trainers to ride.

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