How the Empire’s Child Abusers Censored Revolutionary Research into Causes of Violence

It would be naive to think this one person (Kretchmer) was solely responsible for this monumental coverup.   It received sufficient publicity inside and outside the research establishment that it could not have been suppressed without the concerted efforts of key people in high places, especially in the media (i.e. the CIA ).   The agenda was and is social destabilization for fun and profit.   Disaster capitalism is just good business.  Chaos in the streets means a stable cash flow to centralized power, as people seek safety.   Social control 101.  (  ) To follow the money, look to the central banking cabal and its ultra-wealthy courtesans.   ( )

This first article barely skims the surface of the discoveries made under this program.   This is civilization-transforming-level stuff.   A total tragedy.



Vol. VII, No. 20

October 7, 1980

A WASHINGTON “WHISTLEBLOWER” charges the National Institute of Child Health and Human DeVelopment’s chief is deliberately thwarting promising research into the causes of violence. A Special Report begins on page 3…


DR. JAMES W. PRESCOTT, a behavioral scientist. is the latest career government employee to discover. as he puts it, that being a Washington “whistleblower” doesn’t pay. “Like a lot of others, they got me, too,” he says.

Prescott, 46, was fired from his $40.000-a—year position as health science administrator with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NICHD on April ll. an action he is appealing. The man who fired him is Dr. Norman Kretchmer, director of the institute since 1974 and a pediatrician by profession. The stated reason for removing Prescott was: to “promote the efficiency of the service.” But Prescott said the real reason that he was dismissed was “in reprisal” for having filed a series of grievances against Kretchmer.

One of Prescott’s principal grievances is that Kretchmer allegedly “obstructed” research into promising new areas that might yield clues to the developmental origins of violence and child abuse. The obstruction, according to actions filed by Prescott, took a variety of forms. He says Kretchmer on one occasion kept him from meeting with officials of the federal Bureau of Prisons, at their invitation, to discuss a research project involving violence-prone inmates. At other times, Prescott charges Kretchmer was responsible for “numerous rejections, delays, and further review requirements” placed on contracts he was involved with and this was done out of “personal hostility.”

Prescott was employed at the NICHD Human Learning and Behavior Branch. Over the past 15 years, he has concentrated On a number of child abuse and violence related projects that have been awarded to leading researchers in the field and has frequently spoken and written on the subject himself. A trained psychologist (he obtained his Ph.D. at McGill University in 1964). Prescott says he has been chiefly responsible for mapping his agency’s developmental behavior biology program and, hence, was dismayed when Kretchmer sent him a memo in January 1979 that appeared to kill it. This memo stated that developmental origins of violence, including child abuse, was “outside the scope of NICHD responsibilities.” Other memos followed in May. 1979 instructing Prescott to “please drop” the assignment of a proposed child abuse research project jointly to NICHD and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMHJ.

The latter memo emphasized that child abuse “does not appear anywhere in NICHD guidelines” and added that it was outside the institute’s “mission area.” A second memo said the National Institutes of Health Division of Research Grants has been requested to “make no further assign— ments to NICHD in child abuse” and instructed Prescott “not to program grant applications or contract proposals in this area.” It was on the basis of these memos that Prescott decided to go public and inform people that he considered this a “major public health research policy decision” on Kretchmer’s part . During July and August Prescott dispatched — on NICHD stationery — letters to several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, warning them that Kretchmer’s decision “removes basic research support” from the violence and child abuse areas. When the APA and others reacted to the letters, calling upon Kretchmer to reverse his “decision.” Kretchmer hauled Prescott on the carpet, threatening him with disciplinary action for having used official stationery for expressing “personal opinions” about government policy. This was used as one of the reasons for Prescott’s dismissal. When Child Protection Report asked Kretchmer last year about the policy change, he declared there had been none.


“We were never in child abuse or domestic violence research. We don’t do any pathology -~ that’s the mission of NIMH.” (CPR 9/6/79) This statement has been flatly refuted by Dr. John Money, professor of medical pathology at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. In a letter dated July 30, 1980 to a Merit Systems Protection hearing examiner on Prescott’s case. Money says he first identified the syndrome of abuse dwarfism in 1968 with a NICHD grant and has continued to study it since then with NICHD funds. The syndrome, he discovered. “has its origins in pathological abuse and neglect in infancy.” Abuse and neglect induce brain pituitary changes which impair statural and intellectual growth and delay puberty. His research. Money said, had opened the way to a method of cure.

NICHD’s own records show that it has been spending about $2 million annually over the past several years on child abuse research — failure-to-thrive, mental retardation related to abuse. and the effects of prematurity and malnutrition. Kretchmer has resorted to semantics to explain this work. In a letter dated Feb. 19, 1980 to Sen. Alan Cranston {D-Calif.) Betsy H. Pickett. Kretchmer’s deputy, says “this institute has not discontinued support for studies related to child abuse and neglect. but continues its long-standing program of support for basic behavioral and social sciences studies that relate to many aspects of human develoPment.“ But at another point the letter states “The NICHD has never supported a program of research on child abuse and neglect.“ How could it “not discontinue,” yet nevsr have supported such a program? Prescott believes the answer is that the claim of no program was strictly aimed at him — part of what he calls a “personal vendetta“ by Kretchmer that also includes a number of official reprimands for having written an article about child abuse for Hustler in 1977 and making outside Speaking engagements about the problem of violence.

“In retrospect what bothers me the most about all this,“ Prescott says, “is that it has been made to look like just a personal feud. The point I’m trying to draw attention to is this: why aren’t the origins of violence a cancern of a government institute devoted to research into human development? The abnormal is as much a part of development as the normal. And besides. the NIMH is not investigating the origins of violence, nor is any other agency.“


The ironic thing to him is that a lot of basic work that has been done over the years producing clues to abnormal behavior is just approaching the stage where there could be some payoffs. Prescott cites research on the electrical brain ane patterns of monkeys raised in isolation from their mothers who exhibit violent behavior. One researcher using highly sophisticated electronics has identified a telltale “spike” on electroencephalographs that appears associated with aggression.

One of the projects apparently halted by Kretchmer was to look for the “spike” in the brainwaves of violence-prone prison inmates. “Think what it would mean if we could come up with a diagnostic tool like that!“ Prescott says. “If someone was charged with child abuse, the presence of the signal would be an indicator that the person should be given treatment. If it was absent, courts could use that as a factor in deciding whether it was safe to return the child to the family. It might help change the whole hitor—miss way child abusers are handled today — and save a lot of young lives in the bargain.”…

Prescott wants a congressional investigation of the case. “I think the record shows sufficient evidence that an independent review of Kretchmer’s entire administration is in order.”

When reached by Child Protection Report, Kretchmer declined to comment on any aspect of the case. “I will only answer questions that are put to me in writing,” he said.

Letter: February 23, 1981

Letter to DHHS Secretary Richard S. Schweiker from Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr stating his concerns: “It is clear that if we are to meet our goal of reducing deaths among young people by 20 percent by 1990, we must identify better ways of bringing violence under control, and we must put our knowledge to work in every community”. and “Could you inform me of the nature and level of NICHD support for basic research into child abuse and neglect and into the developmental origins of violence?

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Letter: May 11, 1981

Letter to Senator McC Mathias, Jr. from DHHS Secretary Richard S. Schweiker (some 3 months later) presenting the level of support of child abuse and neglect research by the NICHD, yet stating: “The NICHD has never supported a program of research on child abuse and neglect”.

Child abuse and neglect (failure of affectional bonding) results in traumatic brain injury that has yet to be studied by the NICHD and other federal agencies utilizing MRI and fMRI brain scans and compared to children and young adults who have been breastfed for “two years or longer” with no history of child abuse and neglect.

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Letter: December 19, 1991

Dr.Duane Alexander, M.D. Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development letter to Dr. Prescott that stated: “The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has not supported a program of research on the causes of child abuse and neglect”.

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Letter: July 7, 1994

The White House, Washington. Letter by George R. Stephanopoulos, Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy, to James Prescott: “Your findings on this topic should prove beneficial to how our society perceives growing children.” This letter was the only reaction after the White House received documentation of Prescott’s work a month before.

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Example for Recent Cover-Up

April 1994

Publication of the “Report of the Panel on NIH Research on Antisocial, Agressive, and Violence-Related Behaviors and their Consequences”, Panel Meetings in June and September 1993. (Participant Dr J. W. Prescott, BioBehavioral Systems, San Diego, CA. He presented this testimony.)

Excerpts of the NIH 1994 Report:

a) NIH Panel Findings and Recommendations: “Violence constitutes the second leading cause of death for youth in America, and it poses a health risk for persons of all ages.” (Further Panel Findings and Recommendations)

b) The NIH RESEARCH PORTFOLIO: “With the exception of the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), violence research has not been a major priority at NIH (25)”. View Page 75.

c) “In fiscal 1992 the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development spent about $8.9 million on research related to violence (33) (…) Other ongoing research projects focus on such things as self-injurious behavior, aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, the effect of domestic violence on young children (child abuse), and intervention to lower violence-related morbidity and mortality among minority youth.” View Page 76.

d) Appendix F: “devoting as much money to peace studies as to studies of violence” (46) This is the only reference to Dr. Prescott’s extensive testimony. No mention of history of NICHD research on child abuse and neglect nor developmental origins of violence. View Page 121.

e) Summary September 22-24, 1993 meeting: 2nd paragraph: “To date, investment across all Institutes and ICDs in violence-related research has been minuscule relative to the total NIH budget (i.e.0.5%).” View Page 138.


It is generally known (back to medieval or ancient times) that deprivation of sensory stimuli like voice and vision in the early phases of human life will cause irreversible mental retardation in the child. Also the prevention of child play will cause intellectual deficits in the adult. But eyes, ears and the nose are not the only human sensory systems.

Additionally there are the two body sensor systems, the “somatosensors”. One is the vestibular sensor for maintaining orientation and upright walk. The other one is the skin, for sensing touch.


Through the work of James W. Prescott, Ph.D. and various others until the mid 1970s it was established that these previously neglected senses are of overwhelming importance for the development of social abilities for adult life. Their deprivation in childhood is a major cause for adult violence.

James W. Prescott, Ph.D., was a health scientist administrator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the Institutes of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1966 to 1980. He created and directed the Developmental Behavioral Biology Program at the NICHD where he initiated NICHD supported research programs that documented how the failure of “Mother Love” in infant monkeys adversely affected the biological development of their brains. These astonishing abnormal brain changes underlie the behaviors of depression, impulse dyscontrol and violence that result from mother-infant separations.


These behavioral effects were confirmed in his studies on primitive cultures including the effects of sensory deprivation of human sexual pleasure and affection during adolescence. The results of these scientific studies do not support the many traditional religious and cultural values throughout the world, which deny the importance of “Mothering” and of youth affectional sexual relationships for peaceful and loving behaviors.

The continuation of this research was obstructed and eventually cancelled by the NICHD. Even the existence and results of these NICHD supported research programs was consciously omitted in a recent NIH publication.

On this web site, you can read the whole story. Here you can read a short history of Dr. Prescott’s research and the full text of the groundbreaking article “Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence”, watch the complete Time Life video documentary Rock A Bye Baby, browse the comprehensive archive of scientific papers and visit related websites from our list of selected links.

By James W. Prescott
From “The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists”, November 1975, pp. 10-20

A neuropsychologist contends that the greatest threat to world peace comes from those nations which have the most depriving environments for their children and which are most repressive of sexual affection and female sexuality.
James W. Prescott

What we have learned from the programs of research on the developmental origins of violence, NICHD 1966-1980, are the following:

1. The single most important cause of violent behavior, the developmental depression that precedes it, and the later drug/alcohol abuse that is used to treat the emotional pain that underlies the rage of uncontrolled violence is the failure of physical affectional bonding in the maternal-infant relationship; the paternal-child relationship and the failure of adolescent sexual affectional bonding. In short, it is the failure of physical love in human relationships that begins with the failure of that physical love when the infant is not permitted to bond with the body of its mother which then begins the infant’s journey of depression, rage, hatred and violence for not being loved. Thus, the peril of infant and child day care centers which impedes, if not prevents, the affectional bonding between mother and her infant/child and, thus, all later affectional bonds.

2. Experimental studies of isolation-reared infant monkeys documented that maternal-infant separation constitutes a specific form of somatosensory affectional deprivation (SAD) that involves the somesthetic (touch) and vestibular-cerebellar (movement) sensory systems and results in a variety of abnormalities of brain development that includes structural, neurochemical and neuroelectrical abnormalities. It is these brain abnormalities that mediate the depression, chronic stimulus seeking behaviors, including self-mutilation, and pathologic violence against other animals that are invariably observed consequent to maternal-social deprivation or isolation rearing.

3. Building upon the insights from these experimental animal studies, I conducted cross-cultural studies on 49 primitive cultures distributed throughout the world and was able to predict with 100% accuracy the peaceful and violent nature of these 49 primitive cultures from two predictor variables: a) the degree of physical affectional bonding in the maternal-infant relationship; and b) whether premarital adolescent sex was permitted or punished. There were 29 peaceful and 20 violent cultures in this study sample. There is no other theory or data base that I am aware of that can provide such a prediction of peaceful or violent behaviors and that can relate such findings to specific sensory processes and brain mechanisms of the individual.

4. It is the neuronal systems of the brain which mediate pleasure that regulate and control depression, violence and drug/alcohol abuse and addiction. This control and regulation is provided through the mechanisms of reciprocal inhibition. When the neuronal pleasure circuits of the brain are damaged by SAD-DNS (Somatosensory Affectional Deprivation/Denervation Supersensitivity) then they cannot perform their normative role of regulation and inhibition of those neuronal circuits that mediate depression and violent behaviors.

5. Depressive and Violent Behaviors cannot be understood nor prevented until we understand the neurobiological and neuropsychological role of physical pleasure that must be integrated into those higher brain structures that mediate consciousness and those transcendental states of human spirituality that we call love. Non-integrated pleasure leads to sexual violence and sado-masochism–a consequence of SAD-DNS.

6. Physical affectional pleasure is not only moral but is morally necessary if we are to become moral and spiritual persons in our common bond with humanity. The understanding of the nature of human love is a proper subject for scientific study and such studies are essential if human violence is to be understood and prevented….

James W. Prescott Bonding, Brain, Intelligence & PLAY from Touch the Future on Vimeo.

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Bill Gates exhibiting stereotypical rocking movement characteristic of early vestibular (motion) sensory deprivation.  Infant primates are absolutely desperate to be picked up, hugged and carried (not carted).   If they’re deprived of this essential input, they try hard to simulate it later.   Early vestibular sensory deprivation is strongly tied to adult violence and psychopathy.

The rich and powerful families were the first to be subjected to “science” as applied to birth and early child care, including medicalized birth , circumcision , mother deprivation , “crying it out” , nannies and childhood boarding schools.   This explains a lot of history.

Institutionalized child rocking his head and body Isolation-reared monkey rocking its head and body
Institutionalized child
rocking his head and body
Isolation-reared monkey
rocking its head and body



Child rearing practices of distant ancestors foster morality, compassion in kids

Baby strollers and the the normalization of (natural 4pi steradian) vestibular and tactile sensory deprivation:

Censored: The Science of Human Nature and Early Childhood Experience

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