“The ‘medicalization’ of gender” is pretty high on the top of phrases that we never expected to hear in America, but that’s exactly what’s happening in our insane culture today.
According to The Christian Post, government-funded research now allows girls as young as 8-years-old receive hormone “treatments” such as testosterone.
In a discussion last week at the Heritage Foundation, Dr. Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist from California, spoke out against the very real harm done to these children in the form of hormonal treatments and surgical interventions to conform them to their believed sex. Doctors administering and advocating for these dangerous treatments need to stop, he declared.
And it doesn’t stop with hormone “therapy”. We’re seeing 13- and 14-year-old girls getting double mastectomies and 17-year-old boys ending up with seriously underdeveloped genitalia because of chemical puberty blockers Laidlaw explained.
As a culture, we’ve officially gone insane and are allowing “gender identity” to dominate the practice of pediatric medicine. The concept of gender identity was defined in a recent court case as a person’s “core internal sense” of their own gender and that it was the “primary factor” in determining their sex, not biology, Laidlaw stated.
There is no blood test, genetic testing, or brain imaging scans that can pinpoint “gender identity,” Laidlaw said, adding “there is no objective test to diagnose this, yet we are giving very harmful therapies on the basis of no objective diagnosis.” There is no way to empirically confirm “gender identity”, so why on earth does this abstract notion hold so much sway when it comes to treating children?
The hormone blockers used to halt the normal onset of puberty in confused kids are intended to be used to treat prostate cancer patients and children with precocious puberty. Instead, these drugs are being prescribed to children “off-label” with a total disregard for FDA approval and safety testing. Hormone blockers can also disrupt normal brain and bone development, putting kids at an increased risk of osteoporosis.
GHT According to Laidlaw, The Endocrine Society, the largest professional association for endocrinologists, now recommends delaying puberty in such children at Tanner stage 2, shortly after the pubertal signals in the brain begin to occur.
Most tragically of all, the greatest danger these chemically and surgically altered children face is self-harm.
Laidlaw pointed to the work of Oxford professor Michael Biggs, who discovered that children treated at England’s Tavistock gender clinic given puberty blockers reported greater self-harm, greater emotional problems, and greater dissatisfaction with their bodies.
You’d think that such obvious and dangerous side effects, these people might take notice and stop drugging these poor children.
During Laidlaw’s presentation to the Heritage Foundation, he played video clips of two doctors, Ilana Sherer and Johanna Olson-Kennedy, who are active participants in this travesty.
Christian Post reports:
Sherer explained that puberty blockers are given to children at age 8 or 9, when they are in third and fourth grades. Olson-Kennedy is doing a 5-year study, for which she has received a $5.7 million National Institutes of Health research grant, and in one of her publications, it shows that mastectomies have been done on girls as young as 13. In the clip Laidlaw showed, Olson-Kennedy is seen on tape insisting adolescents have the capacity to make life-altering decisions, including to have their breasts removed.
“And here’s the other thing about chest surgery: If you want breasts at a later point in your life, you can go and get them,” she says in the video.
“Is that correct? Can you just get a new organ, mail-order it and have surgeons put it in,” Laidlaw asked his audience. “You cannot.”
“This whole thing is an experiment on children,” he declared. “We are ignoring the voices of desisters and people who have come out of this and recognize their sex. And the NIH is allowing unethical research to be conducted on adolescents, in my opinion.”
Laidlaw and a handful of the few physicians bold enough to stand up to this madness used Freedom Of Information Act requests to obtain more information about Olson-Kennedy’s study at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. They unearthed the fact that in 2017, these people lowered the minimum age for cross-sex hormones from 13 to 8.
“Imagine giving 8-year-old girls testosterone,” Laidlaw said. “They are in 3rd or 4th grade. This is unbelievable. But this is going on.”
When physicians like Laidlaw speak out, however, the ideologues on the LGBT left don’t just let them get away with it. Doctors and psychologists like J. Michael Bailey, Kenneth Zucker, and James Caspian have had their reputations shattered, their families doxxed, their research misrepresented, and their clinics shuttered, all at the hands of the anti-science mob.
Marian Rutigliano, an internal medicine specialist from Baltimore, told The Heritage Foundation that physicians who dare to denounce untested gender treatments are routinely and viciously bullied, slandered, and ultimately silenced by trans activists whose infectious ideology has even reached the highest seats of our professional medical associations.
If we don’t stand up and fight alongside Laidlaw and those like him, this situation is only going to get worse. The nation’s largest LGBT rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, had a grossly inappropriate lead role in guiding and co-authoring the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 professional guidelines on the care of gender-confused children. The lead author of those guidelines, a 25-year-old trans-identified female, is not even a doctor. Out of the guidelines’ 12 authors, just five were physicians of any sort.
This is pure ideology, not science, not medicine. It’s hijacking our healthcare system, and children are ultimately the victims.
“Elaine,” the pseudonymed mother of a child who has undergone hormone treatment, also spoke on the panel, urging listeners to speak out against transgender medicalization and “gender therapy”.
“It’s not acceptable for doctors to remove healthy limbs from children, so why is it acceptable for doctors to remove healthy reproductive organs from children?” the tearful, emotional mom asked. “The ‘experts’ tell parents that it is harmful to question their children’s beliefs, that they must support their children’s medical transition, which includes a lifetime dependence on hormones, and that if parents do not comply, their children will be at higher risk of suicide.”
“These parents are being lied to as their children are harmed and their families are torn apart,” she said, declaring that these children “need proper therapy and guidance, not drugs and surgeries. And the medical practices that are abusing them need to be shut down.”
Amen! This disturbing movement cannot be allowed to gain another inch in the medical treatment—or maltreatment—of our children!
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