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Liberal Media Begins to Notice Problems Associated with Transgender Medical Treatments for Kids

Liberal Media Begins to Notice Problems Associated with Transgender Medical Treatments for Kids

NYT notes health effects with puberty blockers, and Reuters reports on the disparity between number of girls vs boys undergoing treatment.

I recently described, in detail, the side effects associated with endocrine-disrupting puberty blockers that are being used on children undergoing transgender medical treatments.

My colleague, New Neo, also reported that the United Kingdom’s National Health Service was rethinking policies related to providing these drugs to British kids. The new policies will place restrictions on puberty blockers. Additionally, medical doctors, not therapists, will be expected to lead the provision of transgender services.

Finally, the mainstream media may now be gender-transitioning questioning. The New York Times recently published a rather lengthy piece on the health effects of puberty blockers when used on children.

…[A]as an increasing number of adolescents identify as transgender — in the United States, an estimated 300,000 ages 13 to 17 and an untold number who are younger — concerns are growing among some medical professionals about the consequences of the drugs, a New York Times examination found. The questions are fueling government reviews in Europe, prompting a push for more research and leading some prominent specialists to reconsider at what age to prescribe them and for how long. A small number of doctors won’t recommend them at all.

Dutch doctors first offered puberty blockers to transgender adolescents three decades ago, typically following up with hormone treatment to help patients transition. Since then, the practice has spread to other countries, with varying protocols, little documentation of outcomes and no government approval of the drugs for that use, including by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

But there is emerging evidence of potential harm from using blockers, according to reviews of scientific papers and interviews with more than 50 doctors and academic experts around the world.

The drugs suppress estrogen and testosterone, hormones that help develop the reproductive system but also affect the bones, the brain and other parts of the body.  [hat-tip, Ace of Spades HQ]

Additionally, Reuters just published a piece focusing in the disparity between the number of females transitioning to the number of males doing so.

Thousands of children who, like Kulovitz, were assigned female at birth have sought gender-affirming care in recent years. And for reasons not well-understood, they significantly outnumber those assigned male at birth who seek treatment.

As Reuters reported in October, a growing number of the children receiving care at the 100-plus gender clinics across the United States are opting for medical interventions – puberty-blocking drugs, hormones and, less often, surgery. And they are doing so even though strong scientific evidence of the long-term safety and efficacy of these treatments for children is scant.

That has led to a split among gender-care specialists: those who urge caution to ensure that only adolescents deemed well-suited to treatment after thorough evaluation receive it, and those who believe that delays in treatment unnecessarily prolong a child’s distress and put them at risk of self-harm.

The outsized proportion of adolescents seeking treatment to transition from female to male has sparked parallel concerns. Professionals in the gender-care community agree that treatment of all transgender children should be supportive and affirming. The question, for some, is whether peer groups and online media may be influencing some of these patients to pursue medical transition, with potentially irreversible side effects, at a time in their lives when their identities are often in flux.

The science, truthfully presented, coupled with a few lawsuits should stop these medical travesties.


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Johns Hopkins ran a study for decades adn released the data several years ago. It’s unfortunate “the next big thing” never entails doing your research.

    That’s when Johns Hopkins completely halted their sex change surgeries…. until the radical left lost their minds about it.

    MajorWood in reply to 2smartforlibs. | November 20, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    It is like WuFlu. People started to die from it and suddenly no one died from the flu for two years. We are in a situation where ten years ago there were 300,000 mentally ill adolescents, and now we have zero mentally ill adolescents and 300,000 kids who are gender confused. Same stuff, just repackaged, as always. My old mentor at Hopkins summed up this process the best when everyone was all hot on CBD to treat fibromyalgia and he simply said “a factitious treatment for a factitious disorder.” I can’t wait until we get back to calling it depression.

      gibbie in reply to MajorWood. | November 20, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      If your old mentor thinks fibromyalgia is a “factitious disorder” then I consider him to be ignorant. Certainly, fibromyalgia is a description (“muscle pain”) rather than a diagnosis, but just because you can’t “see” somebody’s pain, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

      Does he also think that dysautonomia and POTS are “factitious”?

      rwingjr in reply to MajorWood. | November 21, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      I believe that almost all those who claim to be transgender and want to transistion, suffer from a mental illness. However, fibromyalgia is not depression, not even close. Those with fibromyalgia may also suffer from depression and/or depression symptoms, but those with depression rarely suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms.

        bhwms in reply to rwingjr. | November 23, 2022 at 3:37 pm

        I’ve had to counsel several people with fibromyalgia. About half had serious mental health issues in addition to muscle pain. One who I would say had a healthy mental state (other than being in constant pain) had a blood test for it and it was positive. It was explained to me that fibromyalgia was a set of symptoms for which they had one identified disorder. At the time, about 10% of those tested were positive for this disorder (whatever it is). I have no idea what is going on now – I haven’t had to deal with it in 3-4 years.

    henrybowman in reply to 2smartforlibs. | November 20, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    This whole contemporary circus atmosphere of “screw the trials, just release it to real live patients, what could go wrong?” has me wondering if I’ve been underestimating the march of the miseducated morons into the workforce. I’ve been assuming most of the “wokeness majors” are still in colleges and “just wait until they hit the workforce, they’ll find out what the real world is like.” Now I’m wondering how long they’ve already been in the workforce to screw up entire medical fields like this.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | November 20, 2022 at 7:44 pm

      As a Gen X my observation has been that the academic and activist groundwork was expanding in the 1990’s. This is when the Boomers, more specifically the Yuppies, began to feel guilty about making money and sending their kids to private school. Small but noticeable presence.

      They began hiring folks with these attitudes into positions of power. Many times creating positions for them. These hired like-minded others. Overtime they altered the culture of the institutions. Look at higher ED and the growth in administration. Same for corporate HR and govt at all levels.

      The populist right scares these weirdo activists. They realize we know they are a hindrance, that they subtract not add value. See Musk and Twitter. That’s what eventually awaits them; being shown the door and the engines still running long after they leave. They are afraid others will discover this truth and act on it because they are grifters.

Morning Sunshine | November 20, 2022 at 10:40 am

I have read a number of de-transition stories (as I have friends whose youth are trans) and there seems to be two common threads in the F-M group.

1 – These girls are lonely. The female psyche is a social one, and they NEED socialization. If they come out as trans, they have LOTS of support and friends and people who care about their well-being.

2- AND – a big flag for me – they are exposed to porn where they see women as weak, subjective, and exploited. They do not want to be weak, they do not want to be some male’s play thing, and so they decide that if they are male, they are safe.

the irony of both is that the support is only transitory; once they start questioning their transitions, they have worse than loneliness – they get abused. And by mutilating their bodies to not be exploited by men, they are are exploited by others.

    Kind of. Teens are emotional and crave socialization and acceptance. Vulnerable teens who don’t fit in with the ‘normal’ ones have ALWAYS sought outlets and groups that let them feel like they belonged. Fads have been going in and out for decades – emo, goth, metrosexual, there have ALWAYS been fads by rebellious teens trying to find an edgy group that they feel like they can socialize with.

    Girls not fitting in with the mean girl cheerleaders and being ostracized by other girls, then being a tomboy to try and hang out with the guys has been going on for centuries in the US.

    They almost always grow out of it – how many adults have come across pictures/posts from their teenage days and said, ‘Holy crap what was I THINKING??’

    It was only in the last 5 years that the insane left starting saying that being a rebellious emotional teenager meant they needed permanently life-destroying drugs and surgery.

      henrybowman in reply to Olinser. | November 20, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Don’t forget those other old standbys: gangs, cults, cliques, drugs, clubs.
      As I may have posted here before, each generation has its own unique message that the previous generation pounded into their skulls (in reverse order):

      Don’t be racist (or anything elseist).
      Save the planet and the whales.
      Stranger Danger! Stay off milk cartons!
      Dope is for dopes, stay in school.
      It isn’t about winning or losing.
      Just say no to premarital sex.
      All you need is love.
      Question authority.

      My generation had: Resist conformity and peer pressure (“delinquency”).
      It was literally my mother who invented, “if Johnny jumped off a bridge, would you?”
      And this is why I’m the bitter, skeptical cynic you have all grown to know and love.
      And I wouldn’t trade it for the world, because it practically makes me a psychic.
      Compare this to today’s zeitgeist, which is “Conform or be cancelled.”
      I think there’s no question which attitude produced a better America.

Messing with hormones is more far reaching than secondary sexual features. Growth, brain development and other major systemic events rely on specific hormones at specific times. You can block hormones, but other hormones will be thrown out of balance. Mastectomies and orchidectomies are just plain destructive unless there is a cancer present.

Children, and children pretending to be parents, are not equipped to realize what the long term effects are, never mind regret after the fact, which adds another mental health component into the mix.

After watching Matt Walsh’s “What is a woman?” I am particularly appalled at the statements by the so called “experts” about “reversibility” and “no harm.” Complete and utter rubbish. I would love to see the primary sources for these conclusions. They likely appear in one of those junk science journals.

Parents should not allow these charlatans to have any control over their kids. The schools are enablers as well.

What is the suicide rates of those that receive “gender affirming care” versus those that do not?

    Morning Sunshine in reply to Dathurtz. | November 20, 2022 at 11:14 am

    considering many of these children are already depressed and lonely, I am not sure suicide rates are a valid statistic. At least not in the long term. I could believe that short term, say 1-5 years, those who receive “gender affirming care” do not commit suicide immediately as they are now surrounded by people who claim to love and support them. But as the novelty wears off, and the hormones and surgeries canNOT fix their underlying problem of perceived worthlessness, the suicide rates, would, I believe, equalize.

    my opinion.

    Olinser in reply to Dathurtz. | November 20, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    There is an immediate and exclusively short-term lowering of the rates.

    After just a handful of years it skyrockets, and the overall long-term rate is completely unchanged.

    henrybowman in reply to Dathurtz. | November 20, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    It’s pretty generally accepted that around 40% of transitioners attempt suicide (afterwards).
    The number who actually succeed is less widely available. I’m still waiting for it.

    Valerie in reply to Dathurtz. | November 20, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    The Johns Hopkins study above found that hormone treatments and surgery did not touch the suicide rate (about 40%).

As a nurse I have taken care of many trans kids and young adults.
It isn’t pretty and many are suicidal

The medical Community in America has become on level With the Nazis of Germany of this world.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to gonzotx. | November 20, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    I remarked elsewhere that we have plenty of Mengele types, and Mengele wanna-bes in medicine. It’s appalling.

    SpeakUpNow in reply to gonzotx. | November 21, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Can someone please explain the expression “assigned at birth”? I’d like to know who is doing the assigning…Does anyone else find this tortured use of words to avoid saying “born male or born female” beyond annoying?

      Doctor looks down, sees a banana, and announces, “Congratulations! It’s a boy!”

      Doctor looks down, doesn’t see a banana, and announces, “Congratulations! It’s a girl!”

      Nurse writes it down, and calls admissions to say they have a new admission – a baby boy or girl. Birth certificate is drawn up by hospital administration, checking the box next to “male” or “female,” then signed by the attending doctor awaiting only the name assigned by the parents – thus “assigning” the child’s sex.

Morning Sunshine- good points I think.

They have a big problem coming as they have pushed this for so many years and now have tens of thousands of cases to deal with in the future.

IMO we should anticipate more CYA from the media and chattering class. They made a choice to declare that anyone who didn’t jump onboard the trans train with full approval was a bad person with bad motives. That those of who objected did so due to ideological reasons or religious zealotry.

They achieved their goal of getting this abomination rolling. Now it is far more widespread. Which means there are now far more victims of this cruel exploitation of emotionally vulnerable children. A growing number of whom are now denouncing those who exploited them and those who enabled that exploitation.

No amnesty for those who exploited emotionally vulnerable children for profit and political gain. No amnesty for those who enabled this abomination.

    chrisboltssr in reply to CommoChief. | November 20, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Yep, and I hope these victims sue the ever living daylights out any and all entities who pushed them to undergo these heinous acts of mutilation.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to chrisboltssr. | November 20, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      Including their mommies-dearest.

        That’s the worst part IMO. I can understand a grifter Physician selling the latest panacea but to allow your child to undergo this process? WTF?

        Parents seeking affinity and vanity at their kids expense. It’s incomprehensible to me to do that. Parents are supposed to put themselves between danger and their minor children not exploit or experiment on them for social cachet.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | November 20, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    “IMO we should anticipate more CYA from the media and chattering class.”

    “🎶 We didn’t know! We deserve an amnesty! 🎶”

“Thousands of children who … were assigned female at birth”

As long as they are still pushing this lie, they can’t be taken seriously.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | November 20, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Thousands of children who, like Kulovitz, were assigned female at birth have sought gender-affirming care in recent years. And for reasons not well-understood, they significantly outnumber those assigned male at birth who seek treatment.

“assigned male/female at birth” … LOL. that is the most idiotic description around.

Traditionally, the tranny insanity has been strictly male. Women didn’t have any reason to go tranny since they have always been allowed to wear men’s clothes and society has long known that tomboys are, for the part, just going through a phase and will end up as normal women. Sure, some small percentage would turn out to be dykes, but even then they understood, full well, that they were women.

What we have now is the new fashionable female neurosis. No longer is society to benefit from the silence of hysterical paralysis. No longer do we have to be locked out of bathrooms for hours on end while young girls are purging their latest meals. Now, the new fashion is for disturbed young girls to pretend they are guys, and society is encouraging this radical new lunacy.

This whole tranny episode is exposing the deep, dark sickness that pervades Western society. Not only is the whole tranny idea stupid beyond words; it is demented and perverted beyond almost all historical comparisons. We have, right now, pretty much the sickest group of people alive who have ever inhabited this Earth … and there’s a good reason why it has never happened before, which we are about to find out.

    I also worked an eating disorder clinic, some incredibly sick people, not only the clients

    Found out later that the 2 running it, both females, were having sexual
    Relationships with the in patient clients.

    Almost to a t, the clients had been sexually abused by family members

    Easy Pickens

    That kind of crazy really never heals.

    I became really disgusted with the Mental
    health community, but now I’m
    Really disgusted with the entire medical community.

    My Drs are older, bright and no where near woke, but once they retire, I’m screwed, as we all

    Chose wisely

Also the Eating Disorder directors, were of course, from California

Someone help me out. Trying to find a recent story told by a young girl who regrets attempting to transition male. She says “I have a visible adam’s apple” now. She says “I don’t know if anyone will (ever) wanna date me.” She says “I threw my life away”.
My heart broke.
Have searched and re-searched and can confirm (no surprise) that Google search does not want these stories to see the light of day

There is no such thing as being “assigned” male or female. Male or female is what you ARE and no amount of physical and psychological mutilation will change that.

Who thought up this garbage?

    henrybowman in reply to DSHornet. | November 20, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    The left, exclusively.
    The clique that is convinced that the most effective way to make a shithole environment more appealing is to use brighter colors on its map… rather than to do the actual work needed to clean the place up.
    Change the language, escape the unsavory connotations of the old terms….
    …for a short time, anyway, until the unsavory connotations inevitably catch up and pollute the new terms.
    Dumb, cretin, slow, retarded, challenged, special… the history of all the “nice” left-approved words we were once supposed to use to replace “stupid.”
    How long did they stay nice? Would you like to be called any of these today?
    “Don we now our gay apparel.”

Common sense said this was a concern a loooong time ago.

The headline was great (“liberal media”) but then there was the following in the article.

“Finally, the mainstream media may now be gender-transitioning questioning. The New York Times recently published a rather lengthy piece on the health effects of puberty blockers…”

Why does the author say the NYT is “mainstream”. The inability of the right to consistency call out the leftist press but, instead, compliments them by calling them “mainstream” is disheartening. With inconsistent messaging like this, it is no wonder they fail against the leftist, socialist juggernaut.

Dolce Far Niente | November 21, 2022 at 10:25 am

It is also obvious that girls who have been sexually abused make up a significant portion of these sad children.

What better way to escape abuse than to stop being female?

The primary intellectual trait of a liberal is the ability to totally ignore the obvious.

The outsized proportion of adolescents seeking treatment to transition from female to male has sparked parallel concerns.

This could become a major problem with enforcing sex equality in higher education, especially in STEM subjects.

And for reasons not well-understood, they significantly outnumber those assigned male at birth who seek treatment.

That is extremely odd, as adult MTF transsexuals vastly outnumber FTM transsexuals.

The outsized proportion of adolescents seeking treatment to transition from female to male has sparked parallel concerns

Why? Because you don’t give a damn about doing this to boys so you have no “concerns”?