Endocrinologists are pushing back against a recent statement by the Pediatric Endocrine Society which asserts that puberty-blocking drugs are “reversible” and effective at alleviating the distress of “having the wrong puberty.”
The Tuesday statement from the Pediatric Endocrine Society, which was couched in concern for “transgender and gender diverse youth and their families,” spoke against public discourse that delegitimizes self-expressed gender identities. Such negative discourse, the group said, undermines the rights of youth who identify as the opposite sex to express their identity as they wish and to receive “gender-affirming” therapies and medical treatments.
The statement goes on to assert that adolescents “with maturity to understand the consequences of this treatment, can initiate hormone therapy,” and claims that puberty blockers are supported by medical evidence to improve the well-being of persons who self-identify as transgender. Chemical puberty suppression is described as a “reversible treatment that decreases the distress of having the wrong puberty.”
Such claims are patently false, said Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist based in Rocklin, California, in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post. “What these medical societies have created is an institutionalized childhood pathway toward sterility.”
When asked by CP if he could explain why organizations that are ostensibly out to help children would recommend treatments that disrupt the normal process of puberty, he said it’s critical to understand that, with respect to this topic, medical organizations like the Endocrine Society, Pediatric Endocrine Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have been taken over by the most radical elements of the profession.
“These radical trans activists were involved in writing the Endocrine Society guidelines in 2009 and 2017. These are low to no quality evidence guidelines, and anyone can read for themselves the poor evidence they have for these treatments for children and adolescents. There is no long-term evidence for benefits for these treatments. These drugs are not FDA approved for this condition. They have created a pathway toward sterility,” Laidlaw stressed.
Laidlaw recounted a Dutch study of 70 children who were on puberty-blocking drugs, every one of which continued on to cross-sex hormones. Most of them went even further and underwent masculinizing or feminizing surgical procedures.
“All of those who started on blockers and went to cross sex hormones are infertile. Those who had gonads removed are sterilized,” he said.
One postoperative patient died as result of a flesh-eating bacteria, a disease called necrotizing fasciitis.
The PES statement comes on the heels of the case of 7-year-old James Younger, a boy at the center of bitter custody dispute in Texas. Younger’s legal mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, a pediatrician in Coppell, Texas, insists the boy is female and intends to transition him to a girl named Luna, a name Georgulas picked herself. James is a twin to his brother, Jude. Georgulas became pregnant with the twin boys by using eggs from a third-party donor.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter