Disturbing News Breaks About Biden Administration


Recently, Florida’s surgeon general released a statement  on the “treatment of gender dysphoria for children and adolescents.” The document looks to “clarify” assertions made in a Department of Health and Human Services “fact-sheet” about trans-identifying youth. Whereas the HHS file declared that “early affirming care is crucial to overall health and well-being,” Florida’s one-page summary warns of “low-quality evidence, small sample sizes, and medium to high risk of bias.”

Insofar as the standards caution against gender-transitioning drugs and surgical treatments for minors, Florida is following Europe’s lead. The Florida memo does go even more in its specific care versus social shifts.

In 2021, gender-dysphoria specialists in the Netherlands– where youth gender shifts were first originated– stated that “more research is really necessary, and very much needed.” Thomas Steensma of the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam UMC confessed that “little research has been done so far on treatment with puberty blockers and hormones in young people. That is why it is also seen as experimental.”

In February, Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) provided an upgrade on its service standards for kids and youth with gender dysphoria, pointing out “uncertain science” and “no definite conclusions about the effect and safety of the treatments” as factors to conclude that “the risks outweigh the benefits at present.” The Florida memo is precise, then, in aligning itself with Europe’s significantly careful technique: “These guidelines are also in line with the guidance, reviews, and recommendations from Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, and France.”

Obviously, this is not the impression you would get from progressive culture warriors.  “The Florida department of health is attempting to demonize life-saving, critical, medically-necessary healthcare for transgender youth,” Daniel Tilley, legal director for the ACLU of Florida, stated in a declaration.

The Washington Post reported that the Florida memo was out of action with  “leading medical guidance,” without so much as acknowledging the medical patterns in European nations. The Post’s story firmly insists that the “largest medical organizations in the country — including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics,” as well as the Endocrine Society, “have publicly supported gender-affirming care.”

The policy declarations and standards of such medical companies are usually crafted by a little group of clinicians, and typically consist of politically encouraged non-clinicians. The AAP’s 2018 standards were completely exposed by scientific psychologist and sexologist James Cantor in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy:

Although almost all clinics and professional associa1dations in the world use what’s called the watchful waiting approach to helping gender diverse (GD) children, the AAP statement instead rejected that consensus, endorsing gender affirmation as the only acceptable approach. Remarkably, not only did the AAP statement fail to include any of the actual outcomes literature on such cases, but it also misrepresented the contents of its citations, which repeatedly said the very opposite of what AAP attributed to them.

As Dr. C. Alan Hopewell, the senior medical neuropsychologist in the state of Texas discussed throughout the 2019 deposition for the James Younger trial: “Just because an organization takes a stand really doesn’t have anything to do with either science or the membership of the body itself.”

The Washington Post likewise quotes scientific activist Jack Turban, a fellow in kid and teen psychiatry at Stanford University, whose methods (to say nothing of his less than professional conduct on social networks) have actually drawn in strong criticism from other scientists.

“The suggestion that social transitions should be avoided for trans youth goes against all existing medical guidelines and data,” Turban told the Post [emphasis added]. Are social shifts, which reduce the possibility that a kid will mentally fix up with his or her sex by the end of teenage years, now a one-size-fits-all treatment? Turban appears to believe so.

“Refusing to allow a child to socially transition results in shame, damaged relationships between the child and the [provider], and damaged relationships between the child and their parents — all of these result in anxiety, depression and bad mental health outcomes,” Turban also stated.

Which is more engaging? The careful tone of clinical query, as revealed by the European clinicians, or dyed-in-the-wool ideological certainty?

H/T National Review

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