A pediatrician’s blunt take on transgenderism and the dangers of normalizing the diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children has gone viral.
During a recent Heritage Foundation forum titled “Gender Dysphoria in Children: Understanding the Science and Medicine,” Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, issued a stern rebuke against what she sees to be a growing trend amongst parents and physicians to perpetrate the idea that children as young as pre-school age “can be trapped in the wrong body” and, therefore, require “chemical castration” via “puberty blockers” to correct “gender confusion.”
Watch Cretella’s remarks below:
Watch this pediatrician shut down leftists on giving puberty blockers to children with gender dysphoria. pic.twitter.com/xHmGMx9d8N
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) October 13, 2017
Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers. It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development and bad for kids.
Sterilization [is] not good for kids. Prepping them for what will likely result in a case in girls a double mastectomy at 16 — not how you treat depression or anxiety and I have plenty of experience treating teenagers with depression, anxiety, even suicidal depression. Indoctrinating pre-school kids with the lie that you can be trapped in the wrong body, again, that’s disrupting their normal reality testing and cognitive development. Those things are abusive.
As to the studies, there are two that I am aware of that claim affirming your child’s gender confusion is good for them. Number one, it assumes that coaching a child into a fixed-false belief is mentally healthy. Science doesn’t allow you to assume your conclusion. Number two, those studies are extremely small. Number three, those studies are very short term. And number four, the control group of “mentally healthy children” are the siblings, most of them are siblings of the trans-identifying child. Oh, and there’s a number five, the parents were the ones evaluating the mental health of the children.
This is not science. I don’t think you need to have an M.D. or a Ph.D to know that’s not science — that’s ideology masquerading as science.
This is not the first time the pediatrician has spoken out on the topic. Cretella has published peer-reviewed papers on the subject, and, over the summer, she wrote an article for the Daily Signal, in which she lamented how transgender ideology has “infiltrated” the medical field and “produced large-scale child abuse.”
She wrote that in her 17 years of clinical practice and 12 years of research for the American College of Pediatricians, she has “witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity.”
“What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal,” Cretella explained. “The transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story.”
Read the article HERE.