Joe Biden should listen to the BMJ on trans guidance
The President is confused about medical interventions for young people
I don’t suppose President Biden reads the British Medical Journal. If he did, he might not be so keen on defending all sorts of invasive procedures for children with gender dysphoria, including surgery. In a ground-breaking editorial, the BMJ has acknowledged that US guidance for treatment of young people is not based on evidence.
An investigation of the practice in the US has found that “more and more young people are being offered medical and surgical intervention for gender transition, sometimes bypassing any psychological support”. Such practices are supported by guidance from medical societies and organisations, but the BMJ says the strength of the recommendations is not matched by the strength of the evidence — and “the risk of overtreatment of gender dysphoria is real”.
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Not according to the President, however. In a TV interview broadcast on Monday evening, he condemned a proposed measure in Florida to ban medical interventions for under-18s as ‘cruel’. Adopting the folksy rhetoric he favours when speaking about the trans issue, Biden sounded like a regretful preacher looking out at a world that’s disappointed him. “What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful,” he said.
Florida’s boards of medicine and osteopathic medicine recently carried out an evidence review and voted to restrict hormonal and surgical treatment for minors, although patients already receiving cross-sex hormones are exempt. In the UK, many people are uncomfortable with the prospect of teenage girls being referred for treatments such as double mastectomies, euphemistically known as ‘top surgery’ by trans activists.
The climate in the US is very different, as Biden’s incoherent ramblings attest:
‘Inclinations’ are hardly a reliable guide to treatment. Yet the affirmative model favoured in the US demonises doctors who ask questions, sometimes putting children and adolescents on an irreversible path before they’re old enough to understand the consequences. Last year, in a major policy shift, NHS England warned that most children who identify as transgender are going through a ‘transient phase’. It recommends a policy of ‘watchful waiting’ to avoid the risk of unnecessary interventions.
It’s the polar opposite of what’s happening in the US, where a clamour for young people’s ‘gender identities’ to be affirmed has led to an exponential increase in double mastectomies in teenagers. They rose from around 100 in 2016 to almost 500 in 2019, with an age range from 12 to 17. The testimony of detransitioners is barely heard, allowing the treatment of young people with dysphoria to become a bitterly contested political issue.
Democrats support gender-affirming care for ‘trans kids’ and denounce anyone who argues against it as a MAGA-loving Trump supporter. It’s a very different situation from this country, where the opposition to extreme gender ideology has been led by Left-wing feminists. The BMJ’s anxiety that “there is little room for constructive dialogue” applies more to the US than it does here, where the harm done by encouraging children to transition is widely recognised.
The BMJ points out that the best interests of young people require “evidence-informed” care. The widespread use of invasive treatments in the US without that evidence is a scandal. But it’s what happens when influential people like the President prefer quasi-religious nonsense to science.
Well said and well said by the BMJ. This aught to be plain common sense. You don’t allow children to undergo irreversible procedures or procedures that have severe health consequences later in life until such time as they are old enough to have fully thought this through. At the least, the minimum age should be 18, but in the US it should probably be at least 21, given that anybody below the age of 21 isn’t even allowed to order or buy an alcoholic drink of any sort (whether in a restaurant, bar or liqor store).
But enough about circumcision.
Joe Biden is a senile husk being run by nefarious DC insiders, so this is a rather pointless article from that perspective. Florida is waking the rest of the country up to this medical horror being perpetrated on vulnerable children – most of whom are emotionally fragile and often autistic – by mothers with Munchausen by Proxy. The doctors committing these ghoulish acts will be sued out of the profession, and should stand trial for crimes against humanity.
Agree… except many parents are aghast and do not agree to the ‘affirmative’ approach, but are demonised and sidelined.
It’s frankly horrifying that the POTUS is an apologist for transmengelism.
“Close to sinful”? And he calls himself a Catholic?
I think his mother might have said that what is going on between his ears is close to nothing!
This man is a serious danger to everybody in the world!
That was the creepiest thing about his comments. Even I know his mother would be horrified with children getting life altering medical treatment.
Is Hunter is a Catholic too?
This is why I can’t stand Biden. He has no moral compass, no true beliefs. Does anyone seriously think he believes the garbage coming out of his own mouth? He doesn’t think teenagers should get gender affirming care, any more than I do. But for some unfathomable reason, he thinks it’s a vote winner. He gross and icky and creepy. He would sell his kids to a cartel for the right price.
There is going to be a massive wave of lawsuits raining down on the medical establishment in about 10 years, when these children realize surgery was a bad idea.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the prevalence of eating disorders in teenage girls has fallen as reported gender dysphoria has increased.
‘Eating disorder’ sounds as if it is maybe something that can be cured either by willpower &/or with careful treatment such as psychotherapy…gender dysphoria sounds much more like it’s nothing to do with the ‘sufferer’ & needs intervention by someone who can change the person!
They are both different versions of gender dysphoria. These young girls truly think they are fat, even though many are actually so thin it poses a severe health risk. There was a wave of this bulimia in the ‘90s I think. Some people suggest the wave of gender dysphoria today is similar to the wave of bulimia in the ‘90s.
And since when did we rely on experts like the BMJ to guide our thoughts on every single issue? It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that life altering medical interventions for children is a bad idea. What the hell happened to common sense?
The same goes for Covid vaccines for children. It was a bad idea from the very first day, even without knowing what we know now. Children were not affected by the virus. Why would anyone with a lick of sense want to give them a medical intervention?
I have redacted everything I might say about this.
Dammit this story gets my blood boiling. WTF is wrong with Biden? He will intentionally harm children for political gain. I almost get it from the progressive ideologues. They actually believe. Biden does not believe. He simply has no moral compass – period.
My take on this after living for seven years in the US is that it is considered very bad manners to contradict somebody’s personal beliefs even if they are wholly delusional. It’s all about being seen as ‘nice’ and telling a wannabe woman that he is not actually a woman is only something a white supremacist would do.
I’m not sure how this has come about; as far as I know Americans used to be very good at calling out bs, but that is certainly not the case now. The only thing I can attribute this to is the prevalence of corporate values, particularly those that prioritize polite cooperation over truth-telling. This is also how you produce a culture in which an sweaty-looking obese man with delusions of womanhood is promoted to Assistant Secretary for Health:
Yank here. Most of this nonsense is being perpetrated by a select class (maybe 10% or less?) of urban coastal elites who feverishly virtue-signal to fellow tribe members their progressive/woke credentials by eagerly and fanatically embracing every new radical idea that comes out of academia, no matter how bizarre.
Consider the many utterly weird enthusiasms we have seen just recently: defund the police, homeless camps taking over cities, drag-queen storey hour at the library for children, empty the jails, cashless bail, open borders, and now…child castration.
It’s the same bunch. The bs IS being called out, as more people wake up to the lunacy that has taken over so many of our institutions.
Biden ought to watch the film ‘What is a Woman?’. Of course I suspect he fully understands the reality of the situation, but that wouldn’t fit with his voter base.
Nah, I think Allison is right, Biden doesn’t fully (or even partially, perhaps) understand the reality of most situations these days, never mind one like this which is fairly complicated.
To put the tranny-craze into perspective, people should read a little history. “The Devils of Loudun” by Aldous Huxley is a good start, but there are many other works about mental epidemics among young women; entire convents full of females mewing like cats, seeing devils, and — the most self-destructive mania of all — claiming to have flown through the air on broomsticks. I shudder to think of the future fallout from this latter-day mass-insanity, fostered by greedy doctors and spineless politicians, all equally bereft of common sense.
This does not just apply to girl and young women only. There are boys who identify as female, and are encouraged often by their parents, to seek medical treatment. Although that at the moment in Britain, has been the subject of a critical report and the treatment is currently being reviewed and reorganised…
https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/specialised-commissioning/gender-dysphoria-services/user_uploads/b1937-ii-specialist-service-for-children-and-young-people-with-gender-dysphoria-1.pdf (accessed 14.03.2023)
Yes, well, there’s no doubt in my mind — based, I confess, on personal memory — that at some time in their young lives, girls and boys dream about being “the other”. But it’s a big jump from that, and landing right into today’s insanity, to assume such fantasizing has a real basis that all the world should respect — and even worship, as Sleepy Joe is urging us to do.
This is not the only thing Joe Biden is confused about. A lifetime of public lies, distortions, fabrications and fallacies has produced a personality which cannot think coherently about anything… if it can think at all anymore. The man is as close to a walking, breathing Mr. Magoo as one can imagine – and he is at the head of arguably the most powerful nation on earth. Pathetic. Dangerous.
As for the trans travesty, the BMJ is making people think again. Bravo. Now, if we could just get the American Psychiatric Association to be honest about this form of mental illness we might make real progress, and stop the obvious child abuse associated with the excesses of this tragic movement.
Joe Biden, listen? the man cannot even speak?
Just watched a University Challenge from earlier this year.. The students were clearly one thing or another but the idea was for everybody to be challenged by their appearance.
Poor Jeremy P was struggling. “For your bonus I will show you a picture of an artist (photo of stunning woman). You have to identify three of their works. The first she..they..painted early in their career.”
He really struggled with the pronouns. What a load of tosh!! Somebody has to come out and speak against this. This is lunacy.
I am not sure which religion the author is referring to when he describes Biden as preferring ‘quasi-religious nonsense’ in the last sentence….It sounds more like a cult to me.I have certainly never heard of any religion who would support this!
Biden – and similar grifters, like Nancy Pelosi — are routinely described by their media acolytes as “devoutly Catholic”. As the Mafia don said: “Go figure”.
At least we can take comfort in the knowledge that every doctor in the world with an ounce of honesty and competence now sees what Joe Biden really is. The political fallout from this should be interesting.
The embrace of Gender Identity and the imposition of this metaphysical belief in law is the reason I will not be voting for a Democrat in the 2024 election. I won’t vote for any Democrats for this reason and I was a Democrat my entire life. They’ve done nothing to protect women’s reproductive rights yet have actively sought to erase sex based rights from the law. I no longer trust these corrupt fools.
The sheer level of medical intervention on children is horrifying.
When I was a teenager the thought of these macabre acts being carried out on you or your contemporaries were satisfied by the horror films of the day, a cabin in the woods and a psycho armed with all manner of sharp implements outside ready to perform his butchery on the young people inside.
I can visualise today’s high school youth cheering on and whooping for Freddie Kruger (albeit the synonymous red and green jersey has been changed to the trans flag stripes) if he said he was merely performing some “lifesaving “ top surgery!
I am honestly aghast at the horrors we are putting our children through but in the US Lawsuits will eventually put an end to these medieval practices.
Joe is confused by many things, and its only going to get worse
Yes who would not agree that what the republican right is doing to young males is horrible and inhumane, transitioning them into female hating sexless Emcels, forcing them to dress like men from the fifties wearing dorky elbow patched flannel suits with bowties. Of course they become angry writing political polemics reflecting fascist theories from antiquity.
Emcels? Care to elaborate?
I think he meant “incels”.
Huh? What was that? What did I miss?
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