The following scenario is becoming commonplace: a teenager, formerly a boy suddenly identifying as a trans girl; a girl newly identifying as a gender-fluid person; a girl leaving home for spring break and returning as a trans boy.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this is all fairly new to me.
What’s going on? Is this for real? Have there always been children who were uncomfortable with their gender, but never said so? Is the general insistence on tolerance leading some adolescents to test gender identity as part of that rebellious phase of life?
Was the world blind and deaf to the silent struggles of thousands of children through the ages or is this just some new poppycock sold as liberal acceptance of all differences – a form of political correctness?
At least one qualified professional is critical of this new development.
Prominent pediatrician Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, is speaking out against the attempts to normalize a “transgender identity” ideology that ultimately can do irreparable harm to America’s children.
Writing a commentary at The Daily Signal, Cretella says transgender ideology is affecting the law and encroaching in the lives of innocent children and that with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.
Cretella has been a board-certified doctor for more than 17 years and focuses on child behavioral health.
“I have 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,” she writes and then proceeds to discuss the so-called new normal.
The new normal
Pediatric “gender clinics” are considered elite centers for affirming children who are distressed by their biological sex. This distressful condition, once dubbed gender identity disorder, was renamed “gender dysphoria” in 2013. In 2014, there were 24 of these gender clinics, one year later, there were 40 across the nation.
When the federal government stated that it would not require Medicare and Medicaid to cover transition-affirming procedures for children or adults because medical experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found the risks were often too high, and the benefits too unclear, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health nonetheless pressed ahead, claiming — without any evidence — that these procedures are “safe.”
Two leading pediatric associations — the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society have followed suit even though the latter organization concedes within its own guidelines that the transition-affirming protocol is based on limited evidence.
The transition-affirming view holds that children who “consistently and persistently insist” that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender.
Hold on, what usually happens when someone “consistently and persistently insist” on something that is contrary to physical evidence?
As Cretella points out, such a person in normal life and psychiatry is considered either confused or delusional, but apparently not as far as this issue is concerned.
“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,” affirms Cretella.
She then points out that:
- Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”
- Gender identity is malleable, especially in young children.
- Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria have not been proven safe.
- There are no cases in the scientific literature of gender-dysphoric children discontinuing blockers.
- Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks.
- Neuroscience shows that adolescents lack the adult capacity needed for risk assessment.
- There is no proof that affirmation prevents suicide in children.
- Transition-affirming protocol has not solved the problem of transgender suicide.1. Twin studies prove no one is born “trapped in the body of the wrong sex.”
Major takeaway: transitional affirming protocol is child abuse.
“These professionals are using the myth that people are born transgender to justify engaging in massive, uncontrolled, and unconsented experimentation on children who have a psychological condition that would otherwise resolve after puberty in the vast majority of cases,” affirms Cretella, calling on the nation’s leaders and the silent majority of health professionals to learn exactly what’s going on and unite to take action.
A 7-year-old boy with untreatable wounds on his skin has had 80 percent of his skin replaced with a genetically modified epidermis, saving his life.
The boy has grown up with a life-threatening genetic disorder that has resulted in untreatable and infected wounds all over his body. Before the surgery to replace it, the boy had lost 80 percent of his skin to the disorder.
In 2015, doctors at a children’s hospital in Germany had done their best to at least make the boy comfortable after all other attempts to save him had failed.
The Syrian boy, known only as Hassan, suffers from junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), a rare inherited skin disorder. According to IFL Science, people with the disorder suffer from genetic mutations on one of three genes, LAMC2, LAMA3 or LAMB3, which help to produce the laminin 332 protein. This is the protein that helps to attach the upper layers of skin to the deeper layers. Without it, sufferer’s skin can become blistered from just a small bump or friction.
A study was published in Nature examining this case, titled “Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells”. It explains that sufferers of JEB face devastating effects of the disease, including having trouble eating as blistering can also occur inside the body. There is no cure to the disease, and about 40 percent of children with the condition won’t survive their first year, with four in 10 patients won’t reach adolescence.
The genetically modified skin was grown in labs and took two months to be grafted onto the boy.
“The kid is now back to school. He plays soccer,” lead author Dr Tobias Hirsch, from the hospital, told BBC News.
“Today this treatment is not available and it is not going to be available in the next few months, but this is a massive advance in research and is going to give us hope going forward with gene therapy.”
Almost two years later, Hassan is doing well. He doesn’t need to take medicine, is doing well at his school in Germany, and his skin heals just like other healthy children.
Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the world not to support the international framework to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
When US President Donald Trump announced that he intended to pull out of the agreement, at the time it meant that only the US, Nicaragua and Syria were the countries on Earth not to be part of the deal.
Until recently Nicaragua remained a holdout nation, but only because they believed the agreement didn’t go far enough to putting limits on emissions and helping poorer countries adapt to the agreement with solid financial commitments from wealthier nations. Nicaragua is now a haven for renewable energy, with more than half of their energy coming from geothermic, wind, solar and wave energy.
Now that Syria has signed the deal, the United States is the only country not to sign it.
“As if it wasn’t already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and dangerous position,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune told reporters.
“With Syria on board, now the entire world is resolutely committed to advancing climate action – all save one country,” a statement from the World Resources Institute noted.
“This should make the Trump administration pause and reflect on their ill-advised announcement about withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.”
Under President Barack Obama, the US was one of the earliest countries to sign the deal and put it into action. But Obama signed the deal with an executive order to bypass Congress, resulting in the agreement not being a legally binding treaty. This paved the way for Trump to withdraw from the agreement.
Take responsibility for your own health and well being, lose weight and stop smoking. Until you do all these things, you won’t be eligible for surgery.
This is the bold message from several local health authorities in the UK, the latest being Herefordshire.
The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire, reports The Telegraph. The restrictions, thought to be the most extreme to be introduced by health services yet, has stirred debate in the UK.
In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for smokers and obese patients who are told to lose weight or stop smoking before they will be considered for surgery. However, the new rules are very harsh. Under the new rules, obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional.
The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients undergoing a breath test before referral, reports The Telegraph.
The authorities want people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.
The fact is that smoking and obesity cause a whole slew of serious diseases that lower life quality and risk early death at huge cost to medical services.
Smoking and obesity have dire consequences.
Smoking causes damage to nearly every organ in the body and is directly responsible for a number of diseases.
Every year, more than 480,000 people die in the United States due to tobacco-related diseases. That is around 1 in 5 of all deaths. It is estimated that 1 in 2 smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.
Obesity in childhood can lead to a number of health problems through life. In adults, overweight and obesity are linked to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, and other chronic conditions.
The reasoning is that people must take responsibility for these conditions and not burden the system with procedures that could have been prevented had they taken care of their own health in the first place. The new rules aim to ban access to routine, non-urgent surgery. Reducing obesity and smoking can reduce the risk of serious complications during and after surgery and shorten hospital stays and thus reduce costs.
The time frame for improving health is set at nine months for the obese. Those with a body mass index over 40 must reduce the number by 15% over the nine months and those with a body mass over 30 must reduce it by 10%.
Smokers will be considered for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks and if they passed a breath test.
This is really radical.
As one senior surgeon who is against the new rules pointed out: this means that someone can be turned away just based on their weight, without a physician having assessed them!
There has been two distinct reactions to this latest development in the battle between increasing health care costs and aging populations.
Some commentators commend the NHS for taking a stand and forcing people to stop indulging in sweet treats and cigarettes in spite of warnings of the consequences. Why should people who take responsibility for their own health have to contribute to the well-being of those who ignore warnings against unhealthy lifestyles?
Others say these new rules are blatant discrimination. Today it’s obese people and those who smoke that are denied treatment. Who will be next? People who do extreme sports?
Ian Eardley, senior vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, says its’s wrong to bar NHS treatment to any group of patients.
“Singling out patients in this way goes against the principles of the NHS,” said Ian Eardley, senior vice president at the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK. “This goes against clinical guidance and leaves patients waiting long periods of time in pain and discomfort. It can even lead to worse outcomes following surgery in some cases.”
The policy also drew criticism from Robert West, professor of health psychology at the UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health who wrote in an email to CNN: “Rationing treatment on the basis of unhealthy behaviors betrays an extraordinary naivety about what drives those behaviors.”
In other words, people are not always in control of their various appetites and shouldn’t be punished for it.
What is your take on this issue? Is it ethical for a health authority to exclude people from treatment based on their lifestyle choices? Or should you be denied treatment if you blatantly ignore warnings against overeating and smoking?
Intermittent fasting is a term used for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting.
For most people, this usually involves skipping breakfast each day and eating from around 12 pm to 8 pm, then fasting for 16 hours until they start eating again the next day at 12 pm.
Several studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have incredible effects on your body and brain.
Here are 8 science-based benefits:
1) Changes functions of cells, genes and hormones
Your body changes when you don’t eat for a while. For instance, your body begins to implement cellular repair processes and alters hormones to latch onto stored body fat.
Here are what studies have found regarding these changes:
– Human growth hormone: Growth hormone may increase by 5 times its normal amount. This helps burn fat and increase muscle gain.
– Insulin levels: Insulin level drop, which fastens fat burning.
– Cellular repair: Cellular repair processes begins. This involves getting rid of waste from cells.
Bottom line: Fasting causes human growth hormone to increase and insulin levels to decrease. Cells begin repairing cells and alter the genes they express.
2) Lose weight and shred belly fat
For most people who intermittent fast, they generally eat fewer meals. By itself, this will mean you’re taking in few calories.
However, higher growth hormone, lower insulin levels and larger amounts of norepinephrine (noradrenaline) all facilitate better breakdown of body fat.
Studies have found that short-term fasting boosts metabolic rate by 3.6-14%.
A 2014 review of scientific literature found that intermittent fasting can cause weight loss of 3-8% over 3-24 weeks.
It was also found that people lost 4-7% of waist circumference, which means belly fat.
Bottom line: Intermittent fasting probably means you’ll eat few calories and you’ll also boost metabolism. Put together, that’s a pretty effective tool to lose weight.
3) It can reduce insulin resistance
Intermittent fasting has major benefits for insulin resistance and reduces blood sugar levels.
Studies show blood sugar levels reduced by 3-6% after fasting. This suggests that intermittent fasting may be protective for developing type 2 diabetes.
Bottom line: Intermittent fasting reduces insulin resistance and lowers blood sugar levels, which may provide protection from type 2 diabetes.
4) Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body
Studies show that fasting may increase the body’s resistance to oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress has been found to be one of the steps towards aging and many chronic diseases.
Studies also show that intermittent fasting can help fight inflammation, which has been linked to many diseases.
Bottom line: Studies suggest that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. This would likely have benefits to aging and proection agaainst developing several diseases.
5) Improved heart health
Heart disease is one of the world’s biggest killers. There are several risk factors to heart disease, which intermittent fasting has been shown to reduce.
This includes lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, blood truglycerides, inflammation and blood sugar levels.
Bottom line: Intermittent fasting can improve many risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and blood sugar levels.
6) May help prevent cancer
Cancer is a horrible disease that leads to uncontrolled growth of cells.
There is evidence from animal studies that suggest intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer.
Fasting has benefits to metabolism which may lead to reduce risk of cancer.
There is also evidence of human cancer patients showing reduced side effects of chemotherapy because of fasting.
Bottom line: Animal studies suggest intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer. Evidence also suggests that it may benefit side effects of chemotherapy.
7) Good for your brain
In general, what works for your body also works for your brain. Intermittent fasting improves several metabolic factors that are thought important for brain health.
This includes reduce inflammation, reduced blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and reduce oxidative stress.
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting increases levels of a brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a deficiency which has been linked to depression and other brain problems.
Bottom line: Intermittent fasting improves several metabolic factors that are thought important for brain health and increases levels of a brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
8) May extend your lifespan
Studies on rats show that intermittent fasting may extend lifespan. Some of the studies showed that rats that fasted lived 83% longer than rats that didn’t.
However, this hasn’t been proven in human studies. But given intermittent fasting benefits to metabolism and other factors, it makes sense that it could help you live longer.
Bottom line: Studies on rats show that intermittent fasting may extend lifespan.