Tentative evidence is emerging that drugs widely used to inhibit the normal growth of allegedly “transgender” children can have serious side-effects.

Transgender activists are adamant that these drugs have no lasting side-effects at all, and are simply a “pause button” on puberty. This is, not to put too fine a point on it, blatant rubbish. Ignoring the disturbing idea that children’s normal development should be controlled in such a way, the long-term effects of these drugs are simply unknown.

What is emerging should, at the very least, put the pause button on the unnecessary medicalisation of confused children.

Drugs that are being used to halt puberty in gender-confused youth have been linked to thousands of adult deaths, government data show.

The Food & Drug Administration has recorded thousands of deaths associated with Lupron, a puberty-blocking drug that is routinely used to treat prostate cancer in men and endometriosis in women. Adverse complications related to its use include breast disorders, malignant neoplasms, and psychiatric and nervous disorders.

Lupron — and other drugs in its class — significantly alters the hormone levels in the body and has been documented to contribute to blood clots and other cardiovascular complications, as well as brittle bones and faulty joints.

A cautionary note is necessary, of course: FAERS (FDA Adverse Event Reporting System) is not a perfect system. It is not always clear that reactions (including deaths) are necessarily linked to (let alone caused by) the drug being reported. However, at the very least, such an alarming surge in adverse reports ought to be enough to lead to extreme caution in prescribing such drugs, especially to children, to “treat” a condition the drugs were never intended for.

Lupron is being prescribed off-label for use in children who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria despite the lack of formal FDA approval for that purpose. The drug is clinically approved for treatment of precocious puberty, a condition where children start their pubertal processes at an abnormally early age and the blocker is administered for a short time until the proper age…When injected into a physically healthy body, the drug interrupts a normally-functioning endocrine system, yielding hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, according to [California-based endocrinologist Michael] Laidlaw.

“It’s a serious condition that endocrinologists would normally diagnose and treat because it interferes with development, but in [gender dysphoria] cases they’re inducing this disease state,” he said in an interview with the National Catholic Register…Laidlaw said he knows of no psychological condition that is treated by putting hormones out of alignment from their normal levels.

“Gender dysphoria is not an endocrine condition, but is a psychological one and should, therefore, be treated with proper psychological care. But it becomes an endocrine condition once you start using puberty blockers and giving cross-sex hormones to kids,” Laidlaw stressed at the time.

The increasingly widespread use of these drugs has accompanied the promotion of the “affirmation model” of transgender ideology, which dictates that children’s claims should not be challenged. Instead, claims of “gender confusion” are supposed to be taken literally, and children subjected to dramatic medical intervention without question.

This bizarre, ideologically-driven medical experiment is causing increasing numbers of medical professionals to defy the certain avalanche of bullying and intimidation from activists that inevitably greets those who dare speak out.

England’s lone gender clinic, the Tavistock Centre in London, has come under scrutiny in recent months in part because of intensifying public concern about puberty blockers.

Kirsty Entwistle, who until last October was a staff psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service in Leeds, accused Tavistock clinicians in July of misleading young patients, saying they were “making decisions that will have a major impact on children and young people’s bodies and lives … without a robust evidence base” and said the facility had troubling internal practices.

Children and their families were being told that puberty-suppressing drugs used to transition youth were “fully reversible,” when in fact the drugs’ long-term effects remain unknown, she said, noting that an “unspoken rule” existed within the clinic — that clinicians were never to inform families that their children were not transgender.


The very fact that supposedly responsible medical professionals are openly advocating lying to parents about their own children ought to be enough to put a screeching halt on “gender clinics” and their sinister experiments on vulnerable children.


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