By Jonathon Van Maren
A British consultant psychiatrist at Bristol Royal Infirmary has just placed herself on the trans activists’ enemy list for an interview with The Mail on Sunday where she warned that the health of “hundreds of children is being put at risk by sex-change drugs doled out on the National Health Service,” something she is “extremely worried” about considering the fact that these drugs have long-term effects, some of which are already turning up in adolescents. Dr. Lucy Griffin spoke to The Mail on Sunday:
She is the first NHS doctor to publicly voice fears about the damage being done by the huge increase in young people receiving irreversible medical treatments after declaring themselves transgender.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Griffin reveals that:
- Patients are being given drugs to change sex after claiming they are transgender, despite having serious psychiatric conditions;
- The NHS is ‘running scared’ of challenging requests for transgender treatments in case it is accused of bigotry.
Medicines being given to teenagers to help them change gender can render them infertile, cause osteoporosis and result in sexual dysfunction, Dr Griffin warns.
Two treatments are causing the most concern. One is ‘puberty blockers’ which are not classified as sex change drugs, but instead halt the onset of adulthood. Their effects are completely reversible when patients cease taking them.
Reversible, yes—but the long-term effects are still being discovered, and Griffin worries that we have no idea what these puberty blockers might be doing. Dr. Jordan Peterson and a number of others are already predicting a massive wave of class-action lawsuits in the future, when the “trans children” of today sue the guardians and medical professionals who allowed them to take these drugs and undergo these medical treatments. More:
The other treatment involves the administration of ‘cross sex hormones’, that do start the physical process of changing sex. Last year this newspaper revealed that 800 children in England who were unhappy being the sex they were born were being given puberty blocking injections. Some of the children were as young as ten years old.
But Dr Griffin said that such medication was never designed to treat patients who are confused about their gender. She explained that it was developed to halt ‘precocious puberty’ – a rare condition which causes children under eight or nine to begin going through puberty. ‘Puberty blockers are not designed for the blockage of puberty in healthy adolescents,’ she said. ‘Now they’re being used for something that’s a psychological presentation without a body of scientific study behind it.’
The 48-year-old said doctors still know very little about the long-term effects of taking puberty blockers over an extended period and added that there was ‘anecdotal data’ these drugs were linked to osteoporosis.
Young people who are prescribed blockers ‘almost always’ progress on to cross sex hormones, once they reach 16. Boys will be given oestrogen and girls will start on testosterone. The effects of this medication are irreversible and can have ‘lifelong implications’ for the users, Dr Griffin cautioned. ‘We know that cross sex hormones are associated with permanent infertility,’ she said.
‘Patients are also likely to have impaired sexual function. And there are other concerns. We think that [transitioning] women are at increased risk of heart disease. We know they are at risk of male pattern baldness and abnormal fat redistribution.’
Dr Griffin chose to speak out against a backdrop of a fierce debate between feminists and transgender activists over whether transgender women – who were born male – should be placed in the same category as biological females.
She attended a women’s meeting on the issue in Bristol last Thursday, which descended into violence after 30 masked trans protesters attempted to storm the venue.
As I’ve noted before, the trans movement’s true face is revealed when they experience pushback. Consider that for a moment—a women’s meeting was stormed by masked trans activists—is it any wonder that so many people are afraid to speak out on this issue? This is not the first time confrontations between trans activists and old-guard radical feminists have gotten violent, either. The trans movement brooks no dissent—recently, even drag queens were banned from a Pride event in the UK because their cross-dressing might offend trans activists. And these are the ideologues that are being given access to children in public school systems right across the West. But fortunately, Griffin isn’t backing down—someone, she says, must speak for the children who are the subjects of this social experiment:
But refusing to be silenced by such intimidation, Dr Griffin continued: ‘Children can’t vote and they can’t leave school, but we are allowing them to make decisions about their fertility and sexual function. My own feeling is I can’t see how young people’s health can be anything but harmed by these treatments.’
Dr Griffin revealed that she is not the only doctor worried about the ease with which young patients can get transgender medicines.
The voices of doctors like Lucy Griffin are desperately needed, and I hope that the many medical professionals who share her concerns will realize the cost of their silence. Children are essentially being experimented on, and this experiment is going to end very, very badly.
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