Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hate group anguish over the health of transgender women

American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, is so concerned for the health of transgender women that their Charley Butts has written: The dangers of 'trangender' [sic] hormone therapy. Assuming that Mr. Butts is referring to transgender people, I have no idea why the word is in quotes. Butts is apparently relying on Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council's expert on LGBT matters. Sprigg is, after all, an ordained Baptist minister and before that he was an actor for a Christian entertainment ministry. Indeed, those make Sprigg an expert:
Information obtained by Family Research Council (FRC) reaffirms how dangerous it is for an individual to transition into a “transgender.”

Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg asserts that there are many known problems with gender reassignment surgery and cross-gender hormone treatments – which are the principle medical interventions that people identifying as transgender seek.
There are also “many known problems” associated with taking aspirin to relieve a Sprigg-induced headache. The broader point is that no one suffering from gender dysphoria is likely to follow the guidance of Sprigg or Butts. This crap isn't written to influence them. The point of this exercise is to influence others to be intolerant and to influence lawmakers who vote on nondiscrimination laws. These two organizations are deemed hate groups for a reason.
Sprigg told OneNewsNow that new information closely examines hormone therapy – which is essentially estrogen for men who want to transition to the opposite sex.

“A recent study of transgender patients in the Kaiser Health System showed that men who seek to identify as women actually have higher rates of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks than normal women have,” he informed.
Later on Mr. Butts was kind enough to link to a story at NBC. I wonder if he or Sprigg read it in its entirety:
Dr. Joshua Safer, another author of the study and executive director of the Transgender Medicine Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said that while the cardiovascular risk is higher for transgender women, it’s not that high. There were 148 cardiovascular events recorded out of the 2,842 transgender women in the eight-year period.

“The confirmation of this risk is good to have so patients can be warned and precautions can be taken,” he said in an interview. “But I think most transgender women would conclude the risk is not high enough to forgo hormone therapy.”
I suspect that Dr. Safer is understating things. I cannot imagine any transgender woman forgoing hormone therapy because of the slightly elevated risk. The point is that transgender women who take hormones need to do certain things which might include diet, exercise and medications.

Butts goes on to write:
Transgender activists argue that people wanting to transition to the oppose sex – which is actually impossible – ought to be allowed to do so to reduce suicide … a tragic course of action that is prevalent among this gender-confused group.
Quite obviously it is Butts who is profoundly confused regarding gender and natal sex.
It was noted that being transgender is not a medical problem – it is a mental condition that is called “gender dysphoria,” which calls for therapy with mental health workers trained to deal with the issue. This therapy is designed to deal with the underlying problems causing the condition – and help people align themselves with their born gender.
Butts is an idiot. Mental health conditions are medical problems. There are no mental health workers trained to deal with the issue because there is no intervention known to medical science to address gender dysphoria. Butts' intellect and erudition are amazing. He knows about “underlying problems” that science is unaware of. He doesn't really; Butts is just struggling to conform healthcare to scripture.

Personally I think that the next time Butts has a medical problem he should receive the care he would have received thousands of years ago. No vaccines. No pain relievers. No effective medicines of any kind. No antibiotics. No sterilization. No med schools. No real surgery. No anesthesia. No transfusions … and much more which would amount to no ifs, ands or Butts. If it's good enough for people with gender dysphoria then it is good enough for Butts.

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