Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Well The New Leaf Didn’t Last Long

Yesterday I wrote about to Fox hosts who defended trans people, well Fox is back to being the ol’ Fox.
Fox News Doctor Proposes A Harmful New “Treatment” For Transgender Children
Media Matters
By Rachel Percelay
April 25, 2016

Fox News "Medical A Team" member Dr. Keith Ablow speculated wildly about medical care for transgender children, proposing his own harmful treatments that go against scientific evidence and professional standards from mainstream medical associations.

In a rant where he compared being transgender to pretending to be 65 to get Medicare, Ablow proposed injecting transgender children with hormones corresponding to their gender assigned at birth to “go with nature” and make them “feel more comfortable.” Ablow’s proposed “treatment” is his own extreme variation of discredited ex-gay “conversion therapy” which falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Ablow’s suggestion is reminiscent of 1940’s era “treatments” where lesbians were forced to submit to estrogen injections and men were given testosterone to “cure” them of being gay. These type of “reparative therapy” practices have been rejected for decades by all mainstream medical associations.
This is what happens when political beliefs override medical research. Millions of people listen to Dr. Keith Ablow who twists medical research to fit his conservative dogma. Dr. Ablow uses the same thinking as the American College of Pediatricians which believes “conversion therapy” and that trans people can be cured. The American College of Pediatricians has about 200 members compared to the American Academy of Pediatrics that has over 60,000 members.

I can't help but wonder how many trans people have been sucked into the web that these so called medical associations have spun.

1 comment:

Pat Scales said...

The opinions expressed by the folks on Fox tend to be their own. I often wonder what Ablow is thinking and rarely, if ever, do I agree with him. Of course I often find myself at odds with most shrinks.
On their doctor slate Mark Siegel often makes sense.