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Friday, June 03, 2022

Florida moves to block puberty blockers

Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, surgeon general of Florida, sent a letter to the Florida Board of Medicine asking it to protect children from puberty blockers, hormone treatment and sex-reassignment surgery.

His letter said in full:

On April 20, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (Department) released guidance on the treatment of gender dysphoria for children and adolescents. As State Surgeon General, I recommended against certain pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and surgical treatments for gender dysphoria. The recommendations are based on a lack of conclusive evidence and the high risk for long-term, irreversible harms from these treatments. 

Since then, the Agency for Health Care Administration has conducted a full review to determine if these treatments are 'consistent with generally accepted professional medical standards (GAPMS) and not experimental or investigational.'

The Agency’s review included an overview of systematic reviews on puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, surgeries, or a combination of interventions. While some professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society, recommend these treatments for 'gender affirming' care, the scientific evidence supporting these complex medical interventions is extraordinarily weak. 

For instance, the overview conducted by Dr. Brignardello-Peterson and Dr. Wiercioch states that 'there is great uncertainty about the effects of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries in young people with gender dysphoria.'

The current standards set by numerous professional organizations appear to follow a preferred political ideology instead of the highest level of generally accepted medical science. Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine. Otherwise, children and adolescents in our state will continue to face a substantial risk of long-term harm. 

The Agency ultimately concluded that 'Available medical literature provides insufficient evidence that sex reassignment through medical interventions is a safe and effective treatment for gender dysphoria.'

I encourage the Board to review the Agency’s findings and the Department’s guidance to establish a standard of care for these complex and irreversible procedures.

The media that fawned over Fauci has its claws out for Ladapo.

NBC reported, "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration Thursday asked the state board regulating doctors to essentially ban transition-related care for transgender minors, according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

"The state Health Department made the request hours after another state agency issued a 46-page report to justify banning Medicaid coverage for transgender people of any age who want puberty blockers, hormone therapies or gender-assignment surgery.

"The two-pronged effort, which ensures DeSantis can act quickly and without the need for legislative approval, drew instant opposition from activists and medical professionals. They have increasingly clashed with DeSantis, a Republican, as he seeks re-election and builds a national brand as a culture warrior and potential 2024 White House contender."

It never occurs to the media that perhaps these treatments harm children.

Instead, NBC looked at the issue through the lens of politics, writing, "Republican-led states have focused on transgender-related issues since Biden took office in 2021 and recommitted the federal government to expanding and protecting rights for transgender people. Biden appointed the first transgender assistant secretary of health and human services for health, Dr. Rachel Levine, whose office released a fact sheet promoting gender-affirming care, which Ladapo's office criticized.

"Republican candidates throughout the country have also unleashed a wave of transgender-related political ads this year."

But my question is if a 5-year-old (or a 15-year-old) cannot be trusted to decide for himself on whether or not he wears a mask, how can he be trusted to make a good decision on changing sexes? 


  1. My almost 5 year old granddaughter was visiting last weekend and asked “with the geopolitical uncertainty in the Ukraine and the horrible decisions being made by the worst president in my lifetime, and fuck Joe Biden by the way, what are the best investment vehicles for my college savings program?”

    Despite her insight on domestic and world affairs, I would still not trust her to make a decision on changing sexes.

    And by the way, she is all girl. And my grandson is all boy. Ain’t nature amazing.

    1. With what the "higher institutions of education" are "graduating" now, and in the near past, it would be wiser for her to get well versed in the trades, rather than some "studies course". I also suggest that at nearly 5 she should get a family lesson in anti vulgarity, although I agree with her take on Xiden.
      Just sayin'.

    2. Gee, Jeffery, she sounds just like Amy Carter.

    3. Gee, Special Ed, you sound like you can't recognize satire.

    4. Alex, give him a break. Ed was once An Important Commenter on this site. Fooker just went crazy about two years ago. Right about the time Joebama got installed. Then he started calling everybody Jeffery. It’s a sudden and sad decline. Kinda like Margot Kidder.

  2. Yes you have a right to care from a psychiatrist not hormones or surgery. If you do not know what is between your legs you need help fast. If not a lifetime of depression awaits.

  3. Yet another issue that Fake News will be shocked to learn they're in the minority and that this is another winner for Florida. There's not a whole lotta support for mutilating children outside of NY/DC/LA.

  4. Looks like there's a lot of good men in FL, Disney notwithstanding.

  5. The Surgeon General of Florida did an hour long interview on Tucker Carlson Today. If you have access to Fox Nation, it's a great interview. If DeSantis ever becomes POTUS, he should take Ladapo with him to DC.

  6. Watched "What is a Woman" last night. Here's an important part of the film:

  7. Decisions about changing sexes should not be made until at least 18 and 21 is probably better. I have a friend whose granddaughter has been saying she is a boy since she was 3 and her parents have changed her name to a boy's name. The girl is now 6. He is petrified that her parents will eventually allow puberty blockers and a sex change. I feel for his concerns and fears. This is not something that should be indulged.

    1. It's not possible to change one's sex. At most they can become mutilated drug dependent pretenders, but once the drugs quit flowing, the human body wants to resume what it is programmed by GOD to do. We live in a world gone mad.

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