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A Canadian psychiatrist who was one of the early pioneers of the pediatric sex change medical experiment has spoken out against gender-affirming care and the use of puberty blockers and hormones for minors in an interview with the Daily Caller.
Dr. Susan Bradley, formerly of Toronto’s Clarke Institute, brought puberty blockers to Canada in 2005 when the treatment protocol was still in its experimental phase. Bradley had been running a pediatric gender clinic in the city since 1975, but prior to embarking on this reckless medical experiment, the clinic had only offered talk therapy to the minuscule number of youth it treated for gender-related issues.
Bradley, who is now retired and in her eighties, said she feels regret that the clinic participated in the puberty blockers experiment because she now believes the drugs help to cement a child’s gender confusion into the mind making it unlikely that the child will outgrow it. She is also concerned about the side effects of the drugs.
“We were wrong,” she told the Daily Caller. “They’re not as reversible as we always thought, and they have longer term effects on kids’ growth and development, including making them sterile and quite a number of things affecting their bone growth.”
“We thought that it was relatively safe, and endocrinologists said they’re reversible, and that we didn’t have to worry about it. I had this skepticism in the back of my mind all the time that maybe we were actually colluding and not helping them. And I think that’s proven correct in that, once these kids get started at any age on puberty blockers, nearly all of them continue to want to go to cross sex hormones,” said Bradley.
This phenomenon has been observed all over the world. In the past, most children would desist and become comfortable with their birth sex after puberty, but since the medical world adopted the affirmation approach, involving social transition, puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, almost all children continue to identify as transgender as they grow. Proponents of child sex changes argue that this is proof that the treatment pathway is necessary, but others, like Bradley, suggest that it is the treatment pathway itself that is causing the persistence in the transgender identity.
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