Dr Phil slams US doctors for performing sex-change surgeries on hundreds of ... trends now

Dr Phil slams US doctors for performing sex-change surgeries on hundreds of ... trends now
Dr Phil slams US doctors for performing sex-change surgeries on hundreds of ... trends now

Dr Phil slams US doctors for performing sex-change surgeries on hundreds of ... trends now

Dr Phil, America's controversial prime-time TV psychologist, slammed the medical community this week for rushing to put gender-confused children on hormonal therapy or give them reassignment surgery. 

Appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Dr Phillip McGraw, 73, said he was shocked that America's leading child doctor group had endorsed the treatments despite countries like the UK and swathes of Europe restricting them due to fears about long-term side effects. 

He said: 'It's interesting they choose words like gender-affirming care. That's interesting that they call it that but really what they're talking about is hormonal therapy or sex reassignment surgery on children.

'All of the major American medical associations have signed off on this... and I have never seen those organizations sign off on anything with less information as to whether or not it does long-term harm of anything in my life.' 

Data shows that roughly 3,600 children as young as 12 received gender-affirming surgery between 2016 and 2020 in the US - which includes breast removal, genital reassignments and facial tweaks.

Dr Phillip McGraw, known as Dr Phil, on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast blamed social media and the internet for the rise of children identifying as transgender, claiming that being exposed to content on the topic leads kids to want to 'distinguish' themselves

Dr Phillip McGraw, known as Dr Phil, on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast blamed social media and the internet for the rise of children identifying as transgender, claiming that being exposed to content on the topic leads kids to want to 'distinguish' themselves

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports gender-affirming care, which includes hormone therapy and has written to politicians expressing opposition to legislation that limits the options physicians and families have when making decisions for gender-diverse pediatric patients.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports gender-related treatments for children and Dr Brittany Allen, a member of the AAP's LGBTQ Executive Committee said doctors should consider puberty blockers and hormone therapy at appropriate ages for trans youth. 

Guidelines from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) recommends hormone therapy for adolescent patients with misaligned gender identity for more than six months who have undergo mental health counseling and 'have the capacity to make medical decisions.'

Dr Phil, who holds a PhD in psychology but has not been licensed to practice since 2006, went on to say that by rushing children into hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery, doctors were causing the youths harm.

He added: 'I thought the deal was first do no harm. We cannot say in good conscious that this does no harm because it does [do] harm.'

The number of children identifying as trans has increased, with gender dysphoria diagnoses rising and the number of children on

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