For almost four years, she worked at the Washington University School of Medicine Division of Infectious Disease, giving counsel to HIV-positive, young adults who identified as transgender or gender nonconforming. She relayed compassion to the youth, having questioned her gender identity several times throughout her adolescence. However, when she took up the job as case manager at the new Transgender enter at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she began seeing the operation for what it really was: an abusive, predatory operation that confused youth, destroyed their identity, while chemically castrating and physically mutilating their bodies.
The sole purpose of the Transgender Clinic was to treat, treat, treat kids with gender dysphoria as soon as possible. The treatments were not centered on helping the child realize and accept their true birth gender. The treatments were designed to chemically alter their birth gender and cause further confusion about who they really are.
Jamie Reed brought into the Clinic around a thousand distressed young people. Immediately, they were handed hormone prescriptions that caused further distress, never addressing the underlying psychological and emotional issues that the teens faced. Jamie saw with her eyes the side effects and “life-altering consequences” of these prescriptions. In many cases, the youth were permanently sterilized.
“I left the clinic in November of last year because I could no longer participate in what was happening there,” Jamie writes. “By the time I departed, I was certain that the way the American medical system is treating these patients is the opposite of the promise we make to “do no harm.” Instead, we are permanently harming the vulnerable patients in our care.”
Jamie witnessed an explosion in new gender dysphoria cases after 2015. More teenage girls were coming to the clinics declaring themselves “transgender” and demanding immediate testosterone treatments. Jamie said there was a “lack of formal protocols for treatment.” The counselors on the floor were ignored and the physician co-directors became the sole authority, affirming gender dysphoria and pushing puberty blockers on children.
When she started at the center, she received about ten calls per month. By the time she left, the number of kids seeking puberty blockers and synthetic hormones exploded to 50 – 70 cases per month. Jamie said many of their underlying health conditions were ignored, from depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, obesity, and autism.
When Jamie questioned the use of hormones and surgery for any child, she was quickly derided by her peers as being a “transphobe.” These case workers and therapists only had to see patients once or twice before they gave the green light for a full transition of the patient’s anatomy. The directors created letter templates that made it easier for the therapists to recommend a full gender transition. Once the endocrinologist received the letter of recommendation, they were forced to prescribe synthetic hormones to begin the patient’s transition. The Center did not provide adequate informed consent about the hormone treatments, about the lifelong impacts of infertility and the mood changes that disrupt everyday life.
One of their “treatments” for boys is bicalutamide. This drug feminizes their bodies and causes breast growth. It also causes liver toxicity that can be life threatening. The testosterone “treatment” for girls thins the vaginal tissues and can cause the vaginal canal to rip wide open, causing life threatening bleeds and warranting emergency surgeries. Most young girls who are given testosterone end up on blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication, and usually develop sleep apnea, and diabetes.
Many of the teens that came into the Transgender Clinic were already self-diagnosing themselves with psychiatric problems that they didn’t actually have, whether it be Tourette syndrome, tic disorders, bipolar disorder, multiple personalities, etc. The doctors at the clinic privately recognized that these false self-diagnoses were due to social contagion, social pressures, social conditioning, and emotional issues that sought to be validated and psychological hysterias and childhood experiences that sought to be affirmed.
Jamie also saw an influx of young patients who were deeply disturbed, who had suffered through several childhood traumas. Instead of addressing the actual issues that these children were going through, the therapists often gave the green light for gender transitions as the solution to all their problems.
“Left untreated, gender dysphoria has any number of consequences, from self-harm to suicide,” the Center claims on their website. This message alone proves that these Transgender Centers are violently coercive. The Centers condemn patients to psychological demise and certain death if they do not go through with puberty blockers, synthetic hormones and surgeries.
This is a hopeless message. This is medical malpractice. This is a blatant and coercive lie!