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Vanderbilt University ‘pausing gender affirmation surgeries’ for minors following leaked video

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center [VUMC] is putting a halt on all  ‘gender affirmation surgery’ on underage patients pending a review sparked by a leaked video.

Last month conservative activist Matt Walsh released a video from 2018 in which Dr Shayne Taylor – an LGBTQ specialist at the hospital – brags that transgender surgeries are ‘huge money makers’ for the hospital.

Dr. Taylor says in the video how the hospital was driven to perform such procedures because of its money-making potential:

“Some of our VUMC financial folks in October of 2016 put down some costs of how much money we think each patient would bring in” said Taylor. “And this is only including top surgery, this isn’t including any bottom surgery, and it’s a lot of money.”

Walsh’s report into VUMC’s trans program also found the hospital “drugs, chemically castrates and performs double mastectomies on minors.”

In another video, a University staff member states the hospital “has given irreversible hormone drugs to children as young as 13.”

As a result of the circulating videos and report, a Tennessee lawmaker called to investigate the hospital after the gender altering surgeries the hospital were said to ‘chemically castrate’ minors for financial gain.

Saving face, VUMC announced it would be halting the transgender surgeries, but claimed it was doing so only pending review of ‘new recommendations’ from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health [WPATH].

“On September 6, 2022, WPATH [World Professional Association for Transgender Health] published a new version of its recommendations to health care professionals for treatment of transgender persons, known as SOC-8,” the hospital wrote in a statement to lawmakers.

“In light of these new recommendations, and as part of completing our internal clinical review of SOC-8 guidance in patients under 18, we will be seeking advice from local and national clinical experts…

…We are pausing gender affirmation surgeries on patients under age 18 while we complete this review, which may take several months.”

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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