The world according to Zack tells us that
- "The study compared trans women who were only using hormone therapy to those who had undergone a bilateral orchiectomy — the surgical removal of both their testicles, the body’s testosterone factories. Those who had undergone the surgery were in better health, while those who still had higher levels of testosterone had greater insulin resistance and greater accumulation of fat in the liver."
- "the study was small, it adds to the growing evidence that transgender people can benefit from steps they take to transition their body to match their gender identity. This may help further convince insurance companies that continue to impose exclusions on covering such treatments."
Lets take a moment and do the work of looking behind and beyond the headline and examine the study itself. From the link supplied by Zack Ford, "This is according to new research recently presented at Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Physiology and Gender - a conference of the American Physiological Society". Like you, I never heard of the American Physiological Society either. Lets see who the APS is before delving further:
elite guard? "Regular membership is for individuals conducting original research in physiology. Affiliate membership is for individuals interested in physiology but without the evidence of scholarly work." In other words, anyone who shells out the $185 bucks for the membership dues.
Under the APS's "featured news" from their website is this:
article. They do give us who rendered the article..."lead researcher Michael Nelson, PhD (notice-no MD)...will present “A pilot study exploring metabolic dysfunction in trans-sexual women: Novel insight from magnetic resonance spectroscopy” as part of the poster session “Metabolism and Diabetes” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST in Rhode/Severn Room of the Crowne Plaza Annapolis Hotel. What a minute, PILOT study? Is that a REAL study?
To read the full abstract or to schedule an interview with a member of the research team, please contact the APS Communications Office or 301-634-7209. The APS isnt making information about this PILOT study easy to discredit, because it isnt making the PILOT study accessible.
The PILOT study's LEAD researcher Michael D Nelson seems equally inaccessible. Music aficionado Zack Ford and other websites tossed around the PILOT study's research crew at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center giving credibility to the PILOT study. But I had to scour Cedars-Sinai's website before I could locate Michael D Nelson. I found him under one of Cedars-Sinai's Expert Teams, further under Other Participating Team Members-last on that list as Postdoctoral Researcher.
While not gaining FULL access to this new brilliant PILOT study that is ready to neuter the estrogen perfumed saggy sacks of the transgendered, wait one minute before you snip snip. Notes from the APS's conference where the PILOT study was presented gives us not much, but much more than anyone needs to completely discredit this dangerous, illogic farce.
The researchers who made up the PILOT study: Michael Nelson, Deborah Clegg, Lidia Szczepaniak, Josiane Broussard, Richard Bergman and C. Noel Bairey Merz, not a single one outside of this PILOT study has any experience in transgender bodies/health. Not one.
From conference notes:
- "Trans-sexual women (male to female- MTF) experience significant changes in adipose fat distribution after sex re-assignment surgery, suffer from increased metabolic risk and premature mortality. The exact mechanism by which sex re-assignment surgery and/or female hormone treatment leads to metabolic impairment remains incompletely understood."
- "To begin to address this question, we recruited 12 trans-sexual women, who had undergone bi-lateral orchiectomy (n = 4-had balls removed) or had not (n = 8 still had their balls). Both groups were using female hormones."
Twelve males, less than half of whom theoretically prove the PILOT's main point arent a study, they're the last supper sans Jesus. Only unlike the Last Supper the picture painted here isnt beautiful, its tragic! In all likelihood this PILOT offers no new information, and proves nothing. There are tens of thousands of trans males whom have had bottom surgery in the last fifty years, having their testicles removed didnt halt their premature deaths. This PILOT ignores these men's deaths, and further gives no information on the men in the study. How old are these men? What color are these men? What sexual orientation are these men? Were any of these men over weight? Did these men regularly exercise? Did any of these men drink alcohol? Did any have drug issues past or present? Did any have diabetic issues previous to the study? There is an endless list of questions pertinent to control studies that are exempt from this PILOT! The faux study and its faux findings are blatantly obvious when we look past the cocksure headline of Zack Ford the other lookbeforeyouleapers.
I'm not an Adele fan, but I know many a gay man is, I'm surprise Zack failed to take into account Rumour Has it.