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The Debunking That Wasn’t
Follow Up on Birth Control, Depression, and Vetting Your Kid's Doctor
Over at The Federalist today, I continue my campaign against childhood’s oldest enemy, the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In it, I discuss that the modern medical establishment’s desires, in descending order of preference, appear to be as follows:
1. The patient kill her baby
2. The patient kill herself
3. The patient permanently sterilize herself
4. The patient be fruitful and multiply
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As I argue, there is a clear pattern of our medical betters supporting any intervention that either kills babies or causes sterility, while at the same time opposing any measure – even when proven to reduce suicidality – if it may lead to you cradling your grandchild in your arms one day.
At the risk of losing my top rated show at Fox, it is hard to imagine any non-spiritual-warfare explanation for the nation’s leading doctors so openly embracing a worldview that can be best described as the precise antithesis of the Book of Genesis. Is there an alternative explanation for our new medical cult of gender-denying barrenness?
One of the issues I discuss in the article is the link between hormonal birth control and depression in young women. This was established in a massive (million person plus!) Scandinavian study about a decade or so ago, though you’ll never find news of it over at the AAP.
In the interest of fairness, however, I though I’d share a contrary opinion on the matter from my own medical school. Here, in the words of Northwestern University, from 2020: “No, your birth control won’t cause depression.” The medical school’s press release goes on to claims its researchers have “debunk[ed] the common myth that hormonal contraceptives cause depression, suicide in women.”
Sounds quite definitive, doesn’t it? They even interview one of the researchers in the press release: ““When you review the entirety of the literature and ask, ‘Do hormonal contraceptives cause depression?,’ the answer is definitely no,” said corresponding author Dr. Katherine Wisner.” I mean, it doesn’t get more confident in a debunking than that, right?
Well, let’s just say I think the people who wrote the press release were really hoping nobody would read the study itself. A glance at the research involved finds those very same experts explaining that “[t]he impact of hormonal contraceptives on the risk for the emergence of depression is a complex topic without consensus” and concluding that “the potential for the development of psychiatric symptoms must be included in the discussion.” Hmm, odd. Not the most convincing debunking, is it?
Take an even closer look. The parts of the study that discuss depression and suicide are quite something. They acknowledge the existence of the massive, million-person, near-decade-long Danish study that found a tripled suicide risk among teen girls on the pill, but then say that, well, it’s complicated, because “contrasting findings have been reported by several investigators.” There’s just no consensus! To illustrate this lack of consensus, and I promise I’m not making this up, they write of the following study: “in an important randomized placebo-controlled trial, women were randomized to a COC or placebo for three cycles.” Yes, you read that right, three cycles. That’s 3 months. 3 months versus… 8 years. Surely there must have been a million women involved in the three month study, though, right? Not exactly. Look it up: 202. Not 202 thousand. Just 202 women. For 3 months. In a study whose very title is, and I quote, “Combined oral contraceptive use is associated with both improvement and worsening of mood in the different phases of the treatment cycle.” The Northwestern researchers weighed an 8 year long study of a million women in one hand, a three month long study of a couple hundred women in the other, and reasoned, well, it’s basically a draw. Then they put out a press release “debunking” any link between birth control and depression. Another victory for science!
This, people, is what we are dealing with, and what we’ve been dealing with for years. Believing in the possibility of a “neutral” worldview is what got us into this mess – and is the defining error of our age. Mollie Hemingway has written of her family’s great difficulty finding a single pediatrician in their neighborhood who believes biological sex is real. It’s only going to get worse from here; the rebuild will not be quick, or easy. In the meantime, do try to take my advice to heart, uncomfortable as it may be, and don’t take neutrality for granted anymore: do vet your child’s doctor, before it’s too late.
Thank you for reading and sharing, and don’t despair! Go back to Genesis; God does not forget His people and His promises. Don’t forget about Him!