Young People & Brain

In 2011 Michael Biggs, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Oxford was concerned when Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) started an experiment giving puberty blockers to adolescents as young as 12.  In 2018 he sought out results of this experimental treatment but could not find anything until he forced the issue using Freedom of Information requests and a formal complaint to the Health Research Authority.  He found the outcomes were not the positive results the clinic hoped for, and “data from 30 of the patients after a year on puberty blockers showing more negative changes than positive ones.”  Biggs published these findings on a website Transgender Trend and later in a psychology journal. 

Since then, following a court case and a Judicial Review of the treatment of adolescents by Gender Identity clinics, the Tavistock clinic has been closed.  On 12 March 2024 NHS England (The publicly funded health care system in the UK) announced that puberty blocking drugs would no longer be supplied to children.

Michael Biggs admits his research and publications on the use of puberty blockers could only have been carried out because he had a secure position at Oxford University, although he has lost students, friends and invitations to seminars, and has been warned by fellow academics about being ‘very courageous’, a message familiar to viewers of popular British sitcom “Yes, Minister.”  Most academics are constrained by a system that relies on grants and publications and therefore cannot afford to go against “what is deemed orthodox by activist scholars and students”.

Biggs is not writing “another victim narrative”.  He accepts “If you express unpopular views, you can hardly complain about being unpopular.”  He also admits that academic freedom “protects weird cranks as well as truth-seekers.”

References: Telegraph (UK) 17 March 2024; Transgender Trend

Editorial Comment:  Biggs would probably put Creation Research into the category of “weird cranks” but his experiences and observations of getting research results published are true.  It is not just political activists and protesting students who can close down debate or prevent the truth from being openly taught.  The process of Peer Review, considered to be the gold standard for academic publishing, can be just as restrictive. Ask anyone who has tried to publish results that go against the prevailing beliefs on homosexual genes, climate change, the age of the earth or evidence for a Creator.

Remember this testimony when you see claims that ‘science is settled’ because there is no evidence for other views in the mainstream media or science journals.  It may be because studies with results that do not support “what is deemed orthodox” can’t get published.

Creation Research News 27 March 2024

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