American College of Pediatricians is a minuscule anti-LGBTQ hate group out of Florida
The hate group is promoting crackpottery — again

I learn much from reading right wing Christian outlets. Jonathon Van Maren has posted:

A report written by an epidemiologist consultant to the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) and published by ACPeds last month found “compelling evidence” for treating gender dysphoria with therapy, rather than drugs and surgery, after reviewing more than a dozen studies.

“Published?” ACPeds is not an academic journal and it does not subject articles to peer review.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a minuscule anti-LGBTQ hate group based in Gainesville, FL. It is estimated to have about 200 members. 2020 revenues amounted to all of $140,642.00. That’s about the size of the Deane Homes Swim Club in Diamond Bar, CA. The swim club has twice the assets of the faux medical org.

[From the above you can discern how anal retentive I must be to search the database for comparably sized operations.]

But I digress. The ACPeds article is here. The “report” is here.

According to ACPeds: “The author of this report is an epidemiologist consultant to ACPeds who prefers to remain anonymous.”

He or she is anonymous to prevent us from realizing just how unqualified this person is.

For the benefit of Mr. Van Maren and others:

“Credible literature reviews are timely. The mean publication date cited in this (whatever you want to call it) is 1979.”

  • Credible research is published to respected academic journals.
  • Credible research is subjected to robust peer review.
  • (In the absence of peer review, literature reviews are highly prone to selective observation.)

  • Credible research is produced by experts in the field of study. An epidemiologist is unlikely to be qualified regarding a psychiatric condition.
  • Credible research is most certainly not produced by anonymous actors.
  • Credible literature reviews are timely. The mean publication date cited in this (whatever you want to call it) is 1979.
  • Credible literature reviews include hundreds of cites, not just 15.

I could go on but you get the idea. The title of Van Maren’s opus is: Research shows therapy successfully treats most cases of transgenderism.

Failing all of the criteria — outlined above — what ACPeds produced, and what Van Maren refers to, is not research.

Furthermore, to resolve gender dysphoria through therapy would require a gender identity conversion effort. Real research demonstrates that an attempt to change someone’s gender identity creates a lifetime of adverse mental health consequences.

Consider the differences. The research cited in the paragraph above:

  • Was produced by a well-known team of experts at Harvard Medical School.
  • Was published to the highly respected Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Was subjected to robust peer review.

If someone wishes to dispute existing research then they are obliged to do so in a comparable environment. There is no basis to compare the credibility of the ACPeds, … whatever with the Harvard study. The differences are too extreme.

The ACPeds thing defines crackpottery.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.