September 2017                                                                              Volume 105
Dr. Cretella interview on Gender Dysphoria with Dr. Carole
Last month, ACPeds president Dr. Michelle Cretella was interviewed by Dr. Carole Lieberman on her podcast, Dr. Carole's Couch. With so many parents encouraging their girls to be boys and their boys to be girls out of confusion and pressure from the media, Dr. Cretella's message to American families is this:
When kids say they think they have been born in the wrong body, they are crying out for help, and rushing them down the road to hormones and surgery is akin to child abuse.
To listen to the podcast, visit VoiceAmerica.com or click here .

"Used as a training tool and educational resource for thousands [of] schools globally at all levels of education from kindergarten through university"

Gender dysphoria (GD) of childhood describes a psychological condition in which children experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender and the gender associated with their biological sex For more information, view the ACPeds position statement Gender Dysphoria in Children .
New job posting on the College Job Board .

Medical Officer - Pediatrics Hospitalist
This position is full-time and it is onsite at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. Click here for contact information, a full job description and application requirements.

If you enjoy being a part of a high performing, professional service and technology focused organization, please apply today! Great opportunity. Be sure to check it out!

For more job opportunities, click here or visit  https://www.acpeds.org/health-professionals/job-board for more information.
ACPeds members in the media
ACPeds Vice President Dr. Quentin Van Meter was interviewed by LifeSiteNews last week in response to recent news that a St. Louis radio station has publicized one family's quest to fundraise $30,000 for puberty blockers for their "transgender" 11-year-old since the child's insurance, Medicaid, doesn't cover child sex changes. According to Dr. Van Meter, telling a boy he is a girl and affirming that "with medications" goes "completely against medical ethics" and is ultimately a form of "medical malpractice." Click here or visit LifeSiteNews.com/news to read the full article.
ACPeds Fellow member and Pediatric Endocrinology specialist Dr. Paul Hruz, was also interviewed last month on the Laura Ingraham Show on Fox News. Dr. Hruz was asked to share his take on how the social affirmation of transgender ideology has not only led to young children undergoing hormonal therapy but has also led to an unfair advantage to men competing as women in athletics. Click here or click the image below to view the 5 minute interview.

According to Chad Greene, a man who personally experienced gender dysphoria and explored transition in his early twenties, "People suffering from genuine mental anguish are being promised that with enough surgery,..., social acceptance, legal protection...and so on, they will finally feel whole as a person." But the fact is (and research shows) that people who have had sex-reassignment surgery can be as much as 19 times more likely to die by suicide than is the general population.
In his article Transgender Suicides: What to Do About Them , Greene discusses sex-reassignment surgery as treatment for transgenderism and asks the question, "If it needs treatment, isn't it an illness?" Click here or visit ThePublicDiscourse.com to read the full article.
Last Call for Nominations

In the fall, ACPeds will hold elections for the 2-year term beginning in 2018. The ACPeds nominations committee is seeking candidates for the elections.

Serving as a board member does not require special qualifications.  All Member Fellows, Specialty Fellows, Retired Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows are eligible.

Board members are 
  • expected to attend two annual board meetings,
  • called upon to comment or vote on activities in which the College engages, and
  • are encouraged to serve on one or more committees within the College.
Board members may elect also to participate in teleconferenced executive committee meetings on a monthly basis. The total time commitment involved in addition to the two weekends is about 5 or 6 hours per month.

Board members generally pay their own expenses to attend the meetings; however, financial assistance is available.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the College Board, please contact the College office no later than September 5th . If you have questions about what is involved with serving on the Board, you may email your questions to  admin@acpeds.org , or call the College office at  352-376-1877  and Lisa can have a board member get back to you.

Daily quality time spent with family or one-on-one between child and parent is one of the best inheritances parents can give to their children.

Special Interest News, Articles and Studies
ACPeds Bi-Annual Board Meeting
Dear Members,
The College Board of Directors will meet in Deerfield, Illinois on Thursday evening and Friday morning prior to the start of the 2017 National Conference. If you are interested in attending part or all of the College board meeting, please contact Lisa in the College office at 352-376-1877 or by email to admin@acpeds.org no later than September 7th

Thank you!
*CME Approval for ACPeds 2017 National Meeting*

Come experience camaraderie with like-minded colleagues, terrific speakers  and 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

Registration is now open Click here   for details and to register Contact Lisa at ACPeds with any questions: 352-376-1877

Don't miss it!


Pro-life medical students, physici ans and healthcare professionals are
marginalized, discriminated against and increasingly pressured to violate their moral conscience. 

CLICK HERE to help send future doctors to the conference, equipping them with the skills they will need to address some of the most difficult life and death decisions they will face professionally.

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The American College of Pediatricians: Advocating the Best for Children and their doctors
ACPeds is dedicated first and foremost to promoting policy that is best for children, and realizes that these policies will only be possible if we simultaneously fight for the professional liberties and conscience rights of our members. The College is increasingly striving to achieve the latter by cooperating with organizations including the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons ( AAPS ) and the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons ( NBPAS ). 

With regard to protecting our right to freedom of conscience, ACPeds recently joined the Christian Medical and Dental Association ( CMDA ) on an Amicus Brief to a case on this matter that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Look out for further details on the case and our brief in upcoming newsletters.
While the College supports ongoing medical education for physicians to incorporate applicable new research in the care of patients, ACPeds questions whether the costly and intrusive process of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program assists in education or practice. For more information, view the ACPeds perspective piece Maintenance of Certification (MOC) - Do We Need Another Test?
More news on MOC and MOC alternatives:
September at a glance...  

The month of September commemorates the following:
ACPeds joint letter challenging the "conversion therapy ban" in WA

ACPeds recently signed on to a letter from the National Task Force for Therapy Equality (NTFFTE) explaining serious concerns about Seattle's 2016 Therapy Ban and the harmful consequences for minor child victims of sexual abuse who now cannot get professional therapy to resolve and dissipate homosexual feelings caused by sexual abuse. NTFFTE calls for the repeal of this bill to protect all Seattle children who have been or may become victims of sexual abuse.

Interestingly, a driving force behind the passage of Seattle's therapy ban, homosexual Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was accused of sexually abusing children himself.
The NTFFTE calls for immediate action to rescind this egregious therapy ban. Click here to view the letter and  click here to view testimonies to the harm of banning therapy. The NTFFTE has also filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission regarding fraud involving therapy bans. Click here to view the complaint. 
Thank you to members Dr. Jane Hamner for help editing Parent Talk,
and Dr. Leah Willson for her help in editing the Newsletter.
Disabled activists oppose euthanasia, scientists aim to reverse brain death
An actor, comedian, disability rights activist and a vocal opponent of the legalization of assisted suicide, Liz Carr recently addressed moves by the state government of Victoria, Australia to pass legislation before the end of this year allowing assisted suicide. 

She and many other disabled people fear that "if a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passes, some people's lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse" because "no safeguards have ever been enacted or proposed that can prevent this outcome - which can never be undone." Click here or visit MercatorNet.com to read more.

While some argue that euthanasia should at least be an option for patients who are brain dead because they have no hope of recovery, researchers have recently received approval for the first medical trial that aims to restore neuronal activity in humans who have been declared brain dead. Click here or visit MedicalNewsToday.com to read more about their medically and ethically controversial proposal.
Killing is diametrically opposed to the role of physicians as healers. Assisting in or directly causing the death of our patients violates the long standing medical ethics principle of "first do no harm."

For more information, view the ACPeds press release Physicians are Healers Not Killers .
Sign the Petition to Defend Life!

The U.N. Human Rights Committee, one of the oldest U.N. treaty bodies, is using its power to attack the right to life of unborn human beings. The committee is currently drafting a legal commentary aimed at excluding unborn children's right to life in international law. The human rights of all members of the human family, including the unborn, must be protected!
The U.N. Human Rights Committee needs to hear from you that this is an unacceptable overreach that discriminates against the rights of an entire group of people. Please sign the petition here or visit https://c-fam.org/right-life-international/ . It will be presented to the committee prior to its final decision this October.
More pro-life news:
Current events in stem cell research
In July, researchers in Portland, Oregon, carried out the first attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the U.S. These embryos had genomes that were "edited" or "improved" to eliminate defective genes that cause inherited disease. Multiple embryos were created for the project, but none were allowed to continue development (that is, they all were destroyed) after the first few days of life.
In August, U.S. marshals raided StemImmune Inc., a San Diego-based clinic, and seized a smallpox vaccine , which the FDA deemed an unapproved product. The FDA also issued a warning letter to U.S. Stem Cell, a company based in Sunrise, Florida because of "significant deviations from current good manufacturing practices."
While the hope and the hype of stem cell research have generated grand visions such as cures for chronic disease and the end of natural procreation , the current limitations of this technology must be recognized. When human embryos are involved in research, ethical consideration should be paramount. For more information, view the ACPeds position statement The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells: A Bright Future .
Patient Handout Reminder

Patient handouts are available for download free of charge  on the Handouts page of the Health Professionals  (and Parents ) section of the ACPeds website. Available In t he members' section of the website are  patient handouts shared by other ACPeds practitioners , some of which may be helpful to your own patients and practice. Contact the office to get the username and password for access to the  Member Hub
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