Transgenderism has become the political cause celebre for liberals of late, but there could be another explanation for its rise: Big Pharma and in particular a so-called “wonder drug” that has been pushed on women during the latter half of the 20th century.
As reported by the web site Collective Evolution, DES – a.k.a. diethylstilbestrol – is a synthetic estrogen that was administered to women who were pregnant from 1940 through the early 1970s and was hailed as a wonder medication that prevented morning sickness and miscarriages.
But only after millions of women had been exposed to DES was it discovered that the drug was causing deadly cancers in the women who took it, as well as their unborn children. As noted by the web site TheWonderDrugMovie.com –which is also home to a documentary film that is currently in development– proven effects of exposure to the drug include a rare vaginal cancer in daughters of mothers who took DES; larger risk of developing breast cancer in DES mothers; potential risk of testicular cancer in DES sons; abnormal reproductive organs; high-risk pregnancies (ironically enough); increased infertility; a higher risk of breast cancer in DES daughters after age 40. Suspected side effects may also include auto-immune disorders, but this is undergoing further research and is unproven at this point.
Also, some believe that the drug may be responsible for a rising number of transgendered individuals. A local news report by CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa Bay/Sarasota, Florida examined this very possibility recently.
“It was too scary”
“All my life, it has been following me. Through my teen years, I really struggled with it. As you get older, you try to escape it. You do these things to overcome it,” Taylor Feryo, a transgender female who was born a male.
“[There were these] two sides to my life,” she told the local CBS affiliate. [Finally] it gave me some peace.”
One of thousands of Americans who struggle with gender identity, Feryo believes DES has something to do with it.
In May Dr. Dana Beyer, a transgender rights advocate who ran for the senate in Maryland, said DES was the earlier equivalent of the latter day Vioxx scandal.
“Clearly the drug was given without understanding the awful consequences,” she told WTSP. “This is the biggest medical disaster in modern medicine until the Vioxx scandal.”
The local affiliate said that some 5 million women were given the drug.
“Many of these women were being told they were given super vitamins,” Beyer said, adding that there was often no specific dose, even, and that women were often advised to take the drug “as needed.”
For many of those women, they ingested more than 50,000 times the amount of estrogen contained in today’s birth control pills.
Just a ‘tragedy’
A decade ago, research that Beyer conducted indicated there could be a link between DES and the reassignment of gender in children and grandchildren of women who took it. But back then, she says, you could not openly discuss the issue of trangenderism, let alone a potential Big Pharma connection to it.
“It was one of those moments … a faceplate moment where you go, ‘Oh my God, it really is so obvious. But nobody wanted to deal with it,” she said.
“It’s unfortunate. [At that time in America] we couldn’t talk about it. It was too scary.”
But she also admitted that her study was somewhat flawed because it lacked data.
“We didn’t have medical records of those of us in the ’50s and ’60s. We need money to get research to undersign and come up with good data,” she said. Absent that “good data” researchers today could not label Beyer’s study as credible.
In 2011, according to the feature film web site, both U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Democrat John Kerry and Republican Scott Brown, wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration seeking a public apology from the agency over its approval of the drug. They did not get one, but rather the agency only admitted that what happened to women was a “tragedy.”
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