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Risks of ‘chest binders’ for trans kids include broken ribs, collapsed lungs

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May 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The transgender movement has not only sparked a massive cultural conversation that is rocking our civilization’s foundations to the very core. It has also spawned a series of new industries that are targeting the children and teens who have been swept up in what experts are now referring to as a social peer contagion. The products these industries are selling are our modern-day equivalent of Chinese foot-binding.

Last month, I wrote a column on one such burgeoning industry, specializing in the sale of so-called “packers” and “chest binders” to children and teens. “Packers,” for those of you who are blessedly unaware of the term, refers to prosthetic penises that are now being sold for (and to) young girls who have been sucked in by the transgender phenomenon and are attempting to identify as boys. There are even specially designed “packers” that are intended to allow girls to urinate standing up.

Some of the promotional materials for these companies actually boast that the packers will provide a realistic looking bulge in underwear, while other specialty underwear is being marketed to boys wishing to identify as girls, promising these children—and I am talking about children—that the product will assist them in “tucking” their genitals in such a way that they will seem smooth, thus appearing more female. (You can watch instructional videos produced by trans activists at your own risk if you don’t believe me.)

Aside from the psychological consequences of all of this—and the scarring will be deep and dire—there are real physical consequences to this awful exploitation of children, as well. As these children attempt to hide their genuine selves in an attempt to pose as the opposite sex, the equipment being marketed to them for that purpose can be incredibly harmful.

The McLean Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario (advertised as “just 10 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport”), which specializes in “Top Surgery,” even hosts an entire warning section on their website about the “health consequences of chest binding.” Here’s what they have to say about an increasingly popular product being used by thousands of young people across North America:

If you are considering long-term chest binding, then there are some important things to keep in mind. This following are the three biggest health consequences of chest binding that you need to be aware of before you do begin.

Compressed Ribs

One of the biggest health consequence of chest binding is compressed or broken ribs, which can lead to further health problems. Unfortunately, you can fracture the ribs fairy easily so you should avoid binding your chest using bandages or tapes, as these can be unsafe.

Compressing your chest too tightly or incorrectly can permanently damage small blood vessels. This can cause blood flow problems and increase the risk of developing blood clots. Over time, this can lead to inflamed ribs (costochondritis) and even a heart attack due to decreased blood flow to the heart.

The following are some symptoms you should look out for:

  • Loss of breath
  • Back pain throughout the back or shoulders
  • Increased pain or pressure with deep breaths

Collapsed Lungs

Since chest binding can lead to fractured ribs, this can increase the risk of puncturing or collapsing a lung. This happens when a broken rib punctures the lung, causing serious health issues.

Once the lung is punctured, it has a higher risk of collapsing because air can fill the spaces around the lungs and chest.

Back Problems

If you bind your chest too tightly then it can cause serious back issues by compressing the spine, which is part of your central nervous system. The spine controls many functions, and you need to be very careful when doing anything that may cause damage.

Back pain from chest binding can also be an indication that a lung has been injured. If the pain is coming from the upper back or shoulder, consult with a doctor for further examination to ensure proper lung health.

Fractured ribs, damaged blood vessels, or punctured lungs can cause difficulties down the line and may stop you from being able to move forward with surgery. Keeping these issues in mind will allow you get the most out of using chest binding.

Discuss chest binding with an expert to ensure that you get the best results, reduce the risk of complications, and create optimal health for you.

The McLean Clinic’s speciality of “top surgery,” by the way, involves double-mastectomies for biological females who wish to present as male. There have been many heartbreaking stories of mothers and fathers desperately trying to convince their teenage daughters who have been caught up in the transgender social contagion not to get their breasts surgically removed, but the fact is that many teens are embarking on this path and will be permanently disfigured for life as a result.

These new industries popping up to take advantage of the transgender phenomenon and exploit confused children and teens are preying on the minds of the young and damaging them, often irreparably, for both ideological and financial purposes. Future generations, I believe, will look back and find it hard to fathom how we permitted this contagion to metastasize to such an extent, and will be stunned that we facilitated the physical mutilation of healthy children to satisfy the delusions of a handful of bewildered ideologues in the twilight days of a dying culture.

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Jonathon Van Maren

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.