Saturday, January 12, 2013

"The Side-Effect That Dare Not Speak Its Name"

A post yesterday — Homosexuality Explained? — engendered comments from long-term friend of this blog Francis-Xavier that deserve airing:
    If you talk to MDs and PhDs with the background to understand things, most of them will tell you that homosexuality is the side-effect that dare not speak its name.

    At junior high school level biology, students are taught that the presence or absence of a y chromosome determines sex. This is a gross simplification. The y chromosome - with a few exceptions - causes a foetus to produce much more testosterone that foetuses without a y chromosome do, and it is this testosterone in the womb that makes a foetus develop its male gonads and let its female gonads shrivel or vice versa. (There's the odd accident where both develop, and something like one in 5000 women is an XY phenotype where the y chromosome can't produce testosterone.)

    The sexual differentiation of the brain - male and female brains are quite different - is also driven by the ratio of testosterone to the oestrogens in the womb. And this is where the side-effects arise. Many years ago, an oestrogen by the name of DES was prescribed as a treatment for morning sickness; it totally unbalanced the equilibrium between estrogens and androgens, and an astounding number of the children born after their mothers had taken DES with them in the womb grew up to be lesbians or had other markers of strong male development, such as enormous clitorises.

    Endocrinologists will tell you that the human endocrine system is very subtle, and that it takes more than a year if not two years for people who have taken cortisone or thyroid hormone to revert to completely "normal" rhythms and levels, once they strop. And also for those who have taken synthetic estrogens, aka birth control pills.

    In other words millions of women take pills that cause unnatural levels of the hormones that determine who male or female their children will be, and at least part of the huge increase in homosexuals must be due to this.

    Years ago, I discussed this with an MD PhD doing such research, who confirmed this connexion, and then with a very well known Roman Catholic authority on Humanae Vitae, and urged said expert to raise money to further investigate this, and it would undoubtedly greatly buttress the case against hormonal contraception.

    Much to my surprise, I was told that there was no interest at all in making the best possible scientific case against contraception to the faithful.

    The clear sense I got was that said expert considered Humanae Vitae to be their turf, with which to pontificate (pun intended), sell books, and appear on tv to the maximum intent possible, turf to be shared as little as possible, but that this expert in no way believed in or cared about the teachings on which their career had been built, a total fraud.

    Rarely have I been more disgusted by a human being.

    I am more and more coming to believe that the "Conservative Catholics" have even more phonies in their leadership than the liberal ones.

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Blogger papabear said...

"If you use hormonal contraception, your children may become gay."

Would this message really be palatable to most American Catholics?

If psychological trauma is insufficient to explain all instances of same-sex attraction, then there must be some physiological cause to explain the other cases. While some SSA advocates want to claim absolutely that homosexuals are "born that way," they would probably oppose additional research, because then it might reinforce the view that it is a defect that could be fixed.

January 12, 2013 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am largely persuaded by this, but how can the Church provide a sufficient explanation of pre-modern acts of homosexuality?

January 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

According to the science in the post yesterday, epigenetics gives the answer. What Francis-Xavier writes points to a pharmaceutically-induced increase of something that was already occuring.

Of course, just because there is a genetic (or epigentic) tendency towards this or that behavior does not make it right or wrong. Some say that 4% of us have brains hard-wired towards sociopathy, but the number who commit sociopathic acts is far lower.

January 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

"If you use hormonal contraception, your children may become gay."

Would this message really be palatable to most American Catholics?

"What is truth?" a Roman administrator memorably asked the Man from Galilee.

Your question reveals all that is wrong with the Roman Church today, for it implies that it's all about the Nielsen ratings. Part of the entertainment industry in other words.

Had saints like Francis of Assisi and Peter Claver worried how their actions would play to the plebs in Peoria rather than followed their consciences, the curtains would have fallen long ago.

Of course, the many phonies in and around the leadership today would do all in their power to ensure that there's no room for people like Francis and Peter Claver in the contemporary inn.

January 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM  

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