President Donald Trump has picked a new head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr Brenda Fitzgerald. She practiced for decades as an OB/GYN, and promoted an anti-aging therapy called “bio-identical hormones,” which has been discredited by mainstream doctors.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says:
“…Evidence is lacking to support superiority claims of compounded bioidentical hormones over conventional menopausal hormone therapy.”
Fitzgerald’s practice claimed:
“…We can now measure the vitamins, antioxidants, necessary fats, and proteins in your cells with a simple blood test.”
These treatments are not only discredited, but they can also be dangerous. They require the use of compounded drugs from pharmacies, which are not quite as well regulated as other drugs. Part of the risk is that contaminated drugs from compounding pharmacies have killed people.
Anti-aging medicine is not even recognized as a medical specialty, but Fitzgerald lists it among her credentials. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Fitzgerald has run for Congress twice and has donated more than $25,000 to the Republican party. Of course, Trump is going to give her a government position.
She also served as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Public Health for seven years before she began working for the CDC. The press release from the Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, failed to mention that tidbit. From the press release:
“‘Today, I am extremely proud and excited to announce Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as the new Director of the CDC,’ said Secretary Price. ‘Having known Dr. Fitzgerald for many years, I know that she has a deep appreciation and understanding of medicine, public health, policy and leadership—all qualities that will prove vital as she leads the CDC in its work to protect America’s health 24/7. We look forward to working with Dr. Fitzgerald to achieve President Trump’s goal of strengthening public health surveillance and ensuring global health security at home and abroad. Congratulations to Dr. Fitzgerald and her family.'”
Watch one of her sketchier talks – this one on childhood development:
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.