British Blogger: Ok now listen here you dumb fockin Americans know what this is? *shows pic of bubblegum* We call this a Sniksmacksnibblebob which you uncultured fockin twats would know nothing about.
headcanon posts that just show a fundamental lack of critical thinking about the source material are my least favorite thing but i never want to be the party pooper that’s like “uh thats factually incorrect” so i just sit here quietly seething abt it like some misanthropic evil grandma
trans people taking testosterone need to drink orange juice cause testosterone weakens your immune system!! trans people taking estrogen need to drink milk cause estrogen causes calcium to be absorbed less
This post is misleading about testosterone at best, and flat-out wrong about estrogen.
(Note: Most of these links do not go to scholarly studies, but rather to laymen-friendly articles, because scientific articles themselves are dense and unapproachable to most people.)
Cis men with higher than average testosterone levels do appear to have lower immune responses to things like influenza vaccines and to be generally slightly more susceptible to infections/illness. High serum levels of testosterone do appear to affect certain transcription factors and result in lowered immune function. Additionally, cis men in general have slightly lower immune system response levels than cis women (which also results in women being more at-risk for autoimmune diseases than men). That much is true.
However, it does not follow that trans people who take testosterone are significantly more at-risk for illness than they were before testosterone, and certainly not that they “need to drink orange juice” or they will get sick. As far as advice goes, it’s not harmful, but it’s strangely myopic. First off, based on the way that testosterone affects most other health concerns for trans people, testosterone in trans people probably puts immune function either between typical cis female and cis male levels, or at most, changes it to typical cis male levels. If their testosterone levels are within the range they should be, there shouldn’t be any particular reason that trans people taking testosterone “need to drink orange juice” any more than cis people with testosterone in their bodies “need to”. You don’t see cis men chugging orange juice for fear that they’ll become sickly, nor being advised to do so…yet they are, on average, pretty much fine. This is not even touching on the ways that “drink orange juice and you’ll have a healthy immune system!” is bizarrely limited and [single concrete action]->[single concrete result] oriented, but I’ll skip over that because frankly it’s just orange juice, whatever, I don’t even care about that part.
Here’s where this post is simply wrong. Estrogen improves intestinal calcium absorption. Estrogen promotes healthier, stronger bones and promotes low calcium resorption from bones (a good thing). Cis women going through menopause (losing estrogen) show dramatic losses in calcium absorption and are at high risk of osteoporosis as a result. Trans or not, estrogen is not likely limiting you calcium absorption. Additionally, drinking milk or otherwise getting enough calcium is important, but in reality as long as you eat dairy or foods/drinks fortified with calcium, extra calcium doesn’t help.A more pertinent piece of dietary advice for anyone worried about their calcium intake and bone health is to get enough vitamin D.
And again, we have the same issue as when we were talking about testosterone - there’s no strong reason I know of to think that trans people taking estrogen are particularly more at-risk than cis women from most of the pitfalls of estrogen anyway. In fact, since estrogen has calcium absorption promoting/bone calcium resorption limiting/bone health promoting properties and trans people who take estrogen take it in steady, controlled doses each day, they might be better off with regard to calcium than they were before and better off than most cis women.
Anyway in conclusion, drinking more milk or orange juice isn’t bad, but OP’s post is.