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The Junk Science Continues: ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapist Claims He Can Turn ‘Gay Brains’ Into ‘Heterosexual Brains’

In Today in Batsh*ttery, we have the pronouncements of one Dr. Jerry Mungadze, who recently went on the Daystar “Christian” tee-vee with Joni Lamb and belched familiar anti-gay trash. I do give him points for acknowledging that sexual orientation is based in the brain. After that it’s all downhill junk “science”.

As People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch reports, this “doctor” claims his ex-gay therapy techniques “have literally changed the brain structure of his gay patients and made their brains more like those of straight people.”

The good news is, at least with the people that I’ve seen, not a lot of people, when the healing takes place those areas of the brain that were showing the homosexuality show heterosexuality. I have had several people who when I looked at them I couldn’t tell the difference between a heterosexual who never was homosexual and them, which means the brain is able to go back and fire the way it is supposed to be, which is an argument against the whole idea of someone was born that way.

And where is his evidence of “healing” are any brain scans to show his miraculous transformations, and what does he look for? These folks are preposterous. It makes you wonder how the man earned a doctorate. Then again, anyone can hang out a shingle and call themselves a “therapist” — there are a lot of quacks out there, including Marcus Bachmann, the husband of Crazy Eyes Michele in Congress, who prey on vulnerable men (women are rarity in these programs) who suffer from self-loathing regarding their sexual orientation because of cultural and religious pressure by those around them. And many times it is young men whose parents want someone to pray away the gay that send them off to these dangerous people. Bachmann’s practice was infamously infiltrated and exposed by John M. Becker on Truth Wins Out. From his account:

I was never told that every professional medical and mental health association rejects “ex-gay” therapy including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Counseling Association, or that the treatment I was seeking was totally unsupported by research. I was never informed about possible alternative treatment options such as gay-affirmative therapy. Nobody ever told me about the potential for harmful side effects like depression and suicidal thoughts. And although I was asked to sign a treatment plan outlining my problem, desired outcome, and treatment strategy, I was never given nor asked to sign any kind of informed consent document that disclosed the above information about “ex-gay” therapy. As such, I believe Bachmann & Associates to be practicing unethically, even by the standards of the American Association of Christian Counselors. This is particularly disconcerting given the fact that Marcus Bachmann’s clinic has received significant funding from the State of Minnesota and the federal government.

Quacks like Dr. Jerry Mungadze are still out there and in business, and it is frightening.

On that Daystar show Mungadze was on along with Joe Dallas, Anne Paulk and Janet Boynes. Note: “ex-lesbian” Anne Paulk is the former wife of recently de-de-gayed John Paulk, a former advocate of the ex-gay movement and conversion therapy — he recently recanted and apologized to the gay community for his ex-gay work over the years. Paulk:

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The junk science continues: ‘ex-gay’ therapist claims he can turn ‘gay brains’ into ‘heterosexual brains’

In Today in Batsh*ttery, we have the pronouncements of one Dr. Jerry Mungadze, who recently went on the Daystar “Christian” tee-vee with Joni Lamb and belched familiar anti-gay trash. I do give him points for acknowledging that sexual orientation is based in the brain. After that it’s all downhill junk “science”.

As People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch reports, this “doctor” claims his ex-gay therapy techniques “have literally changed the brain structure of his gay patients and made their brains more like those of straight people.”


The good news is, at least with the people that I’ve seen, not a lot of people, when the healing takes place those areas of the brain that were showing the homosexuality show heterosexuality. I have had several people who when I looked at them I couldn’t tell the difference between a heterosexual who never was homosexual and them, which means the brain is able to go back and fire the way it is supposed to be, which is an argument against the whole idea of someone was born that way.

And where is his evidence of “healing” are any brain scans to show his miraculous transformations, and what does he look for? These folks are preposterous. It makes you wonder how the man earned a doctorate. Then again, anyone can hang out a shingle and call themselves a “therapist” — there are a lot of quacks out there, including Marcus Bachmann, the husband of Crazy Eyes Michele in Congress, who prey on vulnerable men (women are rarity in these programs) who suffer from self-loathing regarding their sexual orientation because of cultural and religious pressure by those around them. And many times it is young men whose parents want someone to pray away the gay that send them off to these dangerous people. Bachmann’s practice was infamously infiltrated and exposed by John M. Becker on Truth Wins Out. From his account:

I was never told that every professional medical and mental health association rejects “ex-gay” therapy including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Counseling Association, or that the treatment I was seeking was totally unsupported by research. I was never informed about possible alternative treatment options such as gay-affirmative therapy. Nobody ever told me about the potential for harmful side effects like depression and suicidal thoughts. And although I was asked to sign a treatment plan outlining my problem, desired outcome, and treatment strategy, I was never given nor asked to sign any kind of informed consent document that disclosed the above information about “ex-gay” therapy. As such, I believe Bachmann & Associates to be practicing unethically, even by the standards of the American Association of Christian Counselors. This is particularly disconcerting given the fact that Marcus Bachmann’s clinic has received significant funding from the State of Minnesota and the federal government.

Quacks like Dr. Jerry Mungadze are still out there and in business, and it is frightening.

On that Daystar show Mungadze was on along with Joe Dallas, Anne Paulk and Janet Boynes. Note: “ex-lesbian” Anne Paulk is the former wife of recently de-de-gayed John Paulk, a former advocate of the ex-gay movement and conversion therapy — he recently recanted and apologized to the gay community for his ex-gay work over the years. Paulk:

“Please allow me to be clear: I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people,” Paulk said in a lengthy apology distributed to various gay publications.

“From the bottom of my heart I wish I could take back my words and actions that caused anger, depression, guilt and hopelessness. In their place I want to extend love, hope, tenderness, joy and the truth that gay people are loved by God,” he said.

“Today, I see LGBT people for who they are — beloved, cherished children of God. I offer my most sincere and heartfelt apology to men, women, and especially children and teens who felt unlovable, unworthy, shamed or thrown away by God or the church.”

You can’t help but laugh at the pathetic claims of these people, but there is still true psychological harm being wrought for profit. More than 400 survivors of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) were interviewed by the Beyond Ex-Gay community — take a look at the top ten reasons that drive some to seek out the services of these quacks. Via Zack Ford at Think Progress:

  • To be a better Christian.
  • I believed it was what God wanted me to do.
  • I feared I would be condemned by God.
  • The desire to fit in with everyone, to feel “normal.”
  • Cultural pressure to conform to heterosexuality.
  • Desire to please family and friends.
  • I feared I would go to hell for being gay.
  • Fear of losing family and friends.
  • Misinformation of what it meant to be gay.
  • Self-hatred & internalized homophobia.

In other words, the driving factor as to why individuals has “unwanted” attractions is because their church, friends, family, and community all shame them into feeling that way. It’s a profit cycle, with SOCE advocates condemning homosexuality specifically to attract clients into ex-gay therapy — whose narratives they then use to continue condemning homosexuality.

So while we can laugh at the pronouncement of someone like Jerry Mungadze, it’s important to keep the spotlight on anti-gay junk science proponents.

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