Not triggering, I don't think. What is this, a reformed Catholic church with altar girls being assaulted by priests instead of altar boys? Nope, it's scoliosis treatment. This summer I'm researching some aspects of bracing and surgery. Scoliosis affects primarily girls (97% of cases, IIRC); it's curvature in the spine (when view from the front or back). It decreases lifespan by approximately 14 years by hurting heart and lung function. Let's start with the assumption that surgery is safe and effective. Bracing is used as a first defence to prevent surgery from being necessary. It has well-documented psychosocial harm associated. And at least one study indicates it does not prevent surgery; no study demonstrates that it prevents surgery. Indeed, studies have shown that bracing decreases quality of life. So, bracing is probably unethical. But it's done every day anyhow. Now let's check that assumption: scoliosis surgery is major surgery requiring anesthesia and involves drilling holes in the spine. Possible side effects include urinary tract infection, bleeding, reduced mobility, and even death. It has been shown to not decrease pain. Heart and lung function are not improved. 49% of surgery patients report psychosocial harm. It's not permanent, a serious case will be just as bad as it was before the surgery within 20 years. One surgery often isn't sufficient. So, surgery is probably unethical. But it's done every day anyhow. How can I go on with this?