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Book details
  • Genre:HEALTH & FITNESS
  • SubGenre:Women's Health
  • Language:English
  • Pages:89
  • eBook ISBN:9781624889752

The Pill Problem

How to Protect Your Health from the Side Effects of Oral Contraceptives

by Ross Pelton

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Overview
Oral contraceptives were first approved in the United States in 1960. It is estimated that over 80% of women born in the U.S. after 1945 have used oral contraceptives at some time in their lives. The “pill” ushered in a new ear of sexual freedom for women. For the first time women had the freedom to enjoy spontaneous sex without the fear of becoming pregnant. However, studies report that about 50% of women who begin using oral contraceptives discontinue use within the first six to 12 months due to side effects. Birth control pills are currently taken by over 12 million women in the United States and over 100 million women worldwide. Unfortunately, most women don’t realize that taking the “pill” substantially increases their risks to many health problems, some of which are potentially very serious. Oral contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of depression, sleep disorders, anemia, low energy, migraine headaches, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, diabetes, a weakened immune system, giving birth to an infant with birth defects, and cancers in the uterus, colon and breast. The Pill Problem teaches women how to protect their health from the dangerous side effects of oral contraceptives. The author, who is a pharmacist and a certified clinical nutritionist, educates women about why oral contraceptives can cause so many health problems, and he presents some relatively easy and inexpensive steps that can be taken to minimize their risks. Every woman who is taking oral contraceptives or who may take them at some time in her life should read The Pill Problem.
Description
Oral contraceptives were first approved in the United States in 1960. It is estimated that over 80% of women born in the U.S. after 1945 have used oral contraceptives at some time in their lives. The “pill” ushered in a new ear of sexual freedom for women. For the first time women had the freedom to enjoy spontaneous sex without the fear of becoming pregnant. However, studies report that about 50% of women who begin using oral contraceptives discontinue use within the first six to 12 months due to side effects. Birth control pills are currently taken by over 12 million women in the United States and over 100 million women worldwide. Unfortunately, most women don’t realize that taking the “pill” substantially increases their risks to many health problems, some of which are potentially very serious. Oral contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of depression, sleep disorders, anemia, low energy, migraine headaches, vaginal yeast infections, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, diabetes, a weakened immune system, giving birth to an infant with birth defects, and cancers in the uterus, colon and breast. The Pill Problem teaches women how to protect their health from the dangerous side effects of oral contraceptives. The author, who is a pharmacist and a certified clinical nutritionist, educates women about why oral contraceptives can cause so many health problems, and he presents some relatively easy and inexpensive steps that can be taken to minimize their risks. Every woman who is taking oral contraceptives or who may take them at some time in her life should read The Pill Problem. Many women don’t realize birth control pills deplete their bodies of many nutrients which can cause or contribute to the previously listed diseases. The author points out that many of the health problems caused by oral contraceptives develop gradually and do not initially cause noticeable symptoms. Hence, women are often not aware that a problem is developing, and when a health crisis like a heart attack or breast cancer does happen, they are not likely to realize that taking oral contraceptives for years was a contributing factor.
About the author
Ross Pelton, R.Ph, CCN, is one of the world's leading experts on health, nutrition and the side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs. In 1971, he joined the US Peace Corps. He taught high school chemistry in Malaysia from 1972-1973. This also gave him the opportunity to observe and study shamanistic healing practices in Malaysia. From 1986 to 1994 he was Hospital Administrator at Hospital Santa Monica which was one of the world's largest hospitals that offered alternative, non-toxic cancer therapies in Baja, Mexico. Ross has been a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Life Extension Foundation for over 15 years. In 1993 he became a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) in 1993.
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