Forcing a body system into dysfunction is unhealthy. The risks of birth control are major and many. Dangerous consequences were left unmentioned in the Sept. 19 Doings Healthbeat article, “Many factors to consider when choosing birth control.”
Increased risk of breast cancer is one. At conception, hormone levels change, breast tissue divides. When a baby is carried to term, third trimester breast tissue and lactation help protect the mother against breast cancer.
In cases of breakthrough ovulation and fertilization on the pill, thinned uterus lining (result of the pill which later plagues woman trying to get pregnant) prohibits the baby from implanting and growing, causing termination, increasing risk for breast cancer.
The link between hormonal contraceptives and breast cancer has been known for over 30 years. The World Health Organization has classified synthetic estrogen and progestin in contraceptives as carcinogenic to humans.
IUDs allow fertilization but not implantation, also causing pregnancy termination. IUDs have also been linked to pelvic inflammatory disease.
Hormonal birth control also masks the scent of natural hormones which attract males to females. When females alter their hormones, they are often attracted to men they would otherwise not consider a good match, causing relationship strain when hormones are discontinued. Dr. Janet E. Smith and Vicki Thorn have documented extensive research in this area along with the benefits of natural family planning which was not mentioned.
I think the facts speak for themselves, but the old saying, Don’t fool with Mother Nature, says it all.
In response to the Healthbeat article in the Sept. 26 issue of the Doings newspapers, the article by Dr. Gary Frumkin on energy drinks has a major error. The error is in saying that “vitamin B is an energy source” and further that “it is converted into glucose.”
The B vitamins are involved in energy metabolism as coenzymes that function as catalysts. They are neither a source of energy nor converted into glucose.
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chemistry professor questions Healthbeat