Know the health risks of being on the pill
The Kansas City Star
Today there is a product being sold that greatly increases the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other deadly aliments, with 50 years of research demonstrating the danger, and it’s not tobacco.
You’d expect the media, the Food and Drug Administration and women’s health organizations to rally against this product, or, at the very least, have the same label warnings as a pack of cigarettes.
This was the odd conversation in which I found myself engaged when I mentioned Planned Parenthood to a medical research scientist. Discussing “reproductive health” makes me strangely squeamish.
I attempted to extricate myself from a conversation I didn’t want to have, but the crusading doctor would have none of it. To her credit, she moved me from a disinterested bystander to my first conspiracy theory.
I checked the doctor’s story and waded into the evidence, recently put forth in the International Journal of Cancer, that followed 100,000 women and found a 45 percent increase chance of breast cancer for women using the pill.
A 2007 study demonstrated women on the pill had up to a 30 percent increase in plaque in the arteries, which leads some to speculate this is why more women than men are dying of cardiovascular disease.
My Google searches found equally disturbing information such as the synthetic hormones in the pill are 100 to 1,000 times more potent than a woman’s own hormones and don’t just affect ovaries. When the synthetic chemicals in the pill are introduced, the receptors all over a woman’s body, including, bones and the immune system, are dramatically altered. These chemicals throw off the natural hormone balance of women’s bodies.
Unless you’re blind to the facts or, like me, cared little for something I considered a private issue belonging to the opposite sex, you can’t help but see the truth.
Why are the media strangely silent on an issue that harms so many? Where is the leadership in government that has all but outlawed cigarettes for causing cancer but has done nothing to warn women against this danger?
Why is the most righteous defender of women, Planned Parenthood, still promoting this remarkably destructive potion? Is there really a war on women?
Unfortunately, all the answers point to money.
Big pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars selling the pill. A lot of the money finds its way into the hands of politicians, who justify taking the cash by waving the flag of women’s rights.
These same big dollars also flow to the lucrative and politically well-connected industry known as Planned Parenthood. The more the organization pushes for taxpayer funded contraception, under the guise of women’s health, the more federal funding and tax-deductible donations it receives from a misled and ill-informed public.
There are natural methods of birth control, well beyond the outdated “rhythm method,” which incorporates Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor that, according to the well-respected Marquette School of Nursing, can be equally as effective as the pill, without any of the downside negative effects. However, there is little money to be made empowering women with these choices.
Unlike Sandra Fluke, I’m not advocating anything. I’d merely like all the facts to be known.
In a country where McDonald’s Happy Meals are being outlawed and federal agents are raiding farms to save us from the dangers of raw milk, would you not think protecting women would be worthy of some consideration?
Sadly, it appears profits and politics trump the truth.
G. Joseph McLiney is the father of five children and three grandchildren and runs a private investment bank headquartered in Kansas City. He lives in Kansas City. To reach him, send email to email@example.com or write to Midwest Voices, c/o Editorial Page, The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64108.