067 – Oral Contraceptives and Nutrient Depletion – My Interview with Ross Pelton

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Birth control pills increase the risk for many health problems.

Ross PeltonBirth control pills are currently taken by over 12 million women in the United States and over 100 million women worldwide. Unfortunately, most don’t realize that taking birth control pills substantially increases the risk of having many health problems, some of which are potentially very serious. In his new book Ross Pelton, the world’s leading expert on drug-induced nutrient depletions, teaches how to protect your health from the dangerous side effects of oral contraceptives.

There is no question that oral contraceptives have brought an unprecedented level of freedom to women in making choices about their health, pleasure and family planning, but a side effect rarely mentioned by the prescribing physician or organization is that they deplete a wide range of nutrients from women’s bodies. Health problems that can develop from these nutrient depletions include depression, sleep disorders, anemia, low energy, migraine headaches, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, diabetes, a weakened immune system, birth defects, accelerated aging, and cancers of the uterus, colon and breast. Some of these show up more quickly than others; studies report that about 50 percent of women who begin using oral contraceptives will discontinue use within the first six to 12 months due to side effects.

The Pill ProblemMany of the problems that can develop don’t cause noticeable symptoms and can take years to develop, so women are not even aware of a health risk. For example, women taking oral contraceptives have lower levels of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. In his interview and book, Ross discusses how specific nutrients can support health and counteract some of the hazards of oral contraceptives. You can find this book at naturalpharmacist.net.

About Ross Pelton

Ross Pelton is a pharmacist, a certified clinical nutritionist, author and educator. Ross is the author of six books on a variety of health topics: The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, (Lexi-Comp, 2001) The Nutritional Cost of Drugs, 2nd Edition (Morton Publishing Co., 2004) The Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide (Lexi-Comp., 2000) How To Prevent Breast Cancer (Simon & Schuster, 1995) Alternatives In Cancer Therapy (Simon & Schuster, 1994) Mind Food and Smart Pills (Doubleday, 1989).

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