Saturday, May 19, 2012

Go green: ditch the Pill

Dr. Rebecca Oas wrote an excelent piece for Zenit this week where she highlighted some of the environmental factors at stake with the use of the birth control pill.
It makes intuitive sense that humans both individually and as societies benefit by living in accordance with the wishes of their Creator
This frog looks worried. He should be!
Her article is called "Contraceptives and the Environment: What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply."
When a new synthetic substance is created, or a naturally occurring substance is generated at greatly increased levels, the effects can be far longer-lasting and wider-reaching than its manufacturers predict or intend. Some well-known examples of this include asbestos, a popular insulation and flame retardant in the late 19th century, which was later discovered to be carcinogenic
For example, she references a spring, 2012 article that addresses the harms done to frogs and other animals due to toxins in the water supply.
Due to the accumulation of synthetic steroids in water, much of the research conducted on its impact has been done using water-dwelling vertebrates such as fish and frogs. An ever-increasing collection of studies report harmful effects of these hormones on aquatic vertebrates, particularly with regard to their reproduction, as would be predicted given the nature of the contaminants.
Putting aside the side effects of the pill on the environment, imagine what the side effects are for women whose bodies are continuously processing excess hormones.  Women deserve better than to be treated as if our unique, perfectly functioning bodies are diseased for the fact that we can bear children.

And, further, I have always been an advocate for alternative treatment for conditions that doctors insist require birth control pill treatment such as acne and irregular periods. My favorite alternative treatment is chiropractic care from a Palmer trained chiropractor. Their website also has a chiropractor locator.

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