Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cigarettes at Pharmacies as silly as Birth Control Pills at Pharmacies

I applaud CVS Pharmacy for their decision to end sales of tobacco products starting October 1 at all of their stores.

But, I must ask, why stop there? If you easily recognize that
chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease... are linked to smoking
(says CVS chief exec Larry J. Merlo to the NY Times), why can't you recognize that the Birth Control Pill and associated devices like Depo shot, Norplant implant, Plan B, and Birth Control Patch have done similar harm to women's health and lives over the past 60 years?

For example, we can examine the harm done to women by the birth control pill as early as its introduction in the 50s in the book, "The Bitter Pill: How safe is the 'perfect contraceptive'?" by Dr. Ellen Grant. After initially being a researcher and promoter of chemical contraceptives, Dr. Grant saw the side effects and quickly began exposing its woes, but feminist organizations and world governments had already bought into its agenda.

In 2005, the World Health Organization called the combined estrogen-progesterone pill "carcinogenic to humans."

The Depo shot has a "black box warning" given in the United States due to osteoporosis risk and other side effects, however it is the leading contraceptive given to poor women in third-world countries.

The Pill's own insert, such as this one from ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO, should any woman take the time to read it, reveals side effects plainly:
The use of oral contraceptives is associated with increased risks of several serious conditions including myocardial infarction, thromboembolism, stroke, hepatic neoplasia, and gallbladder disease, although the risk of serious morbidity or mortality is very small in healthy women without underlying risk factors. The risk of morbidity and mortality increases significantly in the presence of other underlying risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidemias, obesity and diabetes.
And, Kathleen Sebelius herself recognizes the harm of cigarettes and applauds CVS for its decision, citing the statistics of children who try smoking for the first time each day. I wonder: how many children try birth control for the first time each day?

How many children try sex for the first time each day? If 1 in 4 teens contracts an STD every year, how many teens are exposed to an STD every day?

Maybe these are also health questions that CVS should consider when selecting store product. Maybe these are points that Kathleen Sebelius should consider when she's writing out her mandates for contraceptive coverage in health care plans.

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