Holy Hormones Journal: Although this article is over a year old – the information is still timely, relevant and extremely important. Women (and men too for that matter) are being put on synthetic hormones and medications that rob our body’s of vital nutrients. BCP’s delete vital nutrients that support endocrine – and especially thyroid function. These are problems that are going to be exacerbated in our daughter’s – who are even more nutritionally depleted than we are (because of the huge shift in diet to processed and GMO foods). They are suffering from hormone imbalance even more than we did – and at an earlier age.
According to Chandler Marrs, PhD of Hormones Matter
Hashimoto’s is the most common causes of hypothyroidism afflicting women at a rate of 10 to 1 compared to men. It’s an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies attack the thyroid gland and destroy its ability to maintain normal thyroid hormone concentrations. The most common symptoms include: fatigue, muscle pain, weight gain, depression, cognitive difficulties, cold intolerance, leg swelling, constipation, dry skin. If left untreated, goiter – a swollen thyroid gland, appears. If left untreated for an extended period, cardiomyopathy (swelling of the heart muscle), pleural (lung) and pericardial (heart) effusion (fluid), coma and other dangerous conditions develop.
Any imbalance in our body – especially hormone imbalance – any form of hypo or hyper thyroidism will be passed down to our male and female offspring. And so the vicious cycle of disease begins. Endocrine health is foundational to our overall health.
BCP’s have been a large, uncontrolled medical experiment. How could they not affect our endocrine health? Undoubtedly, the pill has been necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancies – but enough is enough and now our health is at risk.
Time to get men involved in this discussion – and participate in pregnancy planning – instead of just asking ‘Are you safe?’
14 Ways Birth Control Pills Rob Us Of Our Health
Dr. Izabella Wentz, PHARMD
Your Thyroid Specialist
Jan 25, 2013
After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I was not ready to start a family due to my less than optimal health. An unplanned pregnancy would wreak havoc on my health (not to mention life). At the same time I realized that taking artificial hormones in the form of birth control on a daily basis was contributing to my poor health.
14 Ways Birth Control Pills Rob Us Of Our Health…
1. Birth control pills are described as “Drug Muggers” by Suzy Cohen, RPh, America’s Pharmacist. Birth control pills deplete selenium, zinc and the amino acid tyrosine from our bodies. These are all vitamins and minerals that are necessary for proper thyroid function! Thyroid conditions affect 1 in 5 women at some point in life and are responsible for weight gain, depression
and heart disease.
2. The hormones in birth control pills suppress our own body’s production of estrogen and progesterone through a negative feedback loop mechanism. Birth control pills flood our bodies with high doses of artificial estrogen and progesterone leading our own production of natural hormones to turn off, preventing ovulation and thinning the uterine lining. This can lead to a hormonal imbalances such as estrogen dominance.
3. Birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots and strokes. The risk greatly increases after age 35 and for women who smoke.
4. Birth control pills can thin our bones leading to osteoporosis.
5. Oral contraceptives, which stimulate pseudopregnancy simulate a shift from the Th1 to the Th2 Immune Branch. This can produce an imbalance of the immune system perpetuating autoimmune conditions.
6. Birth control pills can change our normal flora, allowing yeast and other pathogenic organisms to thrive.
7. Women who take birth control pills have an altered preference to mates.
8. Birth control pills increase the risk of breast, ovarian and liver cancers.
9. Birth control pills impair our ability to build muscle despite exercise.
10. Birth control pills can also decrease sexual desire by suppressing testosterone (Yes women produce small amounts of testosterone too).
11. High dose estrogen contained in birth control pills increases the activity of TBG (Thyroxine Binding Globulin). TGB binds thyroid hormone. More circulating TGB leads to lower levels of free thyroid hormone available for use by our body.
12. Many oral contraceptives contain lactose as an inactive filler. This may be an issue for many individuals with food intolerances and for women with Hashimoto’s who often present with dairy and gluten intolerance issues.
13. Birth control pills lower our DHEA production. DHEA has been described as an anti-aging hormone. Many conditions, including autoimmune conditions have been associated with low DHEA.
14. Birth control pills deplete our bodies of folic acid, B12 and B6 vitamins. A deficiency in any of these may result in anemia, birth defects, depression and other serious conditions….