Holly Grigg-Spall is a fabulous guest – and colleague. Wednesday’s interview, brought to you by The Liberty Beacon project is now archived here. If you have any concerns about birth control – AND YOU SHOULD – this is the interview to listen to – and share. Remember there are many who feel that the birth control pill (and all synthetic hormones) are the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history. PERIOD.
Early on, the birth control pill Yaz was known as the contraceptive for healthy young
women who were ready to embrace their stylish and hip side.
Today, it’s known as the pill that can kill healthy young women. ~Drugwatch.com
But how much do we know about the effect of synthetic hormones on our bodies? According to Holly Grigg-Spall author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, “What we don’t know about our bodies helps pharmaceutical companies ‘sell’ their contraceptive drugs, and keeps us ‘addicted’ to them.”
Now we are generations into pill use – and the side effects are rampant and they are affecting younger and younger women. Anxiety, depression, hair loss, weight gain, breast cancer, and even death. Synthetic hormones are even affecting our environment and our waterways with devastating affects on wildlife.
Author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, Holly is a feminist women’s health writer and activist whose blog documenting her personal transition off the pill gained international recognition from The BBC, The Washington Post, The Times (UK), and The Independent (UK). Her well-researched book has been lauded conservatives, and attacked by feminists since its release on Amazon.
Holly is now collaborating with film producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein to make a documentary based on Sweetening the Pill. The film will focus on the under reported dangers of hormonal birth control and alternative options available in the wake of recent civil lawsuits over oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin, as well as health complaints over the NuvaRing, which have been shown to cause fatal blood clots in some women.
Holly Grigg-Spall is fearless, and her courageous advocacy on behalf of women whose stories are too often silenced is a model for others trying to make positive change through health activism. Read the book and get inspired, get angry, and most importantly get information. Sweetening the Pill is exactly the thing needed to energize and mobilize this important women’s health conversation.
Laura Eldridge, author of In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women
Holly Grigg-Spall effectively melts the candy coating that obscures a simple truth: what we don’t know, can indeed hurt us. Sweetening the Pill, equal parts personal journey, investigative journalism and feminist manifesto, cracks open the paternalist and corporate-driven ethos of self-improvement that undermines women’s body literacy. We’ve got to demand better: more transparency, more options and more support for self-determined health care. Getting there begins with the kind of courageous inquiry Grigg-Spall inspires.
Chris Bobel, associate professor of Women’s Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and author of New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politic
In Sweetening the Pill, Holly Grigg-Spall lays out the reality of hormonal contraception, and the ubiquitous political and commercial interests at play, with breathtaking precision. With most young women using these drugs, and providers cynically side-stepping informed consent and respectful consultation, this is a core and urgent issue of our time. If you are interested in teen girl and womens’ health, and the wellbeing and evolution of society as a whole, read Sweetening the Pill. It’s a riveting read and a powerful tool for change.
Jane Bennett, co-author of The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You? and The Natural Fertility Management Contraception Kit and A Blessing Not A Curse.