Holy Hormones Journal: Is it possible that women (and men) are not the only ones experiencing side effects from birth control? Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill: How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control describes how these synthetic drugs – including prescription drugs are altering the world we live in. Mother Nature must be pissed off. Women’s bodies and the environment tainted by chemicals.
Holly will join me on my radio show, Holy Hormones Honey! on Wed. November 19.
OD’ed: Is Birth Control Poisoning Our Environment?
Posted on by Holly Grigg-Spall
DID YOU KNOW that there are some side effects to your birth control pill that fail to make it onto the insert? The drug companies warn you about the nausea, spotting, and the depression, but they don’t tell you that the pill can cause animals to stop eating, prevent them from avoiding predators, and hinder them in attracting mates. That’s right, that little pill can leave a wild animal lethargic and disorientated, all of its usual instincts skewed by synthetic chemicals.
A report assessing the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals making their way into the water and woodlands, ‘Medicating the Environment: Assessing Risks of Pharmaceuticals to Wildlife and Ecosystems,’ was published earlier this month. One study discussed in the report shows that just a small amount of synthetic estrogen, like that used in birth control pills, put into a river will wipe out an entire population of minnow fish. The synthetic estrogen changes the reproductive abilities of the fish, causing them to develop intersex organs.
We are taking more pharmaceuticals every year and the top drugs taken, like painkillers, antihistamines, antidepressants, weight regulators, and hormonal contraceptives are excreted into the sewage system. The report argues for an update of the treatment facilities that are supposed to filter out these additions before recycling the water back into homes. At this time, significant amounts of certain drugs are still found in the water on the other side of treatment processing, which is a problem that deserves a discussion of its own. However, some of the untreated water ends up in rivers and lakes. Birds and other wildlife also feed on the worms in the sewage, fish live in the water, and the drugs work their way into the ecosystem through a number of different channels.