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Oral Contraceptives and Nutrient Depletion

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INTERVIEW with ROSS PELTON by STEVE LANKFORD

Birth control pills are currently taken by over 12 million women in the United States and over 100 million women worldwide. Unfortunately, most don’t realize that taking birth control pills substantially increases the risk of having many health problems, some of which are potentially very serious. In his new book Ross Pelton, the world’s leading expert on drug-induced nutrient depletions, teaches how to protect your health from the dangerous side effects of oral contraceptives.

There is no question that oral contraceptives have brought an unprecedented level of freedom to women in making choices about their health, pleasure and family planning, but a side effect rarely mentioned by the prescribing physician or organization is that they deplete a wide range of nutrients from women’s bodies. Health problems that can develop from these nutrient depletions include depression, sleep disorders, anemia, low energy, migraine headaches, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, diabetes, a weakened immune system, birth defects, accelerated aging, and cancers of the uterus, colon and breast. Some of these show up more quickly than others; studies report that about 50 percent of women who begin using oral contraceptives will discontinue use within the first six to 12 months due to side effects.

Many of the problems that can develop don’t cause noticeable symptoms and can take years to develop, so women are not even aware of a health risk. For example, women taking oral contraceptives have lower levels of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. In his interview and book, Ross discusses how specific nutrients can support health and counteract some of the hazards of oral contraceptives.

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