Taking a birth control pill? It might be leaching nutrients from your body


By Linda Clarke

Ross Pelton, author of The Pill Problem, says that his career has bridged two worlds: that of a registered pharmacist dealing with medications and that of a certified clinical nutritionist concerned with natural healing.

This duality has led him to discover what he calls drug-induced nutrient depletion. This side effect of medications can’t be measured in nausea, vomiting, headaches or whatever is on those unappealing lists. Rather, drug-induced nutrient depletion happens slowly, over time, as a medication either inhibits absorption or production — or leaches — nutrients from the body. Among the many common drugs that produce this are oral contraceptives, which prompted Pelton to write The Pill Problem.

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