Learn more about how the Pill is killing women and why the liberal media is silent . . .
by Sabrina Arena Ferrisi
We live in a world where people are increasingly interested in good health and eating organic. Nobody would knowingly pollute their own body with harmful chemicals, yet few question the toxicity of the oral contraceptive pill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 82% of U.S. women between the ages of 15-44 have used the Pill.
When the media talks about this issue in an honest way, lives are saved. When it doesn’t, women pay the price.
“If you turned on the news in 2002, you would have heard about the Women’s Health Initiative Study,” said Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, breast surgeon and assistant clinical professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “For women, it was a great revelation. The study discovered that hormone replacement therapy caused breast cancer. At that time there were 30 million women on hormone replacement therapy. That same year, 15 million women stopped taking these hormones, just because they heard of this study.”
Widespread media reporting led to the incidence of breast cancer in women over 50 dropping by 11% by 2007. Hormone replacement therapy and the oral contraceptive pill have a similar makeup of estrogen except for one significant fact: the birth control pill is much stronger.
Over the last 18 years, a select group of doctors and scientists left political correctness aside and studied the Pill’s long-term impact on women’s health. They discovered many harmful effects: blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, increased risk of lethal infections. Worst of all, it increases women’s risk of breast cancer. And breast cancer is the only major cancer that is on the rise.
When Lanfranchi went to medical school in the 1970s, the risk for women of getting breast cancer was 1 in 12. By the 1990s, this risk had increased to 1 in 8.
“I began to notice that my patients were getting younger and younger,” she said. “Whereas before they had been in their 50s, now they were in their 30s. I started to look for a reason why.” Lanfranchi noticed that many of her patients had been on the Pill for a long time, starting at a fairly young age.
There are a multitude of studies on the link between the Pill and breast cancer. Simple Google searches can find them easily. Even Dr. Oz’s website mentions them. Some of these studies are cited at the end of this article. The problem is that OB-GYNs are not, by and large, discussing these real risks with their patients.
In 2006, Dr. Chris Kahlenborn published a study on breast cancer in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.
“I became interested in this subject 18 years ago,” Kahlenborn said. “It seemed odd that the oral contraceptive pill could be prescribed so commonly. I felt that there were probably politics behind it that were hiding the risks.”
Kahlenborn did a meta-analysis of 23 studies. He discovered that a woman who takes the Pill for six months or more before having children increases her breast cancer risk by 44% over the national average. The risk was greatest for women who used the Pill for four years or more before ever having children.
“This means that 4,000 women every year under 50, who otherwise would not get breast cancer, get it if they are using the oral contraceptive pill,” Kahlenborn said.
In 2007, the International Agency for Cancer Research — which is part of the World Health Organization — classified the Pill as a Class 1 carcinogen, putting it in the same group as arsenic, asbestos, formaldehyde and plutonium. The mainstream media has categorically refused to report these findings.
“True informed consent is not being given to women,” said Dr. Rebecca Peck, a family practice doctor in Ormond, Fla. “In my line of work, I see this every day. I have had 30 young female patients with breast cancer, all under 50. All of them had been on oral contraceptives for long periods of time.”
Peck didn’t learn about the Pill’s risks in medical school and had only expected to find breast cancer in older patients.
“I started to think it could be associated with hormone replacement therapy,” she explained. “But this would have been given to older women. I also found out that the oral contraceptive pill was much stronger than hormone replacement therapy.”
As Peck continued to search for answers for her younger female patients with breast cancer, she came across the work of Kahlenborn and Lanfranchi.
“A light bulb went off,” she recalled. “They had been talking about the link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer for 15 years.”
Peck went back to her patients and asked them if they had ever heard of the risks associated with oral contraceptives — especially of breast cancer.
“My patients were so upset,” Peck said. “They had never been told of any risks.”
When the Mayo Clinic published Kahlenborn’s study, a few electronic media services picked it up, but never as a main story.
“Someone from the Mayo Clinic told me that the New York Times had called,” Kahlenborn said. “I still have that email. But they chose not to do the story. They’re allowing women to die for the sake of political correctness.”
Kahlenborn spoke with the Wall Street Journal’s health editor, who likewise refused to write a story about it. Vanity Fair interviewed Kahlenborn, but then printed one line from the interview and 10 lines from the opposite viewpoint.
“The oral contraceptive pill is the holy grail,” Peck said. “It’s all about ‘female liberation.’ The pharmaceutical companies make hundreds of billions of dollars off it every year. But we are making the case that this is about women’s health.”
The media embraced the hormone replacement therapy studies and reported on the harmful effects of estrogen in water systems — and the deformation it causes in fish. But the silence on the Pill’s harmful effects and its link to breast cancer is deafening and insulting to women.
“Women have been duped,” Lanfranchi said. “If we want to truly empower women, then why — if we are fertile for only 100 hours a months — do we give them a Group 1 carcinogen every day of that month? It doesn’t make logical sense.”
SABRINA ARENA FERRISI is Legatus magazine’s senior staff writer.
- The Pill makes your blood clot. For women who have never smoked, do not have diabetes or hypertension, the Pill still doubles the risk of heart attack. Those who smoke have 12 times the risk of heart attack. NEJM 2001; 345:1787-93
- Women on the Pill have over twice the risk for stroke. JAMA July 5, 2000; 284: 72-78.
- The risk of lung blood clots is two- to three-times higher for women on the Pill. BMJ 2011;343:d6423
- Women on the Pill are more likely to develop lethal infections such as HIV and HPV. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 1999; May 1 21 (1):51-58
- There is a 320% higher risk of triple-negative breast cancer in women on the Pill, which is the most deadly form of breast cancer to treat. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(4):1157-65
- Women who use the Pill for five to nine years have twice the risk of cervical cancer. Lancet 2002;Mar 30;359(9312):1085-92
- The Pill increases the risk of liver cancer in women by 50%. IARC 2007 Monograph 91.
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