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The Pill Problem: Is Your Health at Risk?

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Over 12 million women in the U.S. and over 100 million women worldwide are taking birth control pills. Do you know your risks?
Air Date: 2/5/14
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Ross Pelton, CCN
DrRossFavRoss Pelton is a pharmacist, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, and a health educator.

He is also the author of 10 books on a variety of health topics.

Ross is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Life Extension Foundation, and in October 1999 he was named as one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in the United States" by American Druggist magazine.
The Pill Problem: Is Your Health at Risk?
Over 12 million women in the United States and over 100 million women worldwide are taking birth control pills.

There are a variety of reasons you may take birth control pills: to protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy, help reduce acne, or ease painful PMS symptoms. But are you aware of the health risks associated with taking an oral contraceptive?

Oral contraceptives deplete more nutrients (vitamin B6, B2, B12, folic acid, magnesium and zinc) than any other type of prescription drug. Over time, depleting your nutrients every day can cause serious health issues.

Studies show that women who take oral contraceptives are twice as likely to become depressed than non-users. There has also been research suggesting women who take the pill double their risk of developing glaucoma, a degenerative eye disease.

Are there more natural methods of birth control, and are there ways to reduce your risks if you do continue to take the pill?

One way to reduce your risks of potentially fatal health conditions is to also take a nutritional supplement along with your oral contraceptive.

Certified clinical nutritionist, natural pharmacist and author, Ross Pelton, CNN, discuss the risks associated with oral contraceptives and ways to lower those risks with natural alternatives.