Rare risks are only rare if they happen to someone else. It’s my belief that no one is engaging the principles of informed consent when it comes to the birth control pill. Now, the science is piling up, and the signal of harm is becoming harder to ignore. The Pill Could Kill? A recent metanalysis
Oral Contraceptives Where you look, you may find. Because oral contraceptives seized the market in 1959 and have not let go since, there has been little to no incentive to actually research the safety of these pharmaceutical products for women of varied genetic and epigenetic makeups. These are drugs for healthy people. Thus, they should
What is Oxytocin? “The Love Hormone”. Sounds important, no? Turns out that we know very little about the hormone oxytocin, beyond that it is incredibly relevant to multiple metabolic, behavioral, and endocrine functions. In a compelling review entitled Beyond Labor: The Role of Natural and Synthetic Oxytocin in the Transition to Motherhood, the study’s authors (Bell
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. To sleep, perchance to dream. Many of us have a love hate relationship with sleep – making the time for it, honoring it, needing it, losing it, wanting it, partaking too much. A highly ritualized behavior, sleep also exemplifies the complexity of physiologic processes that feel beyond our control.
What does modern medicine have to offer the woman with severe PMS? The one suffering with low mood, irritability, tearfulness, and even suicidality accompanied with a side dish of bloating, breast tenderness, and cramps? Antidepressants and oral contraceptives. The former has no biological basis for efficacy and comes with a litany of short and long-term