In this health video you will learn about the different forms of birth control.
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Lyle Hurd: It’s great to welcome Dr. Sellman back, Dr. Sherrill Sellman. In the past, we’ve talked about the dangers of the birth control pill. It’s pretty scary. What would you suggest is an alternative relative to birth control? Dr. Sherrill Sellman: Well, let’s talk about that because there are reasons why women are recommended to go on the pill. If we’re looking at the birth control pill to prevent conception—well, there are no safe versions of the pill. All versions of the pill use synthetic hormones which are known human carcinogens—in higher doses than are found in hormone replacement therapy. So the nature of the pill is to mimic pregnancy, which is a time in the woman’s life where she is producing high, high levels of hormones. That’s how the pill works. So there is no particular variation on a theme of the pill which would be considered safe. If you are choosing to take the pill, what I recommend is, first of all, is to be sure to take good, nutritional support because the pill will deplete most of your key vitamins, minerals; it effects your essential fatty acids. The pill actually acts like an antibiotic in the sense that it will wipe out your good gut floras. More women [who are on the pill] tend to have issues with Candida. So if you are taking the pill, you need a good multi-mineral, multivitamin; I think you should be taking a good probiotic, a good antioxidant and you probably need a really good essential fatty acid as well. Those are fundamental. LH: Let me interrupt you for a second. Does your doctor tell you that? I mean, do doctors let anyone know about that? SS: Well, in talking to thousands of women—and actually when I talk to the audiences, I always ask the question: how many of you have been fully informed of the pill and some of the dangers and risk factors; and hardly anyone raises their hands. The thing that women are told is that, don’t worry about it, this is safe, this is good for you. As we now know, the pill is being prescribed for the purpose of helping women to totally eliminate menstrual cycles for the sake of not having any menstrual cycles—for no other reason. It’s an alarming trend; it’s a very scary trend. I am out there warning women because the early use of the pill—in fact, the earlier a girl uses the pill, the greater her lifetime risk will be of developing breast cancer. The pill is not a safe, benign drug. It has serious consequences. When you’re on the pill, you must have proper nutritional support. It is advisable to take a break from the pill, ideally after about 2 years—take a break. I’ve known women who have been on the pill consistently for 20 or 30 years, thinking that they’re having a period every month. They’re just totally uninformed about their body and what’s going on. It’s a good idea to take a break and get your body healthy again. I mean, it’s a drug. All drugs have a toxicity affect on the liver. We need to take a break and support our liver and detoxify, help replenish our good gut flora. The pill can affect our digestion. We need to get healthy and really support our body after dealing with the pill. In my experience, if a woman is put on the pill, for PMS—because the pill is prescribed for painful periods, heavy periods, lack of periods, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, a variety of issues. In fact just about every issue a woman has, if she goes to a doctor, she will be prescribed some version of birth control. Yet, these are all symptoms that her body is out of balance; that her health is compromised in some regard; that she is deficient in key nutrients; that she is stressed; there’s something going on. It makes little sense to me to put a woman on a pill that suppresses ovulation with toxic, carcinogenic drugs when she is already not being her best; not having the optimal health. It will only further compromise her health down the tracks. I remember in my research coming across a quote from a billionaire who makes fertility drugs. He actually stated that his