Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Oral Contraception and Dementia : Oooops I Forgot to Take My Pill Today

It has been shown that the use of oral contraception increases the risk for breast cancer, premature heart disease, pulmonary embolism, and cervical cancer. Now, a new study quantifies the increased risk of plaque formation in arteries in users of OC.

BELGIUM, April 8, 2008 ( - Researchers at the University of Ghent, conducting a long-term study on 1,300 healthy women aged 35 to 55 living in a small town in Belgium, have observed that those women who take oral contraceptives may have more plaque (a hard, fatty deposit) buildup in their arteries.

Atherosclerotic plaque is comprised of cholesterol, bacteria and calcium which adheres to the inner lining of arteries.

Approximately 81 percent of participants had taken birth control pills for at least a year at some point in their lives, and 27 percent were currently taking the contraceptives.

The researchers conducted ultrasound examinations of the participants' leg and neck arteries to measure levels of plaque buildup. Every 10 years of oral contraceptive use was correlated with a 20 to 30 percent increase in plaque buildup.

According to lead researcher Ernst Rietzschel, this amount of plaque buildup is cause for concern because of increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and the study indicates a need to conduct new investigation into the safety of oral contraceptives.

"It's incredible that a drug which has been taken by 80 percent of women ... is almost bereft of any long-term outcome safety data," Rietzschel said in a NaturalNews report.

Cerebrovascular disease (blocked arteries in the neck and brain) is also a significant cause of dementia in the aging population.(see this study) We have also know that combination therapy with estrogen/progesterone for post-menopausal women increased the risk for dementia since 2003. Why would we assume that this same combination estrogen/progesterone therapy ("The Pill") doesn't eventually increase the risk for the younger women who may take these drugs for up to 25 years in some cases? Based on studies such as this, I predict an epidemic of dementia in women in the next decades to come, some of which we may already be seeing. With this information available, why is no one else is "connecting the dots" here?

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Anonymous Nancy said...

Unfortunately, those who have a vested interest in keeping the culture of death going don't like to have this kind of information see the light of day.

As a woman, I'm appalled at the kind of things going on in the name of my "health".

April 14, 2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Yes Nancy.
There is nothing more unkind to women than giving them drugs to inhibit their fertility and put them at risk for blood clots, cancer, and death.(All in the name of freedom, equal rights and empowerment)

April 14, 2008 4:16 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

I have been quoting this study on a regular basis to women who come in for annual exams. To me, it is amazing how many of them will still keep taking these pills even with all the short term side effects and long term risks. And have you seen the TV advertising for Yaz and Mirena? Makes me acutely ill.

April 18, 2008 11:29 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

No, I haven't, but the pharmaceutical companies with their direct to consumer marketing definitely paint a picture that is not the reality.

April 19, 2008 8:05 AM  

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