10.25.2006

Here She Goes Again...

...Stepping on toes and offering no apologies.

Everybody needs to check out this article posted on World Net Daily.

Excerpts to perk your interest:
"A new study from the Mayo Clinic has concluded that there is 'a measurable and statistically significant' connection between the pill and pre-menopausal breast cancer, re-enforcing the recent classification of oral contraceptives as Type 1 carcinogens."
"Dr. Kahlenborn focused on the younger, pre-menopausal women who had been on the pill before having their first child. He found 21 of 23 studies showed a connection between the pill and cancer, something that certainly should be alarming women.
"However, as Andrea Mrozek, manager of research and communications for the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, noted in an article:
'Perhaps it is because the pill has long been the darling of feminists – a veritable icon of female empowerment. In some circles, suggesting the pill might kill you is seen as tantamount to issuing a press release that women belong in the kitchen.'"
"A woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer was one in 22 in the 1940s, but by 2004, it was one in seven."

HEED THE WARNING, friends. Birth control has not set us free.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe there are some connections, HOWEVER there are a lot more toxins in the world today as well, and I would argue that cancer in general has increased. I really don't think that one person has the right to judge all women choices.

Anonymous said...

what about the other very important reasons woman take the pill that have nothing to do with preventing pregnancy??

The Charlebois said...

Sure, I'll give you the idea that cancer is up as a whole due to changes in the world around us...but what about the part of the study that says 21 out of 23 studies directly connect birth control to cancer? That is no coincidence.
I believe birth control is not part of God's plan for families. I realize some people take it for other reasons than preventing pregnancy. I am not saying everybody who is on the pill is a sinner or anything like that. And I am certainly not one woman judging all women's choices. There is study after study after study that suport these "judgements."
JP and I chose not to use birth control because we cannot justify the possibility of aborting one of our children - be it unknowingly - by taking a pill that has the capability to do so (yes, it's true...even if you doctor didn't tell you so). I think anybody who is engaging in sexual activity should struggle with this question before deciding to take the pill.

Anonymous said...

Well.. I think studies can proove whatever they want to.. I am sure some study out thee denys the connection to cancer. Just like I am sure some similar studies would say that the pill doesn't abort babies. not saying I agree with any of these studies, just making a point.

JP Charlebois said...

Wow those are interesting responses. For the record it is easy to judge the choices that others make. We have a bible that teaches us it is essential to judge between right and wrong, the sacred and the profane. But this article has nothing to do with that. It is just an interesting study that we found. Maybe you can find other studies maybe not. It just seems like a foolish risk. The reasons you take the pill have nothing to do with the relevance of the study. If you are bothered or offended by this study you need to check your heart. If you are secure before God in your decisions, then don't change.

Anonymous said...

Easy to judge the choices others make you say? I thought the Bible said judge not lest you be judged. Only our Heavenly Father has the right to judge.

The Charlebois said...

I think he meant that it is something we do easily in our every day lives - not that its a good thing. Its a human thing. As "easy" mistake to make. Of course we're not supposed to judge.

Tal, Mary and Emma said...

I have a friend that fits into this category. She had no significant risks and was very young (under thirty,well under thirty) when she was diagnosed. Her doctor actually said it was probably from the pill.

BasementBum said...

Audra and JP...listen to the last two sermons, but speficifically this past Wednesday's...and apply it to the case of birth control.
Any possibility of abortion (termination of a pregnancy after fertilization...i.e killing of your baby) should be avoided at all costs. This is a biblical mandate just NOT a personal conviction of mine or yours. "IF" it is your personal understanding that the pill can kill your baby then we are biblically mandated to avoid it.
That's a judgement of mine.
Another judgement is killing somone is morally wrong. Antoher judgement is raping a girl is wrong. Another judgement is stealing is wrong. Sounds like I am a judgemental person, eh? These judgements are not my own, but the bible's...sorry to dissapoint ANONYMOUS.
Besides I make my own judgements everyday as to what flannel to wear and if I should brush my teeth or not...HELLO?
We judge...NOW stop judging me or I'm gonna cry!!!

Anonymous said...

the thing i struggle the most with is that there is a way greater chance that you would get pregnant on the pill than even getting close to it causing an abortion, if you study the nature of the pill you will see that it is hormones. The hormones can not cause an abortion-if you have ever read the insert that comes with these pills it goes on and on about how you can get pregnant. You can't just look at the Catholic scientists work that publish the article that say you could have an abortion- you need to look at all scientific article. If you have you should make a link to where you are getting your facts. I am highly critical of people's "studies" there are so many thing that are overlooked and done just so they come up with a sentence in the end that gets you. I personally like to see credentials, where the research took place, the circumstances, and how it was performed to determine the validity. I think its fine that you don't want to use it. From what I have heard and studied aborting and the pill is an opinion. To add, 2 out of 3 of my sister's children are "on the pill" babies. They are healthy and striving individuals.

The Charlebois said...

This blog certainly has spawned some interesting conversation, and I appreciate all of it.
It's funny to me that it has gotten into this level of debate when from the beginning...I never said anything about do or do not take birth control. I simply posted a new study out by some very credible people (Mayo Clinic - one of the best in the world).
All in all, I'm not saying one person should or should not do one thing or the other. I'm just presenting a credible study that seems to show the pill knocks something out of whack in a woman's body. The original post really didn't have anything to do with abortions or moral issues as much as it did phyisical issues.
I personaly could not go on the pill in faith. That which is not of faith (to me) is sin. If others can do it in faith, God bless 'em. Most of my dearest friends are on birth control. I love them dearly.
All that said - I would encourage anyone who hasn't really looked into the pill beyond what they're doctors have told them to study it from a Biblical perspective. It can abort a child. Is it rare? Yes, it's rare. I'm not sure if you're more likely to get pregnant on the pill than for it to abort your baby, but I think even that "one-in-a-million" chance is not worth it.
Or, think of it this way - if it's not too difficult to get pregnant on the pill...that means it's not too difficult for the first two lines of defense (preventing ovulation being the first and preventing fertilization being the second) to fail. Getting pregnant means the third line of defense (hindering the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterin wall) has also failed. How many times does that third line fail...and how many times is it successful? We can't know. That's why I'm just staying away from it altogether.
In the end - this was a study on the physical effects of the pill. Not moral issues. But I do hope this conversation has urged more people to seek out what's really going on.
Audra

margie said...

Wow, ya'll get some TALKIN!

I think it's always a good idea to look at how we first react to a statement made. Are we reacting out of denial? Convenience? Conviction?

Regarding studies showing whatever they want, it's always important to look at the author of the study, the source of funding, the number of replications of the findings and the motives that could be involved.

In this case, it's Mayo and it is substantiating past studies. Does Mayo have a motive in having fewer people using the birth control pill? I don't think so.

Now when drug companies support research and miraculously report "no long-term risk" associated. THAT'S when I get suspicious.

Our world is changing and there are high-quality, legitimate studies telling us some astonishing (and frightening) findings. Let's keep educated and informed and not blow off things we don't necessarily like hearing.

I'm not sure I know

margie said...

Whoops. My first experience at posting to a blog has a sentence at the end that was supposed to read, "I'm not sure I know how to post this!" ha!!! :-)