Friday, December 2, 2016

Sex, Drugs and Women.

The observation that men and women are attracted to one another 'naturally' is not rocket science. We have grasped this basic fact of life by the time we are five and spend the rest of our lives exploring it.  Sex. For most people it is fun and quite pleasurable, this exploration. Even the 'stand-offish' can gain some vicarious insights while the more 'touchy-feely' ones amongst us tend to be better at gaining personal first-hand data.

I knew of an old Priest who said that he didn't mind young people 'sleeping together'. The problem was, he said that they don't go to sleep ! They are busy getting data.

But what do we make of that data is anyone's business. Much is misinterpreted. Some the stuff of myth. What we can be sure of but generally have little deep biological experience of is the way in which our different bodies and minds actually work differently. For that we have to turn to the 'Scientist'.  And we are mostly all well aware that 'scientists' these days often have an agenda. 

Its the 'natural' part with which scientists (or their employers) are most likely to interfere, in order to make a buck. They have a long history of buggering up bodily functions with drugs. 

And mental functions. And emotional functions. 

Indeed, since the '60's we have created a 'perfect storm' combining interference with all three.

And the drug the storm came up with goes by the everyday name of
 'The Pill'.
It was designed to fulfill a 'gender-political' agenda. As it was put, back then, it was to allow women to do what men have always been able to do. That is, have sexual congress without getting pregnant.

Freedom !!

That was not all, of course. The Feminists wanted to do as 'men do' and have indiscriminate sex with whomever they wanted to, whenever they wanted to.

As if men had ever had that licence ! 

Freedom it never had been.  The social constraints upon men having sex were strong and very often violent. 

But, back to nature and what the drug, the Pill, actually does.  In short it alters the woman's body functions. 

And her mental and emotional functions too. 

That has a knock-on effect while disabling the knock-up one. 

It makes her behave differently at the deepest levels. It affects her ability to even choose a compatible mate. It makes his response to her un-natural too. 

Our society is suffering from the aftershock. I am sure you can join a few dots yourselves.

But one big dot has recently surfaced from under its blanket of obfuscation, and Lara Prendergast came by to tell anyone who cares to listen.  She had a lot to say and I had to put my oar in a bit to clarify where she spoke a bit fast.
The Pill has been linked to depression. 
Why isn’t this more of a scandal?

Because it is a sin to suggest that oral contraceptives may not be the greatest gift ever given to womankind.
A study came out last week that should have caused great alarm. For 13 years, researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied more than a million women between the ages of 15 and 34 who were taking a type of drug — one that is popular in all developed countries. Taking this drug, the researchers found, correlated with an increase in the risk of depression. The correlation was particularly strong in adolescent girls, who showed an 80 per cent higher chance of being diagnosed with depression.

Er.... now, that study.... here it is.
 Association of Hormonal Contraception With Depression
JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(11):1154-1162. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2387

OK, we go on.
Usually when a story about women’s health and depression breaks, a phalanx of activists and campaigners pop up all over the media to ‘raise awareness’ of the issue. Last week, however, barely a peep — the papers carried the story and a few online sites ran delicately objective surveys of women on the pill, but there were few howls of outrage.

Why the muted response? The answer is that the type of drug in question was hormonal contraception, and it is today a sin just to suggest that it may not be the greatest gift ever given to womankind. Almost everybody agrees that female contraceptives — pills, implants, patches or intrauterine devices — have liberated us; set us free to be sexually active human beings. Few dare raise concerns about that, because to do so is to risk being called a prude, and nobody wants that.
Me again. It is a Ubiquitous drug, 'pushed' by the very worst drug pushers in the 'reproductive health' business.  They are quite happy to lie about it.
Birth Control Pills at a Glance

Take a pill each day to prevent pregnancy 
Safe, effective, and convenient

Easy to get with a prescription

Cost about $0–$50 each month

I wonder how much of Planned Parenthood's income comes from drug sales and kickbacks. Just wondering. 

There are plenty of questions to be asked, though. Not least because 3.5 million British women are on the combined contraceptive pill — known as the ‘Pill’ — and the study showed that those who take it were 23 per cent more likely to be on antidepressants — possibly taking pills to cope with the Pill.

Many of my friends are on the Pill. We started taking it towards the end of our teenage years, prescribed by the NHS, and lots of us have continued to use it for the past decade. It has certainly done its job; we are now reaching the final years of our twenties, and not one of us has had a baby. I suppose that’s progress, of a sort. 
We’ve spent a large chunk of the most fertile period in our life taking state funded contraception. Only time will tell how fondly we look back on that fact.
And what does the average woman 'know' about the Pill? One imagines (woman and men would imagine) that most women know all there is to know. But that isn't the case, it seems.......
What do women know about the Pill?
When women first visit a doctor to obtain the Pill they are generally provided with information on how the medication is taken, risks/side effects and what to do if a pill is missed or its absorption is affected by diarrhoea or vomiting.

The actual mechanisms by which the Pill works to prevent pregnancy, however, are not always adequately covered by the doctor or, alternatively, understood by women. 
A study of 2,700 Pill users in Scotland, for example, revealed that almost one third of the respondents (incorrectly) believed the Pill worked by killing all spermatozoa . Similarly, a study of university women found the measures taken following a missed pill placed them at risk of unplanned pregnancy. 
If women do not understand how the Pill works, the rules about its use have little meaning and, therefore, are more likely to be overlooked or ignored.
But I interrupt. Back to Lara..... 
The advent of the Pill, which first came to Britain in the 1960s, is not just regarded as a medical breakthrough. The Pill is the great turning point of the sexual revolution; a Great Leap Forward for equality. It enabled women to take control of their bodies, whatever that means.

Children are now taught about reproduction from a very young age, and sex education is compulsory from the age of 11. Around the age of 16 — the legal age of consent — school nurses start circling, terrified that their sexually aware charges will get knocked up. Doctors’ appointments are booked, prescriptions are issued, and before long teenage girls are popping a little pill every morning as they brush their teeth.

To start with, girls were often put on a cheap one, such as Microgynon. If you reacted badly, you were given the chance to try a more expensive version. There seemed to be little method behind each prescription. It was trial and error, trial and error, until you found a pill that didn’t make you cry for days or turn you into a porker.
Most young women are familiar with the arguments for taking the Pill; we were taught them early on. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and abortions. It can reduce some types of cancer — though it increases the risk of others. But the overriding benefit is that the Pill makes us equal: it lets a woman approach sex as a man does — without the fear of pregnancy.

The substantial negative side effects tend to be ignored or brushed aside. 
Research such as the Copenhagen study should be noteworthy, but it will probably end up as a part of a warning in the small print. Nobody wants to stop women protecting themselves, or make them fearful of sex — even if it makes them miserable.

The big pharmaceutical companies now manufacture a number of ‘third generation’ pills that promise to reduce the unappealing side effects. Around a million women in Britain are on these new pills, which promise to be good for skin and help to stabilise weight. But in 2014, all British GPs were told to warn anyone taking the third generation pills that they were at risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots. A study had revealed that the annual risk of a woman of childbearing age having a serious blood clot was one in 5,000 if she wasn’t on the Pill. The risk went up to one in 800 for women on third generation pills. But these pills are still very popular, despite a number of women having had strokes while taking them.

When I was younger, sex education classes made you feel that you should be on the Pill, 
rather than relying on more unfashionable, natural methods of contraception, such as the rhythm method. It was what intelligent, responsible women did. 
Ten years on, I’ve begun to wonder whether the real rationale was more pernicious. After all, it’s far cheaper for the state to give out contraceptive pills than support mothers and children. No wonder birth rates are dropping dramatically across Europe. And so what if the Pill causes depression, cancer and blood clots? Maybe that’s just a risk worth taking in exchange for sexual emancipation and fewer unwanted babies.
It may be a worthwhile trade off. What’s disturbing, however, is how readily feminists fall into line when it comes to the Pill. Dissent is frowned upon. In 2013, Holly Grigg Spall published a book called Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. It was met with much disdain, particularly in the US, where 11 million women use the Pill. 
Her book was called ‘a dishonest anti Pill treatise’ because she dared to point out that hormonal contraceptives are ranked by the World Health Organisation as a class one carcinogen alongside tobacco and asbestos.

Grigg Spall was dismissed as a ‘crank’ elsewhere because she tried to argue that ‘true liberation means being left alone to experience feminine bodily functions like ovulation, childbirth and breast feeding in all their natural glory’. 

One critic declared loftily that trials had not found ‘modern birth control pills to cause more depression, headaches, or weight gain than a placebo’.

Well, now a trial has shown a strong link between depression and hormonal birth control — and the normally loud feminist lobby is silent. It’s not surprising that hormonal contraception is linked to depression.
Hormones affect moods — and here we are, in an era where millions of women dose themselves up daily with powerful synthetic hormones in order to not get pregnant. We are sexually liberated, but emotionally depressed; free, but not all that happy. It’s reasonable to ask: is the Pill worth the pain?
Now, of course, the 'scientists' are trying to make a 'Pill' for men ! 

Come along folks.

Don't be depressed.

Take heart and listen to your doctor who listens to Roger and his pretty assistant.

It isn't as though there is not enough about our society that can cause depression. We have young woman - and young men - with no 'balls' or sense, demanding safe spaces and being offended by flies. The mental state of our society is breaking down. Emotional illiterates who cannot tell disappointment from entitlement abound. 

And why?

Perhaps the interference with the natural states of body, mind and emotion have something to do with it. Perhaps deliberate interference with those functions in order to 'prevent babies' and for women to have what they think men have, has something to do with it.

The Pill disrupts the woman's basic hormonal cycles. 

She is an 'Un-Natural' woman. 
She has particular and vital sensitivities stolen from her.

We were made, man for woman and woman for man, and both for God's plan, not some gender-bending and natural gender breaking scientist. Or politician.

We drank a round or three for Lara, for pointing out what women do not want to  hear.  But need to hear



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