Health Risks

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Medical marijuana and conscience rights

Some Canadian physicians are anxious that regulatory changes will pressure doctors to prescribe marijuana. Dr. William Pope, the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, told the Winnipeg Free Press in January that the college is worried that federal reforms will lead more patients to ask doctors for marijuana. “As far as most of us are concerned, there is really no appropriate prescribing,” he said. Physicians are now permitted to dispense marijuana with the approval of the province. ... (Continue reading)

HIV drug combo: game-changer or same old game?

HIV drug combo: game-changer  or same old game?

A new drug regimen could displace the single-minded promotion of condoms, which has dominated HIV/AIDS prevention efforts for the past three decades. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) consists of daily doses of two antiretroviral drugs taken by people who are not currently infected with HIV. PrEP has several implications for the pro-life and pro-family movement. First, it would seem a boon in general to HIV-discordant married couples (where one spouse is infected ... (Continue reading)

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Unsafe birth control pills recalled in Canada

Two different birth control pills were recalled over a two-week period because the packages may contain an inappropriate number of placebo pills. On Aug. 27, Health Canada announced that Freya-28 was voluntarily recalled by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which imports the oral contraceptive, after a pharmacy reported that it discovered a placebo instead of an active pill in one package. On Sept. 5, Health Canada issued another alert announcing that Mylan decided to recall Esme-28, another birth control pill, as a precaution. ... (Continue reading)

New study links abortion to early deaths

A new study published in the European Journal of Public Health shows that women are more likely to die after having an abortion. “Reproductive history patterns and long-term mortality rates: a Danish, population-based record linkage study,” co-authored by P.K. Coleman, D.C. Reardon, and B.C. Calhoun, used records of Danish women born from 1962 to 1993 to find a relation between pregnancy outcome and mortality within a 25-year period. Coleman, a professor of human development and family studies at Bowling Green State ... (Continue reading)

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Vaccine links to autism

Rise to autism may be result of use of fetal cell lines A pro-life biomedical research company is investigating whether vaccines using aborted fetal cell lines increase the risk of autism. The Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) based in Seattle, Wash., claims that the use of human DNA in vaccines has the potential to combine with the patient’s own genetic material, potentially triggering autoimmune diseases and genetic instability. According to the organization’s April 2010 newsletter, the U.S. Environmental ... (Continue reading)

Conscience and coercion

Conscience and coercion

In her study, The Origins of Totalitarianism, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt notes that all declarations of human rights have overlooked the most essential human right of all, a right so obvious that it only emerged after massive numbers of stateless people appeared in the aftermath of World War II: without a nation state which could bestow upon them the rights enumerated by Enlightenment philosophes, these displaced persons lacked the right ... (Continue reading)

Contraceptives: unreliable and unsafe

Contraceptives: unreliable and unsafe

A contraceptive touted by its makers as 100 per cent effective was not able to prevent the pregnancies of almost 600 women living in the United Kingdom. Implanon, issued 11 years ago by MSD, is a subdermal contraceptive which is implanted under a woman’s skin and releases progesterone to stop ovulation. Although it was supposed to prevent conception for three years, the contraceptive sometimes failed to implant or implanted too deep for ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-lifer convinces pharmacist to drop Plan B

A Toronto pharmacist has decided to stop selling the morning-after pill, known also as Plan B, after promptings by a local pro-life advocate. Pharmacist Allan Rothman, who runs The Medicine Shoppe at 515 St.Clair Ave. W. in Toronto, told LifeSiteNews Thursday that he has committed to no longer sell the drug. “By law I have to direct them to another pharmacy,” he explained. “But I have made that commitment not to sell it anymore.” His reason “could be economic,” he added, ... (Continue reading)

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Religious beliefs about the pill

The 20th century saw a great change in Christian attitudes towards contraception, which previously had been almost universally condemned. As it stands today, the majority of Christian denominations accept birth control to some degree, in one form or another. The Church of England provides a good example of how quickly the change in teaching sometimes occurs. At the Lambeth Conference in 1908, the Anglican Bishops declared, “the Conference records with alarm the growing practice of the artificial restriction of the family ... (Continue reading)

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Side effects of The Pill

PDF of Side effects of The Pill Head/Brain Cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the cranial cavity) Cerebral thrombosis (blood clot that drains blood from the brain) Melasma, which may persist (skin discoloration) Migraine Headache Dizziness Loss of scalp hair Acne Eyes Retinal thrombosis Change in corneal curvature Intolerance to contact lenses Cataracts Heart/Blood Thrombophlebitis (blood clots in the veins) Hypertension Mesenteric thrombosis (blood clot in the major veins that drain blood from the intestine) Hemorrhagic eruption (bleeding eruption) Arterial thromboembolism (blood clots in the heart) Pulmonary embolism Myocardial infarction (heart attack) Budd-Chiari Syndrome Hemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney failure and low platelet count in the ... (Continue reading)

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Detrimental health effects of the pill

Detrimental health effects of the pill

In 1969, journalist and women’s health activist Barbara Seaman published a book detailing the horror stories of women experiencing terrible side effects from the contraceptive pill, including blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, depression, suicide, obesity and loss of libido. After U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson read the book, he joined forces with Seaman to instigate a series of Senate hearings on the issue. After those hearings, manufacturers were mandated to place inserts in birth control packages warning of possible side-effects, a ... (Continue reading)

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The Pill at 50

The Pill at 50

The so-called liberator of women has actually hurt them History The 1892 Criminal Code of Canada outlawed birth control, declaring it obscene and “tending to corrupt morals.” It also, however, left a clause that permitted the distribution of birth control if it was for the “public good.” The American Congress had already banned birth control information in 1873, citing the same reason. So what happened in the intervening years, between ... (Continue reading)

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Government offers anti-life alternative to C-484

On August 25, federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Conservative government would introduce its own bill to counter pro-abortion attacks on C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act. Last year, Ken Epp (C-Edmonton Sherwood Park) introduced C-484 to recognize the unborn victims of violent crime committed against their pregnant mothers. Abortion advocates railed against the bill as a backdoor way of banning abortion despite the ... (Continue reading)

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UN fails to tackle real issues surrounding AIDS/HIV

UNAIDS held a high-level plenary meeting on HIV/AIDS at the UN Headquarters in New York, June 10-11. The meeting was convened as a follow-up to the Declaration of Engagement on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. The two-day meetings included a plenary meeting, panel discussions, an interactive civil society hearing and numerous side events. Interestingly, the event, co-sponsored by ... (Continue reading)

Plan B to be available on pharmacy shelves

A federal pharmacy advisory panel has recommended that the “morning-after” pill be available on store shelves instead of behind the counter. The move means women, including adolescents, will be able to purchase the high dose birth control pill without either a doctor’s prescription or a pharmacist’s oversight. The pill has been available ... (Continue reading)

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