Birth Control, Breast Cancer, and the Exploitation of Women

I am not a medical doctor.  I am not a scientist.  I am not a professional researcher.  I am not a conspiracy theorist. I AM a woman who is pretty good at figuring things out.  I like to think of myself as being observant.  I try to employ “critical thinking” when I look at an issue.  I am not a feminist, but I AM feminine.  I am also hopping mad because I truly believe that women are being exploited by the birth control industry and even (and I know I might get in trouble for saying this) by some Breast Cancer Research/Find-a-Cure organizations.    Let me state right now that I have family members who are currently fighting this awful cancer.  I have friends and neighbors who have been affected by this terrible scourge on women.  I admire their determination and their strength.   I admire their courage and their positive attitudes.  They are heroes.  In absolutely no way am I attempting to belittle or blame them or their struggles.  If anything, I am appalled that these brave, beautiful women are being used.  They are being exploited.  And this is unacceptable.

I think all of us are aware that October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”  How could you not be?  Even the National Football League’s Official Website was pinkwashed.  (During my research for this post I discovered that this is actually a new term that, according to Urban Dictionary.com, means “the use of breast cancer by corporate marketers in which companies promote their products with claims to donate a percentage of proceeds to the cause” or “The act of using breast cancer to guilt consumers into buying a product which, if it had not been for the advent of aiding the cure for cancer, they would not have bought..”)  I have a simple question about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Who among us is not aware of the disease?  Seriously.  Everyone I know either knows someone or has a family member who has confronted this cancer unique to women.  Why do we need a whole month to become “aware of it?”  I think perhaps, because the term “awareness” is a smokescreen.  During this month of so called ‘awareness’ we are bombarded by pinkwashed everything.  I took  a few minutes to peruse the NFL shop online.  They have a special “Breast Cancer” section.  They even have advertisement links for it on their main “Shop” page.  In this special pink area of the online store one can purchase pinked up merchandise for every team in the National Football League.  Not only that, but ribbons, earrings, drinking glasses, and even jewelry.  All pink.  All purportedly for “Breast Cancer Awareness” Month.  Here’s the thing though; I looked all over the site – the main store page, the main NFL pages, all over the “Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise” pages, and every page in between.  No where could I find a disclaimer or an announcement that any of the profits from all the pinkwashed nonsense would go towards actually curing Breast Cancer.    It looks to me like the NFL is squarely in the “raising awareness” business, all while substantially raising their profit margin.  (I did notice a press release that outlined some activities that individual teams will participate in during October – most of them involving giving out pink ribbons or pins, and honoring Breast Cancer survivors at home games.  The Referees gave $14,000 to Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation, and while that is all nice I think we need to keep in mind that one [almost sold out] game alone nets around 6 million dollars. )

I am all about free enterprise, and a free and open market.  I have no problem with sports and admit to being a NY Giants fan.  I do not begrudge the National Football League for making money off of an obvious demand for entertainment and sportsmanship.  Where I draw the line is exploitation.  Could a big multi-million dollar money making company use Breast Cancer and its victims to increase their profits?  Yes.  They could, and I believe they do.  But should they?  Now, that’s a different story.  I may seem like I am unfairly picking on the NFL, but they are far from the only corporate entity to make money off the misery of women suffering from Cancer.  They did catch my particular attention because Football is stereotypically the “man’s” game, and the percentage of male versus female fans has always been incredibly lopsided.  Now, though, the NFL has found a way into women’s hearts – by exploiting them.  They even went so far as to allow the players to wear pink gloves and the coaches and other support staff pink hats.  How cute.   You can buy the exact same hat right there in the NFL shop.  But like I said, they are not unique in their pinkwashing endeavors to raise the bottom line.  Yoplait Yogurt has recently come under fire for misleading consumers through their own pinkwashing campaigns involving the yogurt tops.  So has Cartier, who has its own pink program.   (1)  As have Ford Motor Company, BMW, Shiseido ( the make-up company), Estee-Lauder, Revlon, and Target, among others.  I do not want to outright accuse everyone involved in a pink washed campaign of knowingly exploiting women.  I am sure there are employees of Cartier, Yoplait, the NFL etc. who are proud of their companies’ initiatives, and who feel like maybe they really are making a difference with all the pinkwashed campaigning and merchandise.   The bottom line, however, is that in too many cases these “Cancer Awareness” and pink ribbon promotions do more for the company than for curing Cancer.   Take this excerpt from the Center for Media and Democracy:

How did breast cancer become such big business? Corporations have plunged headlong into re-framing purchasing as a way to fight disease, spurred on by groups like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which partners with big business to raise money. Few if any pinkwashers mention ways women can help prevent breast cancer — for example, by quitting smoking, changing their diet, or avoiding unnecessary exposure to harmful chemicals. Some critics say the almost total lack of focus on prevention is because prevention doesn’t make money. It’s much more profitable to make people believe that their consumer purchases are contributing to a “cure.” (2)*

This, my friends, is a travesty.

What is even more unfortunate, is that I have uncovered (with documented evidence and citations)  what I believe to be an even bigger travesty.  This one involves Susan G. Koman for the Cure.  Many of you have heard of SG Komen, or “Komen for the Cure.”  Its one of the biggest and best-funded Breast Cancer Foundations in the United States.  You should find it disturbing then, that Susan G. Komen for the Cure donated $7.5 million in 2009, and over $700 thousand between 2005 and 2006. to Planned PArenthood Federation of America .(3)   Why should you find this disturbing?  Because Planned Parenthood is the number 1 Abortion Provider in the United States.   It is also one of the leading pushers and prescribers of contraception in the U.S.  Both Abortion and Contraception can CAUSE Breast Cancer!!  (4) Now do you see the disturbing link?  Komen for the Cure gives money to an organization that is responsible for promoting and providing some of the very practices that cause the cancer Komen is supposed to be so vehemently fighting to cure!  Isn’t that twisted?  Innocent women are caught in the twist!  Women’s lives are caught up in his incredibly unfortunate duality.

The National Cancer Institute has done its best to suppress this data, which is incredibly disgusting.  The director of the NCI, Louise Brinton actually organized a 2003 workshop on the “ABC” (Abortion Breast Cancer and Contraception link) that “determined that no such link existed,” and that evidence as such was “well established.”  How interesting to note, then, that the same Louise Brinton participated in the Federal Study that confirmed that such a link does in fact exist!  The research done in the United States that I cited was not conducted by the NCI.  It was a Federal Study done by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and it was published in the April 2009 issue of the cancer epidemiology journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. (4)  This study confirms the link between Breast Cancer and Contraception.  It doesn’t hypothesize, it doesn’t casually link, it confirms.  In fact, more than one study that confirms this link exists! These studies (which can be found by following the links below) were performed around the world, and the US media has been very slow in reporting the findings.  These studies do not have good news for women who take hormonal birth control.  In fact they concluded that a woman’s risk of developing Triple Negative Breast Cancer (one of the strains with the highest mortality rate) is either tripled or quadrupled depending on her age and how long she has been on the birth control.

When it comes to Abortion, the numbers are just as grim.  A study done in Iran concluded that women who have an abortion increase their chances of developing Breast Cancer by 193%.  Interestingly, the Iranian study also found that delaying childbearing increases the chance of developing Breast Cancer by 310%, which is not good news for women who have bought into the lie that they need to contracept well into their 30s or 40s before starting a family.  (Especially given that contraception alone increases Breast Cancer risk.)    In Sri Lanka a study that was concluded at roughly the same time as the Iranian study determined that the more births you have, the greater your risk is reduced.  Women who had 5 or more births saw their risk reduced by 90%.  Also, breastfeeding for  an extended period of time helped to reduce the risk of cancer as well.

So whats does all this tell us?  Well, it tells two very important things.

First, it tells us that the women of the United States are victims of a fraud.  Yes, that’s right, I said Fraud.  Ever since the tween years I have heard about birth control, the pill, the mini-pill, diaphragms, rings, and shots.  They are supposed to liberate us.  Liberate us? From what?  Our fertility or our heath?  Contraception is the biggest dupe to ever be pulled on anyone.  Its exploitation pure and simple.  How many sane people do you know who would take medicine (with some serious side effects!) if they weren’t sick?  How may sane people do you know who would take medicine in order to make their body do something it’s not supposed to?  It sounds silly right?  I mean, could you imagine giving a healthy man a pill and saying, here, take this every day and you won’t have any more of those pesky erections.  The guy would probably stare at you like you had green ears and then walk very quickly away from you!  But, dear ladies, that is exactly what the contraceptive culture is saying to you!  You have been fed a bunch of garbage and then duped into believing that some form of contraception is going to make your life easier and more manageable – risk free!  What a crock!  You’ve been told over and over again that your fertility is a curse; your monthly cycle, the biggest drag on the face of the planet – to be avoided at all costs – if chemically possible.  The Truth is, when you mess with what “isn’t broken, you’re going to break it.”

When I was little my brother loved to take things apart. I am sure he learned a lot this way.  He also broke a lot this way.  Every time he decided to take apart some perfectly good electronic device, he inevitably had a piece or two left over – and the thing wouldn’t work.   It was always the same.  He would be convinced that he could “make it better.”  That he could improve on what the master technician had crafted.   He couldn’t.  Ever.  He was convinced that a tweak or two here and then if he put it right back together the way he took it apart, it’d be better than it was before.  Not the case.  The same is true of our bodies.  Why do we think that we can tweak what the Master Craftsman put together so perfectly?  Do we really think that we can make it better?  Or have we become victim to the exploitation that is Contraception?  Have we fallen for the lie that its freeing to abdicate personal responsibility and self-control to a pill?

The Truth, dear reader, is that pharmaceutical companies make big big bucks by exploiting you.  Susan G. Koman for the Cure makes a lot of cash exploiting you.  Planned Parenthood makes a lot of dough exploiting you.  Even the Federal Government makes money exploiting you.  (those in Government also get Power – a “drug” just as powerful as money).  When the pill first hit the market it was primarily because a woman named Margaret Sanger put together a team of nurses, doctors, and scientists and decided that she wanted to have a little rebellion against her femininity and in the process, eradicate the United States of African-Americans, and cleanse the population of unwanted children.  (For more on this particular topic see The “CONdom” of Contraception)  Since then its been “off to the races” with feminists, politicians,  pharmaceutical execs, and Planned Parenthood alike touting contraception as a necessary part of womanhood.  In the process, the Truth got trampled and the lies glossed over.  That, my friends is when women began to be exploited by the very people who were waxing rhapsodic about the freedom and necessity of putting women on drugs to stop their bodies from doing what they are supposed to.

Contraception is not necessary.  It is not life saving, in fact in many cases it is life-taking, as many forms of contraception are abortifacient.  It is not “preventative” as the new Planned parenthood Campaign is trying to assert – so that it can be included in the New Health Care Law as being fully covered by insurers.  (By preventative they mean “preventing disease or malady”.(5)  Obviously by its very nature contraception is preventative!)   What it is is dangerous.  Contraception is dangerous, and even life threatening.

We’ve already established that Contraception triples or quadruples a woman’s chance of developing one of the deadliest forms of Breast Cancer.  What you may not know is that before you are even given the chance to develop cancer, your contraception could kill you.  RU-486 has a death toll on the rise, and yet it was approved by the FDA.  Ella-One, the newest “Emergency Contraception” is expected to have a similar track record, and yet before it could even be adequately tested, the FDA approved it.  Yaz and Yasmin (the generic form is called Ocella) are currently  making a little news because these very similar drugs, that have a new synthetic progestin hormone called drospirenone, are the targets of a few very large class action law suits.  These contraceptives have caused incredibly serious side effects in a lot of women who were taking the drug.  These side effects have included stroke, blood clots, DVT, pulmonary embolisms, and even death.(6)  The seriousness of the side effects is so widespread that class action suits are popping up all over country, and if you Google “Yaz Lawsuit,” you’ll find pages and pages of search results with entire websites dedicated to nothing but the Yaz cases and the lawyers who are representing the victims.  Over a year ago there was some speculation that Bayer would recall  Yaz and Yasmin until the suits were all filed and/or settled.  This never happened.  Instead, the numbers of women involved in the lawsuits is growing and Bayer still proudly displays Yaz and Yasmin on its Birth Control Homepage (www.bayerbirthcontrol.com).

Even if a particular form of contraception doesn’t have a class action lawsuit filed against it, it still had serious side effects (besides the Breast Cancer connection, that is).    Most women do not read the insert that comes with it, because most women trust their doctors to prescribe them safe medicine, and most doctors trust the FDA to only approve safe medicine.  Look up some of the inserts – the fine print.  Its ridiculous!  A whole list of very unpleasant side effects, a few life threatening ones, and then a bunch of warnings about how something as innocuous as Tylenol can throw off the effectiveness and the safety of the drug!  The sad fact is that, as we have shown, none of it is safe.  It is however, extremely lucrative.  Its a great money maker to convince women that they need to take unnecessary drugs, then to treat the women who take the drugs and develop cancer.  Imagine the money that can be made off of one women who buys into the lie of contraception, who then buys the lie of abortion when the contraception fails (because she didn’t realize that taking tylenol while on the pill lowers its effectiveness), who then needs chemo and radiation after the lumpectomy she needed to remove the cancerous tumor in her breast.   And all that would have been preventable if the simple Truth was told.  Contraception is dangerous.  Abortion is dangerous.  They both cause Breast Cancer.  Breast Cancer kills women.  And the whole messy triad makes a lot of money.  That’s exploitation.

I had mentioned before that there were two things that we could learn from the results of the various studies that were conducted.  How the Contraceptives Industry Exploits women by perpetrating a fraud was the first.  The Second is less complex:

It is HEALTHY to be open to life.

As I was going through the data from the various studies it kept striking me that what the scientists proved with all their tests is what the Catholic Church has been teaching all along: that contraception and abortion are deadly, and not just to the soul – they prevent a woman’s body from doing what it is naturally supposed to do.  Abortion kills another person, and violates a woman’s body during a time when her body is again, doing precisely what it is supposed to – protecting and nourishing a life.  Violating a woman’s body – through contraception or abortion – produces serious consequences.  It is as if Nature were sending out a cry for help, “This isn’t supposed to happen!”

Our bodies are amazing in their complexity.  When something doesn’t go right, your body sends warnings – it reacts.  Normally this is good.  It keeps us healthy.  When you cut yourself you feel pain.  You bleed, and that cleans the wound, and the pain registers in your brain so you can tend to the wound.  If you get an infection your body heats up – a fever – as it tries to kill the infection.  White blood cells rush to attack the infection and your immune system goes on full alert.  These are ways your body identifies something that is wrong and fixes it – restoring your body to the way it needs to be in order to be healthy and functioning.  In the case of contraception and abortion, the exact opposite happens.  Your body was working the way it was supposed to, and all of a sudden something is introduced that forces the body to function in a way contrary to how it was designed.  Is it really any wonder that there are serious consequences?

What I found remarkable is that the studies discovered one of greatest ways to reduce the risk of developing Breast cancer was to have babies!  In fact the Iranian study concluded that having 5 or more children reduced a woman’s risk of developing Breast cancer by 91%!  All the things that reduced breast cancer risk were positive, life-affirming things that respected a woman’s body.  Rejecting contraception, not having abortions, giving birth – and giving birth again, and maybe again, and again…..), breastfeeding for longer than 6 months…..being open to life, respecting your body for the way it was created – these are the things that reduce the risk of cancer.

It took several different independent and Federal studies to confirm what the Catholic Church has known all along;  being open to life is healthy!

It is up to us to spread the Truth about the horrible exploitation that is occurring right here in our own country.  We must not stand by and allow women to be victims of this fraud any longer.  Only when women truly understand the beauty and dignity, the gift that is their fertility, will they be truly free.  Only then will they cease to be exploited, and their pain used for profit.  We must not be afraid to speak the Truth, and uncover this unfortunate exploitation for what it is: wrong.

Until next time, May God Bless your Beautiful Hearts!

*For more information on pinkwashing, and how to be pink-saavy in your personal philanthropy, you can check out the National Cancer Institute’s “Think Before you Pink” Campaign.

**I want to take a moment to point out that knowing the Truth about Breast Cancer, Contraception and Abortion can tempt us to become judgemental.  There are of course women who develop Breast Cancer who never contracepted, who never had an abortion, and who tried to be healthy.  Women who fell prey to genetics or developed the disease with seemingly no explanation, and while theses women may be more of the exception than the rule nowadays, it is not our concern why a woman we meet may have Breast Cancer.  Women who have been diagnosed deserve nothing less than our love, compassion, and support.  NOT our judgement.  The information I have provided you here in this post is not intended to  point fingers or encourage anyone to pass judgement on a woman suffering from a Cancer diagnosis.  Rather, it is to inform so as to hopefully prevent other women from falling victim to some of the practices that increase their chances for developing Breast Cancer.

Works Consulted:

(1)http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1543947-2,00.html, http://www.naturalnews.com/030020_breast_cancer_awareness.html

(2) http://www.prwatch.org/node/7436

(3) http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/apr/08041002.html,

http://lifenews.com/int1665.html

(4) http://www.ncregister.com/blog/federal_study_confirms_contraception-breast_cancer_link/, http://lifenews.com/int1665.html

(5) http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/13/is-birth-control-preventive-medicine/

(6) http://www.yazsideeffectslawsuit.com/

(7) http://www.lifenews.com/2010/10/13/int-1665/

(8) http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/2009_study_confirms_abortion-breast_cancer_link/

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10 thoughts on “Birth Control, Breast Cancer, and the Exploitation of Women

  1. My god you are ignorant. So I guess it’s better to keep having children you can’t afford? Sure, why not? You can get on food stamps and welfare and become a drain on society. Thats how you live right? Women who choose to use birth control are not exploited, they are taking control of their own lives by choosing to have children when the time is right for them. Maybe some people would rather have kids when they have the money to provide for them and not have to force their kids to wear hand me downs and have to tell them no every time they ask for something.
    And by the way, breast cancer is not “a cancer unique to women”. Men get it too. Or maybe according to whatever brainwashing moronic crap you got taught, they don’t.
    The only decent part of this whole article was the part about companies exploiting breast cancer to raise awareness and not actually to fund a cure. That is true. But, the rest of it was pure stupidity fueled opinion. Keep your uneducated ignorance to yourself please.

    • Normally I do not reply to posts that disagree with what I have written, however I wanted to thank you for reminded us that Breast Cancer can in fact be a men’s health issue. Current statistics estimate that less than 1% of all Breast cancer diagnoses are for men. In one year between 400 and 500 of these 1% may die from Breast Cancer.

      Interestingly, the main factor in Male Breast Cancer is elevated estrogen levels. An environmental study using estrogens and synthetic estrogens that are used in Birth Control and that are also found in drinking water concluded that men are at risk of developing Breast Cancer because of the hormonal contraceptive byproducts in their drinking water. So I guess you could say that even men are at risk from Contraceptive-caused Breast Cancer.

      Still, thank you for reminding us that although the Breast Cancer “Industry” has co-opted the disease as a purely women’s issue, there are in fact about 1000 men in the US diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. every year. How incredibly sad that they then must face a stigma of having a “girl disease.” In the future I will be more careful when I categorize something as “unique to women.”

      On another note, I can’t help but notice that that you seem particularly angry at my research and at the conclusions by scientists that Contraceptives and Abortion are harmful to women and cause cancer. I would hope that you are not ignorant of the fact that there are completely natural methods of avoiding pregnancy that are just as effective as the pill (99.6%) and that those women who care about their bodies and do not want to harm them by using birth control exercise their responsibility by utilizing natural methods of pregnancy avoidance. If you would like more information on such methods, you can visit http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/fam.htm (the Fertility Awareness Method) or http://www.creightonmodel.com/ (for the Creighton Method and NaPro Techology).

      Souces Consulted for this reply:

      (http://www.medicinenet.com/male_breast_cancer/article.htm)

      (http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/environmental-estrogens-affect-breast-development-in-male-rats/)

      http://www.creightonmodel.com/

      http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/fam.htm

      http://www.cancer.org/

      May God Bless you.

  2. It’s sad reading your comment above that you never really post people who don’t agree with you. But I should be shocked. You probably won’t post this either. If you don’t let people read opposing view points, you’re trying to control them. Then YOU’RE the one who’s exploiting women.

    For one thing, this article was terribly written. You’re “not a feminist,” you claim? The simple definitioin of feminist is believing women and men should be treated equal. So you don’t believe that? Now who’s exploiting women?

    You also used the wrong spelling. It should be,”I have friends and neighbors who have been AFFECTED.” (not effected, like you wrote). These may sound picky, but I’m a writer, and I look for small things such as these two points when deciding if the writer has any knowledge of what they’re talking about. You don’t.

    And Heaven forbid they give proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Heaven forbid girls and boys understand their sexuality. Heaven forbid girls understand and to have safe sex. Heaven forbid indeed. You know, I was raised Catholic, and something I took from that was not to judge people. Everyone has to live their own lives. You have no idea what people go through. Life is complicated, not black and white, but in fact very gray. You shouldn’t be so quick to judge what others do. Concentrate on how you live your life.

    I like the month of October and seeing all the pink everywhere. No matter what the reason behind it is, companies are reminding us of a serious issue that pertains mostly to women, but men as well. I’m glad someone addressed that other mistake you made.

    You probably won’t post this because heaven forbid people read two sides of an argument and have to actually use their brains. But bless you all the same. I hope you won’t be so judgemental from this point forward.

  3. “It’s sad reading your comment above that you never really post people who don’t agree with you.”

    “These may sound picky, but I’m a writer, and I look for small things such as these two points when deciding if the writer has any knowledge of what they’re talking about. You don’t.”

    That’s not what she said. She said she usually doesn’t REPLY to opposing viewpoints. She did NOT say she does not post them. That may sound picky, but I am a thinker, and I look for small things such as these when deciding if a commenter has any knowledge of what he or she is talking about. You don’t.

    “You know, I was raised Catholic, and something I took from that was not to judge people. Everyone has to live their own lives. You have no idea what people go through. Life is complicated, not black and white, but in fact very gray. You shouldn’t be so quick to judge what others do. Concentrate on how you live your life.”

    You shouldn’t be so quick to judge what Laura Ricketts knows about the realities of life. Your time would be better spent studying the faith you were raised in. Speaking Truth does not equate to judging others’ souls. How about removing the plank from your own eye, Maureen? Maybe then you might see clearly enough so as not to confuse good with evil.

    Artificial birth control: Nothing to do with birth, and certainly nothing to do with self-control.

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  5. I know of many, many families that welcome several children into their home. These children are raised to be good stewards of the planet and none of them are on welfare. I find it interesting that everyone assumes that large families are on welfare. I do not have a large family, only three children, because I was not blessed with more. But the large families that I know are not nearly as wasteful with their resources as most families with two children. Everyone still has clothes, food, education and vacations, etc. They are just careful with their resources. Neither of the negative posts so far read the article carefully. Sometimes when you are concerned about thinking for yourself you forget to actually think. Looking at these issues through an objective lens vs. a kneejerk reaction demonstrates an open mind.

    The abortion industry is primarily about money and keeping minority populations down. I know it is hard to accept that you’ve been taken in by it all, but so many were raised in this culture – it is so easy to do. I will pray for the two negative posters to re-read, open their minds and their hearts to the truth and forgive themselves for their confusion.

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