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The Sad Truth About Birth Control Pills And Depression

In 1960, medicine proudly announced the advent of birth control pills, which, when properly used, prevents pregnancy about 91% of the time. Supposedly 99% effective if taken regularly. Besides the intended benefit, there are many potential side effects of birth control pills and depression is just one of them.

Despite the potential side effects of the pill, condoms, diaphragms, and spermicidal creams have become a thing of the past for most people. They opt instead for the apparent ease of a daily pill.

We had planned to start our family with our first child born in 1961. As part of our family planning, we chose to use a diaphragm and spermicidal cream which we continued using until my wife’s menopause. We never considered using birth control pills.

However, we saw the effects of birth control and depression with one of our cats. Our vet talked us into a birth control shot for a Siamese cat. She became hysterical and started killing all our baby chicks.

Then we bought a prize Appaloosa horse who miscarried her first two pregnancies because she had been given birth control shots to prevent her from becoming pregnant while on the show circuit.

These two events let us to avoid the pill for the rest of our lives! The risks were just too great.

Besides this anecdotal evidence, there is strong scientific research linking birth control pills and depression along with anxiety, fatigue, neurotic symptoms, sexual disturbances, compulsion, anger, and negative menstrual effects.

What is unclear is if these symptoms are directly the result of the pills or a psychological response to the practice of contraception. However, this distinction is immaterial if you experience any of these side effects.

Birth control pills and depression are only the tip of the Titanic. There are many other serious potential side effects of birth control pills.

Anxiety is another side effect of birth control pills. A 2004 study found that hormonal contraceptive users had higher rates of anxiety than nonusers. A 2018 study found that users of IUDs containing the hormone levonorgestrel also had higher anxiety rates.

Birth control pills can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. It’s more in women who are overweight, smoke, have had high blood pressure during a previous pregnancy, have a family history of high blood pressure or mild kidney disease, and/or have problems with their heart or blood vessels.

Estrogen-containing birth control pills can slightly increase stroke risk. The risk is higher for women who smoke or have migraines with aura.

According to, high-dose estrogen birth control pills more than doubled the risk of breast cancer. Ethynodiol diacetate (a type of progestin) birth control pills also more than doubled the risk of breast cancer. Triphasic birth control pills with an average dose of 0.75 mg of norethindrone (a type of progestin) more than tripled the risk of breast cancer.

Those with a family history of breast cancer related to mutations in the BRCA genes should use caution before taking birth control pills. Families at increased risk of breast cancer may further increase their risk of breast cancer by taking birth control pills. The risk is higher for women who smoke or have migraines with aura.

Women over the age of 45 have a significantly increased risk of cancer if they are still on the pill!

Alfredo Jia, a researcher at the Center for Biomedical Research Network of Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition, said in a report published in the Spanish magazine Quidate Plus that long-term use of birth control pills increases the risk of obesity by almost three times regardless of other factors related to obesity such as diet and physical activity. He is also quoted as saying that his study has confirmed that obesity is the main factor that has led many women to stop using birth control pills.

However, the pills also have some health benefits. These include lowering the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, cysts in breast tissues, anemia, as well as serious infections in ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus.

Whether you decide to take or continue to take birth control pills is a personal decision. Given you are researching the link between birth control pills and depression you are at least curious about the risks. My best advice is that you continue doing your research so you are comfortable with the decision you ultimately make.

Considering that 40% of American children are born out of wedlock, perhaps more birth control is needed. But I vote for a diaphragm and spermicidal cream over the pill.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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How To Manage Anxiety Attacks According To A Holistic MD

Anxiety and panic attacks can easily mimic emergency conditions that require a visit to an ER including chest pain, heart attacks, stroke, and many others. So, it is important to understand what the symptoms are. And to understand how to manage anxiety attacks and when to seek immediate emergency care.

If you are not sure whether you are having an anxiety attack or something else is going on, seek immediate emergency care.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms

The only difference in the symptoms of anxiety attacks and emergency conditions is their origin. Panic attacks are the result of thoughts and emotions that cause stress. Your body interprets this acute stress, which often comes out of nowhere, as “something is wrong.”

Some of the more common symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • Rapid shallow breathing (hyperventilation)

    This type of breathing leads to a buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) and intensifies the anxiety or panic you are feeling. Even those who are not experiencing a panic or anxiety attack become anxious when they hyperventilate.

  • Heart palpitations or a racing heartbeat

    When your heart races and/or you have palpitations you are experiencing a fight or flight response. Your body is preparing for action by increasing blood flow. This normal reaction is helpful in the case of an actual physical threat. But it is uncomfortable and can be frightening when no threat is present which can exacerbate a panic attack.

  • Numbness and tingling in both arms and/or both legs

    When your fight or flight response is activated, your body diverts blood from your extremities to your core and vital organs. And when you are facing a physical threat this is very helpful. However, when you are experiencing an anxiety attack this symptom leads to additional and perhaps prolonged stress.

  • Tunnel vision

    In a threatening situation, being able to focus on the target or problem is critical to survival. It is another normal part of the fight or flight response. Yet when you are experiencing a panic attack, tunnel vision can add to the perception that something is very wrong and intensify your anxiety.

  • Mental fog

    When you have brain fog it is difficult to concentrate or remember things. You may not feel like yourself. When you are having a panic attack, mental fog is frequently the result of the underlying and overwhelming anxiety and stress you are experiencing.

  • Sense of doom/fear of impending death

    When you are in a life-threatening situation such as an accident or natural disaster, it makes sense that you would feel a sense of doom and/or fear your death.

    And it makes sense that when you are having this anxiety attack symptom that your panic would increase and reinforce your fear of impending death or doom. Yet, the unique thing about this panic attack symptom is that there are no vital signs or other physical findings for a life-threatening condition.

These are just some of the most common symptoms of panic and anxiety attacks. What you actually experience when you are struggling with a panic attack will be unique to you. In other words, the exact symptoms of an anxiety attack may be different from one person to another.

What remains consistent from one person to another is that ER evaluations and follow-up tests including EKG, blood work, urine tests, x-rays, and other studies come back absolutely normal.

And, if you have never had an anxiety attack before, do not attempt to self-diagnose based on these symptoms. Immediately seek emergency care.

Once you have been evaluated by the ER or your doctor and have a diagnosis of anxiety or panic attacks, you may be susceptible to recurrent episodes when stress accumulates or you are facing a stressful situation. The following techniques will help you know how to manage your anxiety attacks.

Anxiety Management Techniques

After receiving your diagnosis of stress/anxiety/panic attacks, it is important that you become familiar with and aware of how your anxiety expresses itself. This will give you the ability to manage it instead of making repeated visits to the ER. Some of the most effective anxiety management techniques are:

  • Deepen and slow your breathing

    Diaphragmatic or deep breathing occurs when your belly expands when you inhale. When you purposely take deep, slow breaths (inhale for 4 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds) your sympathetic nervous system begins to calm down. This means that your fight or flight response begins to settle. And then the other symptoms of your anxiety will also start to abate.

  • Become aware of your surroundings

    One simple technique for getting out of the maelstrom of thoughts and fears you experience when you are having a panic attack is to purposefully notice your surroundings.

    Start by paying attention to the feel of your clothes on your skin. Then, notice whether you feel warm or cold. Now, look straight ahead and notice what is in front of you. Then shift your gaze to one side and notice what you see there. Then to the other side and notice the details of what you see there. Maybe you notice a particular smell as you become more and more aware of what all is around you.

    When you can engage your senses your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your rest response, can begin to take over from your fight or flight response.

  • Practice Biogenics® for self-regulation

    Self-regulation is the ability to manage your emotions, thoughts, and behavior in a way that supports your long-term best interest. And it is one of the best ways to get control of your underlying anxiety, stress, overwhelm, depression, and panic that can trigger anxiety attacks.

    Biogenics® is based on a self-hypnosis approach called Autogenic Training, biofeedback approaches, numerous mental exercises, and brain synchronization through binaural beats. It is one of the most effective means of developing the self-regulation skills necessary for managing anxiety attacks.

    By mastering the tools for self-regulation, you will be able to manage your mental health and physical symptoms of anxiety attacks. And you will be well on your way to a better quality of life.

If you have received a diagnosis of anxiety or panic attacks, you are not necessarily consigned to a life of repeated visits to the ER. When you know how to manage anxiety attacks and your underlying stress/overwhelm/depression/anxiety, you can decrease the impact of any future episode you may have.

Additionally, when you put the tools for managing anxiety into daily practice you may even be able to prevent your anxiety attacks from occurring.

Dr. Sergey Sorin is a holistic physician as well as the CEO and medical director of the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of Biogenics®) as part of your toolbox for managing stress and anxiety. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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Do You Believe In Reincarnation? Why You Should If You’re A Christian

Do you believe in reincarnation? Most Christians today do not. Yet the earliest teachings of the Church included reincarnation. 

Origen of Alexandria was a great Roman fountainhead of Christianity and believed in reincarnation as part of Christianity. He is believed to have lived from 185 – 254 C.E. during a time of widespread persecution of Christians.

Origen believed that all souls are on a journey of salvation, even if it takes innumerable ages to do so. He reasoned that a single lifetime is not sufficient for a soul to achieve salvation. He also reasoned that some souls would require more lifetimes than others for education or “healing.” In fact, he believed a sort of continuity between the present body, and the body in the next lifetime was maintained. 

However, this teaching was eliminated from Christianity by Constantine. Constantine wanted to be certain that people did not believe they had a second chance. So, the Council of Nicaea threw out reincarnation in 325.

Do you believe in reincarnation? I do not just believe in reincarnation; I know it as a fact. I know of 30 of my own lives going back over 3500 years.

Return of the Revolutionaries: The Case for Reincarnation and Soul Groups Reunited by Walter Semkiw lists the last two of my previous lives as John Elliotson and Matthew Thornton. Incidentally, in 2005, over the July 4th weekend, 35 of the reincarnates met, including the current reincarnation of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, friends again.

In 1981, I met Morris Netherton, Ph.D. and master past life therapist. He created the practice of Past Life Therapy. 

Although he passed away in November of 2012, Dr. Netherton processed over forty thousand sessions in which people lifted the boundaries of their minds and changed their lives. From the preface of his book Strangers In The Land Of Confusion:

Many sought therapy to heal physical and emotional pain and did, indeed, free themselves of addictions, phobias, and physical problems. They discovered earlier existences in which events and situations continue to create the structure of their lives today. They learned that spiritual evolution determines who they are from cell to soul. The exploration of this evolutionary process is what I call Past Life Therapy.

From Morris, I learned to be a past life therapist. I teach others who wish to become past life therapists and continue helping patients with past life therapy.

In one of my early sessions with a patient paralyzed from a gunshot wound and in severe pain, she gave a remarkable history of being Anne Boleyn, right up to the rolling of her head from the sword of a French swordsman. However, unlike most patients who experience past life therapy, she was totally amnesic of the story she had given.

When she came in for her therapy, she said she had accidentally shot herself. I played back to her the recording of her session. Despite hearing the same thing I did, she said she did not know the meaning of what she had heard. I said to her, “You just told me that you think your husband shot you.” She then said she remembered an argument with her husband and that he had told her she shot herself.

Yet, with this revelation, her pain was gone. She went on to divorce her husband and work as a counselor in a pain clinic.

Another patient with widespread metastatic cancer recovered completely after a past life regression which showed her unhappiness in her marriage.

Ninety-nine percent of patients experience a painful past life which leads to suffering in the current life.

What do you think now? Do you believe in reincarnation?

In past life therapy, only 1% experience a remarkably pleasant past life which becomes the foundation for happiness and relief in the current life. For the other 99%, past life therapy from a qualified counselor can help them overcome painful past and current experiences.

To learn more about the past life therapy we offer at the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute, please contact the institute.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.


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