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This came into my inbox, and I found it very interesting, and I'm a long-time fan of his Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, so I thought I'd share!

Birth control pills are 'vitamin robbers' says new book by world’s leading expert on drug-induced nutrient depletions

The Pill Problem warns women about increased risk of cancer, heart disease, birth defects and other lesser-known, serious side effects of oral contraceptives.  Ross Pelton offers easy and affordable nutrition and lifestyle prescriptions to offset the side effects of the pill.

ASHLAND, OR - Can the side effects of oral contraceptives contribute to serious health issues for women later in life? The Pill Problem, a new book by pharmacist and nutritionist Ross Pelton–the world's leading expert on drug-induced nutrient depletions–says yes, and gives women a prescription for protecting their health while on the pill. The Pill Problem is a follow up to his breakthrough 1995 book How To Prevent Breast Cancer (Simon & Schuster).

The Pill Problem: How to Protect Your Health from the Side Effects of Oral Contraceptives is a nutritional health manual for women that devotes 15 short information-packed chapters to the most common side effects of the pill. Each chapter outlines various nutrient depletions underlying the condition and offers detailed descriptions of lost health benefits that can be regained with a complimentary regimen of the right nutritional supplements and other lifestyle prescriptions.

Oral contraceptives cause the depletion of a wide range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, neurotransmitters and antioxidants that can dramatically increase a woman’s risk for depression, sleep disorders, anemia, low energy, migraine headaches, sexual problems, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, weakened immune system, birth defects, premature aging, and cancers of the uterus, colon and breast. The Pill Problem takes aim at these and other life-threatening conditions that can be caused by chronic nutrient depletions.

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“While most classes of drugs deplete one, or even several nutrients, oral contraceptives deplete more than almost any other other,” says Ross Pelton, author of The Pill Problem. “Hormones are very, very powerful chemicals that affect virtually all tissues and cells they come into contact with.”

The Pill Problem reviews a significant number of studies showing that women taking oral contraceptives have substantially lower levels of vital nutrients such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12; minerals magnesium, selenium and zinc; amino acid tyrosine and the critical antioxidant named coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) compared to women who have not been taking oral contraceptives. 

“When I wrote The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, I was shocked to discover that birth control pills inhibit the body’s ability to absorb so many nutrients vital to long-term health,” states Pelton. “Many women ask me why their doctor hasn’t informed them about the long-term side effects of the pill. Unfortunately, and understandably, most doctors are not aware that all of these studies even exist, and are usually way too busy to track new research on all of the pills they prescribe. Because birth control pills are almost as commonplace as multivitamins, women generally are not as informed about their side effects as they are with other common pharmaceuticals that are advertised nearly non-stop on TV."

Studies show that about half of women who start taking the pill stop within six to 12 months due to widely known, early onset symptoms such fatigue, depression, insomnia, migraine headaches and weight gain. Hormonal imbalances caused by the pill can also cause serious sexual side effects in some women including decreased desire for sex, difficulty becoming aroused, less natural lubrication resulting in painful sex, and difficulty experiencing orgasms.

“It is ironic that oral contraceptives can also result in sexual dysfunction for so many women,” says Pelton. “But it is the potential long-term side effects which can lead to life-threating conditions that I hope to make women everywhere more aware of and, more importantly, provide them the information they need to stay healthy.”

Over 100 million women worldwide now take oral contraceptives–most completely unaware that prolonged usage can cause serious long-term side effects which can culminate in life-threatening conditions, even long after usage has been discontinued. Because many of the long-term side effects of the pill are initially invisible, most women only learn about them decades later when a health crisis hits, making it much harder for the kind of gentle lifestyle prescriptions in The Pill Problem to be effective.

The Pill Problem is available in ebook and paperback from all major online booksellers.

About Ross Pelton, R.Ph., CCN

As a registered pharmacist (R.Ph.) with one of America’s largest drugstore chains, Ross Pelton knows pharmaceuticals. As a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN), he understands nutrition. With over 30 years of research and scientific experience, he has a passion for helping people learn how to naturally take charge of their health.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, Ross joined the Peace Corp in 1972 and was assigned to teach high school chemistry in Malaysia. In 1982, he began conducting research at the University of California San Diego studying the relationship between selenium and breast cancer. His remarkable findings would lead him to a lifetime of research and education around the science of natural medicine.

Ross later worked with the prestigious Gerson Institute researching and documenting long-term cancer survivors who received natural treatments not available in the United States. He went on to become the administrator of Hospital Santa Monica, one of the world’s largest hospitals specializing in non-toxic cancer therapies. He returned to the United States to write Alternatives in Cancer Therapy and How To Prevent Breast Cancer, both published by Simon & Schuster.

Ross Pelton walks, runs, bikes and lives his talk. He is a health professional who is deeply devoted to fitness, nutrition and healthy longevity. At 70-years-old, he deadlifts 255 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 64 beats per minute and an ideal blood pressure of 118 over 62, which is seldom seen in someone his age. Ross is a living example of the long-term benefits of the lifestyle prescriptions he shares in his books and talks.

Ross Pelton is the author of 10 breakthrough health books including The Nutritional Cost of Drugs, Mind Food & Smart Pills, Alternatives in Cancer Therapy, How to Prevent Breast Cancer, Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, and Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide. Ross is also currently on the faculty at Southern Oregon University where he teaches a course on Psychopharmacology with his wife Taffy Clarke Pelton to Masters Degree students in the Counseling Psychology program.

Ross Pelton, The Natural Pharmacist, is available for radio and TV interviews by phone and Skype. For more information, please visit and

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CONTACT: [email protected], (541) 359-1886