By Mary Zwicker
A well-known doctor on YouTube came out with a video that explains the dangers of artificial birth control and advocates instead for a natural form of family planning.
Dr. Eric Berg, a doctor with over 8 million subscribers on YouTube, posted a YouTube video with a discussion on the “dark side of the birth control pill” while exposing the negative effects the pill has on women and offering a natural alternative.
“There is actually no real estrogen or progesterone in a birth control pill,” Dr. Berg said. “What you do have is a synthetic version altered in a way to mimic estrogen and progesterone.”
Dr. Berg went on to say that what women do not realize is that replacing naturally produced estrogen and progesterone with an artificial version can lead to various complications.
Among numerous health risks, the birth control pill can “increase your risk of heart attacks, blood pressure, strokes, blood clots, breast cancer, dementia, depression, acne, mood swings, [and] it can even trigger auto-immune diseases.” He went on to describe how birth control also depletes women of many necessary minerals such as zinc, selenium, and magnesium, and vitamins such as B12.
“What a lot of women don’t realize is when you take this pill, you are shutting down the production of estrogen and progesterone,” he said.
Dr. Berg went on to explain that this is a dangerous thing to do because women, unlike men who produce testosterone every day, produce their necessary hormones in “two major spikes.” That is, instead of producing the necessary hormones daily, women produce the hormones at two points during their cycle, one where they see an increase in estrogen, and one where they see an increase in progesterone.
Dr. Berg says the long-term effects of removing natural hormones from a woman’s body are quite dangerous, negatively affecting menopause, bone function, and even longevity.
Instead of artificial birth control, Dr. Berg recommended what he called a “natural cycle birth control.” This method, a method that involves tracking one’s cycle with an app, is, according to Dr. Berg, “between 93% and 98% effective depending on how well you implement it and you follow the instructions.”
The website for Natural Cycle Birth Control advocates abstinence as a form of birth control, saying that “if trying to prevent pregnancy, you should use condoms or abstain from sex” on fertile days.
The Catholic Church is the only remaining religion to condemn contraception openly and completely. In Humanae Vitae, Paul VI warned in 1968 that contraception would lead to a lack of respect for women and a general lowering of morality in society. In Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II has also supported this prediction, stating that contraception has led to an increase of abortions.
Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas has previously reminded Catholics of their duty to respect the Church’s teachings on contraception. On July 26, the anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, Strickland tweeted a reminder to all Catholics to heed the truth in regard to this issue.
“Humanae Vitae, issued in July 54 years ago, taught the Truth that contraception is immoral and does harm to marriage & the family,” he said. “We have lived for more than 1/2 a century with humanity rejecting this Truth & this has done great harm to the human family. Let us heed The Truth!”
Humane Vitae, issued in July 54 years ago, taught the Truth that contraception is immoral and does harm to marriage & the family. We have lived for more than 1/2 a century with humanity rejecting this Truth & this has done great harm to the human family. Let us heed The Truth!
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) July 26, 2022