An academic study has revealed that taking birth control pills on a daily basis shrinks the hypothalamus region of the brain in females, and the findings were presented to the Radiological Society of North America on Wednesday.
“It may not represent a risk at all. It may just represent a way we see the effect of how the drug works,” said Michael Lipton, a radiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City who conducted the research.
Lipton discussed the research at the conference, and he notes that hypothalamus damage can result in change in appetite, sexual drive, and the regulation of blood sugar. The hypothalamus regulates hormones in the body, and this part of the brain is so small that it is difficult to measure through images from a standard scan. Lipton determined the results of the study through a meticulously careful study of MRI scans.
“I like to tell people that for all parts of the body, size matters most in the brain,” Lipton said.
In addition, evidence is growing that birth control usage causes different structures of the brain to change in size. A large body of anecdotal evidence has indicated that women act erratically while on birth control, and now the science is finally starting to back that up.
Lipton points out that more research is needed to build upon this preliminary study, and it will be a long time before the negative ramifications of the reduced hypothalamus are fully understood.
“It might one day be part of the conversation when talking with a doctor about birth control,” Lipton said. “But it’s way too soon to tell.”
Birth control and other contraceptives are having a broader negative impact on society as well:
The latest statistics measuring the American birth rate and total births have been released, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s report paint a dark demographic picture.
The 3.788 million births that took place in 2018 were the lowest that had occurred in a single year since 1986. The birth rate, or average number of children born per woman, continued to decline as well, following a demographic pattern that has been carrying on for many years.
The birth rate declined by 2% to 1.7. A national birth rate of less than 2.0 creates a situation where a population isn’t having enough children to replace itself.
Some demographers and researchers had forecast a rise in the American birthrate as elements of the economy improved over the past few years. However, it seems the economic system of the United States isn’t enabling or encouraging more young Americans to become parents, even though it’s nominally improving.
Demographers ascribe multiple factors to the lowered birth rate among the American population. More women are postponing having children in order to pursue a career or higher education, and economic insecurity is leaving many Americans who would otherwise become parents to opt out, at last temporarily.
While millions of women may feel liberated because of birth control, their liberation comes at the expense of Western Civilization and proper brain function.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: It’s Time to Cancel “Everything”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sternly instructed residents of his city to cease all outgoing activities of everyday life, citing the county’s dismal coronavirus prospects, which he states are worse than what the nation’s second-largest city faced in March.
“It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. If it isn’t essential, don’t do it.”
Los Angeles County officials enacted a full coronavirus shutdown for three weeks last week, strictly limiting permissible activities and placing the county in a lockdown similar to those utilized across the country at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are spiking, and county officials are concerned the city’s medical system is unprepared to accommodate a surge in coronavirus cases similar to that seen in New York earlier in the year.
Black Lives Matter protestors have staged nightly protests outside of Garcetti’s house demanding special privileges for individuals charged with felonies. However, the Mayor’s emergency order exempts protest gatherings from restrictions, placing them in the same category as congregating for religious services.
Garcetti was seen congregating in a group of chanting BLM demonstrators earlier in the year. Angelenos can only hope that their neighbors will execute greater discretion in the interest of public health and saving lives than their mayor has.
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