"What Upton Sinclair did in the Jungle to expose dark corners of the meat packing industry, and what Eric Schlosser did in Fast Food Nation to shine light into the fast food industry, so now Rikki Lake is seeking to do for the Billion dollar business of hormonal contraceptives. Based on the book by Holly Grigg-Spall, Sweetening the Pill: Or how we got hooked on hormonal birth control, the documentary promises to be controversial since big drug companies have much to lose if the serious health risks that have been empirically verified are brought center stage to the nation’s news-media cycle. The book’s website says the documentary should be out early 2015. Keep an eye out, and in the meantime, give the book a read or ask you public library to order it and then read it for free.
You know what they say about the truth: it will set you free."
This documentary on the dangers of hormonal birth control is based on the book entitled
Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. The blurb of the book says:
Millions of healthy women take a powerful medication every day from their mid-teens to menopause - the Pill - but few know how this drug works or the potential side effects. Contrary to cultural myth, the birth-control pill impacts on every organ and function of the body, and yet most women do not even think of it as a drug.
Depression, anxiety, paranoia, rage, panic attacks - just a few of the effects of the Pill on half of the over 80% of women who pop these tablets during their lifetimes.
When the Pill was released, it was thought that women would not submit to taking a medication each day when they were not sick. Now the Pill is making women sick.
However, there are a growing number of women looking for non-hormonal alternatives for preventing pregnancy. In a bid to spark the backlash against hormonal contraceptives, this book asks: Why can't we criticize the Pill?