Antibiotics have been used for the past 70 years to treat all types of infectious diseases. The proper use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections has helped thousands of people from illnesses like pneumonia, fresh wounds, and severe bacterial infections.
However, the major issue is that anti-biotic medications are one of the most over prescribed drugs in America today. According to Reuters pediatricians in the United States write more than 10 Million unnecessary antibiotics every year for conditions like the flu and asthma.
Overuse of Antibiotics
There many are dangers associated with antibiotics. One of the most commonly recognized dangers is the overuse of antibiotics which leads to antibiotic resistance. That is bacteria become resistant to treatment with antibiotics. (For more information on this see my article here.) But recently a few studies have shown a link between antibiotic use and breast cancer in women.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that any use of antibiotics potentially increases the risk of breast cancer in women. The specific data for this study states that women who took only 1 to 25 antibiotics over a 17 year period had a 1.5 times higher risk of breast cancer as compared to women who took no antibiotics.
The co-author of this study, Stephen H. Taplin, M.D. of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences cautions us that this does not indicate that antibiotics cause breast cancer, “These results only show that there is an association between the two. More studies must be conducted to determine whether there is indeed a direct cause-and-effect relationship.”
A similar study in Finland in 2000 revealed a similar link. Again, in this Finnish study, women who took antibiotics had an elevated risk of breast cancer. The more antibiotics taken, the greater the risk became. These studies provide another good reason to be cautious of your antibiotic use.
Also, antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections, not viral. Sadly today many people go to their doctor and won’t leave satisfied unless they leave with some type of antibiotic prescription in hand. And often doctors are prescribing antibiotics for unnecessarily for viral infections such as colds and flus.
So how do you avoid overuse of antibiotics?
Remove Grains, Starches, and Isolated Sugars from your diet. The truth is, grains contain proteins like lectins and gluten that are difficult to digest and can cause intestinal inflammation. So you are best going grain free. Also, if you consume too much sugar or grains that break down into sugar it will overload your immune system making you more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.
Eat Probiotic Rich Foods. Probiotics (good bacteria) will balance your intestinal flora and naturally help kill off bad bacteria and boost your immune system. If you have ever taken a prescription anti-biotic medication it has not only killed bad bacteria it has also killed off the good bacteria as well. To naturally build back the probiotics in your gut I recommend you consume: cultured dairy (amasai, kefir, yogurt), cultured vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass), and probiotic beverages like (kombucha, terrain herbals, and coconut kefir).
Consider All-Natural Anti-biotics. I recommend you go to nature’s medicine cabinet and use natural antibiotics like oil of oregano, echinacea, colloidal silver, and garlic. These herbs and compounds have powerful anti-bacterial effects but leave alone the good bacteria.
Dr. Axe’s Key Points
- The authors of two studies revealed a link between antibiotic use and increased risk of breast cancer.
- Antibiotic usage can cause resistance to antibiotic resistance.
- Take the steps necessary to avoid becoming ill such as eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress.
- If you feel an illness coming on take an immune boosting supplement like echinacea, oregano, or colloidal silver.