Are your antibiotics causing cancer?
In the second part of his blog about the dangers of antibiotics, NaturalCures.com expert, Dr Jeff McCombs talks about the dangers of cancer linked to antibiotics . . .
Antibiotics affect immune function and inflammation, in ways that increase cancer risk. Use of antibiotics is associated with increased risk of incident and fatal breast cancer, and colon cancers, and prostate cancer.
The FDA is warning the public that azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm and sudden death.
Damage to DNA
“Clinical levels of antibiotics can cause oxidative stress that can lead to damage to DNA, proteins and lipids in human cells, but this effect can be alleviated by antioxidants.
Taking antibiotics renders individuals susceptible to diseases and conditions by leaving them in what is termed a germ-free state. In animal studies, “intestinal atonia frequently killed germ-free animals. Other investigations showed that germ-free animals have anatomic, physiologic, and immunologic features not shared with conventional animals. For example, in germ-free animals, the alimentary lamina propria is underdeveloped, little or no immunoglobulin is present in sera or secretions, intestinal motility is reduced, and the intestinal epithelial cell renewal rate is approximately one-half that of normal animals (4 rather than 2 days).” Put more simply, they alter the shape and growth of normal cells of the intestinal tract, reduce the presence of immune factors, and retard the cell’s ability to repair itself.
“…studies with antibiotic treated animals suggest that the flora protects individuals from pathogens. Investigators have used streptomycin to reduce the normal flora and have then infected animals with streptomycin-resistant Salmonella. Normally, about 106 organisms are needed to establish a gastrointestinal infection, but in streptomycin-treated animals whose flora is altered, fewer than 10 organisms were needed to cause infectious disease. Further studies suggested that fermentation products (acetic and butyric acids) produced by the normal flora inhibited Salmonella growth in the gastrointestinal tract. Figure 6-2 shows some of the factors that are important in the competition between the normal flora and bacterial pathogens.”
Antibiotics far more dangerous than previously thought
As a culture, we have come to believe that antibiotics serve a necessary and needed role. Unfortunately, that may not be the case as researchers continue to show that antibiotics are far more dangerous than previously thought.
A new study from Harvard researchers shows that antibiotics damage and alter human DNA, as well as proteins and fats in tissues. This type of effect classifies antibiotics as teratogens. “A teratogen is a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of an embryo fetus that may lead to birth defects or developmental malformations.”
Cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Researchers at Duke University found that exposure to antibiotics may also increase the risk of LBW. This in turn was associated with cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
Other researchers have linked the use of antibiotics to causing cancers of the skin, prostate, and breast. Sudden death is always a risk factor with antibiotics use that most people don’t realize, and doctor’s definitely never discuss with their patients.
Antibiotic-induced DNA changes can also cause lung disease, cardiovascular death, pancreatitis, as well as many other conditions. A single dose of antibiotics can strongly alter microbial profiles and predispose humans to diseases like C. difficile with 40-50% mortality rates. Antibiotic-induced and resistant C. difficile affects approximately 3 million people yearly in the U.S. alone. What most people don’t realize in all of these cases is that alterations and damage to the DNA are involved and this damage is taking place whether or not the disease immediately manifests itself.
Antibiotics expose everyone to increased levels of infection from pathogenic organisms that are resistant to all antibiotics.
Half of all antibiotic prescriptions unnecessary
Over 50% of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary with some estimates as high as 70-90% in children. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. “To be frank, there’s a very poor state of practice in terms of antimicrobial prescribing,” he said. The inappropriate use of antibiotics continues to be high (22-61%) in hospitals and clinics alike.
Tomorrow on the NaturalCures.com health blog: Dr McCombs explains how the gross misuse of antibiotics by medical doctors can create lifelong diseases in our children
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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