(NaturalHealth365) The role of antibiotics has dramatically changed over the years. Once considered a “magic bullet”, antibiotics are now over-prescribed and ineffective (at best) as a treatment option. In fact, antibiotic (or anti-life) drugs have been linked to the onset of allergies, cancer and many other inflammatory conditions.
Conventionally speaking, antibiotics are promoted as beneficial because they kill bacteria which supposedly threaten our health. But now, they are rapidly earning a place in the hall of medical shame. They are responsible for the destruction of friendly bacteria such as bifidobacteria in the large intestine, and acidophilus in the small intestines and vagina which offer protection against yeast and fungal infections.
The underlying causes of dis-ease in your gut
Antibiotic usage promotes yeast overgrowth (Candida) and a loss of nutrients by disrupting the population of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which influence the availability of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin A, folic acid, zinc and magnesium. When your gut is out of balance – allergies are common place and immune function is suppressed.
A recent study in mice showed that intestinal bacteria can trigger mammary carcinoma. Increased estrogen exposure is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer. Intestinal bacteria affect bile acid metabolism, sequestering of bile acids by probiotic bacteria helps with the effective removal of estrogen. Optimal bacteria reduce the possibility of re-absorption of estrogens by facilitating bile excretion.
Studies have found that women who took antibiotics for more than 500 days or had 25 plus prescriptions over an average period of 17 years has twice the risk of breast cancer as women who had taken no antibiotics. Also, even women who had between 1 and 25 prescriptions over an average period of 17 years were 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those women who didn’t take any antibiotics. The authors of the study found the risk across all classes of antibiotics.
Another study suggests that deregulated host immune responses by altered bacteria population can influence the development of intestinal cancers. This highlights the need to promote intestinal homeostasis. If you want a healthy gut – find an alternative to antibiotic usage with the help of a trained naturopathic physician.
Shop smart to protect your health
Americans are exposed 70 times a day to toxic chemicals poisons in the food they eat. The FDA notes that there are over 50 different known poisons and toxins in the products that fill the average American grocery cart.
There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Powerful health strategies start by what you put into your body and what you avoid eating. Unwanted antibiotic consumption can be found in commercial beef, dairy, farm raised fish, poultry, water and antibacterial agents. If you want to avoid chronic disease – do NOT purchase factory-farmed foods.
Antibacterial agents used to disinfect countertops and other surfaces can cause serious health problems. Commercial soaps, detergents, personal care items and household cleaning products are extremely toxic. You can avoid these poisons by purchasing all-natural products from reliable sources in your local health food store.
The aggressive marketing of antibiotics has been profitable – but has it really helped us live healthier lives? The use of antibiotics is based on the false assumption that germs make us sick. The truth is a weak immune system is the greatest threat to human health.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, prescription drugs kill 106,000 people per year. This is without taking in to account the long term problems brought on by antibiotics.
To protect yourself start doing what will create powerful health so you can avoid a medically-dominated lifestyle. Strengthen your immune system by eating a plant-based diet, stay hydrated, exercise and enjoy life – starting right now!
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.