Antibiotics can increase risk of colorectal cancer

Antibiotics busted in new cancer warning

If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that the overuse of antibiotics can cause a lot of health issues stemming from the gut.

And there aren’t a lot of health issues that DON’T originate (at least in some way) from the gut.

For everything from childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes… to yeast over-growth, superbug infections, and even memory loss… you can point to unnecessary antibiotics as a possible culprit.

I wasn’t surprised, then, to find out that a mainstream medical study has connected long-term antibiotic use to cancer.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed medical records of 121,000 women, collected as part of a now 40-year health study that began back in 1976.

They found, that when compared to those who never took antibiotics, the women who’d taken them for more than two weeks saw their risk of developing colorectal polyps increase by 51 percent.

And that’s not all. Those who used them for more than two months — which is frighteningly common — saw their risk increase by 69 percent.

And the LEADING cause of colorectal cancer? Those polyps.

That’s not to say there’s NO place for antibiotics in medicine. Antibiotics are necessary — SOMETIMES — but they won’t do a thing to “cure” you of any viral, fungal, or parasitic infection. They ONLY work on bacteria — and, unfortunately, they wipe out the good bacteria your gut needs along with the infection-causing “bad guys.”

If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic to you, make sure it’s absolutely necessary and that it’s for a bacterial infection. Stick with an antibiotic that’s been designed specifically for your type of infection and not one of the extra-strength “broad spectrum” ones.

And no matter how long you’re “recommended” to take it — seven days, 10 days, or longer — see if you can stop it early. Most prescriptions for antibiotics are for longer than you actually need to take them… just to be on the “safe side.”

Now, you can’t do anything about the antibiotics you took in your youth. You can’t literally turn back time — but you may not have to. The women in the study most at risk for colon polyps had taken long courses of antibiotics while they were in their 40s or 50s.

And the polyps developed while they were in their 60s.

Whether you consider yourself “middle aged” or “senior,” it’s not too late to work on improving your gut health.

It will give you the biggest “bang for your buck” in terms of your overall health!

By now, you probably already know to take probiotics with multiple strains of beneficial bacteria… and to make sure that the CFUs are in the billions.

If the store-bought kind aren’t enough, ask your doctor about a “medical food”-grade probiotic called VSL#3 — a gem in the probiotic world that’s up to 100 times MORE potent than the average probiotic (which is why you need a prescription for it).