Monday, April 20, 2009

A Cause of Breast Cancer

The possibility of antibiotics associated with breast cancer began in 1981, which caused a new study to be conducted. This study was performed in Seattle on 10,000 women. Women who had been on antibiotics over 25 times had twice the risk of developing breast cancer, and women who had been on antibiotics between 1 and 25 times had a 50% increase in risk. The study suggests the association is real.

Naturopathic medicine understands how antibiotics affect the body. Antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria occupying the intestinal tract and other areas of the body, which play an important role in our immune system. The healthy bacteria communicate with our immune system and let our bodies know what should be attacked, and what is helpful and friendly to our bodies. Because antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria, they remove a vital link of our immune protection.

Taking probiotics (healthy flora/bacteria) is a vital part of everyday prevention, and also when taking antibiotics. Taking probiotics helps to reestablish the healthy beneficial connection with our immune system. If you are having any sort of immune challenge, taking probiotics are a valuable part of your preventative health. Antibiotics also leave us open for local and systemic yeast infections which can cause a myriad of symptoms. I've seen studies where 1/3 of cancer patients had some kind of harmful levels of yeast in their body.

If you need to take antibiotics, then taking beneficial yeast, Sacchromyces boulardi, which helps to protect our normal healthy flora from being destroyed.

Naturopathic medicine teaches to first do no harm. My own choice with antibiotics is I will only take them if my life is being threatened and they are the only, best option. If you are not already taking some form of probiotics, I suggest you begin now. Naturopathic doctors have known for decades the healthy benefit of using "pro"-biotics instead of "anti"-biotics.

A lab test is available that can evaluate the state of your intestinal environment to discover the levels of healthy and bad bacteria in your body. The test also looks for yeast and parasites. Without our healthy bacteria at healthy levels, we are left open for pathogenic and/or opportunistic bacteria, yeast overgrowth, and parasites.

You can find the probiotic, Ther-Biotic Complete (The best probiotic I have found), available at


At 5:11 AM, Blogger smilinggreenmom said...

Oh wow...this is quite interesting! I knew probiotics were amazing and to be reminded that they are vital and the links they have with so many problems with health is amazing. I will certainly be starting our four-year-old has been on Vidazorb children's chewables for 8 months now and they have changed his life! Since he was a baby, he suffered from severe food allergies and Eczema and it was awful. There was no help for him and no doctor or specialist knew how to care for his condition. He was on potent meds including oral steroids that his body had to be carefully weaned from. With all of this behind us now...we are so grateful that our prayers were heard and that we gave him his Zorbee because he is a happy and healthy little boy now. That is all it took! Great article :) Caroline *mommy of two


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