Breast Cancer Linked to Antibiotic Use

As a chiropractor in Coral Gables, my job is to educate patients on the potential danger of prescription drugs. I have seen endless cases of individuals who take prescriptions to cover up the symptoms of a health problem, only to see them suffer needlessly from another health problem caused by the drugs.  Today, I’d like to focus on a study release by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) linking breast cancer to antibiotic use.

On February 18, 2004, JAMA released a study in which researchers pored over the medical records of thousands of American women and found that those who took the antibiotic drugs most often had twice the risk of disease.  The JAMA study concluded that:

“Use of antibiotics is associated with increased risk of incident and fatal breast cancer. It cannot be determined from this study whether antibiotic use is causally related to breast cancer, or whether indication for use, overall weakened immune function, or other factors are pertinent underlying exposures. Although further studies are needed, these findings reinforce the need for prudent long-term use of antibiotics.”

If you know of someone on antibiotics, talk to them about this and the possibility of other side effects.

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