One of the biggest mysteries in cancer may have just been solved. And I have to warn you you’re probably not going to like learning the answer, my friend.
It turns out if you’ve ever taken an antibiotic (and who hasn’t?), then you could potentially be at a higher risk for an especially deadly form of this disease.
In fact, the more you’ve taken these drugs over the years, the more your colon cancer risk appears to climb.
But today, I’m going to help you fight back. Because I’ve got the inside scoop on WHY colon cancer is on the rise. I’ll reveal the truth about what mainstream medicine has been hiding.
And I’ve got something else for you too. A plan for BEATING colon cancer.
Could an antibiotic be behind the surge in colon cancer?
New research has uncovered what could be one of the biggest scandals in modern medicine. Because, let’s face it, who HASN’T taken an antibiotic?
Antibiotics can be life-saving drugs, after all. But the truth is, many folks haven’t just taken one from time to time. They’ve used antibiotics often because they were told they needed them.
I’ve written to you about the dangers of overprescribing these drugs many times before. Far too many doctors are into the habit of dashing off an antibiotic prescription whether folks really need them or not.
(Did you know that close to 45 percent of drug prescriptions examined in a recent analysis had NO medical basis?)
Now, the new study shows how some patients are paying the price. They’re locked in a life-or-death battle with colorectal cancer, and all signs point to antibiotics being involved.
Colon cancer cases have been increasing in recent years, even as deaths from other cancers plunge. Even younger folks are developing this disease. For example, the actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in those superhero flicks, died of colorectal cancer just last year at 43.
But colon cancer is still largely an older person’s disease. Most folks who are diagnosed are in their 60s and 70s.
The new study finds that taking antibiotics appears to increase the risk of colorectal cancers across ALL age groups. But the drugs seem to put younger people at the greatest risk.
In folks under the age of 50, antibiotic use appears to increase the odds of developing colon cancer by a staggering 50 percent. But older folks aren’t immune to this threat. After the age of 50, the drugs still could increase your risk of these cancers by a disturbing 9 percent.
3 steps to slash your colorectal cancer risk
The study doesn’t explain why colon cancer risk spikes after taking an antibiotic. But it’s almost certainly because of what happens to your gut microbes when you take the drugs.
It’s not just the bad bugs that are causing your infection that die. Many of your best and most helpful bacteria are slain too. And in some cases, some of the not-so-good gut bugs thrive, including the strains linked to cancer.
Taking these three steps could reduce your own colon cancer risk…
Only take an antibiotic when you absolutely need one. If a doc offers you the drugs, ask him if it’s a “just in case” thing or if he knows for sure if you need them. You’d be surprised at how often it’s the former.
And for ongoing antibiotic prescriptions for conditions such as recurring UTIs, work with a naturopathic doctor. In many cases, cranberry extract or other natural antibiotic alternatives may be all you need.
Take a daily probiotic supplement. This can help restore the balance of bacteria in your gut and colon from past antibiotic use. Plus, a probiotic can help build a barrier against other threats such as trace levels of the drugs found in food, water, and other sources.
And if you’re on (or have recently been on) antibiotics, you might want to consider doubling up on your probiotic dose for a while. Ask your doctor what dosing and timing are right for you.
Eat plenty of fiber. It isn’t just crucial for good digestion but also the overall health of your digestive tract, including your colon. One study found every 10 grams of fiber in the diet cuts the risk of colorectal cancer by 10 percent.
Just be sure to get most of that fiber from whole fruits and veggies rather than over-processed grains.