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Common Medication Found To Cause Kidney Stones
Beth Ley Knotts, Ph.D.

The overall prevalence of kidney stones has risen by 70% in the past 30 years! Many of these cases are caused by a poor diet, drinking soda, and other environmental factors. But a new study says a very common medication could be the main cause.
The study comes out of the United Kingdom, where researchers looked at almost 300,000 patients. The team analyzed the health records of 26,000 patients who had suffered through kidney stones. And then they compared them to 260,000 control subjects.

Here's what they found:
They discovered that 5 classes of oral antibiotics were causing many of the cases of kidney stones. The 5 classes were oral sulfas, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, nitrofurantoin, and broad-spectrum penicillins. The sulfa drugs made these patients more than twice as likely to have kidney stones as those who were not exposed to antibiotics. And for the broad-spectrum penicillins, the increased risk was 27% higher.

AND, the risk remains high for several YEARS after taking the antibiotics. So the effect doesn't go away as soon as you stop taking the drugs.

The largest risk for antibiotic-caused kidney stones is in children and adolescents - a demographic that doesn't usually get kidney stones. The reason is because children take a lot more antibiotics than adults do.

How antibiotics cause kidney stones? It has to do with the bacteria in your gut. Antibiotics kill off bacteria - both good and bad. This upsets the microbiome balance in your gut. When this results in digestive problems. And these digestive problems affect the rest of the body. We've known for some time that disruptions in the intestinal and urinary microbiome can cause kidney stones.

Conventional medicine says doctors prescribe 30% more antibiotics than they need to. I suspect it's much higher. Antibiotics should be a treatment of last resort for infections. There are so many other healthy ways to beat dangerous bacteria. These include herbs such as olive leaf extract or oil of oregano, colostrum, IV vitamin C, ozone, garlic, etc. You can avoid most infections simply by boosting your immune system with vitamin D, vitamin C, medicinal mushrooms, iodine, and other herbs and nutrients.

And... very importantly, probiotics. If you do need to take probiotics to treat an infection, be sure to take high doses of a probiotic product with multiple (at least 10) strains for at least 3 weeks before reducing the dose back to your regular maintenance dose.