Is there a Link Between Antihistamines and Cancer?

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Research published in Science News (1994;145:324) raises the question of whether the antihistamines we take for allergies can be linked to cancer. Studies in mice have shown that antihistamines promote the growth of malignant tumors. Scientists at the University of Manitoba believe that the consumption of various medications, including antihistamines and antidepressants, may increase the risk for cancer. In February, 1994, the Department of Health and Human Services noted an increase in the incidence of cancer in the United States. Scientists at the University of Manitoba believe that the consumption of various medications, including antihistamines and antidepressants, may increase the risk for cancer and may be part of the reason for the increase. They demonstrated that drugs like Elavil, Claritin, Hismanal, Atarax, Unisom, Prozac, NyQuil and Reactine, all created tumors in animal studies. Some antihistamines behave like the drug DPPE, which has been linked to enhancing tumor growth. They do this by binding to histamine receptors, which, in turn interferes with enzymes designed to detoxify and remove poisons from the body. This also interferes with the system that regulates cell growth. The drugs do not necessarily cause cancer, but can enhance the growth of cancer.

Allergy season is just right around the corner. Isn't time for you to take a different approach to your health? By definition of an allergen is an undigested protein and you need acid to digest your proteins. Body pH is something that has to be addressed first when individuals come in with food or environmental allergies. Before your allergies get bad this season come in and see how we can help you replace some of the antihistamines that tax your liver.

Dr. J