Study confirms daily aspirin has more risks than benefits
Whatever happened to "First, do no harm"?
New numbers show the daily aspirin urged on everyone -- the so-called "wonder drug" that's supposed to prevent heart attacks -- actually hurts at least as many people as it theoretically helps.
Yet the makeup-wearing TV docs are STILL pushing this drug on everyone over the age of 40. I even saw one know-nothing on TV just the other day tell all men over 35 to start aspirin therapy!
Drug 'em all and pretend you don't know the risks -- but they're going to have a hard time pretending now, because a major new study confirms the drug's notorious bleeding risk.
I don't mean a little extra blood when you get a boo-boo. I'm talking about serious internal bleeding in the gut and even in the brain -- bleeds that can ruin your life, or maybe even end it.
In the study of some 372,000 people, the risk of gastrointestinal bleeds shot up by 55 percent in "aspirin therapy" patients with a low risk of heart disease -- leading to two serious bleeds in every 1,000 patients taking the drug.
Coincidentally, that's also the number of people "protected," with just two heart events prevented for every 1,000 people on aspirin therapy. And if those were the only numbers to come out of this, then aspirin loses.
After all, the drug caused at least as many problems as it prevented.
But those aren't the only numbers, because the study also found that aspirin increases the risk of brain bleeds by 54 percent.
The study didn't look at the other side effects, the supposedly more minor ones, but there's plenty of research on that already.
In addition to less serious but still troublesome bleeds, aspirin use has been linked to tinnitus, hearing loss, vision problems, sexual dysfunction and more -- and I believe it can actually cause the very blood clots it's supposed to prevent in some people.
That's why even high-risk patients should skip the aspirin and use fish oil instead. All the blood-thinning benefits, none of the risks -- and for more on how to slash your heart risk, keep an eye on your inbox next week. I've got a study on magnesium you just have to see.
For now, let's get back to painkillers and the latest on acetaminophen. And no, it's not good news for painkiller users.