aspirin

  1. Daily aspirin too risky to be worth its benefit

    The battle against daily aspirin is one worth fighting

    By now, you know how to pick your battles.

    At some point as we get older, we realize that not everything is worth fighting about. Sometimes, you've got to just bite the bullet.

    And that means if you're tired of getting lectured every time you go to the doctor, you might find yourself finally caving in and doing what you're told.

    Avoiding a little conflict is usually not a bad thing -- but when it comes to the decision of whether or not to take a daily aspirin as a preventative measure, it's time to stand up for yourself and not get steamrolled.

    Because whatever meager benefit you might get from that aspirin... however long it might extend your life... won't be worth the misery it can cause in the meantime.

    Over the last few months, I've seen headlines like "Not enough Americans over 50 taking daily aspirin" or "Study shows aspirin extends life" splashed all over the news.

    But what you need to know is that the study that gave rise to these headlines showed that daily aspirin extends older folks' life expectancy, on average, BY ONLY FOUR MONTHS.

    Talk about getting the short end of the stick!

    Because for those extra few months, you significantly increase your risk of a dangerous bleed in your stomach or your brain.

    Sure, taking a blood thinning med like aspirin every day could reduce your risk of the type of stroke that's caused by blood clot... but all the while, it's INCREASING your risk of the type of stroke caused by brain bleeding.

    Why sacrifice one body part for another?

    Even if aspirin truly did protect your heart from heart disease -- and help you live longer -- what else is it ravaging? And how miserable will you be in that extra time?

    The researchers behind the study say that by 2036, an estimated 900,000 more Americans would be alive thanks to everyone age 51 or older taking aspirin. But if you ask me, they're just playing a numbers game. There's no real way to project a future statistic like that.

    But what IS reliable science is what has already happened in studies that are conducted in the "gold standard" of double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized human trials.

    And you know what HAS passed that test for heart disease and even chronic heart failure -- without the risk of bleeding?

    It's something I shared with you just this morning: omega-3 fatty acids.

    So, don't let your doctor prescribe a one-size-fits-all treatment to you, even if it's purely preventative, just because you've hit a certain age. Every patient is different, and I can't think of one thing that I would tell every single person age 51 and up to do.

    Except, maybe, eat more fatty fish full of EPA and DHA like wild-caught salmon.

    Sources:
    The Long-Term Benefits of Increased Aspirin Use by At-Risk Americans Aged 50 and Older
    (journals.plos.org)

    An aspirin a day extends life, prevents heart attacks for certain older Americans, USC study finds
    (news.usc.edu)

  2. Daily aspirin not all its cracked up to be

    Aspirin may sacrifice your stomach to save your colon

    Here we go again.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force just won’t let up until they get you and every other adult in America to take aspirin every single day for the rest of your lives.

    First, the drug makers got into cahoots with the feds to recommend a daily aspirin as a means to prevent heart attacks.

    They want you to take a daily aspirin for years just to shave a few points off your colorectal cancer risk.

    Sure, studies have found a loose association between taking aspirin and decreased colon cancer risk. But what these misleading and dangerous recommendations fail to mention is that taking all that aspirin might actually do significant damage to your body, including making your stomach bleed.

    I’ve been telling my patients that the increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke far outweigh the benefits of this daily regimen – and last year, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finally agreed with me.

    Americans ALREADY consume over 15 billion aspirin tablets annually – and many of them may be sensitive or even allergic to aspirin without even knowing it.

    And that means your daily aspirin could be too much for you…or that you shouldn’t be taking it at all!

    Even the latest recommendations state that you should only take a daily preventative aspirin if you have at least a 10 percent risk of CVD and if you DON’T have an increased risk for bleeding.

    But how would you even know if you are at risk for bleeding? And how many mainstream docs out there don’t even ask?

    It’s really amazing, because most docs wouldn’t prescribe other meds without first putting you in a blood pressure cuff…doing bloodwork…running a urine analysis…

    So why is everybody so eager to pull the trigger on aspirin, when it is most definitely NOT a cure-all pill – not for every medical condition, and not for every patient.

    And bring this up to your doctor when you’re talking about your risk for cardiovascular disease and colon cancer, because low-dose doesn’t necessarily mean low-risk.

    If your doc is still pressuring you to jump on the aspirin bandwagon – or, if you find yourself already on it – ask him how to take a test to figure out if you’re that one out of every four people who’s more at risk for adverse affects.

    And yes, there actually is a test that doctors like me have been using for years to make smart aspirin recommendations to our patients! It’s called AspirinWorks, and you can read all about it in the February 2016 edition of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter.

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  3. Test shows who shouldn’t be getting aspirin therapy

    The AspirinWorks test helps keep people off aspirin who won’t benefit.
  4. FDA: No proof aspirin prevents heart attacks

    Uncle Sam refuses new Bayer labels claiming aspirin prevents heart attacks, citing a lack of evidence.
  5. Is Big Pharma blocking a cancer cure?

    Shocking new reports prove Big Pharma is focusing on expensive, designer drugs and refusing to fund affordable cancer cures.
  6. Omega-3s protect the heart

    The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can protect the heart, especially in patients suffering from metabolic syndrome, according to new research.
  7. Daily aspirin hurts more than it helps

    Aspirin's called a "wonder drug." But new research shows daily aspirin is twice as likely to hurt you as it is to help.
  8. Four-in-one drug is quadruple the trouble

    People who take the four-in-one 'polypill' drug are better at taking their meds... but they don't get better results.
  9. Aspirin triples blindness risk

    Taking aspirin regularly can triple your risk of a debilitating and blinding eye disease, according to new research.
  10. Aspirin linked to vision loss

    Seniors who use aspirin regularly face a higher risk of the most dangerous form of age-related macular degeneration.

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