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  1. FDA: No proof aspirin prevents heart attacks

    Getting to the heart of bogus aspirin claims

    I'm a man of routine, and I've been starting each day with the "three B's" for years.

    You know what I'm talking about. Bathe, brush the chompers, and relieve the bowels.

    But the moment they hit 50, lots of folks add a fourth B to the morning equation -- they pop a Bayer aspirin.

    And it's giving me one heck of a headache.

    For years the medical mainstream has been pushing nonsense about how aspirin can wipe away heart attacks one tiny pill at a time. The only problem is it's a mighty tall tale right up there with Pecos Bill lassoing tornadoes or Paul Bunyan digging Lake Michigan with his trusty axe.

    But if you've been swallowing this medical myth for years, even Uncle Sam -- the same guy who never met a drug he wouldn't ask you to swallow -- says it's time to stop.

    It's a chilly day in hell and that wasn't a 747 that just flew over your home -- it WAS a pig with wings. Because the FDA has just REJECTED an effort by Bayer to start claiming aspirin is a "primary" tool for preventing heart attacks and strokes.

    And the reason was so simple, even the feds could explain it -- there's just NO evidence.

    The FDA poured through years of studies -- and so have I -- and there isn't a shred of proof that aspirin can prevent heart attacks for folks who have never had one. But there's PLENTY of proof that aspirin can cause internal bleeding and even INCREASE your risk of heart disease!

    Friend, I didn't even know the feds owned a "REJECT" stamp. But apparently they do because they dug it out and dusted it off for this -- and you need to pay attention. Before you waste another dollar on aspirin therapy, start demanding something you'll never see on a Bayer bottle or one of their slick television commercials.

    Proof it works.

  2. The worst type of birth control

    Dangerous pills OK'd by FDA panel

    The way the feds are glossing over serious problems with newer birth control drugs, you'd think Priority #1 at the FDA is making sure Americans don't have babies (which isn't as far from the truth as you might believe).

    First, an FDA panel voted to keep a dangerous birth control pill on the market despite the fact that it can TRIPLE the risk of the blood clots that can cause heart attacks and stroke -- as long as that risk is mentioned in the warning info that no one reads anyway.

    The drug is drospirenone, already on the market under names like Yaz and Yasmin, and this isn't the first time it's been let off the hook despite big-time problems.

    Bayer was accused of crucial safety data on the drug... caught again sending bad batches of the med to pharmacies... and caught a third time marketing it for everything from acne to PMS, despite the fact that it was approved for none of the above.

    High risks... bad meds... marketing lies. Sounds like "three strikes and you're out" to me -- but to the feds, those are just minor distractions.

    Believe it or not, that wasn't this panel's only act -- they also came out for one heck of an encore, voting to keep the Ortho Evra birth control patch on the market despite studies showing it could double the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs.

    The panel says it's a risks-vs-benefits thing, and in this case the "benefit" of a patch you can wear for a week instead of a pill you have to swallow every day outweighs those deadly risks.

    Give me a break! Convenience isn't a "benefit" -- it's a sales pitch. But as far as the FDA's concerned, there's no difference between the two.

    Ladies, I won't get into the dos-and-don'ts of birth control -- it's more of a political issue than a medical one these days. But I will say this: Birth control pills of any kind are powerful hormone drugs -- and they're a lot more dangerous than most of you realize.

  3. Pain in the aspirin

    Like variety? Then you'll love aspirin -- because there are so many ways it can send you to the ER or even kill you.

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