hemorrhagic stroke

  1. Vitamin C cuts risk of deadliest stroke

    The steak and peppers cure for deadly stroke

    I may have come into this world needing someone to shovel peas and mush into my mouth, but I'll be damned if I'm going out that way. Let's face it -- we all know someone who was chipping away on the golf course one second, and a drooling, wheelchair-bound mess the next.

    And it was all thanks to a sudden, crippling stroke.

    I take my independence seriously, and I bet you do, too. That's why I'm protecting my brain and slashing my stroke risk the best way I know how -- by chowing down on a delicious T-bone steak smothered in butter and peppers every chance I get.

    That steady supply of fat keeps my brain humming and my waistline trim, while the fresh peppers are positively loaded with one of the greatest natural stroke fighters you'll find on planet Earth.

    A new French study has just concluded that vitamin C, which you'll find in foods like peppers, broccoli, and citrus fruits, could slash your risk of suffering the deadliest form of stroke. Researchers found 65 unfortunate souls who had suffered from hemorrhagic stroke, a potentially deadly brain bleed, and compared them to healthy subjects. Almost without exception, stroke sufferers were low on vitamin C.

    And that's no surprise to me. Vitamin C is essential for maintaining healthy blood vessels.

    So the next time some health nut tries to drag you onto a treadmill or force a kale smoothie down your throat in the name of preventing a stroke, do yourself a favor and grill up a steak sandwich with all the trimmings instead. It might make his brain explode, but it will do a bang-up job protecting yours.

  2. More aspirin insanity

    New study pushes aspirin for all

    Let's get real here: No matter what you've heard, there's no sane reason to take an aspirin every day -- and the latest headlines don't change that.

    Researchers are giddy over a new study that shows aspirin might reduce cancer deaths. They've even pronounced it a "miracle drug" and "the most amazing drug in the world," which ties in quite nicely with Bayer's "wonder drug" ad campaign.

    Miracles and wonders? Get real. That's not medicine -- that's sideshow hucksterism if I've ever heard it.

    And the "most amazing" part of this isn't that aspirin can lower cancer risk -- it's that all this excitement is over an analysis of studies that weren't even designed to measure cancer risk.

    Nope!

    But let's play along here for a moment: In an analysis of eight trials designed to measure the effects of aspirin on cardiovascular risk (see?), researchers found that patients who popped the pills every day had a 21 percent lower risk of cancer.

    And the longer they swallowed those pills, the lower the risk. Five years of aspirin therapy appeared to lower the risk of cancer death by a third. It even seemed to lower the risk of cancers of the digestive tract by 54 percent, according to the study in The Lancet.

    The docs aren't sure WHY aspirin seems to protect against cancer -- but, oh heck, let's throw out words like "miracle" and "amazing" and urge people to take it every single day anyway.

    Why get hung up in the details, or worry about the side effects -- from severe bleeding to hemorrhagic stroke -- that send thousands of aspirin users to the hospital each year?

    When pressed, the researchers say they THINK aspirin's powers might come from its anti-inflammatory properties...but they're not too interested in exploring that one further, and here's why: You can reduce the inflammation that causes disease, right now, without drugs.

    My Great Grandma Bell -- Dr. Lucy Bell to the rest of the world -- was on to the secret generations ago when she recommended four spoons of cod liver oil a day.

    Now, it's more commonly sold as fish oil capsules, which I guess sounds a little more pleasant than cod liver oil. They're also a lot easier to swallow than Great Grandma Bell's dreaded spoons-o-fish -- and modern research confirms that these essential fatty acids are among the most powerful anti-inflammatories in nature.

    And, yes -- miracles and wonders! -- studies have linked fish oil to lower cancer risk.

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