natural alternatives to aspirin

  1. Aspirin triples blindness risk

    Regular aspirin use linked to wet AMD

    The news on aspirin just keeps getting worse.

    Hot on the heels of a study I just told you about that finds -- again -- that regular aspirin use can lead to blindness, a second new study puts some numbers on that risk.

    And if you're taking aspirin yourself right now, you might want to sit down for this one.

    Yeah, it's that bad.

    The study of 2,400 Australians finds that regular aspirin use -- forget once a day, we're talking even once a week here -- can TRIPLE the risk of wet age-related macular degeneration.

    Wet AMD is the more serious of the two forms of the disease. It is more severe, more likely to lead to blindness, and -- more importantly -- it is incurable.

    It's also the rarer form of AMD, at least among people who don't take aspirin. In the new study, just 3.7 percent of those who used the drug only occasionally went on to develop it.

    But for people who took the drug once a week or more, that risk shot up. Nearly 10 percent of them became wet AMD patients, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    On the plus side, think of the bonanza for eye doctors here. Aspirin could be their own version of an economic stimulus program.

    Maybe they're the ones really funding all the "wonder drug" commercials and still trying to convince docs to recommend daily aspirin use to all their patients. But unless you're planning to spend some time with an ophthalmologist yourself, do yourself a favor and skip the aspirin.

    There isn't much reason to take it anyway.

    Supposedly, aspirin use can prevent the clots that lead to heart attack and stroke -- but in some patients, they can actually CAUSE those clots. And other studies have shown that any small benefit is more than offset by the risks, including the risk of severe internal bleeding, bleeding ulcers, and bleeding in the brain.

    Who needs it?

    If you want to protect the heart and thin your blood at the same time, stick to fish oil instead.

  2. Aspirin linked to vision loss

    Regular aspirin use ups the odds of wet AMD

    Forget blinding headaches -- today I want to warn you about blinding headache "relief," because a common painkiller can cause serious and even permanent vision loss.

    And it's a painkiller so widely used that millions take it each day not just for pain relief... but for supposed heart health.

    Can you believe that nonsense? It's aspirin, of course, and as I've told you dozens of times, it's not a very good choice for heart health OR pain relief. And in one new study of some 5,000 men and women, regular aspirin use increased the risk of the "wet" form of age-related macular degeneration.

    That's the more serious form of the condition -- the one most likely to make you go blind. It's less common than "dry" AMD, but it's not exactly uncommon, either. In fact, more than 1 million seniors are fighting the late stages of the disease right now in the United States alone.

    I have to wonder how many of them are going blind following their doctors' orders to take an aspirin every day -- because this isn't the first time the drug has been linked to blindness.

    Not long ago, a major study found that aspirin use DOUBLED the risk of vision loss due to wet AMD in seniors.

    What's nuts about this is that there's a much easier way to thin the blood and protect the heart without taking a drug -- and this method can actually PROTECT your vision and slash the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

    It's the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, which can decrease your risk of both the wet and dry forms of AMD by a third or more -- no surprise, since your retina is loaded with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, and needs to be topped off regularly to keep functioning normally.

    Ready to see the light? See a doctor -- a naturopathic doctor -- first, because suddenly stopping aspirin therapy can be almost as dangerous as staying on it.

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