Yes, Throw Out Your Baby Aspirin and Drink the Water Instead!
But doesn’t taking an aspirin a day protect you from heart disease and death? You decide after reading the following.
After many decades of promoting aspirin, even the FDA now says that if you have not experienced a heart problem, you should not be taking a daily aspirin—even if you have a family history of heart disease. This represents a significant departure from the FDA’s prior position on aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks.
Evidence in support of using aspirin to prevent heart disease has gone from weak to weaker to nonexistent. Even “low-dose-baby-aspirins,” may do far more harm than good.
In fact, it is debatable whether or not aspirin has ANY protective benefits against cardiovascular disease, even if you have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Recent scientific studies have uncovered a number of serious side effects, suggesting that whatever aspirin may offer may be overshadowed by its risks, especially when safer natural alternatives exist.
|Study||Significant Cardiovascular Findings|
|American Heart Journal 2004||Patients receiving aspirin treatment showed the worst cardiac outcomes, especially heart failure.|
|New England Journal of Medicine 2005||A 10 year study at Harvard involving nearly 40,000 women found no fewer heart attacks or cardio-vascular deaths receiving aspirin therapy|
|British Medical Journal 2009||Aspirin therapy for diabetics produced no benefit in preventing cardiovascular events|
|Pharmacoepidemiological Drug Safety 2009||Individuals with diabetes found no clear benefit from aspirin, but did note an increase of serious bleeding|
|Journal of the American Medical Association 2010||Scottish study found that aspirin did NOT help prevent heart attacks or strokes in healthy, asymptomatic individuals with a high risk of heart disease|
|Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2010||Patients taking aspirin showed a higher risk for recurrent heart attack and associated heart problems|
|Expert Opinions in Pharmacotherapy 2010||British meta-analysis of 7374 diabetics concluded that aspirin does not lower heart attack risk|
According to a recent publication by Lancet, 0% (yes, zero percent) of individuals taking an aspirin a day avoided death. You’re kidding me? More importantly less than 0.06% were shown to have prevented a heart attack and only 0.01% prevented a non-fatal stroke, but 99.4% of the study participants saw no benefit at all—let me repeat—99.4% had no benefit!!
However, the downside is not so pleasant. The research indicated that 0.03% were injured because they experienced a major bleeding event.
Also, people without a history of heart disease who took an aspirin a day increased their risk of developing heart disease by 60%. And those with a history of heart disease had a 10-fold increase in the risk of congestive heart failure. And if that’s not enough to stop you from taking an aspirin a day, it increases your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 86%!!
Likewise, the risk of developing breast cancer is increased by 50% in those taking an aspirin a day. Finally, according to one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), an aspirin a day increases the risk for a hemorrhagic stroke by 84%!
Studies also show that Aspirin is a dismal failure at preventing heart attacks.
- Aspirin increases your risk of bleeding significantly.
- Aspirin destroys the lining of your gastrointestinal tract.
- MORE bad news for Bayer: each year, 15,000 people die and over 100,000 are hospitalized from aspirin and other NSAIDs.
In addition, routine aspirin use has been associated with:
- Increased risk of one type of breast cancer in women,
- Increased risk of kidney failure,
- Cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness,
- Hearing loss and tinnitus,
- Erectile dysfunction.
Protect Your Heart–Adopt a TRULY Heart Healthy Diet:
- STOP eating all gluten and pro-inflammatory foods,
- Do not eat trans fats (vegetable oils, margarine, etc.),
opt for healthy fats–avocado, raw butter, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil,
- Eat some of your food raw (salads),
- Make fresh vegetables your foundation to a healthy diet,
- Consume naturally fermented foods or take a strong probiotic,
- Stop using artificial sweeteners other than a little Xylitol or Stevia,
- Keep sugar intake to a minimum, especially processed fructose,
- Eat organic whenever possible,
- Take a high-quality omega-3 supplement, and
- Drink PLENTY of clean water!
In this interview Dr. Kummerow (100+ years old!!) explains that trans-fats prevent the formation of prostacyclin that thins your blood. By diligently avoiding all trans-fats, your body will happily make prostacyclin and keep your blood thin so you avoid heart attacks and strokes. Avoiding trans fats is imperative for your cardiovascular health. This is a FAR better and effective strategy than eating trans-fats and then taking aspirin to thin your blood.
References to the above data:
Antithrombotic Trialists’ (ATT) Collaboration; Baigent, C; Blackwell, L; Collins, R; Emberson J; Godwin, J; Peto, R; Buring, J; Hennekens, C; Kearney, P; Meade T; Patrono, C; Roncaglioni, MC; Zacnchetti, A. Aspirin in the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Vascular Disease: Collaborative Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data from Randomized Trials. Lancet [Internet], 2009 May 30 [cited 2015 February 23]; 373( 9678): 1849-60. Available from: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/ 19482214
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West, Dee; Wright, William E; Ziogas, Argyrios; Ross, Ronald K. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use and Breast Cancer Risk by Stage and Hormone Receptor Status. Journal of the National Cancer Institute [Internet]. 2005 May 5 [cited 2105 February 230; 97( 11): 805-12. Available from: http:// jnci.oxfordjournals.org/ content/ 97/ 11/ 805.
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