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Aspirin

Posted: November 16, 2011
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

Aspirin

You can buy a bottle of aspirin in any drug store or supermarket.  Turn on the television and you can see ads touting the benefits of this “wonder drug” for everything from headache relief to preventing heart attacks.  In fact, people in the U.S. have been so brainwashed into believing that aspirin can cure anything that we regularly consume 80 million aspirins per day!!!  Are you contributing to this number?  If you are, you need to get the facts straight before you pop another tablet.

Aspirin, like any drug, has side effects.  10,000 people die every year due to NSAID’s (aspirin, Tylenol, Advil).  One of the main problems with aspirin is it causes thinning of the blood.  This nearly always causes a loss of blood through the stomach and intestinal linings.  Additionally, Reye’s syndrome (swelling of the brain), first identified in the 1960’s, is linked to aspirin use in children.  According to the Merck Manual, a standard reference in health care, “the use of aspirin in children under 18 is considered dangerous because of its predisposition to development of Reye’s syndrome.”

Bayer Pharmaceuticals would have you believe that taking an aspirin a day will prevent heart attacks.  This is not the whole story.  Their research did not conclusively prove that this is true.  The claim was based on a study showing a marginal benefit for men, aged 55 to 65, who had a history of heart attack.  This was a small study on a specific group of people.  However, because of some clever marketing, mass numbers of Americans foolishly take aspirin every day in the hopes of preventing a heart attack.  Of course, Bayer is now enjoying an tremendous increase in profits.  In December 1998, The Washington Postpublished an article outlining the dangers of taking aspirin.  The article noted that the FDA is concerned because of the increase in hemorrhagic stroke in people taking aspirin.  This type of stroke accounts for 25% of all strokes.  While the aspirin thins the blood and can prevent clotting, it also can cause uncontrollable bleeding in the brain and elsewhere.

There is no magic pill, potion, or lotion that can guarantee your health.  We all have to take responsibility for our bodies and do what we can to ensure a long, healthy, happy life.  Nature did not intend for us to have to take drugs to stay healthy and vibrant.  Get adjusted, eat well, exercise, and obey the natural laws of health and your body will reward you for it!

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