An aspirin a day? NO WAY!
Turn on the tube at any given time, and you’re bound to come across some “expert” urging everyone over the age of 50, 40, or even 35 to take a daily aspirin.
Sometimes it’s an actual aspirin commercial——but most of the time, it’s a know-nothing TV doc dishing out a daily dose of bad advice to an audience of housewives and shut-ins. (You tell me who else is watching those shows.)
What these aspirin-hawking talking heads won’t talk about is the science——because there’s not a serious study in the world that backs the widespread use of daily aspirin, and plenty to prove it’s for suckers.
One new study out of Europe on 372,000 people finds that “aspirin therapy” hurt just as many people as it supposedly helped. For every 1,000 low-risk patients given the drug, there are just two heart events prevented——but two serious bleeds caused by the drug, including gastrointestinal bleeds and potentially fatal brain bleeds. [Think car accident]
Believe it or not, that’s actually about as “pro aspirin” as the research gets——because other studies have found MORE risk and LESS benefit.
Earlier this year, a major six-year study of 100,000 people with no history of heart disease, given either aspirin or a placebo, found that the drug prevented one heart attack for every 162 patients over that time. (How do they know that?)
The drug actually CAUSED 2.5 serious bleeds for every 162 patients——including those potentially fatal bleeds in the back of the brain. (Now that is actually something to count.)
A 2009 study of 3,350 men and women given either 100mg of aspirin a day or a placebo found no difference in the number heart attacks (fatal and non-fatal), strokes, angina or revascularization surgery over eight years——but DOUBLE the risk of hospitalization for bleeding problems in those given aspirin. And another study that same year found only the slightest reduction in risk——a reduction so small it was more than offset by those bleeding risks.
Other studies have shown that aspirin can actually cause the very clots they’re supposed to prevent, especially in people with “high” cholesterol (and by “high” I mean perfectly normal and safe cholesterol levels that are considered high by mainstream doctors——undoubtedly the same know-nothings who push aspirin therapy, not to mention statins…but I digress).
If you’re on aspirin, you’re probably thinking it’s time to quit. You’re right——but don’t quit yet, because aspirin can actually CAUSE heart attacks when you STOP taking it.
It’s either a terrible side effect, or brilliant marketing——it’s like they’re forcing you to stay on the drug by pointing a loaded gun at your heart.
You can still quit. Just make sure you do it under a doctor’s supervision. Then, once you’re off the Aspirin Express (or if you wisely never climbed aboard in the first place), try my…
THREE ALL-NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR HEART PROTECTION
1) Fish Oil: My great grandmother, Dr. Lucy Bell, was a big believer in cod liver oil for heart health. She was about a century or so ahead of her time (and not just on that). Cod liver oil is still available, but most people these days prefer fish oil capsules. Whichever form you choose, the fatty acids inside can thin the blood without increasing the risk of serious bleeding problems. And along with protecting the heart, they can protect the brain from dementia and depression, improve vision, boost the immune system, and slash levels of inflammation. I suggest four cod liver oil capsules a day. Or you can take fish oil.
2) Curry: The spices that give curry its flavor——cumin, turmeric, and paprika——contain their own natural forms of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. A 2006 study found that a single plate of the dish vindaloo contained more salicylic acid than a low-dose aspirin. Indian food comes with no bleeding risk, however vindaloo could cause you to breath fire. If you can’t take the heat, try the next-best thing: a curcumin supplement.
3) Beer: That’s right——beer! The darker, the better, because a 2003 study found that the hundreds of flavonoids in dark beers such as Guinness can prevent clots. The study even found that the anti-platelet activity in dark beer actually rivals that of aspirin. The researchers say maximum protection is achieved at a blood alcohol level of 0.06, or roughly two beers. In addition, alcohol itself is a fantastic blood thinner——and we know that moderate drinking is great for overall cardiovascular health.
Both fish oil and turmeric can help fight pain. I haven’t seen any studies on beer and pain relief, but I imagine it’s at least as good as aspirin. Who doesn’t feel immediately better after a cold one? One caveat——if you have gout, skip the beer.
PS: Want more? You got it! Next month, I’ll have the best ways to protect your heart yet: Three all-natural and time-tested miracles now proven by cutting-edge research to prevent death by heart disease.