Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs are medicines with analgesic (pain reliever), antipyretic (something that reduces a fever), and in increased doses anti-inflammatory effects. Non-steroids means that they are not steroids. As analgesics, NSAIDs are normally non-narcotic (do not cause apathy or lethargy). The most well-known NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. This is because they are over the counter drugs therefore they don’t need prescriptions in order to be purchased. It was aspirin that was first discovered as a NSAID.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions that if you didn’t have an incidence of heart attack do not take an aspirin.
After several years of endorsing aspirin, the FDA now says that if you have not faced a heart problem, you should not take aspirin everyday even if heart disease runs in the family. This signifies a weighty parting from their prior recommendation of taking them in.
This declaration was brought about by Bayer's who asked for a change in its aspirin label to point out it can help prevent heart attacks in individuals who don’t have heart disorders. Aspirin produced $1.27 billion in sales for Bayer last year and as any other drug company, they want everyone to take their aspirin.
But the FDA says hold it right there. Provisions of using aspirin as a preventive measure went from strong to weak to missing. This is the reason why I've been opining against it for quite some time now. It seems that aspirin, even “low-dose aspirin” (LDA), may be more harmful than helpful.
Aspirin May Conceal a Cardiac Event in Progress
Approximately 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease each year, which comprises heart attacks and stroke. This is why heart health has all the spotlight and aspirin that has been believed to be safe and effective in prevention is also sharing the limelight.
According to Dr. John G. F. Cleland in his article, he concluded that instead of saving lives, aspirin appears to alter the way vascular events show themselves.
Non-fatal events may have been decreased, but the number of abrupt deaths is increased. This is because what majority of physicians don't recognize is that remarkably aspirin can disguise a cardiac occurrence in headway.
Aspirin Increases Your Risk of Bleeding
Aspirin not only unsuccessfully decreased the incidence of heart attacks and strokes, but its recorded adverse effects appear to grow in increasing number the more that it is studied. The major one among these is gastrointestinal bleeding, as aspirin hampers with your platelets—the blood cells that let your blood to clot.
Aspirin Destroys the Lining of Your Gastrointestinal Tract
Regular aspirin use also destroys the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, increasing your risk for duodenal ulcers, H. Pylori infection,16 Crohn's disease,17diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and intestinal perforations. More than 10 percent of patients taking low-dose aspirin develop gastric ulcers. The damage to your duodenum—the highest part of your intestine into which your stomach contents pass—can result in duodenal ulcers, which are prone to bleeding. Even low-dose aspirin is proven to cause problems.
Even MORE Bad News for Bayer
Each year, 15,000 people die and 100,000 people are hospitalized as the result of aspirin and other NSAIDs—and these are probably conservative estimates. But aspirin may be one of the oldest killer drugs! Strong historical evidence points to aspirin overdose as a major contributor to high death tolls during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Aspirin toxicity can result in hemorrhage and fluid buildup in your lungs, which can result in death.
An animal study in 2010 suggests that treating the flu with antipyretics (such as aspirin) may increase your risk of death. This study involved animals, but the results were compelling enough for the researchers to make an “urgent call” for human studies.22 Aspirin also depletes your body of important nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, potassium, sodium, and zinc,23 as well as impairing your melatonin production.24 And in addition to aspirin's growing list of bodily assaults, routine aspirin use has been associated with even broader health problems, such as:
- Increased risk of one type of breast cancer in women (ER/PR-negative)25
- Increased risk of kidney failure
- Cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness26
- Hearing loss27 and tinnitus28
- Erectile dysfunction: Aspirin and other NSAIDs have been linked to a 22 percent increase in your risk of erectile dysfunction (ED), according to Kaiser researchers who studied more than 80,000 men29
The Real Key to Protecting Your Heart Is Reducing Chronic Inflammation
Why risk taking aspirin when there are harmless and more efficient substitutes to aspirin? Around one in three deaths in the US are credited to cardiovascular disease—but 25 percent of those can be prevented.
The secret is to tackle chronic inflammation. This can be done by changing your lifestyle that includes diet, exercise, sun exposure, and naked skin contact with the earth.
Heart Health Tip #1: Adopt a TRULY Heart-Healthy Diet
My “heart-healthy diet” is much different from what government valves and most usual cardiologists endorse—because mine is truly based on science. The following table sums up my basic nutritional approvals, all of which will help subdue chronic inflammation.
Limit or eliminate all processed foods and genetically modified foods (GMOs) Eliminate all gluten and highly allergenic, pro-inflammatory foods Swap all trans fats (vegetable oils, margarine, etc.) for healthy fats like avocado, raw butter, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil Eat at least one-third of your food raw, or as much as you can manage Increase the amount of fresh vegetables in your diet Consume naturally fermented foods every day, which improves microbial diversity in your gut and helps keep chronic inflammation at a minimum Avoid artificial sweeteners of any kind Limit dietary sugar, especially processed fructose. Restrict your fructose to less than 25 grams per day, from all sources, including whole fruits. If you have insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease, you'd be well advised to keep your fructose below 15 grams per day Eat organic foods whenever possible to avoid exposure to harmful agricultural chemicals, such as glyphosate To rebalance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, take a high-quality omega-3 supplement, such as krill oil, and reduce your consumption of processed vegetable oils, which are high in poor-quality omega-6 fats and trans fats Drink plenty of clean, pure water
Heart-Health Tip #2: Avoiding Trans Fat Is ESSENTIAL
Aspirin hinders cyclooxygenase and thus constructively curbing inflammatory prostaglandins, which principally reduce platelet accumulation and therefore thinning the blood. However there are far more effective ways to favorably influence this pathway.
In only just had an interview with Dr. Kummerow. The interview describes that trans-fats inhibit the creation of prostacyclin that thins your blood. By assiduously avoiding all trans-fats, your body will favorably make prostacyclin and keep your blood thin so you shun heart attacks and strokes. Avoiding trans fats is vital for your cardiovascular health. This is a FAR more efficient approach than eating trans-fats and taking aspirin to thin your blood.
Heart Health Tip #3: Exercise and Change Your Eating Schedule
One of the primary benefits of exercise is that it helps optimize your insulin and leptin levels. Following the dietary guidelines above will move you closer to the mark, but adding exercise can bring you across the finish line. A sizable study published in The Lancet found that a mere 15 minutes of exercise per day can add three years to your life—even if you have cardiovascular disease risks.30
If your fasting insulin level is above three, seriously consider restricting your intake of grains and sugars until your insulin level is three or below (in terms of fructose, aim for a maximum of 15 grams per day). You might want to incorporate intermittent fastinginto your diet and exercise plan, which can accelerate your progress. Intermittent fasting increases insulin/leptin sensitivity and mitochondrial efficiency, reduces oxidative stress, boosts growth hormone production, and helps you shed excess body fat. This is important as insulin and leptin resistance are at the core of most all cardiovascular diseases.
Heart Health Tip #4: Improve Your Blood Viscosity by Grounding Yourself to the Earth
Earthing may actually be one of the best-kept secrets for preventing blood clots—it's an old practice gaining a new appreciation! In the simplest terms, Earthing (or grounding your body to the earth) is what occurs when you walk barefoot on bare soil, grass, sand, brick, etc. Free electrons are transferred from the earth into your body through your feet, and these electrons are some of the most potent antioxidants known to man.
One of the most important discoveries about Earthing is that it makes your blood less viscous, which has profound implications for your cardiovascular health because virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity. Earthing is so effective at achieving a blood thinning effect that anyone take prescription anticoagulants like Coumadin need to lower their dosage if they start to implement Earthing.
By applying the several approaches summarized above, you will be more productive than depending on drugs such as aspirin, which nearly always has side effects. Keep in mind that heart attacks are not instigated by a deficiency in aspirin as some would have you consider.
Please read the rest of the article at Mercola.com