Drug culture

Aspirin, a real pain…

This article only skims the surface of all the problems with Aspirin (NSAIDs group of meds) and how the biochemical action works–in short, using aspirin treats only the symptom rather than the cause, unless perchance, you have a severe aspirin deficiency problem. NSAIDs act as nonselective inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), inhibiting both the cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) isoenzymes. This is the same biochemical pathway that vitamin B3, B6, Folic acid, Omega 6 and Omega 3 take when being processed in your body . To explain it simply all those good foods and expensive fish oils you consume get stopped short and unused by your body if you take NSAIDs like aspirin.  If you read the whole article you will learn how Aspirin is linked to many nasty things such as gastrointestinal ulcers, stomach bleeding, and tinnitus (annoying ring in your ears) especially in higher doses. Plus, in children and adolescents, aspirin should no longer be used to control flu-like symptoms, the symptoms of chickenpox or other viral illnesses for that matter, due to the risk of Reye syndrome. Follow my blog and find ways to avoid aspirin through healthy living, aligning your skeletal muscular system properly, exercising, avoiding inflammatory foods like sugar, reducing stress, trying acupuncture, etc…Ok that was a shameless plug. Now you can read this enlightening article (even if it is from Fox News).

Study: Healthy people who take aspirin to prevent heart attacks could be doing themselves more harm than good, experts have warned.

The drug, which reduces the risk of blood clots, can be taken by patients who have already suffered a heart attack or are at risk of one.

Millions of others are also believed to take a daily dose as an “insurance policy” with the hope of guarding against heart trouble.

But the routine use of aspirin by healthy people to prevent heart problems “cannot be supported,” professors from the Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) said.

Their study found that the risk of cardiovascular problems had to be set against the increased risk of internal bleeding.

Professor Peter Weissberg, of the British Heart Foundation which partially funded the research, said: “We know that patients with symptoms of artery disease, such as angina, heart attack or stroke, can reduce their risk of further problems by taking a small dose of aspirin each day.

“The findings of this study agree with our current advice that people who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits.”

The study recruited 28,980 men and women aged between 50 and 75 who were free of clinically evident cardiovascular disease in central Scotland.

They were given either a daily dose of 100 milligrams of aspirin or a placebo.

Major bleeding requiring admission to hospital occurred in 34 (2 percent) subjects in the aspirin group and 20 (1.2 percent) of the placebo group.

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