An aspirin promotion group called the Aspirin Foundation boasts that the
chemical "probably has been taken, at one time or another, by
almost every human being on earth." Wishful thinking, no doubt,
but pill-happy Americans scarf down 25 million aspirin tablets a
day. The British take it in a powder, the Italians take an
effervescent, champagne-like mix, the French take it rectally,
and the Thailanders put it in their morning and evening tea.
Chemical companies produce 90 billion aspirin tablets a year. If
all those tablets were placed end to end they would stretch to
the planet Infinity and back. Did you ever think that you would
see the day when Americans by the millions would be popping
aspirin for their health.
Do all these people really have an aspirin deficiency?
Did God forget to put aspirin in our food? Will an aspirin a day
keep the doctor away? You'd probably say "No" to all of the above
because it doesn't make any sense to take a chemical as if it
were a vitamin. But it took the British to figure out how the
aspirin industry and the AMA pulled off such a scam.
The Real Hero: Magnesium
The much-promoted Physician's Health Study proving that taking
aspirin regularly will prevent heart attacks didn't use just
aspirin but aspirin plus magnesium in the form of Bufferin.
Research done years ago proved that magnesium protects the
heart. It dilates blood vessels, aids in absorption of potassium
into cells (which will prevent heartbeat irregularities), acts
as an anticoagulant (blood thinner) and keeps the blood cells
from sticking together (thrombosis). Autopsy of the heart muscle
following death by heart attack almost always reveals that the
heart muscle is deficient in magnesium.
Well-informed physicians, who have read the research
and have all patients on magnesium, just don't see heart attacks
in patients who stick with it. Sadly the uninformed doctors (and
their patients) have been conned again by the group that has
been leading them around by the nose for 75 years the
pharmaceutical industry. A British study using only aspirin
revealed that aspirin had absolutely nothing to do with lowering
the incidence of heart attacks.
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?
The American study was so flawed that you can't help but wonder
if the aspirin industry financed it. The subjects were white,
male, mostly non- smoking doctors who were not monitored, and
who reported their condition by letter (post office
research). The study used an extremely healthy group with only
one eighth the death rate of the general population. Even with
such a healthy group, the study results had some ominous
overtones. That's the part the aspirin companies don't want you
to know about. Though heart attacks were relatively rare,
strokes and sudden death from other causes were more common
among the aspirin group than with the placebo group.
This information is very significant. The claim for
reduction in heart attacks among the aspirin group was 47
percent. But the small print (very small print) in the report
said that when death from all causes was considered, there was
no difference in the mortality rates of the two groups. Thus,
death from other causes among the aspirin group increased
substantially an amount equal to 47 percent of all heart attacks
in the non aspirin group.
Did you know that every time you take aspirin you
bleed a little into your gut? A microscope will show that the
bowel movement of someone on daily aspirin has blood in it every
time. If it's happening in your intestinal tract, how do you
know it's not happening in your brain?
How many strokes are precipitated by chronic aspirin
intake? How many fatal hemorrhages of the brain, spleen, liver,
intestine, or lung occur after an automobile accident because
the blood has been thinned with aspirin? Nobody knows and nobody
Prevention That Works
There are many natural ways to protect yourself from heart
attack without enriching the Bayer Company:
Magnesium (as best supplied as
Magnesium Citrate in a liquid form by
Miraculous Magnesium) is absolutely essential for a
healthy heart and should get credit for the beneficial results
obtained in the aspirin study. And then, there are all these
other beneficial nutritional support substances:
contains a strong platelet antisticking agent called
eicosapentaenoic acid EPA).
blocks the clotting mechanism.
Niacin is a
well known anti-atherosclerotic agent.
Vitamin C is
an important factor in prostaglandin production.
Vitamin E is
also important in the production of prostaglandins.
reduces platelet stickiness.
Zinc is a
necessary catalyst, along with the enzyme d-6-d, in certain
fatty acid metabolic processes essential to the health of your
(pyridoxine) converts the highly atherogenic homocysteine to
cystathionine. This prevents meat protein from damaging your
arteries. Also stops platelet aggregation.
neutralizes the enzyme XO in homogenized milk which hardens your
and Taurine, two of the amino ' acids considered nonessential by
most nutritionists, are absolutely essential for a healthy
You get the picture. So who needs aspirin?
Lawrence Garfinkel, Vice President for Epidemiology
at the American Cancer Society said, "It would give one pause
about using aspirin routinely to prevent an initial heart
attack. This is going to be very confusing to the public. "The
new study concluded: "Our study would not recommend that these
people routinely consume aspirin." There are a few other reasons
why you shouldn't take aspirin: indigestion, bleeding ulcers
with possible hemorrhage and death from exsanguination (internal
bleeding) and hemorrhagic stroke.
About Your Brain? Read This
A physician we know who started taking aspirin to prevent a
second heart attack, as advised by his doctor and the TV
commercials, had second thoughts when he read that daily doses
could increase his chances of getting a hemorrhagic stroke. He
quit, saying: "I'd much rather have a heart attack than a
stroke. I'm very vain about my brain.”
Of course, it may be even worse than that. The
British report mentioned earlier found no beneficial effect on
heart attack frequency from taking aspirin, but the California
study goes even further in suggesting that daily aspirin use may
actually increase the odds of having a heart attack, as well as
give you kidney and colon cancer. On hearing that news, drug
companies quickly folded their medicine tents and split. Their
commercials connecting aspirin with beneficial effects on heart
disease were scrapped. Sterling Drug (Eastman Kodak) pulled its
commercial depicting the Bayer aspirin logo over a pulsating
heart monitor and substituted the old logo: "the wonder drug
doctors themselves take more often for pain." Bristol-Myers
dragged out Angela Lansbury to say: "A cup of tea and a couple
of Bufferin allow me to do the things I want to do." Sterling
Drugs even went so far as to introduce a Bayer calendar pack to
remind people to take their aspirin.
The Cancer Connection
In addition to the reports showing aspirin has no
preventive effect on heart attacks, new reports show that
aspirin may cause cancer. And
what's more, a study of California researchers reported in the
British Medical Journal that older men and women who take
aspirin every day almost double their chances of developing
so-called ischemic heart disease. Ischemic heart disease
accounts for a wide range of illnesses involving blockage of the
arteries carrying blood to the heart. Aspirin-users were also
more likely to develop kidney and colon cancer, the study found.
Consumers are beginning to question all these
contradictory studies. They don't know who to believe anymore.
So, when it comes to advice on drugs, who can you trust? The
FDA? Well, in December, 1984 the FDA recommended allowing drug
companies to promote the use of aspirin to reduce the chances of
a second heart attack. Can you trust the medical journals? In
January, 1988, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that
an aspirin every other day reduced the risk of heart attacks.
(Is it coincidental that the drug companies have been able to
get their slimy fingers into the New England Journal of Medicine
with multi-million-dollar advertising contracts?) Can you trust
the medical advice given by actors on TV commercials? Forget we
asked. Can you trust the hospitals and their doctors? Hardly –
they stand over patients force-feeding them aspirin.
Ignore the aspirin media advertising blitz.
An aspirin-a-day keeps good health away!
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