An Aspirin A Day… May Do More Harm Than Good

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As I prepare to take a little break from my blog for the holidays, I am devoting my last hot health topic post of the year to some recent news involving Aspirin.  This is such an important health topic to me because I have always been weary of  “Aspirin A Day” recommendation.  I just could never fully reconcile the daily long term use of something that had such well established toxic effects.

This week Dr. Mercola publicized the recent change of tune by the US Food & Drug Administration (aka the FDA) about the usefulness of taking a daily low dose Aspirin.  After decades of promoting the daily use of Aspirin to help folks prevent heart attacks, their stance now is:

“FDA has concluded that the data do not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called ‘primary prevention.’ In such people, the benefit has not been established but risks — such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach — are still present.

…Pause… It took this long for the FDA to acknowledge the inevitable toxicity associated with the regular use of this medication?  And …strangely… why is this important information not being broadcast by mainstream media.

For decades, tens of millions of well meaning people have been following the guidelines put out by federal agencies to uphold “healthy” practices.  However, it is well known that Aspirin breaks down the lining of the digestive tract and causes bleeding, ulcers and liver toxicity.  Despite this, the FDA has not countered the everyday use of Aspirin until now.

Since the onset of my practice I have been informing patients who subscribe to taking a daily Aspirin that the risks outweighed the benefit.  Health is so central to strong and healthy digestion and detoxificaiton.  In addition, its well documented that heart health is most influenced by diet and lifestyle.  Finally, there are very effective natural remedies that manage chronic inflammation and prevent cardiovascular degeneration, such as fish oil, CoQ10, taurine and magnesium.

You can read Dr. Mercola’s article here:  FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin.  He concisely reviews all the information and also offers excellent suggestions for heart health.

If you or someone you know is taking a daily dose of Aspirin a day, share this information with them.  For professional advice regarding a safe and effective approach to the prevention of heart disease feel free to contact me at drlaura@winhealth.ca.

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