Study shoots down daily aspirin

Want to know if your doctor's worth keeping? Give him the aspirin dosage test: If you're mostly healthy and he recommends a daily aspirin, he's flunked the test -- and you might want to start looking for a new physician.

Fact is, even people with serious heart problems often don't need daily aspirin (aka "aspirin therapy"). And in healthy people, daily aspirin's been proven repeatedly to hurt far more than it helps.

Now, new research on aspirin dosage confirms it again.

For every 100,000 patients on aspirin for a year, you can expect between 60 and 84 fewer major cardiovascular events and maybe even save between 33 and 46 lives.

Statistically speaking, that means aspirin helps fewer than one-tenth of one percent of the people who take it, according to the new study.

Still, a life saved is a life saved, right? So if that benefit comes with no risks at all, it might be worth it anyway.

But aspirin comes with so many risks that it actually hurts nearly twice as many people as it helps.

In those same 100,000 patients, for example, you can expect between 100 and 178 serious bleeding problems, around 50 major bleeds and between 68 and 117 cases of gastrointestinal bleeding, according to the new review of more than two dozen studies.

Even worse, the aspirin dosage will also cause between 8 and 10 cases of hemorrhagic stroke -- and while there's no such thing as a "good" stroke, hemorrhagic strokes are among the deadliest types.

And those are just some of the risks.

We know from other studies that a daily aspirin dosage can also increase the risk of hearing problems such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vision loss including macular degeneration, allergic reactions and more.

But whatever you do, don't stop taking aspirin on your own if you've been on aspirin therapy yourself -- because quitting suddenly can actually induce the very heart attack you're trying to avoid.

Instead, work with a holistic medical doctor who can help get you safely off the aspirin and onto a natural alternative such as fish oil that can give you the heart-protecting benefits without the risks.