Aspirin

  1. Aspirin therapy flunks major study

    Mainstream accidentally admits that this popular therapy DOESN’T work!

    It’s not often that you’ll hear any GOOD news about a drug come from the mainstream.

    But we might finally have some today!

    No, it’s not a drug that actually works as promised and helps save -- or at least improve -- lives with little risk.

    That’s still a little too much to ask for.

    This is almost as good, though, as the medical mainstream now admits that a dangerous treatment it’s foisted upon millions – one with far more risks than benefits – was a deadly mistake.

    And with a little luck, it just might encourage people to get OFF of it!

    The treatment is aspirin, and some TV “experts” still claim that absolutely everyone needs to take it every day – starting at middle age -- to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.

    They push it for “primary prevention,” avoiding a first heart attack or stroke.

    It’s essentially the holy grail of modern medicine: If you can dodge a FIRST heart attack, then you can save yourself from ALL of the risks that come after.

    Well, friend, there are some ways you can cut the risk of a heart attack.

    But popping those white tablets like they’re Tic Tacs isn’t one of them -- and the new study PROVES it once and for all!

    This report looked at two key groups of patients.

    The first consisted of “moderate-risk” patients who had some issues, such as high blood pressure or tobacco use, but were otherwise healthy.

    In these folks, the aspirin DIDN’T beat a placebo in cutting the risk of heart attack or stroke.

    The second group had an even bigger risk factor: diabetes.

    Once again, aspirin flunked.

    In exchange for the smallest of benefits, the folks who took aspirin had DOUBLE the risk of internal bleeding -- including stomach and/or intestinal bleeding -- as well as other side effects, including nosebleeds, indigestion, reflux, and stomachaches.

    Aspirin flunked in at least one other way, too.

    Lately, aspirin has been getting new attention as a way to cut cancer risk -- but this study found ZERO cancer benefit.

    And that means ZERO reason to take it!

    The key with aspirin therapy is not to start. If you’ve started already, the second key might surprise you.

    DON’T STOP!

    Aspirin has a notorious “rebound” effect that could lead to serious problems – including a blood clot – if you’ve been taking it daily and try to quit suddenly.

    That doesn’t mean that you’re stuck on it forever.

    But it DOES mean that you have to work closely with a doctor who can help wean you safely off the drug.

    Ideally, he’ll also start you on better natural therapies for your heart, including fish oil and coenzyme Q10.

  2. Aspirin can hurt heart failure patients

    The first advice given to heart failure patients is dead wrong

    It's the first piece of advice the docs will give you when they send you home from the hospital after heart failure: Take your aspirin!

    Daily aspirin isn't merely "recommended" after a heart attack or heart failure.

    It's practically assumed.

    You know what happens when you assume, right?

    Well, it's just happened again... because researchers finally put that advice to the test in a long-overdue study... and it FLUNKED in a big way!

    The new study finds that if you have heart failure without atrial fibrillation, your doctor's insistence that you take daily aspirin might not be helping you at all.

    In some cases, it could be hurting you.

    It could even KILL you!

    The study finds that aspirin after heart failure WON'T cut your risk of stroke -- and believe it or not, that's actually the best news in the study.

    At least that's a neutral.

    When it comes to two other very crucial outcomes, aspirin patients do worse.

    Much worse.

    Taking aspirin after heart failure without a-fib will INCREASE your risk of heart attack by 34 percent and boost your odds of going back to the hospital for heart failure by a quarter.

    The researchers behind this study were so stunned by the results that they ran a second set of numbers on JUST the heart failure patients with a history of ischemic heart disease.

    If anyone should see a benefit from aspirin, it would be them... right?

    Nope.

    They didn't see a benefit at all.

    In fact, the numbers were just as dismal.

    There's no getting around it: Aspirin in these cases is no help and all harm.

    But that's been the story with aspirin all along. The supposed benefits of the "wonder drug" fall apart anytime someone wonders enough to actually do some research.

    Even the millions who take it for "primary prevention" -- avoiding a first heart attack -- are buying into a myth, because studies show that the drug is far more likely to hurt you with serious bleeding problems than it is to help you by preventing a heart attack.

    So, it doesn't work for people at risk... and it doesn't work for people who already have heart failure.

    But that doesn't mean you're powerless when it comes to protecting yourself.

    If you've had a heart attack or heart failure, what works best for you will depend specifics including -- as the new study shows -- whether you have atrial fibrillation.

    If you don't have a-fib, you might be able to avoid aspirin by instead taking natural therapies such as vitamin D, CoQ10, and fish oil and following the common-sense Mediterranean diet proven to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.

    Work closely with a holistic medical doctor.

    For some one-on-one help that's tailored to your specific needs and risks, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the San Diego area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Why seniors are right to reject aspirin therapy

    This drug is like a kick in the head I don't know anyone who'd volunteer to get punched in the stomach or kicked in the head. I'm sure you don't either. Yet mainstream experts are absolutely STUNNED by new numbers that show no one's lining up for the medical equivalent of a sock to the belly or a boot to...
  4. Aspirin therapy risks bigger than expected

    Taking aspirin? Read this ASAP! It's almost like having a time traveler walk through my door! The evidence for aspirin therapy is so lousy that even many mainstream doctors are now refusing to put their patients on it. Yet I STILL find many of my new patients are on the drugs anyway, often because of some doc who's not with...
  5. Aspirin ‘benefits’ come with BIG risks

    ONE pill to prevent cancer! There's a pill that can prevent cancer and cut your risk of dying from one of the most aggressive forms of the disease... but it's NOT the one making big headlines this week! The mainstream media is buzzing over a new study that claims so-called "baby aspirin" can slash the risk of death from cancer...
  6. Aspirin doesn’t work for peripheral vascular disease

    Read this before you take your next aspirin It's one of the FIRST treatments your doc will push on you. If your arteries are getting gummed up... if they're starting to practically close themselves tight, especially down toward your legs... he'll tell you it's time for aspirin. Since it thins the blood, theoretically aspirin can squeeze through those tight spaces...
  7. Aspirin therapy gets new push

    Aspirin therapy is so dangerous that even the FDA has nixed it for many patients – but it’s about to get a big new push anyway.
  8. Can aspirin cut the risk of death from prostate cancer?

    A new study claims that aspirin can cut the risk of death from prostate cancer – but I’ve done the math, and the numbers just don’t add up.
  9. FDA recommends against aspirin therapy

    The FDA now admits daily aspirin is too dangerous for most people and does little to prevent a first heart attack. Find out the "prescription" for safe, natural heart health instead. Plus learn the one common mistake that could trigger a heart attack.
  10. Why you need to watch your aspirin dosage

    Daily aspirin can do more harm than good for healthy people -- hurting twice as many people as it helps.
  11. Polypill fails heart test

    A drug combining aspirin, a statin and two blood pressure meds fails to reduce heart problems, according to new research.
  12. Daily aspirin triples AMD risk

    Regular aspirin use -- including the daily aspirin given to millions of seniors -- can triple the risk of a dangerous form of severe vision loss.
  13. Dangers of a daily aspirin dosage

    There's a new push to put nearly everyone onto aspirin -- but it's an approach that comes with huge risks and not many benefits for most people.
  14. Natural cures for the ringing in the ear called tinnitus

    A study finds that psychotherapy and ocean sounds can ease tinnitus -- but there are some easier treatments that can do even more to stop the ringing for good.
  15. The peanut butter cups of bad meds

    For drug makers, it must have been a "you got your peanut butter in my chocolate" moment -- but instead of "two great tastes that taste great together," you're about to get two bad meds that are even worse together.
  16. A choice you don't have to make

    Millions of seniors facing heart problems are forced to choose between bad and worse -- they're told to pick between aspirin and warfarin.
  17. The everyday pill that'll wreck your vision

    An aspirin a day won't do much for your heart, but it can do plenty for your eyes -- and not in a good way.
  18. Migraine relief

    I recently came across a new remedy for migraine relief. It involves putting tiny amounts of feverfew and ginger into a little pouch, and then putting it under your tongue.
  19. Heart risk for aspirin quitters

    Despite what you've heard from decades of TV commercials, the last thing your heart needs to help it keep beating is a daily dose of aspirin.
  20. Avoid the "new" aspirin

    The one-time wonder drug -- Bayer even uses "wonderdrug.com" to promote its nonsensical aspirin myths -- has fallen on hard times as Americans turn to more powerful painkillers.

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