daily aspirin

  1. 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.

    The latest research finds that the painkiller-a-day advice pushed by decades of TV commercials -- not to mention docs across the country -- could double your risk of battling the leading cause of blindness in seniors.

    Dutch researchers looked at data on some 4,700 seniors across Europe and found that 4 percent of daily aspirin users suffered late-stage wet advanced macular degeneration, versus 2 percent of those who didn't take the pills.

    The researchers didn't find a link to the dry form of the disease or the earlier stages of it -- but I don't think the 1.6 million American seniors losing their vision to AMD care much: If cutting down on aspirin is a way to avoid the worst of the worst, then be sure to cut down on the aspirin.

    But that's not the advice you'll get from the mainstream. In fact, the researchers behind the study claim the risk of vision loss is perfectly fine next to the supposed benefits of daily aspirin.

    "A healthy eye with full visual capacities is of no use in a dead body," one of the researchers told Reuters.

    Just one little problem here: The idea that aspirin saves lives is a lot of made-for-TV-commercials marketing hype -- not a scientific reality.

    One study I told you about last year looked at 3,350 men and women at high risk of heart disease who were given either a placebo or a daily aspirin, and found absolutely no difference in the rate of heart attacks, stroke, angina or even revascularization surgery.

    Another study, a review of six other studies, found only a tiny reduction in heart attacks among patients taking aspirin for primary prevention -- but a huge leap in the number of side effects such as serious internal bleeding issues.

    If vision loss, internal bleeding and ulcers aren't enough risk, one study even found that daily aspirin use could cause you to lose one of your other senses, too: Researchers say men between the ages of 45 and 50 who take daily aspirin have a higher risk of hearing loss.

    Aspirin has also been linked to tiny "microbleeds" in the brain, tinnitus, allergic reactions, erection problems and more -- but that doesn't mean you can't lower your risk of a heart attack with a single pill every day.

    Just make sure that pill contains fish oil instead of painkillers.

  2. Daily aspirin use takes another hit

    Are you still on that one-a-day train? That's the locomotive with an aspirin at every stop... once a day, every day... from now to eternity. Or at least until the stomach bleeding kicks in.

    All aboard!

    But ignore that whistle – because British researchers are urging doctors to stop giving a daily aspirin to patients who haven't had a heart attack or stroke.

    An analysis in the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin looked at six studies, and found that, at best, there's only a slight reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke in those patients when they take that daily aspirin.

    That number is so small it's debatable whether there's any benefit at all. But if there is, the researchers say it's clearly offset by aspirin therapy's most famous side effect: internal bleeding.

    Some 50 million Americans take a daily aspirin, many of them for purely preventative reasons. Many of these people have never had a heart attack or stroke, but pop that daily pill just to be "safe."

    That's called "primary prevention," but maybe we should call it something else, because as this new analysis shows, aspirin is not very good at preventing anything.

    It's time to stop. In addition to internal bleeding conditions like stomach ulcers, regular aspirin use has been linked to hemorrhagic stroke, worsening asthma and more.

    But we've been nearly brainwashed by a series of ad campaigns that tout the daily use of aspirin as a magical pill that can cure or prevent all sorts of conditions.

    That's not science talking... that's Big Pharma's marketing at work. These drugs are cheap to make and easy to sell – a perfect recipe for a healthy profit margin.

    Getting more people to take them every single day is just gravy at this point – and if there's one train that Big Pharma loves to ride, it's that Gravy Train of pointless, endless, lifelong meds.

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