Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
April 2016 Newsletter
Spring has certainly sprung for the past few weeks! This also brought our annual batch of parasites to our tap water about 2 weeks earlier than the first day of spring. If you don’t filter your water or use bottled water that has been filtered, you will have a good chance of picking up parasites sometime this spring. The pitcher type filters don’t seem to work at removing the parasites but any faucet, countertop or refrigerator filter seems to work fine. If you’ve developed any digestive, stomach or bowel problem recently, you should get in to be checked out as soon as possible.
For years aspirin has been touted as the wonder drug for preventing heart attacks and strokes. I’m sure you are aware that over a year and a half ago the FDA changed their stance on aspirin use since it was so well covered by the media. Wait…you didn’t hear about it from the media or your doctor. Not too surprising since drug companies can pretty much silence what gets reported on the news due to massive amount of money they spend on drug advertising.
From the FDA website posted 5/4/14:
Who Can Benefit?
"Since the 1990s, clinical data have shown that in people who have experienced a heart attack, stroke or who have a disease of the blood vessels in the heart, a daily low dose of aspirin can help prevent a reoccurrence," Temple says. (A dose ranges from the 80 milligrams (mg) in a low-dose tablet to the 325 mg in a regular strength tablet.) This use is known as "secondary prevention."
However, after carefully examining scientific data from major studies, 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.
Dr. Mercola has written many articles on this subject that are posted to his website:
In fact, it is debatable whether or not aspirin has ANY protective benefits against cardiovascular disease, even if you have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Recent scientific studies have uncovered a number of serious side effects, suggesting that whatever aspirin may offer may be overshadowed by its risks, especially when safer natural alternatives exist.
Studies Show Aspirin Is a Dismal Failure at Preventing Heart Attacks
The following table lists, chronologically, a sampling of studies showing that taking aspirin may do more harm than good (table found in the original article at the address listed below). Regardless of whether you're a man, woman, or diabetic, aspirin has failed miserably. This list of studies is not comprehensive. You will find much more information in the GreenMedInfo database, which lists more than 60 articles about aspirin's toxic effects.
Aspirin Increases Your Risk of Bleeding
Not only has aspirin failed to reduce the prevalence of heart attacks and strokes, but the list of its adverse effects seems to grow greater the more that it is studied. Chief among these is gastrointestinal bleeding, as aspirin interferes with your platelets—the blood cells that allow your blood to clot. According to one article, long-term low-dose aspirin therapy may double your risk for a gastrointestinal bleed.14
Aspirin also increases your risk for a brain bleed, especially if you are older. One study found a high mortality rate for elderly individuals who had been taking aspirin prophylactically when they suffered a head trauma, resulting in deadly brain hemorrhage.15
Aspirin Destroys the Lining of Your Gastrointestinal Tract
Regular aspirin use also destroys the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, increasing your risk for duodenal ulcers, H. Pylori infection,16 Crohn's disease,17 diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and intestinal perforations. More than 10 percent of patients taking low-dose aspirin developgastric ulcers. The damage to your duodenum—the highest part of your intestine into which your stomach contents pass—can result in duodenal ulcers, which are prone to bleeding. Even low-dose aspirin is proven to cause problems.
A Japanese study found a higher incidence of bleeding at the ulcer sites of patients with duodenal ulcers taking low-dose aspirin (LDA) therapy, versus those not taking LDA.18 An Australian study also showed that aspirin causes gastroduodenal damage even at the low doses used for cardiovascular protection (80mg).19 And Japanese researchers found that aspirin had caused "small bowel injuries" to 80 percent of study participants after only two weeks of aspirin therapy.20
Consuming healthy fatty acids, minerals, vitamin D, moderate exercise, avoiding foods you react to all reduce inflammation and that’s what causes heart disease and strokes. It’s not from having an aspirin deficiency!