Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
|Posted: Dec Sun 17, 2006 10:28 am Post subject: Aspirin for Heart
|Aspirin for Heart
Can someone please tell me if taking one half of one baby aspirin a day can REALLY be harmful. There is so much data proving that it is so beneficial and can prevent or stop a heart attack in it's steps. I hesitate to ever tell anyone to stop taking it. What does that small amount do that is negative as opposed to all the positive that it is said to be responsible for? Thank you. -Annie
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Aspirin can cause kidney and/or liver failure, intestinal bleeding, etc. Several people have suggest the following in place of aspirin: Guggle Lipid, APS II, Capsicum or Garlic, Capsicum, Garlic & Parsley Combination. OR, Gingko -- Dong Quai is supposed to be VERY effective for thinning your blood. -Georgiana
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Hi Annie! Capsicum would be healthier and just as/more effective. Read the book "Left For Dead" by Dick Quinn. -Nancy Coulter
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The reason there is so much "data" is because aspirin manufacturers have spent millions of dollars in an attempt (which has been very successful) to reposition their product from one that was originally intended to be taken only when needed to one that is (perceived by the masses) to be taken daily like a vitamin pill. Drug marketers these days, in their attempts to reap huge profits for their stock holders, have become wise and wiley. Many drugs have been so positioned - the statins for cholesterol come to mind. Of course it is only the pharmaceutical companies, and their stock holders, who benefit from this scam.
Not that aspirin is not a potent blood thinner - it is. It's just that there are many other things that are more effective and safer. 20,000 Americans are hospitalized each year, and 2,000 of those people die, due to aspirin use - mostly due to gastrointestinal bleeding. Most of those people did not abuse aspirin but took it as directed.
I recommend to all my patients who were victimized by this scam and who are thus taking an aspirin a day for their heart to immediately stop such insanity and start taking one high potency garlic a day instead. Not only is this better and safer for them in my opinion, but it also has the additional benefits that garlic provides, including immune system support to help them ward off colds, coughs, etc. One word of caution however: Patients taking strong blood thinners, prescribed by their doctors, should use caution when adding another blood thinner like garlic. These people should talk to their doctors about getting off their blood thinning drugs (and take garlic instead.) -Duane
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Aspirin for Heart Condition - Beware - Article
Natural blood thinners, which do not have the side effects of stomach damage we see with aspirin, include APS II (3 capsules a day provide about the same amount of salicin as a baby aspirin); Capsicum, Garlic (High Potency), or Butcher's Broom; or Guggul Lipids, Omega-3, Vitamin E with Selenium. Note: Smoking greatly increases platelets aggregation (the sticking together of blood cells).
Beware aspirin for heart condition
People with heart failure are often put on blood-thinning regimens with aspirin or sometimes Coumadin (warfarin), but new research indicates that this is not helpful and could even be harmful.
Heart failure patients have an increased risk for stroke or heart attacks, but this does not mean that antithrombotic (blood thinning) therapy is safe or effective.
When therapy with aspirin or warfarin is compared with no therapy, the results show no significant differences. Those receiving aspirin are more likely to have serious gastrointestinal events.
The data on aspirin in particular is worrying and suggests that any theoretical benefit is outweighed by evidence of harm.
The risk of gastrointestinal hemorrhage increases with the use of aspirin after a TIA (transient ischemic attack).
Unwanted effects of aspirin include stomach upsets, activation of peptic ulcers, an increased tendency to bruising, allergic reactions and increased risk of major gastrointestinal and other bleeding, including intracranial hemorrhage. In general, the risk of bleeding increases with increasing dose of aspirin and when it is used in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or oral anticoagulants.
Source: American Heart Journal, July 2004; British Journal of Pharmacology 2003;55(3):282-7; Medical Journal of Australia 2003;179(3):147-52.
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