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Aspirin slashes cancer rate for those with hereditary risk

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If I am not mistaken, 600mg of aspirin a day is quite a bit. It is "common sense" that a dose of 81mg (or 75 mg) is helpful in preventing heart attacks, but the larger dose can be harsh on the stomach. I'm not sure I would want to take so much aspirin everyday - especially in light of my practicing kendo.

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If you listen to the reigning experts from the pharmaceutical world, aspirin appears to be the cure-all for everything.

Like Godan said, high doses of Aspirin are not good, they may increase liver toxicity. There is an increased risk of stomach bleeding when aspirin is taken with alcohol or warfarin. Up to 28% of patients who take low-dose aspirin to ward off heart attacks develop peptic ulcers, though often without symptoms.

Aspirin should also not be given to young people for colds or flu, as this has been linked with Reye`s syndrome. As with any drug, the benefits of aspirin should be carefully assessed before taking it for long periods.

Generally speaking, no drug is a solution for chronic degenerative disease. Aspirin is no exception, as it is in fact a metabolic poison. Indeed, aspirin`s side effects may far outweigh any benefits. Aspirin can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, damage kidneys, and promote gastric bleeding.

So, what are the best alternatives to aspirin? Simple lifestyle changes such as reducing refined carbohydrate and trans fat intake, eating more alkaline foods (low-carb veggies and fruits) and exercising can have a tremendously positive effect on your cardiovascular system. There are also natural supplements with blood-thinning properties, such as Fish Oil, Vitamin E, Nattokinase, and Bromelain. Among the spices, Basil and cocoa are known for preventing blood clotting.

In conclusion, virtually all pharmaceutical approaches to health should be considered with caution. Drugs are not the best answer to improve health, and should not be anyone`s first choice. Furthermore, drug combinations are likely to cause more problems than they fix.

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Excellent post, Foxie! I like when you talk about your approach to health. :-)

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Of all the drugs in the medicine cabinet, Aspirin may be one of the most useful. The history goes all the back to Hippocrates who recommended willow tea for the aches and pains; or beyond since he probably heard it from his wife. The next improvement came about 2000 years later when Bayer bought the patent to react salicylic acid with acetic acid to form ASA. Remember the Alka Seltzer ads? Plop, plop, fizz, fizz for that morning after head to deliver 670mg of Aspirin.

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Alka Seltzer is a great wonder drug for a hangover and seems to work as a wake me up when I'm run down. Must be the aspirin in it. But try to find it in a drug store in Japan. If they did sell it, it would be at least four to five times the normal price like all OTC stuff here.

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Wow, that's great news. I guess all those deaths from internal bleeding that occurred after they first advised everyone to take one aspirin per day took place long enough ago that they've ceased to be relevant. What was that number.... 40,000 deaths in the first year? Then they downgraded the suggested amount yearly until it was around 25% of a standard tablet. IIRC, the 'safe' dose is around 5mg less than what is in a baby aspirin now - 75mg.

Patients with blockage of arteries to the brain are three times more likely to have a stroke if they are taking aspirin. Dyspepsia and gastrointestinal hemorrhage occur in 31% of those taking 300mgs. of aspirin / day Even low doses of aspirin can increase the risk of brain hemorrhage Other side effects can include anemia, bleeding ulcers, confusion and dizziness and numerous other problems.

Good points, Foxie.

There are also natural supplements with blood-thinning properties, such as Fish Oil, Vitamin E, Nattokinase, and Bromelain. Among the spices, Basil and cocoa are known for preventing blood clotting.

A good list there, but I would add serrapeptase beside nattokinase. Indeed, I would reading up on "systemic enzymes" and "fibrinolytic enzymes". Not only are these solid alternatives to the pharmaceutical mainstays, but they have the potential to completely reverse some conditions. Without enzymes and cofactor vitamins, even a great diet will have a negated effect on one's health.

Ultimately, I don't know the specifics of Lynch Syndrome, but I would not be surprised if the mechanism at work via aspirin could be equaled or surpassed with enzyme therapy. Interesting comments, guys.

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