Posted August 16, 2004
The Truth about Taking Aspirin for your Heart
What you're not told about all of these amazing studies
For many years now, doctors have routinely recommended the daily use of aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks and stroke. The idea behind this is that aspirin is reported to stop blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots, thereby decreasing the chance of blockages that lead to heart attack and strokes.
The use of aspirin was recommended especially for those who had had a heart attack because of its reported benefits in preventing a second attack.
A more recent study conducted in France (April 2000) and reported in a leading medical journal (Lancet 00;355(9212): 1288-9), concluded that aspirin's ability to prevent blood clots made it ideal for routine use with those who are at risk of developing blood clots following surgery.
However, this study was very flawed, and the conclusions were not in tune with the actual data.
The truth behind this study
If you feel inclined to jump up and praise the miraculous powers of aspirin, you need to hear the rest of this story.
With reference to the Lancet report, when it was reviewed by doctors not associated with the study, they concluded that "a study that was essentially a negative was presented as a positive, [and that] aspirin did not reduce vascular deaths, had no significant effect on major non-fatal vascular events other than deep vein thrombosis, but did result in an excess of six per 1,000 postoperative transfused bleeds, [and that] dangerous generalizations about the benefits of aspirin have been made that unfortunately may have dire consequences for patient care" (BMJ 00;321 (7260): 569).
The dangers of aspirin use
When people began routinely taking aspirin as a preventative for heart attack and stroke, there were between 53,000 and 56,000 deaths per year from sudden gastric bleeding. Some years later, when the dosage was reduced and enteric coating was added, the yearly death toll dropped to only 13,000 a year. That's just in the United States.
Now, there is evidence that aspirin use significantly increases a person's risk of pancreatic cancer. With 31,000 dying from this disease every year, you have to wonder what the numbers would be without aspirin.
And other studies have demonstrated a 44 percent increase in the risk of developing subcapsular cataracts in those who have used aspirin for 10 years or more. The risk is greatest for those under 65 years of age (Ophthalmology 98;105:1751-1758).
The horrific irony of it all
Despite the risks noted here, many people continue to take aspirin every day, thinking that it's worth taking these risks because of aspirin's protection from heart attacks and stroke. The tragic irony of it all is that more and more research points to the fact that taking aspirin every day can actually increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in up to 40 percent of the population.
A study by Dr. Michael Buchanan of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario found that 40 percent of his test subjects actually had faster clotting time on aspirin than without it, making them more susceptible to heart attacks and stroke.
These findings are supported by studies done by Dr. Grotemeyer (Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr 85;53(9):350-3) (Thorm Res 91;63(6):587-93). He found that, in a group of 180 stroke patients who were given aspirin to prevent a recurrence of strokes, heart attacks or cardiovascular-related deaths, all seemed to respond well initially. However, in 33 percent of these patients, blood clotting activity was actually increased to above-normal rates after 12 hours. The aspirin actually caused a rebound effect, creating a situation that was worse than before the aspirin was taken.
These patients were referred to as secondary non-responders.
Over the next two years of the study, the secondary non-responders were kept on the aspirin as before. The results of this study showed:
- Of the 114 who responded to the aspirin, five died from heart-related problems;
- Of the 60 secondary non-responders, 24 died of such events.
A call for sanity in healthcare
Heart disease is a major issue in this country. The number of people who die every year from cardiac-related illness is staggering; there is reason to take it seriously.
However, it's unconscionable for doctors to continue advising the routine use of aspirin in light of this information. The problem is: They can't see an alternative.
For us to continue taking aspirin after seeing this information is insanity. The problem is: We don't see an alternative.
But, there is an alternative.
A saner, safer approach to cardiac health
Your doctor may not know it, but there is no reason to take aspirin to prevent blood clotting and cardiac events. There are much safer, healthier options.
First of all, no matter what anyone says, you don't have a deficiency in aspirin. The body doesn't need it to maintain health. It's toxic; and will more than likely kill you — unless something else gets to you first.
The point is not to artificially thin out the blood and reduce its ability to clot properly; but rather, it's to feed the body what it really needs so that its various systems are in balance and functioning properly.
Digestive and systemic enzymes
One of the best ways to promote this balance is through digestive and systemic enzymes. Numerous live blood studies have demonstrated the power of these enzymes to improve the cell separation in the blood (they reduce their stickiness) and their motility. These are the very benefits aspirin is suppose to provide.
Another benefit of enzymes is that they improve metabolic functioning at all levels, and thus reduce inflammation in the body — the main indicator for adverse cardiac events.
One of the best enzymes for this purpose is bromelain, a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme found in pineapples. It provides aspirin-like benefits without the negative side effects, and has many other health-promoting properties.
Another truly amazing enzyme is nattokinase. It will dissolve already-formed blood clots, as well as reduce the fibrin in the blood, which is responsible for the formation of blood clots. It has the added benefit of improving circulation, and may be an answer to such chronic conditions as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and liver disease.
Therapeutic-grade essential oils
Another powerful alternative to aspirin is the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils. Their aromatic molecules have the amazing ability to lower the viscosity of the blood, improving circulation, and provide many of the same cell separation and motility benefits as enzymes. They're also extremely high in antioxidant activity, helping to reduce inflammation in the body.
Therapeutic-grade essential oils may be taken in capsules, offering a powerful alternative to aspirin therapy. One of the best for this is clove oil, although helichrysum, cypress and lavender are excellent for this.
The super antioxidant juice
One of the most amazing products on the market today is Alpha CRS. The point is, part of the reason blood gets sticky and forms unwarranted clots is the lack of phyto-nutrients like polysaccharides, polyphenols and antioxidants. Alpha CRS provides these in abundance, and live blood studies show its powerful effects — doing precisely what aspirin is supposed to do, but without the negative side effects.
No need to risk your life taking aspirin
The point is, there's simply no reason for you — or anyone you love — to continue taking aspirin. The risks are too high, the benefits are too iffy. The truth is, if the death toll from aspirin use was published in the paper or TV news along with those from the war or traffic accidents, the public outcry would quickly see it pulled from the market. And the scientific support for its use is questionable, at best.
With safe and effective alternatives readily available to us, why don't we relegate aspirin to history, and move forward into better health — naturally.