Regarding the May 31st. 2005 Quirks
and Quarks Science program on Aspirin was interesting however,
statements such as quoted below sounded more like an advatorial.
"Now, imagine taking this pill daily to prevent cancer and
Alzheimer's disease. A growing number of studies suggest that regularly
popping an aspirin or other similar anti-inflammatory drugs can
reduce your risk of these diseases by 30 to 40 percent."
Wow! What they don't tell you is that some earlier studies tell
us quite a different story. Some of these have indicated that you
can get strokes and Colon cancer and aspirin may even cause Macular
degeneration. While much safer anti-inflammatory foods such
as Turmeric; and vitamin C to prevent Colon cancer already exist.
The following extract from the booklet "How Health-Conscious
Americans Get Killed by Bad Medicine" by Dr. Douglas' MD will
give some balance to the above radio program. The complete booklet
is available at: http://www.rhinopublish.com/books/BadMedicine.htm
this is a must read and clearly demonstrates the mainstream Quacks
are well and alive. Be warned that the ebook version with some minor
typos is not printable and copious references are not provided,
although these are not as important as most information is logical
and self contained.
Of course there is no money for research on these safer alternatives
and as usual regulatory bodies such as the FDA, Health Canada etc.
will be the first to protect their pharmaceutical buddies with our
tax money no less. While in Europe the CODEX initiative to burry
safe effective doses of vitamins and herbs is well underway.
Aspirin - The Bitter Pill That Kills
An aspirin promotion group called the Aspirin Foundation boasts
that the chemical "probably has been taken, at one time or
another, by almost every human being on earth." Wishful thinking,
no doubt, but pill-happy Americans scarf down 25 million aspirin
tablets a day. The British take it in a powder, the Italians take
an effervescent, champagne-like mix, the French take it rectally,
and the Thailanders put it in their morning and evening tea. Chemical
companies produce 90 billion aspirin tablets a year. If all those
tablets were placed end to end they would stretch to the planet
Infinity and back. Did you ever think that you would see the day
when Americans by the millions would be popping aspirin for their
health* Do all these people really have an aspirin deficiency?
Did God forget to put aspirin in our food? Will an aspirin a day
keep the doctor away? You'd probably say no to all of the above
because it doesn't make any sense to take a chemical as if it were
a vitamin. But it took the British to figure out how the aspirin
industry and the AMA pulled off such a scam.
The Real Hero: Magnesium
The much-promoted Physician's Health Study proving that taking
aspirin regularly will prevent heart attacks didn't use just aspirin
but aspirin plus magnesium in the form of Bufferin. Research done
years ago proved that magnesium protects the heart. It dilates blood
vessels, aids in absorption of potassium into cells (which will
prevent heartbeat irregularities), acts as an anticoagulant (blood
thinner) and keeps the blood cells from sticking together (thrombosis).
Autopsy of the heart muscle following death by heart attack almost
always reveals that the heart muscle is deficient in magnesium.
I have been taking a magnesium supplement (KMag from Vitaline there
are other good ones) for 10 years and I have hundreds of patients
on magnesium. We just don't see heart attacks in patients who stick
with it. So the doctors (and their patients) have been conned again
by the group that has been leading them around by the nose for 75
years the pharmaceutical industry. A British study using only aspirin
revealed that aspirin had absolutely nothing to do with lowering
the incidence of heart attacks.
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?
The American study was so flawed that you can't help but wonder
if the aspirin industry financed it. The subjects were white, male,
mostly non- smoking doctors who were not monitored, and who reported
their condition by letter post office research. The study used an
extremely healthy group with only one eighth the death rate of the
general population. Even with such a healthy group, the study results
had some ominous overtones. That's the part the aspirin companies
don't want you to know about. Though heart attacks were relatively
rare, strokes and sudden death from other causes were more common
among the aspirin group than with the placebo group. This information
is very significant. The claim for reduction in heart attacks among
the aspirin group was 47 percent. But the small print (very small
print) in the report said that when death from all causes was considered,
there was no difference in the mortality rates of the two groups.
Thus, death from other causes among the aspirin group increased
substantially an amount equal to 47 percent of all heart attacks
in the non aspirin group. Did you know that every time you take
aspirin you bleed a little into your gut? A microscope will show
that the bowel movement of someone on daily aspirin has blood in
it every time. If it's happening in your intestinal tract, how do
you know it's not happening in your brain? How many strokes are
precipitated by chronic aspirin intake? How many fatal hemorrhages
of the brain, spleen, liver, intestine, or lung occur after an automobile
accident because the blood has been thinned with aspirin? Nobody
knows and nobody is checking. Prevention That Works There are many
natural ways to protect yourself from heart attack without enriching
the Bayer Company:
" Magnesium, as mentioned above, is absolutely essential for
a healthy heart and should be given credit for the beneficial results
obtained in the aspirin study.
" Salmon oil contains a strong platelet antisticking agent
called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
" Garlic blocks the clotting mechanism.
" Niacin is a well known anti-atherosclerotic agent.
" Vitamin C is an important factor in prostaglandin production.
" Vitamin E is also important in the production of prostaglandins.
" Bromelin reduces platelet stickiness.
" Zinc is a necessary catalyst, along with the enzyme d-6-d,
in certain fatty acid metabolic processes essential to the health
of your coronary arteries.
" Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) converts the highly atherogenic
homocysteine to cystathionine. This prevents meat protein from damaging
your arteries. Also stops platelet aggregation.
" Folic Acid neutralizes the enzyme XO in homogenized pasteurized
milk. XO hardens your arteries.
" Carnitine and Taurine, two of the amino ' acids considered
nonessential by most nutritionists, are absolutely essential for
a healthy heart. There are other nutrients for a healthy heart,
but you get the picture. So who needs aspirin?
The Cancer Connection
A few years ago I was in Nashville, Tennessee attending a medical
conference with a colleague. While at dinner he developed severe
chest pain, was rushed to the university hospital, and was found
to have suffered a heart attack. He went very quickly to bypass
surgery and survived it with no complications. I was visiting him
one day following the surgery when a nurse came in to give him his
aspirin tablet. She stood there and watched him take it with a glass
of water. It was almost a ritual. Such is the reverence felt for
this drug. But in addition to the reports showing aspirin has no
preventive effect on heart attacks, new reports show that aspirin
may cause cancer. And what's more, a study of California researchers
reported in the British Medical Journal that older men and women
who take aspirin every day almost double their chances of developing
so-called ischemic heart disease. Ischemic heart disease accounts
for a wide range of illnesses involving blockage of the arteries
carrying blood to the heart. Aspirin-users were also more likely
to develop kidney and colon cancer, the study found. Lawrence Garfinkel,
Vice President for Epidemiology at the American Cancer Society said,
"It would give one pause about using aspirin routinely to prevent
an initial heart attack. This is going to be very confusing to the
public. "The new study concluded: "Our study would not
recommend that these people routinely consume aspirin." There
are a few other reasons why you shouldn't take aspirin: indigestion,
bleeding ulcers with possible hemorrhage and death from exsanguination
(internal bleeding) and hemorrhagic stroke.
I'm Vain About My Brain
Leo Dropperman started taking aspirin to prevent a second heart
attack, as advised by his doctor and the TV commercials. But when
he read that daily doses could increase his chances of getting a
hemorrhagic stroke, he quit. "I'd much rather have a heart
attack than a stroke," said the Tennessee psychologist. "I'm
very vain about my brain.Of course, it may be even worse than that.
The British report mentioned earlier found no beneficial effect
on heart attack frequency from taking aspirin, but the California
study goes even further in suggesting that daily aspirin use may
actually increase the odds of having a heart attack, as well as
give you kidney and colon cancer. On hearing that news, drug companies
quickly folded their medicine tents and split. Their commercials
connecting aspirin with beneficial effects on heart disease were
scrapped. Sterling Drug (Eastman Kodak) pulled its commercial depicting
the Bayer aspirin logo over a pulsating heart monitor and substituted
the old logo: "the wonder drug doctors themselves take more
often for pain." Bristol-Myers dragged out Angela Lansbury
to say: "A cup of tea and a couple of Bufferin allow me to
do the things I want to do." Sterling Drugs even went so far
as to introduce a Bayer calendar pack to remind people to take their
aspirin. Consumers are beginning to question all these contradictory
studies. They don't know who to believe anymore. So, when it comes
to advice on drugs, who can you trust? The FDA? Well, in December,
1984 the FDA recommended allowing drug companies to promote the
use of aspirin to reduce the chances of a second heart attack. Can
you trust the medical journals? In January, 1988, the New England
Journal of Medicine reported that an aspirin every other day reduced
the risk of heart attacks. (Is it coincidental that the drug companies
have been able to get their slimy fingers into the New England Journal
of Medicine with multi-million-dollar advertising contracts?) Can
you trust the medical advice given by actors on TV commercials?
Forget I asked. Can you trust the hospitals and their doctors? Remember
the episode my colleague had in the hospital with the nurse force-feeding
him aspirin? After the aspirin-popping media blitz, aspirin sales
temporarily increased and then resumed the old downward trend. The
news leaked out that an aspirin a day would keep good health away.
One disgusted advertising drummer said plaintively: "About
the only preventive thing people do in this country is brush their
teeth with fluoride." I guess you can't trust the advertising