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Analgestics, Bleeding, and Hearing Loss

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
The common analgesics that include NSAIDs, aspirin, and Tylenol cause a hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths annually in the US. We have a false sense of security because of advertising. Alternatives to drugs are offered.                

Angina

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Angina is the pain caused by insufficient blood flow to an area of the heart. While this is not lethal in itself, it can be very painful and disabling, and is also a warning that there is at least one blood vessel that is severely blocked and in danger of closing off entirely. A myocardial infarction may be impending. Dr. Saputo recommends the following...

Aspirin and Proton Pump Inhibitor Combinations

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
When you cannot tolerate aspirin should you just add one of the "purple pills?" The dangers of proton pump inhibitors are described.              

Aspirin Cuts Cancer Risk

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
  Aspirin has been found to protect against colon cancer and many other solid cancers. However, aspirin also causes GI bleeding in almost everyone over the long haul. A better way to prevent cancer is to clean up our toxic environment and live a healthy lifestyle. Direct to consumer ads give the wrong idea; they give you the idea that it is okay to live...

Aspirin Cuts Heart Attacks But Not Deaths or Strokes

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Low dose aspirin can lower the risk of heart attacks in people without a history of heart disease by about 20%, but it does not lower the death rate or the risk of stroke. Also, there is the added risk of GI bleeding secondary to aspirin use. The risk for getting a heart attack in primary prevention is lowered from 2.3% to 1.8%, which comes to a 20% lower risk...

Aspirin for Primary Prevention Questioned

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
  Aspirin is not a good idea for women trying to stave off heart attacks or strokes. Fifty women would have to take ASA for 10 years to help just one person, and this would only be for women at risk for a heart attack. For a person who has already had a heart attack or stroke, the evidence shows there is some benefit to taking aspirin, but it is not...

Aspirin, Tylenol, and NSAIDs Increase Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
These over the counter analgesics increase the risk for hypertension in 20-50%. Fluid retention is one mechanism. DTC ads lead to their overuse. There are many other side effects as well.        

Aspirin: Is it Safe?

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
Aspirin is the most used drug in the US. They are not safe because of bleeding and perforations. Over the counter substitutes are readily available and work well and their acceptance.        

Baby Aspirin: How Safe Is It?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
 When we think of aspirin, especially a baby aspirin, it seems innocuous. However, complications occur very commonly and can be devastating. Alternate solutions should be considered and they are discussed.          

Can a Baby Aspirin a Day Keep Cancer Away?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  The general consensus is that aspirin is good for secondary prevention of fatal heart attacks and strokes, but that it is not for primary prevention. Now there's evidence that cancers might be prevented and treated with aspirin. The decision to use baby aspirin is more compelling now that there's some data supporting that it can not only prevent...

Daily Aspirin Linked to Vision Loss

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Seniors who take daily aspirin have twice the risk for wet macular degeneration (not for the dry form). The risk increases from 2 cases per 100 people to 4 cases per 100 people. The authors stated that they felt the benefits of fewer heart attacks and strokes outweighed the visual issues. However, no mention of other forms of anticoagulation were considered such...

Does Aspirin Save Lives?

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Despite a lot of excitement about aspirin, scientists can't seem to agree on whether it helps healthy people live longer and suffer from fewer heart attacks and strokes. Published studies in the mainstream medical journals on the same nine studies included in a metaanalysis differ. The study published by the Bayer Aspirin people showed a benefit. The study...

Fever Reducing Medications Increase Mortality From Influenza

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
A study from McMaster University published in the March issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed that fever-reducing drugs that include aspirin, Tylenol, and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, could lead to thousands of more cases of influenza and more deaths because of it. They pointed out that ill people may give off more virus when fever is reduced....

Fish Oil vs aspirin for Heart Patients

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
  Fish oil supplementation is the rule in Europe CCUs and hardly used in the US. The values of essential fatty acids are reviewed. It is far superior to aspirin for anticoagulation because of its saftey profile. We need comparative studies in a clinical trial.                 

How Do You Know if the Treatment Your Doctor Prescribes is Good for You?

submitted by: admin on 03/05/2015
How Do You Know if the Treatment Your Doctor Prescribes is Good for You? According to an article published in the NY Times on February 2, 2015, far fewer people benefit from medical treatment than we're led to believe from our doctors, advertisements such as direct to consumer TV ads, ads in medical journals, and even in medical journal articles, and...

Indigestion

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Indigestion usually results from a weak gut lining caused by drugs such as aspirin, steroids and NSAIDs, and physical or emotional stress, depression. Treatment with drugs is dangerous and addicting.          

Managing Peptic Ulcers

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
The cause and treatment of peptic ulcers is discussed with attention to H. pylori and lifestyle factors. The dangers of the purple pill are highlighted and natural therapies discussed.

Medications After a Heart Attack are Crucial

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
If you have had a heart attack and you don't take your prescription medications leads to an 80% higher risk for another heart attack. Nutritional alternatives are often as good as medications, but not enough MDs know sufficient information to do this safely. Drugs such as beta blockers, afterload reducers, and anticoagulants. Some natural alternatives are...

New Ultra-bad Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
A new ultra-bad very sticky form of LDL cholesterol that is small and dense has been identified and found to be present in both type 2 diabetes and in the elderly. It may be the reason why the risk of heart attack and stroke is eleveated in these groups. The cause is suspected to be related to glycation (damage to proteins by high levels of glucose) and is more...

NSAIDs and Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  There is a clear link between all NSAIDs and heart attacks. The differences between COX 1 and 2 inhibitors is discussed. Aspirin's side effects are described and make one wonder about what MDs are doing by recommending aspirin for heart attack prevention when fish oil is equally effective and far less likely to have side effects.