Aspirin Bleeds Outweigh Benefits

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 10, 2021

Remember baby aspirin? We used to give it to kids when they had a fever. Then we found out it could cause a very serious illness, called Reye’s syndrome, in children with viral infections. So since the 1980’s parents have been advised not to give children aspirin unless recommended by a physician.

But that didn’t harm the sale of baby aspirin at all!

Today we call it “low dose aspirin.” And about 30 million U.S. adults 40 years of age and older take it daily. They are all hoping it will help them prevent heart disease; ward off a heart attack or stroke.

Most of these people don’t even have cardiovascular disease to start with. In fact, nearly half of older adults taking it don’t have any history of cardiovascular issues. And a large number of them are taking low dose aspirin without a doctor’s recommendation.

For decades I’ve warned my patients and readers against the use of low-dose aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Just because it’s sold over the counter, it doesn’t mean aspirin doesn’t carry some very dangerous side effect.

Aspirin Bleeds Outweigh Benefits

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If aspirin was newly discovered today and tried to come on the market, it would not meet G.R.A.S. (generally regarded as safe) requirements and would therefore not be allowed to be sold. Gastrointestinal bleeds are at the top of the list when it comes to the dangers of daily aspirin use. And I’m not talking about a tiny little ulcer. In many cases, these bleeds are so awful that patients require blood transfusions.

Even worse, daily aspirin use can put you at greater risk of intracranial hemorrhage. This is something that happens when a blood vessel in your brain ruptures. As the blood leaks into the surrounding tissue, it starts killing off all-important brain cells. And believe me. It’s not something you want to experience.

Plus, a large number of people are placed on dual therapies. This is when a patient is advised to use aspirin as an adjunct to their regular blood thinner.

And what a disaster that is! It immediately places all of these patients at risk of serious bleeds – or worse, hemorrhagic stroke.

As far as I’m concerned, there is absolutely no reason anyone should take aspirin on a daily basis, low-dose or not. You’ll never catch me doing it!

I’ve simply never agreed with the idea of prescribing low-dose aspirin in an attempt to ward off heart disease.

Thankfully, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finally agrees with me.

They now recommend against low dose aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in people 60 years or older. The bleeding risks simply outweigh any potential benefits.

For people between 40 and 50, they advise that taking low dose aspirin should be an individual choice. And only for those who have a 10% or greater 10-year risk of heart disease. But the USPSTF also notes that among people in this group who choose to take aspirin, the net benefit is small.

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If you or your doctor has a concern about blood-clotting issues, there are several healthier and more effective ways to help keep your blood nice and thin so it flows easily through your arteries.

For example, garlic contains compounds that help keep your blood cells from sticking together. This means improved blood flow and less chance of clotting.

It also helps to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and protects against free radical damage. So it’s definitely a heart-healthy food. If eating it is an issue for you or others around you, I recommend taking aged garlic extract.

Ginger is another winner. It contains compounds that have even more anti-platelet activity than aspirin does. It’s anti-inflammatory and works extremely well as a blood thinner in patients with heart disease and diabetes.

You can buy the whole root or look for it in jars. It comes pickled, unpickled sliced and minced. Or, you can try a ginger supplement.

Gingko Biloba is another favorite of mine. It interferes with a chemical in your body that causes blood platelets to cling to the walls of your blood vessels. Look for a gingko biloba tea, or supplement with 120 to 240 mg daily.

I also recommend eating foods high in nitrates helps your body produce a gas called nitric oxide. This compound “invigorates” your blood vessels. This not only helps keep your blood platelets from clumping together. It also supports healthy blood pressure and protects the delicate inner lining endothelium of your blood vessels.

Some of these foods include beetroot, kale, melon, celery and lettuce. However, the quickest and most effective way to produce more of this compound is with a nitric oxide enhancer.

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Important! If you’re already taking a blood thinner, these foods can interact with it to make your blood too thin. So it’s extremely important not to eat them if you’re on Coumadin, Heparin, Xarelto, Eliquis… or whatever new blood thinner appears on the market.


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