Aspirin is a part of many medicine cabinets across the U.S. but it may cause more harm than help. Often considered the most basic of medicine, aspirin is not a benign medication and many should avoid it altogether. In fact, aspirin is directly implicated in multiple deaths per year, though many feel that it is safe to take one daily.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reported that a daily aspirin increases the chance of hemorrhagic stroke by 84%. The aspirin either causes or irritates a blood vessel which then ruptures. Since aspirin is a known blood thinner, it should not be considered good for cardiovascular health. The blood and vessels constitute a delicate system which is vital for life and which should not be adulterated unless there is a specific reason for doing so, a determination best left to a wellness practitioner.
Daily aspirin can cause harm to, rather than help for, the lining of the stomach and cause an ulcer. Left untreated, and if irritated with more aspirin, the ulcer might rupture and bring a person to a near-death condition. Any perceived benefit from daily aspirin needs to be weighed by an expert who can take into account a person’s entire health picture.
A further difficulty with daily aspirin therapy is that there are repercussions for ceasing treatment. When taken on a daily basis as part of a therapy post-cardiac arrest, a patient must cease the drug abruptly. There is a rebounding effect in which a person can have a heart attack upon the cessation of the drug. In effect, daily aspiring use can cause a very real addiction in which death is on the line if its use is halted. Medication which causes addiction, or which replaces one problem for another without offering a true solution, should be questioned.
This is due to the fact that the body seeks to maintain homeostasis. When aspirin is introduced to the body and the blood is thinned, homeostasis is interrupted. The body responds by attempting to thicken the blood. If the blood is continually thinned, the body will be come acclimated to countering the artificial chemical change with its own chemical change, in an attempt to attain natural homeostasis. So, regular aspirin intake likely does not keep the blood thin, but creates a situation in which the blood becomes dramatically more thick if the artificial chemical is removed.
Recently, studies have emerged to claim that aspirin is beneficial in the treatment of cancer. When the body is thrown out of balance with an inflammatory substance it does not seem reasonable that it would be in a better position to fight something as difficult as cancer. Rather, it might be more wise to find ways to strengthen the body’s natural defenses so that it can best fight the disease with its own means rather than from a position of weakness.
Further, if the aspirin does fight cancer, it may be causing other harm rather than offering help. Studies which show a narrow, focused benefit may be ignoring other aspects of health, leaving readers with a false sense of security. Before taking any medication, consult with a health and wellness practitioner who can assess the entire body and the overall health picture rather than offering treatments through a tunnel-vision lens.
By Hobie Anthony