Last week three new studies came out that showed that taking low dose daily aspirin may actually cause more harm then it does good. I spoke about this on CW PIX 11.
The study focused on older patients, with the median age of 74. First, the subjects of the study saw no benefit in mortality or living longer. Secondly, taking aspirin didn’t prevent cardiovascular disease, which was is one of the main reasons why elderly people take aspirin. The third and final point is that taking daily aspirin actually increased complications. Aspirin is a blood thinner, and while that may help some people, it also may lead to more internal bleeding, especially in the gut and the brain.
The saying “an aspirin a day, keeps the doctor away” simply does not apply to everyone. Medicine is not “one-size-fits-all” and what works for your friend might actually be bad for you! That is one of the many reasons it’s so important to talk about all of your medical conditions with your doctor.
In my book, Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor, I go into detail about not only the importance of the patient-doctor bond but also how to develop it. The four cornerstones are trust, communication, respect, and empathy. While I’m not going into all the details in this article, I’ve written about trust and respect before (and will be writing about communication and empathy soon), I want to examine the new studies about low dose aspirin through the lens of Bond.
Let’s say you are experiencing symptoms and think you should take aspirin, instead try to take a natural remedy. For example, if you have a cold, instead of taking aspirin you could increase your levels of Vitamin C. One of our products, Optimized Omega 3 With Vitamins C & D, helps boost your immune system and increases your antioxidants. If you are dealing with nagging muscle aches, Arnicare, is an amazing natural alternative to aspirin.
Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s important to understand what you’re putting into your body, whether its food or medicine.