An Aspirin a Day Can Keep the Doctor Away?
Food for Thought, 9/19/19
We have all heard the recommendation and claims that “an aspirin a day can keep the doctor away”, stop those aches and pains, and prevent a stroke or heart attack.
“Aspirin interferes with your blood’s clotting action. A blood clot can form and block the artery. This prevents blood flow to the heart and causes a heart attack. Aspirin therapy reduces the clumping action of platelets — possibly preventing a heart attack.” ~ Mayo Clinic website
Inflammation is a sign of the body trying to heal itself from an infection or degenerative process, which are both an outcome of poor nutrition. Simply put, aspirin blocks the pain in the areas that are inflamed and interferes with the proper metabolism of the platelets in the blood. Yet the ads make asprin sound like it’s a lifesaver!
But aspirin is no substitute for the real problem: a deficiency of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay healthy. Because aspirin only works when the body is not able to absorb fatty acids, which means it’s out of balance.
These advertising campaigns and their slogans are created by marketing firms that have no interest in your health. Their only focus is selling their client’s product and keeping their clients happy.
These synthetic products have no relationship to real foods. They are nothing more than manufactured, synthesized chemicals, working on bodies that are starved and deficient of needed vitamins and minerals, i.e. the nutrition needed for essential bodily functions.
Organically grown, natural vitamins and minerals have a synergistic response that creates a pattern of functional responses to maintain the body’s health. If you look at organically grown vegetables like carrots, spinach or tomatoes, they all have numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants working together.
That’s why they create a functional response in the body. It’s not just one vitamin or mineral, but a combination working in unison!
Those functional responses are the foundation of health, supported by whole natural foods like our forbearers consumed in earlier generations. So where do you find those vitamins and minerals? Definitely not at Walgreens or CVS – they only sell drugs and chemical substitutes.
It’s baffling how many people take their daily aspirin, believing that’s going to make them healthier. How can the public be so misinformed that they would start taking something that ultimately will do their body harm, thinking it is good for them?
But the bigger question should be how these products can make claims that are so untrue. It’s no wonder people get confused about nutrition! Most of the information available is focused on disease, with no emphasis on maintaining health.
Today’s media blitz is selling pharmaceuticals on the nightly news, offering stories about the beneficial effects of aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). But who is sponsoring the news with their advertising budget? Those same pharmaceutical companies.
So the media is supported by those advertisements about some drug, which has devastating side-effects blocking your digestion and liver function. These are two most fundamental requirements of body function for staying healthy and preventing disease!
So the question comes up again “Why do they always seem to carefully ignore proper nutrition, diet or lifestyle issues? What are they afraid of?
We know that functional requirements of the body involve good digestion to break down food properly. In addition, we need good liver and biliary function, helping proper absorption of calcium and other minerals. Fatty acid absorption relies on the gallbladder to produce good bile, and good bile production is required to get rid of waste. This keeps you from becoming toxic, which can be the root cause of many degenerative diseases.
Large studies, performed on thousands of people, are quoted about aspirin’s effects on heart disease and various other conditions. Others show how NSAIDs can reduce the risk of colon cancer. So why should we be skeptical? Remember, it was not that long ago they were quoting studies about how healthy margarine was for the heart!
These manufactured products are a far cry from the therapeutic value of natural whole foods that our bodies thrive on. Yet aspirin, ibuprofen, and related drugs are consumed by people as if they were essential or necessary substances for bodily function!
The patient that doesn’t take diet and lifestyle seriously is wasting the doctor’s time and sentencing themselves to the burden of ill health.
Unfortunately, the money and advertising campaigns have even skewed the perception of many practitioners, who have ignored the adverse effects of these drugs and the healthy effect of a good diet.
But how can we blame those practitioners when, on the average, U.S. medical schools are the true offender, offering less than 19.6 hours of nutrition education, and in some cases less than six hours of nutritional education. That is accumulative after all four years of medical training, according to a 2010 report in Academic Medicine.
The National Institutes of Health, a Governmental website, suggests “Ingesting aspirin and NSAIDs blocks the production of prostaglandins and thromboxane, resulting in desired and undesired effects.” What are the undesired effects?
The Merck Manual states, in Aspirin and Other Salicylate Poisoning: Salicylates are used as analgesic agents for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. Aspirin is used as an antipyretic and as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of soft tissue and joint inflammation and vasculitides such as acute rheumatic fever and Kawasaki disease.
Salicylates are ubiquitous agents found in hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and in numerous prescription drugs, making salicylate toxicity an important cause of disease and mortality.
Salicylates impair cellular respiration by uncoupling oxidative phosphorylation. They stimulate respiratory centers in the medulla, causing primary respiratory alkalosis, which is often unrecognized in young children. Salicylates simultaneously and independently cause primary metabolic acidosis.
Eventually, salicylates disappear from the blood, enter the cells, and poison mitochondria in which the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production occur. This creates a primary acid-based abnormality, becoming metabolic acidosis.
Salicylate poisoning also causes ketosis, fever, and low brain glucose levels, even when systemic hypoglycemia is absent. Renal Na, vitamin K and water loss, and increased (but imperceptible) respiratory water loss due to hyperventilation lead to dehydration.
Salicylates are weak acids that cross cell membranes relatively easily; thus, they are more toxic when blood pH is low. Dehydration, hyperthermia, and chronic ingestion increase salicylate toxicity because they result in greater distribution of salicylate to tissues. Excretion of salicylates increases when urine pH increases.
European Respiratory Review (err.ersjournals.com/content/25/142/431): Despite advanced therapies, maternal mortality in women with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains high in pregnancy and is especially high during the post-partum period.
PBS radio spent a half-hour explaining how important it was for women who are pregnant to take an aspirin a day because they have a vasodilating effect. Dr. Lee in many of his colleagues would be screaming at the top of their lungs if they heard this, wanting to know why we aren’t supporting the adrenals that are a vasoconstrictor.
They’ve talked about the upswing with postpartum depression in other newsletters. Could diet and the stress of today’s lifestyle play a part in this? Look at the signs and symptoms.
Symptoms and Signs with acute overdose include nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, and hyperventilation. Later symptoms include hyperactivity, fever, confusion, and seizures. Rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure, and respiratory failure may eventually develop.
Hyperactivity may quickly turn to lethargy; hyperventilation (with respiratory alkalosis) progresses to hypoventilation (with mixed respiratory and metabolic acidosis) and respiratory failure.
With chronic overdose, symptoms and signs tend to be nonspecific, vary greatly, and may suggest sepsis. They include subtle confusion, changes in mental status, fever, hypoxia, noncardiogenic pulmonary edema, dehydration, lactic acidosis, and hypotension.
We should not forget: Aspirin and NSAIDs, like all drugs, are synthetic substances which work by blocking normal metabolism and function. To work properly, aspirin and NSAIDs require the body to be deficient in the absorption of fats in their diet.
So, their one beneficial effect is only possible when a patient has an imbalance in the diet interfering with fats in the first place. This forces the liver (and then the gallbladder) out of balance. This creates a thickening of the bile, blocking absorption and fat metabolism.
How important is fatty acid metabolism? Dr. Lee created SUPER-EFF, which he called a “chromosome protector.” It contains the phospholipid material which protects cells. In muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis, muscle tissue is being broken down when it is the nerve tissue that is dying. If bone tissue is being broken down, it is rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s a source of Arachidonic acid supporting the integrity of myelin sheath, aids Krebs energy cycle, provides phospholipid wrapper of chromosomes, sometimes referred to as vitamin F2.
Combined with a protomorphogen, it can help rebuild whatever tissue is deteriorating, by helping to protect the tissue. If it is muscle tissue that is deteriorating, use the muscle protomorphogen, Myotrophin PMG. If it is the nerve tissue that is deteriorating, use the nerve protomorphogen, Neurotrophin PMG. Applying this line of reasoning, no matter what the degenerative condition is, can be powerful.
Poor fat absorption begins with poor bile function from the liver. In other words, the gallbladder is not putting out sufficient bile salts to breakdown the fatty acids. This affects digestion, creates blood sugar problems (pancreas, liver and adrenals) and interferes with liver biliary function. Ultimately this interferes with the disposing of waste through the gallbladder and kidney, creating the toxicity that aspirin needs to work for short-term relief. That’s what the public doesn’t understand!
So let’s look at three basic premises that we need to focus on to stay healthy. These are the basic premises that the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies and processed food industry seem to have conveniently ignored.
- We know that the body needs to have the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep from having a deficiency, and they only come from whole natural foods, not man-made food substitutes. Foods that have been growing on healthy soil, without genetically engineered seed stock and chemical pesticides.
- We should recognize that we have to be able to digest those foods properly so the proper minerals and vitamins can be absorbed and used by the body. That can’t happen with highly processed foods in the diet.
- Last and equally important is controlling blood sugar levels. Processed foods bind bile up in the liver, interfering with function, and this in turn skews fat absorption. This ultimately leads to hormonal dysfunction, with severe mood swings and other emotional issues.
Weston Price, DDS, Francis Pottenger, MD, and Royal Lee, DDS, all pointed to the dangers of a diet full of processed foods like white sugar, margarine and hydrogenated oils, almost 70 years ago.
Today, supposedly healthy salad dressings (like most of our snacks and fast foods) are loaded with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, to give them longer shelf life. Check the labels on the food you eat and see how much sugar and high fructose corn syrup is added. This affects digestion and liver biliary function.
We know from years of research that trans fats and saturated fats in food increase LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and lower HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Still, we are told by the same ad campaigns for the pharmaceutical companies to lower our cholesterol with their drugs instead of avoiding those foods!
Yet the original Framingham study that looked at cholesterol issues recommends women over 45 should have cholesterol levels above 185 and adults in general that have higher cholesterol levels live longer. So, the question is: Why would we think an aspirin a day that works only if our body is out of balance would be healthy for us?
They never mention diet or lifestyle like those early practitioners 70 years ago. Weston Price, DDS, showed how diet and processed foods impacted the health of primitive people. In his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, he showed that removing fatty acids from the diets of sows (mother pigs) created offspring with spinal bifida, cleft palates and blindness back in 1937.
Those original studies showed how important it was for pregnant mothers to have proper absorption of their fatty acids to have healthy offspring. Dr. Price’s research was acknowledged by the American Medical Association and was required reading in most medical and dental schools in this country in the 1940s and early 50s.
Yet, it wasn’t that many years ago those doctors were recommending for young mothers to go on a low-fat diet to keep the weight off during pregnancy. Again, I ask what happened? How could we do this to young mothers and never consider doing it to the animals we’re consuming?
In the normal pharmaceutical practice, patients don’t come to a practitioner to prevent disease – they come to complain about signs and symptoms, looking for relief and support. But often they’re told that they’re healthy and there’s no sign of disease with those symptoms being ignored.
In other words, our healthcare system (with the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies) forces most practitioners into looking for a billing code and ignoring the basic functional issues that support health and help prevent disease.
It should be quite obvious that we have a lot of unhealthy people in this country, when you look at how many people take “an aspirin a day to keep the doctor away”. The sales figures certainly indicate a lot of people have a problem understanding what health is.
Diet is the number one culprit of disease. You can’t absorb fatty acids unless your liver is producing good quality bile for the gallbladder.
Yet the most common elective abdominal surgery performed in the U.S. is the removal of gallbladders, with over 750,000 operations being performed annually. Government’s website, 2012 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › pmc › articles › PMC3343155
As you can start to see, proper fatty acid absorption is required for proper digestion and calcium metabolism. This also affects immune response and blood sugar balance in the body. So how could a patient think “an aspirin a day is going to keep the doctor away” if they understood how it works?
The picture of health should start with the foods we eat that as a therapeutic impact on our physiology and biochemistry. After all, that hasn’t changed in 1,000 years. Remember what Dr. Lee said Mother Nature knows the truth!