Tag: aspirin

Aspirin for preventing a first heart attack is no more; Here’s a healthier alternative.

Aspirin for preventing a first heart attack is no more; Here’s a healthier alternative. Healthcare by committee can have unhealthy consequences. The side effects of taking a daily aspirin have become well known and now the committee who made the original recommendation for the health of it is telling us to stop, since the practice places us at risk. The US Preventative Services Task Force which is an independent volunteer panel of national medical experts (USPSTF) has just rescinded their recommendations for low-dose aspirin.  For years, low-dose aspirin has been recommended by doctors for adults over 60 years of age Read More »

Stop taking that aspirin a day according to a recent Harvard University study.

Stop taking that aspirin a day according to a recent Harvard University study. Our blog reported last year that people should stop taking an aspirin a day for heart health. Our blog stated in September 2018 that three studies in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed that there was no benefit of taking an aspirin a day for people over 70 years of age.   This information was published in the NY Times. The thought that baby aspirin should be taken was based on its action as a mild blood thinner which was thought to reduce the risk of Read More »

Two healthy food based alternatives you can take to reduce heart attack and cancer risk naturally instead of a daily aspirin.

Two healthy food-based alternatives you can take to reduce heart attack and cancer risk naturally instead of daily aspirin. Recently, the NY Times discussed the latest recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force.  Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine for people aged 50-69, the daily dosage of aspirin reduces the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and even colorectal cancer.  Aspirin, it is important to note does not prevent anything, but it statistically can reduce population risk.  In other words, statistically, the studies show a benefit however your mileage may vary. According to the NY Times article, “the evidence Read More »

Reduce your risk of prostate cancer by using this.

Reduce your risk of prostate cancer by using this. Prostate cancer fears have been overblown, but for some men, the risk can be life threatening.  Unfortunately, we as patients are never given enough information to understand when we require a medical intervention or if we are just seeing a sign of aging.   The PSA test is highly unreliable and in older men where prostate growths are common, many men have been made incontinent after having surgeries or other interventions to cure the “what if” disease. In rare occasions, the “what if” disease is real, and we may require medical intervention. Read More »