The Aspirin Scam

Daily Aspirin Use Can Harm You!

I wrote about Aspirin a couple of years ago when the FDA denied Bayer the claim that Aspirin can and should be used as a preventive for heart conditions without any prior heart attack. Bayer was then denied by the FDA because Aspirin doesn’t prevent heart attacks when used prior to having had a heart attack first. Even after, it can only used as a secondary medicine together with a primary. Furthermore, this is only for men. For women, Aspirin doesn’t ever help to prevent heart attack even after a first heart attack. For women it only helps to prevent stroke caused by a blood clot (TIA)–but again, as a secondary medicine!

The Denial

Here is a quote of the 2014 regulation from the FDA that you can find in full here:

“FDA has reviewed studies on the use of aspirin for the prevention of a first cardiovascular event (primary prevention) and did not find sufficient support for the use of aspirin for primary prevention in these trials. FDA is currently awaiting results of additional clinical trials that are underway and are estimated to have reportable results in the next few years. These clinical trials may provide new evidence that could be the basis for changing the current uses (indications) for aspirin….

FDA recently denied a request submitted by Bayer HealthCare, LLC, requesting a change in the prescribing information for health care professionals (professional labeling) for aspirin to allow marketing of the product for prevention of heart attacks in patients with no prior history of cardiovascular disease.

After the 2003 advisory committee meeting, FDA was aware of several ongoing studies for primary prevention in patients with diabetes and diseases of the arteries and veins located outside of the heart and brain (peripheral vascular disease). We opted to wait for the outcome of these studies. The results of these studies were published over the past several years.  They did not demonstrate a significant benefit for primary prevention….

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national initiative, the Million Hearts Campaign, is focused on increasing appropriate, secondary prevention aspirin use in individuals who already have heart disease or stroke.  The CDC, in its Million Hearts Campaign, agrees with FDA’s position.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends, as does FDA, the use of aspirin for secondary prevention.  Specifically, NHLBI recommends using aspirin to lower the risk of a heart attack for those who have already had one, and to keep arteries open in those who have had a previous heart bypass or other artery-opening procedure such as coronary angioplasty.”

The OTC Scam!

Although the FDA removed the rights for Bayer to claim any connection with heart attack prevention, recently, the FDA found that heart-associated images started to show up on OTC medicine labels that contained Aspirin.

The FDA is now reaching out again and blocking all false advertisement. All OTC products containing Aspirin with any image or statement referring to the heart is deemed against FDA guidelines.

In addition to not working as advertised by Bayer, Aspirin is also dangerous for the digestive system! Several studies show that Aspirin causes major gastrointestinal distress. A very large longitudinal study was stopped as a result of GI complaints by the patients–as reported in JAMA.

Watch Out for Clueless Doctors!

I had my encounter with a clueless doctor in an ER when a doctor was about to force an Aspirin down my throat for heart arrhythmia. When I reminded him of the FDA guidelines, his response was “my knowledge and experience overrules the regulations of the FDA“… I don’t think so dear clueless (and ignorant) doctor! You are not above the FDA regulations when it comes to medications!

In conclusion: don’t use Aspirin unless your doctor prescribed it and if you already had a heart attack or a TIA! Don’t take daily baby Aspirin! It may hurt you more than benefit you!

Comments are welcome!

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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