How often do you take aspirin? After reading this article, your opinion about aspirin may change.
The conventional medical industry has for a long time encouraged and suggested that patients take aspirin to help with pain and relieve other symptoms.
But what they don’t tell you, and what they don’t know, is that around 40,000 people die every year from the use of painkillers such as aspirin. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are usually drugs for pain that you can buy over the counter.
Their long-term effects have been under-reported and under-researched for some time.
According to the paper published in the American Journal of Medicine in 1998:
“Conservative calculations estimate the approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal complications.”
Let’s take a look at what aspirin really is. Its technical name is acetylsalicylic acid, which is a synthetic derivative of natural willow bark. When it was first developed, the drug was found to cause health problems and was even reported to lead to death if taken on a regular basis.
Today, studies have shown that the drug can lead to:
1. Heart disease
The Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism published a study that proved NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can lead to heart attacks.
2. Stomach ulcers
You don’t have to take aspirin in large quantities to cause a stomach ulcer. Patients who took low doses of the drug regularly were found to be at greater risk of gastric ulcers after the drug had damaged and destroyed the lining of their gastrointestinal tract.
Consistent use of the drug can also lead to other problems such as Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, intestinal perforations, and inflammatory bowel disease.
3. Can lead to cancer
Studies have shown that patients who take aspirin on a regular basis are 86% more likely to develop cancer.
Research shows that consistent use of the drug over a long period can lead to several types of cancers, including breast, colon, stomach, and rectum.
Another study revealed that women who took two or more aspirins a week for more than 20 years had increased their risk of pancreatic cancer by 58%. The more aspirins the patients took, the greater the risk of pancreatic cancer was.
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